5 Top Music Venues in Portland, OR

Always (unfairly) overshadowed by Seattle, Portland has long been an unsung American musical mecca. Producing legendary acts like the Wipers, the Thermals, and Elliot Smith, as well as modern indie favorites like the Decembrists and the Shins, Portland has a musical history to be proud of, so it’s no surprise that the city is jam-packed with awesome venues. Here are a few of our faves:

Doug Fir Lounge
SE Portland
It’s attached to the Jupiter Hotel, but don’t let that fool you. This place is MUCH more than your average hotel bar. The warm, inviting décor of the Doug Fir Lounge (like an ultra-modern log cabin) is enough to earn it a place on any list of Bridgetown hotspots. Offering cozy fire pits and plenty of seating, as well as specialty cocktails and some truly remarkable New American pub fare, this is a great place to hang out even if you’re not interested in live music. But missing a show here would be a mistake. The venue regularly hosts major national indie acts as well as up and coming hometown heroes, and it does it all in a wonderfully intimate underground space.

830 E Burnside St, Portland, OR. (503) 231-9663 dougfirlounge.com

Columbia River Gorge
Doug Fir Lounge
Owned by craft-beer giant McMenamins and featuring a hotel, restaurants, a movie theater, two golf courses, a winery, distillery, brewery and brewpub, Edgefield is much more than a live music venue. But what really brings Portlanders to this sprawling estate just outside the city are the summer concerts on the lawn, where you can spread out on the grass and enjoy major touring acts like Wilco and the Flaming Lips in a gorgeous outdoor setting.

2126 SW Halsey Street, Troutdale, OR. (503) 669 8610 mcmenamins.com

Old Town/Chinatown
Tucked away in a little alley on SW Ankeny St. this hidden gem offers great food, a killer happy hour and loud live music with a hip, dressed-up-dive-bar atmosphere. And when we say intimate, we mean it. Valentine’s only seats about 40 people, so be prepared to squeeze on in as you take in the sounds of some of Portland’s best local acts.

232 SW Ankeny St, Portland, OR. (503) 248-1600 valentinespdx.com

Jimmy Mak’s
Pearl District
Jimmy Mak's
Looking for a great jazz club in Portland? Jimmy Mak’s is the place for you. Featuring cozy seating a great menu, and the cool, dimly lit atmosphere you want in a classic jazz lounge, this Pearl District hotspot has become the go-to destination for cold drinks and hot jazz in Bridge City (Down Beat Magazine even listed it in their top 100 places in the world to hear jazz).

221 NW 10th Ave, Portland, OR. (503) 295-6542 jimmymaks.com

Old Town/Chinatown
While today it might just be your average indie rock club, Dante’s deserves to be on the list due to its history alone. In the late 70’s and early 80’s the club was called the Metropolis, better known as ‘The Met,’ and it played host to the likes of Portland punk pioneers and grunge forefathers, The Wipers, while also serving as a popular hangout for the cross sections of the city’s more colorful communities (it was also famously one of Courtney Love’s favorite early hangouts). Stop by any given weekend for reasonably priced drinks and cutting edge comedy, cabaret and, of course, Rock n Roll.

1 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR (503) 226-6630 danteslive.com

Where to Go on Your Luxury San Diego Getaway

If you’re looking for an opulent beachfront getaway or an upscale downtown adventure, the jewel of Southern California awaits. Boasting an incredible selection of first-rate accommodations, world class restaurants, gorgeous sun-soaked shores and some of the best year-round weather in the country, San Diego is the perfect destination for your five-star vacation. Here are a few of our top recommendations for a luxury stay in America’s Finest City:

The U.S. GrantUS Grant Hotel San Diego

For metropolitan Luxury and downtown convenience, you can’t beat the U.S. Grant Hotel. Surrounded by the fabulous shopping, dining and nightlife of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy and beautiful Seaport Village, the U.S. Grant gives you premium access to the very best of San Diego. Featuring breathtaking suites, gourmet dining and a multi-million dollar fine art collection, this historic downtown destination features style and sophistication everywhere you look.

The Grand Del Mar

This sprawling Del Mar resort features tasteful suites and private villas, two award winning restaurants and San Diego’s only five-star spa. Whether you’re playing a round at The Grand’s private golf club, riding horses through the scenic California countryside, or indulging in a lavish massage and relaxation package, the Grand Del Mar is the perfect luxury retreat.
dinner at SearsuckerSearsucker

This casual yet elegant downtown restaurant, helmed by celebrity chef Brian Malarkey and located in the vibrant heart of San Diego’s trendy Gaslamp Quarter, serves up unique California cuisine that’s as refined as it is exciting. Serving fresh locally caught seafood and innovative mixology cocktails, Searsucker is the perfect spot to grab a bite before hitting the downtown nightlife scene.

Bertrand at Mister A’s

This place is a San Diego fine dining institution, and it’s easy to see why. Perched on the twelve floor of a Banker’s Hill high-rise, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the city and harbor as you indulge in Chef de Cuisine Stephane Voitzwinkler’s delicate and sophisticated take on French and German fare. Bertrand at Mister A’s is also great for an upscale brunch, but reservations can be tough to come by any time, so get yours in early.

George’s at The Cove

Feel like getting out of the city for a seaside bite? Head up to George’s in La Jolla for some elegant California Modern cuisine. A gorgeous upstairs ocean terrace invites you to dine on fresh seafood and crisp, one-of-a-kind cocktails as you listen to the waves break on the rocks below.


From casual bohemian fashion to elegant handmade jewelry, San Diego is home to some seriously fabulous shopping destinations. While you’ll find excellent spots just walking through downtown, other great walkable shopping streets in the area include Camino Del Mar, Girard Ave in La Jolla, and South Cedros Ave in Solana Beach, all of which feature cute, crafty shops, fashionable boutiques and charming little cafes and lunch spots.


San Diego is a beach lover’s paradise. From sipping margaritas at your seaside resort, to snorkeling in La Jolla cove, there’s no better way to relax and fall into the California lifestyle than a nice long day in the powdery white sands of the sparkling San Diego shoreline. Recommended beaches include Windansea beach in La Jolla, and Torrey Pines Beach in Del Mar which features dramatic cliffs and peaceful vistas.

NightlifeSan Diego Nightlife

San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter is the place to go for nightlife. This highly walkable district features upscale cocktail lounges, exclusive clubs and some of the city’s best concert venues. We recommend drinks at Vin De Syrah, a totally unique underground wine bar; dancing at FLUXX, which features a sophisticated atmosphere, non-stop dancefloor and world-renowned DJs; followed by a nightcap at Altitude Sky Lounge, a swanky rooftop club & lounge featuring outdoor fire pits and sweeping skyline views.

San Diego has so much to offer in the luxury vacation department, you really can’t go wrong no matter what you do, but try a few of the hotspots on this list and we promise you won’t be disappointed.

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