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Bailey's Taproom

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Bailey's TaproomBailey's Taproom
BA SCORE
99
world-class

109 Ratings
Ratings: 109
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
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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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Awesome. A friend and myself were in town with the mission of hitting 17 places in 4 days and we were successful. Baileys's became our home base to end the night. Regarding food they actually have a deal with the Mexican place next door. They will deliver to you in case you find yourself unable to walk. If you like Mexican food do yourself a favor I would recommend trying the place even if they didn't have the convenient deal with Bailey's. Geoff the owner is a very cordial host be sure to support him if you find yourself in Portland.

marc2572, May 13, 2009
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

johnny5martini, Jun 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

botanu, Sep 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

South2NW, Apr 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Gharker, Sep 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

ShaneTheWalrus, Jan 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

kamikazeokami, Mar 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Nat1975, Oct 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

jackmax, Jun 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Something about this place just really impressed me...

This is the most minimalist beer bar I've ever been to. The decor is very simple, no beer signage that I saw, sort of reminded me of a beerbar from the future.

That being said, it offered up some amazing beers and everything was super clean and top quality service.

All i can say is that this place is just amazing. Its so simple and yet so great. If you want to go to a beerbar that is simply all about the beer, go here.

Also, they have Beeropoly that you can play while drinking a great beer. Perfect for a rainy day.

indiapaleale, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of seanthornton152
5/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

seanthornton152, Aug 08, 2009
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

RedDon, Aug 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

I travel to Portland for business very often, and I always spend at least one night at Bailey's. The true rotating taps, focus on the unusual and nano brews, and knowledgeable staff make it a great place to be. It does get crowded later in the week, so be fore-warned. I also recommend getting dinner from Santeria's brought over.

badgustav, Tuesday at 11:10 PM
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

blbarnett3, Oct 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Goatboy, Mar 07, 2014
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4.94/5  rDev +10%

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.

djbreezy, Feb 10, 2010
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4.94/5  rDev +10%

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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4.94/5  rDev +10%

Tried Bailey's Taproom last night during the annual Starlight Parade which was taking place right outside. The atmosphere was nice, the pub clean and comfortable with a solid beer selection of about 20 beers from mostly west coast breweries.

Defintely put this place on your Portland pub crawl itinerary. It's across the street from the Tugboat Brewery and within walking distance of plenty of other good pubs like Deschutes, Rogue and Bridgeport. It's also only a few blocks from lightrail and the Portland Streetcar.

LittleA, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of AxesandAnchors
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%

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
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4.88/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

gxm99, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of squaremile
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

squaremile, Mar 14, 2010
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4.8/5  rDev +6.9%

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
Photo of ccrida
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%

This is my favorite bar in Portland. Atmosphere is a nice mix of urban hipster loft yet still has a comfy vibe where you needn't feel anything but relaxed...a few different sized tables, some sofas in a living room type area up front, and about 15 bar stools.
Quality of the drinks is top notch. All 20 taps rotate frequently and are strictly NW, mainly locals, with a great seasonal variety. A small but well choose selection of bottles (mostly bigger sized) and a few local wines, as well as french press coffee.
Service is great, geoff the owner/bartender is super nice and knowledgeable on the beers. I applaud him for ditching the career and opening a place like this and am always happy to support it.
Food is just cheese/chocolates/olives, I've had all but the chocolate, and it's a nice little selection of good local stuff.
Price is pretty good, impy pints and great deal on 5 x 4 oz samplers if you're feeling tempted to try the many beers on the menu that day that you probably haven't had before. My wife's not into beer bars, but always enjoys coming down here for some relaxed conversation and good drink.

ccrida, Jan 29, 2008
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4.8/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

henkster, Sep 13, 2007
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Bailey's Taproom in Portland, OR
99 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.