A guide to local favorites in the West End
- By Jon Shadel
- Photos by Leah Nash
Contrasting downtown’s mostly dull grid of office buildings and big-brand shops, this district showcases Portland’s love affair with everything small-scale and independent. Once a hub for queer nightlife, the central West End has lost most of the clubs that earned it the infamous nickname “Vaseline Alley.” Today, the blocks radiating from Harvey Milk Street reward wanderers with clusters of boutiques, cocktail bars, murals and an art-house cinema.
Meet Jon Shadel
JD Shadel is an independent writer and editor, who covers culture, travel, technology and LGBTQ+ life. Originally from Maryland and based in Portland, Oregon since 2013, Shadel frequently travels to report stories for national and niche media outlets. Wherever they go, they always bring a can of Old Bay Seasoning.
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