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Bailey's Taproom

Not Rated.
Bailey's TaproomBailey's Taproom
BA SCORE
99
world-class

114 Ratings
Ratings: 114
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.56%
Taps: 20
Bottles: 92
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @baileystaproom

Notes:
Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 12:00am

(Place added by: msubulldog25 on 08-04-2007)
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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

williamjbauer, Oct 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

kbrown, Oct 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

claspada, Oct 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

blbarnett3, Oct 12, 2013
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4.67/5  rDev +3.8%

Bailey’s is ridiculous. Their beer menu is wonderful. It’s digital and includes keg levels. (Look it up. It was on the cover of beer advocate). Besides having a cool digital menu, they have a very interesting and constantly rotating draft selection. Bailey's an after-work place, and they close rather early. The space is a little awkward, but I hear they’re expanding. They only serve beer, but you can order food from local restaurants. GO HERE.

Fluffheady, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of TheMsnLink
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%

This place is awesome. I loved the flat screens with the draft selections that also show how much is left on each keg. Great selection of stuff that is harder for me to find on the east coast. Will definitely go here every time that I'm in Portland.

TheMsnLink, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of jera1350
4.23/5  rDev -6%

One of the targets of our recent Portland trip and it was a more than worthy stop. Pretty simple and plain layout. Various indoor seating with a few outdoor spots as well. The decor is plain except for the big screen TV sporting the electronic taplist including how much is left in each keg. Way cool! Ordering at the counter seems to make the service work equal for everyone. Go get a beer when you want one, instead of waiting for someone to come and serve you. Solid concept. Wonderful selection of ever changing taps with about twenty or so total. Small or large pour options or a flight of five beers if you would like. Wonderful bottle selection also with things priced just a couple dollars over retail. A shelf full of games to use while there. We played some Connect Four and cards with the other couple with us. Just a simple place that focuses on one thing and does it well- beer.

jera1350, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of Forrest222
2.69/5  rDev -40.2%

Good selection of beers on tap, and even something on cask. In the downtown area it's easy to get to and it's got a pleasant relaxed atmosphere, but Deschutes and Bridgeport aren't far away and are better. Baileys is good, don't get me wrong, but it's a bit pretentious and the server (when we were there) doesn't seem to know his beer. Served us a cloudy Stillwater saison that we know to be clear normally but claimed it was "just the yeast". Spoilt an otherwise nice visit, and I don't think we'll be back.

Forrest222, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of AxesandAnchors
4.88/5  rDev +8.4%

Café style taproom, you won't see any large screens playing sporting events. The only screen you'll see in the joint is their flat screen behind the bar that lists their rotating beer selection. Easily the best setup I've ever seen for a tap list. It's all integrated with software, so you can see in real-time how much is left in each of the kegs (good if you plan on trying something that looks like it will blow soon). This is one of the many things that sets this taproom apart from most, it's all about drinking great beer and having conversation...and nothing else. Consequently because of this you aren't forced to listen to some obnoxious group getting drunk and shouting at a tv. The space is pretty basic, nothing really special about it, but for a beer geek you'll feel like you've finally found your people.

Their tap list is constantly rotating, with 20 different taps (all great beers no fillers) one being on Nitro. Plus a cask and a firkin that are only available on some days. I live just 10-blocks away, which means I'm there pretty often and every time I stop in the list is different.

You rarely see people order a bottle there, but I think their bottle selection is one of their most underrated quality's. It's not a huge list by any means, but they've done an excellent job of curating a great selection. The tap list seems to be mostly Pacific Northwest beers, whereas their bottle selection allows you to try some great beers from other regions. If you want to geek out and have a conversation about beer just look for someone drinking a bottle, odds are they're the nerdiest beer geek in the taproom.

The staff are super friendly (friendlier if they're not swamped) and know their shit. Easy to talk to and more than whiling to chat about beer.

They throw some pretty kick ass events on a pretty regular basis stocking the list with even more amazing beers than on a normal day. Last time I went to an event they had quite a few aged kegs that were amazing.

If your a beer geek and live in Portland and haven't been to Baileys (one, stop calling yourself a beer geek) quit reading this review and go have some beer. If your visiting, stay at the Ace Hotel so you can walk there...just spend your trip in the taproom.

AxesandAnchors, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of KDawg
4.06/5  rDev -9.8%

I stopped in here last year and stopped by twice this time around. It's the atmosphere that keeps me coming back. It never feels packed even though it can draw a good crowd.

The vibe is generally very laid back and it doesn't take too much to get a beer when you need one. The bartenders can sometimes take a little bit of time, but on they whole they are easy to get a hold of.

The selection is usually pretty good. They'll have up to 20 taps going at any time. What's better is that now there is a screen that lets you know how much of a beer is left in the keg. It's also a pretty NW focused selection on the beers with some wider selections as well.

This being in downtown makes it easy for me to go back to on return trips. It's a laid back place where you can get some quality beer.

KDawg, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev 0%

took a few portland visits to get here - the hours are a bit quirky (4-midnight; closed sunday), considering their prime downtown real estate.

cool place - interior of brick and wood, throwing out a nice PNW vibe. Staff all seemed knowledgeable about the product.

the draft list is displayed on an electronic screen, providing for up-to-date information. pours are often available in a few different sizes. the bottle list is pretty extensive with a lot of large format bottles from primarily PNW and Belgian breweries.

I thought the bottle prices were extremely fair - just a touch over store-retail

on our visit, the draft list was a little tame. Although, it feels odd saying that given i enjoyed a Pannepot on tap to start it off.

