Entertaining Guide

17 Bars and Restaurants That Will Host Your Next Bash

These sweet local spots cook the eats, serve the drinks, and—most importantly—clean up.

By Karen Brooks, Kelly Clarke, Monica Juárez, and Conner Reed August 27, 2019 Published in the September 2019 issue of Portland Monthly

Revolution Hall

Seats 20–1,200, room charges range wildly, 1300 SE Stark St
he behemoth music hall (pictured above) has no fewer than six private spaces available, not counting the various rentable permutations of the auditorium itself. Your best bet is to take out some portion of the multiroom “Venue 101”—the Astoria Room works for midsize parties, the Library includes a dancefloor add-on, and the space-age Show Bar could round out a 200-plus-capacity banger with cold beer and pub grub. Oh, and that stunning rooftop bar? You can rent that, too.


Seats 10, no room charge, 2032 SE Clinton St
Tuscan charmer Burrasca has room for the whole
family at its big backroom table, a semiprivate spot to share orders of squid inzimino and bottles of Chianti.


Seats 14–100, food & drink minimums vary, 1314 NW Glisan St
This high-end Peruvian fusion restaurant offers four rentable spaces.
Nibble fanciful ceviche and quinoa “risotto” in La Bodega, a stone-clad, candlelit chamber for 14, or mingle with killer cocktails in the massive, Incan-inspired Tupai room, with space for up to 100 standing.  

Cellar Z at Zupan's

Cellar Z

Seats 16 (30 standing), $300 deposit, $600 food minimum, 2340 W Burnside St
Fancy local grocer Zupan’s houses funky subterranean wine cellars in two of its three locations (West Burnside and Lake Grove). Chef John Eisenhart, formerly of Pazzo, serves up fish-and-veggie-centric bites to supplement the spaces’ dizzying wine collections. 



Seats 12–70, call for pricing, 813 SW Alder St
Have your party catered by Top Chef alum Doug Adams at his meaty Tex-Mex haunt inside downtown’s Woodlark Hotel. Call dibs on pretty little Abigail Hall (at right), which comfortably holds 40, or settle in for an off-the-menu feast of rainbow trout and slow-smoked chicken for a dozen people in Bullard’s semi-private dining room (no rental fee). 

The Hoxton

Seats 10–90, call for pricing, 15 NW Fourth Ave
Chinatown’s hottest hotel houses the Apartment,
a rentable suite that includes a mod-styled study, living room, library, and dining room. You can reserve just the 10-person dining room for private meals, or buy out the whole space and squeeze in 90 buds for Mexican-leaning eats from La Neta downstairs. 

Departure/The Nines

Seats 12–125, call for pricing, 525 SW Morrison St
Star chef Gregory Gourdet is known for the industry fêtes he throws in the Nines hotel’s astro-sleek 15th-floor restaurant. Get in on the action and book the Vegas-worthy West Deck for a crowd or the semiprivate Sea of Love alcove for a dozen diners. The kitchen crafts creative, modern-Asian menus for literally every eater, vegan to paleo. Downstairs, the Nines boasts even more private spots, from the teeny Old Portland–themed library to the rustic, whiskey-bottle-adorned Barrel Room. 

Spirit of ’77

Seats 40–70, $500–750 food minimum, 500 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
The Pop-A-Shot-sporting, Blazers-obsessed bar rents out a private mezzanine called Li’l Spirit, with five-foot projector TVs, full bar, and a game-day-style catering menu (wings, nachos, pretzels).


Seats 16–200, call for pricing, 626 SE Main St
Point to any corner of this inner-east-side Italian spot and, chances are, they’ll let you rent it: the charming private dining room for 16, the sunny patio (for up to 50 standing minglers), heck, even a 22-seat table right in the commissary kitchen itself. Preset sit-down menus start at $60 per person.

Irving Street Kitchen

Irving Street Kitchen

Seats 15-110, call for pricing, 701 NW 13th Ave
The recently refreshed Southern stalwart is a go-to for big groups, with rustic-chic private rooms and space for parties under 30 to reserve big tables in the main dining room. Order "Really Large Plates" like a cumin- and lime-rubbed beef rib rack
(at right) to share family-style. Plus, you can claim the restaurant’s elevated patio, with its giraffe-high view of NW 13th Avenue, rain or shine: it’s covered and heated, and boasts rain shields, so you can party all winter long.


Seats 40, $750–2,000 food and drink minimum, 113 SW Naito Pkwy
This Latin waterfront gem stakes its reputation on wood-fired cooking, dry-aged rib eye to its namesake slow-roasted suckling pig. LeChon’s atrium private dining room is outfitted with long, elegant wooden tables; parties have full access to the restaurant’s tequila-heavy drink menu and South American apps and mains. 

White Owl Social Club

Seats up to 400, call for buyout pricing, 1305 SE Eighth Ave
More asphalt patio than bar, this sprawling inner-east-side fixture is a no-brainer for spontaneous sunny-day beers and vegan grub with groups of friends. It’s first-come-first served for groups under 50, but larger parties can reserve in advance online (no reservations Friday and Saturday nights). Plus, you can bring your own birthday cake as long as it was made in a commercial kitchen, you tote your own plates, and clean up. 


Elder Hall

Elder Hall

Seats 44, 50 standing, $650–2,500 food & drink minimum, 3929 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Wood-fired Northwest kitchen Ned Ludd’s adjacent party hall hits the rustic farmhouse sweet spot with its hanging Shaker chairs and mismatched ceramics. Guests get access to the full bar and a curated family-style menu. Hourly rates for the space itself are available for food-free parties, but are you really willing to forgo farmstead cheeses and potato gnocchi? 


Image: Courtesy Xico


Seats 40 and up, call for pricing, 3715 SE Division St
From buffets and coursed meals in the airy upstairs party chamber to less
expensive cocktail get-togethers in its bamboo-fringed garden courtyard, Xico’s got you covered. The Oaxacan spot’s killer house margaritas are worthy of a celebration all on their own. 

Backyard Social

Seats up to 50 | $200–300 room charge, 1914 N Killingsworth St 
This friendly NoPo neighborhood spot serves up New American eats with elevated cocktails and a formidable whiskey selection. It rents its Wild and Free Room for private parties, with direct access to the namesake backyard. Rental includes a bartender and setup. Preorder a buffet or cocktail bites like charcuterie and sliders. 


Seats 40, 60 standing | $500+ room fee, 3377 SE Division St
This mod-minimal Division party spot is the latest project from Joshua McFadden—the chef behind neighboring Italian-chic Ava Gene’s. Lit by sun-streaming windows and, at night, light-strung trees, the chamber boasts menus from Ava Gene’s or, come fall, its new adjacent pizzeria Cicoria: cocktail soirées to pizza bashes to Roman-style family dinners.

Coopers Hall

Seats 40 and up, $900–2,800 food & drink minimum, 404 SE Sixth Ave
 The Southeast winery/taproom is wedding central, but it also offers two semiprivate spaces: The Mezzanine, a cozy loft overlooking the main floor, and the industrial Barrel Room space. 

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