Things to do in Portland on Thanksgiving Day 2012

Happy Turkey Day Portland!


Anna Bannanas (8716 N Lombard & 1214 NW 21st) is opening at 7:30 a.m. and closing when it slows down, probably 5 or 6 p.m.

The worker-owned Red & Black Cafe is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Beer and Booze

Barfly Magazine maintains a respectable list of bars open 365 days a year.

rialto200And here are some more picks:

Rialto (529 SW 4th) stays open 365 days a year, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. While drinking beer play some pinball and pool, watch football on the ginormous TVs, or place some off-track bets.

The Radio Room (1101 NE Alberta) will be opening for Thanksgiving at 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., and will be featuring a turkey dinner special,and many drink specials – no reservations needed!

The Hop & Vine (1914 N Killingsworth) will be open (probably) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day for last minute needs!

Bottles NW (5115 NE Fremont) opens at 6pm on Thanksgiving Day!

McMenaminsMany downtown hotel restaurants and bars will be open on Turkey Day.

Quite a few McMenamins will be open on Thanksgiving day. Check the calendar for holiday buffets and movie showings.

You can also place bets at the track: Portland Meadows is open on Thanksgiving Day, and is offering a special breakfast buffet at the North End Bar & Grill. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and will will be open for simulcasting through about 3:00 p.m.

ProstAnd Prost (4237 N Mississippi) opens the doors on Thanksgiving Day at 6pm for their 4th Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Dinner, featuring, in addition to bier, booze, and hot cocktails for sale, a complimentary turkey dinner!

Henry’s Tavern (10 NW 12th) is open noon until 8pm, offering a special holiday menu.


And‘s annual Thanksgiving Roundup is live!

Sizzle Pie (624 W Burnside) is open normal hours on Thanksgiving Day, 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Powell's BooksAvoid the holiday crowds that will ensue on Black Friday by visiting Powell’s Books (1005 W Burnside location) on Black Friday Eve (aka Thanksgiving Day). The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Though not likely to be open all day, many grocery and convenience stores will be open for limited Holiday hours. Usually from late morning until early afternoon.


OregonZooThe Oregon Zoo is open on Thanksgiving day (and every other day of the year, except December 25).

Many bowling alleys and movie theaters are open Thanksgiving Day!


TriMet buses and MAX, as well as the Portland Streetcar, will run on Sunday schedules.

Got any more suggestions? Add them in the comments below – and have an excellent Turkey Day!


  1. Thanks! This was very helpful!

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