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Everyone loves a party, but they're a lot of work--the lighting, the music, the cranky neighbors banging on the ceiling with a broom. For your next fiesta in Portland--whether it's an intimate dinner, or an all-out rager--rent out one of these venues, and let the professionals sweat the small stuff. (Photo: Disjecta by Flickr user Kristen Wolff)
Updated: September 09, 2011
Does your party need room to stretch? Or dance? Or play a game of 173-person freeze tag? The BodyVox Dance Center, with its 13,000 square feet of warehouse space, seats up to 173 people--and that's not even considering the stage. The space itself is gorgeous with exposed brick, stadium lights, ceilings that reach for the skies, and a performance-quality sound system that begs for company-wide karaoke.
Whether you throw your sophisticated soiree at Ace's The Cleaners, which boasts 1,500 square feet of restored fir floors, track lighting, and floor-to-ceiling windows, or host a dinner at the adjacent Clyde Common, you simply can't go wrong with the Ace Hotel. If the party goes long enough, your guests can check into a room upstairs, and anyone still around in the morning can wander next door for an artery-obliterating breakfast at Kenny and Zuke's.
Book the Ecotrust building if you want to highlight Portland's commitment to environmental stewardship and innovation or if you simply love parties on roofs. The rooftop terrace includes an outdoor fire pit, abundant seating (or standing) room, and a gorgeous view of the city--especially if you can time your party to coincide with a late summer sunset. Booking during Portland's nine-month rainy season? Fear not. Ecotrust's Platinum LEED-certified galleries are bright, spacious and equipped with state-of-the-art sound systems.
Disjecta recently relocated to the Kenton neighborhood, and its new digs--a 3,500-plus-square-foot former bowling alley turned abandoned hydraulic shop has quickly become a much-sought space for fundraisers, book launches, and record release parties. This out-of-the-way venue comes equipped with ample gallery space, stage areas, and a big ol' parking lot (which often hosts a food cart or two).
The Jupiter--one of Portland's hippest boutique hotels--offers three different kinds of venues for your next party: a boardroom-style zone for small gatherings and meetings; a heated, covered, outdoor pavilion, big enough for a 100-person sit-down dinner; or a luxury suite, equipped with a wet bar and ideal for group parties, bachelor parties and even poker nights.