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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 hosts one of the city’s longstanding dance parties, Gaycation (see below).
Just your friendly eastside neighborhood gay bar.
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.
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 North Portland bar Vendetta for laid-back mingling. First Sunday of the month.
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.
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.