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16 Portland Restaurants and Bars With Live Music

Where to find dinner and a show, from jazz to local rap

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Brownish Black performing at on the back patio at Rontoms.
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Portland has provided easy access to good music for a long, long time. From grungy Old Portland staples like Satyricon (R.I.P.) to recent renovation projects like Revolution and Polaris Halls, the city has always been a buffet of relatively cheap, varied live music. It’s also a pretty easy city to find a drink.

What follows is the intersection of the two: bars and restaurants with live music, a Venn diagram that is plenty wide here in the City of Roses. Between country twang in saloons and death metal in dive bars, those looking for a loud Tuesday night bender or a romantic Friday evening date spot can get their fix from Kenton to Richmond. In general this map leaves off places that are more venues than restaurants and bars, but places like Holocene and Rev Hall generally have something cool going on most nights.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

The Fixin' To

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This casual St. Johns bar has become a regular venue for Portland musicians, from rappers like Mic Capes to pseudo-psychedelic funk like Onion the Man. The move is to come early for a beer, a shot of whiskey, and a Frito pie, before heading into the back venue space for the show.

Kenton Club

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The “World Famous” Kenton Club sits squarely in North Portland, a stone’s throw from I-5. Operating in Kenton since 1947, the place sports a classic dive-bar aesthetic with food and drinks priced accordingly. It’s a mainstay for North Portland bands and a good bet for heavier, more guitar-driven live tunes, though don’t be surprised to catch a DJ set there on a Saturday night every once in a while. 

The 1905

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Across the street from Mississippi Studios, the 1905 provides a big three: food, booze, and jazz. In a city dense with metal and punk offerings, The 1905 provides a more laid-back alternative nightly in North Portland, with pizzas and simple pastas to eat while jazz trios jam. Featuring local and touring groups of various sizes, the dimly lit lounge makes for a romantic date spot. 

Mississippi Studios and Bar

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The centerpiece of the Mississippi bar scene in Northeast Portland, Mississippi Studios caters to a variety of musicians, from local acts like the Shivas to national indie darlings like Deerhoof. The adjacent Bar Bar provides good hangs before and after, as well as cheap burgers, vegan options, and movies projected outside most nights. 

The Waypost

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An intimate venue up north, the Waypost features tacos, margaritas, and a regular flow of varied tunes in the box-shaped yellow bar. The gravel patio space flows out into a small garden that makes for a nice breath of fresh air between sets. The venue also hosts film screenings, poetry readings and DJs, and some shows are all-ages.

Clyde's Prime Rib Restaurant and Bar

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A classic Rose City Park steakhouse, it’s hard to beat a hunk of prime rib and a Manhattan at one of Clyde’s round booths, but it’s also an easy spot to catch live jazz and soul in the restaurant’s Rat Pack lounge. Local acts like Ben Rice, the Flat Nines, and Ron Steen’s jazz jam are regulars at Clyde’s.

Laurelthirst Public House

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A music staple in Portland since 1988, Laurelthirst Public House is the kind of neighborhood-y music-oriented dive that has always haunted this corner of Portland, right around the border of Northeast and Southeast. Packed with an eclectic group of regulars, the bar hosts open mics and eclectic recurring acts every night. Food is basic bar fare (as well as ice-cream sandwiches) and the taps offer a good selection of draft beers.

The Big Legrowlski

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Situated in the Pearl District, a few blocks from popular arcade bar Ground Control, The Big Legrowlski hosts local acts from a variety of genres — DJs, Americana, soul. The sleek, little downtown bar also hosts karaoke nights every other Tuesday and regular open jam sessions. 

Dante's

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An old-school Portland institution, Dante’s — just across the bridge on Burnside — provides a heavier scene most nights of the week. The attached pizza window provides slices after the show until 3.a.m., and the bar also offers a $3 karaoke night every Monday catered by Voodoo Doughnuts. 

Rontoms

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Most nights, this hip Burnside bar makes for a moody date spot, but on Sunday nights, crowds pack in for a free show. With a bar inside and outside, patrons can find a drink in what is often a packed house and enjoy local and touring bands. Cocktails and food are a little higher-end here, but usually worth the price — happy hour runs from 3-6:30 p.m. daily for a $5 deal on tacos, chicken skewers, and other small bites.

