Bailey's Taproom

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67 Reviews
Reviews: 67
Visits: 137
rAvg: 4.41
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

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Place added by: msubulldog25 on 08-04-2007

Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 12:00am
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Photo of chumba526
5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I have been meaning to review Bailey's for a while now. This is my favorite bar in Portland.

Bailey's has an open and bright atmosphere. They have no TV but they have music playing softly in the background.

All the servers there in particular Scott are great. They know a bunch about the beer they are serving and they are honest. I remember A couple times when ordering a glass or buying a bottle where I was discouraged because the servers did not think it was worth the price or that it was not a very good beer.

Bailey's has 20 taps that are constantly rotating. They have good relationships with local breweries and always get limited beers. They price their prices on the beer fairly. I always find at least 15 beers I want to try when I go to Baileys. Furthermore on Mondays they have firkins of local beer. Bailey's gets beers from all over the country but most of their beer comes from Oregon.

Overall a great bar that is close to the MAX station. If you are visiting Portland going to Bailey's is a must. (1,018 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I've been here a handful of times between my last couple of Portland trips. It never fails to impress.

The taplist is always local, with something different and special (though not necessarily rare / hyped / etc.) on. On various trips, I've seen things from Cascade, Great Divide, Oakshire, Widmer, Heater-Allen, etc. I feel like I have a pretty good handle on Portland beer, but I seem to encounter something new each time I'm there.

The pour sizes and prices are clearly spelled out on the menu (seriously, this is such a basic courtesy and so many bars fail to do it). Big points for that. Very reasonable prices. They sell bottles to go, and they also seem to fill growlers, according to the menu.

I've always had the same bartender: a scruffy, shaggy guy who is very friendly and knows a lot about beer. On my first trip, I didn't realize the water was self-serve, so when I asked for some, he went and got it. Good service. He also makes great recommendations if you have an idea of what you're looking for.

They don't serve food, but I saw other patrons bringing in food from the Mexican place next door. (1,119 characters)

Photo of eatabagofbooger
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I made my first visit to this place for their third anniversary. At first glance, I wasn't a fan of the atmosphere (a bit too upscale and stuffy for my tastes), but after being there for a bit I realized what I like about the layout-even though it was crowded, the place didn't feel cramped and it was possible to hold a conversation without shouting. This is probably due in part to the thoughtful layout and in part to the high ceilings. They have 20 taps, all of which were pouring barrel aged beers for the anniversary. I've never seen such a phenomenal taplist before-many of the beers were quite rare and all were delicious. I've taken a look at their taplist on regular nights as well, and it's always a very good selection-never any filler. Despite the huge crowds for the fest, the bartenders were always friendly and chatty. I didn't speak to them much, but they all seemed quite knowledgable. I wish I didn't live so far from this place, as it is a true gem. (969 characters)

Photo of DaveHS
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I went in not knowing what to expect and I left very impressed. It's an unassuming place from the outside, but once you step inside you are presented with a long line-up of taps and a floor to ceiling shelf of high quality bottles. They had a firkin of sour ale on draught when I went, and a number of good beers on draught. Lagunitas Saison Pinot, HOD Adam, etc. The barstaff are knowledgeable and friendly, as are the patrons. I went in alone and ended up sharing a bottle with a couple of regulars. This is an all around solid place for craft beer lovers. Highly recommended to anyone doing a beer tour of the Portland area. (627 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Maybe I missed an informative sign, but apparently there are no servers for the tables. You would think they might notice occupied tables without beers but I guess not. Anyway, there was a nice selection of local and regional beers, with a slant towards the hoppier ales. Bartender was polite and knowledgeable.

Very limited seating in here though relative to the volume of customers I saw on a couple visits. The people having food brought over seem to have the right idea and maybe I'll try this option next time.

Although prices were in line with other places this is more like a "fast food" (fast drink?) place where you just order and take your drink to the table. It's in a trendy part of Portland near some decent hotels, as well as Deschutes, Henry's, Rogue, and of course the PIB almost across the street in July.

