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Summer is a short, but oh-so-sweet season in the Pacific Northwest, so it's crucial that Portlanders make the most of it. Here's a list of our favorite bars in Portland with outdoor seating, so that you can maximize your Vitamin D exposure without taking up ultimate frisbee. (Photo: flickr user wickenden)
Updated: May 20, 2011
Lines form outside the Pied Cow on hot summer nights, but the secret sweet spot here is the late afternoon. Skip the hookahs, and opt for a pitcher of sangria in the lush, secluded backyard patio while you wait for your slice of marionberry pie.
In-floor path lighting, Jettson-esque decor, and impeccably dressed waitresses (they wear thigh-high boots--in the summer!)--when you step off Departure's elevator, you leave Portland behind. Get your bearing on their rooftop patio with Departure's namesake cocktail: Aviation gin, fresh lime, green chartreuse and a maraschino cherry.
This neighborhood hangout is housed in a signless, non-descript building, but Vendetta is well worth the second glance. On warm summer nights, regulars flock to Vendetta's enormous patio for cheap beer, friendly bartenders and a mellow, no-nonsense vibe.
Stuck inside all day? Go directly to Bar Bar's lot-sized patio, tucked just off North Mississippi's bustling main drag. You'll want to take advantage of their amazing happy hour menu--their ultra thin, amazingly crispy french fries may be the best in Portland.