Where to Day Drink This Summer in Portland

by Alexander Frane on Jun 21, 2016 in Roundups

It’s officially summer time, which means that drinking anytime before 9 PM is technically day drinking, especially up here in the Northwest. That means you can imbibe with impunity whenever you want, and no one can judge you. To help, we’ve put together the best bars in the city for day drinking at anytime of the year. Most of them open before noon, so you can start early. Did we miss your favorite spot to waste an afternoon? Let us know on our Facebook or Twitter.

You can’t have a day drinking article without including the second most confusingly named bar in the city. My Father’s Place opens at 6 AM every day of the week and is hidden from the harsh rays of the sun, so you can pretend it’s late and knock back some cheap beers at any time of day. Breakfast is served all day to aid in the illusion. (523 Grand Ave.; 503-235-5494)

Americano
Americano is a café in the morning and a bar in the evening, but that just means it has a speciality morning cocktail menu. It’s perfectly acceptable to have rum in the morning when it has cold brew coffee, coconut milk, and demerara in it, like in the Rockaway Beach. (2605 E Burnside St.; info@americanopdx.com)

Apex
One of Portland’s most popular beer bars, Apex’s patio is always filled with daytime drinkers with pints of local IPAs. Portland seems to think it doesn’t really count as day-drinking if it’s not hard alcohol, and that’s exemplified at the always busy Apex. (1216 SE Division St.; 503-273-9227)

Radio Room
Radio Room makes a point of accessibility. It’s open every day of the year (as we have often referenced) from 9 AM - 2 AM. Happy hour is from 3 PM - 6 PM every day, so you can sit out on the patio with a cheap drink in hand, watching the Alberta crowds go by. (1101 NE Alberta St.; 503-287-2346)

Cheerful Tortoise
Cheerful Tortoise is a grimy sports bar packed with flatscreens and neon signs advertising beers and sports teams. It is the antithesis of a Portland bar in many ways. Still, it’s the best place for PSU students to grab a quick drink. (1939 SW 6th Ave.; 503-224-3377)

Mad Hanna
This well kept Beaumont secret is starting to get out, for better or worse. It’s probably because Mad Hanna is just such a great, charming neighborhood bar (don’t call it a dive). It’s open early enough for some day drinks out back on the large yard, and you can always pay it forward and buy a drink for your friend to claim when they next come in. (6129 NE Fremont St.; 503-288-2944)

Rae’s Lakeview Lounge
There’s no lake near Rae’s Lakeview Lounge, but there are $1 mimosas on the weekend. During the week, the bar opens at 11 with a great lunch menu and a cheap happy hour for all your day drinking needs. As a bonus, there are usually dogs out on the patio. (1900 NW 27th Ave.; 503-719-6595)

Vendetta
Unlike other bars on this list, Vendetta isn’t open until 1 PM. That still leaves plenty of daytime to drink out on the wide back patio, or in the warehouse looking bar with a plate of Motherload Nachos ($10/$15), piled with beans, cheese, ground beef, onions, peppers, sour cream, and salsa. (4306 N Williams St.; 503-288-1085)

Loyal Legion
One of Portland’s best new bars, Loyal Legion boasts an astounding 95+ taps of Oregon beer, laboriously maintained to assure the highest quality. Recently, the bar brought in Tommy Klus, previously of the Multnomah Whisk{e}y Library to set up an exemplary whisk(e)y selection, so you can now knock back some expense Japanese Whiskey at 11 AM. (710 SE 6th Ave.; 503-235-8272)

Burnside Brewing
Again, it doesn’t really count as day drinking if it’s beer; that’s the Portlander way. Burnside Brewing has solid beer, good food, and is open at 11 AM every day of the week—it’s the perfect space for a lunch break or some afternoon work with a pint in hand. (701 E. Burnside St.; 503-946-8151)

Dots Cafe
Dots is open at 10 AM on weekends and at noon during the week, but the best time to go to this awesome diner-style lounge is from during the five hour long happy hour from 2 PM - 7 PM every day. It’s the perfect time for a glass of $5 rosé. (2521 SE Clinton St.; 503-235-0203)

Space Room And Genies Too
Maybe the most quintessential day drinking bar in Portland, The Space Room is mercifully free of any windows to the bright outdoors. With an 8 AM opening, cheap drinks, tacky-but-great space themed aesthetic, and a solid breakfast menu courtesy of Genie’s Cafe, it’s hard to beat the Space Room for day drinking. (4800 SE Hawthorne Blvd.; 503-235-6957)

Elephant’s Delicatessen at the CLSB
On the west exit of the Tillikum Bridge, housed in the Collaborative Life Sciences Building of OSHU and PSU, is an Elephant’s Delicatessen. There you can get coffee drinks, beer, wine, and even some cocktails, including a Keffir Lime G&T, Dark & Stormy, and Margarita. All are $6.50, except during the 3 PM - 6 PM happy hour, when they’re only $5, while 20 oz pints are $4. The cafe opens at 7 AM for all your day drinking needs, and happy hour is all day Sunday. (2730 SW Moody Ave.; 503-936-1095)

Photo via Alexander Frane

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