Silverado318 SW 3rd Ave Portland, OR 97205
Phone: (503) 224.4493
Located in: Downtown Portland - Visit Website
BarFly's Review of Silverado
MOVED! Now at 318 SW 3rd Ave.
If you can't get laid at Silverado, then you're probably straight AND dead. Portland's only dedicated male strip club hosts a raucous, party-hearty crowd every night of the week. You'll either love it or hate it - there's no in between. Bachelorette parties and other fag hags are semi-welcome. Cute staff!
Open 9am-2:30am all 365.
Dancers nightly at 10pm
Tuesdays: Amateur Night (new dancer auditions)
Wednesdays: Pucker Party $1 shots and free pool all night.
|Silverado's Happy Hours|
|Monday||$2.50 well drinks, $1.50 pints 9am-8pm|
|Tuesday||$2.50 well drinks, $1.50 pints 9am-8pm|
|Wednesday||$2.50 well drinks, $1.50 pints 9am-8pm|
|Thursday||$2.50 well drinks, $1.50 pints 9am-8pm|
|Friday||$2.50 well drinks, $1.50 pints 9am-8pm|
|Saturday||$2.50 well drinks, $1.50 pints 9am-8pm|
|Sunday||$2.50 well drinks, $1.50 pints 9am-8pm|
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Dear JoJo/goddess et al:
Straight women going to gay bars need to understand one thing: You are going into a place that is not geared toward you, and never will be. You're not going to be treated the way you are in straight bars. If you want to be welcomed, you need to be on your best behavior, and put your best foot forward. Bachelorette parties are NOT WELCOME in gay bars. The bar may make some extra $$ that one time, but they risk alienating the regulars who keep the place going. Gay men do not want to be surrounded by packs of screaming straight chicks when they're hanging out with the guys. This is the kind of shit we go to gay bars to get away from. When gay guys go to straight bars, we don't act like we might at a bar in WeHo. We understand that we are strangers in a strange land, and we behave accordingly, as a rule. Bottom line, your pussy got no power here, so wise up and behave.
So-so bar. I guess when I go to a gay bar with strippers I hope to see more nude bodies. You get more Go-Go dancers with an occasional reveal, and only the same guys do the reveal. At first I thought it was because I went on a Wed. night so I went there on a Friday night and stayed there until closing. It was the same as Wed., alot of go-go little full nudity. I guess I am sick of cities with tons of straight strip bars where tons of women are revealing everything, yet cities without a single gay strip clubs and those that do have gay strip clubs the strippers rarely go nude. I guess I still have to go to Montreal for real gay strip clubs.
This is to all of the girls who want to diss silverado and their "anti female" policy. I've been going to silverado for about 10 years, I'm female and I've never had a problem. The customers, bartenders, Stan, everyone is friendly with me. I go with a large group of gay guys and 1 lesbian and we always have a blast!I for one am glad that bachelorette parties aren't welcome. I have seen way too many drunk females be obnoxious. It isn't about you, its about the customers they target. If you want to hoop and holler go to Darcelle's. I get excellent drinks at a great price, the bartenders love me and serve me immediately. Maybe the issue is not the bar but you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Maybe they should be nicer to women, but why can't we gay men have a place that we can have fun in without load, rude women.
On Friday March 23rd 2012 I went to the bar My friend and I are both straight girls and we didn't know the area where there are exotic dancers doesn't open until 9 pm thats why we decided to hang out at the bar until it opened which would a couple hours of waiting. The bartender was extremely rude for no reason, he refused to make us drinks then called me a bitch because i questioned him and told me that I'm at a gay bar and to get the F&*&% out. I ended up cursing him out and flipping him off. He got on the microphone told me i looked like a stipper and that i should work at next door. He also made comments about my private areas and my ethnicity. This place should be managed better the owner really should know how his employees are treating customers this is bad business practice. Gay or straight it shouldn't matter a customer is a customer.
