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Apex

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

44 Reviews
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
96
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
116
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
6.86%
 
 
Taps:
50
Bottles/Cans:
200
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
ApexApex
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar

1216 SE Division St
Portland, Oregon, 97202-1017
United States

(503) 273-9227 | map
www.apexbar.com

Notes:
11:30am - 2:30am

Always tons of bike parking.

Added by msubulldog25 on 04-26-2010

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Another must in Portland. One of the best tap selections I've seen. I tried a Speedway Stout; how often can you find that on tap? Interior is nice and the bartender is fast and friendly. But the best part is the huge outside area; lots of tables and umbrellas. The Apex is a terrific place to chill and enjoy the Portland beer scene. Don't miss The Beer Mongers bottle shop just across the street.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.37/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

A must stop in Portland. Tap list on flat screens and easy to read. Great selection, friendly service, and clean. Nice interior. Big points for outdoor seating. An easy place to hang out and train your liver.

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Photo of rjd722
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I was here in January so wasn't able to utilize the outdoors area, the inside was pretty small but it has a nice environment. Plenty of great beers to choose from on tap and a massive bottle selection. The bartender was very helpful and helped me choose between two DIPAs I had my eye on (ended up going with a Boneyard brew). My girlfriend and I played The Walking Dead pinball game until we ran out of quarters and dollar bills; they provided a coin machine as well, which was key. Looking forward to going back on my next trip to Portland, hopefully sometime when it's warm out!

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Photo of flexabull
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

I dug this place.

Kind of small inside, good spot outside though. It was January when I visited, so outside wasn't really an option though. Small game room when you enter which has some cool pinball machines. (a nice touch, but I could see times were more seating would be better) And then a nice open bar area and some coolers full of bottles.

Quality and selection is phenomenal. Nothing but dozens of excellent beers are poured here. I had Boneyard and Barley Brown, both were great.

Service was good. The girl who helped was pretty attentive and speedy considering the crowd inside.

I could see some people not digging the "edgy" sort of vibe this place kind of puts out. I certainly didn't care, This is now a must stop every time I am in Portland.

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Photo of derftron
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Best selection in town usually. Constantly have great things on tap that nobody else has.

Cash only is just dumb. It really is. Its not "quirky" or "different" or "cool", its just a stupid inconvinience that has kept me away more than 10 times.

Service is usually good.

Bottle prices and some tap prices are WAAAAY too high.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Phenomenal beer list, always changing and always great quality. We were there on a gorgeous day, so the picnic tables outside were perfect. The bartender was knowledgeable and helpful.

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Photo of JamLand
4.66/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

I visited Apex recently on a vacation through the Pacific Northwest.

V: Great vibe with tons of outdoor seating, several high tops on the inside and a long bar with seating, as well. It also had some classic pinball machines by the door which we kept ourselves entertained with during our visit.

Ser: This was the biggest knock on Apex for me. After purchasing a few bottles and hanging out with about fours beers I asked for a taster of particular style of beer I do not usually like, but the brewery who made it had impressed me so much on my trip I wanted to try it any way. After squirreling up her face, she did give me a taster, but definitely let me know she was put out by it.

Sel: Apex had probably the best tap list during my visit. They offered a great bottle selection with a lot of limited releases, but you definitely paid for it. It was probably the most expensive "bottle shop" during our visit to Portland.

Overall, a great spot I would highly recommend someone visit during any trip to Portland.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

This place is absolutely amazing and is a MUST visit if you are in PDX.

Cool vibe inside, lots of seating outside too. Tap list was great and the bottle list was even better. Service was also great.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.79/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Might be the best beer bar I have ever visited. The selection is outstanding - I got to try some of my top 'wants' here including Pliny the Elder. Strong bottle selection and pinball games along with chilled out servers. A must visit in the PDX area.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Probably the best selection of beers you can find under one roof in Portland. A rotating selection of just about everything with an extensive (albeit pricey) list of bottles.

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Photo of Rutager
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Probably my all time favorite bar. Service is often great, but sometimes terrible depending on who's working. Taps and bottle list are consistently amazing.

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Photo of Jason
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Really great looking beer bar, love the video boards that kept the selection very up-to-date. Staff knew how to handle a crowd and were all very helpful. Pretty killer selection, good prices and simply a great place to throwndown.

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Photo of blastoderm55
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Solid bar. Tap selection one of the best I've seen. Bottles priced very high, but a good selection of whales. A single-guy type bar, not somewhere I would take my wife.

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Photo of DCgolfpro
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%

Customer service was impressive and I loved that hard to find bottles (including vintage bottles) were available. You're going to pay hefty prices for them however. Very hefty.

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Photo of brewtalthrone
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
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 :( And oh, by the way, the BEST restroom graffiti you will EVER see. No, I'm not kidding !

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Photo of AnIslandOfGeese
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

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Photo of bryc9194
4.24/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of SportsProphet
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Fluffheady
4.82/5  rDev +10.3%
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!)

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Photo of jera1350
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
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".

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Photo of rikatine
3.23/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

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Photo of Shoeflypie
3.19/5  rDev -27%
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.

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Photo of Fish
4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Very cool spot - right across from Beermongers, adjacent to a quality taco-slinger.

Huge picnic tables out front, decent sized interior with lots of light. Pinball machines, ~50 taps and a huge bottle list. It would be pretty impossible not to be happy here - went after the RR Blind Pig and Commons Myrtle on this stop. There was also a 5 or 6 year draft vertical of Celebration Ale on. I need to incorporate this into the PDX routine going forward.

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Apex in Portland, OR
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