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Apex

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ApexApex
BA SCORE
96
world-class

73 Ratings
Ratings: 73
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.57%
Taps: 50
Bottles: 200
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: 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:
11:30am - 2:30am

Always tons of bike parking.

(Place added by: msubulldog25 on 04-26-2010)
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Photo of BaroomHero
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.

Photo of jpellett251
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.

Photo of Gig2828
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of plutoxx
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!

Photo of AnIslandOfGeese
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of Fluffheady
4.82/5  rDev +10.8%
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!)

Photo of Fish
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of anteater
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of cjw333
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of PotlandOR
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

The "New kid in town" has a killer selection on digital screens and a great selection of bottles.

Photo of tylerstravis
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of aevarela
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This is a place that's strictly about beer. No food, no wine, no cocktails, and simple decor so don't bother trying to drag your wife to this place (unless she's a beer geek too).

The tap count is up to 42 and, from the sounds of the first couple of reviews, significantly improved. Kwak (in Kwak glass), Triple Karmaliet, Urthel Saison, Damnation, Aventinus, Racer X, Molten Lava (Double Mtn's dbl IPA), Workhorse, Upright 7 and Upright Pils, and many, many more. Not too many slouches on the list either. Frankly, Horse Brass' selection bores me in comparison (other than the 7 or 8 rotators and special events). I didn't find the prices outrageous either. In fact, I found the Belgian prices typical of this area (I had just paid $9 for a 12 oz pour of Cuvee de Jacobin at the supposedly affordable Beermongers across the street). Belgian kegs are so hard to come by in this town that those prices are a reality for us in PDX. By the way, Brouwer's Cafe in Seattle is no bargain either when it comes to Belgians.

My concern with this place is that its tiny inside. Come this fall when the rains settle in, the huge picnic table area is gonna be useless unless they set up some heated tents.

Photo of cavemanlawyer
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Apex is a serious beer bar. There are no major league sports on tv here, just cycling. They love cycling. Apparently if you ride up on your bike you get $1.00 off your first beer. Gotta love Portland!

Apex has the highest quality tap selection in Portland. This cannot be challenged. Though places like Green Dragon and Henry's may have MORE taps, the consistent quality and hard to find beers at Apex make it the winner.

No food is served, but you can bring in Mexican food from next door. For me, Mexican food and craft beer does not mix. It would be nice if they offered some basic meat and cheese to go along with the awesome beers.

Bottle wise, they have a nice little collection for sale but it can be pricey. That being said, if you really want that giant bottle of Chimay, Apex is the place.

They have a huge patio so when the weather is nice, ride your bike over and check it out.

Photo of brewtalthrone
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
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 :(

Photo of SportsProphet
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of ShaneTheWalrus
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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Apex in Portland, OR
96 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.