Portland >Bars & Clubs > Lolas Room At the Crystal
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720945.522900 -122.684782
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Downtown
The little sister of the "Diva" upstairs from it, The Crystal Ballroom, has a lot of soul to her too. Much smaller than The Crystal Ballroom, this space offers concerts at a much more intimate level as well as being home to the weekly 80's video dance party known as 80's Video Dance Attack. Screens play the iconic dance videos as the song fills the space and everyone dances as if it were still 1987!
what a hoot! – This place isn't a meat market - in fact everyone's dressed in 80s getup and can you imagine a less flattering scene? :) It was seriously a fantastic night out for dancing and people watching, and although we didn't drink much while we were there (the lines were long and we were having too much fun out on the floor) what we had was all good McMenamins-style. Crowd was friendly and fun, no squabbling or jostling and lots of people doing their own thing. Great mix of older folks and early 20s, with some of us 30-something peeps thrown in. I would not really say it's a good place to meet guys (lots of girls our for ladies night!) but it's a great time if you're down for some fun dancing and high energy. Loved it!
Come bounce on the floors of this blossoming kid sister of the Crystal Ballroom. – In Short
Sandwiched between Ringler's and the Crystal Ballroom, Lola's Room hosts live rock shows and club nights that are intimate and easy on the wallet. The crowd you'll find here depends on the evening's music selection. Most nights, a refreshing mix of people fills the dance floor. Every Friday, a few bucks grants you entry into an '80s dance night. Tables and booths with low lighting provide a place to sip drinks and rest tired feet.
Friday nights - I love this place! – Excellent music selection, fun crowd, great dancing, lots of cute guys. The scene was so fun, everyone was enjoying the music and they take requests of all kinds of 80's. We danced to Billy Idol, AC/DC, The Cure, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Michael Jackson, Depeche Mode, and Erasure all by request. The beers are a little pricey, but the cover charge is nothing. This isn't a snob bar, it seemed like everyone was fun and sociable. I highly recommend it for Friday nights. See ya there!
Lola's ROCKS – Being in Portland for a weekend and stumbling upon a time machine. We ventured upon Lola's 80's night. I was instantly warped back to high school dancing to all my favorites and not having a care in the world about who was watching. Of course the "floating floor" was a little un-nerving but it didn't last long.
Lola's rocks! – Remove Lauren1995's review! This is LOLA'S not Lush! Shake your booty to 80's & new wave. I highly recommend this place, no pretentious scenesters here! Cheap cover.
lovin' it at lola's – been going to the friday "shut up and dance" gig with dj gregarious since they opened it in early 2001. and the best thing about it is that the crowd is not pretentious in any way. everybody is out to have a good time, and a good time they do have. always a good vibe going in the place. i wish that they had a saturday night gig as well, but oh well...sometimes i get tired of hearing "dancin' with myself" but nobody else seems to. just a good all around vibe. nice wooden dance floor, mellow lighting, and good bathrooms to boot. drinks aren't bad, but not overly strong either. i do think the bartender's shouldn't charge full price though when i go back for my 3rd coke. you'd think after 3 you'd get a freebie. oh well..but i'm all over this place. love it..
Ah, the memories... – My friend had told me Lola's featured 80's music. I expected mediocre pop but found myself emersed in more obscure new wave and punk that brought back a flood of alternative nostalgia. The DJ (what's his name, anyway?) does not mess around. Requests are played almost as quickly as they are made--and he has it all. Too bad Lola's only operates on Fridays. If you want to get your groove on with other non-pretentious hipsters, this is it.
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