Bend is Central Oregon’s largest, hippest city—and while it started life as a logging town, it’s now a gateway for outdoor sports, art, and the Southern Cascades. From large outdoor venues to comfortable lounge spaces that specialize in local music, Bend has a little of everything wrapped into its eclectic arts and music scene.
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Volcanic Theatre Pub
The Volcanic Theatre Pub is intimate theater space with comfy seating and local beers, offering a diverse mix of entertainment. Committed to enhancing Central Oregon’s cultural environment by providing a unique artistic venue, the Volcanic Theatre Pub has made a great contribution to Oregon’s high desert art community. Furnished with sofas, recliners, four-tops, and bar tops, the space feels comfortable and welcoming, while serving some of the best regional beers and wine.
While live music is what the space is best known for, they also host live theater and special events. For the full event calendar, check out their website.
Address: 70 SW Century Dr, Bend, OR 97702
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Hayden Homes Amphitheater
The Hayden Homes Amphitheater is an independent outdoor riverfront amphitheater, named after a Central Oregon home builder. Since 2002, they’ve hosted over one million guests at this venue for concerts, brew fests, and races—making it the biggest venue in Bend. The amphitheater accommodates 8,000 patrons for concerts and special events in a casual outdoor setting on the grass and presents some of the biggest names in entertainment all summer long. The venue also hosts the second-largest brewfest in the Pacific Northwest every August.
To see what’s going on this season, check out their official website for all the details.
Address: 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr, Bend, OR 97702
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Midtown Ballroom & Domino Room
Midtown Ballroom & Domino Room is the largest indoor music venue in Bend, with over 16,000 square feet and three different stages to suit a wide variety of shows. The Midtown Ballroom, The Domino Room, and the Annex are all separate spaces under the same roof, and each accommodates shows of different sizes. The Domino room offers a full bar to customers of legal age, while shows at the Annex are exclusively 21 and over.
For a more detailed view of the events going on and venue information, check out their event page.
Address: 51 NW Greenwood Ave, Bend, OR 97701
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River Pig Saloon
A less traditional venue for live music, River Pig Saloon is a great place to catch a local live show. The blue-collar roots of Bend run deep at River Pig, with the bar’s name paying homage to the brave men who would dislodge jammed logs from the sawmills.
River Pig Saloon offers live music on the upper floor on weekends—and while it’s hardly a bustling amphitheater, the comfortable, intimate setting is a great place to unwind with a glass of whiskey and enjoy some truly unique Bend culture.
Address: 555 NW Arizona Ave Ste 40, Bend, OR 97703
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Tower Theatre is a music and live theater venue, hosted in a former 1940s cinema, and sporting a 78 ft. vintage neon sign. With an old-timey atmosphere and a style all its own, the Tower Theatre is a staple of Bend’s rich history and continues to contribute to the local scene while remaining one of the most popular small venues in the city.
If you want to see what events are happening now, or what artists are featured in the upcoming season, check out their website for full details.
Address: 835 NW Wall St, Bend, OR 97703
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The Yard @ Bunk+Brew
Food carts, craft beer, and live music are what The Yard @ Bunk+Brew is best known for in Bend. With a comfortable atmosphere, great service, and a simple-but-satisfying selection of food, it’s still a great place to listen to live music on a weekend with beer and friends.
If you’re looking for something a little more relaxed, a little less demanding, and a little easier on the budget, this is definitely a place to check out for live music in a chill venue.
Address: 42 NW Hawthorne Ave, Bend, OR 97703
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4 Peaks Music Festival
An annual tradition since 2007, 4 Peaks Music Festival is yet another unique venue on the list of Bend music venues. Hosting other events as well as the yearly music festival, this outdoor concert space is the perfect place to enjoy a show in the summer months in Bend.
For details on the venue's full schedule of events, check out their website for complete listings.
Address: 21091 Knott Road, Bend, Oregon 97702
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The only true restaurant on this list to be known for its great live music, Cabin 22 is a lively lodge-like sports bar offering craft beer, pub grub, and a spacious patio.
Locals know that the live music here is great, and served with a fun atmosphere and a delicious menu of food and drinks. It makes Cabin 22 a great Bend location for a bustling weekend night out with friends.
Address: 25 SW Century Dr, Bend, OR 97702
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