Portland >Food & Dining > Aura Restaurant & Lounge
1022 W Burnside St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720545.522749 -122.681704
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest
BEWARE OF PURSE SNATCHER CLANS – Beware of female woman taking your purse and giving it to your boyfriend so you can dance together. Then if she tries to take it from your boyfriend so the two of you can dance together....that is a con for sure. Luckily, we picked up on this. So BEWARE American women!
Aura bouncers instigate POLICE ATTACK – Real Bleepin Bleepy Place.
Untrained door staff leads to keeping out paying ticket holders for alomst an hour. Then instigates Police tasing
NEVER GIVE THEM A DIME!!!!
Worst clubbing experience – I came here a couple months ago for a friend's birthday party. My friends and I were waiting in front of the line for a good 30-45 minutes, and the security guard told us its really packed in there and they are just waiting for an okay to let more people in. But obviously the security guards were picking other people from the back the line to go in. I asked why were other people allowed to go in before us, and he said they were on the VIP list. But so were we. I started to feel discriminated against because every other race was picked out of the line to go in except for mine. The birthday girl was texting us, and said there was hardly anyone inside. We decided to go to Envy instead. I vowed never to go to Aura again. But I came here for a friend's going away party a few weeks ago, and it was my worst clubbing experience. My friend who was leaving, she had a VIP package for 20+. One of my friends threw up upstairs. Then later on a security guy found me downstairs, and he accused me for throwing up and wanted me and some of my other friends standing with me to leave. I only had one drink, and I was sober. I tried explaining to them that it wasn't me, but they still wanted me to leave.They accused our entire party for being rude to their staff, roudy, and whole bunch of other BS. Its too funny cause I am the type person that anyone would least expect to be escorted out of a club. The VIP package is a joke.
This place is small, but the crowd there is a lot smaller as compared to what it was like a few years ago, so on the plus side, its harder for strangers to rub up against you or spilling drinks on you. I think the current crowd at Aura is around their 30's. The bartenders and other staff are not polite and doesn't seem to really care for your business. The drinks are expensive. The music is weak, nothing exciting, and I think my winamp program can do a better job. There are definitely better clubs in Portland with staff that will respect you. If youre planning on having an awesome night out with your friends, do NOT go to Aura, I think its more likely to ruin your night.
WORST NIGHT OF MY LIFE – So I once came to this place 2 years ago had a blast with my girls so I though its my birthday and I want to go to AURA... HAHA BIG MISTAKE. First the so called VIP packages are a big Fing joke not even worth half of what they charge. I have a group of people go before me to make sure everything was ready and then I show up with my husband and two of by best friends get told my husband can't come in his pants are to baggy - a bouncer then points to the dress code and says you have to follow that. WTF there was no dress code on the website so how the F*** are we to know? So I call my girl who is inside and say my husband can't in we are leaving mind you she has already been charged $200 for S***** and i mean S***** food (which we do get to take home, big joke). So I tell my husband and 2 friends wait here I will go get my friend inside and we will leave. She then calls me to say the club will let him in so I look back to motion them in and they are gone, the manager came out and got them. Mean while I am waiting at the door trying to find them as I then found out they could all come in. Since I can't find them I get out of line, i was the next to get in the club mind you. I thought well maybe they went to the car, nope, I call all the cell phones and no one answers. I go up to the bouncer and say I am here for a VIP party and I am the guest of honor and all my guest already in there. He says sorry VIP entry is closed get in line. I stand in line for another 20 minutes crying and angry that my party is all in there and I am standing outside alone. I finally get up to the door again right behind another couple and my friend comes out and says there you are what are you doing. I said standing in like they said I had to. By this time I am bawling and just want to F****** go home. So i get out of line and she goes back in to get everyone else. To rectify this poor horribly experience the management cant give us back the money and I still never got to get in the club or experience my so called VIP crappy package. NEVER EVER EVER GO THERE, PLEASE go to where we went after that and that was STARS CABARET - where the manager treated us like gold and a sweet cute lady helped end out night wonderfully!!!
Don't go – My wife and I went to celebrate our 9 th wedding anniversary. We searched the internet to find dining and dancing. We call Aura to make sure they had dancing, they said yes. Got a sitter for the kids and went. We were met by a below average server. The food was expensive for what we got. When we finished our dinner, we said that we are staying for the dancing; she (the below average server) said there was no dancing. Totally ruined our night. There are much better places to go. So if you are going to celebrate your anniversary, go some where else. BTW, I mailed a letter to Aura, one month later, no response, even though I asked for one.
