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Apex

Not Rated.
ApexApex
BA SCORE
95
world-class

37 Reviews
Reviews: 37
Visits: 103
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: n/a
Taps: 50
Bottles: 200
Cask: N
[ Bar ]

1216 SE Division St
Portland, Oregon, 97202-1017
United States
phone: (503) 273-9227

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @apexbar

Notes:
Place added by: msubulldog25 on 04-26-2010

11:30am - 2:30am

Always tons of bike parking.
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Reviews: 37 | Visits: 103
Reviews by DoubleSimcoe:
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
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! (1,746 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Yeti1979
4.75/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of dwagner003
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Highbury09
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (204 characters)

Photo of LEDIII
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Place rocks. Such a sweet selection. They may have multiple taps from same brewery but its a great one. Eg Barley Brown's (121 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of Dicers
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Stevedore
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (174 characters)

Photo of ccnorthwest
4.86/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

One of the top craft beer bars in all of Portland. Hands down. (62 characters)

Photo of CTJman
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of markgugs
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of cherche
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Rutager
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (156 characters)

Photo of barflybastard
4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of Atreyu
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Rothobinide
4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of GRG1313
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of BeersAndBears
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Jason
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (231 characters)

Photo of whitenads
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of blastoderm55
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (171 characters)

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Apex in Portland, OR
95 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.