1. Little Beast
A welcome respite from a New Portland beer scene overcrowded with garage doors and concrete, Little Beast is a retooled yellow bungalow with 16 taps, a smattering of indoor seating and a massive half-covered outdoor area that serves as the liquor-licensed front yard you never had, complete with blankets for picnic-style drinking on the lawn.
The environment at this German pub is as vibrant as the bold blue accents taken from the Bavarian lozenges adorning the space. Beers seem to come in three sizes: Big Gulp, Super Big Gulp and Boot.
3. Level Beer
5211 NE 148th Ave., 503-714-1222.
Housed in a former produce market, Level has made excellent use of an old greenhouse by turning it into the outer eastside's finest drinking porch.
4. The Fixin' To
The St. Johns fixture has always been a great, homey dive. But two years after building a venue on an empty lot behind the bar, it has become a cornerstone of Portland's indie music scene.
5. Les Caves
1719 NE Alberta St., lescavespdx.com.
Through an alley off Alberta and down a flight of stairs, you'll find one of the city's friendliest and best-stocked wine bars. Les Caves has the vibe of a cozy, subterranean lodge—perfect for hiding out during the summer heat wave, which should be hitting right about…now.