Portland's Live Music Scene Offers Something for Everyone

Portland, Oregon, often recognized as one of the top music scenes in the nation is home to thousands of musicians and you can find them playing around the city in different venues every night of the week. Portland concerts are entertaining for all different tastes in music from indie to mainstream and pop to blues. Portland hosts multiple music festivals each year that bring in hundreds of musical groups, including the Waterfront Blues Festival, Portland Jazz Festival, River City Music Festival, PDX Pop Now, and the massive Musical Fest NW.

With so many places in the city offering live music it was hard to narrow them down, but we have, and we think you will enjoy them all. We’ve included bars that offer live music with no charge like Landmark Saloon, Kells and White Eagle Saloon, all three of which happen to also be local favorites.

We've included places that have live jazz like Jimmy Mak's over in the Pearl District. Doug Fir made the list, because it is considered one of the Top 40 music venues in America and their acoustics are amazing. We’ve also included a few larger venues that consistently bring in good groups like the Crystal Ballroom.



The Edgefield by McMenamins offers live music almost every single night of the year, many of which is completely free to enjoy. Which means the Edgefield is a great place to have a drink and catchup with friends over live music. Often times...  Read More

Old Town


A self proclaimed little diamond in the rough of Old Town Portland and confirmed by the locals that love it, Valentines is a go to place for live music ever night of the week. A place for music, art, film screenings, poems, DJs that play...  Read More

North Portland
White Eagle Saloon


White Eagle Saloon is one of the oldest bars in Portland and McMenamins has done a great job preserving the best features, including the original oak back-bar and ceramic-tiled floors. White Eagle Saloon has live music nightly with a dance...  Read More



A favorite downtown spot for people of all ages, Kells offer Irish food and drink with a Northwest influence. Live nightly shows make this pub the best place in Portland to hear traditional Irish music. The music can be quite loud. A separate...  Read More



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...  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

Jimmy Mak's
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Located in the trendy Pearl District, this jazz haven features live music Monday through Saturday nights. During the day it serves as an authentic Greek restaurant that offers outstanding homemade eats, but when evening arrives it morphs into...  Read More

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...  Read More

Doug Fir Lounge
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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

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


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