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Where to Drink Beer in Portland (Part Two)


Are you looking for some quality pubs in Portland? Try one (or all) of these five beer joints:

In This Portland Article You Will Discover:

  • Where to Swig German Lagers
  • The Best Patio
  • The Biggest Brew Pub
  • Live Music Venues, Eateries & More

I could fill an encyclopedia with all the awesome pubs and breweries in Portland. Every time I go, I find somewhere new to toss back a frosty mug. Here are five new faves from Portland’s beer scene:

Prost! Portland

This is my new favourite pub in Portland. Located a bit off-track, in North Portland’s Mississippi District, Prost serves quality German beers — mostly lagers — complemented by Deutsch fare like pretzels and bratwurst. Every beer is poured with craft befitting its quality and served in appropriate glassware by exceedingly friendly staff. Order a half-litre, one-litre or “das boot” — the two-litre beer. Recommended brew: Hofbrau Helles Lager.

Huckleberry Pub — UPDATE: CLOSED DOWN (too bad)

Tucked away just off trendy NW 23rd Ave, Huckleberry is the perfect place for a little afternoon drinkin’. The patio is picturesque — more French bistro than pub — and their trademark, locavore “Northwest Soul Food” is delicious and hearty; visit at happy hour for cheapo specials. (I loved the Beet Sliders.) Recommended brew: Anything from Ninkasi.

Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House

With Bend, Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery quickly gaining international acclaim, this selection may seem a bit cliché — but for the visitor, it’s a must, even for one beer. Downside: on weekend nights it’s crowded as hell and you’ll probably have to wait for a table. But this sprawling, pub-crawling, noisy beer-parlour is worth the wait — Deschutes is one of America’s great craft breweries and you won’t otherwise find 19 of their beers on-tap in one place. Recommended brew: Mirror Pond Pale Ale.

The Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill

Right in the heart of downtown Portland, this lively gastropub tempts with 32 on-tap brews and an extensive menu ranging from Scotch Eggs to Kung Pao Chicken. Stop by during Happy Hour for unreasonably cheap appies — $6 nachos — or stay late for live music. Located at the edge of vibrant Ankeny Alley, the Thirsty Lion is also the perfect spot to wait-out the line at nearby Voodoo Donuts. (Just kidding, you can’t wait-out that line!) Recommended brew: Choose a style and order a flight of tasters.


Located near the historic Burnside Bridge, Dante’s is where you’ll want to finish the night. A little divey, kind of dirty, Dante’s is all about live music and go-go dancers. Special performances range from burlesque to informative guest speakers (usually with a twist). Check the schedule for a show that sounds right, or do as most people do: stumble in around eleven-ish and enjoy what’s playing. Recommended brew: Will be served in a plastic cup, so whatever’s on special should suffice.

More In Portland

Little Big Burger: Their burgers are cheap and tasty, but the truffle fries (with special sauce) will really blow your mind.

Robo Taco: Conveniently located near Dig a Pony, one of Portland’s liveliest nightspots, Robo Taco is where to quell your late-night munchies. I had an Oyster Taco and fell in love.

Keep Portland Weird: Paxton Gate is the strangest store you’ll ever go into. Taxidermy mounts, animal eyeballs, monkey heads, turtle’s feet… it’s all for sale. Worth it just for a look.

For the Nerd in You: Billy Galaxy has the most extensive collection of vintage toys I’ve ever seen — and the prices on these things makes me really wish I’d kept my He-Man and Transformers action figures…

For the Kid in You: Remember when video games were simple and fun? Ground Kontrol does. This vintage, licensed arcade features games from the Golden Age — ‘80s and ‘90s — like NBA Jam, Mortal Combat, Donkey Kong Jr. and so many more.

Read Part One

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About the author: David Webb is a Vancouver, BC-based travel writer, photographer and magazine editor.

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