Heading Out on the Town for a Date in Portland
While tastes and preferences vary across the board, Portlanders can agree on one thing: Portland is in no short supply of date night activities. In Portland, date night activities abound. Whether your style is cozy and chic or flannel and stout, we’ve got you covered.
Relish Portland’s Cheap Happy Hours
Portland’s happy hour deals are notoriously cheap and delicious. On any day of the week, you and your date can find happy hour deals that range from $5 gourmet burgers to $3 cocktail menus to $2 pizza popups. If you’re on a budget, a happy hour date is the perfect way to start your night out.
If you’re in NW Portland, visit Pope House Bourbon Lounge – a Victorian style home serving up southern-style bites. In SW Portland, try Clyde Common for $6 cocktails and elevated eats. Over in NE Portland, head to Altabira for a $7 burger and unparalleled views of the city. And in SE, stop by Aalto‘s daily 5-7pm happy hour for $3 serrano-infused cocktails.
Soak at the Kennedy School
The Concordia neighborhood may be a bit isolated from the rest of Portland, but it holds a few gems that are worth the trek. For date night, Portland couples should visit the Kennedy School – a century-old elementary school that McMenamins has transformed into an entertainment hub. Grab a beer from one of the establishment’s multiple bars and head straight for the soaking pool.
As $5 buys you a day pass to the soaking pool, we think this place is the perfect date night spot. Once you’ve had your fill of soaking, enjoy your hall pass to explore the school’s rooms filled with shuffleboard, cigars, pool, food, and even a movie theater.
Watch the Sunset From Mt. Tabor or Rocky Butte
In a city filled with immeasurable views, Portland couples should take advantage of weather-permitting evenings to stretch their legs and get a great view of the city. If you and your date prefer more of a climb, hike up Mt. Tabor’s winding hills as you ascend to the mountain top. For those less inclined to hike up, venture to Rocky Butte and drive to the top of the hill to find stunning views from Portland’s east edge.
Enjoy Portland’s Live Music Scene
Portland couples can’t live in this city for long without enjoying a night of music. Concerts are a great way to enjoy the city’s musical talent and enjoy a lively night out with your date.
Alternative music lovers should head to Mississippi Studios, an old church-turned-concert-venue that highlights local and national performing acts in its intimate, historic space.
Fans of punk and garage rock concerts should visit newly reopened The Know off NE Sandy. While both venues host relatively inexpensive concerts, if you’re looking to hear live music for free, head to Solae’s for a night of freeform jazz and blues.
Kick It Old School PDX
In a city that holds on tight to old-school trends and dreams of the ‘90s, our list of Portland date night ideas wouldn’t be complete without a tribute to old Portland. Kick it old school with your date and enjoy a round of glow-in-the-dark mini-golf course at Glowing Greens. As you descend beneath the downtown Hilton hotel, you’ll find a mini-golf course guarded by pirates, mermaids, and zombies to boot.
And if your hand-eye coordination needs some work, head to Oaks Park to find Portland’s famous roller rink. Complete with a Wurlitzer pipe organ, roller karaoke, and the blue-ice snow cones of your childhood, this rink is a great spot to enjoy date night in Portland.
Whether you and your date decide to enjoy a throwback date reminiscent of your pre-teen years, or you set foot in one of Portland’s many happy hour spots, we hope this list helps you plan your next date night in Portland!