The Bachelor Club

Bachelor ClubI was on my way to the bus the other day when I came across this very cool building. The St. John’s Bachelor Club. What I wouldn’t give to have a key to that place.

I’m a big fan of BBC historical mini-series (Give it up for P & P, people!) and I fancy this was a gentleman’s club, albeit not in the Regency period, and without Colin Firth (so sad, I know). But I guess in the fifties and sixties, when St. John’s was filled with guys working on the river, they’d retire here for an evening of cigars and scotch and manly conversation. You know their wives were saying, “What? You don’t get enough of that at work?” No, that’s what I’d be saying because I’m sort of a shrew. You couldn’t have guessed, I know.

There are no windows, so I couldn’t check in to see if the stove and fridge were immaculate due to disuse and if the toilet was a bio-hazard from too much use, but I like to imagine this was the case. Hey, get off my back, bachelors. Just like not all women have permanently open mouths and inflatable limbs, I know not all of you are lame in the kitchen. But some of you are and I try to encourage stereotyping at every turn.

There was a little sign saying the space was rentable. On my way to the bus stop, I had a few little imaginary parties in that place. They all involved my girlfriends and me dressed in drag, complete with faux five o’clock shadows, smoking and drinking beer and grousing about the ball and chain back home. We played a bit of poker and hired a stripper. Good times.

If you’re interested, this place is at 8204 N Central. If you know anything more about it, drop me a comment. I’d love to have more fodder for my bus-time day dreams.

5 Comments so far

  1. Neil (unregistered) on February 7th, 2008 @ 11:49 am

    What’s odd too is that St. John’s has an Optimists Club on Lombard. I’ve always wondered what that was.

  2. divebarwife (unregistered) on February 7th, 2008 @ 11:59 am

    Ah yes – the ‘Good Ole Days’ when wives were shrews and men groused about the ball & chain and they all preferred to socialize separately.

    Thank God for modernity!

  3. Ms. Blake (unregistered) on February 7th, 2008 @ 3:23 pm

    It may be a part of Optomist International (, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of children. No clue on the Bachelor Club but it’s very intriguing…

  4. Sadie (unregistered) on February 7th, 2008 @ 3:31 pm

    Here is a short mention in an old Portland Mercury article

  5. Wow... (unregistered) on February 12th, 2008 @ 9:11 pm

    wow…this is a little bit of an old post, but being a local long time NoPo resident. That place has seen its share of North Portland parties. Christmas, wedding receptions, graduation parties etc. It is a long time land mark for long time st. johns residents. funny post.

    The post comes across as if this is something new…pretty funny

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