Food & Drink

Your Guide to Queer Bars in Portland

Updated for June 2021
June 16, 2021
Pride at CC Slaughters in 2018. (CC Slaughters)

Looking for queer havens for celebrating this Pride Month? We've rounded up this list of LGBTQ+ bars in Portland and have listed their current opening status, so you can plot out your party plans. For more ideas, check out our pride calendar.

CC Slaughters
CC Slaughters is your prototypical gay bar, with a dance floor that hosts multiple drag revues and party nights every day of the week.
Status: Open for takeout and dine-in

Crush is among Portland’s coziest, most queer-friendly bars, and is presently Southeast Portland’s only LGBTQ+ bar. Crush offers a foodie-friendly menu, crafted cocktails, sidewalk patio, burlesque-drag revues, stand-up comedy shows, nonbinary concerts, and pants-free dance parties.
Status: Open for takeout and dine-in

Darcelle XV Showplace
This is Portland’s longest-running LGBTQ+ bar and home to legendary performer Darcelle XV. Darcelle’s is the go-to place for the most traditional style of drag: heavy makeup, classic gowns, and groan-worthy jokes from some of Portland’s finest queens, including Poison Waters, Bolivia Carmichaels, Alexis Campbell Starr, and Darcelle herself.
Status: Open for dine-in

This North Portland gay bar has pool, a covered smoking patio, and no-frills drinks, and primarily appeals to gay men who like Tom of Finland and Robert Mapplethorpe, if you know what I mean.
Status: Open for dine-in

Escape Bar & Grill
Escape Bar & Grill serves the LGBTQ+ community and friends closest to I-205 with pool, karaoke, games, and a full menu. Escape is probably the closest thing Portland has to a full-time lesbian bar, though it welcomes anyone who wants to have a good time.
Status: Open for takeout, delivery, and dine-in

Local Lounge
This is a neighborhood bar with a calendar full of drag revues, variety shows, karaoke nights, and dance parties. While it shows LGBTQ+ artwork and serves brunch and tasting parties for restaurant pop-ups, Local Lounge has an unpretentious atmosphere with $1 tacos.
Status: Open for takeout, delivery, and dine-in

Santé Bar
A piano bar offering cocktails, live jazz, TV musical viewing parties, and open mics with everything from storytelling and poetry to live music. It’s technically in the Pearl District but is an easy walk from the Old Town gay bars.
Status: Open for takeout and dine-in

At 40 years young, Scandals is among Portland’s longest-running LGBTQ+ bars and is the last vestige of downtown’s long-gone Vaseline Alley gay district. Scandals features pool tables, a sidewalk patio, trivia, viewing parties, karaoke, and monthly live jazz. You can order food from the neighboring dive restaurant the Roxy and bring it over. Every June during Pride, Scandals shuts down their section of street for an epic block party.
Status: Open for dine-in

The Pacific Northwest’s longest-operating male strip club moved in 2018, setting up shop next to the Star Theater in a former sports bar. It doesn’t look like much on the surface, because the real party is in the basement. There aren’t as many poles as the previous location, but there’s no shortage of sexy male dancers.
Status: Open for takeout and dine-in

Stag PDX
This "unabashedly Pacific Northwest" gentleman's club often celebrates bodies that stray away from the classic Magic Mike image. Drag queen MCs host different music-themed nights—like trap, Latin, and pop—as well as a weekly amateur night and a drag brunch. Two nights a month, their stage exclusively features trans dancers of all expressions.
Status: Open for takeout and dine-in