One of Old Town Portland's long-running stalwarts in the arena of gay nightlife, CC Slaughters
(219 NW Davis St., 503-248-9135) is actually two bars in one - the main nightclub, CC Slaughters is a dark, rambling space with a small but potent dance floor, loud music, and a fun, mixed crowd of revelers - some of the city's best DJs spin tunes here. Adjacent is the glam Rainbow Room Lounge
, a mod, elegant space that's perfect for sipping a sophisticated cocktail and carrying on a conversation. CC's has no cover charge except for occasional special events and parties.
CC Slaughters is especially popular midweek for dancing, and there's also a popular Sunday T-Dance. The crowd tends toward male, 20s and 30s, and fairly flirty and fun. That being said, women and straights are more than cheerfully welcomed. In the same area are Hobo's and Darcelle XV Showplace, the famed drag lounge.