Must stop on my future trips to Portland. (867 characters)

Photo of loren01
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This is a great place in downtown PDX. Has a clean modern kindof feel to it. When I was there last week they had a great kind of obscure list of tap beers. Beers that you don't find at most other beer bars. They also have a real good list of bottled beers available. We had a draft pint of wheat beer from Alameda and a bottle of Pelican IPA both of which were served appropriatley and were excellent. Though they didn't serve food there the bartender gave us menus for a little Mexican place across the street....aparently they deliver and you can eat at Baileys. I loved this place and when I'm back in PDX I do plan to come back. (632 characters)

Photo of WeisGuy
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Hit up Bailey's during our trip to Portland last week. The atmosphere was somewhat on the "upscale" side for what I'm used to in beer bars, not that that's a bad thing. Very tastefully decorated and plenty of seating. No issues with quality. Service was very good. The bartender was quite friendly and obviously knew the beers on tap - and craft beer generally - very well. Selection was very locally-focused with several Oregon breweries represented that I had never heard of (and I spend way too much time on this site). I believe there were about 20 taps, mostly from Oregon, as well as a medium-sized bottle list from which you could order bottles for take-away. Prices were on the low side for what I'm used to. Excellent place and a great place to grab a few local beers if you're in downtown Portland. (808 characters)

Photo of shivtim
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This was easily my favorite stop in Portland.
It's a small place, open and laid-back, with a concrete floor, brick walls, and lots of bottles lining the window sills. Very minimalist yet somehow comfortable. The bartender was very friendly and offered up tastings and suggestions. Selection had a lot of fantastic stuff from Oregon, great for the out-of-town visitor. Lots of unbottled stuff. Selection was heavy on IPAs. In addition to the 20 on tap, there was a sizeable bottle list.
Everything I tried was high quality and served up in appropriate glassware.
The don't serve food, but I saw someone order nachos from across the street.
Overall a fantastic place to stop and have a drink if you're in Portland. I definitely would return if I'm in town again. (760 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Located across the street from the Tugboat.

The facade was entirely glass, which added an urban look to the exterior. The interior was railroad style in design and featured an L shaped bar and lounge seating. The space occupied two floors of open air space. There was a wide selection of retro boardgames to make your drinking experience pass a bit faster.

the interior was likewise clean and modern, with stainless steele adorning the back bar area. There were approximately twenty draft selections from local and regional brewers.

The bartender was friendly and helpful. A sampling flight was offered as well. (615 characters)

Photo of squaremile
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This is the best beer bar in Portland. Always an incredible selection of NW, west coast, national, and international beers. Geoff is one of the nicest guys in town and all of the staff are happy to pour tasters or give good recommendations.

I've been here countless times at this point, and the atmosphere is pretty much just beer enthusiasts sitting around doing what they do best: drinking beer. There is also a random street person that will come in and make a scene in a memorable way.

If you can only go to one place in Portland for a beer, this is it. (560 characters)

Photo of portlandjeff
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I had avoided Bailey's taproom for years because I rarely find myself on the west side of the river, and I just didn't realize that Bailey's was a good enough destination to warrant the trip alone... but it is!

Ever since my first stop, it's become part of my regular bar rotation.

The taplist is always really solid, and I often find beers on at Bailey's that I haven't seen at my other favorite beer bars in town. On top of the generally great rotating taplist, they've really built an impressive collection of very reasonably priced bottles available for on site consumption or take-out.

As far as the food goes, there is none, but they keep menus behind the bar for local restaurants, and the mexican place across the street (santeria) delivers free of charge. On my last trip, I got a huge burrito from across the street, and ate it along with a caldera old growth imperial stout, deschutes black butte xxi, 07 alaskan smoked porter, and hair of the dog greg.

The staff is always friendly, but sometimes the bar is understaffed, and service can be a bit slow.

