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Holocene - 24 Reviews - 1001 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR - Bars, Pubs & Clubs Reviews - Phone (503) 239-7639


1001 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 239-7639
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Holocene - Portland, OR
Holocene - Portland, OR
Holocene - Portland, OR
Holocene - Portland, OR
Holocene - Portland, OR
Holocene - Portland, OR


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so, i am rarely the coolest guy in the room and on some nights i feel reminded of this fact more than i'd like, but i like the shows, and the drinks are nice and generously poured...


The place is cool. The feel is nice. The night I was there had the world's WORST music. It sounded like dying Orcas. The first words out of my friends mouth was, ""you have to...

hip club 2/13/2010

i understand portland, so i was in this hip club the other night, dressed right and patiently standing in a long line waiting for a drink. as i was talking to that sweet piece next to me i noticed something that disturbed me greatly... don't get me wrong, the staff were definitely hot and bust it, but there was a clueless rude suburbanite expecting to have his booty kissed just because he was there. not going to happen... also, the crowd was just good looking, not great. luckily i was saved by two things - my favorite bands come here and it has a great scene. Pros: staff is hot and bust it Cons: could have better looking crowd more

Great Venue! Service with a Scowl! 8/19/2009

Wow, do the people who serve you drinks think they are super cool. I spent a fun night here (fun because of the people I was with) with the bartenders looking down their noses at me and my friends. Nary a smile, a thank you, a kind word. We felt like the uninvited guests. The only cool person was the guy at the door. The rest of them must belong to the super cool secret society. And the drinks they pour are weak and get weaker throughout the night. I did hard time working in a bar, I'm pleasant and I tip very well, (the first tip was $5 for one drink) but attitude like this makes me stop tipping after a while. I wonder if anyone has told them that being cool (actually BEING cool-not just thinking you're it) will get you more and bigger tips. Pros: Location, Cool Doorman Cons: The Bartenders and Servers more

eclectic, interesting 5/20/2009

so, i am rarely the coolest guy in the room and on some nights i feel reminded of this fact more than i'd like, but i like the shows, and the drinks are nice and generously poured. always something different, sometimes its way too crowded, and its hard to get a drink let alone walk around sometimes, but i've seen the most eclectic interesting and weird shows there. nothing like it. i feel like i'm beginning to ""get"" portland, and don't feel so put off by certain things, but i understand how some of the other reviewers have felt uncomfortable. the blonde bartender is always sweet though, and i recommend going on less busier nights. Pros: clientele, scene Cons: if you don't understand portland you won't like it here more

I have given it more than a few chances.... 2/25/2009

Holocene has so much potential, but it has been a disappointment time after time. I always come with a high energy fun attitude and end up leaving early, angry and upset going back to the bars that have respect for their customers, and quality drinks. Pros: Cool building! Cons: Bartenders, Managers, Drinks, Lots of attitude! more

A little too full of themselves... 2/8/2009

I had gone online to read some reviews of the place before heading there; most of the reviews were negative reports about rude staff and long lines but I decided to try it anyway. My girlfriend and I were able to get right in- through the doors, anyway. Thankfully the line was inside where it was warm. Pros: Line is inside Cons: Everything else. more

All around good venue 6/18/2008

I've been around Portland for a while now, and Holocene is pretty much my favorite small-scale venue in town. The crowd and such are usually dependent on the night and who's playing... sometimes it'll be totally empty and other times so busy you can barely walk through the place. My favorite nights are usually in between... a lot of amazing electronic music artists come through the Holocene and although the dance floor is pretty small I always feel comfortable there. Bar service has never been a problem for me (except with huuuge lines but that's not their fault) and the bartenders definitely know what they're doing. The smoking room is pretty gross... I usually end up going outside for a cigarette but its nice that they still have the option (at least for now). Chill door people and usually pretty reasonable covers. I'm sure I'll be going back to Holocene for quite a while. Pros: Cool ambiance and decor, good music for the most part Cons: Small dance floor, attracts annoying hipsters more

Good vibe 6/11/2008

I've been here once, and would go back again. The look inside is awesome, with a mixture of grunge and beauty. It's just the kind of place I would design if I had a bar. Just sitting back and watching everyone and everything is fun. The ""living room"" area is good if you want to have a conversation, and if you want to dance it up head in to the dj room. The night I was there (it was a Friday), started off a little slow, but by the time I left the dance floor was packed and there was about a 5-7 minute wait to get a drink (not unreasonable for how busy they were). Pros: Good vibe, good music more

Terrible customer service 5/14/2008

Terrible customer service, bartenders are very slow and some rude. Drinks are ok, average price. Music wasn't that great either, I suppose it was a theme night cause all they played was indian music. Not enough places to park. more

Best Tarts anywhere! 11/16/2006

Tart night at Holocene is a great place to meet single gals looking to dance and have a good time. The drinks are great but the service is slow. Staff is friendly and mixes drinks well, though, so it makes up for speed. more

Like the international channel, but less organized 11/9/2006

...and the international channel seems one click above public access. Pros: The biggest mixed bag of people you'll find all having fun together Cons: not always very well executed more

