About Doug Fir

2018 marks 14 years for Doug Fir Lounge

Doug Fir is celebrating Anniversary Month this October with a massive giveaway, crazy merch, and of course: amazing shows.

ANNIVERSARY MONTH CONTEST!

Congratulations to our winners!

Grand Prize
Free shows for a year!
Two lucky winners will receive a VIP Show Pass, good for every show in 2019.

Runner Up
An intimate, catered holiday party for you and a small group of friends. Invite 6-10 of your friends to a private soiree in the Fireplace Room upstairs at Doug Fir. Festive drinks and bites will be provided. Date and time TBD, certain restrictions apply.

So Many More Prizes!
Limited Edition Tees (3 Winners – Choice of size and color)
Doug Fir Enamel Pins (3 Winners – Choice of color)
Doug Fir Beanies (2 Winners – Choice of color)
Ticket Vouchers (2 Winners – Two tickets to the show of your choice)
Gift Cards (2 Winners – $20 to Doug Fir)

Contest closed October 31st. Winners have been notified via email.

Photo by James Rexroad

HISTORY OF DOUG FIR


Since the Grand Opening in 2004, Doug Fir has been raising the bar for live music in Portland. Musicians are treated like stars with a fully stocked green room and the kind of production and hospitality you’d only expect from much bigger clubs. Guests are treated to amazing shows every night with high-end sound and lights, in an intimate room designed so that no matter where you stand, you can see and hear everything clearly.

Inspired by rock ‘n’ roll hotels like the Phoenix in San Francisco, co-owners Mike Quinn and John Plummer wanted to build a similar space but provide the missing link—a state of the art live music venue located within. Doug Fir shares the property with Jupiter Hotel, and has been since joined by Jupiter NEXT, Portland’s newest innovative boutique hotel. Find out more and book your stay at jupiterhotel.com

Internationally renowned architect Jeff Kovel completed the design for a 2004 opening and Doug Fir was established as the first cornerstone of the now-thriving East Burnside neighborhood. The interior brings to mind a “Twin Peaks meets The Jetsons” urban ski lodge, with outside walls clad in logs and an interior beautifully overlaid with textured woodwork and glass.

Photo by James Rexroad

 

Doug Fir kicked things off on October 9th, 2004 with Quasi, The Joggers, and DJ Gregarious. Poster by Mike King.

THE SHOW POSTER LEGACY


A lot has changed in the Central Eastside and in the world since 2004, but Doug Fir still remains true to putting the music first,
and making sure every show is special. Though it’s becoming increasingly more rare for other venues and promoters at this level, Doug Fir is staying true to the gig poster. For each show, the venue commissions a local poster artist to create a unique design, prints and distributes them around town. Throughout the years, there has been an overwhelmingly positive response from bands and fans who treasure these posters to commemorate their experience at Doug Fir.

Throughout 2018, Doug Fir has taken the community’s love of the classic show poster to heart, and it has made a significant impact on the branding and visual direction for the company. Inspiration for a recent rebranding was taken directly from this aesthetic. New brand colors are inspired from some favorite Astrobright papers, commonly used for printing posters and flyers. Visual queues like black ink on colored paper, and homages to imperfections that occur from xerox copying and old-school laser typesetting can be seen in the menus for the restaurant and bars. Labels for the recent beer collaboration with Culmination Brewing on the “Green Room Kolsch Ale” highlight classic Doug Fir posters, too; each 16 oz can in the 4-pack dawns its own unique artwork. These elements inspired designs that can be seen in person throughout the establishment, and in graphics used online.

 

Photo by Thomas Teal

 

RAISING THE BAR (AND RESTAURANT)

This year, Doug Fir has been focused on raising the bar in the food and cocktail programs, too. Alongside the recent menu redesign, recipes have been re-examined and new dishes have been created. While classic comfort food can still be found, there is more that’s being made from scratch, and sourced locally from small farms and vendors. The ingredients are better and the flavors are brighter. Doug Fir now offers more vegan options, too, and is Portland’s top seller of The Impossible Burger.

Photo by Thomas Teal

NEW PHOTO BOOTH!


A brand new custom photo booth from Portland’s Barbooth (fka Happymatic) made its debut on the Patio this month. It’s clad with a beautiful neon sign, and a backdrop that showcases Doug Fir show posters. The booth prints classic strips, plus it can also send an animated gif of your poses to your phone or email.

WEBSITE PHOTOGRAPHY BY THE ONE AND ONLY JAMES REXROAD, EXCEPT WHERE NOTED.