Gay scene in Portland

  • Nayro

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    Dec 07, 2014 1:47 AM GMT
    hey all,

    I am visiting Portland and was wondering if there's anyone on here that is either from there or visits there regularly that can tell me something about the gay scene in Portland. What is a good place to go to? I heared Stark street is kind of the gay street in Portland? Any other suggestions? I'll be going out alone so a place that is open to visitors and where people are easygoing would be preferable.

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  • Unnamed6

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    Dec 07, 2014 2:31 AM GMT
    Nayro saidhey all,

    I am visiting Portland and was wondering if there's anyone on here that is either from there or visits there regularly that can tell me something about the gay scene in Portland. What is a good place to go to? I heared Stark street is kind of the gay street in Portland? Any other suggestions? I'll be going out alone so a place that is open to visitors and where people are easygoing would be preferable.

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    You sure travel a lot... Never been to Oregon myself, or for that matter, many other places in the United States... Though somewhat related to your question, what brings you to the United States anyway (if I could ask)?
  • Nayro

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    Dec 07, 2014 2:49 AM GMT
    Unnamed6 said
    Nayro saidhey all,

    I am visiting Portland and was wondering if there's anyone on here that is either from there or visits there regularly that can tell me something about the gay scene in Portland. What is a good place to go to? I heared Stark street is kind of the gay street in Portland? Any other suggestions? I'll be going out alone so a place that is open to visitors and where people are easygoing would be preferable.

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    You sure travel a lot... Never been to Oregon myself, or for that matter, many other places in the United States... Though somewhat related to your question, what brings you to the United States anyway (if I could ask)?


    Hey, just visiting some friends before going back to Europe icon_smile.gif
  • Nayro

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    Dec 07, 2014 2:49 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    Nayro saidhey all,

    I am visiting Portland and was wondering if there's anyone on here that is either from there or visits there regularly that can tell me something about the gay scene in Portland. What is a good place to go to? I heared Stark street is kind of the gay street in Portland? Any other suggestions? I'll be going out alone so a place that is open to visitors and where people are easygoing would be preferable.

    Thanks icon_smile.gif


    Jake's Crawfish. Great restaurant. Also featured as the exterior in the Gus Van Sant movie "My Own Private Idaho" - in fact many of the scenes from the movie were shot on the streets of Portland.

    Portland, just like all cities in the USA, is very welcoming to visitors (no matter what their sexual orientation).


    Thanks, I'll look into it ;)
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    Dec 07, 2014 5:31 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    Nayro saidhey all,

    I am visiting Portland and was wondering if there's anyone on here that is either from there or visits there regularly that can tell me something about the gay scene in Portland. What is a good place to go to? I heared Stark street is kind of the gay street in Portland? Any other suggestions? I'll be going out alone so a place that is open to visitors and where people are easygoing would be preferable.

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    Jake's Crawfish. Great restaurant. Also featured as the exterior in the Gus Van Sant movie "My Own Private Idaho" - in fact many of the scenes from the movie were shot on the streets of Portland.

    Portland, just like all cities in the USA, is very welcoming to visitors (no matter what their sexual orientation).


    Also check out Hawthorne Fish House, on the street of the same name, for good fresh water fish in an atmosphere reminiscent of a WI or MN Northwoods tavern or "supper club." And, nearby Screen Door, for excellent Southern food, and Buca, one of the best Italian restaurants I've ever been to. Great food town, PDX, so eat well and have a good time. Just dress warmly!
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    Dec 07, 2014 8:30 PM GMT
    Well, I was there and bored last night. Could have taken you on a walking tour, such as it is.

    The Stark Street "Gayborhood" has been plowed under the wheels of gentrification. There is nothing left there except Scandals, which is a nice enough but somewhat quiet gay bar, diagonally across the intersection from Jakes. (BTW: Jakes is the sort of place with no prices on the menu - if you have to ask, don't go in there.) Where you used to find dance clubs, strip joints (in which you might have actually seen Gus Van Sant entertaining a table full of twinks) and big nasty bathhouses, there are now expensive restaurants, boutique hotels and pretentious mini-malls.

