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Warm Up at These Cozy Restaurants and Bars in Portland

These snug spaces will have you braving the elements

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Winter’s wet, grey days are here and for the foreseeable future, and Portland’s denizens must (and will) brave the elements to find great food and drink. From restaurants with wood-burning fireplaces to snug, intimate spaces, the list below includes of some of the warmest, coziest dining spots to ward off winter’s chill from now until spring. For those seeking something on the dingier side of cozy, Eater PDX’s dive bar map is here to help. As always, the points on this map guide are not ranked; rather, they’re organized geographically.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. DOC Restaurant Portland

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5519 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 946-8592
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Every diner has a view of the tiny space inside this romantic, farmhouse-inspired restaurant in the Concordia neighborhood. While a la carte options are available on certain nights, it’s the multi-course, Italian-inspired tasting menus that really shine. Dishes and menus change weekly and follow the season. 

2. McMenamins Chapel Pub

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430 N Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 286-0372
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Lauded as one of Portland’s finest architectural specimens in the early 1930s, this chapel-turned-pub in North Piedmont is home to a mahogany wood tugboat-shaped bar, intricate ironwork, wooden booths, and a vintage wood-burning stove in the main dining area. Warm up with a pint of Terminator Stout and a pile of Cajun tots.  

3. Interurban

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4057 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 284-6669
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The rustic, 1800s-style interiors of this Mississippi bar make it a prime environment for whiskey and boar burgers, complete with mounted taxidermy and unfinished wood paneling. Even its patio feels homey and comfortable in the winter, with plenty of fireplaces and string lights.

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4. The Box Social

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3971 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 288-1111
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Perfect for a girls night out or a date night, this Boise neighborhood bar slings cocktails and inexpensive dishes amid a lush, candle-lit ambiance. The mulled wine or hot toddy pairs well with baked brie. 

5. The Fireside

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3003, 801 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 477-9505
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It’s all about the open flame at this gastropub, which offers not one but two large fireplaces: a round campfire-esque one in the dining area and a large hearth in the bar space. Enjoy the flickering flames with one of the many grilled or fireside-themed dishes and finish off with an order of s’mores. 

6. Ringside Steakhouse

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2165 W Burnside St
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 223-1513
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Old school institution Ringside Steakhouse remains a favorite for fireside dining, with intimate lighting and lamps at each table. The 70+-year-old restaurant is an immediate choice for celebration dinners, but its super-cheap happy hour makes for an inexpensive-yet-ritzy date night.

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7. Noble Rot

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1111 East Burnside Street, Fourth Floor
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 233-1999
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At Noble Rot, guests nestle into elegant white booths to enjoy wide-angle views of downtown, classic comfort foods, and thoughtfully curated flights from its acclaimed wine program. Thanks to its well-cultivated rooftop garden, the menu changes frequently, with got-to dishes such as extra-sharp mac and cheese and crisp onion rings. 

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8. Doug Fir Lounge

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830 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 231-9663
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This bustling hotel diner is many things – restaurant, tavern, music venue – but in the bar proper, the rustic log cabin theme dominates, with a fireplace, antler chandelier, and lots of comfy couches. For a quieter, more intimate experience, go during off-hours, before 6 p.m.

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9. Multnomah Whiskey Library

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1124 SW Alder St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 954-1381
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Reminiscent of an Old World-style gentlemen’s club — think toasty fireplaces, plush armchairs, and crystal chandeliers — this membership-based bar is renowned for its extensive collection of whiskies, from Scotch single malts to Japanese blends. Non-members are welcome as walk-ins only, so expect a long wait time during peak hours.

10. Huber's

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411 SW 3rd Ave
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 228-5686
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Roast turkey is a century-long tradition at Portland’s oldest restaurant, which sports a casual vibe amid dark wood paneling and grand arches. Along with those succulent slices, you’ll find all the traditional fixings and one of the best Spanish coffees in town. 

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11. The Rookery Bar

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1331 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 222-7673
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A marble-topped bar, wood beams, and plush leather chairs dominate Raven & Rose’s lounge, tucked above the main restaurant in the renovated Ladd Carriage House’s former hayloft. Along with creative cocktails and single-barrel spirits, find seasonal British-themed fare such as Welsh rarebit and shepherd’s pie.

12. Sapphire Hotel

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5008 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 232-6333
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Once a shady hotel lobby populated by sailors and sex workers, Sapphire is dark, eclectic, and casual, a wood stove nestled near one of the seating areas. Mulled wine and house cocktails with names like “Hot Buttered Whatever” and “Whiskey Business” warm by the fire, complemented by bacon-wrapped dates and, on Saturday nights, live music.

13. Ava Gene's

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3377 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

Red booths, a ceiling of hanging lights, and soft curtains give this celebrated Southeast Portland Italian restaurant a snug, romantic atmosphere, but a seat at the restaurant’s chef’s counter, warm from the ovens and burners, is downright therapeutic.

14. La Moule

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2500 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97202
(971) 339-2822
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Best known for its mussels, frites, and knockout cocktails, this sultry, blue-wallpaper-clad bistro and its French-inspired dishes please family, friends, and that tough-to-impress date. For those looking beyond the mussels, more seafood and steak options are available. 

