The 10 Best Rooftop Bars in Portland

Portland at sunset
Portland at sunset | © stoke rx / Flickr

Have a drink with a breathtaking bird’s-eye view of the Rose City at these 10 rooftop bars.

Rooftop bars are all the rage in cities like New York and Los Angeles, and the Pacific Northwest is starting to take note. Portland is slowly building up its arsenal of places to sip beer, wine, cider and cocktails while taking in a gorgeous view of the city. However, its 44 inches of annual rainfall makes rooftop bars a little impractical.

These 10 establishments throw practicality to the wind—they might be most populated just two months of the year (summers in Portland tend to go from the beginning of July to the beginning of September). However, locals and visitors are grateful for a place to drink from up top. Here are the 10 best rooftop bars to check out in Portland and take in the summer.

1. Departure

Bar, Restaurant, Asian

Departure is not just one of Portland’s best rooftop bars, but one of the best bars downtown—period. Perched atop The Nines, a luxury hotel, both rooftop patios boast views of Pioneer Square and Southwest Portland. The pan-Asian-inspired restaurant and bar offers the largest selection of sake in the city, as well as some unique cocktail choices. Departure is perfect for happy hour on a warm summer evening, a romantic date night or a fun night out with friends. Travel + Leisure also considers it one of the best rooftop bars in the whole country.

2. 10 Barrel Brewing

Bar, Restaurant, American

10 Barrel Brewing may have been born in Bend, but it’s become a staple in Portland too. The brewery’s Pearl District location boasts a rooftop bar with views of neighboring downtown. With 20 beers on tap, it’s a perfect place to cool down on a hot summer night. Not a beer person? 10 Barrel also mixes some tasty cocktails and offers a wine list.

3. Noble Rot

Bar, Restaurant, American

Noble Rot considers itself an ecosystem, and it’s not wrong. The fourth-floor wine bar/restaurant not only has a rooftop bar, but it also has a rooftop garden. As its website states, “a glacial well hydrates the building and the 3,000-square-foot garden on the roof. The vegetables grown there supply the restaurant.” The establishment has been a staple of the Kerns neighborhood for the past 16 years and is a wonderful place to soak in the city skyline while filling your belly with local eats and delicious drinks.

4. Revolution Hall’s Roof Deck

Bar, American

Revolution Hall’s Roof Deck might possibly have the best view of any rooftop bar in the city. The bar is perched on the roof of a high school-turned-concert venue and boasts a 360-degree view of Portland and the West Hills. Though the bar is open mid-April through mid-October, it is weather-permitting, so make sure to check the site for current hours. Want to know what you’re missing? Rev Hall keeps a live camera rolling on the rooftop.

5. Century

Bar, Restaurant, American

Century has a little bit of everything. It’s a sports bar that offers stadium seating and pub food. It’s a swanky place to grab a superbly crafted cocktail. It’s a rooftop bar to soak in the sun and catch a Timbers game or take a salsa lesson. It’s a club where you can go dancing on the weekends. It’s really whatever you want it to be, and that’s what makes this place so magical.

6. Altabira City Tavern

Bar, Restaurant, American

Altabira City Tavern towers atop the Lloyd District’s Hotel Eastlund. Though partially inside, the outdoor patio is equipped for any kind of weather with fire pits, windbreaks, and heaters. Of course, the best time to enjoy the views of the city’s skyline is on a clear, summer day. Not coincidentally, that’s also the best time to sip some rosé, a cold beer or a refreshing cocktail while munching on some happy hour snacks.

7. Laurelwood Brewpub

Bar, Restaurant, American

Laurelwood’s brewpubs are known to be family-friendly, but something that’s a little more unknown about the Northeast location is its rooftop deck. It’s not large—the capacity is only 50 people—and it’s not always open. However, when it is, this is the best way to sip a local brew and breathe in that clean Portland air. It is also available to rent for private parties, including dinner parties, buffets, and receptions.

8. Radio Room

Bar, American

The Alberta Arts District is perfect for people-watching, and what better way is there to take in the neighborhood’s colorful crowds than from a rooftop bar? Radio Room’s upper deck can sit 60 and has standing room for 80 patrons. It’s truly a Portland rooftop, as half the space is covered and equipped with heaters and a fireplace. Kids are prohibited, but smoking is not.

9. New Seasons Woodstock

Bar, Grocery Store, American

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In Portland, even the grocery stores have rooftop bars. Or, at least, one of them does. The New Seasons Woodstock location boasts a 100-seat, all-weather rooftop bar. And yes, it’s a real bar, complete with beer and cider taps, a growler station, fire pits, and even a children’s play area.

10. On Deck Sports Bar

Bar, American

On Deck is a sports bar with class and the biggest outdoor patio in the Pearl District. That patio also happens to be on the roof. With 25 high-definition televisions and every sports package imaginable, this is a great place to watch a game and soak in the sun, all at the same time.

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