Portland is a port city in the Pacific Northwest. It’s the largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon and the 26th most populated city in the United States. Our today’s subject is the city, the activities you can do there and of course Portland Rooftop Bars.
The area now the city of Portland was first populated back in the 1840s due mainly to its water access. However, years later, because of that water access, the city became known as one of the most dangerous port cities in the world cause of organized crime and racketeering. But Portland has left its dark age in history and nowadays is recognized for liberal and progressive politics.
The summers in Portland are known to be dry and warm. Winters are usually rainy and cool, which makes it great for growing roses; that’s why Portland is nicknamed “The City of Roses.” In more detail, Portland got that name back in 1888 when a giant pink variety of hybrid tea roses was introduced to the city.
During World War I, the International Rose Test Garden was built to protect European rose species from disappearing. Since then, many more rose gardens have been built, and the city even celebrates the Portland Rose Festival, which takes place every year in June, including a carnival, parades, and navy ships.
Portland is not just the city of roses, but is also at the heart of cultural diversity, and it can amaze with so much more of its monuments, festivals, and history. But now let’s talk about its cuisine. Portland has been proclaimed as the best city for foodies, people who love discovering new and unique flavors in the entire United States.
Many dishes are specific to the area, such as Maple Bacon, Reggie Deluxe, and so much more. In the following few pages, we are going to guide you through a few of its most famous rooftop bars in Portland.
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7 Best Portland Rooftop Bars
The Xport Rooftop Lounge is one of the most modern and elegant Portland Rooftop Bars high above the city of Portland. Their menu is represented by varieties of different dishes, which are singled out as special bites, including calamari fritti, Caesar salad, garlic truffle fries, spicy Buffalo chicken sandwich, and maple-glazed Brussels sprouts.
They open every day during the week from 4:30 pm and are a great place for a bunch of occasions, starting from a simple night out to business meetings and celebrations. So, if you’re a gourmet who enjoys stylish, modern restaurants, we highly recommend you visit this rooftop bar in Portland.
Departure Restaurant and Lounge is a lovely, luxurious place above the city; exactly what you would expect from a Portland rooftop bar. They work from Wednesday to Sunday from 4 pm to 11 pm. On New Year’s Eve, they work from 4 pm to 1 am, but on Christmas Day, they are closed.
They provide great food with excellent service and a stylish atmosphere. Their menu is rich and diverse, mainly represented by Northwest Oysters, Sashimi, Spicy Tuna Poke Roll, Ishiyaki Steak, Kabocha Squash, and so much more. They organize many events, and the characteristic thing about them is that they have summer school.
To summarize our thoughts, Departure Restaurant and Lounge is ready to provide a great rooftop bar atmosphere with even more fantastic food and drinks. So the next time you’re up to having breakfast, lunch, dinner, a snack, or just a drink, don’t think twice before heading up to Departure Restaurant and Lounge. It’s one of the eight best Portland Rooftop Bars.
1538 SW Jefferson St., Portland, OR 97201, United States // +15032223745
Looking for a simple place to dine in with your family or all by yourself? Then Leaky Roof Gastro Pub is the right place for you. They provide dining and takeaway.
There’s no doubt that your dish will be warm and fresh, specifically made with the groceries mentioned in the menu. The menu is abundant and includes a smash burger, a cup of stew or soup, sweet potato fries, onion rings, calamari, chicken Caesar salad, grilled chicken sandwich, bread pudding a la mode, chocolate cake, and ice cream sundae.
Leaky Roof Gastro Pub might have a fun name, but they are pretty serious when it comes to hygiene. Meanwhile, they care about using fresh and high-quality ingredients, so you don’t have to worry about your health. Leaky Roof Gastro Pub is convenient for every generation, from youngest to oldest.
In this lovely little place, you’ll be welcomed by a team of dedicated workers who are up to please their clients and make up their day. Leaky Roof Gastro Pub is open daily from 11:30 am to 09:00 pm; they are closed on Christmas Day.
Their prices are pretty affordable, but it doesn’t mean that something is being taken away from the quality of the country; this place is indeed said to be every gourmet’s dream for a rooftop bar in Portland.
