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128 NE Russell
(Eliot) Portland, OR 97212 503-284-8686 website
Located inside the historic Hibernian Hall on Northeast Russell, the Wonder Ballroom has been humming along as one of Portland’s busiest mid-sized concert venues for more than a decade. The room’s 778-person capacity allows it to host a wide variety of acts, from internationally touring folk singers to fast-rising indie rock bands to popular local artists. Offstage, the Wonder offers a top-flight experience, from its Spanish Revival-style architecture and spacious main floor to the full bar, basement café, and unobstructed sightlines from the balcony. Here’s the thing about the Wonder: It’s a comfortable place to see a show. And in a world with plenty of less-than-ideal venues, that’s a beautiful thing. BEN SALMON