Bailey's Taproom

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

133 Ratings
Ratings: 133
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.49
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 marc2572
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of chumba526
5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of indiapaleale
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of seanthornton152
5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of badgustav
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.

Photo of protocolsix
4.97/5  rDev +10.7%

Where else can you get $3.50 12-oz pours of Notorious?

Bailey's offers cheap prices, a high-tech tap list that shows how much is remaining in each keg, a PNW-focused tap selection, and a relaxed atmosphere.

Photo of djbreezy
4.94/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.94/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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!

Photo of LittleA
4.94/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of AxesandAnchors
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of gxm99
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of squaremile
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of shivtim
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of ccrida
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

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.

Photo of brewtalthrone
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Well of course ! You're in downtown Portland on a Saturday night, and you're ready to party, ready to drink some good beers, you're on an epicurean escapade. So you're gonna stop in here. Tight space, but you'll find room. Like most everywhere in PDX, they'll give you free tasters of anything you're not sure of spending money on. They have one of those awesome 21st century draft boards that show you what's just been tapped, what's next, and how much is left in each keg ("Holy shit, I better get some of this while I can !). VERY friendly service, and a "must visit" on your PDX beercation. The more astute and keenly aware of you beer geeks will notice the very nondescript Tugboat Brewing across the street; read my review of that place & GO THERE !

Photo of henkster
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Had occasion to stop by Bailey's this past Saturday afternoon. I had heard good things about the place, so had been looking forward to the visit.

The location of the taproom is pretty interesting; right across the street from Tugboat Brewing at the corner of Broadway and Ankeny. Walking in from Broadway, the place seems a bit smallish, with a moderate size bar running from the left side through the middle of the taproom. There are probably around 10 tables, and my guess would be that the place holds no more then 30 or 40 patrons. The place has sort of modern look, but with some nice wood over the bar. The taproom comes across as a very comfortable place to sit and have a beer.

Didn't get a chance to try any of the food, but the cheese and chocolate offerings looked pretty interesting. The taproom also has a small but well thought out selection of wine by the glass, which is a bit pricey ($9 for a moderate size pour of Ponzi Pinot Blanc), but still welcome if you happen to be with friends who do not really like beer.

As for the beer selection, it was quite excellent. Bailey's has an outstanding selection of bottled beers, but I was interested in the draft selection. I'd guess there were between 16 and 20 beers on tap, which this day included the excellent Racer X DIPA (which I could barely drink following hop overload at the Hood River Wet Hop Festival) and the imperial weizen from Pyarmid. Service was quick and efficient; I believe we were served by the owner. He was kind enough to let me open a bottle of Founders breakfast stout I had brought out to the West Coast for the visit/occasion.

An altogether excellent place; one I plan to visit on a regular basis, given its close proximity to Oregon Wines on Broadway.

1/10/09 update. I visit Bailey's on a pretty regular basis, and the place just continues to impress. They ultimately decided to drop the idea of serving food here, though it's perfectly OK to bring something in or order from one the nearby restaurants. One thing I think worth mentioning is just how BA friendly this place is. I have been to several BA gatherings here, and the owner was completely cool about letting us bring in whatever we wanted to share amongst ourselves. Not that having our own beer ever stops us from ordering from the tap list. With the great selection they continue to have here, it's impossible to ever come here without ordering a beer or two off the great list. This place is just terrific.

Edit from 5/15. With the addition of the Upper Lip (small, cozy bar area right above the main pub), the score of this place deserves a bump (upwards). The UL has a 6 or 7 high quality taps (in addition to what you can already find downstairs), but what really sets this place apart, is the bottle list. They have a great selection of rare and/or limited release stuff, and the prices are amazing. Things like Hellshire III for $17 and 50/50 Eclpse four roses for $26 will give you an idea what I'm talking about (these are bar prices, not walk out prices!). Definitely a must visit for anyone visiting the west side from out of town.

Photo of jkdrummer
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of Booney
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Bailey's Taproom is hands down my favorite place to drink in Portland. The owner Geoff runs a clean and calm establishment with a wide array of beers on tap. The service is always friendly. Both Geoff and Michael are more than willing to help you select a beer to please your palate. The bottle list of around 40 beers is worth looking over. Sadly, Bailey's does not provide food, however, they do permit bringing in food. Whether you are visiting Portland or live here and want to branch out, Bailey's is not a place to miss.

Photo of Floydster
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Photo of eatabagofbooger
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Fluffheady
4.67/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Clembo1957
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of blastoderm55
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Bailey's Taproom in Portland, OR
99 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.