for Portland Lesbians
is said to be a mecca for lesbians. It's the most gay-friendly city
in the state and one of the most lesbian-friendly in the US. So, where
do the lesbians hang out and where can you find them?
In Portland the lesbians are apt to be anywhere and everywhere.
We live in the suburbs, on farms and in the city. But you're likely
to find the highest concentrations around SE Hawthorne Boulevard
or near NE Alberta Street.
Here's a few places where you're likely to find the lesbian and
bisexual women hanging out in Portland.
3701 SE Division St. (503-236-8689), is Portland's biggest lesbian
club. Open seven nights a week, The E-Room offers a large dance
floor, pool tables, two bars and karaoke. This where you'll find
the girls groovin' on Friday and Saturday nights.
120 NW Third (503-224-3285), is a slightly upscale piano bar/restaurant.
It's a great place to meet friends for intimate conversation and
4612 SE Hawthorne (503-233-3996). This lesbian-owned taco bar is
THE place to be on Thursday nights, especially in the summer when
the crowd spills out into the sidewalk tables.
1412 SE Morrison (503-235-8150). This cute little gay-owned wine
bar is welcoming any day of the week, but the ladies like to visit
for Friday happy hour.
Fir, 830 E. Burnside (503-231-WOOD). The hippest new club in
town for all orientations is Doug Fir. And the first and third Sundays
it's Snatch: Dyke Knight where all the cool chicks hang out.
1001 SE Morrison (503-239-7639). Holocene is a great scene for boys
and girls of all genders. Check out Tart on the second Sunday of
the month for a swank soiree where the queer girls play.
Enoteca, 535 NW 16th (503- 241-0355). Make sure to order some
of the amazing tapas at lesbian-owned Italian restaurant Vitis Enoteca
with Women's After Hours Party the first and third Saturday of the
month from 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
835 N. Lombard (503-283-9734). You're sure to find a distinctly
different crowd at Booty, the only queer pirate party in town, Thursdays
great Northwest is known for its coffee and lesbians have quite
a few coffee shops to pick from.
lesbian-owned Touchstone Coffee House, 7631 NE Glisan St.
(503-262-7613), fill up on organic coffee and join in craft night,
tarot readings, astrology, knitting and good live music on Fridays
and Saturdays. Oh, and bring your laptop for free wireless Internet.
Blend, 2327 E. Burnside (503-234-8610), is the perfect place
to bring the date you don't want to be seen with yet. The basement-like
atmosphere offers plenty of privacy.
you like your women and your coffee strong, come to lesbian-owned
Haven Coffeehouse (503-236-6890), serving up Portland's own
Stumptown coffee and live music on the weekends.
your dog along to pet-friendly lesbian-owned Jackman Joe,
1111 NW 16th (503-222-0121), a comfy spot on the edge of trendy
Pearl District where namesake Jack the dog will greet you. Family-owned
Bridgetown coffee rules the house. Open weekdays until 5 p.m.
Besides lesbians and coffee, Portland is known for its diversity of
bookstores. If you want to meet women check out these two places.
Photo / Kathy Belge
Becky Bilyeu, owner of of Touchstone Coffee
House at 7631 Glisan St., featuresfree wireless
Internet access for your laptop.
Other Words, 3734 SE Hawthorne Blvd (503-232-6003). In lesbian-centric
Hawthorne district, In Other Words is a hub. Stop by the not-for-profit
feminist bookstore for lesbian magazines, the latest romance novel
or Sleater-Kinney CD. If you're new to town and want to meet women,
this is a great place to volunteer.
My Pleasure, 3106 SE 64th (503-280-8080), is Portland's lesbian-owned
sex toy shop and book seller. Pop in the bright pink building to
rent videos, buy magazines or take a workshop on kissing or same-sex
to KBOO for
progressive and diverse community radio. Tune into 90.7 FM on Thursdays
at 9 a.m. for Queer, Queer World with Jack Danger or the second and
fourth Tuesdays at 6 p.m. for Out Loud, a locally produced queer news
and public affairs show.
Out - The in publication for the out population, Just Out will
keep you informed of news and events of importance to the queer
community. Just Out is published on the first and third Fridays
of the month and can be picked up for free at any of the above coffee
shops and bookstores or on select street corners in downtown Portland.
Community Project - Coming out later in life or wanting to
learn Spanish with a group of other dykes? Then LCP is for you!
Want to join the fight for gay and lesbian marriage equality?
Oregon is the state's largest gay and lesbian organization,
fighting for the rights of our gay, lesbian, bi and trans citizens.
a Family - Working for social change and supporting queer-headed
families, Love Makes a Family has programs for both parents and
Is making music more your thing? The
Portland Lesbian Choir has been making beautiful music since
1986. Are you a horn blower? The
Rose City Gay Freedom Band marches in gay pride each year
City Swing Band hosts the dancingest parties in town.
If you're under 21 or want to volunteer to mentor LGBT youth,
then check out SMYRC,
a place the younger set can hang out, play pool, get career advice
or put on a drag show.
For deaf queers, or those who want to learn sign language, Deaf
& Hearing Outreach, whose mission it to connect deaf and
hearing queers, is one of the most unique non-profits in Portland.
and Let Live Club is Portland's only 12 step recovery club
serving the GLBTQ community. They provide space for 12 step meetings
and have AA and SAA meetings everyday of the week. Located at 1210
SE 7th Street. Call 503-238-6091 for meeting times.
Kathy Belge is a free-lance writer living in Portland.