One of Portland’s most historic and iconic dive bars — if you’re driving on NE Sandy it’s pretty near impossible to miss — Club 21 has been on the chopping block for years, and now The Merc reports the end is officially here. Co-owner Warren Boothby says moving the venue isn’t feasible (the one-of-a-kind structure wouldn’t survive the trip), and Club 21 will close for good on January 15. It’s the latest Portland institution to be demolished in the wake of the city’s real estate boom.
But there’s light at the bottom of the double shot glass: Boothby and business partner Marcus Archambeault tell The Merc they have a new bar in the works, and it’ll feature much of Club 21’s decor, as well as its food menu. No word on where this bar is located, yet.
Additionally, Boothby and Archambeault — as though on a mission to save every single one of Portland’s most classic dives — recently took over The Alibi, the iconic karaoke and tiki bar on North Interstate. The venue dates back to the late 1800s, and Boothby and Archambeault say they do not have any major changes planned for The Alibi, aside from improving its food and drink.
Head to Club 21 immediately, if you want one last Rainier before it shutters. The bar is open daily starting at 11:30 a.m.