The Candlelight Room

★★★★☆
Live Music 7 Nights A Week! Voted PDX's #1 Cougar Bar! Pups Welcome.
  • 2032 Sw Fifth Ave

    Portland, OR 97201

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  • 503-222-3378

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I love the candle light, the music is wonderful! small dance floor but i really didn't mind. They make a good drink and the food was great. lots of different kinds of people to interact with cant wait to go again!

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★★★★★

I love the candle light, the music is wonderful! small dance floor but i really didn't mind. They make a good drink and the food was great. lots of different kinds of people to interact with cant wait to go again!

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Ive gone to the Candlelight about 10 years when I pass thru, and now live in the area...first went there with a Portland oldie Johnny Disiple, met Snoop Dogs uncle there many years ago who I consider a freind now, and have met lots of fantastic musicians there, I am a white woman and unlike one womans review I think its a great place for white women, as long as YOUR not prefudice.. and someone sayin the doormen are prejudice is really off track, as they are always very nice to me...love this place even if the guys are mostly all playas... Great Music.. I love to dance so its great even tho the dance floor is very small. I find the staff freindly and good service.. I couldnt believe someone said the drinks were watered down... no way.. I find the alcohol poured freely. It is a great place to people watch..many interesting characters. The fries are good... (only food Ive had there). The door men are great, very freindly, sweet guys, and ON IT, whoever slurred the doorman is on crack or something.. or actin drunk and obnoctious I would bet. The Candlelight is a classic, a Portland classsic. Was glad to hear they will be moving after the shut down.. I hope thats not a rumor..

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★★★★☆

Ive gone to the Candlelight about 10 years when I pass thru, and now live in the area...first went there with a Portland oldie Johnny Disiple, met Snoop Dogs uncle there many years ago who I consider a freind now, and have met lots of fantastic musicians there, I am a white woman and unlike one womans review I think its a great place for white women, as long as YOUR not prefudice.. and someone sayin the doormen are prejudice is really off track, as they are always very nice to me...love this place even if the guys are mostly all playas... Great Music.. I love to dance so its great even tho the dance floor is very small. I find the staff freindly and good service.. I couldnt believe someone said the drinks were watered down... no way.. I find the alcohol poured freely. It is a great place to people watch..many interesting characters. The fries are good... (only food Ive had there). The door men are great, very freindly, sweet guys, and ON IT, whoever slurred the doorman is on crack or something.. or actin drunk and obnoctious I would bet. The Candlelight is a classic, a Portland classsic. Was glad to hear they will be moving after the shut down.. I hope thats not a rumor..

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If you can, get there early to secure a good table otherwise you're on the side lines. The place is extremely small, but the music, entertainment is always first class. I go every time I visit Portland on the weekend.

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★★★★★

If you can, get there early to secure a good table otherwise you're on the side lines. The place is extremely small, but the music, entertainment is always first class. I go every time I visit Portland on the weekend.

Pros: The Music is Always Great

Cons: Dance floor is too small

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The music at the Candlelight is always good, bartenders are great. The dance floor is way to small for the amount of business they do, and whatever you do if you get on the dance floor, STAY AWAY FROM THE BACK CORNER OF THE DANCE FLOOR! For some reason men try to get you to that dark corner and fondle and do things you may not like! I always have fun when I go and feel safe walking in by myself however, LADIES BEWARE...MOST OF THE MEN I'VE MET THERE ARE BIG TIME "PLAYERS" But it is very entertaining to watch them "play"

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★★★☆☆

The music at the Candlelight is always good, bartenders are great. The dance floor is way to small for the amount of business they do, and whatever you do if you get on the dance floor, STAY AWAY FROM THE BACK CORNER OF THE DANCE FLOOR! For some reason men try to get you to that dark corner and fondle and do things you may not like! I always have fun when I go and feel safe walking in by myself however, LADIES BEWARE...MOST OF THE MEN I'VE MET THERE ARE BIG TIME "PLAYERS" But it is very entertaining to watch them "play"

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It is such a great experience! Great live music with no cover!!! There are always friendly people, and fun characters to meet to make your night. But the drinks and bartenders are the best, totally reasonably priced and really good! The last time I went in there was a cute fun little bartender, I think her name was Jody, she was great! I totally recommend you go and experience the candlelight!!!! It does get crowded though, but for me that is part of the experience and just a sign of how great the place is!

