Portland is the largest city in Oregon and one of the Pacific Northwest’s most notable port cities. The city’s entertainment, dining, and nightlife options emphasize progressive values and environmental sustainability. More than 60 microbreweries have branded the city as the “Craft Beer Capital of the World.". Live music venues also abound, bringing in national touring rock and independent music artists.
1.Multnomah Whiskey Library
© Multnomah Whiskey Library
Multnomah Whiskey Library cultivates one of Portland’s most extensive whiskey libraries, with all major world distilling styles represented. Popular selections include American-style rye whiskies, international liquors, scotches, bourbons, and local Northwestern varieties, along with extensive lists of sugarcane spirits and Mexican liquors. Classic gastropub fare such as charcuterie boards, gourmet macaroni and cheese, and dry-aged ribeye steak entrees is served at the library’s Green Room bar by executive chef Ben Grossmann, emphasizing locally-sourced ingredients. The library’s Hall Pass Program offers exclusive reserved seating for library non-members, and public special events provide opportunities for tastings, local distillery field trips, and pairing dinners.
1124 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205, Phone: 503-954-1381
© Teardrop Lounge
Teardrop Lounge was opened in Portland’s Pearl District in 2007, part of a renaissance of cocktail bars in the neighborhood throughout the decade. The lounge has been named as one of the best bars in the Pacific Northwest by a number of international publications, including Esquire, Travel + Leisure, and Playboy. It offers a wide menu of classic cocktail favorites from throughout the past two centuries, along with inventive new drinks crafted by the bar’s expert mixologists and guest bartenders around the country. Bottled craft and import beers are also served, along with a variety of sparkling, red, and white wines. Light bar snacks include duck fat fingerlings, marrow bones, and breaded asparagus.
1015 NW Everett St, Portland, OR 97209, Phone: 503-445-8109
3.Oregon Public House
© Oregon Public House
Located in a beautiful historic building in downtown Portland, Oregon Public House operates a large, open pub where local community members can get together over a glass of cold beer out of one of 12 taps and some great pub grub. Relaxed family-friendly environment encourages community gatherings, especially when everyone knows that their money goes to support a worthy charity. There is a revolving list of charities, and the guests take part in deciding who gets helped. All pub profits get donated, after the costs of operating the pub and paying the salaries are deducted. Upstairs from the pub is another non-profit community space, The Village Ballroom, which can fit 299 guests and is very popular for local weddings and other celebrations.
700 NE Dekum St. Portland, OR 97211, Phone: 503-828-0884
© Bar Fifteen
Bar Fifteen is a 3,000-square-foot nightclub offering a full-service restaurant, two bars, and a full dance floor with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems. The club’s Bar XV serves locally-sourced comfort food and craft cocktails produced with a variety of top-shelf spirits, specially crafted by the bar’s expert mixologists. Wines and draft beers are also served, with happy hour specials available daily between 4:00 and 7:00. Top regional DJs perform guest sets at the venue’s nightclub, with a VIP lounge and bottle service available for intimate partying experiences. The venue is also available for private special event rental, including special packages available for wedding parties, corporate events, and birthday parties.
15 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204, Phone: 503-790-9090
5.Bible Club PDX
© Bible Club PDX
Bible Club PDX’s name is an homage to the covert names used for speakeasies during Prohibition, offering tongue-in-cheek theming such as a 24-carat-gold bar area called “The Holy Land” and “Holy Hour” happy hour specials. The throwback bar was designed by Los Angeles bar designers and is housed within an unassuming historic home in Portland’s Sellwood neighborhood without outdoor branding or signage. An extensive drink menu classic and modern cocktails, along with a number of wine and craft non-alcoholic offerings. Light bar fare is served, ranging from spiced hazelnuts and house-made breads to duck leg confit and charcuterie boards. Visitors should note that the bar is unable to accommodate parties larger than six due to its limited size and enforces a two-credit-card maximum per party.
6716 SE 16th St, Portland, OR 97202, Phone: 971-279-2198
© Cardinal Club
Cardinal Club was opened in 2012 and has become one of the Inner Eastside’s hippest nightlife spots, offering a full-service kitchen that serves gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan small plates and entrees highlighting seasonal ingredients. Craft cocktail and liquor menus include limited-release whiskey selections, while wine and beer menus highlight local craft brews and wineries. The intimate, candlelit bar also offers a selection of vinyl records and seasonal outdoor seating at the bar’s sidewalk patio. A private special event room may be rented nightly for a low rate for events such as wedding rehearsal dinners, cocktail parties, and corporate events.
