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Crystal Ballroom

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Address: Portland, OR 97106
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11:00 - 02:30
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 02:30

A swing music nightclub.

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Nice Venue

I agree with others in that there's not a lot of places to sit. I'm not getting any younger so needing a seat was vital. It is a great place to have a concert though. The sound is... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2016
Houston, Texas
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a Mcmenamins that is in the heart of the city. They offer an assortment of different events and concerts here. Every time I've been here I haven't been disappointed!! The upstairs is beautiful which features a HUGE room with a spring-loaded wood dance floor, murals, a stage, a balcany and huge chandeliers just to name a few. My... More 

Thank Maryann M
Georgetown, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

We travelled to Portland to see the new years show by Brandi Carlile who always seems to pick cool venues and this is no exception. My biggest complaint is that the stage is too low, and while I'm 5'11" and didnt really have too much of a problem, my wife is 5'4" and couldnt see the stage for the majority... More 

Thank gavinjd68
Coquille, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

A group of us from several different states decided to get together for the Brandi Carlisle concert on New Year's Eve at the Crystal Ballroom. General admission tickets were all that were available at about $90 a piece. Not a problem, or so we thought. Doors were to open at 8 PM, we were told. Of course, Dec 31st in... More 

Thank Satdiver
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398 reviews
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Reviewed 2 November 2016

We went for the 80's Video Dance attack which is a dance they regularly have were you come in your 80s regalia and dance ! It was so much fun. We got there early and found free parking about a block away. We ate at Ringlers before hand. The building is really neat the dance floor is springy and fun.... More 

Thank simpleyme
Houston, Texas
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480 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

I agree with others in that there's not a lot of places to sit. I'm not getting any younger so needing a seat was vital. It is a great place to have a concert though. The sound is great and the venue is just cool. If I go again, I'll have to make sure I can sit down somewhere!

Thank KendraDawnRN
Portland, Oregon
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53 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

Went to a concert (Explosions in the Sky) on labor day weekend. Had a wonderful time and thought the venue was great, at least from the front row. There are a few caveats though. 1) Parking downtown is a nightmare. My wife and I solved this by coming down 90 minutes before doors opened to pick up a street parking... More 

1 Thank _jakevanwinkle
Portland, Oregon
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79 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Yes, all the great mid-size and bigger bands play here but note - very few places to sit - balcony is 21 and older And fills up as soon as doors open So arrive early and queue up - benches along sides are good seating Grab them early and keep them. I've stood on them many time for great viewing... More 

1 Thank jackwidely
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166 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 649 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

This site was built in 1914 as the Cotillion Hall as a dance ballroom & was closed during the 1920's in the short-lived persecution of Jazz & related risqué dancing that occurred during that era. Montrose Ringler was the original owner, & the adjoining restaurant, which can be accessed by stage staff through a side door, is his namesake. The... More 

5 Thank John H
Troy, New York, United States
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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

I loved this venue. Lots of stairs so be prepared for that but a huge space and a lifted bar upstairs with extra seating.

Thank Nikki A
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Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

I attended a concert at the ballroom while visiting my brother. The restaurant downstairs had really good food and a cool atmosphere and plenty of drinks. The venue is cool for a concert but it's best to get in early and pick your place and it's pretty much a standing venue. It's an old building and you definitely feel the... More 

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