The Drinking Lot, a new pop-up beer bar from Bailey’s Taproom, opened yesterday under typical blustery Portland skies in the empty car lot at Martin Luther King Blvd. and E. Burnside in Portland. Created as a easily accessible outdoor taproom for the Craft Brewers Conference, taking place a handful of blocks north on MLK from The Drinking Lot.
The space consists of a small bar set up in front of a small mobile beer trailer and at least a dozen picnic tables with gas heaters (that were not working yesterday), along with Bailey’s signature Digital Pour draft beer menu displayed on a flat screen. A modest sized group of either unemployed, salaried, or otherwise off work early beer geeks gathered under the blessedly covered beer garden drinking rare dark beers from Surly Brewing. Pulehu Pizza is also there slinging tasty grilled pizzas from a cart, and a handful of port-o-potties offer a spot to recycle all that beer your drinking.
With the Craft Brewers Conference not even officially begun and better weather on the horizon, “The Drinking Lot” has a promisingly busy future ahead. Once word gets out and weather turns, thousands of beer professionals will be stopping in for a beer, not to mention the usual busy bar and restaurant crowd traversing the up-and-coming lower Burnside scene. Look for The Drinking Lot to become the place to be for early afternoon drinking this week before all the later afterparties.
The Drinking Lot is cash only but has an ATM and a rotating daily beer list revealed in the photo above. Get there by the end of the week, though, because The Drinking Lot is gone after this Saturday, April 18th.
Monday, April 13th 2pm – 10pm | Tuesday-Saturday 12pm – 10pm
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The Drinking Lot
419 E. Burnside St.