1411 NW Flanders St., Portland, OR 97209, United States // +15032241700
Portland, or shall we call it Partyland, because these rooftop bars in the city are the definition of a party. This restaurant’s menu is divided into five sections: bites, mids, mains, pies, and more.
Each one of the themes is represented by varieties of different dishes such as fried Brussels sprouts and steak, gorgonzola nachos, gourmet burgers, locally sourced seafood, pizzas, and so much more.
The food is excellent, the service is impressive, and the prices are affordable, but the thing that is priceless here is the experience.
Ten Barrel Brewing Portland is the party queen between the Portland rooftop bars, and it is most likely that you’ll never forget the night you step into this magical place that’ll wrap you up with the pure beauty of the nightlife.
It will light you up with the freedom of the bohemian street life and satisfy your cravings with excellent food.
So if you and your senses of taste are up to experiencing the adventure of your life, 10 Barrel Brewing Portland is the right place for you.
1300 SE Stark St #110, Portland, OR 97214, United States // +15037765500
This scenic rooftop deck is open seasonally and offers draft beer, cocktails & bar bites with a fun vibe. The atmosphere is chill and inviting, and the staff is knowledgeable.
Roof Deck is a great rooftop and bar, with beautiful views back to Portland city, especially at sunset and one of the best places to spend your day with friends.
You must try one of their cocktails of the month called “MAGICAL MUSTACHE TOUR.” Enjoy this hot tub party bacchanal in a glass to get you in the mood with Union Mezcal, yellow Chartreuse, Vanilla Rooibos, Lemon, & Jamaican Bitters.
5008 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215, United States // +15032326333
Great place for cocktails. I’ve only had tasty snack bites, but I plan on having dinner there soon to try out their diverse food options. They have a lot of fun cocktails to choose from and full table service.
The ambiance and atmosphere are also great. Very cozy, pretty dark, and very comfortable, suitable for date night.
One of my favorite signature cocktails is the “The Most Popular Drink” with vodka, lime, coconut, orgeat, Shirley Temple Soda, and Pop Rocks.
Also, the “Seasonal Manhattan” with bourbon, dried apricot, vermouth, sherry, pear brandy, and bitters and the “The Backhand with bourbon, fernet, cardamom, reduced orange, and whiskey bitters are worth trying too.
However, for those who are not willing to experiment with cocktails, there is an extensive wine list with local and imported wines and beer and other beverages menu.
1101 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, United States // +15032872346
This is remodeled gas station known for its American fare, weekend Bloody Mary bar & heated rooftop patio. Here is the best vegan burger I’ve ever had (Vegan Royale) and the best fries I’ve had in a while to boot.
The atmosphere was relaxing and welcoming, and the servers were super friendly. The music was excellently selected as well. If you’re looking for a great brunch place, please consider this restaurant because you will be amazed by its extensive brunch menu.
My first choice is always the Classic Benedict with English Muffin, Poached Eggs, and White-Pepper Hollandaise and served with your choice of – House-Smoked Pepper Bacon – Pork Sausage – Spinach & Tomato.
From their good morning cocktails, I will single out the Iced Cowboy Coffie with Whiskey, St. Elizabeth AllSpice Dram, Coffee Liqueur, Iced Coffee, Whipped Cream, Cinnamon Tincture and Angostura Bitters Float. Refreshing, awakening and strong at the same time!
7 Best Portland Rooftop Bars: Conclusion
So, we’ve come to the very end of this delicious journey. We hope we’ve awakened your interest in visiting the City of Roses, this monument of diverse culture and, most importantly, the synonym of great cuisine.
So make sure you visit or, may I say, taste Portland as soon as possible while we survey the next culinary heaven for you.
Visiting other destinations in Oregon? Check out our other guides:
- The Best Places to Eat in Troutdale, Oregon
- 13 Best Things To Do In Sisters Oregon
- The 10 Best Restaurants In Bend Oregon
- The 12 Best Restaurants In Redmond Oregon
Igor Jovanovski is an aspiring digital nomad, travel blogger and graphic designer who really loves food. He also has a creative side, and he works as a freelance graphic designer in his spare time. He has traveled across Europe quite a few times since he was young and recently started his mission to visit every country in the world! Igor’s favorite thing about traveling is the way he gets to know new people, food, places and cultures.
This exciting experience helps him create his own stories and make memories that will last forever