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Love the great outdoors? You can't beat Portland
NOTE: This is an archive article. For an updated and expanded Portland article click DailyXtraTravel
Text below is an archive version from June 2009
Perhaps because of its frontier
history, Portland retains a certain
nonconformist outlook. The outgoing,
good-natured folks who live in the
"City of Roses" are a little more casual
and rambunctious than their
Seattle cousins. The architecture gives
the downtown a look found
nowhere else -- a combination of modern
towers and renovated
warehouses. Outdoor pursuits abound,
especially on the gorgeous stretch
of the Willamette River that runs
through town. The ocean and the
mountains are close by.
The main gay districts are downtown
around Southwest Stark Street and
in Old Town around Northwest Davis and
Northwest 3rd. There are other
places of interest across the river,
including Northeast Broadway,
Southeast Stark and Northeast Sand.
Neighborhoods along Southeast
Belmont and Southeast Hawthorn
have lots of little shops and
restaurants which retain remnants of a
counterculture that's disappeared
(1022 SW Stark; 503-228-2277) modern,
informal rooms, economy
or deluxe, cable TV, free wi-fi.
(400 SW Broadway; 503-225-1717) stylish
original art, cutting-edge yet
Hotel (800 E Burnside; 503-230-
9200) Among the top-rated new
hotels, suitesperfect for
Lion and the Rose
B&B Inn (1810 NE 15th; 503-287-
magnate's Victorian, full of style,
Hotel (409 SW 11th; 503-224-
landmark, perfect location, kitchens,
Lady (1927 NE 16th; 503-335-
0070) grand Victorian
home, gay-friendly oasis in hip
Bars & Clubs
Portlanders enjoy totally nude
performances and sex videos at several
clubs. This masculine culture is
balanced by a local penchant and
reverence for drag.
Burnside & Southwest
W Burnside) early evening lounge
transforms to dance club
Thursdays to Saturdays, young
(1035 SW Stark) two-story dance complex,
go-go dancers, shows, energetic young
Ballroom (316 SW 11th)
alternative, artsy mixed crowd, live
music, top new DJs and performers
(412 SW Fourth) new lounge and cafï¿½,
afternoon tapas, espresso bar, evening
Garage (1035 SW Stark) video
bar, sidewalk cafï¿½,
attached to Boxxes disco and Fish Grotto
(1125 SW Stark) big beer selection,
food, games, sidewalk tables, hot DJs,
(318 SW 3rd) non-stop naked young
crowd, Monday karaoke, food, wi-fi.
Slaughters (219 NW Davis) large
dance floors, DJs, dancing, shows,
superior sound, lights, quiet martini
(208 NW Third) legendary glitz and
pageants, dinner cabaret, midnight male
(439 NW Third) longtime favorite
showtunes, country-western nights, live
Underground (27 NW Sixth) mostly
guys, mixed ages,
outrageous monthly Blow Pony party.
SW Broadway) infamous drag, karaoke,
floor, superb DJs, diverse crowd, cheap
SW Park) alcohol-free weekend gay dance
club, all ages, open after-hours.
Hounds (217 NW Second)
neighborhood bar, supper club,
Sunday brunch, affable older crowd.
NW Third) quiet lounge, courtyard
piano bar, premium cocktails, game
North & East
SE Morrison) bar and restaurant, outdoor
brunch, classic bingo, cash prizes, wild
N Lombard) friendly watering hole,
NE Broadway) popular men's sports bar,
table, wild holiday stripper parties,
(106 W Sixth; Vancouver,) neighborhood
gay bar on
Washington side of Columbia River.
(2913 SE Stark) gay favorite, food and
late-night weekend menu, open till
Portland has restaurants and cafes of
every kind, as well as good
street vendors and food carts for a
quick nibble. There are 56 food
carts in the downtown area alone.
West of the Willamette
(1035 SW Stark) intimate dining,
seafood, farm-fresh ingredients, great
Grille (111 SW 5th; 30th floor)
bar, captivating city and mountain
views, mixed crowd.