Still, I never really mind. When I'm at Bailey's I'm never in a hurry to leave. (1,150 characters)

Photo of gxm99
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Bailey's is right around the corner from work, and we end up going there once a month or so.
I have been very impressed with the beer selection over time. They always have at least 10 beers I want to try, many from small local breweries. The bartenders are always happy to serve a sample taste, which has saved me from a couple of beers I would not have enjoyed. (one was rose water mixed with beer, the other was an over smoked strong scotch).

One of my favorite aspects of Bailey's is the sampler tray. Since they do have so many beers to try, and I like to sample a wide variety, being able to arrange a personal flight of 5 beers is awesome. (646 characters)

Photo of djbreezy
4.94/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This might be my favorite place to drink beer in Portland.

The atmosphere is good and there are plenty of places to sit from tables to couches, to chairs, and barstools. It is nice to have that much variety.

The owner and staff are super nice and knowledgeable. The service has consistently been on point in the past year that I've frequented the establishment

Taplist selections are constantly in rotation and have a nice balance of very commercial to obscure styles. There are generally many different styles on the taps at once and a nitro or cask addition.

I can't say enough good things about the owner. Truly a great person who shares tons of knowledge and rare beer. Very cool stuff. (694 characters)

Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.84/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

hey it's in downtown and it smells like it. was here for the cellarfest and unfortunately missed out on the two beers i wanted to try most. only about 16 beers on tap. i thought maybe the list posted was partial, but clearly not. even still, some really good stuff. crowded, some pretty cool cats in the joint. our table was uproarious because this shit is fun. unfortunately, laughing loudly does not agree with the bartenders as they cut the table off. "you're at the table with the guy in the red shirt? you guys are done." it doesn't help that we broke one of our taster glasses. but that same woman defeated another table in thumb wrestling to win the thumb wrestling ring back to washington.
also, outside you can meet a homeless guy who wants beer. you can give him your homebrew that is in your backpack. when he asks what it is, and you tell him, he says it's not malt liquor, and he won't be having any. offended, you put the beverage back in your bag. later, he will change his mind. you will tell him to fuck off. (1,026 characters)

Photo of egospoon
3.41/5  rDev -22.7%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I should like this place much more than I do. Esoteric beer, comfortable seating, real half pints, board games. Atmosphere is kind of a turnoff, though. Other than beer, they serve potato chips and water. Feels too serious and bit cold, like a cross between a Starbucks, a beer academy and a hotel lobby. There are also too many seats for the space. Feels cramped even when not crowded, if you see. It may also have been that I don't really do their selection justice, but Bailey's succeeds as a lab more than a hangout. For a converse experience, take 20 steps across the alley to The Tugboat Brewery. Much friendlier, and the Flower Power Pale there reminds me of ruby port. (676 characters)

Photo of Clembo1957
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Bailey's Taproom came highly recommended on my recent week in Portland. Unfortunately i didn't actually visit it until my last night in the city, if i'd visited earlier in the week i think i would have spent a lot more time there. Despite being a busy Friday night the lone barman found time to chat about the beers and i had a beer sampler to start with. there were twenty beers on all of different styles, the barman even pointed out one that i probably wouldn't enjoy. The pub was busy on a Friday night, the barman overworked, the atmosphere was good though on a quiet night Baileys would probably lack atmosphere. Food seemed to be ordered in from an establishment over the street.

Overall i was very impressed with the range and quality of beers, the knowledge of the barman and i would highly recommend Bailey's. (820 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.88/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Finally made it to Bailey's this trip. Much like another location in Portland, I find myself torn on my overall view of this locale. The beer selection was very good, the service was adequate. You had to go to the bar for a beer but they were rather friendly and knowledgeable. The thing that threw me for a loop was the atmosphere. It was so stark and cold I couldn't believe it. I've been fortunate enough to travel the country and visit many diverse craft beer bars and stores. The vast majority have a warm and inviting feel. Bailey's was quite the opposite. I don't want to have this taken out of perspective vs. the beer... But it still played a role in my overall view of the place.

