Apex

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

44 Reviews
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
96
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
115
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
6.88%
 
 
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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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 115
Reviews by DoubleSimcoe:
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of brewskifan55
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
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 +0.2%
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 Canada_Dan
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of rjd722
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
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 Bwagner1122
4.62/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of mklisz
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of South2NW
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75

Photo of flexabull
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -0.5%
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 +7.8%
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 +6.9%
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 domdomdomdom
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Yeti1979
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of dwagner003
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Highbury09
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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 LEDIII
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of Dicers
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Stevedore
4.62/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of ccnorthwest
4.86/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

One of the top craft beer bars in all of Portland. Hands down.

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Photo of CTJman
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of markgugs
4.49/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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Apex in Portland, OR
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