18 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232, Phone: 503-348-0763
7.Doug Fir Lounge
© Doug Fir Lounge
Doug Fir Lounge has been recognized by top music publications such as Rolling Stone and Consequence of Sound as one of the best music venues in America, known for presenting indie rock shows by top artists such as MGMT, Vampire Weekend, Sleater-Kinney, and the Shins. The venue was opened in 2004 in the city’s lower Burnside neighborhood within the Jupiter Hotel and hosts performances most nights of the week, with tickets available both at its box office and through online services. Its rustic modernist diner and full-service bar is decorated to evoke the aesthetic of the Pacific Northwest, serving signature dishes such as buttermilk fried chicken, mushroom and gruyere Cascade scrambles, and famous Fir Burgers. In addition to mainstage lounge shows, the bar’s patio hosts free Sunday afternoon concerts with local and regional acts.
830 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214, Phone: 503-231-9663
8.Goodfoot Pub and Lounge
© Goodfoot Pub and Lounge
Goodfoot Pub and Lounge was opened in 2001 and has become one of Portland’s most-renowned music and arts venues, showcasing rotating exhibits by local artists throughout its cozy upstairs lounge, which also offers vintage pinball machines and pool tables for visitor entertainment. Downstairs, a live music venue hosts 21-and-up shows by regional and national artists in a dive bar environment that evokes exclusive basement parties. A full menu of house-infused cocktails is served, along with a wide selection of local microbrews. Every Friday, a Soul Stew DJ dance night party spins top tunes and turns up the heat on the venue’s intimate dance floor.
2845 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214, Phone: 503-239-9292
© Courtesy of fesenko - Fotolia.com
Landmark Saloon is a country-themed bar that was opened in 2010, decorated to evoke the pioneer spirit of the Old American West in a hip, modern environment. The bar serves a wide list of local and national craft beers alongside West Coast favorites such as Rainier tallboys, with food available on select nights from barbecue-focused food truck Leroy’s Familiar Vittles. A spacious seasonal patio is one of the city’s largest outdoor bar patios, offering horseshoe and cornhole games. Live honky-tonk music performances are showcased weekly at events such as Countryside Ride nights and Whiskey Wednesdays.
4847 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97206, Phone: 503-894-8132
10.Laurelthirst Public House
© Laurelthirst Public House
Laurelthirst Public House is Portland’s oldest independent music venue, presenting folk, bluegrass, Americana, and world music performances since 1988. Since its opening, the bar has strived to be an inclusive gathering place for the Portland community, offering a wide selection of local and regional microbrews and wines alongside classic American fare such as burgers, sandwiches, and shareable bar plates. All meats are sourced from local providers Carlton Farms, with regional favorites such as Ruby Jewel ice cream sandwiches and Water Avenue Coffee also available for purchase. Open mic nights are offered weekly on Sundays, and themed public special events feature jazz and country music performances, swing dance nights, and more.
2958 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97232, Phone: 503-232-1504
11.Mississippi Studios and Bar Bar
© Courtesy of Jag_cz - Fotolia.com
Mississippi Studios and Bar Bar is housed within a renovated Baptist church within the city’s Historic Mississippi District, comprised of three separate properties operated under the same business umbrella. Its main concert venue resides in a converted recording studio that is renowned nationally for its sight lines and acoustics, drawing rock and independent artists that would usually play to much larger venues. Next door, gastropub Bar Bar offers famous burgers and a full-service bar, with a spacious covered outdoor patio and secret garden area in its backyard. Upstairs, the Bar Bar Apartment Sessions venue records a web-based concert series, highlighting intimate, stripped-down performances by top artists and apartment shows with smaller crowds.
3939 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227, Phone: 503-288-3895
12.Pope House Bourbon Lounge
© Pope House Bourbon Lounge
Pope House Bourbon Lounge is a Kentucky-themed bar housed within a renovated Victorian house in Portland’s popular Nob Hill neighborhood. The lounge is known for its impressive bourbon selection, showcasing more than 40 top-shelf national spirits. Cajun and Southern-inspired comfort fare is served alongside shots and cocktails, including bourbon barbecue-drenched favorites such as pulled pork quesadillas and Hot Brown sandwiches. All-day Sunday happy hours offer discounts on pints, wines, and cocktails, along with select whiskeys and dishes. A Bourbon Derby challenge encourages repeat customers to try 50 shots of unique bourbon offerings in exchange for commemoration on the bar’s wall of honor.
2075 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209, Phone: 503-222-1056
Prost! is a communal neighborhood pub in Portland’s Historic Mississippi District, serving authentic German food alongside a variety of European imports beers poured in traditional glassware. Rotating taps highlight brews from internationally-renowned breweries such as Andechs, Weihenstephan, Zunft, Bayreuther, and Einbecker. Bar plates and entrees use locally-sourced ingredients to create traditional favorites such as Bavarian pretzels, bratwurst sandwiches, and beer cheese soup. A seasonal outdoor patio offers seating seven days a week, with minors allowed daily until 8:00. The restaurant’s management also operates several other bars and pubs throughout the Portland area, including German restaurant Stammtisch and New American-style saloon Interurban.
