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Apex

Not Rated.
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Taps: 50 / Bottles: 200
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
96
world-class

59 Ratings
Ratings: 59
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 11.26%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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:
11:30am - 2:30am

Always tons of bike parking.

(Place added by: msubulldog25 on 04-26-2010)
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AxesandAnchors

Oregon

4.01/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $

This place is probably the largest taproom in Portland (if you include the patio/parking lot) so if your wanting to go with a big group of people (provided it's not raining or winter in general) Apex is your place. The atmosphere feels like an Oktoberfest tent (without the tent), basically a bunch of wooden picnic tables covering the entire parking lot. The atmosphere isn't the greatest, but on a nice summer evening it's a pretty great place to hang out.

Huge tap list (50)! And an even bigger bottle selection. They always have a lot of great stuff, so you really can't go wrong.

If you find yourself on the East(SE) side you should definitely stop by. If I was rating them on beer alone they would easily get a 5-out-of-5 from me.

11-21-2012 07:11:08 | More by AxesandAnchors
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BaroomHero

Oregon

5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Atmos: Parking?! F parking! APEX took the entire parking lot for the original space and turned it into a HUGE outdoor patio lined with picnic tables complete with GIANT Octoberfest umbrellas for those drizzle Portland nights. Not to mention more bike parking than almost any other spot in town (and for PDX that's saying something). But APEX isn't just about the bikes, it caters to anything two wheeled with motorcycle only parking, MotoGP on the tube, and "bike" flash all over the place.

Quality: is APEX's middle name. From super clean lines and great brews, they actually have clean bathrooms and an even cleaner bar. Not to mention a SICK pinball area.

Service: From the owner down to the door guys, the entire crew knows their beer upside down and sideways. While they won;t kiss your @$$, you'll def leave with an education in addition to a decent buzz.

Selection: This is what really makes APEX... Tons of legit taps; old favorites and tip-o-tha-spear stuff... HUGE flat screen touting the beer, brewery, ABV, IBU's, and price so you always know what's ON tap without even if you can't SEE the taps (it can happen depending on the crowd). Coupled with regularly occuring craft events feturing breweries from SoCal to Canada and you'll be hard pressed to find more "good" beer in one place anywhere in the world, period.

Food: No. And it's great bc you can bring/order anything you want from outside of the bar.

Value: $3 pours to hard to find bottles, they have what you want at a fair price. But bring your cash, because APEX is also famous for being cash only.

Bottom line- one of the BEST Bars on the planet. And believe me, I've seen many in my travels.

10-01-2012 20:04:29 | More by BaroomHero
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plutoxx

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Jesse McCann owns the King of all beer bars in Portland, OR ... Top Notch! This place is bicycle/motorcyle friendly with plenty of secure lock-up stations and has probably the best west coast beer selection ever! Not a place to go if your looking for food since they serve none, but cool vintage pinball machines and a bottle list thats quite impressive! Courtney our Bartender was awesome at her knowledge about the beers we ordered, the bathroom grafitti is even quite impressive... Please DO go when in Portland even with so many choices there!

09-28-2012 11:11:45 | More by plutoxx
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KDawg

Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

Stopped in here on a thursday afternoon. The patio was nice and open, so that's where I decided to sit down.

The atmosphere is definitely hipster, but that's no big deal to me. The patio is nice and a good place to relax.

The selection was very deep. There were something like 40+ draft selections at the time and a whole bunch of bottles as well.

It would sometimes take a bit to get a beer from the bartender. It wasn't like it was slammed, but there would be a slight wait considering the amount of people there. Still, it wasn't that big of a deal in the end.

The only real downside to apex is that it's cash only. That does limit me on how many beers I can have there as I don't keep too much cash on me that often. Still, the selection is sick and it's one of portland's best bars.

07-02-2012 21:33:03 | More by KDawg
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$$

A: Walked across the street from BeerMongers and landed here. Inside Old Metallica, Motorhead and some Poison the Well loudly blared. Outside is rather quiet, peaceful patio with lots of outdoor seating. The place is a garagefront and the garage doors come up when the weather is nice. Upfront, inside is seating upfront with a long narrow area with bar extending the length of the establishment. Cash only.

Q: All beer here is top notch and I know these lines are clean. My Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux was simply amazing

S: Nothing to complain about. Forget trying to make small talk with servers lol.

S: Out of this world. Nice big list of rare, vintage bottles but be willing to pay the markup. Fifty Fifty Eclipse, FW14, Old 3l Samiclaus. The works. 50 handles of well chosen craft. Among the best draft lineup I have ever seen.

