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Bailey's Taproom

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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 John_M
4.58/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of sholland119
4.58/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Probably our favorite discovery on our recent trip to Portland. Bailey's in located in the business district, two short blocks from our hotel so we got there 3 times in 5 nights (would have been 4 but they are closed Sunday).

The atmosphere is fresh and modern, not exactly what an East Coaster would expect a "taproom" to look like but very nice regardless. There is a smallish bar (about 8 seats) right inside the door, with some small tables, couches and chairs around the permieter. High ceilings make the place seem bigger than it is.

Bailey's has 20 rotating taps (one cask) and serves a wide variety of local and regional craft beers. The farthest traveled were a couple of Bear Republic brews and one from Anderson Valley. The rest were, I think, all from OR or WA. We had never heard of any of them. But the beers we tried were excellent. Walking Man Jaywalker, Wildfire Anniversary Strong Ale, Klamath Basin Migration Destination among others. Awesome.

Service is outstanding. Michael, the bartender our first night, schooled us on some great local breweries to be on the lookout for, which helped quite a bit on our shopping at Belmont Station. The owner, Geoff, was on the other two visits and we enjoyed talking to him as well.

There is no food, though you can order from the place across the street and they will deliver. We did not try that.

Pricing seemed very reasonable, especially on the sampler tray. Highly recommended.

HV

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 dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of seanchai
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of jjboesen
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This gem of a corner bar does seem a bit upscale what with the high windowed ceilings, the plush lounge chairs and the very minimalist decor; but add a small bar with 20 frequently rotated taps of regional crafts. During my short stay, I quaffed: Fearless Maibock, Bombay Bomber IPA, the Walking Man Red and Terminal Gravity's delicious porter.

It is well located off Burnside - and directly across from Tugboat, which for some reason I did'nt get the time to visit. Don't let the initial look of a sterile yuppy bar intimiditate you from stepping in and you won't regret it. The only thing I did regret was leaving my BeerAdvocate cap here - if any one found it, let me know.

PS: They no longer serve cheese or chocolate.

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 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 msubulldog25
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

As someone who has worked in downtown Portland for years, it's been surprisingly tough to find a good beer after work. Sure there are spots in the Pearl District and scattered throughout the Eastside neighborhoods, but not much in the downtown core. That all changed when Bailey's Taproom opened for business back on August 1st.

Located at the corner of SW Broadway & Ankeny in a once-dilapidated building, Bailey's has stunningly transformed a corner location that always had 'potential' in my eyes. The space is a tall single-storied room, with thick wood beams and columns rising above an industrial-chic interior: exposed ductwork and angular panels, a time-worn brick wall with layers of plaster partially removed, bare concrete floors, an amber-hued wooden bar. Perhaps the room's best features are the huge north and east facing windows; they allow in plenty of indirect natural light in the day and showcase the convivial atmosphere inside to the folks passing by at night. Patrons seem to gravitate equally to the L-shaped bar seating and to the handful of tables lining the windows, but the real spot to stake out is the corner, with its two comfy couches and super-sized coffee table. A good atmosphere all-told, a little loud when busy (and it's been quite busy the last few visits) and a bit lacking on the cozier, 'feminine' side (my wife's words). I'd like to see a bit more 'beer' stuff: signage, tap handles, etc. but understand the minimalist look, too.

On to beers...the main reason we keep going back is the excellent rotating selection of top-notch local taps and well-chosen bottles. 20 taps, all NW/West Coast, run the gamut of styles, and range from big breweries like Deschutes, Stone, and Full Sail to obscure ones like Raccoon Lodge, Fort George and Off the Rail. There are usually several surprises and at least 2 or 3 new choices each week. Bottle choices are up to 16 at last count and are typically bigger beers that should cellar nicely. On my first visit, the owner was nice enough to show me around and pointed out the cooler where the aging bottles were to be kept. Choices include the likes of Allagash, AleSmith, Green Flash, Jolly Pumpkin, Pelican, Hair of the Dog and others.

Prices seem really fair on pints and bottles. $2.50/10 oz. & $4.50/20 oz. for lower ABV draughts and $4/12 oz. snifter for the 8%+ big ones. There's also an option for 5-5oz. tastes for $7. Bottles are priced for consuming at the taproom, but are discounted for 'to-go' retail sales.

