Summer patio drinking at dog-friendly establishments is one of the much-heralded joys of Portland, but like seemingly everything great about Puddletown, what happens the
nine months out of the year? With Bruce,
s unofficial mascot and office corgi, in tow, we braved the elements to bring you this by no means comprehensive roundup of year-round dog-friendly bars.
Lucky Lab Brew Pub
915 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 236-3555, luckylab.com.
This is itâthe O.G. of dog-friendly pubs and the one place youâre guaranteed to escape even the slightest hint of stink eye (and trust me, despite what
The New York Times
thinks, thereâs stink eye to be had) from the general public. During the winter, one half of the Labâs high-ceilinged, enclosed concrete patio is heated and cordoned off with what looks like a giant industrial shower curtain. Perfectly tolerable, so long as itâs not pouring rain and dogs arenât actively urinating on the floor, the smell of which can become trapped and amplified by the heat and curtain.
Spigot and accompanying bucket for accidents, both canine- and beer-related; cheap pretzels.
Water bowls, sparrows, french fry-dispensing strangers who take kindly to beggars.
832 N Beech St., 281-7708.
In the winter, Amnesiaâs sprawling sea of picnic tables is winnowed to three rows tucked inside a cozy blue-and-white vinyl tent. Visitors accustomed to Amnesiaâs friendly, back-porch neighborhood barbecue vibe may feel a sense of banishment, especially at night (the tent does call to mind a sort of purgatory for people with bad habitsâe.g., smoking, bringing your pet to places of business), but the enclosure does feature a preternaturally warm heating system, the most efficient of the bars we visited. Be forewarned, however, that the bar menu is largely limited to bratwurst, which you will be enjoying in an enclosed space filled with dogs.
Growlers to go.
Endlessly fascinating pieces of old food and gum stuck to the concrete.
New Old Lompoc
3412 SE Division St., 235-2215,
âKids and dogs are welcome,â states Hedge Houseâs website. Emphasis, it turns out, on the kids. The normally spacious patio, conveniently located next to Pix PÃ¢tisserie, is in January reduced to a small, plastic-wrapped cube at the rear of the property, more often than not filled with no-dog families trying to eat dinner. Canine visitors will do just fine here if theyâre able to contain their enthusiasm over the presence of children. (Bruce is not, so we found ourselves quickly moving on.)
Extensive food menu.
KIDS! KIDS! KIDS!
4847 SE Division St., 894-8132,
Landmarkâs patio is clearly at its zenith in summer, but two concessionary-looking storage canopies (the kind Cabelaâs carries to house boats) and four heaters are enough to keep it in winter service. The heaters were out of propane the night we visited, but after a couple pints of Ninkasi Sleighâr, this wasnât much of an issue. What was an issue, however, was the expansive, impossible-to-avoid mud pit under the tables, courtesy of La NiÃ±a. Maybe next year.
$1 off draft beers during Blazers games.
Mud for digging.