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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 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.
For nearly half a century, The Embers Avenue nightclub provided Portland’s gay community a place to gather, connect another and – most importantly – dance. The nightclub, which operated from 1969-2017 in Old Town, was known for its regular drag performances and dance nights geared specifically toward the city’s queer community.
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.
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 Produce Row Cafe for laid-back mingling. First Sunday of the month from late spring to early fall.
This bimonthly, age-diverse bash heats up karaoke hot spot Trio Club by offering up female- and trans-only dances. 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.