Last updated on May 8th, 2021
Welcome everyone, if you are looking for info on the best gay and lesbian bars or clubs in Portland we have you fully covered. This LGBT nightlife guide will also discuss topics like mixed clubs, trans bars, drag shows, the main queer area of town and more!
We will also be covering the best LGBT online dating sites, particularly for those who are more interested in hooking up than getting too deep into a serious relationship at the moment. Plus we will mention all of the best LGBT pride events and meet ups we know about in the region.
Some people like to party, others don’t really want to hang out in lesbian or gay bars all night sot we will attempt to give you as many options as possible and then you can choose which one sounds best for your own personal needs.
Best LGBT Bars & Clubs In Portland
Let’s start this off with a list of the best mixed LGBT bars and nightclubs in Portland:
- Escape Bar & Grill at 9004 N.E. Sandy Blvd
- Eagle Portland at 835 North Lombard St
- Local Lounge at 3536 N.E. MLK Jr. Blvd
- Crush Bar at 1400 S.E. Morrison St
- Vault Martini at 226 NW 12th Ave
- Doug Fir at 830 E Burnside St
- Holocene at 001 S.E. Morrison St
- Bar Bar at 3939 North Mississippi Ave
- Hobo’s at 120 Northwest 3rd Ave
- CC Slaughters at 219 Northwest Davis St
- Scandals at 1125 Southwest Stark St
- Florida Room at 435 N. Killingsworth St
- Stag PDX at 317 Northwest Broadway
- Silverado at 610 Northwest Couch St
- Temporary Lesbian Bar at 3552 N Mississippi Ave
Best Gay Bars & Clubs
We know some of you are here to find out about gay bars in Portland for men to meet men. The thing is, as the world becomes more inclusive those old lines are getting blurred. These days most gay bars are actually mixed, and any of the above spots can easily lead to gay hook ups.
Best Lesbian Bars & Clubs in Portland
Women looking to meet women in Portland can go to Temporary Lesbian Bar at Mississippi Pizza held once or twice a month. Of course the bars and clubs from the mixed LGBT list will also work well.
Drag Shows & Trans Bars
We aren’t really to the point of having full on trans bars in Portland, but you can find drag shows that may help you locate ts near you at:
- RuPaul’s Drag Race Viewing Party at Local Lounge every Monday
- RuPaul Drag Race at CC Slaughters every Thursday at 6 pm
- Female Impersonators at Darcelle XV at 208 N.W. Third Ave on Wednesdays until Saturdays
- Scandals on Mondays
- Superstar Divas Mega Show at CC Slaughters on Sundays
- Rainbow Room on Saturdays
- Eagle on Sundays
Look, trying to differentiate between a strictly gay bar or a mixed LGBT bar can be pretty difficult. We don’t want to list anything as strictly gay or lesbian because these days everything is becoming more inclusive which is great news for the whole scene.
With that said if you think any bar should be listed as for men or women only please let us know. Or if we just posted any out of date information then please tell us in the comments below so that our lists can be as correct and up to date as possible. Many of these gay or lesbian bars and clubs can be found in the LGBT nightlife area of The Burnside Triangle.
Go do your partying in that part of town and you will be able to check out the various venues and find out the right spots for your personal tastes. If you like to travel to try and hook up read our posts on:
Weekly, Monthly, & Pride Events
Here are some of the best LGBT events that occur on a weekly or monthly basis:
- Blow Pony at Bossanova Ballroom at 722 E. Burnside St
- Queer Horror at Hollywood Theatre at 4122 NE Sandy Blvd
- Mrs.at Mississippi Studios at 3939 North Mississippi Ave
Don’t forget about the Pride Portland event held in June.
Best LGBT Dating Sites
LGBT bars or clubs may not be your preferred way to meet new people, heck they aren’t they way most of us like to do that anymore. Fortunately technology has opened up some new doors for us and now we have more options at are disposal.
Some may also not feel comfortable in LGBT bars for various reasons, maybe they are not fully ‘out’ quite yet. Whatever your motivations are LGBT dating sites are a great way to meet people near you without having to get all dressed up and head to a gay or lesbian bar.
We have a few options to mention here, and the first ones are mostly geared towards casual sex, not full on serious dating. Men Nation is a really good gay dating site for hook ups, and if you want to hook up with gay guys in Portland you should look into it.
Lesbian Personals is a cool lesbian hook up site, and they are both run by Adult Friend Finder. Men looking for other gay men near you to hook up with can use Men Nation to get the job done quickly. Women who want to meet lesbian women would be best off using Lesbian Personals, and those who are bi-sexual and like all types can check out Adult Friend Finder which covers the whole gambit.
Serious relationships aren’t for everyone and these sites are a great way to hook up for those that don’t enjoy partying in the LGBT bars, clubs, and nightlife. We also want to tell you about the world’s top transgender dating site, MyTransgenderDate. Trans dating in Portland is more popular than it has ever been and will only continue to grow as more ts feel confident enough to be the person they really want to be.
At this point we have covered the Portland LGBT nightlife as well as we know how. You have learned all about the best mixed, gay, or lesbian bars and clubs plus drag shows to party with trans and all sorts of LGBT dating sites. Now choose the best option for you and enjoy yourself.