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.
Know Before You Go
To slow the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant, effective Aug. 27, a statewide mask mandate is in place. Oregonians and visitors ages 5 and up are required to wear face coverings in all public indoor settings, as well as crowded outdoor public spaces where physical distancing is not possible, regardless of vaccination status. This rule does not apply to individuals actively eating or drinking.
Additionally, some event organizers and venues may require proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID test, for admission. Other events may be canceled, postponed or held virtually. Please check individual event websites for the most up-to-date information.
Every night of the week — not just on weekdays — happy hour generally gets the party started. Almost every establishment in town has one, so finding the best depends on where you are and what you want to eat (or drink). Here are some highlights; Departure has daily happy hour specials running from 4-6 p.m., mixing inexpensive, inventive Asian cuisine with equally mouthwatering views of the city’s downtown. With cocktails by world-class bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler, happy hour at Clyde Common, from 3-6 p.m. also offers a happy hour menu of juicy hamburgers with jalapeno relish to house-made charcuterie boards. Slide into a booth at Slow Bar for arguably the best burger in the city for just $5, with a trove of other divey (but farm-fresh) snacks and cocktails for $1 off, from 3-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and midnight-2:30 a.m. Sun.-Thu.
Portland’s Best Hotel Bars
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Speakeasy-Style Bars in Portland
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Best Irish Pubs in Portland
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Portland Sports Bars
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Portland’s Best Rooftop Bars
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Portland’s Best Patio Bars
Whether you're looking for a cocktail bar, a brewpub or a dive, enjoy your favorite summer beverage at one of Portland's rooftop bars or outdoor patios.
Karaoke is a popular way to keep the good times going, and from dive bars to private boxes, there are no bad places to sing — only bad singers. Serving tropical drinks and piles of Hawaiian food, The Alibi Tiki Lounge will make you feel like you’re on an island vacation just long enough to belt out some Elvis in front of the packed house. The Ambassador Restaurant and Lounge meanwhile, embraces everything that a Chinese food restaurant-cum-karaoke bar should be and raises the bar with a light-up stage and a fog machine. The Baby Kitten Klub basement bar includes two private rooms, ’70s and ’80s themed, in addition to a public main stage and bar area. The songbook is packed with selections not available anywhere else, including some wild mashups.
If you ever wished you could front a real, live rock band then Karaoke From Hell is for you. Hosted by Voodoo Doughnut co-founder Tres Shannon, the band’s repertoire includes 600 songs, and they play twice a week at clubs like Dante’s and the Spare Room. Rather keep your singing voice between friends? Voicebox can accommodate up to 20 members of your entourage with pay-by-the-hour private suites at its Northwest and Central Eastside locations.
When it comes to professional music, Portland has all sorts of options. The Crystal Ballroom and Roseland Theater attract all genres of current and pop music acts to Portland’s downtown, while the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall hits the classics by hosting performances by the Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera, and Oregon Ballet Theater. Recording its popular public radio program in front of Portland audiences, Live Wire stitches together sketch comedy, music, and confessionals in a variety show format.
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.
Y.G.B. aims to create healing spaces for Black and Brown Portlanders through music, dance and collaborative experiences.
The City of Roses boasts one of the best tango communities outside of Buenos Aires, with dances and lessons available almost every night.
Comedy & More
Meanwhile, Helium Comedy Club is all about the punchlines, drawing everyone from touring, a-list professionals to emerging local talent to its stage. The nightly shows at Darcelle XV are also good for a laugh, but the world-famous female impersonators take their art very seriously, as their Las Vegas-style cabaret has been entertaining Portland for nearly 40 years.
Portland's five-day comedy festival showcases nearly 50 female comedians each October.
There's always something funny happening in Portland. From stand-up comedy to improv comedy, comedy classes Portland has any kind of comedy you may be looking for. Portland boasts many stages to bring you fresh, up-and-coming, and touring comedians.
Discover a new favorite comic or musician at Portland's free concerts and comedy nights, scattered across the city and scheduled throughout the week.
Portland’s Entertainment District
Located at the heart of downtown in the vibrant Old Town Chinatown neighborhood, Portland’s Entertainment District is a go-to spot for late-night frivolity, whether it’s live DJs, tasty cocktails, or rowdy dance floors. To maximize fun, visit on Friday and Saturday nights after 10 p.m. when the blocks between W. Burnside St., N.W. Everett St., N.W. Second Ave. and N.W. Fourth Ave., are closed to cars, transforming the area into a pedestrian-friendly party zone.
Set within walking distance of a number of popular nighttime destinations, The Society Hotel, a newly revived 19th-century sailor’s boarding house, provides a perfect weekend basecamp. Fuel up for your evening adventures at Kasbah Moroccan Cafe an inviting restaurant serving authentic Moroccan fare, like kefta meatball tagine.
For the full-blown dance club experience, CC Slaughters and Dirty Nightclub are always bustling on weekends and often feature energetic live DJs. If you prefer a more down-and-dirty, rock-and-roll vibe, swing by Dixie Tavern where servers are known to dance on the bar and brave revelers are sometimes invited to join in.
Portland Pinball Spots
Whether you’re a seasoned flipper wizard or just a sucker for those pretty flashing lights, these Portland pinball spots have you covered.
Gaming and Casinos Near Portland
If you've got a passion for poker or want to give the roulette wheel a spin, test your luck at these gaming centers and casinos near Portland.
Date Night Ideas in Portland
Planning a romantic evening in Portland? We have date night ideas for couples with all sorts of interests.
Portland Karaoke Bars and Nights
Choose from private suites, pop-up events, tiki drinks and Chinese food as you select your ideal Portland karaoke venue from among the city’s top spots.
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