Here at the 365PDXq blog, we’ll occasionally look at one Portland gayborhood in particular. This time, let’s traipse through Irvington/Hollywood. Ready to take Broadway to Hollywood???
Irvington even has a gay bar for goodness sake! Joq’s has been a neighborhood fixture for years, a friendly drop-in joint like Cheers. What? It isn’t in Irvington you say? Okay, being on the southside of Broadway means it is technically in Sullivan’s Gulch. Named for one of Portland’s founders, The Gulch is a cute and affordable neighborhood nestled between Irvington and Highway 84. Sullivan’s Gulch is also home to the Portland Chapter of the LGBT-positive Metropolitan Community Church.
The Hollywood District is the next big stop to the east of Irvington. On Saturday’s, you can wander from the bountiful Farmer’s Market to the lovely Hollywood Library, one of the busiest branch libraries in the entire country (plus, it includes a tribute to local author Beverly Cleary). Catch an indie flick at the vintage Hollywood Theatre after picking up some graphic novels at the flagship Things from Another World comic book store (cute nerd alert!).
For the entire tour of Irvington/Hollywood….click over to the Portland Gayborhood Guide.