(2165 West Burnside) downtown
steakhouse, a standby
SW Stark) kitschy greasy spoon, open 24
after-bars breakfast rush.
(1038 SW Stark) interesting, affordable
tables on gay block.
Roasters (1026 SW Stark) ground
stylish Ace Hotel.
Doughnut (22 SW Third) open 24
hours, handmade doughnuts
like the "cock and balls," fun
East of the Willamette
Restaurant (3500 NE MLK Jr)
three-course meals for $25, popular
Bread & Ink
Cafe (3610 SE Hawthorne)
breakfasts, freshly brewed coffee for 25
Bridges Cafe &
NE MLK Jr) breakfast and lunch daily
Cafe (1801 NE Broadway)
inspired breakfast and lunch,
Fire on the
Mountain (1708 E Burnside) best
hot-wing joint in
town, sauces galore, many local
House (729 E Burnside) coffee
shop, sandwiches, bagels,
veggie and vegan friendly, free wi-
(412 SW Fourth) daytime coffee
martinis at night.
(537 SE Ash) breakfast, lunch, self-
Restaurant (2338 NE Alberta)
all-day breakfast, lunch, huge
portions, satisfying deserts, Italian
sodas, wine, beer.
Cafe (1325 NE Broadway)
breakfast, lunch, dinner,
brunch with many options, four
variations on eggs Benedict.
Lounge (2100 SE Clinton) bar and
cafe, live music,
patio seating, art gallery, no cover,
Tin Shed & Garden
Cafe (1438 NE Alberta) new
farm collective grows the produce.
Tales (1300 E Burnside)
vegetarian meals, chicken
dishes, seafood menu, salad bar, awesome
Restaurant (SE Belmont) locally
grown organic food, "recession
buster" meals from $10, nice vibe.
Portland (2885 NE Sandy) lively,
modern spa, open 24 hours,
visitor rates, hot tub, blackout
parties, nude tanning.
Shopping & services
Bagdad Theatre &
Pub (3702 SE Hawthorne) old-
palace, cheap flicks, beer and pizza at
Powell's City of
Books (1005 W Burnside) huge
store, new, and
used books, paperbacks, classics,
(4115 N Mississippi) gay community
culture, events, coffee house.
Video (237 ML King) erotica for
all, sale and rental
DVDs, magazines, toys, novelties.
(507 Broadway) live model shows, brand-
cosmetics and skin care products,
Portland International Airport has
buses, shuttle buses and car rentals
at or near the terminal building. TriMet MAX Red Line light-rail trains
run every several minutes to downtown.
The 40-minute trip is $2.30.
Pedestrian-friendly Portland has
excellent public transit, with
streetcar service running through the
gay districts. Ride free within
the downtown "Fareless Square." Daily or
weekly passes can be bought on
buses, streetcars or trains outside that
A day of browsing. Find that rare
autobiography of Andre Gide among
Powell's out-of-print classics, or the
perfect knickknack in a tiny
shop on the Southeast Hawthorne
Concerts in Pioneer Courthouse
Square. There are year-round free
concerts and movies in "Portland's
living room," where a circle of
steps lets you watch the passing parade.
Portland Saturday Market. The
baked goods smell great, the
street performers are engaging, the many
crafts intriguing, and the
grassy lawns of Waterfront Park beckon.
Getting an all-over tan. Rooster Rock
State Park and Sauvie Island
(Collins Beach) are great places to lose
your tan lines. Keep walking
along the sand until you see the
Fetish ball, uniform party, barbeque,
leather bears, Mr and Ms Oregon
July 31 - August 9, 2009
Portland Lesbian &
Gay Film Festival
Feature, documentary and short films
from around the world.
Cinema 21 (616 NW 21st Ave)
October 2-8, 2009
Rose Court Coronation
Wraps a week of festivities all around
town with a night of Broadway to
Melody Ballroom (615 SE Alder)
October 17, 2009
Just Out is
a free gay paper full of local news,
events and listings.
Annual mid-June parade and festival,
plus a drag race