Cycle Portland, Sightseeing Ride, Bike-Friendly Brewery Tour
Want to hear the heartbeat of Portland? This is the bike ride for you! Beer and bikes are intrinsically knit together in Portland. This relatively flat ride will let you sample both the bike and beer cultures in one spin around town. And because these locations are bike-friendly, there is always plenty of bike parking available.
Smooth paved streets, many with bike lanes.
Urban traffic can be heavy at commuter rush hours.
By car, from Pioneer Courthouse Square travel west on SW Morrison Street; left on SW 18th Avenue to the corner of SW Salmon Street. On-street parking.
By public transportation, from downtown Portland take either a Blue or Red line TriMet MAX train toward Hillsboro or Beaverton and disembark at Kings Hill/SW Salmon TriMet MAX station.
Food and Drink
Lots of opportunities for both food and drink! Public restrooms downtown Portland and at the pub of your choice.
Pioneer Courthouse Square, Ladd’s Addition, the Laurelhurst and Irvington neighborhoods, the Alberta Arts, the Pearl, and the historic Mississippi districts are all within easy riding distance.
Begin in the southwest quadrant of the city and bike ride through downtown Portland, over the Morrison Bridge via the cycle track. The first bike-friendly stop is Lucky Lab Brew Pub on SE Hawthorne Boulevard. There is plenty of bike parking at the rear entrance and on surrounding streets. This pub is known for its annual Tour de Lab bike race, is the launching pad for the infamous Worst Day of the Year Ride, and offers a welcoming environment for four-legged best friends. The beer is pretty good, too.
Next you will travel through the wide streets of Ladd’s Addition in search of the second stop – the Apex Bar at SE 12th Avenue and SE Division Street. This is one of several pubs in the area, but is unique in having 50 beer taps and providing bike locks for cyclists with a thirst. Apex Bar offers no food, but encourages guests to bring their own. Several food establishments are located nearby. After enjoying a beverage at Apex you’ll ride along SE 12th Avenue which is somewhat narrow as you start out. Just before crossing Burnside Street a bike lane appears and provides a buffer between you and the traffic through this busy section of town. At the furthest northeast point of the ride choose one of three pubs in this bike-centric neighborhood along North Williams Avenue.
Vendetta is on the corner of NE Skidmore Street and is a great choice with a backyard atmosphere. Around the corner are the Fifth Quadrant and the Hopworks Bike Bar. All three offer wonderful beer choices, ample bike parking, and outdoor seating. Leave behind the northeast quadrant by crossing the Broadway Bridge and ride up to the Mission Theater on NW Glisan Street. This old-style theater is a terrific venue for a movie, live music, and, of course, a beer. Bike parking is a little less generous here, but there are plenty of side streets with staples to lock your bike. These are by no means the only bike-friendly pubs in town. Use this ride to guide you and discover your favorite breweries.
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