With beloved restaurants, bars and Portland institutions, Portland’s Division and Clinton streets are lively places to gather with friends (and make new ones).
Art Film and Music Scene
Art-house and Portland institution Clinton Street Theater, has been showing cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show every Saturday night since 1978, reportedly the longest run in the world. Find screenings of rare films, performance art, bellydancing, burlesque and a gathering place for activists at this Clinton Street haunt.
Landmark Saloon keeps the fun going all season long, with an outside space that includes a fire pit, corn hole courts and a food cart. The authentic country bar also hosts live music most nights, getting everyone inside and out to do some toe-tapping.
Division Street is known to draw crowds, and when you see one, we recommend going with the flow (because they’re probably on to something good). On sunny days — or any day that’s not raining, really — the picnic tables outside APEX fill with people watchers and pint lovers. Home to a rotating menu of great beers from around the world and the Pacific Northwest, as well as an excellent pinball arcade, it’s lovely place for people-watching.
There’s less traffic at the Division Winemaking Company, but no shortage of taste. This beautiful urban winery and shared tasting room for a number of urban wineries hosts supper clubs, visiting winemakers and DJ nights. A few blocks away find Division Wines, a bottle shop and a bar that features some of the best imports, with a knowledgeable staff to help you choose the right glass, or bottle. Sit at the bar enjoy a wine flight and a house made charcuterie board.
Food carts pepper Division Street, but find a pod on the Lot at Scout Beer with a variety of quick eats and a beer garden.
Division/Clinton offers an abundance of Portland-only cool treats, like Italian-style gelato and sorbetto from Pinolo Gelato made with local fruits and natural ingredients. With fun flavors, non-dairy options (try their vegan-staple coconut lemon saffron), and house-made gluten-free waffle cones Fifty Licks, tucked away on Clinton, is a must-try. Don’t let the lines scare you away; Salt & Straw delights in experimenting with peculiar ingredients such as olive oil, blue cheese and spring flowers, but visitors can always play it safe with Double Fold Vanilla or Freckled Woodblock Chocolate.
Rest and Relaxation
An entire bar devoted to the mildly psychoactive (and totally legal) root drink from the South Pacific, Bula Kava House can help ease any nerves. Served in coconut cup shells, the drink’s mood-altering effect can be euphoric, but it’s also consumed for relaxation.
But to truly unwind, treat yourself the Scandinavian way with a relaxing steam at Löyly Sauna, which offers wet and dry saunas and full-body Swedish massages. Their packages bundle bodywork, steam treatments, facials and more.
Division Street Fair
The area’s largest annual event, the Division Street Fair, held each August, pulls together sidewalk sales, artisan booths, live music and a parade together in a family-friendly event that lasts all day.
Mt. Tabor Park, a century-old public space known for its open-air reservoirs, forested hiking trails, sunset picnics, epic city views, its annual Adult Soapbox Derby, and, yes, its volcanic cinder cone.
From first-run movies to first-rate comedy acts, Hawthorne is home to an eclectic array of daytime activities and outstanding nightlife options.
This bike- and pedestrian-friendly Southeast Portland neighborhood (affectionately known as "FoPo") has a character all its own. FoPo is home to unique experiences you can’t find anywhere else in the city.
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