I went there for my Bachelorette Party in hopes for some fun with my girls. It was my first strip club so I was pretty excited. Well...first off, I had already heard reviews about it being sexist and the men there hating women and from the moment I entered it was pretty much true. It costs more for a woman to get it, you can't wear anything that shows your a bachelorette, and I wouldnt be suprised if the drinks were more expensive for women as well. The staff was rude. You can't yell or shout at the stirppers (basically you cant have any fun). So we were suppose to just sit there in silence. And when my girls started cheering when one of us would give the stripper a dollar..the DJ guy would get on the mic and tell us to be quiet. Rude!!! You would think they would cater to women as well for the sake of their business but apparently they don't care. And from what I read on here I would never go back in there with the sexist men writing on this review. No thanks. Find a better male strip club ladies! This one is not worth your money OR time
surprised to see so many negative reviews. was just visiting for a 2nd time (first time 2 yrs ago). completely decent cover charge ($3, $10 for VIP). range of dancers, most very attractive, most very nice, but some act as if they want to spit on you (and not in a good way). seems like they showed more dick in the past. bartenders were all friendly and beer was cheap (didn't have mixed drinks). front door staff was friendly. a few of the dancers came out and talked between thei sets and had normal, friendly conversation. i will say the biggest annoyance were the women there. loud, obnoxious, and as if they've never seen a penis before, and trying to start drama. it was sort of aggravating to have to "share" with them in a place like this, esp when most were so annoying and esp since there's a male strip club for women only 2 doors down. that really is my biggest complaint about the place. otherwise it was nice eye candy and fun putting dollars into a hot guy's underwear.
The owner (from the middle east) bartenders and staff run the gambit of abuse and mistreatment of black gay men! Hypocrates and assholes make up the crowd at this whore toilet, for years the Silverrado has discriminated against blacks and other nonwhite ethnics in admission to the bar, service for a drink (which is week in alcohol and fraudulent high prices) and employment! The bartenders at the behest of the owner and or management are known to break-up and socializing of blacks with whites and to kick out large groups of blacks if the congragate together. That's a racist Portland, OR for you. And these bartenders all move from bar to bar in the city and practicing the same racist policy! DON'T GO HERE!! This dump commits Federal Hate Crimes against African Americans!!
Lets all get along, vagina or mangina. Does it really matter if a woman is in a male strip club lets face it we like the same "things." I called to reserve a table for a batchalorette party for five girls, just a table thats all i wanted. the man on the phone told me NO so i had my husbond call the man said sure any time u want. after reading the reviews of the only male strip club in portland im starting to feel some real prejudice. my father is gay and i have fought for gay rights my whole life now they shun me. so sad. lets face it a stinky, rude, to drunk, or loud patron is the same whether they are male or female.
Been coming here for 21 yrs. Not anymore. DJ won't play songs he knows I like; dancers come early but don't mingle with patrons who they know from previous visits tip them well. Comped drinks don't get to the intended receipient. Some staff just take returning patrons for granted. I'm done here.
My husband and I went to Portland in the middle of the rain season just to get away from the rain in CA. The two evenings that we spent at Silverado made our trip much more sexy. We loved the place. We paid $3 cover charge for each of us on Saturday and Sunday night was free. The dancers are all hot and come in all flavors. One or two were not as good at dancing as other and one or two were dancing too much. But most were sexy, playful and great performers. Did I say they were hot? The drinks were cheap too and even the bartenders were in briefs only and were cute. There were a good amount of women there but hey if it's good for business--all should be welcome. I was shy at first but by the time the dancers came around again, I was stuffing dollar bills into any underwear that crossed my path. It was a fun and hot time.
I liked the old Silverado better. The new one seems to attract women and maybe it's just me but I'm a little embarassed about gropping a nude guy even if I am paying for it while women are around. I'm rauncher (and therefore happier) in an all male crowd.
I like this place. And who cares if the strippers are gay or not, you're here to watch, right? And most of them are hot! Well, one or two exceptions, but hot nonetheless. If there is one you don't like, look at the other two.
The real problem with this place is all the straight women that come here. This is a GAY BAR! Hey ladies, get the #%&* out. Let the men in Portland have their place.
