Bike-Friendly Brewery Tour

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.

Terrain

Smooth paved streets, many with bike lanes.

Traffic

Urban traffic can be heavy at commuter rush hours.

Access 

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.

Side Trips

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.

 

More Details

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. 

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Begin at the corner of SW Salmon St and SW 18th Ave, and ride east along SW Salmon St.
  • 0.8 Left onto SW Second Ave. 1.0 Right onto SW Alder St and cross the Morrison Bridge.
  • 1.5 Right onto SE Water St.
  • 1.6 Left onto SW Salmon St.
  • 2.1 Right onto SE Ninth Ave.
  • 2.2 Left onto SE Hawthorne Blvd.
  • 2.4 Right at SE 12th Ave onto SE Ladd Ave to the Ladd Circle.
  • 2.7 Right onto SE Elliot Ave.
  • 3.0 Right onto SE 12th Ave.
  • 4.8 Left onto NE Lloyd Blvd, then right onto NE 11th Ave.
  • 5.0 Left onto NE Multnomah Blvd.
  • 5.2 Right onto NE Seventh Ave.
  • 5.6 Left onto NE Tillamook St, jog right to cross NE Martin Luther King Blvd and remain on NE Tillamook St.
  • 6.0 Right onto N Williams Ave.
  • 7.1 Left onto NE Skidmore St one block, then left onto N Vancouver Ave.
  • 8.2 Right onto N Russell St and an immediate left onto N Flint Ave.
  • 8.7 Right onto N Broadway to cross the Broadway Bridge and continue along NW Broadway crossing Burnside St.
  • 8.8 Right onto SW Washington St.
  • 10.3 Right onto SW 14th Ave.
  • 10.5 Left onto NW Glisan St.
  • 10.8 Left onto NW 19th Ave (which becomes SW 18th Ave after crossing Burnside St) passing the Jeld-Wenn Field and returning to the corner of SW Salmon St.
  • 11.2 End ride.
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    17.762 km / 11.037 mi

    Total Distance

    186 m / 609 ft

    Total Ascent

    186 m / 611 ft

    Total Descent

    58 m / 190 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Gravel
    Various
    Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
    Ride Duration: options
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Mobile Coverage: Excellent
    Estimated Distance: 11.2
    Elevation Gain: 505
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber
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