Best Outdoor Bars

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

Outdoor Bars in Portland


The East Burn

1800 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

East Burn's patio is open year-round, but nothing says summer like your own, personal swinging chair. Chose a brew from the 15+ East Burn keeps on tap, and ask a buddy for a push. Just like elementary school, but with beer.


Pied Cow Coffeehouse

3244 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214

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.


Departure

525 Sw Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204

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.


Vendetta

4306 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97217

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.


Bar Bar at Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

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.