Satyricon was a nightclub in the Old Town neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, United States, best known as a venue for local and touring alternative rock bands and referred to as the oldest rock club on the West Coast.
Satyricon, located at 125 N.W. Sixth Avenue (formerly "Marlowe's Tavern, a dark, narrow barroom on a seedy stretch") opened in 1983 and operated until May 2003, with mostly indie and punk rock bands performing. The club was named by its founder George Touhouliotis after Federico Fellini's film of that name, and included a restaurant called Fellini.
The Satyricon was known for being the one venue in Portland "where everyone who was or would be anyone in Northwest rock played over the course of two decades," earning the nightclub a national reputation. The club became a popular hangout for rock fans and musicians, and was a regular venue for local punk bands the Wipers and Poison Idea. It was also frequented by Courtney Love, who met friend/bandmate Kat Bjelland there in 1983. The club is also notable for being the place where Love first crossed paths with her future husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain; according to Love, she met Cobain there in 1988 at a Dharma Bums concert, although other accounts state that the two met in January 1989 or 1990 when Nirvana was playing at the club, and that they playfully wrestled in front of a jukebox that night.
Other notable events at the club included Chuck Paugh's first rave party there in 1985, as well as Dave Grohl playing his first show with his post-Nirvana outfit Foo Fighters after Cobain's suicide. Pearl Jam also played the club on September 28, 1991. Other events, besides notable concerts, include a number of incidents involving notable people (including Courtney Love passing out) and a police riot in 1990.
The club closed in 2003 and was slated to be taken over by the owners of another (former) club in town, Moody's. It reopened as an all-ages club in August 2006 under the management of the owners of the Loveland, an all-ages venue in Portland. It closed in October 2010. Demolition began in July 2011. Much of the building was down by October 2011. A crane was visible and new construction started November 2011.
The news headlines arising from Satyricon include:
- Satyricon License Threatened By Drug Bust
- "Riot" At Satyricon
- Audience Dances Naked At Satyricon
- Courtney Love Passes Out At Satyricon
- Midnight Madness
- Satyricon's Dirty Dozen
- Police Sue Six Men Over Scuffle
- Whose Riot Was That, Anyway?
- Willamette Week Music Staff (June 11, 2003). "Music & Nightlife: Hiss and Vinegar—Satyricon Morphs Into Moody's". Willamette Week. Retrieved 2010-10-24.
- Marty Hughley (October 18, 2010). "Portland nightclub Satyricon says farewell with series of reunion shows". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2010-10-24.
- Ammann, Ana (20 October 2010). "Satyricon says farewell for the last time". Oregon Music News. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
- Jarman, Casey; Mannheimer, Michael; Horton, Jay (27 October 2010). "I Think I Was There: An oral history of the Satyricon". The Willamette Week. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
- "Courtney Love". On The Record. 2010-05-10. Fuse. Retrieved 2012-08-13.
- Green, Joey. How they met: fateful encounters of famous lovebirds, rivals, partners in crime. Black Dog Publishing. pp. 69–70.
- "Pearl Jam venues"
- Zach Dundas (May 14, 2003). "Notorious—Nearly 20 years of raucous rock and roll made Satyricon famous...and infamous". Willamette Week. Retrieved 2010-10-24.
- "Legendary Portland rock club Satyricon to reopen; Loveland to fade away". Willamette Week. 9 August 2006. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
- Casey Jarman (3 August 2010). "Satyricon to Close (Forever) in October". Willamette Week. Retrieved 2012-02-04.
- Molly Hottle (July 27, 2011). "Demolition begins on building that once housed Satyricon nightclub" The Oregonian. Retrieved 2011-11-27.