Just as the pioneers were rewarded for their agonizing horse and wagon trek over the Siskiyou Mountains with the refreshing waters of Ashland Creek, so too will you be rewarded for making your arduous air-conditioned SUV sojourn to Southern Oregon, with a wealth of watering holes of slightly more exotic persuasion. Be your drink of choice ale, wine, or coffee, downtown Ashland has you covered.
Homey, friendly roaster located in a little bungalow off Siskiyou Blvd, with great cappuccinos and a nice big patio.
Light, bright and buzzy downtown Ashland brewpub where you're right in the thick of the brewing action. Try the Blackberry Ale, the perfect summer sipper, and a Black and Blue burger, made with Rogue Creamery's Crater Lake Blue and grass fed beef from the brewery's own farm just down the road. Live music on the patio on Sunday afternoons!
The Union Jack above the door is a good tip-off to the Britishisms within, and Anglophiles will love this charming plaza pub's ale selection and extremely authentic menu...you can get everything from scones and crumpets to spotted diick.
Great divey Irish pub in the middle of downtown Ashland, with the requisite juke box, pool and karaoke. Fun local crowd and occasional specials like dollar jello shots. Pool is free on Tuesdays!
It's all about beers and burgers at this plaza diner, where you can watch the game at the bar or relax with friends and nature out on the creekside patio. Tuesdays are Trivia night, Wednesdays bring bingo, and they're open until 2am on weekends. Budgeteers, get the Recession Special--$2.99 wine & $4.99 burger and fries.
Every bookshop should have such a secret--Bloomsbury's super charming upstairs coffee nook where you can read and sip to your heart's content. If you seek fresh air, there's even an adjoining patio complete with babbling fountain and joyful overgrowth.
It's easy to see why this Ashland roaster took home a Good Food Award this year--the coffee is superb. It's easy to miss their tiny coffeehouse right on busy Siskiyou Blvd (across from the university), but once inside, it's full of delightful touches, like Four and 20 Blackbird's marionberry turnovers, Organico doughnuts and Raaka chocolate by the square, just the right amount to pair with your cappuccino. Cute side patio too!
Ashland has a couple of great local roasters, but Portlanders in need of their Stumptown fix can come to this cute centrally-located coffeehouse/bakery for a cuppa and a bittersweet chocolate chip cookie. Try the house gelatos--the strawberry is tops.
Caldera has a big beautiful new brewery out on Clover Lane, but this is their downtown presence, a cozy taproom right on the creek. Get a pint or sample tray and a pretzel and sit out on the shady deck.
A popular wine bar at the northern end of downtown, this cozy spot has over 20 wines by the glass, European-influenced snacks like baguette with truffle butter and blood orange crepes Suzette, and a nice spirits selection for your sipping companions who prefer the hard stuff. You can also buy wine to go.
If you can't be bothered to trek down to the Railroad District for your Noble latte, just pop by their cute downtown "alcove", which has all your favorite coffee drinks, Chemex, cold brew, and chai, plus packaged coffee. Open 7am to 4pm daily.
Belly up to the bar of this wee Irish pub just off Ashland's main street for a pint of Guinness and a hot from the oven chicken pot pie. Lots of good specials here--Wed is Ladies Night (50% off tab), Tue & Thurs are karaoke nights, and happy hour is daily, 4-6pm.
If you haven't made it out to breathtakingly beautiful EdenVale winery, you really need to, but in the meantime, check out their downtown Ashland tasting room. Downstairs you can wine taste at the bar or in the back room, while upstairs is an elegant plaza-facing sanctuary complete with plush pillows and board games that entice you to stay a while with a bottle or two. Picnickers--pop in for the Sangria to Go!