Doesn't it feel like just yesterday we were still wearing shorts? And then all of sudden Snovember hit the streets, but instead of actual snow, it's just cold. If you're not quite ready to succumb to indoor-only days for the rest of the winter, these spots have the best of both worlds: booze and an outdoor fire pit. Warm up on the outside, while you're warming up on the inside.Read More
15 Places Where You Can Sip Beside an Outdoor Fire Pit
1. A Roadside Attraction
Known for its kitschy and quirky decor, A Roadside Attraction is a dive bar with some serious grandma flair. The back patio is full of greenery and a large fire pit for warming up the toes on a cold PDX evening. [Photo]
2. Bravo Lounge
Portland, OR 97266
This casual eatery and bar off SE Division has a back patio area with a pool table, foosball, and a wood-burning stove. When it’s too chilly to sit out by the fire, you can always head in and warm up on the stage with karaoke Wednesday through Saturday evenings.
3. Cider Mill
The fire pit is lit year-round (weather permitting) at this local dinner house known for its large portions of Fryer Tuck’s chicken. There’s also live music on Friday and Saturday nights. [Photo]
4. Doug Fir Lounge
It's almost impossible to tire of the Don Draper meets Lumberjack decor of The Doug Fir Lounge, but it's also hard to resist the cozy firepit in the outside courtyard shared with the Jupiter Hotel. Gather 'round with an $8 cocktail and enjoy the glow.
There's an assortment of compelling seating options at EastBurn, including a basement room complete with Skee-Ball. But the vegetation-embraced heated patio, with tabletop fire pits and chair swings, is hard to beat. Grab a beer from one of the 19 craft brews on tap.
6. McMenamins Kennedy School
When you're done taking a dip in the steaming soaking pool, cozy up with a beer by the mosaic fireplace in the courtyard of the Courtyard Restaurant. The wraparound brick bench gets delightfully warm.
7. Nel Centro
Downtown’s Hotel Modera is a sleek destination for business travelers, but locals go to the restaurant for upscale Italian dishes from chef David Machado. Outside is an urban oasis complete with a living wall of plants and a long, gas-fueled fire pit with a modern aesthetic. Sip Italian wines by the glass or expertly crafted cocktails, including hand-warmers like an Allspice Toddy or coffee spiked with Krogstad Aquavit.
8. Radio Room
This NE Alberta spot is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, serving up truffle fries and a brunch menu that lasts until 11 p.m. The outdoor patio space has a long firepit with plenty of space to gather around with friends, and the upper patio has a fireplace.
9. RingSide Steakhouse
Although the fancy steakhouse on the Glendoveer Golf Course is slated for a more casual makeunder after the first of the year, the outdoor patio's firepit tables thankfully won't be going anywhere. There's a smart list of wines by the glass, as well as cocktails made from local spirits.
The large, covered outdoor patio is the ultimate year-round hang-out with a cozy fireplace and heaters, ping pong, a back bar, and live music.
11. Skyline Tavern
This rustic tavern with its tree-lined view has an out-of-town feel, but it's a perennial favorite with locals. It's also a great place for a rousing game of horseshoes or ping pong. It isn’t well-known for its culinary options, so BYO-steak or burgers to grill up on the communal outdoor barbeque and fire pit.
12. StormBreaker Brewing
StormBreaker is one of Portland's newest brewpubs, taking over the space formerly home to Amnesia Brewing. Unlike the former, kids are welcome here, and the menu is stocked with burgers, plus veggie boards and sides. And unlike most pubs, there's a good selection of cocktails, as well as a menu of beer and whiskey pairings.
13. Tamale Boy
Portland, OR 97211
Though it's known for its tamales, Tamale Boy's brick-and-mortar location has a tasty selection of Mexican-inspired cocktails and margaritas, which you can enjoy from the spacious, firepit-equipped, outdoor patio.
14. Tidbit Food Farm and Garden
Portland's most deluxe cart pod has a big, bench-flanked gathering space with a firepit in the middle. It also has Scout, a beer cart serving up 10 taps of craft brews in a range of styles.
15. White Owl Social Club
The large outdoor space is ablaze in the summer, but even during the chilly months the back firepit keeps imbibers warm, and the craft cocktails will warm you from the inside. For dessert, order the roast-your-own-s’mores to complete the campfire experience.