4237 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217, Phone: 503-954-2674
© Rum Club
Rum Club was opened in 2011 by longtime friends Kevin Ludwig and Mike Shea and shares its space with the duo’s partner facility Beaker and Flask. The low-key bar borrows design elements from tiki bars and historic South Pacific haunts, specializing in classic craft cocktails with tropical fruit ingredients. An eclectic menu of bar plates is served alongside drinks, highlighting international fare such as empanadas, kimchi dumplings, Peruvian chicken, and char siu pork skewers. A daily happy hour offers discounts on drafts, wine glasses, and liquors. Guest bartender nights are hosted periodically, along with variety of public special events, including themed events for holidays such as Thanksgiving.
720 SE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97214, Phone: 503-265-8807
© Sapphire Hotel
Sapphire Hotel is a historic hotel in southeast Portland with a lobby bar that dates back to the early 20th century, serving as a lively nightlife spot for sailors, traveling musicians, and artists. Today, the hotel has been converted into luxury apartments, but the lobby bar remains a popular local haunt that serves small plates and craft cocktails. Light bar plates are served, along with entrees such as black bean enchiladas, roasted beet burgers, and chicken pancetta ragu. Extensive wine and beer lists are also offered, including a variety of rotating local microbrews on draft. Well-behaved children are welcome at the bar until 10:00, when the environment becomes exclusively 21-and-up.
5008 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215, Phone: 503-232-6333
© Courtesy of DisobeyArt - Fotolia.com
45 East is one of Portland’s top dance-focused nightclubs, known for bringing in top guest DJs and major international touring EDM acts. The underground nightclub showcases an industrial vibe, with exposed brick decor paying homage to its lengthy history within the city. A state-of-the-art lighting and sound system keep its spacious dance floor bustling all night long, while luxurious VIP areas offer superior hospitality and bottle service. Upstairs, its hip sister nightclub JADE offers a second bar space, with trendy DJs spinning top techno, hip-hop, and house hits. Outside, a covered balcony offers smoking areas and stunning views of the city’s skyline.
315 SE 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97214
© Bailey's Taproom
Bailey's Taproom is a downtown Portland tap room that offers 26 rotating taps of beers by local, regional, and national craft microbreweries. Many taps focus on the unique brews of Oregon and Pacific Northwest breweries, with offerings spanning styles from heavily-hopped IPAs and experimental sours to flavored stouts and ancient barleywines. While the tap room does not serve its own food, guests are welcome to bring in their own food or order delivery from a number of local restaurants. Electronic and board games are available for groups to play, and growler fills are available for takeout sales.
213 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205, Phone: 503-295-1004
18.The Alibi Tiki Lounge
© The Alibi Tiki Lounge
The Alibi Tiki Lounge is the oldest tiki bar establishment on the American West Coast, originally opened in the late 1800s as the Chat-n-Nibble horse stop and later as the Max Alibi tavern. In 1947, it was purchased by Navy veteran Roy Ell, who converted it into a traditional Polynesian tiki bar after his travels to Hawaii. Today, it remains the second-oldest tiki bar in the nation, serving a recently revitalized menu of traditional Hawaiian fare, including flaming pu-pu platters. Brunch specials are served on the weekends, along with tropical fruit mimosas and mai tais. The bar’s nightly karaoke events have become a local favorite, offered since the mid-2000s.
4024 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97227, Phone: 503-287-5335
19.The Box Social
© The Box Social
The Box Social was opened in fall of 2011 by Sapphire Hotel proprietor Shannon McQuilkin and has become one of the city’s favorite date night spots, offering high-quality inventive cocktails in an intimate, laid-back environment. The candlelit bar is open seven days a week and features decor elements such as a custom-built mahogany bar by Axium Custom Designs and a mural of the city’s downtown created by Portland artist Maria Joan Dixon. Classic and modern cocktails are inspired by bar manager Michael Rowe’s international travels, featuring unique ingredients such as habanero ginger honey, burnt orange peels, and drinking vinegars. A small but well-curated beer and wine list highlights local microbrewery and winery favorites, and a creative bar bites menu offers selections such as black pepper parmesan popcorn and spinach mousse sandwiches.
3971 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97212, Phone: 503-288-1111
20.The Lovecraft Bar
© The Lovecraft Bar
The Lovecraft Bar was opened in 2011 and has become one of the top theme bars in the world, compared to popular fictional science fiction and fantasy bars such as Star Wars’ Mos Eisley cantina and An American Werewolf in London’s Slaughtered Lamb. The bar pays tribute to steampunk, macabre, and horror themes throughout vintage and modern literature and art, from classic Gothic horror to the work of Tim Burton. Sandwiches and bar bites are prepared by local food company Snackriledge, while drink specials are served daily at the bar’s Un-Happy Hour. Themed nights and special events include goth-themed burlesque shows, dark electro and industrial music events, and LGBT-focused events.