I have been gone there for year (last year). I have been enjoyed it very much (very popular gay strippers) until this year (soon to be nightmare stripper). I finally went there since for like 6 months and being shocked based I seen in there. ALL strippers are str8 which they used have balance gay and str8 strippers. But not anymore, TOO MANY str8 women that made out with str8 men... I was like what the heck they doing in there. Plus bartender are too ugly to look at... I don't understand how they hired those people. We left in 30 minutes and might wont go there again for years unless they change. It already became "str8 stripper bar"
I was visiting for a few days and just happened upon the bar while walking around in town. The cover charge was only $3, which was way cheaper than the $8-$12 cover charge that other places were charging. First of all.... the dancers were hot!!! Especially Denny, who was a sexy latino with a nice putt and tatt on his chest...not to mention the biggest dick I have seen! Most of the dancers were hott and well-endowed! Damn... if you like to look at dick, this is the palce tobe. The crowd was small and mostly guys. The security guard was hot too.... wish he was up on stage! Definitely a must see in Portland!
I find it to be absolutely hilarious hat the same people who bad mouth the silverado are also their biggest customers! They complain about "water downed" and "over priced well", really? $4.00 is not a bad price for a well drink, its the same people who complain about the price that end up sneaking in their own bottles of booze drinking it, then vomiting or pissing everywhere in the bathroom; then they have the audacity to write a review about it in barfly! Seriously you were standing in vomit because it was your own! As far as the people making statements about how the dancers and bartenders aren't hot! Well, one: Do you even work out? My guess is no, especially if you have to write about it! 2:You were probably a drunken mess at some point and made an ass out of yourself, got "cut off" then cried about it, then decided that you wasted your money! Lets face it the silverado is "dirty" and its suppose to be! You get all the queens out into a "nice" (by gay standards) bar, all they are going to do is act as though they are at a gala. All you would get to do is watch the pretentious and snobbish attitudes fly around that bar and as far as i can tell that also kills any form of sexual energy! However, if you get them out to a "dirty" bar (by pretentious gay standards) they will end up loosening up, lose inhibition, lower their morals, grabbing, kissing, sucking, and fucking...hmmm i think the "dirty" bar sounds much better! Also, i read a review about Stan not being funny, where the hell are you from if you think he is not hilarious! Yes he will say stuff that sounds rude about certain people, hell even he might say something rude about you, but thats when the lessons of learning how to laugh about yourself should come into play! Getting all butt hurt doesn't help the situation, and yes will lead to more scrutiny and low punch line jokes! however if you laugh about it then you can have Stan make comments about your friends or embarrass your mother! Please we all have a mean streak and have made low punch jokes before, grow up its funny. Overall everyone who writes a review on here either bad or good always ends up going to the silverado, paying the cover, buying a drink or 10, and either leave in a good mood or a bad one! If you are looking for a fun place to go and like dick, well enough said...
I have been patronizing the Silverado regularly for about the past 12 years. While there have been lots of other gay bars I could have gone to instead, the Silverado is always the most interesting. The staff is consistently pleasant and friendly, always making me feel at home. I especially like my bartender Trevor and the security man Imer.
Many of the strippers, in addition to being attractive, put on a great show and are friendly as well. A few of the current outstanding ones are Knox, Gemini, Billy, Luke, and Tristan.
This place is alright. The bartenders are not attractive at all and calling me hunny, or darling or whatever the fuck you say will not make me give you a bigger tip.
My first and only time to Silverado was a huge let down. I went with 4 of my girl friends. We had just left a restaurant and were all sober and ready to start the night off with some fun. Upon entering the doormen/bouncers were very nice and helpful, the dancers were cute and us 5 girls were excited just to be out. This is when the night went horribly down hill. The bartender refused to take our drink order. After clearly looking us in the eye he began counting money, straightening bottles, cleaning the floor...basically anything he could think of to stall from having to serve us. When we received our "rum and cokes" in little plastic cups it tasted like watered down pepsi. Yum. The crowd that was already there was just standing around, while we were tipping the dancers (the only people I saw who did so during the hour we spent at Silverado) The DJ announced across the loud speaker that the girls in front were being too loud, stop shouting, not to dance so close to the stage - Basically implying that we should go home because no one wanted us there. Since some of us still had drinks to finish we decided it would be best to appease the DJ and sit down and a table to finish up then leave. Then across the loud speaker again the DJ announced that us girls were taking up too many bar stools and we were taking up too much space in the bar. As a patron I have never been talked to so rudely in such an abrasive manner. They were just trying to find any reason to yell at us and get us out of there meanwhile having no problems accepting our money. Horrible place with miserable people I will never return.
