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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Portland Baroque Orchestra


    The city's baroque group performs music composed before 1840 on period instruments in a season that runs October to April. Performances are...Read More

  • 7. Roseland Theater

    Old Town | Music

    This spacious theater holds 1,400 people (standing-room only except for the 21+ balcony seating area), primarily stages rock, alternative, and...Read More

  • 8. Veterans Memorial Coliseum

    Northeast | Music

    This 12,000-seat venue on the MAX light-rail line serves as home to the WHL Winterhawks and books more than 150 events a year, including rock...Read More

  • 9. Waterfront Blues Festival

    Downtown | Festivals

    One of the nation's premier blues gatherings, the four-day Waterfront Blues Festival, a benefit for the Oregon Food Bank, has been drawing big...Read More

  • 10. Mt. Hood Jazz Festival


    Since 1982 the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, held for three days in August, has drawn big names as well as new talent. Past years have seen appearances...Read More

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