Despite the service issues at Horse Brass, I think I would visit their again before Bailey's. Concordia Ale House actually seems to have the best combination of service and atmosphere between these three places. Just my opinion.

I would head here again when back in Portland. I would just hit Horse Brass and Concordia first. (1,017 characters)

Photo of wolffman17
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Bailey's Taproom...a must stop in Portland!

The corner location, unique floor plan, minimalistic design (down to the no-tap-handle taps), and large windows all create an interesting and comfortable atmosphere. A large bottle collection, facing outdoors, lines the windows as a hint to passersby to what can be had inside with a quick visit. Mostly young crowd even though it was mid-afternoon.

We sat at a table and walked up to the bar to order, so there isn't much to critique as far as service. However, the bartender seemed helpful and was happy to give samples before ordering.

The 20 taps are extremely well thought out; little to no overlap in styles and/or breweries. I'll take this over the "biggest tap selection available" type places any day. Had the Rock Bottom Maude Flanders, Black Diamond Saison, and Block 15 Super Aboriginale. Good stuff, though the Flanders was nearly undrinkable (I don't believe this was a quality issue due to bad lines or anything; just not crafted well).

The above 3 beers were $12 - I'd say that's pretty inexpensive for unique and/or high gravity offerings.

Excellent place...I hope I have the chance to make a return visit someday. (1,181 characters)

Photo of jkdrummer
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Wow, if only we had a place like this near us; I'd go there every night. Bailey's is one of the few tap rooms on the west side of the river, most are located on the east side. Their hours are weird since they're only open in the evening at 4:00PM. They had around 20 taps and a firken pump. They mainly focus on Oregon brews and have a large selection of bottled beers too. They serve imperial pints and 10oz glasses as well. Very knowledgeable and fun people to talk with. Casual with couches and some board games too. They even have a self service water cooler. A must visit if you're downtown. Highly recommended. (616 characters)

Photo of seanthornton152
5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I frequent Baileys, usually 1-2 times a week. Tap list is always rotating and they update the changes on the tap list via twitter, which makes the website an everyday check for me to see what is new. Baileys also offers bottles for sale at a very competitive price, and you can take them to go for 2-3 dollars less then the price listed. I believe they offer the best prices of any bar in the Portland area as well. Attractive bar always clean. Music plays at nice volume level so it never requires yelling your conversation at your partner/friends. Music is also quite diverse, Hip-Hop, Folk, Rock, Jazz,....Employees are great, ready to give you advice and they will give you their honest opinion on beers. No food, but you can get pretty good Mexican food across the street (Santeria) and they'll deliver the food to you. Baileys is a real treat, one of the best bars I have ever been to. (891 characters)

Photo of kt620498
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I stopped in here on a recent vacation to the Northwest. Located in downtown Portland, very easy to find, and many other things to do are close by. The atmosphere is wide open with a more contemporary type bar setting, large windows give you a clear view of everything happening outside, and also it is a very clean place. The tap selection was pretty good from what I remember, I was only able to get one pint, which happen to be Double Mountain's Fa La la la la. I'd say the best part about the bar was the nice selection of games available to play. We were able to get a table and enjoy our pints while playing a few games of jenga. Bailey's being our last stop after Henry's and Deschutes, made the jenga game a little more interesting considering we had already had a few. Overall a great place to stop if you're ever visiting Portland. (841 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Day 2 & Stop 3 of the Portland Pub Crawl. After a beer at Tugboat, we rolled into here. What an extreme difference in atmosphere. Huge glass windows, comfortable seating, and stylish bar area. Very impressive. One guy working the bar, but he held his own with the after work crowd. Selection was excellent. All the drafts are written on the glass mirror behind the bar. Loads of breweries that I have not heard of, or have not had the chance to try since arriving in Portland. This seems like the place that you come to if you are in search of good craft beer. I went with the Ninkasi Otis Stout, and my wife got the Fanno Creek Nit Wit, which really impressed me. Prices were around $5.50 for most drafts. I would no doubt be a regular here. (742 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Dropped in after dinner on a Saturday evening. Right in the middle of everything downtown. Place had a crowd, but was not packed. 15 or so taps with a nice mix of NW regionals for the most part. Also had a nice cooler of bottled stuff that I did not look too close at but I remember a good selection of Cascade brews. Only one guy working and he was very friendly but a little busy. Can order pints or smaller glasses. They also have an option to get 5 5oz samples if I remember correctly. That is a pretty cool option. The beer I had was not great, but the place was. Wish I had had time for more than one beer. (612 characters)

