The sudden pivot from Portland’s warm, dry summer to its half-year gray season is no reason to bid patio hangs adieu. Especially for lifelong denizens of the maritime Northwest, the welcome return of misty evenings is the perfect time to huddle around fire pits and sip Oregon pinot noir, IPAs, or nonalcoholic hot toddies. Drizzly Portland is rife with covered, heated outdoor patios, from tiny terraces with overhanging electric elements to sprawling courtyards with face-warming gas fire pits. For more outdoor seating, check out our rooftop patio and outdoor dining maps.Read More
16 Covered Bar Patios Perfect for Fall in Portland
Outdoor hangs continue year-round on these heated, covered patios
Bye and Bye
Boasting not one but two sprawling patios — the first a converted parking lot out front, the second a cozier bamboo-shaded patio in the back — Bye and Bye is one of Northeast Portland’s more popular hangout spots. Sensibly priced cocktails, solid draft beer and wine offerings, and an ample menu of hearty 100 percent vegan food keep the neighborhood regulars returning in all weather. Bye and Bye is open for brunch on Saturday and Sundays.
Alberta Street Pub
Alberta is home to several bar patios worth a visit — including the Hilt and Radio Room — but Alberta Street Pub’s balance of spaciousness and seclusion puts it on this map. There’s enough room for covered and uncovered seating, smokers and non-smokers, with a stage in the corner for live music. The bar churns out plenty of whiskey drinks, mule variations, and slushies, with serviceable bar snacks like Cajun fried pickles.
Few Portland neighborhoods are as well-suited to bar-hopping as North Mississippi, and few Mississippi nights out are complete without a stop at the Rambler. Fire pits and a permanent patio roof keep the Rambler’s backyard bumping year-round. Duck inside the converted Craftsman for filling bar food with Southern-fried flourishes, a modest beer and wine list, and a killer happy hour margarita.
It’s hard not to include every single bar on Mississippi for this map, considering all of the top-tier patios along that street; however, Bar Bar’s is well worth a mention, thanks to its serious burgers, toasted raviolis, and black-and-white movies projected on the wall of the building next door. Sharing a space with Mississippi Studios, Bar Bar’s patio is often packed before or after shows — and on certain nights, you might spot an opener grabbing a burger after the encore.
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Taking up the torch — and location — of the dearly departed Psychic Bar, the Uncanny keeps the spooky vibes, iconic neon red windows, and killer patio going strong on Mississippi. Stretch out on a picnic table on the Uncanny’s long covered patio, heated by powerful overhanging heaters. House cocktails venture off the beaten path, including a dedicated New Orleans-inspired drinks section and an uncommon number of rum-based concoctions; the food is more typical elevated Portland bar fare. For further thrills, the Uncanny transforms into a Halloween-themed pop-up in October.
Rose & Thistle Public House
Fusing a passion for Portland (the rose) and Scotland (the thistle), the Rose & Thistle bears far less resemblance to the superficial imitation pubs that populate the states and more to the true spirit of an east Glasgow watering hole where regulars get together to watch footie, trade gripes about England, and knock back a dram. The large, multi-leveled patio has spots for sunny days and rainy ones, large groups and dates. The British beer list is one of the city’s best, the mixed drinks are strong, and the menu may not be entirely Scottish but does boast Portland’s rare Scotch egg.
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A stroll under I-405 from the Pearl District, Paymaster is close enough to serve as a convenient after-work happy hour for downtown workers as well as a neighborhood bar for Alphabet District denizens. The large covered patio is enveloped in wood and has its own dedicated bar and bartender, along with an outdoor pool table and plenty of heaters.
It’s easy to pretend you’re somewhere balmier while sitting on the patio of Kerns’s Tropicale, drinking a piña colada served in a hollowed-out pineapple. The bar is small, relying heavily on the spacious, heated-and-covered patio outside; here, neighborhood locals bite into hearty tacos filled with cochinita pibil, nursing Oaxacan Old Fashioneds and hibiscus margaritas.
