Taps: 50 / Bottles: 200
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 30 | Show All Ratings:
4.52/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
If you don't like this place, you hate beer and life. Summer time - doors rolled up, hard rock & "metal" (ahem, not REAL metal, but anyways), huge patio area out front on Division Street, beer selection. Cash only, I do believe, but they have an ATM for your "convenience". While you're there, ya gotta make time for the Beer Mongers across the street - bottle shop that reeks of awesome, & ya might even catch a li'l badass young jazz trio freestylin' some jams. Miss Apex and you miss out. When in PDX, this is at the top of your list (if you love beer like you think you do). Portland = BEER, and Apex is the apex of beer in Portland, jus' sayin'. God I miss PDX in the worst way :(
03-08-2014 23:19:48 | More by brewtalthrone
4.88/5 rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
First time in Portland. First bar we went to. Came highly recommended by friends. Amazing draft selection. Heavily focused on IPAs it seemed, just what I needed for my first time in Portland.
Digital draft menu was cool.
Clean bathrooms with funny graffitti on the walls
Bar tender, i forgot her name, was really great and knew what she was talking about.
Open late. Was not crowded. Not much of an opportunity to mingle with other patrons.
03-01-2014 23:28:30 | More by AnIslandOfGeese
4.31/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | $$
We all dined at this fancy restaurant called Roe and as we were driving down Division, it turns out that Apex is about a mile away! So let's check it out...
Apex reminds me of some of the best beer joints in Austin, with that big patio and chairs outside and the low-lying shack-like building behind it. Breweriana inside, music not too loud and not crowded on a Saturday night. It's all good, particularly after reading so many bad reviews about this place and the employees. The place is small, though, and there are one or two employees only, so I can see how it could get crowded and slow (in fact, as the night progressed, music got louder and service slower).
Their beer selection is outstanding indeed. So many rare, strong and barrel-aged beers! On tap, I tried Banished Double Cross ($4, 6-oz), Against the Grain Attila Hen ($1 taste), Mikkeller Frederiksen ($5, 6-oz). And beyond, they had Black Albert, Pliny, Evil Twin Ashtray, John Barleycorn'10, Midnight Sun Moscow, Beer Geek Mus, Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti, De Garde Spears Gin Barrel Wild Ale... you get the picture. This is my kind of tap list.
I love the different servings and small portions, and how the bartender warned me about the flatness of Bourbon Fred.
Don't miss the bottle list. One of the best I've ever seen (and I've seen a lot). I had a Hair of the Dog Bourbon Fred'11 for eighteen bucks, and they have Fifty Fifty Eclipse, Firestone PNC ($50), Cherry Adam'08 (sixty bucks).... browse and be amazed.
I would say the only negatives here are the silly cash-only policy (although they do give you a one-dollar discount if you show your ATM receipt) and the fact that is is a smallish place with not much atmosphere. But the beer more than makes up for that!
02-18-2014 23:42:06 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.24/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | $$
The staff just doesn't make an effort to explain the beers to customers. The board with the beer list doesn't give enough information to justify the bartenders not offering constant help. The selection is absolutely amazing, but with most of the foreign beers they are not in English so there is no way to even tell the beer style.
02-18-2014 01:42:57 | More by bryc9194
4.52/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
We came in here after leaving the Holiday Beer Fest downtown. 50+ beers on tap, and the taplist was on a big screen TV. John Barleycorn, among others, on the taplist. That was an excellent choice. Several other craft brews to try on another venture here. Can't wait to return.
09-05-2013 20:32:52 | More by SportsProphet
4.82/5 rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | $$
Somehow every time I go to Portland we end up here until close. They have an insane selection, both in draft and in bottles. They supposedly always have a secret Pliny tap, but they were out last week. Some people think the place is a little snotty, but I don’t get that vibe. Every bartender I’ve interacted with has been nothing but nice. Don’t listen to any of it. They have a huge outdoor space and I guess a lot of people try to sneak in. If you’re visiting Portland, you should go here. (If you need a cab, they have a button beneath the bar they can push for you. Try it!)
08-05-2013 02:17:44 | More by Fluffheady
4.27/5 rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Beware- CASH ONLY here so come prepared. They do have a cash machine though too.
Probably my favorite bar of our whole trip to the Pacific Northwest. Larger indoor bar with garage doors opening up to a massive patio with umbrella covered tables. A little side room with pinball machines available for play too. The decor is unique and cool. Interesting things to peer at and read while imbibing. On this particular day, they had old school gangsta rap like Snoop and Dre playing with F-bombs on the blaring speakers. Not my thing, but interesting none the less.
Amazing selection of top notch brews from the west coast and beyond. Firestone Walker PNC and Parabola, Evil Twin Biscotti Break to name a few. Several solid local options as well. Just a wide variety with something for everyone. I even tried a Habanero Golden form El Toro which was very unique and hot!
For food, go straight across the street to Double Dragon which has the most amazing Vietnamese sandwiches or get delivery from the El Gorditos place right next door.
We were there around 11 am and the bartender seemed like she just woke up from a late night bender. She was kind, but just didn't go out of her way in any shape or form to help. She would answer questions, but just kind of stood there and waited for us, rather than asking to help or offering up advice or suggestions. Her demeanor could have been more positive in my opinion. Regardless, outstanding place in Portland and a "do not miss".
06-22-2013 03:14:15 | More by jera1350
3.23/5 rDev -25.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | $$$
We went to Apex as a part of our walking tour of beer venues in the SE. We were there on a Tuesday, shortly after noon. It is on a interestingly busy little corner, with Beermongers, Los Gorditos, and Double Dragon. Lots of outdoor seating with large umbrellas. Heading inside with the "open to the outside" seating was cool.
That tap list was stacked after their anniversary event over the weekend. We had the Boneyard Nefarious, 6oz for $5 and the Boneyard Armoured Fist CDA Both big beers. Sippers. Awesome chance to try there two beers.
Atmosphere and service here did not impress us at all. Although we were greeted when we came in, of course we needed a minute to study the tap list. After that we were left hanging a little longer than we would have liked. The bartender was busy doing chores. We chose to sit out at the picnic tables 'cause we just weren't feeling the heavy metal music indoors. We decided to move on after one beer since there are so many places, too little time.
06-09-2013 15:39:16 | More by rikatine
3.19/5 rDev -26.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
A great selection of beer, but appears to be modeled after a Cosco deli , with the addition of ear splitting music, and a roving server who snatches your glass even when you haven't finished. The decor consists of signs such as "Climb the fence, get kicked out" and warnings that bike parking is for "customers only. I would go here as a last resort- i.e. if no other place has what you're looking for.
06-06-2013 04:30:55 | More by Shoeflypie
4.8/5 rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I've been here a few times and have to say it rocks! Great selection, fair pricing, and did I say great selection!
My first impression was that they were very pricey (they do have above average pricing IMO) but they consistently have stuff that I just don't see anywhere else, like Cascade and barrel-aged HOTD offerings. To me that makes the price a good value.
The worst part about this spot is deciding what to try with limited time/money. Their tap list is the best I've seen. Boneyard, Russian River, Bruery... My mouth waters just thinking about it. And the big screen display of what's on tap is cool.
I've only been there a few times, so don't have much to say about the service or the atmosphere, but haven't had any negative experiences. Fortunately that does say something positive about Apex, because I have been to other places that have given off a bad vibe even after only one visit.
I plan on hitting it up much more often especially as the weather warms. The outside seating should be great on summer nights. Overall this is a must visit place if you're in PDX.
05-02-2013 20:22:03 | More by Fish
Apex in Portland, OR
95 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.