Bailey's Taproom

Bailey's TaproomBailey's Taproom
Bailey's TaproomBailey's Taproom
Bar, Beer-to-go

213 SW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97205-3705
United States

(503) 295-1004 | map
baileystaproom.com

Notes: Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 12:00am
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.47
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
169
pDev:
8.72%
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BeerCartographer from Oregon

5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Bailey's is among the cream of the crop -- a shining example of what taprooms in Portland should aspire to be. There is always a table or seat available, only TV's in sight are the taplist, and you can actually have a conversation (however, the music selection is jammin', to its credit). Sitting outside also nets you a front row seat for the heart of downtown Portland -- for better or for worse!

Never had I drunk a beer from Bailey's and thought there was a potential problem with the tap lines. There is always fast and friendly service, there is always a high quality beer available on its 26 rotating taps. If you haven't already done so, please do yourself a favor and visit Bailey's Taproom (and also The Upper Lip, while you're at it!)

Dec 18, 2019
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Redrover from Wisconsin

4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I must have been to Portland 25 times over the past 8 years and have never made it to Bailey’s, this was the trip I was going to rectify that.


Bailey’s is a nice and airy pub. It has high windows on two sides of the bar room and really high ceilings with some exposed brick. It has a bit of a quirky shape and that adds to the charm.

The bar is in against the left wall as you enter. It must seat about 20. Only downside for me is some of the bar stools are permanently attached to the floor. I was happy to grab the last seat as it was pretty crowded. There are some tables along the walls/windows and a few seats outside.

The service was fine but a bit slow. Since it was crowded for happy hour and I was not in any real hurry, I was ok with it.

They have a beer board that lists the 26 beers on tap. Most of these were local which is great. They also had a cooler with bottles and cans.

There is no food but they are cool if you want to bring your own in.

The music was turned down low so it was easy to converse. No TVs so not an option to catch a game (there is a huge sports bar about two buildings away if you have to watch a big game).

I was very glad to finally make it here!

Jun 28, 2017
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devilmakesthree from Oregon

5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

One of Portland's all-time greats, and a must stop when in town. While it can get pretty crowded in the evening and on weekends the service is always quick and friendly. While there are some bottles for sale, I generally stick with the taps, of which there are twenty-six, representing a range of styles, and most of them from here in Oregon. Along with the Beer Mongers and Horsebrass, it's one of my favorite places to imbibe.

Aug 21, 2016
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flagmantho from Washington

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I stopped in at Bailey's Taproom on a recent trip to Portland because it seemed like a nice watering hole near my hotel. Boy, was I pleased at this find! Relatively small and intimate inside, it's got a big selection of brews (30+ I'd guess), almost all from the NW Oregon area. Service was good and the atmosphere was great for setting down with a book from Powell's and having a couple pints. I highly recommend Bailey's if you're in town for a short time, as there is a good selection of styles and local breweries. I'll definitely try to stop here again on my next trip.

Jan 20, 2016
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MizzDizz from Georgia

4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Love the selection - always something for everyone in terms of style, locale, abv, etc. The display screen listing the beer on tap is still the best one I've seen even after they invited the idea (at least, in the Portland area, they were the first). The staff are all well-versed beer geeks with spot on suggestions and usually freely offer information about new releases, bad batches... I wish I could bring Bailey's to my current location!

Dec 24, 2015
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flexabull from California

4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Last stop on my first night in PDX from a recent trip.

Vibe is super busy and clean (lots of white). Looks older on the outside, while the inside is pretty barren and basic looking. Definitely had a buzz about the place though.

Quality and selection was top notch. Tap list was 20+ of mostly PNW offerings, I had a Barley Brown and a DeGarde beer, both were excellent.

Service was fine, but nothing special. They were busy, and the guy was quick, but he wasn't super friendly. I can understand though, the place was slammed.

Overall? Well worth a visit, one of the better tap rooms in downtown Portland.

Nov 19, 2015
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kdlsantos from California

4.82/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

I love that the selection and barrel-levels are available online. They also have a standing understanding/relationship with Santeria across the street. I ordered some tacos, and the kind waiters brought them to me, condiments and all. I'm not so sure about the "rude" "hipster" bartenders that I've read some complain about, but my experiences there have been stellar.

Oct 09, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Well, let's start with the beer. 20 taps, mostly local, interesting but nothing special. Prices are average maybe a bit higher, handful of random mix of locals bottles. Bartenders are OK, pretty busy and don't seem super knowledgeable, but can't really judge as they are too busy.

