10 Unique, High-Energy Dance Clubs in Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon is a truly unique city and the city’s sensational nightlife is no different. In Portland you will find a true mix of nightlife including a variety of dance clubs. Portland has dance clubs playing all genres of music and for all ages. 10Best has selected the best dance clubs in town keeping the uniqueness of the city in mind. We have included Portland’s Old Town area, also referred to as Chinatown, because it is home to numerous night clubs, bars and a great place to go dancing. In Old Town you will find Jones a diner that turns one of the most popular dance clubs in town at night and Embers Avenue the hottest gay dance club in town with the top drag queen shows. Also included is a local's favorite that offers one of the most high energy 80's dance parties in town, Lola's Room. It could be a complete list without including some bump and grind dance clubs, so we've included Holocene and Dirty Nightclub.

The Escape Nightclub is the only all-ages gay club in Portland and one of the best dancing experiences in Portland. Here they play the hottest and most popular tracks played by DJ Scooter. They also have an expensive light-show, including...  Read More

The Whiskey Bar has focused on bringing a more organic, urban, underground vibe to Portland's night scene, while still retaining the fast, friendly service and modern amenities of today's clubbing experience. Top tier electronic acts, soul...  Read More

Dirty is one of Portland's hottest dance club in Chinatown! The dance floor is equipped with 17 dance poles, so if you want to get crazy this is the place. There are actually two large rooms for dancing, so you are never too crowded. Each room...  Read More

Splash Bar

During the day Splash Bar is a beach themed sports bar, but at night it transforms into a high energy dance club with a DJ or live music. The dance floor has multiple levels. The pool tables and video games are always free. Plus, they have their...  Read More

THE ROSE Bar and Lounge is nested in Old Town's Historic New Market Theater. The Rose is Portland's newest nightlife destination focused on providing a warm atmosphere with a professional staff and superior guest service. This chic bar/lounge...  Read More


The Barrel Room prides itself on their original cocktail creations and delicious sharable food, like fried pickles. Inside you will either find a dj, dueling pianos or a live band. Outside on the patio a you will find yourself in a relaxed...  Read More

John's Landing
Embers Avenue

This showbar and gay dance club, one of Portland's best and most popular, features a front bar, that is also an aquarium is referred to as Embers has performances by female impersonators strutting along the catwalk and karaoke on Sunday nights....  Read More

Lola's Room at the Crystal Ballroom

Portland bar-goers looking to dance into the wee hours often end up here: Lola's Room at the Crystal Ballroom. Located on the second floor directly below the Crystal, Lola's Room is home to the famous Friday night 80s Video Dance Attack, where...  Read More


Jones is an 80's and 90's dance club and diner in the Chinatown section of downtown Portland. The DJ mixes up the music playing top 40 songs, hip hop, and 80's and 90's music. In addition to dancing they have old school arcade games you can play...  Read More

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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


Meet Meagan Wristen

Meagan Wristen 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