As for the service, it would be hard to top. Geoff Phillips, the owner, is a personable guy who's happy to talk beer or whatever..when he's not slammed with business that is. The last 3 visits (all Friday afternoons) have been so crowded soon after 5pm, that the atmosphere around the bar seems almost frenetic. Geoff and his buddy, who helps occasionally when the going gets tough, do a great job keeping glasses full and tables cleared, but occasionally there are times when the service slows down...maybe a kink or two still to be worked out.

Food choices are simple: cheeses, olives, chocolates. The focus is so beer-centric, they could certainly use a few more food options, especially with some of the heavy beer choices. What they do serve is tasty and well-chosen; a half-dozen different local cheeses can be sampled on plates with a scattering of crackers and fruit (again the 'feminine' touch my wife noted might help, presentation-wise). Olives come in six varieties, too. Chocolates (the only food choice we've not tried) come from a couple Oregon chocolatiers (Dagoba & Euphoria).

EDIT (03/2008): Chocolates/cheeses/etc. have been discontinued (too much to serve food and beer both when things get busy). So TONIGHT we found out about the deal with the Mexican place across the street, El Grillo. Go next door and place an order and they'll gladly deliver to your table at Bailey's...on a real plate, with silverware, napkins, sauce, whatever. SWEET!

EDIT (05/2009): El Grillo is closed, but Santeria is open across the street. Same delivery deal as before (and they're CASH ONLY).

Definitely worthy of visiting when in downtown Portland. A short walk from many of the better hotels on/around Broadway means it's a convenient stop for visitors and locals alike.

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 claspada
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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 jdense
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Working myself up to a fever pitch for the TV on the Radio show down the street at the Roseland, decided to make my first sojourn to the BA highly recommended Bailey's. Parking in the immediate area is an uber-bitch, so be prepared with your walkin' shoes. The atmosphere while relaxed with couches and chairs was a bit sterile. The service could have been better, but the barkeep was very informative and friendly, but working by himself on a fairly busy Saturday evening, was absolutely overwhelmed. Not really his fault, a lot of beer newbies that he had to do a lot of explaining of beer styles to. A pretty nice beer list, but it was, as noted below, creeping towards summer seasonals, with a couple of Cascade products a sour (good) and a tripel (don't bother), with some of the lesser known brews from Lompoc (Das Goat) and Laurelwood (Elvis Special Bitter) showing nice support for local brewers. No food at all. Certainly worth a visit when in downtown Beervana (as opposed to uptown Pearl re Henry's, Rogue, Deschutes), but this won't be a destination beer stop for me. Glad I stopped by, but frankly, I'll be going back to the Horse Brass.

Edit-Stopped by during the OBF. They were having a Christmas in July minifest. Upon reflection, Bailey's has a consistently very good selection. Worth a visit when staying in the downtown area.

Photo of TheBungyo
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of benito
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is a great beer bar right in downtown Portland.

When my friends and I visited--late on a Monday night--the place had a good crowd of folks still there. It has an urban-chic feel, but there are board games that belie the hipper-than-thou feel that one might accuse this place of having. And, anyway...the beer is great! They've got twenty rotating taps, and the emphasis is on Northwest brews. Amongst others, they had Walking Man Saison du Ped, HUB Seven Grain Stout, and taps from Cascade Lakes, Caldera, Laurelwood, Avery, Stone, Hale's, and Double Mountain.

The service was friendly, even though the bartender told us that he had been hoping to close early on a Monday night.

This is a great place for a pint or two--a high-priority visit for out of town beer tourists.

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 williamjbauer
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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 tylerstravis
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Even before you enter Bailey's Taproom, you're impressed with the empty bottles lining the windows...it gets the attention of all kinds of people walking by, whether they're beer nerds or not. And there's room to grow...allegedly each bottle has been emptied and enjoyed by owner Geoffrey Phillips.

The atmosphere is great, having a sort of mod feel, and also reminding of a hipster European hotel bar. The taps themselves, all of which are West Coast and Pacific Northwest beers, are too plain, but since this place is new hopefully they'll dress that up a little bit (especially considering this is THE feature of the bar). There are also bottles available, some of which venture outside the West/Pacific NW theme. All is quality, be assured. The clientele seemed to be 30/40-somethings, but the friendly vibe and cozy atmosphere (more couches!) ensures that any one, any age is welcome. The dress of the customers ranged from jeans and tennis shoes to business suits to everything in between.

Their food offerings are scant, being either trays of cheeses, olives, or...a third item that I've forgotten. Maybe they don't properly slice their cheeses, doing small cubes rather than thin slices, but whatever...this is a must-stop whenever you're in Portland. Get there early and grab a couch.

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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 DrBier
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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