LGBT nightlife

You'll find plenty of LGBT-friendly places to visit when the sun goes down in Portland.

Local Lounge photo by Xilia FayeA bartender makes sparks at Local Lounge.
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    Portland has no shortage of LGBTQ-owned and -friendly bars and clubs. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing night with friends, a high-energy dance party or a drag show, Portland delivers.

    Bars & Clubs


    This cozy neighborhood gay bar and lounge recently opened in Northwest Portland.

    CC Slaughters
    This downtown dance spot also hosts a Sunday-night drag show.

    From brunch to dance nights to fashion shows — this laid-back lounge offers something for everyone.

    Darcelle XV Showplace
    Darcelle XV and her troupe of talented female impersonators have been entertaining diverse audiences for decades.

    The Eagle Portland
    Portland’s leather bar and home base for the Oregon Bears has also been known to put on a lesbian night.

    Dancing in the front and drag shows in the back at this two-bar nightclub. Every Saturday is the L4L dance for lesbians over 35.

    The Escape
    Portland’s all-ages LGBTQ nightclub.

    Escape Bar & Grill
    Northeast Portland lesbian/mixed bar with a full menu and daily happy hour.

    This popular two-level music venue also hosts the massive queer party Blow Pony once a month (see below).

    Revelers get their drag on during the monthly Gaycation party at Holocene.

    Revelers get their drag on during the monthly Gaycation party at Holocene.

    Florida Room
    This North Portland bar is a popular hangout for both hipsters and queers.

    The Fox & Hounds
    This Old Town mainstay serves up American pub food, a weekend brunch and daily happy hour specials.

    This restaurant and lounge is popular with gay men and their friends.

    A popular indie music venue, Holocene also hosts one of the city’s longstanding dance parties, Gaycation (see below).

    Just your friendly eastside neighborhood gay bar.

    Local Lounge
    This Northeast Portland bar is gay-owned but committed to bringing together everyone in its diverse neighborhood.

    A Stark Street landmark, Scandals offers a cruising-friendly sidewalk café during the warmer months.

    In a city that loves its strip clubs, Silverado is the only bar featuring exclusively male dancers.


    A popular gay gentleman’s strip club on the West side of the river with talented dancers and a classy-yet-rustic vibe.

    Vault Martini

    This affordable but upscale bar has a sizable gay clientele.


    This gay-owned neighborhood bar off of North Portland’s Williams Avenue hosts popular LGBT events once a month.

    Dance Nights

    Blow Pony
    Set in the massice Central Eastside warehouse club Branx/Rotture, this bash has been known to draw celebs like Jakes Shears and John Cameron Mitchell. Fourth Saturday of the month.

    Bridge Club
    The city’s self-described “queer collective of DJs, artists, promoters, socialites and designers” descends upon North Portland bar Vendetta for laid-back mingling. First Sunday of the month.

    Club Kai-Kai

    This queer dance party at the goth- and horror-themed dance bar Lovecraft happens every fourth Friday of the month.


    This popular monthly queer dance party happens at Killingsworth Dynasty in North Portland.

    Everybody is welcome at club Holocene for a night of edgy live bands, top queer artists and DJs from around the world. Third Saturday of the month.

    Hot Flash/Inferno
    This bimonthly, age-diverse bash fills Bossanova Ballroom in Portland’s Central Eastside. Dating back 10 years, it’s known for retro music and zero attitude. Second and fourth Saturdays of the month.

    Themes like “Brokeback Mountain” enliven this body-positive, gender-bending fete at Mississippi Studios. Second Saturday of the month.

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