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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.
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.
Portland’s all-ages LGBTQ nightclub.
Escape Bar & Grill
Northeast Portland lesbian/mixed bar with a full menu and daily happy hour.
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 hosted one of the city’s longest-running dance parties, Gaycation (ended in winter 2016).
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.
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.
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.
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.