421 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214
21.The Secret Society
© Courtesy of Jimmy - Fotolia.com
The Secret Society is a nightlife spot housed within a 1907 Victorian hall that formerly housed fraternal organizations and artist studios. Today, it offers a cocktail lounge, recording studio, and ballroom that emphasize the venue’s old-world high-society history and atmosphere. Its cocktail bar highlights absinthe varieties, along with a wide selection of Pacific Northwest wine, beer, and liquor favorites served alongside vintage Americana cuisine. Its ballroom has been a popular community gathering spot for more than 90 years, hosting private special events such as banquets and weddings, while its recording studio offers a comfortable recording experience for local musicians across genres.
116 NE Russell St, Portland, OR 97212, Phone: 503-493-3600
Valentine's is a hidden gem within Portland’s Old Town neighborhood, serving as a popular local hangout spot that highlights live music performances, film screenings, and works by local artists. The two-story bar sports a bohemian vibe, catering to the city’s diverse arts scene. Craft cocktails feature house-infused liquors such as pepper vodka, with discount beers and wells available during the bar’s daily happy hour. Live indie rock shows are presented weekly, drawing sizeable crowds at the small venue, and weekend DJ sets bring in club-going crowds from the city’s east side. Art shows are also hosted periodically, along with poetry readings and other cultural events.
232 SW Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97204, Phone: 503-248-1600
23.White Owl Social Club
© White Owl Social Club
White Owl Social Club has been voted as the city’s best bar and patio by Willamette Week three times, serving as a favorite post-work hangout for diverse crowds. The bar is widely known for its divey cocktail favorites and cheap draft beers during all-day Sunday happy hours, drawing significant crowds and door lines most weekends and evenings. All of its creative bar bites and entrees offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, a nod to the bar’s sustainability policies and commitment to environmental causes. Its large patio offers tented outdoor seating during the winter months and rainy weather conditions, making it a year-round favorite spot. Regular special events include author readings and guest DJ sets.
1305 SE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97214, Phone: 503-236-9672
© Courtesy of mayatnik - Fotolia.com
Studio 503 is Portland’s premiere Miami-style club and sports bar, featuring a 6,000-square-foot dance room with state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems and a custom-built bar. Latin, hip-hop, and reggaetron hits are spun nightly, with weekly special events highlighting salsa dance performances and lessons. Its upscale sports bar facility serves happy hour drink specials and broadcasts major sporting events on high-definition televisions, offering a selection of pool tables and video games for visitor entertainment. VIP reservations are available, including limo services for groups traveling to the club and bottle service at booths. The bar’s monthly newsletter allows visitors to enter contest to win prizes such as iPods, exclusive licensed bar apparel, and VIP parties for small groups.
6750 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Portland, OR 97225, Phone: 503-297-3391
24 Best Portland, Oregon Nightlife Spots
- Multnomah Whiskey Library, Photo: Multnomah Whiskey Library
- Teardrop Lounge, Photo: Teardrop Lounge
- Oregon Public House, Photo: Oregon Public House
- Bar Fifteen, Photo: Bar Fifteen
- Bible Club PDX, Photo: Bible Club PDX
- Cardinal Club, Photo: Cardinal Club
- Doug Fir Lounge, Photo: Doug Fir Lounge
- Goodfoot Pub and Lounge, Photo: Goodfoot Pub and Lounge
- Landmark Saloon, Photo: Courtesy of fesenko - Fotolia.com
- Laurelthirst Public House, Photo: Laurelthirst Public House
- Mississippi Studios and Bar Bar, Photo: Courtesy of Jag_cz - Fotolia.com
- Pope House Bourbon Lounge, Photo: Pope House Bourbon Lounge
- Prost!, Photo: Prost!
- Rum Club, Photo: Rum Club
- Sapphire Hotel, Photo: Sapphire Hotel
- 45 East, Photo: Courtesy of DisobeyArt - Fotolia.com
- Bailey's Taproom, Photo: Bailey's Taproom
- The Alibi Tiki Lounge, Photo: The Alibi Tiki Lounge
- The Box Social, Photo: The Box Social
- The Lovecraft Bar, Photo: The Lovecraft Bar
- The Secret Society, Photo: Courtesy of Jimmy - Fotolia.com
- Valentine's, Photo: Valentine's
- White Owl Social Club, Photo: White Owl Social Club
- Studio 503, Photo: Courtesy of mayatnik - Fotolia.com
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of fotosr52 - Fotolia.com