Music is loud, dubstep, a bit offensive in music, I realized I went into hipster country to get here too and this is prob the most hipster place I've seen so far.

Typical open cieling with pipes running around, fake brick walls, decent long bar top. Also it's the "fun" part of town, saw cross-dressing stripper pass me on the walk here, some drunk hobos, a bunch of drunk teenagers, thugs, group of hipsters, etc. Even if it was an awesome place, I don't think I'd want to come back. I do like that they tell you how low each keg is on the monitors, as well as on the website.

Oct 04, 2015
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rjd722 from Maryland

4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I've grown up on the East Coast and for about two years I was lucky enough to travel to Portland, OR for work about every three months. I was staying downtown and looking for a place to taste some of the great beers that the West Coast has to offer and was recommended Bailey's. Only about 4 blocks from my hotel I made it a point to walk to Bailey's at least three of the five nights I was visiting. They have a huge digital beer board and carry about 22 beers on tap along with one nitro selection. About 80-90% of the beers are from the West Coast and once a keg kicks another beer is rotated in; if you go on a Monday and then again on Friday the beers will have probably changed 2-3 times. Phenomenal selection, no matter what you like there will be at least a couple great beers to try.

Can't enough about this place, I'm not traveling to Portland again anytime soon but when I do this place is a sure stop.

Aug 07, 2015
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada

3.96/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Cool place. Solid but not spectacular. What Bailey's has going for it is location. If you are staying downtown on the west side of the river, there aren't many great beer bars, so Bailey's stands out. Tap list when I was there was solid, but nothing worth noting. Vibe is pretty cool too.

Aug 01, 2015
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protocolsix from California

4.97/5  rDev +11.2%

Where else can you get $3.50 12-oz pours of Notorious?

Bailey's offers cheap prices, a high-tech tap list that shows how much is remaining in each keg, a PNW-focused tap selection, and a relaxed atmosphere.

Nov 26, 2014
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badgustav from New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +11.9%

I travel to Portland for business very often, and I always spend at least one night at Bailey's. The true rotating taps, focus on the unusual and nano brews, and knowledgeable staff make it a great place to be. It does get crowded later in the week, so be fore-warned. I also recommend getting dinner from Santeria's brought over.

Oct 14, 2014
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BenHesk12 from California

3.39/5  rDev -24.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.75 | selection: 4.25

Visiting Portland from San francisco I stopped by Bailey's on an early spring week-night. I was initially really excited for this place and intrigued by the electronic menu. The menu lists the beers, ABV, style of glass poured, and maybe how much beer was left in the keg? The selection is mainly awesome beers from around Oregon, the definition of a cool local spot to me serves top local beers, so this hits the mark. The service was the only problem, I maybe got unlucky but a specific bartender was a rude wanna-be hipster who poured me the wrong beer on accident and then refused to replace it with the right one. I'll be back.

Aug 07, 2014
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MammothTarantula from Colorado

4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Very friendly folks, prices were dirt cheap compared to what I'm used to (I live in Oklahoma), nice little outdoor seating with great people watching. Was impressed with the outstanding local selection and the bottles. This place was one of the highlights of my recent vacation to the Northwest, and I will return.

Jun 17, 2014
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Brew215 from Pennsylvania

4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5

It's kind of a quirky place--no food, no table service, just tap after tap of the freshest local brews. Nice people, friendly vibe, maybe just a tad too antiseptic (I think that the lights are too bright?). You just can't beat their selection--amazing, comprehensive, eclectic and served by a knowledgeable staff. One of my favorite places to drink beer in the world.

Jun 02, 2014
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brewtalthrone from Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Well of course ! You're in downtown Portland on a Saturday night, and you're ready to party, ready to drink some good beers, you're on an epicurean escapade. So you're gonna stop in here. Tight space, but you'll find room. Like most everywhere in PDX, they'll give you free tasters of anything you're not sure of spending money on. They have one of those awesome 21st century draft boards that show you what's just been tapped, what's next, and how much is left in each keg ("Holy shit, I better get some of this while I can !). VERY friendly service, and a "must visit" on your PDX beercation. The more astute and keenly aware of you beer geeks will notice the very nondescript Tugboat Brewing across the street; read my review of that place & GO THERE !

