600 East Burnside Street
Designers: Ron Toms, Works Partnership Architecture
Rontoms Bar, an eastside Portland lounge serving up Scandinavian fare, local liquor, ping-pong, and free concerts on Sundays, is a local’s best-kept secret. The entrance is marked with only a small painting of a boy spinning hats. And the bar itself resides in a spacious repurposed industrial building with mid-century furnishings; it’s been likened to a cozy basement den, circa 1973. But just as talked about as the bar is its canopy: A portion of Rontoms’ large patio, located at the corner of Burnside and Sixth Street, contains the 1,500-square-foot wood structure, fashioned from two bent girders held together by a ridge beam. The canopy’s minimalist take on the log cabins of the great Northwest also adds refined simplicity, sheltering patrons from the Northwest drizzle and glaring summer sun, while allowing for al fresco drinking and dining under its raftered ceiling.