Nightlife in Portland is, for lack of a better term, weird. There’s a good chance your friends would rather turn in than turn up, probably because they’re skipping town to hit a swimming hole or go for an epic hike in the morning. The churn of gentrification and, tangentially, the wake of the Ghost Ship tragedy have created a tumultuous environment for club owners who are simply hoping to break even, and it seems like legendary venues both old and new go by the wayside almost monthly. Besides, why go clubbing when the dive bar down the street is plenty rowdy as it is?
But the party perseveres, and there’s still an incredible amount of fun to be had after the sun goes down. Whether you prefer the thump of a subwoofer or the bump of a pinball machine, Portland has almost all of your bases covered when it comes to a wild night out. Read on for a starter guide to getting the party going any night of the week here in the Rose City.
Looking for more information on Portland nightclubs? Check out our club guides below.
Don’t forget – we also have a free mobile app that you can download here. Use the app to see who’s spinning, sign up for guestlists, buy tickets, and book bottle service!