Ararat (CLOSED)5716 SE 92nd Ave Portland, OR 97266
Phone: (503) 235.5526
Located in: Southeast Portland
BarFly's Review of Ararat (CLOSED)
The Armenian disco so luxuriates in stereotypes - stunning damsels frozen to 1989 ho couture, a wall of unsmiling and heavily-accented thugs clad in identical overcoats - it transcends expectations. With conversation impossible, there's little to do but sweat out the vodka on the dance floor, and, tunes ranging from Portland's best house to Eastern Bloc techno, few places better enable unselfconscious ass-shaking. In Russia, the dance clubs you!
New location is a bit bland, but spacious, and the expanded kitchen and bakery yields the silkiest hummus in town, piping hot piroshkies (think: meat donuts), hangover-ready challah, and other delights, into the wee, wee hours.
Belly dancer appears Friday, around midnight. Cover starts 9:30pm, $5 for guys, girls get in free! Free cake for birthday parties (call ahead).
Saturday: European disco! Cover starts 9:30pm, $5 for guys, girls get in free!
Free cake for birthday parties (call ahead).
$3-5 short, but good, menu served 3pm-11pm Fri & Sat. $3-5 short, but good, menu, $3 well, 3-6pm M-Sat. Free wifi!
Open M-F 11am-3pm, dinner M-Th 6pm-10pm, Fri & Sat 6pm-6am serving dinner the entire time.
|Ararat (CLOSED) 's Happy Hours|
|Monday||$3-5 happy hour menu, $3 well, 3-6pm|
|Tuesday||$3-5 happy hour menu, $3 well, 3-6pm|
|Wednesday||$3-5 happy hour menu, $3 well, 3-6pm|
|Thursday||$3-5 happy hour menu, $3 well, 3-6pm|
|Friday||$3-5 happy hour menu, $3 well, 3-6pm|
|Saturday||$3-5 happy hour menu, $3 well, 3-6pm|
|Sunday||Alas, no happy hour today.|
I was just reading the reviews on the ararat and felt like I had to comment as well. I haven't been to the present location but there last place was my favorite bar/lounge/club in P town... I went there weekly. The music was always good as was the drinks. It was easy to tip the bartender, and that's rare for me. I was floored when I learned the rat was closing, it was seriously like loosing a friend. The atmosphere I loved, I must like that sort of thing...
A friend told me about Ararat and I want to have my birthday party there. Does anyone know if it's wheelchair accessible? Are they only open Thur-Sat? Is there a phone number that works?
From the reviews, sound like an awesome place to celebrate and party!
Starting from September 13 Saterday we have a promotional night every saterday, ladies drink for free from 11-12pm, man have chebureki with their drinks for free from 11-12pm, dance competition for best female and male dancers get surprize gifts, 30 minutes devoted for jokes, every body brings 2 of their favorite songs on the CD and we play it, if u have a talant of some kind talk to the promoter u might be able to share it with everybody:))) come and have fun with all of us feel the european atmosphere and party all night and morning. Let me know how u like ur parties at ARARAT???? What u think that could make it even better party nights I am open to ur ideas:))) PROMOTER
I Think it is the best bar to hang out and be safe and feel a family invirement I love how european people party their head off every weekend till they drop:)))) just kidding i love the place with all of my heart i wont go to any other bar ever.
the new ararat is open. located one block north of foster on 92nd ave....located in the yellow building.... Every friday they play the hottest tunes in trance and house music. and every saturday they play european and house music. come show your support and stop by. :D
We stopped by the new location, but it either isn't open yet or is no longer a dance club. The sign on the door said something like "Bakery, Deli, Catering, European Groceries." Maybe "European Groceries" is code for "DJs and Dancing." If not, it appears that the Ararat we all know and love is toast. Get your act together, BarFly, and find out what's happening!
I have been a major fan of Ararat and consider the owners Nellie and Abo my friends - going back to 2002. I have had a lot of great times at the old MLK location but have been search for the new digs - the phone number you have above doesn't work!! It's the old number from MLK. I only knew that they moved to 92nd - but not what part of 92nd - now that you have helped I will be checking out the new digs shortly.
Check out the Sub Rosa Tarragon vodka behind the bar at Ararat. 90 proof. Made here in Portland. This infused gem echoes back to Old Russia, where you soaked local herbs and grasses to flavor one's vodka. The place reminds me of Khavarosk in the Russian Far East. For you who don't know, Khavarosk is one of Portland's sister cities. Dosvidanya. Paka.
I found this bar for the first time last night. I'm a pretty boy from Seattle so I was very thrilled to find other pretty boys from Portland. Some day I hope to make pretty boy music, like the beat that I can't get out of my head from that cold war bar.
A little wierd, with old cafeteria-style tables surrounding the dance floor, but the music is probably the best in Portland, if you're into house. Filled with eastern europeans, the crowd is interesting to watch, but if you're dancing your pants off, who cares, right? Drinks are shit though...
Iíve been searching for good house music for a wile. It offers dancing all night, itís kinda smoky, smaller then I expected, nice bartenders, plenty of thungs, but overall if your there for the music itís all allright. It is loud but loud is good particularly for house. $7 cover when I was there. The decor leaves something to be desired. And the best (only?) house in Portland.
Can't believe all-night dancing in my hometown!! Just discovered it, and f-u to all who think it's "too loud." Take a f-ing pill and try to have some real fun in your pathetic life. This place is DA BOMB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
...yet extremely disrespectful to the folks living next door. Noisy as all hell! If they continue their obvious disregard to those sleeping at 4 am in the buiding less than 50 feet away, they will surely get shut down very soon.
Hello- My name is Kirk and I am originally from Portland but have been traveling the world djing since 91- A few friends and I have started a night called Mishaps Happenin- no cover- we play a little of everything and do take requests- Funk-house hip hop- techno- electroclash- 80's- Mashups- Disco- breaks- DNB- like I said pretty much everything- The place is alot of fun and I suggest you come sheck it out- Good stiff drinks- lots of pretty ladies- good times good times- Hope to see you there- Kirk out~
Beautiful women, but the DJ would mercilessly drop the beat. So horrible to be dancing and have the music just stop. Mix your tunes man!!
Generally worth checking out. There was a massive fight there a couple weeks ago. Of course, all started by a 5'4" guy with a lot to prove. It was entertaining though.
What cover?? I never get charged! Visit it only for it's music, which in fact pretty damn good!! Women are easy and dressed as if they're stuck in 80's, men are there to pick some drunk russian hos. Drinks are pretty strong which is a big plus. Overall, very trashy and small. I do not recommend it !
I love this place because they play all the cheesy russian techno that was popular in 1992. I miss my motherland but Ararat helps me to numb the nostalgia. All the girls in the bar are natural and beautiful. Come and dance with us!!!
i am work the door for the ararat and i will crush anyone who is not of russian race . i am vitaly and i will crush ! when saturday night is late and american man with brown coat show up to steal away russian lady , i will be prepare . i have my eyes on you brown coat man .
Cancel your plane trip to Moscow and take the Max to this red scare of a bar. Seriously, the women are sexy, foreign and get all juiced up when they hear your husky 'american accent'... the men are thugs but nothing a slap on the back and a round of vodka shots can't solve.