Club Sesso, officially known as Ron Jeremy's Club Sesso, was a sex club for swingers that operated in Portland, Oregon from 2009 to 2015.

Club Sesso
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The exterior of the building which housed Club Sesso, in June 2015, shortly after closing
Full nameRon Jeremy's Club Sesso
Address824 Southwest 1st Avenue
LocationPortland, Oregon, U.S.
Coordinates45°31′00″N 122°40′26″W / 45.5167°N 122.6740°W / 45.5167; -122.6740Coordinates: 45°31′00″N 122°40′26″W / 45.5167°N 122.6740°W / 45.5167; -122.6740
OpenedJune 19, 2009 (2009-06-19)
ClosedJune 20, 2015 (2015-06-20)

Description and historyEdit

The club was endorsed by Ron Jeremy (pictured in 2009).

Club Sesso opened at 824 Southwest 1st Avenue in downtown Portland on June 19, 2009.[1][2] The club was endorsed by American pornographic film actor Ron Jeremy and billed as an "upscale, high-energy swingers club" where members could engage in sexual activities.[3]

In June 2014, Portland Fire and Rescue denied a permit to the club due to its incomplete renovation. On June 28, while Club Sesso was hosting an anniversary party, a fire inspector determined that the business was in violation of city code. However, fire marshal Doug Jones, who was not on duty that evening, intervened and overruled the inspector's ruling, saying "that there would be no repercussions from the Fire Bureau as a result of the lack of permits".[3]

In June 2015, owner Paul Smith announced that Club Sesso was closing due to legal fees, which reached nearly $100,000. He said of the club's closure, "Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, and the continual and substantial nonlitigation legal fees during the past year, and our inability to reach reasonable agreements with the various government agencies involved, Club Sesso is no longer able to stay in business. Saturday June 20th will be our last event... Six years and one day after we opened."[2] The club's last day of operations was June 20, 2015. According to Smith, lawyers are "evaluating all options in reopening" the club in the future.[2]

In September 2016, the club reopened under new ownership with the name Club Privata.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Tutino, Floy (October 5, 2014). Ultimate Handbook Guide to Portland : (United States) Travel Guide. MicJames. p. 16. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c King, Shelby R. (June 19, 2015). "Club Sesso is Closing: The End of Downtown Gangbangs is Nigh". The Portland Mercury. Archived from the original on June 22, 2015. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Jaquiss, Nigel (August 20, 2014). "Hop Tip: A top city fire official is under investigation for turning a blind eye to safety violations at a sex club". Willamette Week. Archived from the original on June 22, 2015. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
  4. ^ June, Sophia (September 8, 2016). "Portland Will Soon Have an Upscale Swinger's Club (No Utilikilts Allowed!)". Willamette Week. Archived from the original on May 31, 2019. Retrieved May 31, 2019.