Doug Fir Lounge

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Somewhere between a spaceship and a log cabin, this sleek building on East Burnside is worth a visit just for the architecture. The wood-heavy interior provides a cozy feel, but some choose to stay warm outside by the fire pit on a spacious patio. Food offerings are complex, from hearty breakfasts to oyster dinners. The downstairs offers similar decor in a wide-stretching venue with shows that vary in size from $10 smaller acts to frequently sold-out touring bands in the $20-30 range.

Kelly's Olympian

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A quick stop off the Morrison Bridge in West Portland, Kelly’s Olympian is a century-old bar sandwiched between downtown’s taller, grander structures. With a solid happy hour selection of bar-food and cheap (relative to location) drinks, the spot is a good hang-out even when the stage is empty. Besides open mics and drag shows, Kelly’s regularly hosts local and small touring bands — plus local r&b and rap acts — in a comfortable, deceptively large space. 

The Goodfoot

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A go-to spot for Southeast Portland bar regulars, Goodfoot features rotating local artwork in the upstairs bar, as well as cheap or free pool, depending on the night. Downstairs, the bar features dance-centric and funk-heavy live music nightly, featuring a Soul Stew DJ Dance Night every Friday. The menu offers rotating food specials and features some decent fried chicken, especially late at night in Southeast.

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The Liquor Store

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As the bar’s website clearly indicates, this is “not a real liquor store.” Despite the mix-up on Google Maps, this ultra-hip spot on the crowded corner of SE Belmont and 34th does dish out solid cocktails ($4 daily from 5-7). The basement below houses regular DJ sets and live tunes, often for a cover under $10 or no fee at all.  

Landmark Saloon

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Half sports bar, half country bar, the Landmark Saloon provides on multiple fronts. Oregon gets pretty country outside Portland, but Landmark is one of the best bets to get a fix of twang within the city limits. Leroy’s BBQ cart outside offers up an accompanying menu of smoked meats until 1 a.m. most nights.

Teutonic Wine Company

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Teutonic, a Southeast Portland urban winery with several Germanic-style wines, is also a common hangout for jazz heads, who visit on Sunday and Wednesday nights for jams and casual shows. The winery will host musicians at least those two nights every week in its industrial winemaking space, where people sip rieslings and listen to acts like Dan Faehnle and Jon Lakey among the string-light-lit barrels.

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The Fixin' To

This casual St. Johns bar has become a regular venue for Portland musicians, from rappers like Mic Capes to pseudo-psychedelic funk like Onion the Man. The move is to come early for a beer, a shot of whiskey, and a Frito pie, before heading into the back venue space for the show.

Kenton Club

The “World Famous” Kenton Club sits squarely in North Portland, a stone’s throw from I-5. Operating in Kenton since 1947, the place sports a classic dive-bar aesthetic with food and drinks priced accordingly. It’s a mainstay for North Portland bands and a good bet for heavier, more guitar-driven live tunes, though don’t be surprised to catch a DJ set there on a Saturday night every once in a while. 

The 1905

Across the street from Mississippi Studios, the 1905 provides a big three: food, booze, and jazz. In a city dense with metal and punk offerings, The 1905 provides a more laid-back alternative nightly in North Portland, with pizzas and simple pastas to eat while jazz trios jam. Featuring local and touring groups of various sizes, the dimly lit lounge makes for a romantic date spot. 

Mississippi Studios and Bar

The centerpiece of the Mississippi bar scene in Northeast Portland, Mississippi Studios caters to a variety of musicians, from local acts like the Shivas to national indie darlings like Deerhoof. The adjacent Bar Bar provides good hangs before and after, as well as cheap burgers, vegan options, and movies projected outside most nights. 

The Waypost

An intimate venue up north, the Waypost features tacos, margaritas, and a regular flow of varied tunes in the box-shaped yellow bar. The gravel patio space flows out into a small garden that makes for a nice breath of fresh air between sets. The venue also hosts film screenings, poetry readings and DJs, and some shows are all-ages.

