When the sun sets on December 21st (probably sometime right after lunch), it’ll officially be the longest night of the year... and the Best Night of Your Life. Why? Because you’ll be spending it enjoying the best nightlife the city has to offer thanks to our awesome recommendations, which naturally include the city's best clubs.

Check out the picks below, and make sure to map out the perfect evening with our itinerary builder.

Holocene

Holocene
SE Morrison
It just turned 10 and is still hosting some of the city’s best recurring parties (we’re lookin’ at you FRESH and I’ve Got a Hole in my Soul), plus it's got daily happy hours if you get there early, and a boozy slushie machine if you wanna keep dancing 'til late, at which point it's probably time to hit Sassy’s across the street anyway...

Harlem PDX

Harlem PDX
Old Town
Exposed brick, old-school turntables, and KOi Fusion being served through a window onto a section of Ash that’s been closed-off, covered in Christmas lights and littered with picnic tables. This Downtown spot just screams Portland, and, "hey, you might not have to cross the Willamette to have a good night after all"!

Spin Room

Spin Room at Dirty
Chinatown
Sure, you'd prefer to avoid the usual stereotypical "clubs", but just look at this place: everything lights up! The floor, the walls, the bar... your face when you realize that if it doesn’t light up, it has a mirror on it just to make you think it’s lighting up!

Jimmy Mak's

Jimmy Mak’s
The Pearl
FIne, you can’t really dance here. Or talk. But you can score some pretty damn good food, and passionately snap your fingers in time with the seriously next-level musicians consistently brought in by PDX's sweetest jazz club.

Whiskey Bar

Whiskey Bar
Chinatown
Deafening bass? Check. Lasers? Check. Hot chicks? Check. Shirtless bros? Check. Sweaty, aggressive dancing? Check. Small bar, one bartender, smoking porch? Check, check, check.

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1. Whiskey Bar 31 NW 1st Ave, Portland, OR 97209 (Old Townchina Town)

Known for an EDM-centric roster of DJs, Whiskey Bar pulls both local and non-local talent to keep the crowds dancing until 3a. Reasonable covers, tall boys, and a great sound system will keep you coming back for more.

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2. Holocene 1001 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214 (Buckman)

This music and events space hosts cool dance parties and music acts.

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3. Dirty Nightclub 35 NW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210 (Old Townchina Town)

Dirty Nightclub, featuring the famous Spin Room, boasts a bar and DJ booth covered floor-to-ceiling with brightly colored lights for an awesome visual experience.

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4. Harlem 220 SW Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97204 (Old Townchina Town)

Dim lighting and high white tables fill Harlem, a great spot to relax with some craft cocktails and hang out with friends, or dance all night to DJs spinning disco on vinyl. Check out their happy hour and get those cocktails for as low as $7.

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5. Jimmy Mak's 221 NW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97209 (Pearl District)

With plenty of options for food and a quality beer list, Jimmy Mak's jazz club will make sure you are satisfied while checking out local talent and world-class touring artists.

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