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Apex

Not Rated.
ApexApex
BA SCORE
95
world-class

41 Reviews
Reviews: 41
Visits: 111
Avg: 4.35
pDev: n/a
Taps: 50
Bottles: 200
Cask: N
[ Bar ]

1216 SE Division St
Portland, Oregon, 97202-1017
United States
phone: (503) 273-9227 | map
www.apexbar.com

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

11:30am - 2:30am

Always tons of bike parking.
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Reviews by gkunkle:
Photo of gkunkle
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Visited Apex with a buddy of mine on a wednesday night, so I am sure my impression of the atmosphere isn't perfect. there were a couple people down at the end of the bar, a group of 10 celebrating a birthday, a few smalll groups of 2 or 3 chatting and one lonely guy playing Pinball in the back corner. I am sure it would be more upbeat and happening on a friday evening. The beer they serve is great. I had a lagunitas little sumpin' sumpin' ale and my friend had some amber ale recommended to him by the bartender. The man tending bar the night we were there was a large bearded man who seemed to know his beer. It wasn't too busy, so the service was pretty good. Later on in the evening another guy showed up behind the bar so everybody was really well taken care of. Up on the wall there is a flat screen TV listing all of their beers on tap along with price and ABV. (this is also uploaded to their website so you can find out whats on tap before you go) They had about 30 beers on tap and I believe I saw a refrigerator of bottles down at the end of the bar but did not make any further investigation. Overall, this is a fun place, its a pretty basic bar, but they do beer and do it well.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Bwagner1122
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of mklisz
4.22/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of South2NW
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of flexabull
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -0.2%
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 +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 +7.1%
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 +4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Yeti1979
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of dwagner003
4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Highbury09
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
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 +10.3%
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 +10.1%
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 +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Stevedore
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +11.7%
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 +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of markgugs
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of cherche
4.74/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Rutager
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
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 barflybastard
4.9/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

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Apex in Portland, OR
95 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.