Northwest Portland Hostel

Centrally Located – in the Heart of Portland

Night Life, Live Music & Movies

Portland is famous for its live music scene and many bands call it their home. Here are a few of our favorite nightlife and live music venues and movie theaters.

Our display boards at the hostel have more information about concerts, events, movies, clubs, bars, and nightlife in Portland. We update them regularly. Also, ask our staff for some insider info.

The Willamette Week, the Portland Mercury, and PDX Pipeline are good websites to check and see what’s going on while you are in Portland.



Mission Theater

Just 1 block from the hostel! $3 for recent release movies, cult classics, art films and more. The block building has a long history, transforming form a church, meeting hall to a theater pub. This is a perfect place to have fun with a movie, beer & pub fare! 1624 NW Glisan St.


Over 100, creative and stunningly delicious martinis, a wide selection on the happy hour menu, and the food is very tasty, too. 2108 NW Glisan St.

M Bar

Cozy, tiny bar with really nice atmosphere. The bar is made for 18 guests. No electric light, only candles. Huge windows for people-watching on popular NW 21st St. Good selection of tasty beer and wine for reasonable prices. You’ll meet people from the neighborhood here, no doubt. 417 NW 21st Ave.

Muu Muu's

Restaurant-quality food in a bar-like atmosphere! Hang out around the bar to meet locals or grab a cozy booth in the dining room. 612 NW 21st Ave.


Small bar with cheap drinks, lots of candles, and a TV to show old movies only. You can order food from the bar next door. 517 NW 21st Ave.

North 45

North 45 Nice seating area. Provides all the warmth, intimacy, and social elements of a great neighborhood pub. Good beer menu, a wall of liquor, and good happy hour food. 517 NW 21st Ave.

Cinema 21

One of the best artsy theaters in Portland. Cinema 21 hosts independent movies before they hit other theaters. 616 NW 21st Ave.


On weekends expect a crowded bar and dance floor. During the week, live band karaoke. 625 NW 21st Ave.

Voicebox Karaoke Lounge

Get a private party room and sing with new friends from the hostel. They have English and international songbooks - know any good songs in Mandarin? They have $10 Tuesdays! Sing non-stop from 7-11pm. 2112 NW Hoyt @ NW 21st

21st Avenue Bar & Grill

Their big patio is the place to spend warm summer nights. 721 NW 21st Ave.

The Pearl/Oldtown

On Deck Sportsbar

Giant TVs everywhere! The large patio with outdoor seating is popular on warm weather nights. 910 NW14th Ave.


A great live music venue. The dueling pianos are a must-see! 105 NW 3rd Ave (& Couch)

Someday Lounge

They have a big dance floor, DJs and live music as well as a nice seating area with huge couches. 125 NW 5th Ave.

Low Brow Lounge

Lost dive bar in the Pearl. Get the tater tots! 1036 NW Hoyt St.



A small space to watch DJs spin or small music acts perform in an intimate setting. You may or may not encounter chic Portland hipsters. 232 SW Ankeny St.

Shanghai Tunnel

The bar doesn’t look big at all from outside. But if you walk all the way back and go down the stairs you’ll find yourself in the old Shanghai Tunnels of Portland. 211 SW Ankeny St.

Kelly's Olympian

A popular bar/diner for live music, DJs, with full bar and menu. About a dozen vintage motorcycles hang from the ceiling! 426 SW Washington St.

Bar XV

Lounge with beer and happy hour during the day and dance club at night. Dance floor and current chart music. 15 SW 2nd Ave.

Living Room Theaters

A combination of an European style café and lounge with a relaxing place to see wonderful movies. New releases, independent films, and a unique atmosphere. 341 SW 10th Ave.

Kells Irish Pub

Live music in a great pub atmosphere. 112 SW 2nd Ave.