i can't believe this place is allowed to operate. with their rules for serving alcohol, who actually buys drinks there? 4 dollars for a well shot that is half filled? wtf?? the dancers look like they have been on a 3 month meth/ coke binge. i thought that male strippers are suppose to be hot. the staff is obnoxious. for example, i was trying to re-enter the bar after smoking a cigarette with a friend and was told by the door man that my friend was too intoxicated to enter. funny because he had only been served 2 watered down vodka crans. bathrooms are disgusting, urine and vomit filled cesspools. and what is with the upstairs area? it used to be free, now they want 10 dollars to go up a flight of stairs to drink? right, good luck with that. there are 12 other gay bars in this city, i would check out ANY of them over silverado. phyllis has spoken.
Can somebody tell why you have people to pump your gay in Portland and the owners of the gay bars don't have valet's in the restrooms like in Los Angels. You could get someone to sell cigs, mints, nice towels, cologne,deodorant, etc. I was in LA at a club. And I was able to get a wet cloth,body spray, and a mint. Then move on with the night. Oh, and guys clean up the bathroom. Dirty bathroom. DIRTY CLUB.
I just moved down here from Tacoma and you have know idea how lucky you are here in Portland to have such a fun bar like Silverado. You have the most liberal laws in the nation when it comes to stripping, full frontal, and booze. No other state allows stripping and booze at the same time. Also, you have some damn cute strippers at Silverado, Knox, Gemini and many others. Whoa, damn love it.
Why is it that Portland can't even have a decent GAY BAR without it being over-run by wasted, vapid, barf-breath straight girls?!? Silverado this past weekend had SO many girls in there that they ran out of coat-check space. WAY too many str8 women out it our gay bars guys. Casey's, Silverado, CC Slaughters... when it's 2:1 mostly str8 women you know there is a problem. AND, Portland's bars don't have hot guys, there are TWINKS a-plenty... Guess Portland raelly does suck?
Nasty, shitty pighole full of meth addict scumbags and diseased queens on the prowl. If you love sitting on syringes and watching pathetic closet middle aged men hitting on overtanned twinks then I guess this is the bar for you.
this place is a joke-over-run by fem. boys that are soaked in colonge, smoke to act cool, and prissy twats that think they are a gift- everytime i go i am hit on... but it is always the same ol' boys wanting some of what i got...nasty worn out bartenders-most of which i am sure are on something-- i wonder if they even clean the glases between customers..?? Stan- is rude and not funny- but thinks he is.. the bathrooms and bar are so nasty you have to wipe your feet before going outside-- watered down vodka.. and the strippers-- all straight and are gay to pay-- sooo many nasty fags there, breeding ground for everything-- !Everyone i mean everyone that works here need to be more upbeat and friendly--perhaps then you will have an alright gay bar... come on... Heed my warning!!!do not go here... yuck!!!
My boyfriend and I were there last Saturday night. The place was jammin, the drinks were fantastic, and the boys were hot. And not to mention the coolest crowd in the Pacific Northwest. The new venue is much better than the other place. We definitely will come back and bring our friends.
Wow, amazing how a different venue can change the vibe of a place. HATED the old join, but went the other night w/ my partner and our friends and it was actually enjoyable...mainly, more space and it had a big city feel which Portland desperately needs. Just as cruisy, just as boozy as old location, and just as many trolls hunting for their next kept boy, but still had fun...however, i knew better than to use the bathrooms... walking in urine, shit and vomit does not for a good night make. My verdict: go w/ a group of friends and check it out. One more thing though: can we please get some dancers who do not look like teenage boys? GROSS!
