Imbibing in Portland by Bike
City Tour, 7-13 Miles
Taking advantage of Portland’s supreme bikability to sample some of the best in local liquid culture, we crafted a full-day, breakfast-to-dinner bike tour to sample the city’s tastiest beverages.
About the Curator - In almost five years in Portland, Penelope Bass has written extensively about the city’s food and drink culture for publications like the Willamette Week and Imbibe magazine, where she currently serves on the editorial staff. She loves riding her bike, delicious food and drinks, and riding her bike toward delicious food and drinks. And boy is Portland the ideal city for that.
Ride with GPS
- Clever Cycles - $30+ daily for Brompton folding bikes and family cargo bikes includes a lock, helmet and map
- Cycle Portland - $15+ daily for hybrid, road and single speed bikes. Helmets, locks and panniers are included.
- Everybody's Bike Rentals - $25+ daily for commuter, road or touring bikes. All prices include lights, lock, helmet and bike map. Rain gear and panniers extra.
- Pedal Bike - $35+ daily for Jamis Commuter, road, tandem or kids bikes and trailers and trail-a-bikes. Helmets and locks included.
- Start of tour - MAX Blue/Red (Pioneer Square), MAX Green (Pioneer Place), MAX Orange/Yellow (Pioneer Courthouse)
- End of tour - MAX Blue/Red (Galleria & SW 10th), MAX Green (SW 6th & Pine), MAX Orange/Yellow (SW 5th & Jefferson)
What to Bring?
Cash, water bottle, picnic blanket and bike basket, pannier or backpack to carry take-out food.
A. Barista 529 SW 3rd Ave #110 | www.baristapdx.com
Fuel up for the day at the downtown Barista Café, the local chain started by 35-year-old champion barista Billy Wilson. He carefully curates the coffee selection, featuring up to three different roasters to choose from for their skillfully prepared drinks. M-F 6am-6pm / Sa-Su 9am-4pm
B. Kure Juice 77 SE Yamhill St | www.kurejuicebar.com | 855-777-5873
After crossing the Steel Bridge and cruising along the river’s edge on the Eastbank Esplanade, make a detour at Kure for a tasty and nutrient-packed smoothie (the Extra Mile with almond butter, kale, coconut and banana is my go-to). 7 days 8am-6pm
C. Cascade Brewing Barrel House 939 SE Belmont St | www.cascadebrewingbarrelhouse.com | 503-265-8603
With more than two dozen rotating taps, Cascade is the Portland pioneer of sour beer. Grab a sampler tray to test their current lineup of tart elixirs. Su-Th 12-11pm / F-Sa 12pm-12am
D. Hale Pele 2733 NE Broadway St | halepele.com | 503-662-8454
Take a quick trip to the tropics with a happy hour round of expertly crafted tiki drinks at Hale Pele. 7 days 4pm-12am
E. Clyde Common 1014 SW Stark St | www.clydecommon.com | 503-228-3333
Returning downtown where you began, reward yourself for a long day of cycling with dinner and drinks at Clyde Common. Barman extraordinaire Jeffrey Morgenthaler helms one of the best bar programs in the city, and his Dark and Stormy is a thing of legend. M-F 11:30am-11:45pm / Sa 10-12:45am / Su 10am-10:45pm
1. Portland Saturday Market 2 SW Naito Pkwy | www.portlandsaturdaymarket.com | 503-241-4188
On the weekends, your ride along the waterfront will take you through the Portland Saturday Market where you can stop to peruse the stalls or grab a snack. Sa 10am-5pm / Su 11am-4:30pm
2. Meat Cheese Bread 1406 SE Stark St | www.meatcheesebread.com | 503-234-1700
Grab some lunch to go at sandwich shop Meat Cheese Bread. While you’re there, pick up a beer next door at the impossible-to-Google bottle shop Beer. Picnic packed. 7 days 7am-8pm
3. Laurelhurst Park 3756 SE Oak St | www.portlandonline.com | 503-823-2525
Enjoy said picnic in the lovely surroundings of Laurelhurst Park. (Yes, drinking alcohol in a public park is against the law, and we will not condone it here. Be smart).
4. North Williams
The ride up North Williams offers any number of potential detours, like the Hopworks Bike Bar, Tasty N Sons or the Box Social.
4a. Hopworks BikeBar 3947 N Williams Ave | www.hopworksbeer.com | 503-287-6258
Brewery that caters specifically to the thirsty people who bike by. Su-Th 11am-12pm / F-Sa 11-12am
4b. Tasty n Sons 3808 N Williams Ave | www.tastynsons.com | 503-621-1400
(from Bikabout's founder) The first time I visited PDX, I was biking to a conference on a Friday morning and stumbled upon the crazy line and asked a couple what was going on. They told me to get in line, "It will be worth it!" I will never remember what session at the conference I missed that day, but I will always drool over the taste memory of the Polenta n Sausage Ragu AND remember the couple who coerced me into line and then invited me to eat with them (and treated me)! Get in line at least 20 minutes before opening. Su-Th 9am-10pm / F-Sa 9am-11pm
4c. The Box Social 3971 N Williams Ave | www.bxsocial.com | 503-288-1111
A drinking parlour. 7 days 4pm-2am
5. Overlook Park
West-facing on bluffs above the river, Overlook Park is one of the best spots in town to catch the sunset.