Alberta Street Public House
1036 N.E. Alberta St.
This spare Irish pub has live music, live Irish people and a full bar with friendly bartenders.
Tumbleweeds, Mikey Beglan, 7 p.m. Friday, March 7, no cover
Ash Street Saloon
225 S.W. Ash St.
Loud music and a rollicking bar keep the Ash Street crowd Ñ a mixed bag of punks, professionals and bike messengers Ñ happy.
Fireballs of Freedom, Heavy Johnson Trio, Diesto, Wadsworth, 10 p.m. Saturday, March 8, $6
320 S.E. Second Ave.
B Complex, an all-ages venue in the close-in east-side industrial zone, has no liquor license but offers quality shows from hip-hop to techie tuneage. Conceptual bathrooms.
Ršyksopp, Pete Lawrence, 9 p.m. Friday, March 7, $12
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.
The Standard, 31 Knots, Dutch Flat, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8, $8
The Bitter End
1981 W. Burnside St.
Things really hot up at the Bitter End when the Timbers are playing in town, but a steady stream of acoustic sets and jam bands keep things hopping in the off-season. The pub is across the street from PGE Park and has a great jukebox.
Bloodhoney, 8 p.m. Sunday, March 9, no cover
3728 N.E. Sandy Blvd.
Cramped with no-fuss folks and laid-back barkeeps, Blackbird, a died-in-the wool indie joint, puts on live music seven nights a week.
Rollerball, Bosco & Jorge, Tokyo Sex Whale, Palms, 10 p.m. Friday, March 7, $6
Dante's Caffe Italiano
1 S.W. Third Ave.
This dark and slinky nightclub has managed to sew itself into the quirky quilt of Portland in just a few short years by serving varied helpings of all-out rock shows, comedy and trivia nights, as well as raunchily avant-garde cabarets.
Camaro Hair, Bella Fayes, UHF, Odds Against Tomorrow, the New Black, 9 p.m. Friday, March 7, $8