5 Spots To Have Beer & Cocktails In Style – Long Beach/Astoria WA/OR
One of the many things we’ve been doing during our last few months here at Cape D is to explore the various adult establishments around town.
Now you all know how much we love our beer, and the Astoria area offers up local brewing in droves with 4 local breweries, a recently opened Growler Guys and several bars. But one thing we didn’t realize is there are also some decent cocktail bars out here. The latter we discovered thanks to our buddies the Wandertopia boys who volunteered at Cape D the month before us and scouted out the destination before our arrival in July. For those of you not of the alcohol-loving persuasion many of these bars offer excellent virgin drinks too, and for those with doggies there are plenty of spots you can bring them with you as well.
So, in typical WheelingIt style I’m going to give you a list of our favorite 5 spots to enjoy a glass (or two) in this area:
1/ Fort George Brewery – Astoria, OR
No beer-vacation would be complete without a visit to this classic establishment in Astoria, OR. Built on the original Astoria settlement location, this wonderful old building houses several levels of beervana; a downstairs restaurant, an upstairs brew/pizza spot, an outside dog-friendly patio and a next-door tap room (which offers many experimental or seasonal taps not available in the indoor area). Our preference is either the upstairs spot (for the view) or the outside patio where we can sit with doggy and sneak over to the tap room to try the experimental brews.
For IPA lovers the classic 3-Way, Optimist or Vortex are all outstanding. For Stout lovers, I recommend skipping the in-house Stout (which is OK, but not overly exciting) and instead asking the bar tender for either a Cavatica Stout (a bourbon barrel-aged beauty) or a North The Eight (which is their Russian Imperial). Neither are on tap, but both are typically availible in bottles and are absolutely OUTstanding! I also really enjoyed some of the experimental beers from their tap room. They had a Spruce Bud which was lovely and a Belgian Ale Aged in Pinot with Raspberries which was summery delicious. Food-wise the pizza and burgers are very nice here.
Link to Fort George Brewery HERE.
Dogs Allowed? YES Fort George has a lovely & spacious Dog-friendly outdoor seating area to the right of the main building. As an added bonus you can grab (and drink) beers from the tap room when you sit outside.
2/ Bouy Beer Company – Astoria, OR
We first discovered Bouy Beer Company last year and thought they were decent, but this year we found them to be even better and they’ve now risen way up in our rankings for breweries in the area. The location is awesome, right on the riverfront with a full-glass view of the Columbia and even a partially glassed floor.
They tend to specialize in Ale’s so for Ale-lovers there is a lot going on here. In our case we were drawn by their Mosaic IPA, India Red Rye Ale and Lavender Saison (my personal fav). Their Stout is nice, but a bit thin for my tastes. Pair your beer with some classic fish and chips (their sweet potato fries are the best in Astoria IMHO). My only gripe? I wish their dog-seating area was nicer.
Link to Buoy Beer Company HERE
Dogs Allowed? YES, but only in a small fenced-in outdoor area with a few metal seats next to the brewery entrance. You can drink beer and order food to go here, but you won’t get any service. It’s OK, but not super comfy, so if you have doggie in tow I recommend one of the other breweries instead.
3/ Rogue Brewery – Astoria, OR
Although Rogue is not local to Astoria, it’s a well-known Oregon brewery that offers some great brews. Located around ~1 mile east of downtown in the old cannery on pier 39, it’s worth the visit just for the location alone. You access the brewery along a gorgeous wooden plank bridge and just about every spot here (including the outdoor dog-friendly area) has an excellent water view.
For IPA lovers the 7-hop IPA is very nice. For Stout lovers there are enough stouts on tap for an entire flight of tastings, but my favorite (by far) is the Russian Imperial. It’s one that’ll put hairs on your chest 🙂 Food here tends to be so-so, except we DO like their salmon chowder and fish & chips.
Dogs Allowed? YES. Outdoor seating is dog-friendly and they even offer a dog-specific menu (how cute!). Just be aware that it often gets chilly here, so bring an extra fleece if you plan to sit outside.
4/ North Jetty Brewery – Seaview, WA
This is a brand new brewery in the area, and honestly we weren’t expecting much when we went over to try them but they totally surprised us…in a good way! It’s a cozy, little establishment along the main drag in Seaside that offers ~12 different brews on tap. We particularly enjoyed their Lights Out and North Head IPA, Red Scottish Ale and Blueberry Rye (my personal favorite). As an added bonus there is a small taco truck next-door which offers some of the best street-food we’ve had in this area. Only $7 for 3 tacos and you can bring them inside the brewery to munch (highly recommend the Banh Mi tacos). The brewery also offers free peanuts. Only negative? No dog-friendly seating 🙁 but that’s not stopped us from going back (twice).
Link to North Jetty Brewery HERE.
Dogs Allowed? NO dogs allowed here, sadly.
5/ Pickled Fish – Long Beach, WA
This restaurant sits on the top floor of the Adrift hotel and is a cool, modern space with an outstanding panoramic view of the beach. Their main dishes are somewhat over-priced (and so-so), but their cocktails are SUPERB and they pair very nicely with many of the appetizers on the menu (which we do like).
I had one of the best dirty martini’s I’ve had in a long time here, and we tried at least 4 other cocktails from the menu that were both creative and incredibly tasty (they also offer a nice selection of craft beers for those not of the cocktail persuasion). We like it so much we’ve been back twice with friends. Follow your light dinner with a lovely sunset stroll along the Long Beach Boardwalk and you’ll have yourself an evening to remember.
Link to Pickled Fish HERE. It tends to be popular so reservations are recommended!
Dogs Allowed? NO dogs allowed here, sadly.
That wraps up our boozy review of the area. Any of your fav spots here that we missed?