421 SE Grand Ave., thelovecraftbar.com.

Modeled after the imagery of the famously problematic early 20th century horror writer, the Lovecraft is a testament to old-school Portland subcultures and gothy nostalgia. Decked out in horror iconography and glowing pentagrams, the club hosts nightly dance parties and live music, as well as the occasional burlesque show. Even for normcores, it's one of the most fun dance halls in town.