Horse Brass is a very authentic English style pub with a Pacific Northwest flair. Furnished much like a grotty London one, they even feature five or six hand drawn beers for good measure. If you know your beer and have been to the UK, you know those hand pumps are the badge of honor. Toss in a Scotch Egg and a Beef & Mushroom Pie and you're set to go.
The big difference is in the beers served. These are beers from the Pacific Northwest so generally speaking a bit more bold and hoppy. Since they are served cask-conditioned via hand pump, they are soft like real English ales but there is a decided local flavor to them. Do yourself a favor and try one. It's like drinking Oregon in a glass. A pint glass.
Dress Code: Shabby clothes are fine. The owner looks like Aqualung-era Ian Anderson.
Popular jazz club that Downbeat Magazine ranked among the nation's best. Small enough to have a cozy, jazz club feel but large enough for you to have a reasonable shot at seating even if you get there late. I liked the trio we heard and the crowd seemed very knowledgeable.
Dress Code: None.
Portland is kind of an early night town, but a couple of places to try. Love punk, go to Fellini's Satyricon, in the Chinatown area. Sixth street I believe? Courtney Love's old Portland hangout. Remeber it's a punk club. If you're an Anne Rice groupie, there's the Paris theater on Fourth street I believe, just outside Chinatown (can you tell I know this area where I used to live?) Kind of a goth hangout. Please note that Burnside runs along this area, which is a street notorius for prostitution and drugs. Be careful at night.
This place is in an industrial area, but is the BEST place for an outdoor beer garden and live music. It has a lot of oregon microbrews on tap, but bring cash because they don't take ATM cards or credit. They do have an ATM but it charges a fee to use.
Dress Code: Jeans, t-shirts, and birkenstocks! this place is NOT fancy, so wear your best pool-playing, live-music-listening, french-fry-eating garb.
Upfront FX is a club you should not miss...(at least if you are still under 21 which happened to me while staying in the US so the selection is naturally limited...)
hhmm...as mentioned above I did not have a big choice based on my young age and the fact that the try with a fake ID did not work out...so I basically only got to know two bigger Clubs in Portland for people under 21. I liked everything about FX...you need to be 18 (which will be checked!!! and think about the fact that in America the date is reversed: month, day, year) but the club is also visited from older people steadily...I liked the fact that there is no alcohol available and I also have not seen one fight in there, depending on the day they played eitherwise hiphop, R&B, Soul...or techno, trance...which I liked both very much. However this is now 2 years ago...
Dress Code: I don't think that there was any...women are from jeans and shirt till mini-skirt, men accordingly
If you are into Latin dancing, contact me. I know all the spots and can inform you more directly.
If you are looking for ballroom settings which play salsa, check out Crystall ballroom on Tuesday evenings off S.E. Burnside street.
For live music concert - in Portland the Alhambra Theater has a great venue and has done a good job of remodelling an old movie theater. Very comfortable, good sound and an adequate beer and wine bar. If it is a full-crowd night they will have the balcony open which provides some nice viewing of the stage.
Music varies from jazz to zydeco to folk-rock to various alternative styles.
Dress Code: Totally casual as most places in Oregon are.
The Hotel Monaco is a terrific hotel. Located in the downtown area of Portland, it is within walking...more
AVOID THIS PLACE! My family and I decided to stay here for the college football season for home...more
170 Highway 101, Florence, Oregon, United States
Good for: Solo