CC Slaughters takes club technology to the next level: Club Text Messaging! CC Slaughters interactive text messaging system allows users to post messages to our 65" TV, comment on hotties, vote during contests, even request your favorite song for the DJ to play.
The first step is creating a User Profile. Send your first message to the system (503-951-8903) and you will receive a Welcome Message. From there you can update your profile, unsubscribe to text notices (which doesn't remove you from the system, just event notices).
Add Nickname: Start your text with +nick and then choose your nickname - (+nick studman)
To send anonymous: Just add a smile, frown or wink to the end of your message
To request a song that will be sent directly to the DJ simply start your text with DJ, then your song title
Example: (DJ play Kesha Blow)
FROM BOOT SCOOTIN' TO LITTLE MONSTERS
CC Slaughters was created in May of 1981 by John Adams Sr. to provide Portland with its only Gay Country Western Bar. Located on the once infamous Pink Triangle district of Stark Street in the Ben Stark Hotel building (now Ace Hotel) and the previous home for the Virginia Cafe, CC Slaughters found its niche offering the only place for line dancing, wrangler jeans and thick mustaches. Pouring the heaviest drinks in the 80's & 90's, CC Slaughters also quickly became the starting spot for "Non-Country" customers wanting to get a good buzz going before hitting the dance clubs.
In 1980 John Adams wanted to open a good, friendly and unique western bar but didn't know what to call it. Then he heard of Christopher Columbus Slaughters, a pioneering Texas rancher (1837-1919). Also known as the first male born in the new "Republic of Texas" and rumored to have come out of the closet after his wife passed away. With the name chosen, shortened to C.C. Slaughters, the bar opened on May 21, 1981. Bales of hay, oak bars and stools, and a gigantic fish tank filled the inside, while only a small door with a ship portal window and a small sign that read C.C. Slaughters marked the outside. Quickly gaining a country following, on any given night you would find hot men doing the line dance or mingling in their wrangler jeans, cowboy boots and plaid shirts. The friendly staff always poured a gasoline replica of your favorite cocktail - strong with a splash of mixer! Wanting to expand on the Gay Nightlife that was booming in the early 80's, John Adams opened "The Eagle" in 1984, which soon became the unique hang out famous across the U.S. with all kinds of "crazy" things going on. Shortly thereafter, another expansion into the CC's world, CC Slaughters Seattle. This sister bar was a great familiarity for those traveling up north, as if family was already there waiting.
Upon John's death in 1995, the 3 bars were split between the sons, with CC's Portland and The Eagle going to John Adams Jr. and CC Slaughters Seattle going to other son, which was later renamed to CC Attles. John Adams Jr. continued in his father’s footsteps and honoring his work while keeping CC's and The Eagle up and running in the same policies and beliefs his father had. After years of success and a large following, the owners of the Ben Stark Hotel decided that it no longer wanted to renew its contract with CC's as part of the new re-visioning of the area, and thus it was time to find a new home.
In 1998, Slaughters packed its bar (literally its frame and bar tops), the wagon wheels and bull horns, its chairs and fish tank, and moved to its new and current location in Old Town. The new location has seen many faces since the building was built in 1909, including a grocery store, different pubs and bars, which were once connected to the Shanghai Tunnels, the Odyssey Nightclub and finally CC Slaughters. Originally just called CC Slaughters, it offered a dance club side (still remaining more country but with more modern music slipping in due to the great size of the dance floor), along with a restaurant, which opened by 9am and served a full line of high quality dining. CC's had great difficulty at its new location, simply because it was so far off the main gay district, it was hard to get new fresh faces to come in, but it still had its large country following. Slowly, in the early 2000's, country in a gay bar was fading, and the original country fans were getting older and coming out less often.
Finally in 2003, John Adams Jr. felt he could no longer keep up with his father’s dreams and sold the club to long time partners John Houston & Bruce Rice. With this new ownership came the first Gay Block Party in Portland during the summer of '03 featuring Kristine W and a new adventure that would change the face of CC Slaughters into Portland's Premier Gay Nightclub! The first major change came in 2004 with a full remodel of the main club side, moving the locations of the main bar from the far front corner to the center of the club and a major update of the lighting and sound system. The new blue hue lighting of the bar surfaces and modern accent lighting brought the club into the 21st century. The wagon wheels, hay bales and western oak wood were laid to rest. The restaurant soon after the remodel was transformed into the Rainbow Room Lounge, which over the next 5 years saw many different variations. But the location of the bar was a huge traffic creator that saw a bottle neck of customers trying to get from the club to the lounge.
In 2008, the owners of the building informed CC's that a major earthquake proofing update would be performed and the original aspects of the outside would be restored; perfect time for a Rainbow Room remodel. Actually, this was not just a remodel for the Lounge, but a complete redesign from the ground up. The remodel almost doubled the size of the old lounge and the bar was relocated and redesigned, allowing for more seating space, a better flow floor-plan and a return of the Rainbow Room entrance from the outside. This remodel gave Portland a posh, NYC style lounge and the new list of Signature Martinis made the RR Lounge a unique stand out for Old Town and the community. See Rainbow Room Lounge for the link to the site and photos.
CC Slaughters on any given night is the best place to find whatever you’re looking for! Boasting a 22,000 watt audio system with that ever powerful bass, high tech laser and lighting shows and a dance floor flanked by mirrors, you are sure to have a great time. Our commitment to customer service and the best drink prices in town, with one of the only clubs that don't charge a cover 363 days a year, it’s all about you, and if it wasn't for you, we wouldn't be here. You will always find something going on at CC Slaughters, from its weekly venues, to its on-going monthly parties, infamous Block Parties, and amazing Sunday night drag shows, we are constantly working to give the community something to please everyone.