By Leslie Ingraham
Published: 08/25/2021, edited: 08/25/2021
Portland, Oregon sits 90 miles to the west of Mount Hood National Forest, a year-round attraction for Portlanders and visitors alike. Portland is also known as a dog-friendly city with many opportunities for play, along with an array of pup-welcoming bars and taverns, each with its own appeal.
From taprooms that only serve beverages, to taverns with firepits and other dog-friendly features, Portland offers variety, local flavor and delightful pup play for you and your friends to enjoy while sampling some of the great brews, wines and cocktails on the menu. Be sure to bring along some dog-friendly wine or beer for Fido to enjoy while you sip away on the human versions! Check out these top 5 bars that welcome pooches and are sure to become favorites!
Located amid Portland’s historic Mission Avenue District bar scene is The Rambler, which boasts two outdoor seating areas where your fur baby is welcome. Reviewers have praised this pawsome neighborhood tavern as being super canine-friendly, as well as quick with service. Share-worthy portions allow you to slip Fido a morsel of your appetizers or meals, and if the two of you don’t get enough to eat, there’s always takeout for later. The vegetarians among you will love their no-meat offerings, and the snacks are furbulous! Bone Appetit!
In the historic Mission Avenue District, leashed dogs can stroll with their Pet Parents before heading over to the tavern. Or drop in on Trivia Tuesday for some exciting competition! Hours are Mon-Wed: 4 pm to 12 am; Th-F: 4 p to 1 am; Sat; 12 p to 1 am; and Sun: 12 noon to midnight.
Located in the Pearl District of Portland, the Lucky Labrador Beer Hall is one of three Lucky Labrador establishments, each with its own special charm. The newest one is on NW Quimby Street in a renovated warehouse that retains its industrial flavor. Once housing Freightliner trucks (precursors to today’s semi-tractor trailers) the Old Freightliner Warehouse has pawsome, big garage doors that can be left open in fine weather. It also features an old 5-ton crane and inside bike parking.
Close to the Willamette River and the Forest Park Conservancy with its 80 miles of trails, there’s no shortage of things to do with the pup before heading over to the Lucky Labrador for some refreshment both of you will enjoy! Lots of outdoor seating and water for the pups are welcome treats after a long hike or a stint on the river beach. The pub features casual fare including pizza, salads, and imaginative sandwiches.
Whether you live in Portland or are visiting, a trip to the Lucky Labrador Beer Hall should find its way onto your list of things to do. It’s furtastic!
NEPO 42 is an anagram for Northeast Portland, 42nd Street. This dog-friendly hangout has two patios, one of them is paved and one that is dirt and grass under a shady tent. The patio pups love the dirt one, of course!
NEPO 42’s bar serves up draft microbrews and pub grub, much to the delight of its patrons and their puppers. The food menu is eclectic and house-made, running from burgers to Nepoke Bowls with Ahi tuna, kimchi, avocado and fried wontons. Pawr-fect! Its beverages include beer, cider, wine and cocktails.
A fun place to be on any night, trivia night is especially rousing. See how many answers Fido will come up with!
This industrial-style outpost is a relaxed place for you and Spot to spend some downtime. Well-behaved dogs are welcome on the patio and in the taproom, on-leash of course. Close by is Woodstock Park with its paved walking paths and leash-free dog park, and Proper Pint Taproom is a convenient spot to sit down with a beverage and cool off on the patio with your doggo by your side!
While there’s no house-made food at Proper Pint, the red phone on the wall is a direct line to Bridge City Pizza for delivery of mouth-watering za right to the Taproom. From time to time, guest food carts are available, featuring cheese plates with relishes and other delights. What dog doesn’t like cheese?!
There are two StormBreaker Brewing pubs in Portland, one on N Beech Street and the other on N Lombard Street. Wondering where the name came from? It’s a little-known nickname for 11,000-foot Mt.Hood, so named because of the volcano’s unique ability to break up storms coming east from the Pacific.
Known for its craft beers, Stormbreaker is a welcoming, comfortable place for humans and pupsters alike on its spacious patio. Its home-brewed beers have won many awards in the local Beer Awards, including several golds, between 2017 and 2020. The beers’ interesting names boast such pearls as Opacus Oatmeal Stout, Mississippi Red, Total Rekölsch, and Right as Rain Lager.
If you’re hungry, you’ll find tasty food like unique and creative sandwiches, burgers, and salads, along with deep-fried fish and chicken. A large selection of non-alcoholic beverages rounds out the menu. StormBreaker Brewing is the pawrfect spot to indulge with friends and your best furry buddy!
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