Portland is quite the creative town. Every night top-ranked dance, theater, and musical performers take the stage somewhere in the city. Expect to find never-ending choices for things to do, from taking in true independent films, performance art, and plays, to checking out some of the Northwest's (and the country's) hottest bands at one of the city's many nightclubs or concert venues.

Given the city’s unabashed passion for craft cocktails and beer, local wines, and artisanal coffee, it makes sense that Portland abounds with cool lounges, coffeehouses, and bars. Hard-core clubbing and dancing has a bit less of a following here than more casual bar-hopping, and Portlanders do like to combine noshing and sipping—you’ll find an abundance of nightspots serving exceptional food (and often offering great happy hour deals on victuals and drinks), and quite a few full-service restaurants with popular side bars and lounges. Nightlife and dining really overlap in the Rose City.

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  • 1. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

    Downtown | Music

    The 2,776-seat Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, built in 1928 in an Italian rococo revival style, hosts rock concerts, choral groups, lectures...Read More

  • 2. Bagdad Theater

    Southeast | Film

    Built in 1927, the stunningly restored, eminently quirky Bagdad Theater shows first-run Hollywood films on a huge screen and serves pizza, burgers...Read More

  • 3. Kennedy School Theater

    Northeast | Film

    Furnished with couches and end tables, the Kennedy School theater, which is located in a renovated elementary school that also contains a hotel...Read More

  • 4. Northwest Children's Theater

    Nob Hill | Theater

    This long-running company presents four shows during its fall–spring season, geared to both the toddler and teen set. Performances are staged...Read More

  • 5. Northwest Dance Project


    Founded in 2004, this first-rate contemporary-dance company performs several shows—typically including a world premier or two—each season at...Read More

  • 6. Northwest Film Center

    Downtown | Film

    Located adjacent to and operated by the Portland Art Museum, the Northwest Film Center screens art films, documentaries, and independent features...Read More

  • 7. Oregon Symphony


    Established in 1896, the symphony is Portland's largest classical group—and one of the largest orchestras in the country. Its season officially...Read More

  • 8. Portland Center Stage

    Pearl District | Theater

    Housed in a handsomely restored 1891 armory, Portland Center Stage puts on contemporary and classical works in the LEED-certified green building...Read More

  • 9. Antoinette Hatfield Hall

    Downtown | Arts Centers

    Home to the Portland Center for Performing Arts, this hall contains Dolores Winningstad, Newmark, and Brunish theaters and is across the street...Read More

  • 10. Artists Repertory Theatre

    Downtown | Theater

    The theater company performs seven to nine productions a year including regional premieres, occasional commissioned works, and classics. ...Read More

  • 11. Bite of Oregon

    Downtown | Festivals

    Held in early August as a benefit for Special Olympics Oregon, this festival features a number of popular restaurants and wineries with eclectic...Read More

  • 12. BodyVox

    Pearl District | Dance

    Led by Emmy Award–winning choreographers, BodyVox performs energetic contemporary dance–theater works at its state-of-the-art space in the Pearl...Read More

  • 13. Chamber Music Northwest


    Some of the most sought-after soloists, chamber musicians, and recording artists from the Portland area and abroad perform here during the five...Read More

  • 14. Cinema 21

    Nob Hill | Film

    An old-school, one-screen movie theater in Nob Hill, Cinema 21 shows independent and foreign films and hosts the annual Portland Queer Film...Read More

  • 15. Hollywood Theatre

    Northeast | Film

    A landmark movie theater that showed silent films when it opened in 1926, the not-for-profit Hollywood Theatre screens everything from obscure...Read More

  • 16. Imago Theatre

    Southeast | Theater

    One of Portland's most outstanding innovative theater companies, the Imago specializes in movement-based work for both young and old. ...Read More

  • 17. Keller Auditorium

    Downtown | Music

    With 3,000 seats and outstanding acoustics, Keller Auditorium hosts performances by the Portland Opera and Oregon Ballet Theater, as well as...Read More

  • 18. Laurelhurst Theater

    Laurelhurst | Film

    With a classic neon sign out front, the historic Laurelhurst Theater serves beer and pizza and shows excellent second-run features and cult...Read More

  • 19. Living Room Theater

    West End | Film

    The sleek, upscale cinema, which has a lobby restaurant with a full bar, shows 3-D blockbuster, foreign, and independent films in cozy theaters...Read More

  • 20. Moda Center

    Northeast | Music

    This 21,000-seat facility, formerly known as the Rose Garden, is home to the Portland Trail Blazers basketball team and the site of other sporting...Read More

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