Nearly every night of the week the intimate Arts District venue, Blue, hosts Irish trios and solo blues acts, a diverse range of local and national talent that makes it worth a stop even if you’re not sure what’s playing. There’s small tapas plates, good wine, and local beer.
This steam-box of a club offers a unique heat valve unlike any other in Portland: a gated courtyard where the young and barely dressed play jumbo-sized board games while listening to live rock acts. Squeezed into the Old Port (the high-heeled long line often stumbling on the cobblestones as it waits to get inside), Oasis‘ DJs keep the music thumping, with the darkened disco lights and flood lamps illuminating the dance floor and nooks of this club, which spreads out over two floors. There’s a small cover for some bands.