10 A+ Nighttime Hangouts on Hawthorne Boulevard

Portland, Oregon is weird and believe it or not, some places in town are even weirder than others. One of the weirdest in town is the Hawthorne district. Not only is it one of the weirdest areas of town, but it's one of the most vibrant area's of the city as well, which means you must hang out down here when in town! You will find no two places alike, along Hawthorne Boulevard, which means this might be the most random list ever put together on 10Best for Portland. 

On our list is the Backstage bar, a one of a kind bar that is often overlooked. It's overlooked because it's located behind the historic Bagdad Theater and Pub, another extremely popular hangout that also made our list. Once discovered everyone loves the Back Stage Bar.

The Sapphire Hotel is another place that sometimes gets overlooked, but should not. The cocktails here are amazing and the vibe is killer. Locals highly recommend this place for a 1st date. 

Of course, no nightlife list could be complete without a dive bar or two and this part of town definitely has its fair share of dive bars including locals favorite Bar of the Gods. 

Since soccer rules the city the 442 Soccer Bar also made the list. It's the perfect place to enjoy a game. 


The Cavern Whiskey Bar has only been opened less than two months, but people are already gushing about their experiences here. The cozy dimly lit new spot offers well thought out whiskey centric cocktails. Enjoy your top notch cocktails alongside tasty snacks, like the breaded cheese and pork belly skewers. If you ask the bartender, Jason Rocksmore, he will create a custom flight of whisky or bourbon just for you and then explain each one to you. They offer a range of whiskeys including a rare 12 year old Japanese whiskey, Yamazaki. On game day they are always showing the Timbers game.

Recommended for Hawthorne District's Best Nightlife because: The Cavern is the newest bar to open on Hawthorne and has quickly become a locals favorite.

Meagan's expert tip: If you are unsure what to order try the Oaxaca Old Fashioned with walnut bitters.

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The Hawthorne Hophouse is an upscale gastropub right in the heart of the Hawthorne district that has 24 beers on tap as well as cocktails, wine, and ciders. It is family friendly and features a dedicated kids menu. The food choices are pretty interesting here like fried cheese curds, wasabi or kimchi deviled eggs, and curry onion rings. If you like intriguing burgers and sandwiches you will love the variety offered here. They have a great outdoor patio. Happy hour is 2:00-5:00, 9:00-close, Monday through Friday and all day Sunday. If you are Canadian your in luck because they offer poutine.

Recommended for Hawthorne District's Best Nightlife because: The Hawthorne Hophouse is a good option for families at night in the Hawthorne District.

Meagan's expert tip: On Wednesday they offer $10 growler fills.

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If Monks lived in Portland, Bazi Bierbrasserie would be their watering hole. Well at least that's what they claim! This full service bar brings Belgian inspired beer and food together under one roof. They also have a great liquor selection. Enjoy a nationally recognized Bier-Cocktail or a simple glass of wine. Their food and beverages are sure to please any visitor. Food selections include chicken and waffles, truffle fries, Come out and watch your local team (Timbers, Thorns, Blazers, Beavers, or Ducks) on their 114 inch HDTV while enjoying 17 Belgian-inspired craft beers on draft, as well as premium liquor and more than 40 bottled beers.

Recommended for Hawthorne District's Best Nightlife because: Bazi Bierbrasserie is a full service bar in the Hawthorne District.

Meagan's expert tip: If you like Belgian beers you must stop in and try one of their 17 Belgian beers on tap.

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When you are in the mood for good times and great food, head over to the Space Room Lounge. This dive bar is located in one of the area's most relaxed settings and is known for its friendly staff and solid food. The menu at the Space Room Lounge features a wide array of great selections, made from fresh, quality ingredients, with something sure to please every member of your group. The Space Room Lounge has established itself as one of the area's favorite culinary destinations and is sure to offer you a pleasant and unique dining experience every time you visit. Every Sunday they offer specials on Bloody Marys. The patio here is great too.

Recommended for Hawthorne District's Best Nightlife because: The Space Room Lounge is an excellent dive bar in the Hawthorne district.

Meagan's expert tip: The Space Room Lounge serves breakfast all day!

