Portland's Nightlife Scene Offers an Eclectic and Creative Mix

Two things Portland, Oregon is best known for are Beer and Music.  So of course they are also the defining characteristics of the city's nightlife. With more craft breweries than any other city in the world, Portland offers ales and lagers of singular style and quality. The many neighborhoods of Stumptown each have their own flavor and style. This is expressed not only by the shops and restaurants, but also by the many music venues located throughout the city.  From small rock and blues stages like Doug Fir Lounge and Mississippi Studios to the symphony performances of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland has live performances for every taste.  Popular night clubs have DJ's and dancing in Old Town and Downtown. The flavor of the Northwest and the creative spirit of Portland is evident in no matter what activity you choose. Here are our top 10 recommendations of some of the hottest night spots in town from live music to dessert bars. 

Ground Kontrol

Ground Kontrol is Portland's kick butt classic arcade featuring over 60 classic video games and 27 pinball machines. Not only are there loads of video games they also feature a full-service bar after 5PM. Every game has a drink holder on it....  Read More


Big Al's is a massive family friendly sports bar with something for everyone. Besides being a sports bar they also have a restaurant, arcade, and bowling alley all wrapped into one. Big Al's was built to resemble a stadium, it boasts...  Read More

Henry's Tavern is a restaurant and bar located in the Pearl District serving more than 100 local beers. Downstairs they have a dining area and a large bar area. Upstairs large bar area with high end pool tables, that also turns into a dance club...  Read More

Financial District

Located beneath the Crystal Ballroom, a mecca for live music lovers, this pub attracts a large contingent of patrons who attend the shows upstairs. Even so, it's a terrific place to meet with friends and nurse a drink or two. The spacious venue...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Jim Yeager

Holocene is a 21+ bar, dance club, and venue all rolled into one. On almost all weekend nights they offer high energy dance parties, including themed dance parties, on their two dance floors. On Saturday's it is usually Booty Bassment, a hip hop...  Read More

North Portland

Of all the live music venues in Portland, Mississippi Studios holds a special place in the hearts of many concert goers. Considered by many to be the best place in town to see a live show, the small, intimate space has amazing, clear sound. ...  Read More

Northeast Portland

Patisserie has become a popular late night hotspot in Northeast Portland. Known for their award winning beautiful hand crafted French desserts, bottomless coffee, and extensive champagne list. One look at their dessert case and you will quickly...  Read More

If you love country music, Bluegrass or Texas rock you are going to love the LandMark Saloon. Here they have everything a country bar should: a massive bar, quality libations like cold beer and signature cocktails served in mason jars, live...  Read More

A long time favorite downtown spot for people of all ages, Kells offers Irish food and drinks with a Northwest influence. Nightly shows make this pub the best place in Portland to hear traditional Irish music. A separate cigar lounge (with...  Read More

Doug Fir Lounge
Photo courtesy of Courtesy Travel Portland

Located below the Doug Fir Restaurant, the Doug Fir Lounge is a hip live music spot that's got a dedicated following who show up to listen to the mix of regional and national musicians booked to play every night of the week. An outstanding food...  Read More


Meet Meagan Shamy

Meagan Shamy is an Oregon resident by choice and thinks Portland is a tremendous city that everyone should visit. Originally a Texas girl, she has lived all around the United States,...  More About Meagan

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