Booze and babies? Taking your littles out to a bar might be an odd pairing, but Portland has some great spots to get an adult beverage, enjoy grown-up conversation, all while the kids play, nosh on tasty snacks and have fun. Cheers to that!
Hopworks Urban Brewery. Located in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood, this brewery was designed with families in mind. (Hopworks also has a location in Vancouver, and in the airport.) There’s a kid-approved menu, with mainstays like tots and chicken fingers and pizza, a dedicated play area for littles and pinball machines for older kids. While they are playing, enjoy a cold one, made from certified salmon-safe hops. Hopworks also has a solid cocktail and spirits menu.
Zoiglhaus Brewing Company. This large beer house in outer Southeast is as family-friendly as they come. An inviting atmosphere abounds, plus you’ll find a solid play area for the kids. The kids menu includes the classics (burger, mac & cheese) On the beer front, this brewing company specializes in German-inspired beers with a PNW twist. *Update for 2022, the play area is temporarily unavailable until the north side expansion is complete.*
Laurelwood Public House and Brewing. This kid-friendly brewpub is a family favorite. And you know the folks at Laurelwood got you, when their kids’ menu says, “Order your kid’s meal early … and we’ll get the kids fed first!” In addition to classics for the kiddos, this Northeast brewpub serves up stellar food for grown-ups, including locally-sourced seasonal specials. Don’t miss their family events, too, like pumpkin-carving parties, game nights and more.
Ecliptic Brewing. Beam up to the Boise neighborhood for an out-of-this world brewpub experience. Ecliptic serves up more than a dozen beers on tap, plus, seasonal and special limited releases. There’s also a dedicated kids’ menu with favorites like grilled cheese, chicken tenders and a little burger.
Oregon Public House. “Have a pint, change the world,” is the motto at this pub — a non-profit that donates all profits to charity. The community-driven aspect of this enterprise can be seen in the way it treats kids as well. It prides itself in being a place where families can come gather. You’ll find a kids’ play area, family-friendly food and even entertainment from time to time in the form of musicians and movies. [Editor’s note: the pub is currently closed for renovations, but we bet the wait will be worth it!]
McMenamins Kennedy School. Given its history as an old elementary school, it’s not surprisingly that the Kennedy School is a kid-friendly destination. Kennedy School has lots of options for hungry families — from grabbing a slice at their movie theater to grabbing a pint in the Cypress Room. While you’re there, don’t miss the Baby Blockbusters, or the relaxing soaking pool.
Sasquatch Brewing. This Hillsdale brewpub has a creative line-up of beers and ciders — Tip of the Riceburg rice lager anyone? — plus, kid-approved bites like mac & cheese and chicken tenders.
Ex Novo Brewing. This charitable brewery, which has donated more than $100,000 of its net proceeds, has locations in North Portland, Beaverton and Hillsboro (and a fourth location in New Mexico). Whichever of the three Portland-area ones you visit, you’ll find friendly staff, a solid kids’ menu, with apple slices served as a healthy side, and an impressive stable of IPAs, pilsners, sours, lagers and more on tap. Don’t miss the housemate ice cream!
Old Town Pizza. Fun fact: Old Town Brewing Company’s downtown location is said to be one of the oldest buildings in Portland. Built on top of the Shanghai Tunnels, perhaps that’s also why the location is rumored to be haunted. The small batch beer is scary good. And the service is top-notch: They’re quick with the crayons and coloring sheets, and have great food for kids and adults alike. (Because hello, pizza.) Old Town also has a Northeast location.
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- Level Beer
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- Steeplejack Brewing Company (kids menu and kids eat free days!)
- Hip Chicks do Wine (not a brewery/pub, but great!)
- PDX Urban Wineries (not a brewery/pub, but great!)
- Breakside Brewery
- Hoppy Brewer
- Holler PDX
- Camas Slices/Camas Brewing Co.
- Saint Pizza Lounge PDX
- Deep Space Brewing
- Stormbreaker Brewing
- Birdsview Brewing Company
- Great Notion
- Wayfinder Beer
- Migration Brewing
- All McMenamins Locations
- Pono Brewing
- Threshold Beer
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