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Bailey's Taproom

Not Rated.
Bailey's TaproomBailey's Taproom

71 Reviews
Reviews: 71
Visits: 148
Avg: 4.4
pDev: n/a
Taps: 20
Bottles: 92
Cask: Y
[ Bar ]

213 SW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97205-3705
United States
phone: (503) 295-1004

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @baileystaproom

Place added by: msubulldog25 on 08-04-2007

Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 12:00am
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Reviews: 71 | Visits: 148
Reviews by henkster:
Photo of henkster
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

My wife and I stumbled across this place while visiting Portland recently. I thought we had done fairly extensive research (mostly thanks to BeerFly) and knew about the best beer bars. However, this place is brand new and wasn't on the radar. It's a great place, and hopefully soon will be recognized as one of the best in Portland. Living in the Boston area, it was very refreshing to see a beer list that specialized in Pacific Northwest beers. They have 20 rotating taps. On our visit, those taps featured various offerings from Deschutes, Terminal Gravity, Ninkasi, Roots, Amnesia, Full Sail, Golden Valley, Double Mountain, Rogue, Eel River, Pike, Diamond Knot and Dicks, among others. There are NO macros to be seen, and the selection isn't for the faint of heart. Of the 20 taps, 15 featured beers of greater than 6.0% ABV (and Stone Smoked Porter (5.9%) and Anderson Valley Boont Amber (5.8%) just missed). With 6 IPA/Imperial IPAs (including a stunning Ninkasi Tricerahops), a normal Friday night for Bailey's was a bit like the Hophead Throwdown. They also featured an Imperial Red, Imperial Stout, Barleywine and Belgian Tripel. The prices seemed very reasonable (at least compared to Boston) with 20oz pints at $4.50; 10oz glasses at $2.50 (or $4.00, 12 oz snifters on the 8%+ ABV selections).

Although we didn't venture away from the drafts, I believe they feature about 15 well-chosen bottles (Avery, AleSmith, Ommegang, Great Divide, Hair of the Dog...).

The atmosphere is modern, with exposed brick. The floor to ceiling windows on two sides make the place feel very open and bigger than it is. The owner, Geoff, was extremely knowledgable, friendly and appreciative of our patronage. He talked with us at length both nights we visited.

Although we didn't try any food, the cheese plates looked very nice.

UPDATE - on Saturday 8/2/08, we were back in Portland on vacation and attended Bailey's 1st Anniversary party, which featured 15 barrel-aged drafts. This place held up to my earlier outstanding rating.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of flexabull
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Last stop on my first night in PDX from a recent trip.

Vibe is super busy and clean (lots of white). Looks older on the outside, while the inside is pretty barren and basic looking. Definitely had a buzz about the place though.

Quality and selection was top notch. Tap list was 20+ of mostly PNW offerings, I had a Barley Brown and a DeGarde beer, both were excellent.

Service was fine, but nothing special. They were busy, and the guy was quick, but he wasn't super friendly. I can understand though, the place was slammed.

Overall? Well worth a visit, one of the better tap rooms in downtown Portland.

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Photo of mwar
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of kdlsantos
4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

I love that the selection and barrel-levels are available online. They also have a standing understanding/relationship with Santeria across the street. I ordered some tacos, and the kind waiters brought them to me, condiments and all. I'm not so sure about the "rude" "hipster" bartenders that I've read some complain about, but my experiences there have been stellar.

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Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.97/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of jlindros
3.66/5  rDev -16.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Well, let's start with the beer. 20 taps, mostly local, interesting but nothing special. Prices are average maybe a bit higher, handful of random mix of locals bottles. Bartenders are OK, pretty busy and don't seem super knowledgeable, but can't really judge as they are too busy.

Music is loud, dubstep, a bit offensive in music, I realized I went into hipster country to get here too and this is prob the most hipster place I've seen so far.

Typical open cieling with pipes running around, fake brick walls, decent long bar top. Also it's the "fun" part of town, saw cross-dressing stripper pass me on the walk here, some drunk hobos, a bunch of drunk teenagers, thugs, group of hipsters, etc. Even if it was an awesome place, I don't think I'd want to come back. I do like that they tell you how low each keg is on the monitors, as well as on the website.

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Photo of kristinc
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Yeti1979
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Beervana
4.18/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
4.18/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of dwagner003
4.89/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of rjd722
4.94/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I've grown up on the East Coast and for about two years I was lucky enough to travel to Portland, OR for work about every three months. I was staying downtown and looking for a place to taste some of the great beers that the West Coast has to offer and was recommended Bailey's. Only about 4 blocks from my hotel I made it a point to walk to Bailey's at least three of the five nights I was visiting. They have a huge digital beer board and carry about 22 beers on tap along with one nitro selection. About 80-90% of the beers are from the West Coast and once a keg kicks another beer is rotated in; if you go on a Monday and then again on Friday the beers will have probably changed 2-3 times. Phenomenal selection, no matter what you like there will be at least a couple great beers to try.

Can't enough about this place, I'm not traveling to Portland again anytime soon but when I do this place is a sure stop.

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Photo of DougT
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.96/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Cool place. Solid but not spectacular. What Bailey's has going for it is location. If you are staying downtown on the west side of the river, there aren't many great beer bars, so Bailey's stands out. Tap list when I was there was solid, but nothing worth noting. Vibe is pretty cool too.

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Photo of SFCraft
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of tommyguz
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Geoffq
4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of CTJman
3.92/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
4.4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of markgugs
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of barflybastard
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.76/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of blastoderm55
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Great prices on draft and bottles. A bit tight inside, but not a bad environment. Live statuses on drafts is a great feature.

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Photo of Eternal218
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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Bailey's Taproom in Portland, OR
97 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.