Photo of Floydster
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This was one of the places I was looking most forward to visiting while in Portland and it did not disappoint a bit, the owner is a very nice guy and has a great thing going there, we walked in and sat at the bar, place is black and white, simple and very clean, great beer drinker atmosphere with a lot of knowldegable patrons and people who appreciate the craft experience, lots of regulars by the looks of things, people seemed to be on a name by name basis, we ordered a sampler of five beers for seven dollars, really cool to see a beer bar doing sampling like this, usually only brewpubs offer this luxury, pretty awesome that I had never heard of any of the beers, and only one of the five breweries they came from, they had twenty taps and they were all local or quality American crafts, the least appealing thing on the draft menu that day was Lagunitas Correction Ale and even that is pretty cool, this place had a great bottle list and some of the best prices I have ever seen on them, some of the highlights were Cascade Vine and Sang Royal, Alaskan Barleyine, various Jolly Pumpkins, Adam, Fred, Doggie Claws, Saint Somewhere Lectio Divina and Saison Athene, Midnight Sun Arctic Devil, Green Flash Le Freak, and Stone Vertical Epic 080808, literally fifteen minutes before I was going to call MSUBulldog25, a Portland BA to see if he wanted to meet up with us, I hear a guy talking about reviewing beers sitting next to me, after a while I turned to him and asked him if he was on BA and he said yeah my name is Brian and screen name is MSUBulldog25, crazy coincidence running into the one guy we were going to meet while in the city, this craft beer world truly is small, now I know why he spoke highly of this place, it truly is great, him being the Beerfly guide for Oregon and saying this place is one of the best should say enough by itself, glad we got to meet him briefly at least, I really enjoyed the hour we spent here and wanted to stay for another sampler but Drake looked spent for the day, so we were on our way, this place is a great spot for BAs and to top it off there was empty bottles of rare beer lining the entire window space, saw things like Cable Car and some Westvleteren in there, enough to make beer geeks like us drool, added to the coolness of this spot, I will go here every single time I am in Portland, I highly recommend this joint (2,377 characters)

Photo of jdense
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Working myself up to a fever pitch for the TV on the Radio show down the street at the Roseland, decided to make my first sojourn to the BA highly recommended Bailey's. Parking in the immediate area is an uber-bitch, so be prepared with your walkin' shoes. The atmosphere while relaxed with couches and chairs was a bit sterile. The service could have been better, but the barkeep was very informative and friendly, but working by himself on a fairly busy Saturday evening, was absolutely overwhelmed. Not really his fault, a lot of beer newbies that he had to do a lot of explaining of beer styles to. A pretty nice beer list, but it was, as noted below, creeping towards summer seasonals, with a couple of Cascade products a sour (good) and a tripel (don't bother), with some of the lesser known brews from Lompoc (Das Goat) and Laurelwood (Elvis Special Bitter) showing nice support for local brewers. No food at all. Certainly worth a visit when in downtown Beervana (as opposed to uptown Pearl re Henry's, Rogue, Deschutes), but this won't be a destination beer stop for me. Glad I stopped by, but frankly, I'll be going back to the Horse Brass.

Edit-Stopped by during the OBF. They were having a Christmas in July minifest. Upon reflection, Bailey's has a consistently very good selection. Worth a visit when staying in the downtown area. (1,345 characters)

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Bailey's Taproom in Portland, OR
97 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.