Just around the block from Nong’s, and just steps from several other Eater 38 luminaries, Rontoms is an ideal place to start or end an evening out. The vast patio consists of a covered section with possibly the highest patio roof in the city, along with a large deck dotted with leafy trees and umbrellas providing cover. Rontoms bartenders are no slouches and will mix creative originals or expertly crafted classics. Cool weather food menu highlights might include chardonnay-thyme brie fondue and seared ahi steaks. Sunday nights often feature concerts on the patio, so plan accordingly.
Produce Row Cafe
Rescued by new ownership in 2015, Produce Row has been nourishing Portlanders’ passion for craft beers and American whiskies in the east side industrial district for more than 40 years. The tap list is terrific, and the bartenders pour cocktails with care. The food menu isn’t the main draw, but classics like fish and chips, beet salads, and quinoa bowls won’t disappoint. The spacious, heated patio is protected by a high, translucent roof, affording both protection from rain but letting in precious light on gray days. Thursday and Sunday nights feature live music from bands and DJs, and on weekend mornings the patio is a site for brunch.
It would be unfair to call Momo’s a dive bar, since “dive” can convey some degree of aesthetic apathy on the part of the owners and clientele. Nothing could be further from the case for Momo’s. What the leather-and-velvet Momo’s has instead is sprezzatura, a studied carelessness — a most Portland of traits, fusing sincerity and irony indistinguishably — that makes it one of downtown’s most essential bars. Clientele will range from Portland State University students to neighborhood retirees to pre-gaming concert-goers. Order drinks at the bar; long lines are common on weekends. But when space is available on the partially covered, heated patio, it’s well worth the hassle.
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A Roadside Attraction
A Roadside Attraction is a dreamlike discovery on first visit, a surreal oasis in an already unconventional town. Patrons enter through the lush patio, full of twists and turns, hidden nooks, and inviting crannies. The decor, both inside and out, is as if a Victorian junk shop were dynamited next door, with each heirloom landing in unexpected but somehow ideal places to create a hypnotic atmosphere. The patio roof is just as eclectic with sections of metal, trees, and bare patches for your ideal sun (or rain) exposure. The regulars ratio is especially high here, with bartenders familiar with more than a few patrons’ usual drinks. A Roadside Attraction is cash-only, with an ATM onsite.
White Owl Social Club
One of the livelier spots in the crowded inner east side bar scene, White Owl Social Club customizes its large patio — uncovered in the precious sunny months, covered with a fire pit in the rainy season — making it a welcoming spot all year long. After a series of pop-ups, White Owl’s kitchen is now in the hands of the Chém Gió team full time, offering Vietnamese drinking food. White Owl hosts DJs for both free sets and more prominent ones with cover charges — plan ahead for weekend nights by checking the bar’s Instagram account.
The Richmond Bar
The Richmond Bar’s intimate patio centered around a single, circular fire pit makes this spot one of the best rainy season venues in stereotypically introverted Portland to meet new pals — what more timeless setting to make conversation than huddled around a warm fire? (For those out with existing friends or dates, heat lamps are happily available at other tables). Creative house cocktails and draft beers are supplemented by a healthy whiskey list. The small but hearty menu of pub fare is highlighted by poutine and hand pies, filled with your choice of boar or butternut squash.
A handful of outdoor tables line Foster Road by Thunderbird’s main entrance, but when the mercury dips, head back to the larger covered, heated patio — often one of Foster-Powell’s most happening spots. Affordable house cocktails include the longtime favorite Impala (effectively a paloma but with mezcal) and a deep rotating draft list. Vegan food is the kitchen’s specialty, but hungry carnivores are affordable three beef burger options. The nearby Carts on Foster pod sadly closed in 2023, but hang around T-bird long enough and you might just meet a dancer on break from next-door Devils Point.
Bible Club PDX
Bible Club’s Prohibition-era schtick may intoxicate some and irritate others, but those in the latter category can find relief in knowing the late-season-Portlandia bowties and waxed mustache vibe is largely limited to the interior — the patio plays it fairly straight, with smooth-edged modern picnic tables and a dedicated, albeit somewhat more limited, bar outside. And don’t let the Boardwalk Empire decor deceive you, these bartenders are elite and make some of Portland’s best original and classic cocktails. The patio offers covered and uncovered sections and features regular DJ sets and live music — check Bible Club’s Instagram for upcoming performers.