Enjoyed this place a lot - will return.

dirtylou, May 02, 2012
Photo of cbarrett4
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%

What can I say except that I love this place. My only beef is the location, between some really... interesting... establishments and pretty close to a halfway house and a homeless shelter (so you occasionally get accosted for hand outs as you walk there).

Once inside though it is a treat. The bar is rather too short I think, only a handful of stools. There is ample table seating, and a nice table tucked waaay in the back which I often sit at with friends.

The bartenders are all very knowledgeable with the selections. Every time I come in (whether a bartender I haven't met yet or not) the bartender will ask what I thought of the beer and which of the beers I really liked.

They have around 20 taps (19 plus a firkin I think... check the cover of the latest BA for the exact number). But what I love is the selection of rare and limited brews. There are also quite a few bottle selections as well. Most of the bottle selections are more rarities. Things like Allagash, Russian River brewing, and others.

The prices are reasonable, slightly higher than Belmont Station or Beer Mongers, but still reasonable. You do get stuck with some higher markup (than competitors, not actual % markup) on the bottle selections. but since they are a beer bar they have to make some serious cash flow on beer and it's easier to make your $ on kegs.

The computer tracked keg screen is nice. It tracks the amount of the beer left in each keg (approximately), and I see a lot of people ordering the kegs that are the lowest. If I were them I would be tempted to make a full keg of something I wanted to move through look like it was almost out! But the system is nice and beers are updated instantly online as well (wish I could say the same for Belmont Station!).

It's a gem of a beer bar and worth braving the homeless and the strip club crowds nearby!

cbarrett4, Oct 23, 2011
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4.14/5  rDev -8%

Spent a few hours at Bailey's Taproom this weekend with my buddy and enjoyed my time. First impression was a bit rough - the place smelled like puke. The decor is definitely modern - a bit flat screen tv displays the tap list, the pour sizes (both 10oz and 20oz pours available), prices for each pour, as well as how much beer is left in each keg which is a pretty awesome piece of information to have. They also had a beautiful custom wooden/mirrored temperature controlled cellar cabinet that housed a really nice bottle collection. Classy for sure. Steve and Jeff did a great job making pleasant beer small talk and taking care of our needs at the bar. They were happy to answer any questions that we had and gave us plenty of honest feedback about beers on the menu.

Food from the Mexican joint "Santeria" across the street can be brought inside, or delivered for a $0.50 fee which is a nice option to have.

The taproom is on a corner property and has plenty of window side tables along both sides plus bar seating for roughly 20 people.

Downtown lot parking is available for a price or you can do street parking for roughly $1.60 per hour by printing parking tickets out of the green metal box pay meter and putting the receipt in your drivers side door window (not your windshield) but be warned you can only pre-purchase 90 minutes of street parking and then you have to go back to your car / the meter and purchase more time.

koopa, Sep 06, 2011
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4.94/5  rDev +9.8%

There are so many good beer bars in Portland, one would have to play eeny-meeny-miny-mo to pick one as "the best." Nevertheless, Bailey's Taproom is a must. They open in the late afternoon, so you can hit them after a day of putting around. Their beer selection is not large, but they feature only tip-top craft brews with an emphasis on local beers. You can do a "cafeteria" flight to sample several different beers, which I strongly recommend. They have a lot of great beers in bottles so you can take some home - and maybe get an extra bottle to trade or give as a gift. The server I had was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable without being overly friendly, and he helped me immensely in finding beers I would like. If ever I am in Portland again, I will visit this place at least once!

Cyberkedi, Jul 30, 2011
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4.14/5  rDev -8%

A: Wow. Different. Some ambient music playing in the background downtown. I am looking out the window I see Tugboat Brewing. Crowd varies varies from beer wanna be nerds and off the the street soon to be beer nerds

Q: Good. Alesmith, Jolly Pumpkin and lots of NW handles. All is well.

S: This guy is amaizing. The bearded, red head Jesus is all alone and handling it like a champ!!! Amazed.

S: So good, Alesmith, local NW stuff. Between the good handles and good bottles you can NOT go wrong.

F: No try

barleywinefiend, May 15, 2011
Photo of cavemanlawyer
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%

Bailey's is a great choice for a quick pint after work. They always have one or two interesting beers on the rotating taplist. They do a firkin each week and also have a strong but small bottle selection.

No food is available in house but they do allow delivery from a Mexican joint across the street. The problem for me is that spicy foods don't usually go with the beers I want to enjoy, so I usually skip the food here.

Bailey's is a great place with friendly staff and a solid beer lineup. I wish they would do a small menu of more beer-focused foods (meats, cheeses, etc.) but otherwise it is well done.

cavemanlawyer, May 11, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev -4.9%

Jesus Christ, I lived in Portland for almost 3 months because of work and this place became my favorite spot to hit up!!!! I was staying in downtown about 2 blocks away, great spot in Portland. Highly recommended to anyone who's going to the pacific northwest.I don't recall how many taps this guy has but there is a big menu and you get the option of a 10oz pour or a 20oz imperial pint.

The atmosphere here is great as well, board games for those who want to play, nice comfy chairs for those who dont want to sit at the bar, and if you get hungry, you can order from the Mexican place across the street and they will deliver it to you.

Amdy, Mar 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

chumba526, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of Arbitrator
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

Arbitrator, Sep 07, 2010
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4.68/5  rDev +4%

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.

eatabagofbooger, Aug 24, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

DaveHS, Aug 07, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

yemenmocha, Jul 26, 2010
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4.14/5  rDev -8%

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.

loren01, Jul 24, 2010
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4.14/5  rDev -8%

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.

WeisGuy, Jul 20, 2010
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4.8/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

shivtim, Jun 15, 2010
Bailey's Taproom in Portland, OR
99 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.