Where is the best nightlife in Portland?

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Maureen Healy

There’s no shortage of nightlife in Portland. The music scene is strong and the venues are unique in this Oregon town. Your favorite band may be playing at a nationally registered historic dance hall downtown, or a log cabin styled lounge with 50’s modern finishes. If the bar scene isn’t your thing, street musicians abound. For dance lovers, Lola’s Room at the Crystal Ballroom hosts 80’s video dance parties every Friday night, and they’re always packed. There’s a fun, carefree vibe and all are welcome at this casual dance party. For more of a rock-n-roll scene, head to Chinatown and check out goldfish races every Friday night at 8 p.m. at Dixie Tavern. If live jazz music rings your bell, go to Jimmy Mak’s in the Pearl District, considered one of the 100 best places to hear jazz by Downbeat magazine. Have a nightcap and a classy late-night dinner at Veritable Quandary, serving seasonal local American fare till 2:30 a.m. every night of the week.

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