Ash Street Saloon is one of Portland's premier mid-size music venues located in the heart of Downtown Portland in the self-proclaimed 'Bar-muda Triangle' adjacent to other great Portland venues like The Roseland Theatre, Berbati's Pan, Dante's Inferno, Crystal Ballroom, Satyricon, Someday Lounge, et all. Opening our doors in 1994, the Ash St hosts live bands 7 nights a week 362 days a year. The club opens with a full bar and lunch specials at 11am everyday, then hosts a mean happy-hour in the afternoon hours 7 days a week, and we bring out the rock every evening. Our calendar weeks are filled with a wide variety of local rock bands, regional touring bands and national/international touring bands in a diverse genre base, catering to the more Rock audiences. We are a full concert venue, with a superior sound staff, check out the Tech Page for spec details on the clubs soundsystem. We occasional have open mic on Monday nights (mostly the winter months), welcoming performers of any sort. If you are a developing band and want to get those stage sea-legs, check out our open mic, it's the best damn rehearsal you'll ever have.
For booking at The Ash St please email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org. The AOL email is the most desired format for booking requests. Please, save your money and ask before sending a press kit to the club, in this day and age it's less necessary. It is important that your email include who your band is, some kind of musical link for us to listen to you, and your desired availability. With an on-slaught of local and regional requests, please be patient in waiting for a reply.
2008 Best of Portland Award by the U.S. Local Business Association
The USLBA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USLBA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2008 USLBA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USLBA and data provided by third parties.
Awarded 2009 Best of Portland in the Cocktail Lounge category by the USCA. The US Commerce Association (USCA) identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.
Over 120 years of History, the Ash St Saloon Building: Published by Distilled Publishing
You may have wandered by it. May have even caught a band playing there any night of the week. To me this place epitomizes your typical local bar for bands, loud, old, grungy, and full of people downing beer after beer. There is a history to the place. Before the Ash Street Saloon started in 1994, it was a Korean Restaurant, before that a Mexican Food joint, and long before that it was a bookstore, and sometime before that a barbershop. There was a restaurant called Hesse's Cafe in the 1915 and 1930's next to it, they used to pass out tokens for meals to all the sailors and port workers. It also had a card room in the back that few knew about. But it all started as the Bickle Building, built in 1885. This was where the Portland City Council would meet up stairs, below was a candy store.
The Ash Street Saloon is Rock-n-Roll Fortified....
"The emphasis on the Ash Street's music calendar is local Music. Competition for ever-dwindling supply of touring independent rock bands is fierce, though Ash Street does land some more notable bigger band names that other local clubs with more clout might overlook. As of now, Ash Street distinguishes itself by being one of few local rock venues that does not pad their nights with easier to support DJ's, opting instead to comb the town for full bands and fill their schedule with raw, decidedly organic, sounds."
- Sam Soule pdxguide.com
BEST Rock Club: Anonymous Reviews
"The Ash St is the only remaining TRUE rock club in downtown. Cheap beer and stiff drinks, loud as hell live music, friendly as shit employees. If you want to be seen or look cool, don't come here, go somewhere else. This place is all about the rock, booze, and good times, the way a PDX rock club should be."
"The Ash Street's regular crowd of office people come out for the early afternoon lunch hours, and the bike messengers start packing in the bar right at 4pm, many are still there for closing. The bars airiness and wood-hewn interior give the joint a laid-back, vacation feel, even though it's in a bustling section of downtown. A home grown local bar/venue."
"Any joint that has a Pirates of the Caribbean pinball machine is fine by me. Besides offering a place to destroy the Kraken, the Ash Street is a major fixture of downtown’s decidedly non-danceclub nightlife, hosting one of the city's heftiest lineups of local and West Coast live rock seven nights a week, with a sound system that's appropriately turned up to 11. If your geriatric ears can't hear conversation indoors, take a step outside to the closed-in back patio. Happy-hour food is cheap ($2.50 chicken strips, grilled cheese, burgers, polish dogs etc) and recalls the nostalgic flavors of an elementary school cafeteria. But your elementary school probably didn't have $1 PBRs."
"Ash St rocks like a mutha. During the day, this rough-around-the-edges establishment feels like a cozy neighborhood bar serving lunch starting at 11am. At night, however, it roars to life with an impressively consistent onslaught of local bands that can almost rattle the brick walls down. It provides the basic pub grub, burgers etc, as well as a decent selection of beer on tap. With live rock 7 nights a week, it never fails to entertain."
"The tattooed crew's in no mood for B.S. 'round here. Ash Street salutes the grittier side of rock, local and regional bands pass through seven nights a week, and even in the middle of the afternoon, the Murder City Devils and The Ramones scream from the jukebox. Best of all, the necessities for crusty rock-star living are right at your dirty fingertips: a cigarette machine, pinball, video poker and $1 PBRs (during happy hour) plus the three-meals-in-one "Kick Your Ash" burger, slopping over with egg, cheese and ham to fill your rockin' gut. Great happy hour and great rock, seven days a week. Viva la Ash Street."
Free Fi-Wi Access!
We now have JELLO Shots!
1/4lb Happy Burger & Pub Chips
Grilled Cheese & Pub Chips
1/2 Ham Sandwich & Pub Chips
Cheese Quesdilla w/ Salsa
Chicken Fingers & Pub Chips
Tachos (tater tot nachos!)
Chips & Salsa
Basket of Pub Chips
Basket of Fries