Strange people wearing thriftstore outfits 10/14/2006

Well if you like the normal downtown scene, you will not fit in at this club. Immediately when we arrived, I knew it wasn't my kind of place. Can you say grunge? I felt so out of place in my designer jeans and camisole, since the majority of this crowd was wearing thrift store clothes from the 70's and 80's. The Saturday night we went, they had this strange brass band playing, with stilt walking men, and circus type atmosphere. We had one drink (which we stood in line waiting for in 10 minutes), and then left this weird club. more

Boring! 10/12/2006

I honestly dont know what the fuss is all about the first time i went to Holocene, my friend was the Dj so i stuck around for support but after he was finished and left it was so dead only probably 16 people in the whole place, the second time i went and it being not in the middle of the week but a saturday i thought more people would show and it was still a skelton crowd i dont recommend it if you like the social scene but if u want somewhere quiet and mellow this is cool for you Pros: open spaces for you to dance since there are only 5 people dancing at a time! but the door guys are nice Cons: dull, not exciting, didnt keep my interest more

DJ Safety Scissors 5/15/2006

Late one friday night, I was happy to go to Holocene and see what kind of dancing they could offer me. No cover made the place very attractive. They've got great atmosphere and when DJ Safety Scissors started up, the tiny crowd really got their groove on it. I just wish more people had stayed as late so it would have felt more like a dance floor. I'll go again. Pros: smoke-free dancefloor, good dj, cool but fun crowd more

The hands-down BEST VENUE I've ever been to... 1/4/2006

I've been to a lot of clubs. Holocene does EVERYTHING right. Creative/highly entertaining/pioneering acts are booked, the bartenders are THE BEST and most experienced/dedicated/skilled bartenders I've EVER seen. The drinks are HEAVENLY. The crowd is uber-hip, the club itself is as well. I am straining to think of a negative and I can't. This place has EVERYTHING you could ask for, I go at least once a week, I couldn't possibly miss getting my fix. Thank you so much for all your hard work, Holocene. I totally enjoy the experience everytime. Don't mistake this place for trendy Portlandism (if there is any), it's THE TRENDSETTER. Big difference. They can't help they are so kick a** second-class bars try and copy but can't possibly. Go there and you won't regret it, I mean every word in this post. Have fun. Pros: Service/Drinks, Music, Atmosphere more

good brazilian 3/10/2005

good brazilian dj not enough promotion.Noththeless a good underated club with alot of potential. more

First Time fun 2/15/2005

I met up with friends here looking for a good cover band and a fun ending to the night. That is just what I found. Very industrial, like I walked into the back stage of a modeling shoot or something. Everyone was very rocker-trendy and dancing to a random line up of old and new fav's. Bartenders were pleasant and efficient with good price on drinks. Mixed drinks were average in taste. No smoking on dance floor or bar area which was so nice...special room just for the habit. Fun social scene...good place to wrap the night up with dancing. Pros: Dancing, Social, Music/Live Cons: crowded more

Pleasantly hip and relaxed 10/9/2004

I did Holocene. A friend from out of town and I hit visited this place and found the staff (especially the front door girl) to be extremely welcoming to us middle-aged folks. The DJ was fabulous. We waited a while for our drinks, but the bartender was very sweet. Pros: dj, relaxed atmosphere, not a meat market more

all under one roof 3/6/2004

the most fun in portland for my friends and I, have almost all been at holocene. From film screenings, to great local djs and not so local ones, laptop battles, their Gongshow and shows of local fashion, it has always taken things a bit further then our other Portland nightspots. I am not sure what place ""too cool for school"" was at, but service has always been unbelievably intuitive, needless to say kind. thanks Holocene Pros: very mixed crowd, friendly service, smoking room more

Too Cool For School 2/1/2004

The atmosphere and music at Holocene are very appealing. It is spacious and relaxed and I looked forward to meeting friends there last weekend. About 30 minutes after arriving, I regretted suggesting it as a meeting place. The service is deplorable. The bartenders never look up and take stock of the situation- they don't have any idea who is next in line, they don't make eye contact, they seem more interested in what they are wearing than they do in their customers. I've got news for the owners of what could be a very intriguing night spot - BARS ARE A SERVICE INDUSTRY. You are losing money and customers by hiring inexperienced bartenders. They may think they are coming across as hip, but most will take their lack of interest in basic service as being rude. I'll take my business, money and friends somewhere else. Pros: music, atmosphere, room Cons: , mediocre drinks, rude people more

Not Just For Dancing 9/23/2003

Checked out this place last week with a group of friends- we went after work for drinks and food and we were not disappointed in any way. The drinks were ample and creative, the food quite good. The music was not too loud so that you could not have a conversation in the lounge area. It was my birthday and the staff was very kind and accomodating to all of us. Sure, its a great place to go and dance, but don't overlook it as a great place for a drink and a light bite - great for casual dinning and sharing of plates. We'll be back!! Pros: Food, Atmosphere, Staff more
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  • In Short
    The huge warehouse space satisfies four separate objectives: a sunken ""living room"" for mingling, a bar for sipping and being seen, a dark performance room for cutting a rug,...

  • 8/15/2006 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Wednesday To Friday From 05:00 PM To 02:00 AM Saturday From 08:00 PM To 02:00 AM
  • Payments:

    Visa, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Buckman, Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program