Alberta Street Public House
1036 N.E. Alberta St.
Spare Irish pub has live music, live Irish people and a full bar with friendly bartenders.
cc Both Wild Christmas Show, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, $5
Ash Street Saloon
225 S.W. Ash St.
Anarchists, professionals and bike messengers congregate at rock 'n' roll saloon with live music, full bar and full ashtrays.
cc Dr. Theopolis, Warsaw Poland Brothers, Freemartins, 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, $7
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.
cc Karma, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, $10
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.
cc Avenue of the Strongest, Eyes of Autumn, Wet Confetti, 10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, $6
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.
ccEverclear, Flip, Longshot, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, $25
Dante's Caffe Italiano
1 S.W. Third Ave.
Dark. Dangerous. Slinky. This inferno-style cafe and cocktail lounge has an ever-changing roster of live music and an open-flame fire pit near the back. Haughty hotties serve pizza and drinks.
cc Bo Diddley, 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, $15
300 N.W. 10th Ave.
The most happening jazz club in Portland has regular gigs by Portland's finest: Mel Brown, Thara Memory, Alan Jones and more. Mediterranean food and a downstairs hookup scene also are on offer.
cc Mr. Rosewater, 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, $5
2958 N.E. Glisan St.
Live music is on deck every night at this neighborhood tavern, where Southeast favorites such as the Belmont Street Octet, Freak Mountain Ramblers, Kung Pao Chickens, Pete Krebs and Little Sue appear regularly. A wide selection of brews complement the Cannonball Chili and veggie burgers.
cc Freak Mountain Ramblers, 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, $6
Mad Hatter Lounge
203 S.E. Grand Ave.
Cute, dark and cozy, the Mad Hatter Lounge is located below the Rabbit Hole restaurant.
cc Maggie's Choice, 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, no cover
527 S.E. Pine St.
Unpretentious all-ages venue-basement caters to the soda pop club. Bring your teenage brother! Live music plays nearly every night.
cc Public Groovement, 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, $7
31 N.W. First Ave.
Under-the-Burnside Bridge club offers funky beats, a full bar and DJs spinning everything from down-tempo to a gravity-defying mix of chill-out sounds. Dahlia performs every Tuesday; live hip-hop jazz and soul plays every Thursday.
ccRecognize: Local DJ Showcase Night, 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, $3
Produce Row Cafe
204 S.E. Oak St.
Jazz drummer Ron Steen performs every Tuesday at this cool-as-a-cucumber tavern. There's bluegrass music on Wednesdays, an open mike on Thursdays and a variety of acts on weekends. Refreshments include more than 225 international and regional beers and workingmen's sandwiches.
cc Mike Danner Trio, 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, $3
8 N.W. Sixth Ave.
The Roseland offers a full bar and a variety of live music with an emphasis on hip-hop upstairs and roots rock downstairs.
cc Rock-a-Thon featuring Mudvayne, Depswa, 737, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, $20
3100 N.E. Sandy Blvd.
Post-rock DJs perform nearly every night in this double-roomed club. DJ Wicked puts on Wicked Wednesdays, and there's live music on the weekends.
cc Stereo Crush, Goldenboy, 44 Long, 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, $6
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.
cc Kitchen Syncopators, Myshkin's Ruby Warblers, 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, $6