Where to Drink This Week

Backyard Social has been one of Portland’s best outdoor gems for over a decade. Now that the temperatures are warming, hit the patio for Jello-O and pudding shots.

1. Backyard Social

1914 N Killingsworth St., 503-719-04316, backyardsocialpdx.com. 4-9 pm Monday-Tuesday, 4-10 pm Wednesday-Saturday.

Names don’t lie: Counting its previous incarnation as the Hop & Vine, Backyard Social has been one of Portland’s best outdoor spots for over a decade, and its verdant, could-be-a-neighbor’s-garden charm is hard to resist now that temperatures are warming. It’s also a real restaurant, with duck leg confit, crispy fingerling potatoes, and a perfect, tavern-style burger that comes off a mesquite charcoal grill you can see and smell from your table. The list of about a dozen cocktails also includes two shots: Jell-O and pudding.

2. Suckerpunch

1030 SE Belmont St., 503-208-4022, suckerpunch.bar. 6-10 pm Thursday-Saturday, 6-8 pm Sunday.

You will leave Suckerpunch as sober as you were when you walked in, but the thing is, Portland’s first non-alcoholic bar still works its magic: It’s a place where adults can enjoy some complex yet balanced cocktails in a cozy place and catch up with friends. Andy McMillan, who founded the business because he was desperate for better zero-proof concoctions around town, recently changed the three-item menu, so you’ll find some new options if you’ve already been.

3. SteepleJack Brewing Pizza & Beer

4439 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway, 503-719-6241, steeplejackbeer.com. 3-10 pm Monday-Saturday, noon-10 pm Saturday-Sunday.

First they rehabilitated a century-old church and turned it into a brewery. And while the SteepleJack owners’ second construction project—the former IBU Public House on Beaverton Hillsdale Highway—wasn’t quite as ambitious, the end result is just as exciting for beer lovers on the other side of town. The company’s pizza-and-beer-focused pub opened in mid-May, which mirrors the original location’s Craftsman aesthetic. The beer offerings are also similar to what’s on tap at the Northeast Portland flagship, which includes two beer engines, one of which is currently pouring Alewife, an English dark mild that won gold at the Oregon Beer Awards.

4. Portland Cider Co.

3638 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 971-888-5054, portlandcider.com. 3-9 pm Wednesday-Thursday, 1-10 pm Friday-Saturday, 1-9 pm Sunday. 8925 SE Jannsen Road, Building F, Clackamas, 503-744-4213. 3-9 pm Wednesday-Thursday, 3-10 pm Friday, noon-10 pm Saturday, noon-9 pm Sunday.

Back by popular demand, Portland Cider’s Tangerine Dreamsicle was designed to trigger summertime notalgia, with its bright, tangy fruit juice swirled together with rich vanilla from Singing Dog in Eugene. It’s one of the brand’s most requested small-batch beverages ever, and you can get your hands on it again starting this weekend. Drink up. Summer is too short.

5. Flora

4500 SW Watson Ave., Beaverton, 503-372-5352, exploretock.com. 6 pm-close Thursday-Sunday.

You can now reserve a stool inside the hidden bar perched above the new Beaverton Loyal Legion taproom. Flora is an intimate and refined cocktail-focused venue, serving concoctions in crystal glassware in a swanky setting—here the lights are dimmed and the wallpaper depicts mythical creatures. Customers can expect an eclectic, plant-based drink menu that’s as playful as it is colorful. Opening offerings included a Caribbean horchata, a Tang-based cocktail, and a whiskey-Aperol mix with a kick thanks to the addition of cayenne simple syrup.