9 Saucebox
Spare and hip, this celebrated restaurant features subtle coloring, a wealth of mirrors and some of the most stylish pan-Asian cuisine in town. A cool crowd frequents Saucebox and can't seem to get enough of the beautiful, palate-pleasing dishes, which pare Asian cuisine down to its essence. After patrons have sated themselves at dinner, the restaurant transforms into a lounge, complete with music and a great bar scene. Some nights, the DJ spins club tunes and guests move out on the dance floor; other nights, jazz bands play and club-goers sip sake or scotch while they groove to the rhythms. Vodka drinks are also popular, and a bar menu is available until closing time. (503-241-3393, 503-243-3251)

8 Berbati's Pan
This Portland institution has its hands in a lot of different pots. While it's a fabulous Greek restaurant, it also features a game room (in the old Church of Elvis location) and a cafe and functions as a popular music venue and nightclub. The busy spot attracts all kinds of people, in part because of the variety of entertainment available. Local and national bands take to the stage each night and play music ranging from alternative and classic rock to big band and acid jazz. You'll also find dancing, regular poetry slams, DJs spinning in the restaurant and a fetish night that invites patrons to dress in their most outrageous garb. Definitely a one-stop extravaganza! (503-248-4579)

7 Paragon
Lots of windows, subtle lighting and a spacious interior create an inviting ambience in this Pearl District favorite. Comfort food with an innovative tweak is the name of the game, and desserts, too, fit the mold, with bread pudding and tiramisu leading the pack. While Paragon is a great place to dine, the gleaming bar provides a tempting spot to enjoy a cocktail. Well-heeled professionals often crowd into the bar, nursing well-mixed martinis and mingling with other fashionable patrons. A few nights a week, you'll find jazz musicians playing or a DJ spinning. Weekends are especially popular, and you may enjoy stepping outside to the patio for a break from club-goers. (503-833-5060)

6 Embers Avenue
This gay club, one of Portland's best and most popular, features a front bar with performances by female impersonators and a back dance club that's one of the area's busiest. Patrons are enticed by the terrific music, which includes house and pop tunes. They also come to shake off the workweek frustration among friends. All are welcome, regardless of labels, and the environment is one of fun and festivity. (503-222-3082)

5 McMenamin's Crystal Ballroom
The Crystal Ballroom occupies the upper floor of an entertainment complex that also houses Lola's Room (a smaller live music and dancing venue) and Ringler's Pub (food, drinks, and pool). The structure premiered in 1914 and has hosted the likes of the Grateful Dead, B.B. King, Jefferson Airplane, and Buffalo Springfield. These days, you'll find a host of popular regional and national bands (Liz Phair, Dar Williams, Alien Crime Syndicate), along with dancing on the expansive 7500-square-foot dance floor (which is said to float, thanks to installation on rockers and ball bearings). Food is available, along with McMenamins hand-crafted ales and wines, plus cocktails. (503-225-0047)

4 Roseland Theater
This dimly-lit music arena books an eclectic array of musicians. Both emerging artists and established names frequent the place, and there's something happening most every night of the week. An upstairs bar in the balcony provides alcoholic refreshment, and a dance floor offers the chance to boogie, should you feel so moved. Expect to hear rock, reggae, blues, pop, hip-hop, bluegrass, and anything else you can imagine. Past performers have included Bob Dylan, George Thorogood, Prince, Tina Turner, and Pearl Jam. The Roseland Grill, located beneath the theater, serves sandwiches, pastas, pizzas, salads and appetizers. (503-224-2038)

3 Dante's
This dark, moody club offers lush environs and a fascinating line-up of events. If you want to drink, that's easily taken care of, and there's even food for late-night noshing. Depending on the night you attend, you may find karaoke, live music performances (often rock or heavy metal), vaudeville and comedy shows, and an adult cabaret/burlesque that features strippers and fire dancers. The offerings may not be to everyone's tastes, but the place has developed quite a following nevertheless. (503-226-6630)

2 Dublin Pub
Although the Dublin doesn't serve hard liquor, you'll never miss it with the pub's amazing array of draught beers (not to mention its wines). This Irish-themed establishment has more than 80 varieties available, and microbrews from local and international breweries are well-represented. Each night, musicians play live, and you're likely to hear Irish tunes along with classic rock and more. Food includes traditional pub standards like burgers, sandwiches, and fish and chips. If you want to do more than sample the beverages and listen to the music, you'll also find darts, pool and foosball to keep you occupied. (503-297-2889)

1 The Goodfoot
Comfortable and accommodating, this two-level club is gaining favor with a variety of Portland's residents. The lower-level venue has an allure all its own, thanks to relaxed seating, subtle colors and great music. Depending on the night you're around, you'll find live musicians, a rocking jukebox or DJs playing all sorts of danceable tunes. Jazz, soul, rock, reggae and hip-hop tempt patrons to get out of their booths and show the crowds their best moves. In between sets, you're free to shoot pool, play darts or just nurse a cold brew. A great gathering place, with both local microbrews and national/international beers on tap, plus a wide assortment of bottled beers, wines and lambics. (503-239-9292)

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Saucebox 10Best List Arrow
Type: Bar, Late Night / After Hours, Live Entertainment, Lounge
Neighborhood: Downtown
Berbati's Pan 10Best List Arrow
Type: Bar, Late Night / After Hours, Live Music
Neighborhood: OLD TOWN
Paragon 10Best List Arrow
Type: Bar, Late Night / After Hours, Live Entertainment, Lounge
Neighborhood: Pearl District
Embers Avenue 10Best List Arrow
Type: Dance Club, Late Night / After Hours
Neighborhood: John's Landing
McMenamin's Crystal Ballroom 10Best List Arrow
Type: Dance Club, Live Music, Lounge
Neighborhood: Financial District
Roseland Theater 10Best List Arrow
Type: Bar, Live Music
Neighborhood: Downtown
Dante's 10Best List Arrow
Type: Bar, Live Music, Lounge
Neighborhood: Downtown
Dublin Pub 10Best List Arrow
Type: Live Entertainment, Live Music, Pub
Neighborhood: NOB HILL
The Goodfoot 10Best List Arrow
Type: Bar, Dance Club, Live Music, Lounge
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