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★★★★★

It is such a great experience! Great live music with no cover!!! There are always friendly people, and fun characters to meet to make your night. But the drinks and bartenders are the best, totally reasonably priced and really good! The last time I went in there was a cute fun little bartender, I think her name was Jody, she was great! I totally recommend you go and experience the candlelight!!!! It does get crowded though, but for me that is part of the experience and just a sign of how great the place is!

Pros: staff, drinks, atmosphere, music!!

Cons: gets crowded (not always a bad thing)

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I really recommend not to go to this place as I had a teriable experience there with the unfriendly bartender. I think his name is Scot. He was almost going to kick me out just because I told him that a b**ch was so mean to me because she was drunk and I never replied to her and I told the bartender that please let that woman respect the other customers. He said well, I think I will take your drink and you should leave.

Oh yeah also, I left my drink and went outside for 4 min and when I came back he took (almost full) he said it's your mistake to leave it without covering it by a napkin!!!!!!!!! WTF

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★☆☆☆☆

I really recommend not to go to this place as I had a teriable experience there with the unfriendly bartender. I think his name is Scot. He was almost going to kick me out just because I told him that a b**ch was so mean to me because she was drunk and I never replied to her and I told the bartender that please let that woman respect the other customers. He said well, I think I will take your drink and you should leave.

Oh yeah also, I left my drink and went outside for 4 min and when I came back he took (almost full) he said it's your mistake to leave it without covering it by a napkin!!!!!!!!! WTF

Pros: Great place for elders

Cons: Service, dirty, unfriendly staff.

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Don't go to the Candelight if you are a white woman. Went there last night (Sunday night) and was enjoying the music at the bar for quite awhile, when 2 women sat down next to me. The one right next to me elbowed me over and over and over and over. Finally I looked at her, and she got indignant. She made nasty remarks, including racial remarks to me. Of course I got mad. I knew that she had an attitude toward me because I'm white, she had had too much to drink and she wanted me to move so possibly one of her friends or someone that wasn't white, could sit where I was sitting. I just didn't feel like letting her bully me. But they ended asking me to leave....
The candelight is a smoky, dirty, greasy, dive....The man at the door is a prejudiced ***hole. The bartender saw what happened but didn't back me up.
Don't go there...
Don't go there.

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★☆☆☆☆

Don't go to the Candelight if you are a white woman. Went there last night (Sunday night) and was enjoying the music at the bar for quite awhile, when 2 women sat down next to me. The one right next to me elbowed me over and over and over and over. Finally I looked at her, and she got indignant. She made nasty remarks, including racial remarks to me. Of course I got mad. I knew that she had an attitude toward me because I'm white, she had had too much to drink and she wanted me to move so possibly one of her friends or someone that wasn't white, could sit where I was sitting. I just didn't feel like letting her bully me. But they ended asking me to leave....
The candelight is a smoky, dirty, greasy, dive....The man at the door is a prejudiced ***hole. The bartender saw what happened but didn't back me up.
Don't go there...
Don't go there.

Cons: smoky, dirty, bad service, rude

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The Candlelight is a great bar with a very diverse crowd (from the super old guy regulars to the young, hip college kids to the all-time blues folks and more) The staff is fun and friendly. You can dance, mingle, play pool, and catch some of Portland's best music. Definitely one of the best music venues. Sure, the bar can get smoky, but I bet there's a good time had by all. The Candlelight offers a great bar menu, too.