1. DOC Restaurant Portland

5519 NE 30th Ave, Portland, OR 97211

Every diner has a view of the tiny space inside this romantic, farmhouse-inspired restaurant in the Concordia neighborhood. While a la carte options are available on certain nights, it’s the multi-course, Italian-inspired tasting menus that really shine. Dishes and menus change weekly and follow the season. 

5519 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

2. McMenamins Chapel Pub

430 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217

Lauded as one of Portland’s finest architectural specimens in the early 1930s, this chapel-turned-pub in North Piedmont is home to a mahogany wood tugboat-shaped bar, intricate ironwork, wooden booths, and a vintage wood-burning stove in the main dining area. Warm up with a pint of Terminator Stout and a pile of Cajun tots.  

430 N Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97217

3. Interurban

4057 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227
El Viaje cocktail at Interurban
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The rustic, 1800s-style interiors of this Mississippi bar make it a prime environment for whiskey and boar burgers, complete with mounted taxidermy and unfinished wood paneling. Even its patio feels homey and comfortable in the winter, with plenty of fireplaces and string lights.

4057 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227

4. The Box Social

3971 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97212

Perfect for a girls night out or a date night, this Boise neighborhood bar slings cocktails and inexpensive dishes amid a lush, candle-lit ambiance. The mulled wine or hot toddy pairs well with baked brie. 

3971 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97212

5. The Fireside

3003, 801 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210

It’s all about the open flame at this gastropub, which offers not one but two large fireplaces: a round campfire-esque one in the dining area and a large hearth in the bar space. Enjoy the flickering flames with one of the many grilled or fireside-themed dishes and finish off with an order of s’mores. 

3003, 801 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210

6. Ringside Steakhouse

2165 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97210
Ringside Steakhouse
Ringside Steakhouse/Yelp

Old school institution Ringside Steakhouse remains a favorite for fireside dining, with intimate lighting and lamps at each table. The 70+-year-old restaurant is an immediate choice for celebration dinners, but its super-cheap happy hour makes for an inexpensive-yet-ritzy date night.

2165 W Burnside St
Portland, OR 97210

7. Noble Rot

1111 East Burnside Street, Fourth Floor, Portland, OR 97214

At Noble Rot, guests nestle into elegant white booths to enjoy wide-angle views of downtown, classic comfort foods, and thoughtfully curated flights from its acclaimed wine program. Thanks to its well-cultivated rooftop garden, the menu changes frequently, with got-to dishes such as extra-sharp mac and cheese and crisp onion rings. 

1111 East Burnside Street, Fourth Floor
Portland, OR 97214

8. Doug Fir Lounge

830 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
Doug Fir Lounge
Doug Fir Lounge/Facebook

This bustling hotel diner is many things – restaurant, tavern, music venue – but in the bar proper, the rustic log cabin theme dominates, with a fireplace, antler chandelier, and lots of comfy couches. For a quieter, more intimate experience, go during off-hours, before 6 p.m.

830 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

9. Multnomah Whiskey Library

1124 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205

Reminiscent of an Old World-style gentlemen’s club — think toasty fireplaces, plush armchairs, and crystal chandeliers — this membership-based bar is renowned for its extensive collection of whiskies, from Scotch single malts to Japanese blends. Non-members are welcome as walk-ins only, so expect a long wait time during peak hours.

1124 SW Alder St
Portland, OR 97205

10. Huber's

411 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204
Huber’s
Huber’s/Facebook

Roast turkey is a century-long tradition at Portland’s oldest restaurant, which sports a casual vibe amid dark wood paneling and grand arches. Along with those succulent slices, you’ll find all the traditional fixings and one of the best Spanish coffees in town. 

411 SW 3rd Ave
Portland, OR 97204

11. The Rookery Bar

1331 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

A marble-topped bar, wood beams, and plush leather chairs dominate Raven & Rose’s lounge, tucked above the main restaurant in the renovated Ladd Carriage House’s former hayloft. Along with creative cocktails and single-barrel spirits, find seasonal British-themed fare such as Welsh rarebit and shepherd’s pie.

1331 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201

12. Sapphire Hotel

5008 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215

Once a shady hotel lobby populated by sailors and sex workers, Sapphire is dark, eclectic, and casual, a wood stove nestled near one of the seating areas. Mulled wine and house cocktails with names like “Hot Buttered Whatever” and “Whiskey Business” warm by the fire, complemented by bacon-wrapped dates and, on Saturday nights, live music.

5008 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215

13. Ava Gene's

3377 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

Red booths, a ceiling of hanging lights, and soft curtains give this celebrated Southeast Portland Italian restaurant a snug, romantic atmosphere, but a seat at the restaurant’s chef’s counter, warm from the ovens and burners, is downright therapeutic.

3377 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

14. La Moule

2500 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202

Best known for its mussels, frites, and knockout cocktails, this sultry, blue-wallpaper-clad bistro and its French-inspired dishes please family, friends, and that tough-to-impress date. For those looking beyond the mussels, more seafood and steak options are available. 

2500 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97202

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