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The Bagdad Theater has recently gone through some updated and now features a 20,000-watt surround sound, K Prime digital projector, and new luxurious rocker seating! Plus, there are tables in front of all the seats making it easy for you to enjoy a meal and a beer while you watch the movie. The menu includes an expanded tap selection and grab-and-go theater classics like fresh pizza slices, popcorn and candy. Additional menu items are available to deliver to those in the balcony seats. If you want to save money arrive early and eat in the pub attached to the theater during their daily happy hour from 3-6.

Recommended for Hawthorne District's Best Nightlife because: The Bagdad Theater is a historic movie theater in the Hawthorne District.

Meagan's expert tip: To find out what movies are playing check their website.

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Portland Cider Company was started in the fall of 2012 by an Oregonian and a family of British expats with the mission of bringing handcrafted cider in the English tradition to the northwest. They craft their cider with the best Northwest grown fruit and their cider is always gluten free. Just earlier this year they opened the Portland Cider House in the Hawthorne District. At the Portland Cider House you will find 28 ciders on tap. For $7 you can pick get a flight of 5 ciders and they let you pick out which 5 ciders you want to try. As of now they do not offer any food.

Recommended for Hawthorne District's Best Nightlife because: The Portland Cider House has 28 ciders on tap in the Hawthorne District.

Meagan's expert tip: For just $7 you can try a flight of 5 ciders.

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4-4-2 Soccer Bar is the place to go in Portland for soccer games. It is the only sports bar in Portland dedicated to showing soccer games from all around the world. They offer every single soccer channel imaginable, including international channels. The owner is originally from Bosnia and serves wonderful Bosnian food, including Cevapi. This is the only place in town that serves Cevapi. They have a mix of European beers and local Oregon beers available on tap. Happy hour is available Monday through Friday from 3 PM until 6 PM. During happy hour food and drinks start at just $2.

Recommended for Hawthorne District's Best Nightlife because: 442 Soccer Bar always has a game going and it's located in the Hawthorne district.

Meagan's expert tip: Ladies Night is every Friday Night from 5 PM until close. Ladies get $1 off all drinks.

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Backstage Bar is a cool place to hang out, watch the game, and have a beer. Considered to be the loftiest place to play pool among bars in Portland with their super high ceilings. This hidden bar behind the Bagdad Theater's screen actually stretches an incredible seven stories from floor to ceiling! Something about that ceiling makes this one of the most visualizing appealing bars in Portland. On game day they project the game up onto their massive wall. Also, their shuffleboard table is considered to be one of the best in town. Back Stage Bar allows pets at our sidewalk seating only. Unlike many McMenamin properties, no minors are allowed in this bar.

Recommended for Hawthorne District's Best Nightlife because: Back Stage Bar is one of the best bars in Portland and located on Hawthorne Street.

Meagan's expert tip: Visit during happy hour to save on food and drinks.

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Bar of the Gods is a dive bar found in the upper Hawthorne district. Bar of the Gods keeps it simple with great drinks, good food, and dynamite service. Located in SE Portland, Oregon, in the Barmuda Triangle (upper Hawthorne). Bar Of the Gods has the famous old school Portland vibe that you're looking for. Dark and a little bit divey with a well-lit, heated smoking patio in the back and sidewalk seating up front. There's a pool table and a handful of pinball machines here too. They guarantee sweet jams and good times. Happy Hour is 3pm-7pm daily with $4 Microbrews $3 Well Drinks and $1 off appetizers and entrees.

Recommended for Hawthorne District's Best Nightlife because: Bar of the Gods is a locals favorite bar found in the Hawthorne district.

Meagan's expert tip: If you are a Bloody Mary fan you must try theirs.

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The Sapphire Hotel is a cocktail lounge in a former hotel lobby with a shady past. They serve small plates and craft cocktails. The atmosphere here is killer and perfect for a date night. The cocktails are the best part about this lounge. Their most popular drink is named "The Most Popular Drink" and consists of vodka, lime, coconut, orgeat, Shirley temple soda and pop rocks. Not only are the bartenders here expert mixologists they sometimes put on quite the show while making a cocktail, which is always super fun to watch. The food here is good too. They offer selections like charcuterie plates and mussels and clams.

Recommended for Hawthorne District's Best Nightlife because: Sapphire Hotel is a romantic lounge in the Hawthorne District.

Meagan's expert tip: Enjoy bottomless mimosas during weekend brunch.

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