10 Unique Things To Do In Portland At Night - Updated 2023

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Known as “The City of Roses” this beautiful and vibrant city has so much to offer, especially when you’re out on a late night in Portland. So with a short weekend on hand, you will have to know where the locals head for their day to day activities. Here we have found where the locals drink, hang out, relax, and do their shopping! Portland even has some of the best budget hotels and hotels with free parking for those on a road trip or traveling with a vehicle. Read on to find out about unique things to do in Portland at night.

1. Portland Night Market (from USD 89.0)

Portland Night Market is a great outdoor place for young people, old people, locals, and tourists alike! Come here for the best Portland has to offer in all areas - food, drinks, shopping and live music or events! Doors open at 4 pm Friday and Saturday and are keeping the small outdoor venue packed all night long until closing at 11 pm. Looking for local art, jewelry or food? You can get them all here and for the best prices. Get here early if you want to avoid the crowds and to get the best selection of goods! If you’re a total foodie, you can also check out some of the amazing food tours in Portland.

Portland Night Market

Address: 100 SE Alder St, Portland, Oregon

Website: Portland Night Market

Downtown Portland Food Tour

Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes

Price: 89 USD

Portland: Chocolate Decadence Walking Tour

Duration: 3 hours

Price: 59 USD

2.5-hour Coffee and Doughnut Tour in Downtown Portland

Duration: 2.5 hours

Price: 45 USD

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Portland Foodie Bike Tour

Duration: 3 hours

41 reviews

2. Floating at Float On

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Float On on Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Ever had one of those nights, weeks, or months where you can’t sleep and have trouble relaxing? Well, Portland has found the cure. One of the best Portland night activities and locals’ favorite past times here is something called floating. If you have never heard of this or never been to a “floating place” as they are called, it is basically a dark, half water-filled chamber, that a person sits in for a certain amount of time to allow the brain to relax, heal and come out rejuvenated.

I have experienced this once and I must say, if you can get a good deal on a floating place, it is worth the experience. Many say it allows their body to calm, their mind to wander and the darkness is great for relaxing. This company is one of the best known among Portlandites, called Float On. They offer a 90-minute float for 65 USD, and offer monthly memberships as well! You can read all about the health benefits of floating as well on their website, and then book a session!

Float On

Address: 4530 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, Oregon

Website: Float On

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3. Roller Derby

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Source: Photo by Flickr user Masonite Burn used under CC BY 2.0

If you have never seen Drew Barrymore’s famous directorial debut entitled ‘Whip it,’ then you are in for a surprise, because Roller Derbies are not just in the movies anymore! Portland has brought them to real life! If you want to catch a glimpse of the action you can buy tickets to watch championships or youth derbies starting at 15 USD. There are discounts for large groups, as well as season passes available if you get hooked! Don’t worry, Rose City Rollers provides options for everyone, even if you want to be a part of all the action. You can get involved with Rose City Rollers as a sponsor, volunteer, official, or even join one of their skater programs and compete yourself!

Rose City Rollers

Address: Oaks Park (& The Hangar), 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, Oregon

Website: Rose City Rollers

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4. Portland Distillery (70 USD)

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Source: Photo by Flickr user Dietrich Ayala used under CC BY 2.0

New Deal Distillery is a hot, up and coming distillery, earning 5 stars by visitors from all around the nation. What makes them so special? Their commitment to fresh ingredients, fair prices for their products, and high-quality standards were among the most mentioned comments in reviews. A great place to take a group of friends and arrange a tasting, or take a date for a special night out! They are open from noon to 6 pm most days, so it’s great for an afternoon party or tasting as well!

New Deal Distillery

Address: 900 SE Salmon Street, Portland, Oregon

Website: New Deal Distillery

Explore Portland’s virant beer culture and craft-drink scene by visiting its finest breweries, distilleries, and wineries! Consider booking a tour to make it a hassle-free trip.

Best of Portland Craft Drink Tour

Duration: 3 hours

Price: 70 USD

Portland Brewery Tour

Duration: 3 hours

Price: 55 USD

Beers and Barrels

Duration: 4 hours

Price: 99 USD

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5. Ground Kontrol

Ground Kontrol Arcade Sign, Portland, Oregon
Source: Photo by Flickr user Will Buckner used under CC BY 2.0

Wondering what to do in Portland at night? The visit Ground Kontrol, it’s a great place for adults to release their inner kid! If you are looking for some fun, alcohol, and a unique nighttime activity, you have found your place. Think 70’s and 80’s arcade games, paired with your favorite brew or cocktail, and you get Ground Kontrol (some refer to it as a ‘barcade’). A local geek favorite hangout and bar all in one, Ground Kontrol maintains its allure with constant themed parties, events, and drink specials galore. Head over early to minimize fighting for your favorite arcade game to play!

