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Nightlife & Entertainment in Portland

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Portland has a hip and laid back nightlife scene, and you're more likely to see locals in jeans than suits after dark. The local bohemians demand novelty and diversity in their nightlife, and so trends such as brewpubs, cabarets, and burlesque can be found across the city, with the cool crowd always looking for the next big thing.

 

Breweries

 

Portland loves its craft beers, and whether you prefer foaming pints from the tap, or a cold bottle from the fridge, a local brewpub is the ideal spot for a casual night out.

 

BridgePort Brewpub

 

With beers created from mountain spring water and a wide range of malt varieties, the BridgePort Brewery lovingly creates many different types of craft ales, which can then be sampled in their cozy brewpub. There's a delicious menu, pairing beers with different dishes, and you can enjoy freshly brewed beer from the tap.

 

1313 Northwest Marshall Street, Portland OR 97209. Tel:+1 503 241 3612

 

BridgePort Brewpub website

Tugboat Brewing Company

 

Portland's oldest microbrewery has several kegs of tap ale, with local and international brews to try. You can ask for small pours and sample a little of all their brews while sitting in amongst the bookcases and quirky furniture that makes the venue so unique.

 

711 Southwest Ankeny Street, Portland OR 97205. Tel:+1 503 226 2508

 

Tugboat Brewing Company website

 

Cinemas

 

Independent movie lovers will enjoy the many small, historic cinemas around Portland. With cozy, welcoming atmospheres, and a wide selection of classic and indie movies, they make a refreshing alternative to the usual multiplex cinemas.

 

Living Room Theater

 

Offering a pleasant alternative to the usual cramped cinema experience, the Living Room Theater offers large, individual reclining chairs to sink into, a delicious menu that can be enjoyed while watching the film, and a fully stocked bar. Offering movies to suit all tastes, from mainstream to indie and foreign cinema, you can enjoy the best cinema around with all the comforts of home.

 

341 SW 10th Avenue, Portland OR 97205. Tel:+1 971 222 2010

 

Living Room Theater website

 

Cinema 21

 

A vintage-style cinema with a shabby chic interior, this movie mecca offers independent, retro, and cult screenings. Cinema 21 is great for a cheap night out, with double features and silent movies that rarely make it to the big screen anymore.

 

616 NW 21st Avenue, Portland OR 97209. Tel:+1 503 223 4515

 

Cinema 21 website

 

Live music

 

Unsurprisingly, Portland folk love their live music, and there’s no shortage of bars playing host to up-and-coming bands. If your tastes run to flamboyant jazz, however, here’s the place to check out.

 

Jimmy Mak's

 

This intimate jazz club has a party atmosphere every night, with acts including big bands, trios, and musicians from around the world. With a menu of Greek dishes and tapas, as well as cocktails served until the small hours, it's the perfect spot to enjoy some lively sounds.

 

221 Northwest 10th Avenue, Portland OR 97209. Tel:+1 503 295 6542

 

Jimmy Mak's website

 

Comedy

 

You'll find many comedians starting their careers in Portland, as well as familiar faces putting on shows. In the small, friendly venues you'll enjoy world-class chuckles, whether it's improv, sketches, or hilarious stand up.

 

Curious Comedy Theater

 

This hip space hosts a wide variety of shows, with open mic nights for upcoming acts, comedy shows, and impressionists. With a modern and versatile space, there are performances in the round, as well as on stage, allowing you to feel close to the action.

 

5225 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Portland OR 97211. Tel:+1 503 477 9477

 

Curious Comedy Theater website