Nightlife

Dance clubs, karaoke and comedy all come out at night in Portland — as do late happy hours, swanky bowling and other unexpected delights.

Portland's Bar Scene

From speakeasies to classy rooftop bars, Portland's after-hours spots are sure to satisfy.

Nightlife Round-Up

Portland comes alive after dark, with restaurants, clubs, theaters, concert venues and performance halls open late all over town.

5 to Try

Nightlife Spots

For a late-night party scene, locals recommend these five hot spots.

  • Dig a Pony

    Dig A Pony has one of the largest bar tops in town, DJs playing an eclectic mix of records every night and an enticing and varied food menu.

  • Holocene

    A popular independent music venue, Holocene also hosts Gaycation, one of the city's longest-standing dance parties.

  • White Owl Social Club

    White Owl Social Club is a bar, restaurant, music venue and events space in Portland’s Central Eastside. It offers wine, craft beer and unique craft cocktails that focus on products from local and regional distilleries, as well as a large vegan menu.

  • Goodfoot Pub & Lounge

    This Southeast Portland dance club hosts many international musicians and eclectic styles. It also has a robust food menu, nightly drink specials and occasional art openings.

  • Doug Fir Restaurant, Bar & Lounge

    East Burnside’s iconic Doug Fir is known for live shows in the lounge downstairs, hearty brunch and generous dinner plates enjoyed in the mid-century meets log-cabin dining room.

Portland’s Entertainment District

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.

Dancing in Portland

Get your groove on at these Portland nightclubs, dance halls and studios.

Portland’s Best Dance Halls

From salsa and line dancing to Lindy hop and blues, our itinerary will help you discover the city’s favorite venues and popular weekly dance events.

Dance Clubs

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.

Tango in Portland

The City of Roses boasts one of the best tango communities outside of Buenos Aires, with dances and lessons available almost every night.

Alcohol-Free Fun in Portland

Just because you're older than 21, doesn't mean you have to act like it. Portland has a wide range of events that require no alcohol whatsoever to enjoy.

Comedy in Portland

Discover the next up-and-coming comic at one of Portland's many comedy showcases and festivals.

All Jane Comedy Festival

Portland's five-day comedy festival showcases nearly 50 female comedians each October.

Comedy in Portland

Check out plenty of in-demand comedians in a classic format for sidesplitting humor — live and in person.

Free Live Music and Comedy in Portland

Discover a new favorite comic or musician at Portland's free concerts and comedy nights, scattered across the city and scheduled throughout the week.

More Nightlife

Looking for something to do tonight? Scroll through a round-up of some of our favorite nightlife activities.

Upcoming Nightlife Events

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Ha Ha Harvest Comedy Festival
Nov. 29–Dec. 1, 2019

Ha Ha Harvest Comedy Festival

Multiple venues $49 for 3-day pass

A three-day post-Thanksgiving comedy festival in in seven central Portland venues with 90 performers. Featured headliners are Dave Hill, Lizzy Cooperman, Adam Cayton-Holland, Janae Burris, Ron Lynch and Nathan Brannon. The venues for this festival are: Kelly’s OlympianOutrageSiren TheaterWhite Owl Social ClubVelvet LoungeKickstandShanghai Tunnel

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White Album Xmas
Dec. 4–14, 2019

White Album Xmas

Alberta Rose Theatre $37.50-$57.50

White Album Xmas has become a tradition – a way to keep Portland weird during the holiday season. The Nowhere Band – a full 15-piece Beatles orchestra plays the White Album in its entirety, while the jugglers, aerialists, clowns and acrobats of the Portland Circus Allstars present feats of remarkable strength, focus and dexterity. Guaranteed…

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Portland Night Market
Ongoing

Portland Night Market

Central Eastside Industrial District Free

The Portland Night Market showcases many unique businesses that call Portland home. Blending food, culture, music, drinks and retail together for an adventurous evening in the Central Eastside. Come meet some of Portland’s best makers and creators! The Portland Night Market is a bimonthly, free event and open to all ages.

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Stumptown SantaCon
Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019

Stumptown SantaCon

Ankeny Alley Starting at $15

Starting at 2 p.m. at Ankeny Alley and Candy Ultra Lounge, Stumptown SantaCon spans 30 venues, a dance party in the street and three channels from Heartbeat Silent Disco at Santa’s Playground brought to you by the Barrel Room. 100% net proceeds go to support local charities. Last year, over $20,000 was raised. Costumes required….

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