Hopworks Urban Brewery is Portland's first eco brewpub and home to their family friendly pub. The pub serves good food and beers. There are many TVs spread throughout the pub to watch sports on. They added a large back room that is perfect for groups. They incorporate sustainable practices in their operation. Hopworks is 100% renewably powered and "cradle to gate" carbon neutral. They offer tours every Saturday at 3 PM. Hopworks is a 20 barrel brewery that produces 10,000 barrels of organic beer a year. All tours include 2 beer tastings. Their tours can accommodate up to 20 people and preference is given to those who make a reservation, even though reservations are not required. Closed toe shoes are required for the tour. To arrange a tour you can email Tours@HopworksBeer.com.
Recommended for Group Friendly because: Hopworks has a large back room that is perfect for groups and is kid friendly.
Meagan's expert tip: Call ahead and reserve the back room for your group.
Departure restaurant and lounge is found in downtown Portland inside the Nines Hotel. They serve their own signature cocktail creations, like the Three Headed Elephant and Crazy 88. The bar is well stocked so they can make almost any cocktail for you. The atmosphere is lively and bright. Most the decor is white. They serve interesting food too that they refer to as modern Portland Asian cuisine. Food offerings include sushi, dim sum, and kushiyaki. They also offer a vegan menu. They also have an awesome roof top patio area. They offer happy hour from 4-6 PM daily , again from 10 PM - midnight Sunday through Thursday, and from 11 PM to close on Fridays and Saturdays.
Recommended for Group Friendly because: Departure has plenty of space for larger groups to dine together.
Meagan's expert tip: Go during happy hour for substantial savings on food and drinks.
BRIX Tavern, an American restaurant and bar, is the perfect place in the Pearl District to dine with a large group. The overall layout of the restaurant makes it Ideal for large groups. Their menu features seasonal fare, an extensive craft beer selection and interesting handcrafted cocktails. Popular menu items include their delightful paninis and the Brix Chips, an appetizer made with verde roasted pork shoulder, baked cheddar, grilled tomato salsa, and cilantro cream. Happy Hour is offered on and off throughout the day with $5 cocktails, $1 off draft beer, and wine by the glass. As well as food options starting at $5.95 making it one of the best happy hours in town.
Recommended for Group Friendly because: BRIX Tavern serves a variety of great food and can easily accommodate groups.
Meagan's expert tip: No matter what you order, kick off your meal with the BRIX Chips appetizer.
Deschutes Brewery brings the Scottish pub to the Northwest over in the Pearl District. They have 18 beers on tap which include Deschutes mainstays, experimental beers, and seasonal ales. Deschutes Brewery is best known for their Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Black Butte Porter. They take pride in not only offering good beers, but equally good food. The food is locally sourced, often organic, and prepared fresh daily. They offer interesting food like deviled eggs, elk burgers, apple red onion tart, and rootbeer braised pork belly. Deschutes Brewery has a good happy hour Monday - Friday from 4 to 6 PM.
Recommended for Group Friendly because: A favorite brewery among locals located in the popular Pearl District with plenty of group seating available.
Meagan's expert tip: Be sure to try a Pilsener and the beer cheese soup.
Located on the 30th floor of the Unico/US Bancorp Tower, this stylish steakhouse is lined with panoramic windows showcasing gorgeous views of downtown Portland. As the sun sets over the Cascade Mountains, patrons savor exquisite martinis, such as the lavender lemon drop, and superb steak and seafood dishes. The hand-seasoned steaks are served with a baked potato or buttermilk mashed potatoes as well as lavish additions like lemon basil lobster butter or triple cream Gorgonzola. As long as you do not have kids with you, you can dine in the lounge where they offer one of the best happy hours in town.
Recommended for Group Friendly because: Portland City Grill can easily accommodate larger groups and they offer stunning views of the city.
Meagan's expert tip: If possible make a reservation ahead of time.
Built in 1915, this architecturally beautiful structure served generations of students before being closed in 1980. Following a series of renovations by the McMenamin brothers, it reopened as a neighborhood entertainment facility. These days, it houses a 57 room bed and breakfast, restaurant, several bars and a gift shop. Families can grab a bite to eat in the Courtyard Restaurant and if it is a nice day they can site out on the cozy Courtyard Restaurant Patio. Here you can enjoy McMenamin draft beers and wines. Much of the food is organic and they have a nice variety of food choices available. Whether you want a curry, hamburger, salad, or a steak they have it.
Recommended for Group Friendly because: The Courtyard Restaurant located inside the Kennedy School is a great place for groups to dine.
Meagan's expert tip: No matter what you order be sure to try their cajun tots.
One restaurant that appears on just about everybody's best-of Portland list is Andina. With the tagline, "A Taste of Peru in the Pearl," Andina has taken traditional South American cuisine to the level of fine art. Located in the heart of Portland's Pearl District, the neighborhood is comprised of boutique shops, art galleries and old industrial building converted into high-end lofts. Andina has a formal dining room and a more casual bar featuring live, Latin-influnced music every night of the week. Though Andina is one of the more expensive restaurants in Portland, most diners agree that the food and attentive service is well worth the cost. The tapas menu, happy hour and lunch offerings make sampling Andina food affordable for almost anyone.
Recommended for Group Friendly because: Dining at Andina is an experience and they are able to accommodate groups of any size with 4 private dining spaces of varying capacities.
Meagan's expert tip: On weekend nights, public transportation maybe the most convenient way to travel to the Pearl.
Irving Street Kitchen offers outstanding Pacific Northwest cuisine made from the highest quality of ingredients. It also has amazing service. All the ingredients on Irving Street Kitchen's menu are house made, local & sustainable as available. Since they know exactly what is in their food they can easily accommodate food allergies. Even their fry oil is recycled into bio-diesel. The food creations are appetizing and interesting for example the Bibb Wedge Salad. This wedge is prepared with with Rogue Blue Cheese, Pink Lady Apple, Radish, Candied Pecans, and Tasso Bacon. They are open for brunch on the weekends and during warm days have a nice patio.
Recommended for Group Friendly because: Irving Street Kitchen offers interesting seating options, including a separate room, making it a good place for groups.
Meagan's expert tip: Don't leave without trying the butterscotch pudding.
Jackrabbit is a gorgeous restaurant inside the lobby of hipster hotel, The Duniway. The head celebrity chef is none other than Top Chef Masters winner Chris Cosentino. Jackrabbit features an extensive raw bar with oysters and clams. The cocktail menu is based around gin with interesting choices like the Homeward Bound cocktail made with gin, lemon, house vanilla, bubbles, and pear puree. The menu also features house-cured meats and dishes feature Oregon's incredible bounty. Jackrabbit offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday. They also offer a daily happy hour from 2 - 5 PM everyday. On weekends they have a delicious brunch.
Recommended for Group Friendly because: Jackrabbit has various rooms to accommodate groups of all sizes. Plus, the food is wonderful.
Meagan's expert tip: Jackrabbit offers an excellent happy hour everyday from 2 - 5 P.M.