PORTLAND, Ore., -- There's a new nightclub opening in Portland for people who like to swing -- but not the dance. "Swinging" is when couples have sex with other couples or singles. Club Sesso, opening on SW 1st Avenue in June, will be a place for adults who live the swinger lifestyle.
Owner, Paul Smith, who is moving Club Sesso from Clackamas, told KGW that there's a great demand for swinger clubs in Portland.
"Oregon and specifically Portland has a very strong presence in the alternative sex community," Smith said.
Smith said the club is upscale, private and members only. Membership costs between $50 to $100 per year. That's on top of $40 to $100 door fees.
Inside Club Sesso will be dancing, socializing, and yes, sex.
"If you're asking me does sexual activity take place, absolutely," Smith said. "It can take place, there are private rooms where people can go in and close the door and do whatever consenting adults want to do."
Smith said everything that goes on in the club is completely legal.
"We have no fights, we have no drug issues, we run it like a business and because of that it's very low key," Smith said. "We have security. We have the neighborhood patrolled so vandalism goes down."
But some people who work nearby aren't thrilled about the club.
"It's a terrible idea," said Beth McKeever, a bartender at nearby Paddy's Bar & Grill. "It's probably going to bring in an unseemly kind of crowd to an area where we don't need it."
McKeever said she doesn't think the club will last very long.
But McKeever's boss, Josh Johnston, believes Club Sesso will bring business to the area, especially because there are several empty store fronts on the surrounding blocks.
"I'm hoping we'll get a pre-funk crowd in here, all the people who are getting ready to go to the swingers club," Johnston said. " They'll maybe come in for a couple drinks to loosen up, to get their courage up before they go out and get crazy over there."