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★★★★☆

The Candlelight is a great bar with a very diverse crowd (from the super old guy regulars to the young, hip college kids to the all-time blues folks and more) The staff is fun and friendly. You can dance, mingle, play pool, and catch some of Portland's best music. Definitely one of the best music venues. Sure, the bar can get smoky, but I bet there's a good time had by all. The Candlelight offers a great bar menu, too.

Pros: Diverse, Service, Music

Cons: Smoky, Crowded (is that really a con?)

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The bands are sometimes great, but the dance floor is too small, the air is unbreathable, and you can't see where you're going. It's a "hangout" so you'll meet interesting people, maybe. I don't know about the drinks because I've never had one. If the owner would go smokeless I'd be there more often and so would my homegirls. I ran into a client from 20+ years ago beside the pool table, zounds....good pool players! Mostly older crowd so decent place if you don't like the 20-somethings.

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★★★☆☆

The bands are sometimes great, but the dance floor is too small, the air is unbreathable, and you can't see where you're going. It's a "hangout" so you'll meet interesting people, maybe. I don't know about the drinks because I've never had one. If the owner would go smokeless I'd be there more often and so would my homegirls. I ran into a client from 20+ years ago beside the pool table, zounds....good pool players! Mostly older crowd so decent place if you don't like the 20-somethings.

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With live music 7 nights a week and never a cover charge, this is the classic music venue with a roadhouse feel. Although it USED to be called the Candlelight Room back in the 80's and early 90's, owner Joe Shore remodeled the joint and renamed it the Candlelight Cafe & Bar. The music is some of the best blues, soul and R&B the city offers--and you can't beat the price. Drinks are stiff, and the service is snappy, even when it packs out Fridays and Saturdays. It's pretty much a full house regardless of the day of week, with all age groups and ethnicities represented. An excellent people-watching hang, especially after 10 PM.

PROS: Great blues.
CONS: Closeby parking is scarce on the weekend.

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★★★★☆

With live music 7 nights a week and never a cover charge, this is the classic music venue with a roadhouse feel. Although it USED to be called the Candlelight Room back in the 80's and early 90's, owner Joe Shore remodeled the joint and renamed it the Candlelight Cafe & Bar. The music is some of the best blues, soul and R&B the city offers--and you can't beat the price. Drinks are stiff, and the service is snappy, even when it packs out Fridays and Saturdays. It's pretty much a full house regardless of the day of week, with all age groups and ethnicities represented. An excellent people-watching hang, especially after 10 PM.

PROS: Great blues.
CONS: Closeby parking is scarce on the weekend.

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The bartenders are a group of the best in town. Looking out for customers and protective too. They get my highest ratings.

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★★★★★

The bartenders are a group of the best in town. Looking out for customers and protective too. They get my highest ratings.

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If you are free on a Thursday night, check out OVERNIGHT SUCCESS with the Kelly twins. Great music, Fabulous vocals, and these guys are very entertaining. Also you shold check out there CD.

Also, although the candlelight is a little more pricy, the drinks are definately worth what you pay for them, and the food is good too.

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★★★★☆

If you are free on a Thursday night, check out OVERNIGHT SUCCESS with the Kelly twins. Great music, Fabulous vocals, and these guys are very entertaining. Also you shold check out there CD.

Also, although the candlelight is a little more pricy, the drinks are definately worth what you pay for them, and the food is good too.

Pros: great bands, great food, great drinks

Cons: crowded, not enough waitresses

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found the bouncers to be rude,and some of the staff are on the wrong side of the bar a lot of people but, and if you like water down drinks then this is the to be I'm not saying they water the drinks god forbid but if you get the same amount in another bar you would feel a buzz from it, not so here so stick to the beer at least it cannot be altered.

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★★☆☆☆

found the bouncers to be rude,and some of the staff are on the wrong side of the bar a lot of people but, and if you like water down drinks then this is the to be I'm not saying they water the drinks god forbid but if you get the same amount in another bar you would feel a buzz from it, not so here so stick to the beer at least it cannot be altered.

 

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