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Bailey's Taproom

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

118 Ratings
Ratings: 118
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.35%
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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Photo of Forrest222
2.69/5  rDev -40.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of shertz
2.86/5  rDev -36.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

I was disappointed in this place. The place had a nice list, but the best were kicked. The bartender had no idea about the beers(see note below). The place doesn't serve food and is quite dead. Had a Laguanitas on cask that was decent but didn't like the other beers available. I should have stayed at Henry's. Not recommended. Shit, I need to fill up the rest of this review. What more can I say...hmmmm....the bathrooms are dirty. You can find better beers all over Portland. The bottle selection isn't bad either but you go to these places for their taps, not bottles.

Edit: I was made aware that I was a little hard on this place. I probably was, it may have been just a bad night. I guess I was expecting something bigger with better beer taps. Don't get me wrong, they had a few good taps, but I wasn't into summer ales and the rest I already had before. The bartender probably wasn't as bad as I said above, but I asked about the cask beer and he didn't give me much info or offer up a sample. I guess the biggest thing is you can find good beer all over Portland. Heck, I stopped up the block at a sportsbar that had beers that I hadn't tried before and decent wings(this place doesn't have food but you can order from across the street). Try it, maybe you'll find I was wrong.

Photo of Fern13
3.25/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of BenHesk12
3.39/5  rDev -24.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.75 | selection: 4.25

Visiting Portland from San francisco I stopped by Bailey's on an early spring week-night. I was initially really excited for this place and intrigued by the electronic menu. The menu lists the beers, ABV, style of glass poured, and maybe how much beer was left in the keg? The selection is mainly awesome beers from around Oregon, the definition of a cool local spot to me serves top local beers, so this hits the mark. The service was the only problem, I maybe got unlucky but a specific bartender was a rude wanna-be hipster who poured me the wrong beer on accident and then refused to replace it with the right one. I'll be back.

Photo of egospoon
3.41/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.84/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.88/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of canucklehead
3.9/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This place looks a lot like a trendy coffee shop but the beer selection is all business. A bunch of comfortable couches make for a nice place to tip some jars. The beer list is big and very well considered with hard to find local beers. I talked to the owner and he said some of the beers were to be found nowhere else in Portland. The food looked pretty decent but this really is a beer joint that has the hip cool interior that attracts the urban professionals. Compare this to the smoky dark interior of the Tugboat next door and I will take this anyday

Photo of KDawg
4.06/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of plaid75
4.08/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of cavemanlawyer
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

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.

Photo of morebeergood
4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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

Photo of loren01
4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of wolffman17
4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of koopa
4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of jera1350
4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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.

Photo of amsupafly
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

No food (but supposedly there exists a menu of chocolates and cheese), unless you want to order Mexican from across the street.

The beer selection is typically pretty good and, from what I've seen, the beer value (what you pay compared to what you get) is the best in town.

Another unique aspect about Bailey's, which I don't mind, is the absence of table service. If you want a beer, you walk up to the counter and <typically> Geoff pours you one. Although this may at first sound like a daunting task (hell, who wants to get up, right?), it ensures you get a beer quickly--there is seldom a line, and you never have to worry about slow service.

If you're looking for good brews at a good price (and can wait to eat), this place is highly recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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Bailey's Taproom in Portland, OR
99 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.