Note: This section was produced in collaboration with ProudQueer.com, formerly known as PQ Monthly.
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 and her troupe of talented female impersonators have been entertaining diverse audiences for decades.
Portland’s leather bar and home base for the Oregon Bears has also been known to put on a lesbian night.
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.
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.
LGBTQ+ Festivals & Events
From film festivals to parties and pride parades, Portland's LGBTQ community celebrates all year 'round.
Every June, the Portland Pride Festival & Parade makes a name for itself — and LGBTQ+ community members — all over town.
These publications and organizations will put you in touch with Portland's LGBTQ+ community.
LGBTQ+ History in Portland
Portland’s LGBTQ history includes many years of activism, legislative progress and the election of the first openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city.
LGBTQ+ Sports & Recreation
Located only a few hours from the beach, the mountains and the high desert, Portland is a sports and wilderness lover’s fantasy come true.
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.
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 “trans/queer/all-inclusive hip-hop dance party” happens at Killingsworth Dynasty in North Portland. Second Friday of the month.
This queer dance party is held at the goth- and horror-themed dance bar The Coffin Club (previously known as Lovecraft Bar). Fourth Friday of the month.
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.
This body-positive, gender-bending fete at Mississippi Studios is perfect for “art darlings and audiophiles.” Second Saturday of the month.
Currently the reigning monarch of parties for the queer women adjacent community, expect to run into everyone you know at this pop and hip hop centered party hosted by a monthly Judy. Last Saturday of the month, usually at the High Water Mark.
A relative newbie to the scene, Bad Weather Productions puts on queer hip hop and house dance nights to come kiki at Killingsworth Dynasty filling the void left by the departure of Lez Do It. First Friday of the month.
Portland may be best known for its indie music, but with a wide variety of dance clubs, the city has a rhythm that'll get just about anyone moving.
Portland comes alive after dark, with restaurants, clubs, theaters, concert venues and performance halls open late all over town.
On weekend nights, several blocks in the Old Town Chinatown neighborhood are closed to cars, making it easy to visit the area's many dance clubs and bars.
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