Econo Lodge Convention Center
305 N. Broadway
Portland, OR 97227
Phone: (503) 284-5181
Fax: (503) 287-9711
If you are looking for a laugh, this is where you need to be. This adult-only stand-up comedy club is situated in a lively part of Old Town. Locals love to gather with friends and share some laughs in the simple, relaxed atmosphere. Appetizing fare, such as juicy burgers, is available. Enjoy cocktails, beer or wine from the full-service lounge. Arrive 30-45 minutes early to ensure seats for the show, it fills up quickly. There is no drink minimum and smoking is not allowed.
Nestled in the nerve center of Portland's bustling and historic Chinatown, lies East Chinatown Lounge. As the name suggests, the decor and the food list reflects a dominant oriental influence. Even its location, between the Magic garden and Portland's Classic Chinese Gardens, adds to its eastern ambiance. Enjoy a blast from the past by joining this club during their disco themed nights; dress up in bell-bottom pants, flowery flowing shirts, polka-dot dresses and groove to the beats. They also offer some light meals to accompany your drinks.
Dance the night away to the DJ's beats on the dancefloor surrounded by mirrors, with laser shows adding to the entertainment quotient. The absence of a cover charge and regular drag shows and parties make CC Slaughters even more of an attraction, and it comes as no surprise that it is one of the most popular gay nightclubs in the city. The Rainbow Room is a secluded enclave where the mood-lighting creates a relaxed atmosphere, and you can kick back with an Appletini to sip on.
Take a trip back in time at Jones, one of the hippest nightclubs in Portland. Recreating the disco era and styles from the 80s and 90s, this nightclub enables you to relive the decades gone by. Occasions like Valentine's Day, Halloween, Mardi Gras and others, are celebrated with great gusto here; the club is embellished in tune with the theme and guests are expected to dress accordingly. On Fridays and Saturdays, you can enjoy a vibrant nightlife, dancing and drinking till 2a. When the music stops, you can enjoy an early morning breakfast, that is served till 4a.
Denoted only by the statement "Viva l'Arte" as signage, this young space caters to art of all kinds: live music, performance and installation art, DJs and a surprising array of vegetarian gastronomy. In addition to the edgy mix of entertainment, a selection of good, stiff drinks and a relaxed loft atmosphere await visitors. The crowd harmoniously mixes PSU students and avant-garde gallery sets on any given night. Get there between 4-8pm for appetizer and cocktail specials. Nightly shows (usually with a modest cover) don't begin until 9pm. The kitchen and bar are both open late.
This vintage video game and pinball arcade is a trip through time– you will find a black lit wonderland of 80s video games that still costs a single quarter. DJs or bands entertain on most nights, with a small cover charge on band nights. Minors are allowed during the day, but a recently added bar is opened up at 5p every night to serve beer. Climb the ornate staircase to the largest collection of pinball machines in the area. You can even take the fun home with real, working home consoles and cartridges.
One of Portland's busiest nightclubs, Dante's is a mid-sized, flame-themed venue that hosts national acts and cabaret, all week through. It keeps on spreading joy through its weekly acts and live paranormal talk radio till the late hours of the night. The menu has a gist of Americana and Italian touch and the pizzas of Dante's have even won an award! On Mondays, you can even do a karaoke with the live band whose performance is slated for that day. Some of the regulars here are Clyde Lewis, Iron City Rock, Candlelight Comedy Show and Sinferno Cabaret.
This club is one of Portland's hottest gay and lesbian spots, but fun even if you are straight. Catering to alternative lifestyles, all through the week you are assured quality entertainment, including a nightly cabaret with male and female impersonators. Open for lunch and dinner, the food menu is short and sweet, with basics like the club sandwich, chicken-fried steak or one of the many excellent burgers. Cash only.
The lower floor of Portland's very first theater, The New Market Theater is home to the upscale nightlife joint The Rose bar | lounge. Brick walls surrounding contemporary styled furniture, with dim lighting covering this place in a warm glow, creates an elegant ambiance. Choose from their list of creative concoctions, beers and wine, while you take a break from all that dancing. Depending on season, this bar and lounge opens its doors from 4p on selected Saturdays. Contact the management for details before visiting.
Night life for Portland teens got a little more exciting when the doors to this dance club opened. The club caters to young adults under the age of 21. Bouncers, cameras and metal detectors watch over the kids while they dance and play pool and video games. The club is drug and alcohol free, providing supervised entertainment without the embarrassment of parent chaperones. Ages 16 and up are welcomed, but after midnight it is 18 and up for new arrivals. Only cash payments are accepted.
There's a good reason why Silverado is packed every night: the male dancers who entertain the crowd are enough incentive for gay men to stop by regularly, and the great drinks and music just enhance the experience. When you mention the most popular gay clubs in the city, Silverado is a name that is bound to crop up. There is an outdoor terrace where you can enjoy a drink or two, and the lounge is also available for private events during the day.
Other dance venues have closed down, but the Fez keeps going strong. Home of the late night DJ performance, leave your car at home so you won't have to worry about leaving your car in the neighborhood. As varied as electronic music can be, you'll want to check first to see what is playing on a given night. While most evenings require you to pay a cover, Wednesday nights are free with the techno and house music of up and coming DJs ‘til 2:30am. The venue is kept almost surprisingly clean and the drinks are perfectly proportioned.