1. Scout Beer Garden

Southeast Belmont Street and 43rd Avenue, scoutpdx.com. 

You're only a block from the Horse Brass—but who wants to be stuffed into a dim British pub on a sunny day? Scout gets a badge for an impressive beer selection and plenty of shade.

2. Hop & Vine

1914 N Killingsworth St., 954-3322, thehopandvine.com.

In NoPo, it's hard to beat the large gravel-bottomed back patio at this friendly Overlook pub.

3. Spin Laundry Lounge

750 N Fremont St., 477-5382, spinlaundrylounge.com.

A sleek, sun-bathed room where the young and hip in NoPo can sip beer or espresso while washing the sex off their Company Store duvet covers. 

4. White Owl Social Club

1305 SE 8th Ave., 236-9672, whiteowlsocialclub.com.

The best patio in Portland right now.

5. Lompoc Tavern

1620 NW 23rd Ave., 894-9374, lompocbrewing.com.

If you're patio-drinking with your collar firmly unpopped on Northwest 23rd, your options are pretty limited. Lompoc has great bartenders, a great happy hour, a nice front patio and good beer. There's always something to see out front.