The best part of the night was leaving. – I swear, the djs here must have inner-ear disfunction, because they absolutely LOVES them some horrible music. They just looooove a-love a-love to play some terrible tunes. It's like dancing in a children's cereal commercial: bubbly, sonic, quasi top-40 garbage that, unless you're a faithful Bad Top 40 fan, makes you feel like you're an extra in a Miami Vice re-run.
And even if you DID want to dance, good luck not getting shin splints. My girlfriend felt like she was dancing on a broken leg after only 10 minutes. What's that floor made of anyways? The tears of orthopedic patients?
And the general clientelle here are... well... somewhat dim, superficial, and extremely full of self-importance. And there must be an unwritten uniform code here, too, because all of the guys are wearing "dressy" tennis shoes, jeans, button up shirts, and hair gel, while the women are expected to wear short skirts and bachelorette-party attitudes.
Stay at home and dance in your living room.
Aura of pretentiousness – You will be waiting in line for a while. The bouncers will move their friends from the back of the line to the front of the line, regardless of how long you and everyone else has been waiting. Pretty blondes who show enough skin will be given tickets that allow them to bypass the line entirely and go straight into the club. How's that for fair?
The DJ was the worst ever. Dancing to the music was impossible. Imagine taking a decent playlist and setting your player to track forward 30 seconds into every song. Try that at your next party and see how it goes over. The DJ absolutely loved the sound of his own voice and spent more time yelling into the mic than actually mixing his music into anything danceable.
While the bartenders were nice and the beers were what one would expect, the rest of the experience was frustrating and low class.
I will not be going back.
The worst experience I have ever had in a Portland Bar – I visited Aura on Saturday Night 3/21 with about 10 friends some from town, and others were visiting for the Final Four tournament. We were just stopping in for drinks at around 11PM. I was surprised to find the bar not very busy, and we were able to belly up with about half of our group, the other half stood behind the barstools. The bartender was incredibly rude, and non-attentive. When asked what was on tap, he threw a menu at the gentleman who asked (he was standing behind the ladies sitting at the bar). The Menu struck one of the women in the face. Now I understand if you have 10 or so beers on tap, you don't want to have to repeat yourself multiple times, however they had 3 on tap, yes beer a, beer b, and beer c.
After throwing the menu, the bartender did not apologize, nor did he acknowledge what had just happened when I asked him to be a bit more polite, he just walked away. We did not get his attention again for at least 10 minutes, and did I mention the bar was not busy.
There were several other things that happened in the half hour we were there that were on a similar vain.
I don't think we will be returning. I have never written a bad review about a restaraunt on any website until now. I usually believe a place deserves a second, and sometimes a third chance. However in this case, the experience was so poor, I felt compelled to share.
To pdxgrl20 – I was going to write a review about Aura, but instead...
Honestly? I have been to a lot of bars and clubs downtown and I have had my fare share of problems, usually my own fault cause I've been drinking lol. On the other hand, some places have horrible management and customer service. I wasn't there pdxgrl, but are you seriously trying to place blame for you loosing your own stuff? You are an adult, at a bar, and drinking! Are you sure you weren't given your number, or what ever you get at the coat check? Or did you just drop it on the dance floor or leave it at your table? Seriously, what did you want management to do for you? Give me a break. Grow up and take responsibility for your own actions. Did you expect the manager to hold your hand and walk you home while they were busy babysitting hundreds of other drunks?
Horrible, God awful experience, worst night of my life... – I went to Aura on 1/17/09 and I checked my bag and coat for $4. I was glad they had this service because who wants to worry about their items all night, right? Anyway, was having a pretty good time, the drinks are pricy, but well made. One time during the night, I went to check my cell phone that I had left with my items. I gave the girl my number and she handed me my items. I checked the phone and then gave her my things back. She did not give me my number and I did not think anything of it and went back out to dance. Apparently, someone else either mistakenly took or purposely took my number and later got kicked out. They gave the bouncer their numbers and were given my belongings which included but not limited to, license, cell phone, credit cards, mp3, keys, cash, etc...
I understand that it was my fault in part for not keeping track of my number, but what blew me away was the managers lack of compassion or caring. He basically told me I was SOL. I just having lost my house key, phone, cash and cards, and my coat on a freezing night, was upset that he did not care at all what was going to happen to me. Other than hail a cab he sent me off without writing down any information, without so much as offering to borrow a coat or pay my cab or anything. Luckily, I had a friend that was with me that helped me with the cab and gave me a place to stay, since my apartment was locked and I could not get in or call a locksmith because I had no phone, cash or cards. I would never recommend this place to anyone, based solely on the fact that if something bad was to happen to you the staff is not going to help you out one bit. Very cold, uncaring, all over bad customer service.
I emailed both managers at Aura and called to just check if my things were returned and if they could give me a description of the people that were given my belongings and I have not heard back. I am hoping for the best but expecting the worst.
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