Well, not much has changed (which is too bad). Management still will not part with a bit of the cover charge to install and stock towel dispensers for the restrooms. One restroom is usually out of paper while on the other side there is plenty, if you donít mind that it is sitting in a puddle next to the sink. And, as with the old Silverado, the restrooms are still filthy.
With some planning (and a bit of cash), this space could have been something to get excited about.
The new location is incredible! There are 2 bars, connected by an outside area. Very comfortable place, with projectors in all areas showing the performers on stage. Yes, it is a strip club, but only in one half. The other bar is very refreshing and nice. I highly recommend Silverado!
Silverado's new location has two bar stations and a courtyard? That will be a good thing once the smoking ban goes into effect. Also, outdoor smoking makes it a lot harder for them to make bullshit smoking nazi rules like "no pipes or cigars". FUCK that shit. :p The old place was such a dive, and yet, it didn't have the 'Dive' icon here on Barflymag.
The Silverado is just great and the staff was very friendly to this new person in town, they showed me how to find all the gay bars. The drinks were quick to be pored and I really enjoyed visiting both bars via the courtyard.
This pretty much says it all...methed-out queen sucking cock for cash to buy drinks, twinks thinking they are cute in their clearance Old Navy gear, and laughable drinks (at best). Seriously, I never understood why this place is always crowded...always the same roided up str8 boys dancing on stage and coked out power bottoms throwing up in the bathroom. Apparently, this joint moved to a new location? If you are gay and horny, just cruise CL, at least you will not have to endure this atrocity to find a hook-up. If you are fag hag, go to a cool gay bar like Holocene (on their many queer nights) or Boxxes/Red Cap. This place is shit!
I would just like to say that i am dissapointed in the new Rod. It looks like they put the bar together in 30 minutes or less. The lightng is horrible, the good strippers are not there. It looks like the Silverado went down in tiny FLAMES.Please fix it this is a very SAD day and I dont want to go to the RODS FUNERAL!
I have been going to the Silverado off and on for the last 4 years. I have always found the staff and bar tenders to be very friendly. It works both ways - I am friendly to them and they are friendly in return.
Unbelievably rude staff. I would never return. It made my stomach turn for Portland in general, unfortunately. This visitor won't be back. I can't believe a gay bar would operate with such a staff.
Well, the mystery is no more! Silverado will be moving to the old Red Sea/Vintage 318 at 318 SW 3rd Ave. (info from 11/20/2007 OLCC records). I am hoping for level floors and cleaner restrooms!
Visited PDX last week and made two visits to the Silverado. One on Sunday afternoon and one on Friday night. I took the place at face value and loved the unpretentiousness of it. Great gritty (Yeah, gritty, as in nasty) bar decor, big ol' glamorous drag queens, a couple of really cute bartenders, and some smokin' nekkid dancing men. And Stan is a scream. Count me in anytime!
I was there just last week, twice. I agree with most everyone about it's nastiness and let's not even mention the bathroom. YIKES! Most of the strippers are so str8 it hurts, but a couple are worth watching. My favorite is the the brown eyed cutie with a mohawk and tatts. Good golly Miss Molly, had I not already had a hubby, I would have let you get to now me better. ;)
No pretentiousness thus all the overdressed queens with too much cologne on come here to bitch about this place. The regular guy gets just as much love here as anyone. I'm a straight man and often go with my homo friends -- always have fun! The drinks are basically pure alcohol, if you treat the bartenders right. Strippers are hilarious, karaoke is usually good (not too loud), and people are friendly. No standing around staring at each other ala Boxxes.
I've been associated with the Silverado for over 14 years and have seen it go threw alot of changes. Some good, some bad and some just o'kay. Always giving it their Best. The Silverado treats everyone fairly and with respect. So this incident with KM, I find hard to believe ever happened. Sounds like she is the angry, bitter one. Next time speak to management, they do not tolerate bad behavior from their employees,customers and even myself. One of the Silverado's sayings is "The Silverado where the Party Never Ends". That Party is for everyone. We try hard to make it come all toghter. Not just for the money (As some of you inplied)but that we actually like what we are doing. What-ever the bar may be, it can be a fun and wonderfull palce to drink and meet with friends new and old. The crowds we get don't lie. One last note: The Silverado does Proudly Support "Our" Community. How could you possibly know that they do not? We look forward to serving and having fun now and in the future.
