The bar scene in Portland is legendary, with the city providing a launch-pad for the craft beer scene that has swept the nation. As the November chill descends on Oregon, a cozy bar and a warm welcome are popular with locals catching up with old friends and colleagues before the family holiday season claims them. We took a look at anonymized data to see where Portlanders drank on Thanksgiving Eve last year. Here are some of the most popular pre-holiday spots for Portland Uber riders.
Portland bars to visit on Thanksgiving Eve
Rustic meets industrial chic in this fun and funky hangout. The atmosphere is playful, with a spacious patio, log fires, and a ping-pong table. The draft and bottled beer range combines local brews and imported brands. The kitchen’s creative menu includes excellent burgers, tacos, and Korean ribs.
Where: 600 E Burnside St, Portland, OR
Sports fans congregate at Century to catch the game over a drink or two and a bite from the all-American comfort food menu. Tiered, stadium-style seating offers a great view of the big screen, while a rooftop deck and street-level patio provide relaxed spaces for hanging with friends. The tequila list is seriously impressive.
Where: 930 SE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR
This award-winning restaurant and bar has great views over the city skyline and the Cascades from its 30th-floor eyrie. The cuisine is strong on seafood, mixing classic American dishes with Asian influences. The bar menu features some enticing sharing plates, and the wine list is extensive, including half bottles.
Where: 111 SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR
4. Dig A Pony
Housed in a former pharmacy, Dig A Pony now dispenses cocktails and a wide-ranging craft beer selection to a loyal clientele. Nightly DJ sessions keep the mood upbeat, and the food menu includes plenty of creative vegetarian and vegan options alongside the burgers, steaks, and salads.
Where: 736 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR
Andean attitude without the altitude is the vibe at this lively Peruvian tapas joint. Traditional and contemporary Peruvian cuisine is the main attraction, but the cocktails in Bar Mestizo offer a thrilling taste of Latin America. Andina is also a popular brunch hangout at weekends, the perfect spot for refreshing your memory of the previous night’s adventures.
Where: 1314 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR
This high-ceilinged, elegant bar in the Sentinel Hotel features retro Americana décor and is the perfect place for a relaxed rendezvous over a cocktail or two. The menu is unpretentious but appetizing, and the weekday afternoon happy hours create a buzz with locals and the after-work crowd.
Where: 614 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR
Beer connoisseurs are spoiled for choice at Henry’s, with a list of over 100 brews, American and imported. It’s a traditional Pearl District ale house, with live sports, music on the patio, and a bar menu making use of local Oregon produce wherever possible.
Where: 10 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR
The Goodfoot is a venue on two levels, with a traditional pub upstairs serving up draft beer, pinball, and pool. The basement is a relaxed live music space, staging bands and DJ sessions. The menu provides comfort food classics, while the infused cocktails list features some spicy winter warmers.
Where: 2845 SE Stark St, Portland, OR
Named after the courageous lumberjacks who shifted timber along the waterways, this atmospheric neighborhood saloon has a warm, Oregon vibe and is a welcoming place to catch a game or sample the pub menu. The burger list includes the River Pig’s distinctive organic bison burger.
Where: 529 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR
10. Brix Tavern
This converted warehouse in the Pearl District is a great choice for group get-togethers or a family lunch outing. Catch the game on the big screen, or shoot a few games of pool. There are six hours’ worth of early and late happy hours daily to enjoy discounted beers, cocktails and wine.
Where: 1338 NW Hoyt St, Portland, OR
Portland is a bar-hopper’s dream, with establishments ranging from hipster hangouts to traditional taverns. With some of the country’s finest craft beers, wines from the West Coast vineyards, and fresh Oregon produce on offer, it’s no surprise that the city’s bar scene is so exuberant.