Nightlife

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

Nightlife in Portland doesn’t mean just hitting the club. Portland comes to life after hours with open mic nights held throughout the city, nationally acclaimed karaoke spots, delicious late-night eats, adult-friendly gaming spots and plenty of alcohol-free fun. Read on for our guides to the city’s nightlife scene, then check out our events calendar to discover more things to do at night on your next trip to Portland.

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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.

Late-Night Bites

When hunger strikes after closing time, head to these local eateries that stay open late.

  • Tik Tok

    Hearty, home-style dishes like chicken-fried steak smothered in gravy, meatloaf and deep-fried fish and chips await at this diner, which stays open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen

    Tuck in to a belly-warming bowl of pho and other Vietnamese dishes at this downtown Portland eatery, which stays open until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

  • Original Hotcake House

    Beloved by local night owls and pancake enthusiasts, Portland's Original Hotcake House stays open 24/7, dishing up delicious diner grub and breakfast classics.

  • Voodoo Doughnut – Northeast

    Open 24/7, this iconic Portland destination's second outpost sells wild doughnuts topped with ingredients like bubblegum and bacon (and has shorter lines than the original spot in downtown Portland).

  • The Roxy

    A downtown Portland classic since 1994, The Roxy serves hearty diner fare (including the "Big Fat Heart Attack Special) 24 hours a day, Wednesdays through Sundays.

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.

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.

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 event space in Portland’s Central Eastside. They offer a large vegan menu, plus wine, craft beer and unique craft cocktails that focus on products from local and regional distilleries.

  • 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.

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

Enjoy a night out in Portland at these upcoming after hours events.

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Stumptown LepreCon
Saturday, Mar. 14, 2020

Stumptown LepreCon

Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub $15 presale, $20 day of

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this annual costume-required celebration. Wear something blinky and illuminated (it has to be more than just a green shirt or a button). This is a participatory event, so bring something LepreCons will enjoy: toys, games, stickers, buttons, signs and a great costume. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s…

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Paddy's Saint Patrick Festival
Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2020

Paddy's Saint Patrick Festival

Paddy's Free 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; $20 after 2 p.m.

Join Paddy’s for its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration, which includes a tented street party, Irish bands, bagpipers, Irish dancers, corned beef & cabbage, and plenty of Guinness and Irish Whiskey. The tented event is family-friendly until 8 p.m. and kids under 12 years old get in free. Enter the raffle to win a trip…

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Portland Lindy Exchange
Apr. 10–12, 2020

Portland Lindy Exchange

Multiple venues Varies

Established in 2008, the Portland Lindy Exchange (PDXLX) is the biggest annual swing dance weekend in Oregon. Join us for 3 days of celebrating the music and vintage swing dances of the early 20th Century including Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, and Collegiate Shag. The Music PDXLX 2020 will feature LIVE swing and vintage jazz from…

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Red Dress Party
Saturday, May 16, 2020

Red Dress Party

Veterans Memorial Coliseum $55-$155

At Portland’s annual Red Dress Party, all attendees are required to wear a red dress or pre-approved attire. Tickets to the event include entrance to the party, entertainment and dancing, as well as food and drinks all evening. All proceeds from this year’s Red Dress party will benefit Planned Parenthood and Q Center. Red Dress…

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