Taps: 20 / Bottles: 92
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 94 | Reviews: 62 | Display Reviews Only:
2.69/5 rDev -39.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$$
Good selection of beers on tap, and even something on cask. In the downtown area it's easy to get to and it's got a pleasant relaxed atmosphere, but Deschutes and Bridgeport aren't far away and are better. Baileys is good, don't get me wrong, but it's a bit pretentious and the server (when we were there) doesn't seem to know his beer. Served us a cloudy Stillwater saison that we know to be clear normally but claimed it was "just the yeast". Spoilt an otherwise nice visit, and I don't think we'll be back.
12-27-2012 00:22:10 | More by Forrest222
2.86/5 rDev -35.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | $$
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.
05-22-2009 23:49:53 | More by shertz
3.41/5 rDev -23.5%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
I should like this place much more than I do. Esoteric beer, comfortable seating, real half pints, board games. Atmosphere is kind of a turnoff, though. Other than beer, they serve potato chips and water. Feels too serious and bit cold, like a cross between a Starbucks, a beer academy and a hotel lobby. There are also too many seats for the space. Feels cramped even when not crowded, if you see. It may also have been that I don't really do their selection justice, but Bailey's succeeds as a lab more than a hangout. For a converse experience, take 20 steps across the alley to The Tugboat Brewery. Much friendlier, and the Flower Power Pale there reminds me of ruby port.
01-11-2010 00:26:59 | More by egospoon
3.84/5 rDev -13.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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.
01-31-2010 06:23:32 | More by olympuszymurgus
3.88/5 rDev -13%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Finally made it to Bailey's this trip. Much like another location in Portland, I find myself torn on my overall view of this locale. The beer selection was very good, the service was adequate. You had to go to the bar for a beer but they were rather friendly and knowledgeable. The thing that threw me for a loop was the atmosphere. It was so stark and cold I couldn't believe it. I've been fortunate enough to travel the country and visit many diverse craft beer bars and stores. The vast majority have a warm and inviting feel. Bailey's was quite the opposite. I don't want to have this taken out of perspective vs. the beer... But it still played a role in my overall view of the place.
Despite the service issues at Horse Brass, I think I would visit their again before Bailey's. Concordia Ale House actually seems to have the best combination of service and atmosphere between these three places. Just my opinion.
I would head here again when back in Portland. I would just hit Horse Brass and Concordia first.
11-12-2009 14:08:15 | More by Reagan1984
British Columbia (Canada)
3.9/5 rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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
07-23-2008 06:07:29 | More by canucklehead
4.06/5 rDev -9%
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.
07-02-2012 22:07:58 | More by KDawg
4.08/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Located across the street from the Tugboat.
The facade was entirely glass, which added an urban look to the exterior. The interior was railroad style in design and featured an L shaped bar and lounge seating. The space occupied two floors of open air space. There was a wide selection of retro boardgames to make your drinking experience pass a bit faster.
the interior was likewise clean and modern, with stainless steele adorning the back bar area. There were approximately twenty draft selections from local and regional brewers.
The bartender was friendly and helpful. A sampling flight was offered as well.
04-28-2010 19:24:13 | More by plaid75
4.1/5 rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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.
05-11-2011 16:20:35 | More by cavemanlawyer
Bailey's Taproom in Portland, OR
98 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.