Eugene's motto may be "A Great City for the Arts and Outdoors," but it's a great city for other things too, like, say, drinking. Whether your poison be whiskey, wine, ale, espresso, spicy root beer or cucumber kale juice, this guide will help you wet your whistle in between your Olympic Trials pole vault qualifier and Oregon Bach Festival gala fundraiser. You artsy outdoor type, you.
I'm sure this boisterous brewery has great beer and maybe even decent food, but I was there for one thing and one thing only--the spicy draft root beer. Get a pint for just $2.50, or put it in a float. If you want root beer to go, you'll have to settle for the also-delicious honey vanilla root beer, which comes by the bottle, six pack and if you're planning a really rowdy night, the case.
This Frenchy-la-la cafe has the cutest of adjoining markets, and if I could have one of everything in there, I'd be a happy mademoiselle. Beautiful wines, chocolate, cheese, gelato, and other sundries, plus sweet gifts and fresh flowers. Buy a bottle of rosé and enjoy it on the courtyard patio by the fountain!
Yet another reason never to leave the Inn at the 5th once you've checked in--the onsite wine bar that's an offshoot of local LaVelle Vineyards. It's got a big beautiful patio for fair weather sipping, and in the summer they host a very popular Music on the Garden Plaza live music series.
It's a 20-minute drive or so out of town to this friendly tasting room, where you can sip the signature Rosy Cheeks rosé on their stunning patio, or if it's raining, inside at the bar while casting longing looks at their stunning patio.
Spend a few hours/days in Eugene, and you'll hear the term "wandering goat" a LOT. Not because the residents' livestock has wanderlus; they're just talking coffee. This little local roaster has a devoted following, and you'll understand why once you've had the mocha, hopefully with an Asian pear thumbprint cookie. Great soups too!
Beer aficionados will want to block out a few hours to spend in this popular Eugene brewery's tasting room, or better yet, on their swank patio. Try the 5-beer tasting tray--generous pours for the scant $5.50 price tag. Great bar snacks--get a Cousin Jack's steak & ale pastie or Hideaway Bakery cheese pretzel.
Loved this hip bar and restaurant just a short walk from Ninkasi brewery. Awesome happy hour and specials--on Sunday you can get a Meiji burger, beer and bourbon for just $10. Lots of interesting Japanese-inspired small plates like shiitake skewers with miso butter, duck soba noodles, and spring goat curry, and the whiskey selection is tops. Open late every night.
Just the place to find a fresh organic raw juice, this big, colorful cafe in downtown Eugene has all sorts of signature blends, wheatgrass shots, and light bites too.
If you're staying at the Inn at the 5th, you'll love the dinner commute to this pretty bistro--it's an elevator ride and a few steps away. Start with pear sidecars in the bar, then cuddle with your sweetheart in a cozy booth and savor a great meal that starts with oysters on the half shell and ends with one of the seasonal desserts, like a strawberry Napoleon or apple rhubarb crisp.
This palace of a winery in the southern Willamette Valley is a breathtaking sight and a rather grand tasting experience. Everything is big here--the tasting room, the views, the patios, and the personalities, which makes for a fun afternoon fit for royalty. Definitely have lunch or brunch at the onsite restaurant--dishes are beautiful and very seasonal. The kitchen pulls many of their ingredients from their 30-acre garden and orchard, and makes their own bread, charcuterie, and honey.