PostHeaderIcon Beautiful City & People: Astoria, Ore.'s Cool Q Night


Sam Adams, Jim Defeo and a bunch of coastal cuties at Astoria Coffeehouse and Bistro's Q Night

COASTAL COOLS-VILLE: I am nominating Astoria, Oregon as the coolest place in Oregon, next to Portland (of course).

Why does this hidden hamlet deserve such an honor?

Well, it's the only town I've ever been that has a cupcake parlor devoted to Marie Antoinette and a shop where you can buy glow-in-the-dark Virgin Mary nite-lites.

And it's also the only place I know where a cool coffee joint, Astoria Coffeehouse and Bistro, turns into a kick-ass dance party complete with dancing unicorns. Yes, unicorns.

I love Q Night, Astoria Coffeehouse's semi-annual dance party devoted to the lgbt community on the coast. But it's not just for coast dwellers. Lots of Portlanders come down to shake their booties to the ever-ready bunny that is DJ Gray Matter. Damn, this is such a great party.

As is tradition, we were joined by our friends, Peter Zuckerman and Sam Adams, as well as Jake Kindrachuk and his friend Danielle. We stayed at a really cool apartment above the city and when we weren't dancing, eating or drinking we ventured all over Astoria making stops at such unique hotspots as the trippy Marie Antoinette's Cupcake Parlor (so strange), Vintage Hardware (so wonderful) and Cargo (so perfect).  We even spent time at the site where Clark Gable started his acting career.

And I thought Portland was keeping things weird.

Astoria, you truly are a beautiful city and just a wee bit quirky too.

Last Updated (Monday, 30 July 2012 13:51)

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