I'm not sure what everyone is talking about here. Silverado is a freakin' institution. Everything you are complaining about is what makes the Silverado what it is! As for ugly strippers? Not sure what folks are talking about. Strippers got a lot hotter when Three Sisters closed. Try a weekend night. Stuff some bills in one of the bald guys' undies. Toooo hotttt.
This place is cheap, dirty, and raucous most nights of the week. It's cash-only, smokey as all hell, and filled with particularly unattractive people by and large. Sometimes there are one or two decent-looking strippers, which can be entertaining, as are the bachelorette party women who stand close to the stage. If you're from some sterile place like Los Angeles, you might actually find this truck stop fun just because it's so different (you can't see penises flopping on stage and have a cheap drink at the same time anywhere in LA - trust me..). In fact, I was most in need of visiting this place after a family visit where the subject of God came up.. so enjoy this troublesome embarrassment to gaydom before it's shut down, closes, or get's bought out. It's far too trashy to survive the ever-encroaching Pearl district..
Whatever happened to cj? Where did he vanished to? I thought he was the hottest dancer of all time. Why did he disappeared on us???
Every fag in town has been to the dildo and many have picked up there. Its gross, yeah, airless, yes, exceedingly crowded, often, they randomly charge covers, bitches, and it will probably stay forever. It has the one component that makes for a successful gay bar...it gives all the fags something to feel superior to. I know I've indulged and so have you! I also have to say, that sadly, I've probably picked up at the dilderado more than any other bar. Which is totally scary.
okay first things first. I dont know who all you whiny faggots think you are or where you live, this is Portland, not Seattle, we are known for are somewhat strange and wierdness and that includes our gay bars..If you want a high class gay bar start tipping and dressing like you deserve one, oh wait thats right, AURA opened as a gay bar, but once they realized all you cheap fags dont have any class or know how to tip, they went the straight route,,so shut the fuck up.Silverado might be dirty and nasty and full of old bitter men, but thats always better then cologne wearing, bitchy, pretenious little queens in sweaters any day of the week
ok laronda...you have a problem with pretentious gay boys? but you hate fat people?
SUCH a hypocrite...of course, you are portlands #1 power bottom so you aren't the smartest...BIATCH!
This bar sucks so bad, That I was paid to even go inside.. The funny thing is, I'm a faggot. This town needs a bar where all fags and faggots have a place to go and have a few drinks.. without all the pretentious gay boys everywhere. What is up with all the fat people. Portland is on level ground, where you can walk anywhere, but all the fat people gettin outta cabs is rediculous... Its sad in a very funny way.
Silverado is full of the nastiest, angriest gay men I've ever been around. I've been there several times - a couple times were alright, but other times it was horrible. Once, one of the waiters dumped an entire tray of bussed drinks directly over my head on purpose - I know that it was on purpose because he was looking right at me, and he refused to even get me anything to help dry myself off. Another time some asshole called me a breeder. Now, I go to gay bars occasionally because usually it's a nice atmosphere and I prefer not to segregate myself from my gay and lesbian friends just because they frequent them. Seriously - do I need a reason?
The point is, yes, it's a smarmy, sleazy, nasty strip joint, but above that it's a really angry, bitter place. Neither myself, nor any of my friends will ever give them our money again.
From its rough-hewn tables outside to the coolly chic interior, this meat rack strikes a balance between high class and homey. Light black walls are decorated with the finest of artwork money can buy. Students and young professionals chat or work on laptops while sitting in the comfy upholstered stools and dark-wood tables arranged around the central area. Not only is this the best kept secret in Portland but on Sundays they have the best pizza in town and gorgeous strippers waiting to talk to you (if you make a deposit). This establishment embodies the very best Portland has to offer: tasteful full-blown homosexual pornography on display, friendly homeless patrons, people who have the decency to throw up in the bathroom instead of in your face, tastefully arranged signage forbidding all manners of godless conduct, and a HUGE cash bank downstairs for your fantacies. This one is a real winner!
