Rotture and Branx

December 16, 2012 by Katzendame

A daring duo of nightclubs located in SE Portland, Rotture and Branx are not afraid to book experimental up and comers, as well as the well known hit makers. Rotture is the larger of the two spaces and features a lovely outdoor covered patio, which is great for cooling off from a hot and sweaty dance floor. Branx is pretty small but makes up for it by providing an opportunity to see local Roses in The Mist like Sistafist as well as bringing in beloved artists from afar like Turquoise Jeep. Quick note; we like to dance!

Rotture: 315 SE 3rd Ave Portland, OR 97214


Branx: 320 SE 2nd Ave Portland, OR 97214


Transportation: Bus line 15-Belmont/NW 23rd or 6-MLK Jr Blvd
Parking: Even if you are going to Rotture, we suggest looking for parking on 2nd Ave, which seems to be easier than parking on the Rotture side.
Bike racks: Not sure

Coat check: I guess there is a couple of things we are going to have to verify on our next visit. We usually just stash our stuff in a dark corner, which we’ve never had a problem with.
Quick Tip: Wear your finest disco fashions underneath an old coat that you don’t care about if you plan on utilizing this method.

Seating:There are tables and booths upstairs at Rotture and another great thing about the patio is plenty of bench seating. There are usually a couple of tables and chairs at Branx.

Cocktails: They don’t tend to have special fancy cocktails, but we have noticed that the bar staff is very friendly and fast!

Cover-charge: It depends. We have seen tickets go up as high as $20 for higher profile artists but other times you can pay a mere $5 for a night of fabulous music.

One time at Branx, we got to see The Dungeon Brothers, actual brothers who wear long hooded cloaks and rap about the days of old! The lads are on the Dismal City Records label based here in Portland. This is kind of a side-note, but we have to support this type of endeavor; Dismal City describes themselves as:

“An electronic-infused hip-hop label from the Pacific Northwest. With inspiration culled from video games, old school hip-hop, wet winters, and stiff drinks, Dismal City music is at once lofi, hi-tech, dark, and hilarious — and always raw and soulful.”

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