The dancers are slightly more enthusiastic than in years past, but Magic Garden is still the only strip club in Portland to take a shy-but-game first date, because the nudity here, lovely as it is (if you’re into Burning Angel girls), is quiet nudity, and the sexual charge doesn’t travel too far beyond the ring of chairs around the stage. It’s nearly impossible, of course, to avoid stealing secret glances at whatever languid writhing happens to be taking place in the soft light, but one can actually carry on a meaningful conversation here whilst doing so. Why you’d want to have a meaningful conversation here is anyone’s guess, but have at it, dweeb. CHRIS STAMM.
What to drink: Budweiser and PBR.
Entertainment: Strippers, pool.