Pubs in North
The Hop & Vine was a good neighborhood two-room pub and bottle shop but closed at the end of July 2016. Good news: the pub side (one room) has been re-opened as Backyard Social, featuring a good food and drink selection, including eight taps and cocktails. Tap selection leans heavily local.
Cool little neighborhood pub and growler fill shop, lots of local and other beers, even more in bottles.
Most Oregon beer lovers would claim that it was inevitable that John Harris, a key figure in Oregon brewing with solid stints at Deschutes and Full Sail, would hang out his own shingle and feature first-rate beer. Most Oregon beer lovers would be correct. Good food, good beer, parking, easy to find, plenty of seating outside too.
Ever been to a brewpub operated as a non-profit business? You have if you've visited Ex Novo. Interesting house beers, good and reasonably priced pub food.
Simple, functional taproom festooned with bold graphics, features outdoor courtyard. The Garrison pours Royale Brewing's range of ales and lagers. Food can be brought in from neighboring businesses.
New corner-bar taproom in St Johns, good bottled selection in the coolers and good tap selection too. Located in the ground floor of a newer apartment building. Great addition to St Johns neighborhood beer scene. Tap count includes eight beers and two ciders.
New-era showpiece brewpub and taproom built and run by Portland Kettle Works. Simple modern design inside, 3.5-barrel brewery in back. Unlike conventional brewpubs, the brewery doesn't have an in-house brewer; rather, it is intended for use by Kettle Works customers and guest brewers. Generous guest-beer policy.
Tiny one-room local with outdoor space in good weather. Heavy on local and Oregon selections.
Straightforward off-the-beaten-path simple taproom right next to the brewery, which specializes in German styles. Standards are Kölsch, Alt, and Hefeweizen, sold widely around town in cans; draught-only selections expand to Pils, Dunkel, a delicious seasonal Festbier, Kellerbier, and whatever else the brewers decide to make, but always in a Germany beer style. In August 2016, the Occidental Wursthaus was opened across the parking lot in a 2nd floor location: good hearty German food and a full range of Occidental's beers.
Sibling to Stammtisch in Kerns, this is where you go for German beer and Eckkneipe atmosphere, but don't expect any local brews. Simple German pub food and full liquor bar for those so inclined is also on offer, but there's another kind of treat out back in the form of one of Portland's food-cart pods, and the bar's management is okay with customers ordering from any of them and enjoying on-premises with a beer. Update: The cart pod and Prost! are now under the same ownership. Plans are in the works to make the pub and food carts a more integrated experience.
Great corner tavern in North Portland, attracts locals and folks from elsewhere too. Bottles for purchase to consume on-premises or to go, plus small but well-chosen selection on tap. Home to several beer festivals throughout the year, and strong connections to a certain cheese-making state in flyover country. Kitchen was remodeled in fall 2016, and the menu has been significantly upgraded, and now features some of the best pub food in town.
Sister pub-restaurant to southeast Portland's Tabor Tavern with better than average pub food and a decent beer list.
Affiliated with the nationwide Growler Station franchise, but heavy on Oregon beers. Drink on-premises or fill a growler to go, or choose from a generous selection of bottles.
Probably the most hidden brewery taproom in town, located in a corner of the building's basement. Well worth finding, though, to sample an excellent range of beers, from one of the best Pilsners brewed anywhere to an impressive range of barrel-aged beers and single-batch one-offs. Widely regarded as one of the best artisanal brewers in town.
Widmer's big multi-room flagship pub-restaurant has an abundant house-brewed beer list and plenty to choose from the food menu. Portland's second-oldest brewery has changed tremendously over more than 30 years of operation, but has kept its hand in the game and there's almost always something interesting on tap, as well as old favorites. Brewery tours are right across the street.