    All of the other places are relocated to other neighborhoods and diminished, or just gone. There are several within walking distance in Old Town. I can't really recommend any of them, except maybe for the spectacle. In no particular order (you can probably find more on line):

    Silverado - Everybody has to go there at least once. Greatly diminished from its former Stark street version - Now on 3rd Ave. Stand around and drink beer to excessively loud "music" and watch strippers take their clothes off and.... just sort of stand there on stage. Nobody dances.

    CC Slaughters - NW Davis Street. Well... there's dancing. Guess I'm too old for that crowd or something.

    The Eagle is way out on Lombard somewhere now. I haven't been interested enough to drive all the way out there.

    Casey's... I think they've moved to 5th? Haven't been in the new place.

    Fox & Hounds. On 2nd. Sort of a Gay Bar - more of a burger/Pub place.

    Darcelle XV - Drag Queens

    The Embers - Drag Queens and dancing

    Steam Portland - Bath house way out on Sandy. Clean and occasionally will have a bunch of hot guys - but often not.

    Hawks - Bath house on Grand (just East of the River). Smaller bath house that caters more to bears and pigs - or as they put it "nonjudgmental" compared to Steam icon_rolleyes.gif


    There are more places out on the East side that are more... Bohemian-wanna-be, not so much "gay."
    Might be a better use of your leisure time to go on a brew pub crawl instead of a gay bar crawl.
  • FRE0

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    Dec 07, 2014 9:29 PM GMT
    Nayro saidhey all,

    I am visiting Portland and was wondering if there's anyone on here that is either from there or visits there regularly that can tell me something about the gay scene in Portland. What is a good place to go to? I heared Stark street is kind of the gay street in Portland? Any other suggestions? I'll be going out alone so a place that is open to visitors and where people are easygoing would be preferable.

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    Do you mean Portland Maine or Portland England? I haven't been to either.
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    Dec 08, 2014 12:01 AM GMT
    FRE0 said
    Nayro saidhey all,

    I am visiting Portland and was wondering if there's anyone on here that is either from there or visits there regularly that can tell me something about the gay scene in Portland. What is a good place to go to? I heared Stark street is kind of the gay street in Portland? Any other suggestions? I'll be going out alone so a place that is open to visitors and where people are easygoing would be preferable.

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    Do you mean Portland Maine or Portland England? I haven't been to either.

    He didn't say, but everyone else has assumed Portland, Oregon.
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    Dec 08, 2014 12:04 AM GMT
    Are you suggesting that either of those places also has (or had) a Stark Street gay ghetto? That would be quite a coincidence...
  • LutheranGuy

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    Dec 08, 2014 12:15 AM GMT
    Nayro saidhey all,

    I am visiting Portland and was wondering if there's anyone on here that is either from there or visits there regularly that can tell me something about the gay scene in Portland. What is a good place to go to? I heared Stark street is kind of the gay street in Portland? Any other suggestions? I'll be going out alone so a place that is open to visitors and where people are easygoing would be preferable.

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    I've lived here 27 years.

    Scandals is a happy hour crowd from 7-9PM with local flys and occasional cliques. People are rarely there for more than 20 minutes.

    CC Slaughters is the midnight owl crowd. It's always a mix and no way to really pin high tide.

    Silverados is only alive during the weekend.

    If you're on the apps you'll have plenty of locals to harass you. Just park anywhere in the pearl district and log on.

    The best bet for easy going is the street car. Portland's gay scene is socially awkward.

    The Portland City Grill is a definite place to dine.
  • LutheranGuy

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    Dec 08, 2014 12:17 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidAre you suggesting that either of those places also has (or had) a Stark Street gay ghetto? That would be quite a coincidence...


    It's called a ghetto by older men because if you compare it now with 1987, it is a dramatically different scene.
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    Dec 08, 2014 1:44 AM GMT
    Portland (Oregon) is beer heaven. That is if you like craft beer. So many breweries w/in the city limits and surrounding burbs and towns. Boutique distilleries too. Aviation gin and Burnside whiskey are 2 of my favorites. Lots of good food. Oregon wine country is within an hour just south and southwest of downtown also. Get online and surf up the pubs and do a pub crawl and get taster flights(?).

    The old downtown gay triangle was bombed out and consumed prior to the bubble bursting. Scattered now and pales in comparison to the old days.