First of all I have to let you know that there is a soft spot in my heart for The Silverado. It is where my husband and I met and fell in love, so it will forever be our favorite bar. With that in mind all I have to say is that this bar needs a lot of T.L.C. The important components of a great bar are there. The music, the drinks, the staff and the owners all great. What I would suggest is improvements in the overall look and appeal, starting with that sewer hole of a bathroom. Also, For the love, get rid of the porn videos and nude dancers! Nobody needs to see THAT! I would love to see the stage and the current dance floor become one kick-ass dance floor. One final note; Get more vents up in her! Not every gay man or fruit-fly smokes. But whatever you do, don't ever close it down. Thank you.
This place is gross in every way. DIRTY!!! I felt like i needed a Silkwood scrub down when I left. Bathroom is disgusting. The entire place feels like a video store booth that hasn't seen hot water in 17 years. Sleazy, cracked out, desperate and diseased seems to make up 75% of the crowd. The regulars seem to know when there's "fresh meat." As has been mentioned, it's sad that Portland doesn't have many options when it comes to gay bars. Hopefully they will follow suit with Scandals and Boxxes and consider putting some money into this place. It's amazing what a bucket of soapy water and a fresh coat of paint can do.
So, it's not all bad...The bartender was nice and efficient. Music was decent.
So I happen to be friends with two gay guys and for some reason they like it. Cause they are sluts? I don't know. So I put up with going a few times. The door always finds a reason not to let me in (too drunk even if I hadn't yet had a drink that night, my ID is fake (it isn't- I'm 30 and look it) But when my two friends say, ok, we'll go across the street, I'm suddenly acceptable. And someone had diarrea all over the bathroom wall, sink, etc. I had to hold it and pee in the parking lot. And did you check out the skid marks on the strippers? Do they to make it obvious they shoot up?
Portland's Greyhound Bus depot. Meaning, on off-hours it is filled with the town drunks, homeless, drug-addicted, wayward youth, and loser types that seem to congregate at the depot seeking shelter as they await the milk run from Puyallup. But then amazingly, at the rush commuter hours, the people with jobs rush in for a few hours of frivolity, and you may just have some fun. But no thanks to the people who own and run this bar.
I have always hated this bar, and yet because there are not too many options in Portland, people continue to show up late on the weekends. With the new Scandals, the soon-to-be-remodeled Boxxes, and all the hip eastside bars which cater to a higher class of patron, I hope this shithole goes the way of the Greyhound "Americruiser". The managers of this place are like leeches, sucking the lifeblood out of self-respecting gay men by making us think this is the best we can do in Portand. Take your cockroach infested, backed-up toilet filled, stoned straight stripper-laden, drag-queen crazed, haven't spent a dime on it in 20 years, establishment and sell the place to someone with some class. This bar is by far the lowest of all bars in Portland.
The worst bar in PDX. The strippers suck, and not in a good way. The staff are usually rude. The drinks are overpriced and watered down. Try Scandals if you want a decent time out on the town.
If you like pretty, and not so pretty, young boys, dancing around strutting their stuff, then this is a great place. Like all Portland bars, it is way too smokey! Exhibitionism seems rampant sometimes with dancers, and patron, eager to show off their goods. Drinks are good, staff very polite and friendly.Mix of ages which is nice, although seems to have a flaor of the sugar daddy with young tweeker going on.
This place is a shit hole. Everyone I know hates the place but we still go there as a last resort. Boxxes/Brig have a better sound system, employees and drinks. The owners of the Silverado do not contribute anything back to the gay community it all goes in their pockets, hell last year at Pride the parade did not even go by the pit.
Go to Scandals
If you want to go to the place with the biggest and best selection of all genders and the best sound system and video porn and live nude dancing boys and free pizza on sunday evenings you have no choice but Silverado The best bar AND the best pick-up truck (Chevrolet)(for your trick)