Alberta Street Public House
1036 N.E. Alberta St.
This spare Irish pub has live music and live Irish people. Full bar with friendly bartenders.
c c Darby O'Gill, 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, $5
Ash Street Saloon
225 S.W. Ash St.
Anarchists, professionals and bike messengers congregate at Ash Street, which offers live music, a full bar and full ashtrays.
c c Fireballs of Freedom, Federation X, The DT's, Electric Eye, 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, $7
320 S.E. Second Ave.
All-ages venue in close-in east-side industrial zone offers quality shows from hip-hop to techie tuneage. Conceptual bathrooms.
c c Beatnuts, Non Phixion, Labretto, Anaxogorus, 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, $15-$17
231 S.W. Ankeny St.
Portland's definitive rock club in the heart of the bar-hopping zone has something for everyone: a wide range of live music, pool tables, two bars and Mediterranean food.
c c Super Furry Animals, Four Tet, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, $14
The Bitter End
1981 W. Burnside St.
The pub, located near PGE Park, has a great jukebox.
c c Citizen Lane, 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, $5
3728 N.E. Sandy Blvd.
Cramped with no-fuss folks and laid-back barkeeps, venue puts on live music for indie fans seven nights a week.
c c Avenue of the Strongest, Dutch Flat, Replicator, 10 p.m. Sunday,
Oct. 13, $6
228 N.W. Davis St.
This no-frills Old Town hangout has karaoke, a rotating cast of DJs and intimate singer-songwriter nights.
c c Karaoke, 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12, free
915 S.W. Second Ave.
Dueling pianos are the highlight of this high-energy bar and restaurant where things are reported to get sloppy late at night. Lunch and dinner also are offered.
c c Dueling pianos, 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12, $5
Boxxes & the Brig
1035 S.W. Stark St.
Boys, boys, boys! Hold onto your hat 'cause you're in the 'Gay District' now! Who can tell Ñ and who cares Ñ where one bar stops and the next begins?
c c Dancing and video bar begins at noon daily, $5
626 S.W. Park Ave.
French-style brasserie offers lunch, dinner and, in the evenings, live jazz. Nice touches: black-and-white parquet floors and white butcher paper on the tables for coloring.
c c Tom Cheek, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12, free
6835 S.W. Macadam Ave.
Comfortable hangout with live music six nights a week features Portland notables such as Steve Bradley, Jon Koonce and Brian Berg. There's also an upscale and tasty breakfast, lunch and dinner menu of the meat-and-potatoes variety.
c c Steve Bradley Band, 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, free
Candlelight Cafe & Bar
2032 S.W. Fifth Ave.
The blues plays seven nights a week, with acoustic master Terry Robb performing every Wednesday. A basic burger-and-fries menu is offered for lunch and dinner.
c c Gary Small, 9:30 p.m. Friday,
Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12, free
1332 W. Burnside St.
Portland's Disneyland of music venues has two distinct rooms for two different moods and live music almost every night of the week. Lola's Room is small, with an intimate vibe. The Crystal Ballroom is grand, and its dance floor is drenched in the history of bygone days.
c c Southern Culture on the Skids,
9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, $12-$14
Dante's Caffe Italiano
1 S.W. Third Ave.
Dark. Dangerous. Slinky. This inferno-style cafe and cocktail lounge hosts an ever-changing roster of live music and has an open-flame fire pit near the back. Haughty hotties serve pizza and drinks.
c c Make-Out Scene, 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, $6
316 S.W. 11th Ave.
503-221-7262, Ext. 41
The upstairs club has high ceilings and wooden floors.
c c Siamese, Alter-Echo, Surrounded by Ninjas, 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, $8-$10
2845 S.E. Stark St.
Goodfoot features funk-jazz band on Thursdays, Motown spinning on Fridays and live music on Saturdays, with cheap beer and a wallet-friendly cover all days.
c c Kooken & Hoomen, DJ Tatertot, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, $5
836 N. Russell St.
They say this old bar with Polish heritage is haunted. Now owned by the brothers McMenamin, it offers live music most evenings and happy hour
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with $2.25 micro pints.
c c Captain Rock, Susie Blue, 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, $6