    You'd do well at PDX Steam if that's your scene.
  • Nayro

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    Dec 08, 2014 9:16 AM GMT
    FRE0 said
    Nayro saidhey all,

    I am visiting Portland and was wondering if there's anyone on here that is either from there or visits there regularly that can tell me something about the gay scene in Portland. What is a good place to go to? I heared Stark street is kind of the gay street in Portland? Any other suggestions? I'll be going out alone so a place that is open to visitors and where people are easygoing would be preferable.

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    Do you mean Portland Maine or Portland England? I haven't been to either.


    Yeah Oregon is the one I was talking about.


  • Nayro

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    Dec 08, 2014 11:12 PM GMT
    I've been to Seattle and Bellevue before, lovely places to see. Really enjoyed it.

    For the political statements you make, I have no idea, I don't know enough about American politics to respond to that haha. But I can send Art-Deco your way? ;)
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    Dec 09, 2014 1:03 AM GMT
    Just a thought: if you want to get your geek on, check out Ground Kontrol video arcade and of course, bar (hey, it's Portland after all). They used to have queer night, periodically, but it was usually organized on the Gay.com chatrooms, (long gone) so I don't know if that happens any more or not. It's close to CC's and some of the other places.

    If someone is THAT good at DDR, can he really be fully "straight?"
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    Dec 11, 2014 6:33 PM GMT
    Not that it has anything to do with "The Gay Scene," but this is one of your more ludicrous posts. You seem to forget that it is the Democrats who fund highways. Oregon has spent billions to replace all of the highway bridges, while Washington... well, their bridges are literally falling into the rivers. (Washington only got new highways when the feds paid for it because Tom Foley (D) was Speaker of the House.) And try driving I5 to Sleazattle - it's only 4 slooow lanes most of the way! Not to mention, it was the Washington legislature that killed the new I5 bridge over the Columbia. After years of development, Washington Republicans refused to pay their half (actually it was only something like 20%), and this is the main traffic bottleneck in the Portland area. (Thanks to, yes, Washington Republicans who want to drive into Oregon for jobs every day, but want someone else to pay for it.)
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    Dec 11, 2014 6:54 PM GMT
    Nayro saidI've been to Seattle and Bellevue before, lovely places to see. Really enjoyed it.

    For the political statements you make, I have no idea, I don't know enough about American politics to respond to that haha. But I can send Art-Deco your way? ;)


    No thanks. We have plenty enough of him right here on RJ.
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    Nayro saidI've been to Seattle and Bellevue before, lovely places to see. Really enjoyed it.

    For the political statements you make, I have no idea, I don't know enough about American politics to respond to that haha. But I can send Art-Deco your way?
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    Then you can come back to the forums and compare, would love to hear your observations as a world traveler and studenticon_biggrin.gif

    The democrats in Oregon are very anti business and have prevented Portland from growing. Goodness I wonder if they have ever finished widening hwy 5 through lake Oswego. And have they started expanding the 205 halfway to 8 lanes...I hope u do not get stuck in traffic!

    Democrats in Seattle and Bellevue have to be more pro business, because they are forced to cooperate with their rich republican rivals, like kemper freeman, skip Rowley, and port Blakely holdings, in Bellevue and issaquah, and also their republican rivals in Tacoma and pierce county, or else they get voted out, or, their legislation is defeated by voter initiatives sponsored by Tim eymanicon_exclaim.gif


    "The democrats in Oregon are very anti business and have prevented Portland from growing"

    That's the difference, and why we've been so successful here in the Columbus area growing this city in a responsible way. The 'burbs are some of the most conservative communities/counties in the country and we all have to work together and do.

    The four-term Columbus mayor is actually a democrat and probably the only democrat that I know of whom I'd vote for. About half of city council is republican, half democrat. Half of our mayors have been republicans, half democrats. Works very well here.
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    Dec 15, 2014 6:43 PM GMT
    Sorry for feeding the trolls. Must have been low on caffeine that day.

    Actual news on the topic! Or, well, a rumor printed as if it were national news:

    Nike Chief Information Officer Resigns, Anonymous Source tells Fortune Magazine it's due to Dismal Portland Gay Scene

    http://www.oregonlive.com/playbooks-profits/index.ssf/2014/12/nikes_former_chief_information.html#incart_more_business