In addition to checking out some of the bars in and around the Burnside area, here are some of the local clubs that you’ll want to spend some energy on (clubs that allow under-21s are noted):
A love of music and dancing may be the only common thread among Embers’ diverse clientele and displays a colorful cross-section of Portland’s gay/lesbian/bi/drag/straight youth culture from the mild-mannered to the wildly alternative. On the weekends dancers crowd around the bar and dance floor to groove to DJ mix, techno and rock. Pool tables are located in the back room. The relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff make this dance club a place where you can really be yourself.
Location: 110 NW Broadway, Portland, OR; cross street at NW Couch
Phone: +1 (503) 222 3082
Hours: 11:30am to 2:30am daily
Cover: $2 to $5
If you are looking for a change from the normal club scene, the Viscount Ballroom offers two floors of fun ethnic dancing, from salsa and Argentine tango to east and west coast swing. Complimentary lessons are provided an hour before the party begins. Singles are welcome and need not worry about bringing a partner, because there are plenty of eager dancers to go around. They also provide a bar with drinks ranging from $3 to $4, and pool is free with admission.
Hours: Lessons begin at 7:30pm Monday, Tuesday and Friday, dancing is from 8:30pm to midnight. On Saturday, lessons begin at 8:30pm and dancing is from 9:30pm to 2:30am
Location: 722 E Burnside, Portland, OR; cross street at East 7th
Phone: +1 (503) 233 7855
Cover: $6 Monday, Tuesday and Saturday; $10 on Friday
Schedule: Monday, Argentine tango; Tuesday, DJ’d east coast and west coast swing; Friday, Live swing; Saturday, Salsa with DJ JosÃ©