LGBT nightlife

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

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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

    Casey’s
    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.

    Crush
    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.

    Embers
    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.

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

    Revelers get their drag on 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.

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

    Holocene
    A popular indie music venue, Holocene also hosted one of the city’s longest-running dance parties, Gaycation (ended in winter 2016).

    Joq’s
    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.

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

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

    Vault Martini
    This affordable but upscale bar has a sizable gay clientele.

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

    Dance Nights

    Blow Pony
    Hosted at the historic Bossanova Ballroom, 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 the patio at White Owl Social Club for laid-back mingling. First Sunday of the month from late spring to early fall.

    CAKE
    This “trans/queer/all-inclusive hip-hop dance party” happens at Killingsworth Dynasty in North Portland. Second Friday of the month.

    Club Kai-Kai
    This queer dance party is held at the goth- and horror-themed dance bar Lovecraft. Fourth Friday of the month.

    Hot Flash/Inferno
    This bimonthly, age-diverse bash splits duty between the Bossanova Ballroom in Portland’s Central Eastside and karaoke hot spot, Trio Club. Dating back 10 years, it’s known for retro music and zero attitude. Second Saturday of the month at Trio Club and fourth Saturday of the month at Bossanova.

    Jump Jack Sound Machine
    This body-positive, gender-bending fete at Mississippi Studios is perfect for “art darlings and audiophiles.” Second Saturday of the month.

    Lez Do It
    Founded in 2015, this inclusive party for “dykes and friends” welcomes everyone who identifies as a dyke to Killingsworth Dynasty. First Saturday of the month.


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