Portland >Food & Dining > Up Front Bar & Grill
833 Sw Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR | Directions 9720445.516343 -122.673610
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Downtown
Up Front – I walked into this place and it was awesome. It had a very inviting and comfortable setting. The New York Strip entree is out of this world. No steak sauce needed. Music was a little loud but really good
Great time.... – I have been to Up Front a few times in the past and wasn't swayed either way. I went back for the first time in a while with some of my friends and we were pleasantly surprised.
We were all meeting there as a place to start and then were going to move to different clubs/bars. When we got there we were faced with a cover, but only $5 for two of us (apparently they do 2 for 1 for girls until 11pm). This was different, I had never paid a cover before, so I asked the people at the front door why, and they said that it was because the bar had gotten a DJ in. We decided to give it a go.
When we got in we were surprised to see the place was pretty full. The pool tables were all being used and there were many people just mingling. We picked up a table and waited for our friends to show up. While were sitting there the bartender actually came out from behind the bar and asked us what we wanted. Can you say great service!!!
While we waited for our friends to show, we were entertained by the great DJ they had. Not only was the music great but it wasn’t too loud or trying too hard. (You all know what I’m talking about, the horrible scratching and even worse techno blowing out your eardrums.) Over all we ended up spending most of our evening there enjoying the music and atmosphere. It wasn’t trying to be anything it wasn’t. It was kind of nice not to be bombarded with tiny little club brats who were barely dress (although they were next door at FX)
Overall, Up Front has seems to really be coming alive again. Good drinks, good people and great music. You can’t go wrong!!!
When we were leaving I asked this guy who I think was the owner or manager or something if the DJ was a regular thing and he said every Saturday in May. I think they should keep him on for longer.
great place! – This place is great! it has pool tables, a bar and a place to dance. It seems like their trying to get more people in there like there used to be. The DJ is awesome. he plays every kind of music it seems like. Check this place out and start coming here! its an AWESOME place to go and hang out!!!!!!!!1
Phenomenal DJ eclipses any flaws in this poppin' joint – This club is POPPIN'! Sure, the drink prices are a bit steep, & I could do without the excessive charges for EVERY visit to the coat/property check room, but once you hear the DJ playing the jams, everything else becomes invisible! Good dance music is good dance music. What makes THIS place special is the DJ! He brings the music to life, and brings the club to life! Where did they find this dude? It's a rare treat in ANY city to walk into a club and hear a good DJ, let alone one THIS good! At times I found myself just standing still, totally amazed at the skills of this DJ. This is what ALL DJs should aspire to be. No arrogance evident at all, just brilliant mixes, great music selection, &, as I mentioned earlier, HE MAKES IT ALL COME TO LIFE! SEVEN STARS, baby!
Crappy dancers, high prices....Great Club! – CONS:
They have cages higher than the dance floor where people can jump in and dance... The girls couldnt dance if their life depended on it! One girl was doing some karate moves, the other was trying to do hip hop dancing but looked like she was jump roping. Althought, there were a few girls who looked hot up there.. the majority werent that great.. and somewhat embarassed MYSELF!
The prices of drinks were terrible. They are extremely expensive... FOUR DOLLARS FOR A SMALL drink?! Also.. They make you pay to put your jacket, purse, etc in the back.. and they make you pay AGAIN just to get something out of it.. or put something in it.
The dance area is rather small.. which is good because bigger places tend to make people spread out and the place looks more dead... Although, there is another room you can step into [somewhat of a lounge room] in case you get tired, hot, need a drink, watever.
The DJ plays really good music. Never anything that isnt POPPIN..
MEH! – SSSSOOOOOOOOOO....... this place sucked. The music was lame, There was hardly anyone there... and the cover was $10 bucks. I was not impressed, not in the slightest.
Great! – If you are looking for an 18-21 club, take a shot at FX. It is small, but it gets crowded around midnight and there is some great dancing. The ladies are awesome, and its well worth the $8 cover charge if you are under 21, and $5 if you are over. Great place to enjoy yourself on a Friday or Saturday evening, hope to see you there.
What a Letdown! – I had heard so many good things about this club that I was expecting to have a good time, but once I got to the place I was extremely disappointed. For one the ratio of guys to girls was around 1:5. We had to wait in line for about a half hour and once we got in it wasn't even 1/2 full. The dance area is small and the dj keep playing the same thing over and over. I think that the $10 cover is excessive as well. I will never come here again.
Best place to scare up some tail! – I go hear all the time and saturday nights are sooo poppin'. At 12 the place is almost instantly packed with the hottest, freakiest ladies in portland. There isn't a better place for 18-21 year olds to go to meet people and have an arousing evening with a bunch of hot chicks. Who cares about what it looks like, how much a bottle of water is, what condition the bathrooms are in... Like the song says "shut the ---- up and dance!"
MEAT MARKET – I have been here about five to six times. Each time I went there, I saw more and more of the same people. This is a good club to go to if you're single and want to find a "quick fix" for the night. The last couple of times that I went there, the club had imposed a no smoking rule that I thought was great because I have been burned on the dance floor more than one time. The music is hip hop and other dance mixes. My personal opinion is that the club is a filthy meat market for people to come and select there daily catch.
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