Ground Kontrol

Address: 115 NW 5th Ave, Portland, Oregon

Website: Ground Kontrol

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6. Teardrop

Teardrop Lounge
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Paul2520 used under CC BY-SA 4.0

One of the places you have to visit in Portland, Oregon at night is Teardrop. A local favorite for its ambiance, outdoor seating, and exquisite cocktail menu, Teardrop has won the local hipster bar award. Here you will find professional bartenders mixing up all types of drink concoctions. They open as early as 4 pm and stay open until 1:30 am for you to get your speciality drink on! Drinks start at 7 USD and snacks at 5 USD during happy hour, so get there early to avoid the crowds and save some cash!


Address: 1015 NW Everett St, Portland, Oregon

Website: Teardrop

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7. Dine while cruising along the Willamette River (from USD 126.0)

Looking for an extra special date idea? Whether you are with your partner, your family, friends, or even just yourself, you’ll definitely find this two-and-a-half-hour dinner cruise through Downtown Portland an experience worth remembering. The cruise down the Willamette River will start by sunset as you relax while you pass by key Portland landmarks like Hawthorne Bridge, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Sellwood Riverfront Park, and Tom McCall Waterfront Park. You will be served a scrumptious plated dinner, including freshly baked bread, freshly prepared salad, and house dessert. Vegan and gluten-free options are available. You will also enjoy live entertainment while you dine. Since the cruise tries to maximize the tour’s inclusivity, they make sure that it is stroller and wheelchair accessible and near public transportation. Service animals are also allowed.

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2.5-hour Dinner Cruise on Willamette River

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

259 reviews

8. Sing your heart out in a karaoke room at Capitol

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

For a fun and lively experience in Portland, head out for comfort foods, cocktails, and karaoke at Capitol, a Northeast bar that belongs to the same family as the Bye and Bye, Church, and Century. With its Mid-century seats and facade, airy space, colorful Instagrammable walls, comfort food that includes vegan options, and equally bright and sweet cocktails, the bar pulls in the crowd, including minors who are allowed until 8 pm, for a fun party. The best draw of the bar is the free karaoke lounge, which can be reserved for private groups all day. However, the singing space opens to a public karaoke at night. Only guests who are 21 and above are allowed in the room.


Address: 1440 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232, United States

Website: Capitol

Opening hours: 3pm - 10pm (daily)

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9. Watch a comedy show at Helium Comedy Club

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Get ready to be a bit light-headed and exhausted from laughing your heart out in Portland’s premier comic factory. Helium Comedy Club is a well-known entertainment venue that lets you watch world-class acts like David Spade, Jon Lovitz, Norm MacDonald, Margaret Cho, Christopher Titus, and more. While you enjoy watching their sets, which usually lasts for an hour, you can enjoy a wide selection of food and drinks from appetizers to full spread entrees, desserts, craft beers, cocktails, and wines. Helium Comedy Club is a non-smoking facility with a relaxing, cozy atmosphere.

Helium Comedy Club

Address: 1510 SE 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97214, United States

Website: Helium Comedy Club

Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 6pm - 11pm; Fri: 5:30pm - 12am; Sat: 5:30pm - 1am (closed on Sun & Mon)

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10. Get lost in Powell's City of Books (from USD 69.0)

If you are like me and love bookstores in general, or collect books in different languages, this is a must-visit. This is seriously one of the best bookstores I have been to in the country. Powell’s City of Books is huge and holds books of all different makes, genres, used and new titles, as well as totes, notebooks, journals, diaries and all things related to books! A great place to stop and get out of the heat in the summer, or cold in the winter. I can easily spend an hour or more here just browsing at all the options they have. Don’t worry about the prices either, as you can find tons of deals here on used books!

Powell's City of Books

Address: 1005 W Burnside St, Portland, Oregon

Website: Powell's City of Books

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Portland's Top Sights Half Day City Tour

Duration: 3 hours

10 reviews

Portland...a small city for everyone!

Portland really has it all, markets, perfected cocktails, relaxation, a live action roller derby, shopping and tons of literature! There plenty of things to do over the weekend in Portland, you would be hard pressed not to find something awesome!

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