Portland >Bars & Clubs > Escape
333 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9720545.521938 -122.679501
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Neighbors West - Northwest
This place was cool when I was 16 – I went to this place a lot in highschool (2-3 years ago) and it was just okay back then. Went my senior year a couple times and it just sucked. It was full of 16 year old girls, creepy old guys and fat old women. And the bouncers were needlessly angry.
I needed a long shower after and not for the good reasons.
Causing problems for neighborhood businesses – Hello,
I work for a security company at a large nearby business. The Escape seems to allow a lot of underage drinking near their property and tolerates this behavior. Thus, nearby businesses have to deal with these drunken teens loitering, defacing and urinating on our properties. As a security officer, this is quite frustrating and I have been forced to call the Portland Police a few times to deal with some of the more aggressive Escape patrons.
I'm all for these kids enjoying their lifestyle and Saturday nights dancing the night away, but The Escape needs to set some tolerance levels for its patrons. The kids are getting gradually more violent in the area.
The Worst Club Ever – Over the past 4 years i have attended the Escape Nightclub. 2 of those years were fine had no problems and the kids were okay and the staff was awsome. Now a days you go down there and see nothing but minors and annoying staff that don't really care for anyone there. When you go inside you see the cage and the main dance floor and usually there are a ser few kids there that are dancing with nasty old perverted guys. When you try to tell the owner or the staff they blow you off and don't give you the time of day. The Escape Should Be shut down, so the youth can get their lifes on track. everytime i go there i see kids high and drunk on something and instead of the staff telling them to go home they let them enter. What kind of place lets minors come in their business on something? The Escape is a Horrible Place for youth and i don't recommend it to anyone unless you want drama and pedafiles all over your kids. The owner also does not do anything about any of the problems unless they involve him. That is bad Bussinessmanship and you shouldn't own one.
The Escape is Amazing! =] – The Escape Night Club is an amazing dance club for all ages, I normally see a lot of people from 16 years old to 23 year old people going there so it's pretty chill. The music they play at this club is Techno and it's just so fun to dance to once you get inside, you see everyone dancing crazy to the music and everyone is really chill and fun. You'd just have to trust me, this club is amazing and you'll have the best time of your life there! I normally go to the Escape every two weeks, but always and only on Saturdays because that's the only night you should go to the Escape, Fridays are no good because it's usually empty those days.
CHAOS AT THE ESCAPE! – Sorry bout the caps, just wanted to get your attention. Ahem, anyways the escape is an amazing place. I got the pleasure of being there for their 5th Birthday and New years event! It was spectacular. A nice atmosphere and people of all ages. And no there are none of those creepy people in the corner that stare while you dance, because EVERYONE is dancing! Even the people that say they can't dance or don't like to, will want to here! Parking was a major pain to find, otherwise it was very easy to get in and enjoy it. Along with cons I would say their drink prices are a little high. The dance floor is about the size of about a little more than 2/4's of an averaged sized classroom, but the establishment itself was pretty big, always ensuring a place to dance and mingle. They serve water and mainly energy drinks and shots, chips are also available. And a coat room to store your excess clothing, guarenteed you will get sweaty if your a dancer. Overall I would say the Escape is a good atmosphere and a nice place. Perfect place to get away and just have fun.
best place to have fun and be safe all at the same time..... – this is my first ever message and I haven't really been to the club that long but when i started going I was very scared, I didn't know what to expect. When I got there the music was awsome and people seemed really friendly, the DJ plays the best type of dance music that I have heard in a long time, in fact I found that I couldn't stop dancing even though I was tired. It was also the first place that I ever saw I drag queen, to me that is an amzing thing, the shows that they put on are spectacular, I actually had the chance to talk to one for a while and he seemed really nice. I just hope that I can make one as a friend soon, I have never had a drag queen as a friend before and it kinda makes me excited. Also I am kinda curious if I would ever have the chance to participate in one of their shows, the way they are doing them it is so enspiring I just feel like I wanna jump up their and join in. It is truly an amazing experience, the drinks are always at reasonable prices and the bar tender is ever so friendly that I always tip her extra. I seriously reccommend people going to check this place out. I won't judge you no matter who you are and all they ask is that you be respectful, I enjoy my time there and I strongly suggest other go and have some fun at this place....
Strobe Lights Galore – I met my boyfriend at this club, and honestly, I go at least three or four times a month. It's pricy, but totally worth it. I advise not bringing you're bags in, cause you have to pay to check them in and out each time. It's open on Fridays & Saturdays from 11 PM till 4 AM. You lose you're sence of hearing, and pretty much you're sight too. I highly suggest not going High or Drunk, cause they'll kick you out. Theres lots of g a y s, hince it being a G A Y CLUB, so if you're straight, just looking for a fun time, I'd like to warn you, the girls and guys are all gonna flirt with you. Lots of fun in the heart of downtown. If you find yourself down there around the opening time, I highly suggest going.
AMAZING!!! – I love The Escape! It's a great place for people who are underage to go on a Saturday night. It tends to be a little dead on Friday nights, but Saturdays it's PACKED!! I went for my first time 2 months ago and I've gone every weekend since then. The only thing that can be a problem is some of the straight guys who come with their girlfriends have been known to spew some really homophobic remarks...this is a GLBTQ club, people. Don't be mean, you might get kicked out. Don't show up high or drunk...you will get kicked out, for sure. Follow their rules (there aren't many) and you'll have an amazing time.
The best saturday / sunday i have ever spent! – SO the Escape, was my first Gay club, i just went last night/ the day before that.... lol it was just amazing! I am 17 and have lived like in the woods, and have been trying to get to a place like that...for like 13 years! lol. The lights are perfect, the people there were cool for me and i was dancing with the boys pretty dirty, and no one said a thing. I only was told to not stand out by the entry way. other than that. It was the best way for me to spend a saturday. amazing place for your first gay club. I recomend HIGHLY!
Safe, great music, awesome drag queens – Many people complain about the employees but as long as you don't show up wasted they're nice. It's a really safe environment and a great place for people who are under 21. The music and lights are awesome. I went there for my birthday with a bunch of friends and I had a blast!
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