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4.58/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
10-07-2007 16:52:24 | More by John_M
4.14/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
07-17-2009 23:47:18 | More by morebeergood
4.58/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
10-21-2008 19:56:57 | More by sholland119
4.14/5 rDev -7.2%
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
05-15-2011 00:20:44 | More by barleywinefiend
4.5/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
05-02-2012 22:27:46 | More by dirtylou
4.7/5 rDev +5.4%
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
06-09-2009 02:53:32 | More by Floydster
4.44/5 rDev -0.4%
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.
07-29-2008 18:57:28 | More by jjboesen
4.53/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
10-07-2007 01:45:18 | More by msubulldog25
4.8/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
06-15-2010 01:12:10 | More by shivtim
Bailey's Taproom in Portland, OR
98 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.