F: No food, oh an no growlers either

04-14-2012 13:25:22 | More by barleywinefiend
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

Stopped in here briefly to examine the take out selection, and I'm kind of sorry I didn't have more time to explore the tap list as well. Basic layout, simple decor, kinda pleasantly grungy. There's a long bar with plenty of room, and ample table seating, including an outside area. There are even a few arcades / pinball machines in the foyer, which is always nice to see. Service was on the ball, knowledgeable and friendly, though it was very non-busy when we visited. There was really nothing to complain about as far as selection goes. With 50 beers on tap, there's bound to be something for everyone, including lots of good local stuff. The fridges contained a great bottled selection including lots of stuff we couldn't find anywhere else, including such venerable spots as Belmont Station and Beermongers (right across the street BTW). Prices were reasonable, though obviously for some of the higher end / rare bottles, you're going to be dropping some coin. But buying such beers is a personal choice, after all.

01-12-2012 04:04:25 | More by Rifugium
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jpellett251

Georgia

5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $

Outside of my local favorites in Atlanta, this is my favorite beer bar in the country. Bartenders are cool and the owner was awesome. On my last week long trip to Portland my girlfriend and I went 4 times. A sampling of what we drank this time: Hair of the Dog Matt Batch I (Bottleworks X)!, Cascade Vlad the Impaler, Alesmith Speedway Stout, Boneyard Suge Night, Anchorage Love Buzz Saison, Anchorage Bitter Monk, and Anchorage Whiteout, Fantome Noel, and Pliny.

The selection on the 50 taps is always great (and update in real time on their website) and the bottle list has a fair number of rarities, prices are great, and the Mexican place next door has awesome burritos you can bring in.

12-14-2011 07:36:25 | More by jpellett251
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cbarrett4

Oregon

4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$

A welcome establishment for Portland. This is a great bar with tons of outdoor seating. The inside is rather cramped and it can get a bit crowded on weekends.

The bar accepts CASH ONLY, so remember to bring your dollars. They do have an ATM, but you get all those nasty fees....

Service is always great! The bartenders are nice and extremely knowledgeable. I confessed my appreciation of Vortex IPA and the bartender pulled me a pour of El Toro IIPA which I loved! Sometimes they get a little backed up when it's busy (most nights they have been).

I've scored some of these gems here (most on tap): Dogfish Head 120, Pliny the Elder (tap and bottle), Supplication, Beatification, Temptation, Consecration, Sanctification, Benediction, various Mikkellers, various limited release Stone ales, rare Bear Republic brews, and various limited release Dogfish Head brews. The bottle selection is also decent.

It's worth checking out, just be prepared to wait a few minutes for service if they're busy.

08-28-2011 22:50:31 | More by cbarrett4
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ramnuts

Oregon

2.4/5  rDev -44.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$

Been here a couple of times. Each and every experience was an utter disaster. Today was no exception. I arrived mid week at noon, only about five or six customers seated in the patio and nobody at the bar. Nobody. Not even an employee. I waited and waited. And waited. There was even some cash on the bar, suggesting that someone else had dropped their money there and had taken off before I arrived. I finally gave up and left. Just awful. Will never, ever return there. Incredible that they are still in business.

08-04-2011 00:46:25 | More by ramnuts
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nomomentwasted

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

Apex is a gem of a spot to have a beer. In Southeast, there are a bevy of options for where to spend a few bucks for a good pint, and Apex is a worthy contender for the top spot, among much more established places such as Horse Brass, Green Dragon, etc.

The taplist is long, easy-to-read, and with a nice variety of local vs national vs international selections. I do wish they had a bit more turnover, as I can return two weeks after my last visit and many of the taps will be the same. I can say comfortably, however, that many of there taps will blow and be replaced with more of the same, so beer freshness has yet to be an issue for me, especially during the summer.

Which brings me to my next point: I don't think there's a better place in Portland to sit outside on an afternoon or evening when the weather is nice. It's fantastic. The bench-style seating can be an issue at some places, but the crowd here is Portland through-and-through. I'm sure that's in no small part due to the absolutely abundant bike parking and eclectic and friendly waitstaff. I've been pleasantly surprised by how friendly everyone has been upon my visits, with many of the servers knowing what's up. Most can talk shop, and many of those most are knowledgeable enough about beer to actively discuss beer as a topic in general, not just what's on tap (a welcome reprieve from many local establishments who know little beyond their own beers).

There are a few bummers, however: when it's slow, and the weather keeps everyone inside (quite often in this city), it's a completely different beast. This place really thrives off of the environment when it's lovely out, and becomes all the more fun when its packed. It's also cash-only, which can be a real drag if you're not carrying an ATM card or any cash. Note that if you use the ATM and show the receipt to the bar, they'll offset a dollar of the costs of your beer(s). Nice gesture. Last little gripe can be that it is a little pricey for a pint, but nothing more than $0.50 to $1.00 over what I'd hope.

Apex is fantastic, and if the weather is nice, I don't think there's a place in Portland better for good beer, good service, and good people. Absolutely worth a stop by.

07-15-2011 01:24:09 | More by nomomentwasted
Apex in Portland, OR
96 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.