Clyde's Prime Rib Restaurant and Bar

A classic Rose City Park steakhouse, it’s hard to beat a hunk of prime rib and a Manhattan at one of Clyde’s round booths, but it’s also an easy spot to catch live jazz and soul in the restaurant’s Rat Pack lounge. Local acts like Ben Rice, the Flat Nines, and Ron Steen’s jazz jam are regulars at Clyde’s.

Laurelthirst Public House

A music staple in Portland since 1988, Laurelthirst Public House is the kind of neighborhood-y music-oriented dive that has always haunted this corner of Portland, right around the border of Northeast and Southeast. Packed with an eclectic group of regulars, the bar hosts open mics and eclectic recurring acts every night. Food is basic bar fare (as well as ice-cream sandwiches) and the taps offer a good selection of draft beers.

The Big Legrowlski

Situated in the Pearl District, a few blocks from popular arcade bar Ground Control, The Big Legrowlski hosts local acts from a variety of genres — DJs, Americana, soul. The sleek, little downtown bar also hosts karaoke nights every other Tuesday and regular open jam sessions. 

Dante's

An old-school Portland institution, Dante’s — just across the bridge on Burnside — provides a heavier scene most nights of the week. The attached pizza window provides slices after the show until 3.a.m., and the bar also offers a $3 karaoke night every Monday catered by Voodoo Doughnuts. 

Rontoms

Most nights, this hip Burnside bar makes for a moody date spot, but on Sunday nights, crowds pack in for a free show. With a bar inside and outside, patrons can find a drink in what is often a packed house and enjoy local and touring bands. Cocktails and food are a little higher-end here, but usually worth the price — happy hour runs from 3-6:30 p.m. daily for a $5 deal on tacos, chicken skewers, and other small bites.

Doug Fir Lounge

Somewhere between a spaceship and a log cabin, this sleek building on East Burnside is worth a visit just for the architecture. The wood-heavy interior provides a cozy feel, but some choose to stay warm outside by the fire pit on a spacious patio. Food offerings are complex, from hearty breakfasts to oyster dinners. The downstairs offers similar decor in a wide-stretching venue with shows that vary in size from $10 smaller acts to frequently sold-out touring bands in the $20-30 range.

Kelly's Olympian

A quick stop off the Morrison Bridge in West Portland, Kelly’s Olympian is a century-old bar sandwiched between downtown’s taller, grander structures. With a solid happy hour selection of bar-food and cheap (relative to location) drinks, the spot is a good hang-out even when the stage is empty. Besides open mics and drag shows, Kelly’s regularly hosts local and small touring bands — plus local r&b and rap acts — in a comfortable, deceptively large space. 

The Goodfoot

A go-to spot for Southeast Portland bar regulars, Goodfoot features rotating local artwork in the upstairs bar, as well as cheap or free pool, depending on the night. Downstairs, the bar features dance-centric and funk-heavy live music nightly, featuring a Soul Stew DJ Dance Night every Friday. The menu offers rotating food specials and features some decent fried chicken, especially late at night in Southeast.

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Tonight. @soulstewdjs Doors at 9. Basement dance party.

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The Liquor Store

As the bar’s website clearly indicates, this is “not a real liquor store.” Despite the mix-up on Google Maps, this ultra-hip spot on the crowded corner of SE Belmont and 34th does dish out solid cocktails ($4 daily from 5-7). The basement below houses regular DJ sets and live tunes, often for a cover under $10 or no fee at all.  

Landmark Saloon

Half sports bar, half country bar, the Landmark Saloon provides on multiple fronts. Oregon gets pretty country outside Portland, but Landmark is one of the best bets to get a fix of twang within the city limits. Leroy’s BBQ cart outside offers up an accompanying menu of smoked meats until 1 a.m. most nights.

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Teutonic Wine Company

Teutonic, a Southeast Portland urban winery with several Germanic-style wines, is also a common hangout for jazz heads, who visit on Sunday and Wednesday nights for jams and casual shows. The winery will host musicians at least those two nights every week in its industrial winemaking space, where people sip rieslings and listen to acts like Dan Faehnle and Jon Lakey among the string-light-lit barrels.

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