The Swashbuckler’s Ball will be held on Saturday, January 20 2024 at The Milwaukie-Portland Elks Lodge #142, located at 13122 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Milwaukie, OR.
No, The Swashbuckler’s Ball is a 21 and over event. ID will be checked at the door.
The doors open at 5:00 PM for those who have purchased VIP tickets.
General entry opens at 7:00 PM.
General Admission tickets are $75 each and will be available for purchase via cash/card at the front gate beginning at 7:00 PM. VIP tickets will not be available for purchase at the gate!
The Swashbuckler’s Ball will be at the sprawling Milwaukie-Portland Elks Lodge #142, one of the largest Lodges in the country! There will be plenty to see and do, so plan to explore the entire the venue! Every attendee will have access to the entire venue, regardless of what level of ticket they purchased! You’ll even get a map to help you find each bar. Collect a custom stamp on your map from each bar and you’ll get a glorious prize!
The location of the evening’s main entertainment on the Quarterdeck Stage. The place to see and be seen! VIP tables are located here. The Quarterdeck features a large dance floor and two sponsor bars, Heretics & Hedonists and Heavy Metal Brewing.
The Gun Deck
Located in the middle of the main venue floor (or “amidships”). Peruse the treasures available in our famous Raffle. This is also where The Market is located, a dazzling array of merchants from across the seven seas!
Merchants in The Market:
The Orc Belly
Time to place your bets! The Orcish Gamblers from the isle of Graemsay have won a great concession from the Lords of the Admiralty. Percy the Proprietor has taken ‘ownership’ of the Admiralty Lounge for the duration of the Swashbuckler’s Ball. Percy and the Orcs of the Belly stand ready to provide a night of high stakes, daring challenges and outrageous fortunes! Find your way to the room beyond the bar. When you see the Orc's Belly sign, you'll know you've arrived. Place your bets and may fortune find you on the sea of chance. Use your SwashBucks to gamble at the tables and redeem them for raffle tickets! Proceeds raised by the sale of SwashBucks and the Raffle go to benefit the OHSU Elks Children’s Eye Care Clinic.
Featured games in the Orc Belly:
The Treasury Looking for a place to stash your gold? Come raise your tankard in The Treasury! Seek the Crown’s fortune in the royal vault and marvel at the glorious plunder of pirates past. You can enjoy musical performances from Biddy on the Bench and Beltaine in this cozy cavern. The world above will carry on, but it’s our time down here.
Venture belowdecks and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of a pirate's swamp hideout. Enjoy an ale from the bar or perhaps a signature cocktail, but beware the eerie fog that creeps from the dock, as some say you may become lost to it forever. Through the swamp is a most welcome sight for weary sailors and lubbers alike: The Laissez-Faire brothel. In this sultry new den, one may come to live deliciously in the red glow of conversation and temptation. Take in the vibrant music of The Pyrettes and feast your eyes on the earthly delights of the Feisty Felines Burlesque show before the night is out. See you there, you dirty dog.
The Powder Room
Beware! Hidden in the bowels of the ship is the intimate black powder storage room. If you can find it, you’ll be rewarded with a taste of the Captain’s stores. Imbibe with a hot toddy mixed with Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey or Maker's Mark bourbon. Or enjoy an exquisite On The Rocks Cocktail. Either option will be sure to warm you up. Just remember, no open flames allowed!
El Perdón del Rey (The Fort)
Retiring on the pacific coast of New Spain after a long and storied career of pyracy, the dread pyrate Topknot found himself at loose ends. Missing his pyrate mates (though not enough to violate the terms of his pardon), Topknot decided to open a watering hole where he and his scurvy friends could drink, sing, and carouse in peace. He found an abandoned Spanish garrison, rolled in a few purloined casks of rum, and hung out his shingle. On any given night, some of the most notorious rapscallions ever to sail the seas may be found at "The Fort", telling tall tales, singing bawdy songs, and knocking back gallons of grog. Stop by for a dram of fine spirits poured by our mates from Just Rum!
It's dim and it's cozy and you probably think you shouldn't be down here, but there’s booze. Come join the cool kids in the part of the ship where the Captain and the Quartermaster won't find you leaning on your swab. Mind the mushrooms and watch your step, for this is Davy Jones’ blind spot. Descend down into the dark and dank world of the bilge where brine and crusty pirates gather. Enjoy a "Bilgewater" cocktail as you let your eyes adjust to the wooden walls that house clustered mushrooms, moss, and wayward creatures. Share secrets and gossip... just remember the first rule about drinking in The Bilge is we don't talk about drinking in The Bilge.
The Swashbuckler’s Ball is following current state and county guidelines, meaning that policy could change if updates are made by local officials. At this time, indoor masking is strongly recommended, but not required. Vaccinations are likewise recommended and preferred, but not required. We’re relying on every member of the community to make the decision for themselves and hold themselves accountable. If you’re unwell, we strongly recommend staying home.
Yes! Our venue is fully accessible.
Blades and non-firing replica flintlocks are permissible. Your weapons will be peace-tied upon entry at the door. Drawing of a weapon is grounds for immediate expulsion from the event without a refund.
There is ample onsite parking! However, if you plan on reenacting the life of an 18th century pirate, during the Ball, we highly suggest you take the MAX light rail Orange line, call an Uber/Lyft/cab, or carpool with your crew to the event. There is no excuse for drinking and driving!
The Tri-Met MAX light rail Orange line has a stop half a block away. TriMet’s Trip Planner gives you step-by-step travel directions from your location by bus, light rail, or streetcar.
Yes. We will have a staffed coat check upon entry. The cost is $1 per item.
Those holding VIP tickets will be treated to a sumptuous plated dinner, catered by the Elks chef between 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Dinner will be served at your VIP table between 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM. If you arrive after 7:00 PM, you may receive your dinner from the Elks Kitchen.
The VIP menu features these glorious items:
Additional food will be provided by the Elks kitchen staff and will be available for purchase by all attendees beginning at 5:00 PM.
We haven’t forgotten the grog! There will be copious beer, rum and specialty cocktails and punches for sale. Non-alcoholic beverages are also available, courtesy of Liquid Death.
This year, beverages are being provided by:
VIP tickets come with tokens for two complimentary sponsored drinks. You’re only pretending to be a pirate: please drink and behave responsibly. Absolutely no outside or personal alcohol allowed in the venue. Consumption of personal alcohol at the event is grounds for immediate expulsion without a refund. Leave your flask at home!
There will once again be a raffle of glorious items donated by local merchants and sponsors. The raffle items will be available for viewing in The Midships Lounge. The proceeds from this raffle, as well as a portion of funds raised by ticket and drink sales, will go to benefit the OHSU Elks Children’s Eye Care Clinic. The Elks Children’s Eye Clinic at OHSU Casey Eye Institute offers pediatric eye care services for babies, children and young adults. The clinic provides evaluation, diagnosis and treatment services for a wide range of conditions, from screening for normal vision correction and eye misalignment problems to caring for the most complicated eye conditions.
The Swashbuckler’s Ball is an event that values consent and respect among its guests. THERE IS HONOR AMONG THIEVES!