Mar 08, 2014
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Fluffheady from Illinois

4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Bailey’s is ridiculous. Their beer menu is wonderful. It’s digital and includes keg levels. (Look it up. It was on the cover of beer advocate). Besides having a cool digital menu, they have a very interesting and constantly rotating draft selection. Bailey's an after-work place, and they close rather early. The space is a little awkward, but I hear they’re expanding. They only serve beer, but you can order food from local restaurants. GO HERE.

Aug 05, 2013
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TheMsnLink from District of Columbia

4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

This place is awesome. I loved the flat screens with the draft selections that also show how much is left on each keg. Great selection of stuff that is harder for me to find on the east coast. Will definitely go here every time that I'm in Portland.

Jul 29, 2013
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jera1350 from Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

One of the targets of our recent Portland trip and it was a more than worthy stop. Pretty simple and plain layout. Various indoor seating with a few outdoor spots as well. The decor is plain except for the big screen TV sporting the electronic taplist including how much is left in each keg. Way cool! Ordering at the counter seems to make the service work equal for everyone. Go get a beer when you want one, instead of waiting for someone to come and serve you. Solid concept. Wonderful selection of ever changing taps with about twenty or so total. Small or large pour options or a flight of five beers if you would like. Wonderful bottle selection also with things priced just a couple dollars over retail. A shelf full of games to use while there. We played some Connect Four and cards with the other couple with us. Just a simple place that focuses on one thing and does it well- beer.

Jun 22, 2013
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Forrest222 from California

2.69/5  rDev -39.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4

Good selection of beers on tap, and even something on cask. In the downtown area it's easy to get to and it's got a pleasant relaxed atmosphere, but Deschutes and Bridgeport aren't far away and are better. Baileys is good, don't get me wrong, but it's a bit pretentious and the server (when we were there) doesn't seem to know his beer. Served us a cloudy Stillwater saison that we know to be clear normally but claimed it was "just the yeast". Spoilt an otherwise nice visit, and I don't think we'll be back.

Dec 27, 2012
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AxesandAnchors from Oregon

4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Café style taproom, you won't see any large screens playing sporting events. The only screen you'll see in the joint is their flat screen behind the bar that lists their rotating beer selection. Easily the best setup I've ever seen for a tap list. It's all integrated with software, so you can see in real-time how much is left in each of the kegs (good if you plan on trying something that looks like it will blow soon). This is one of the many things that sets this taproom apart from most, it's all about drinking great beer and having conversation...and nothing else. Consequently because of this you aren't forced to listen to some obnoxious group getting drunk and shouting at a tv. The space is pretty basic, nothing really special about it, but for a beer geek you'll feel like you've finally found your people.

Their tap list is constantly rotating, with 20 different taps (all great beers no fillers) one being on Nitro. Plus a cask and a firkin that are only available on some days. I live just 10-blocks away, which means I'm there pretty often and every time I stop in the list is different.

You rarely see people order a bottle there, but I think their bottle selection is one of their most underrated quality's. It's not a huge list by any means, but they've done an excellent job of curating a great selection. The tap list seems to be mostly Pacific Northwest beers, whereas their bottle selection allows you to try some great beers from other regions. If you want to geek out and have a conversation about beer just look for someone drinking a bottle, odds are they're the nerdiest beer geek in the taproom.

The staff are super friendly (friendlier if they're not swamped) and know their shit. Easy to talk to and more than whiling to chat about beer.

They throw some pretty kick ass events on a pretty regular basis stocking the list with even more amazing beers than on a normal day. Last time I went to an event they had quite a few aged kegs that were amazing.

If your a beer geek and live in Portland and haven't been to Baileys (one, stop calling yourself a beer geek) quit reading this review and go have some beer. If your visiting, stay at the Ace Hotel so you can walk there...just spend your trip in the taproom.

Nov 21, 2012
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KDawg from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I stopped in here last year and stopped by twice this time around. It's the atmosphere that keeps me coming back. It never feels packed even though it can draw a good crowd.

The vibe is generally very laid back and it doesn't take too much to get a beer when you need one. The bartenders can sometimes take a little bit of time, but on they whole they are easy to get a hold of.

The selection is usually pretty good. They'll have up to 20 taps going at any time. What's better is that now there is a screen that lets you know how much of a beer is left in the keg. It's also a pretty NW focused selection on the beers with some wider selections as well.

This being in downtown makes it easy for me to go back to on return trips. It's a laid back place where you can get some quality beer.

Jul 02, 2012
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dirtylou from New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

took a few portland visits to get here - the hours are a bit quirky (4-midnight; closed sunday), considering their prime downtown real estate.

cool place - interior of brick and wood, throwing out a nice PNW vibe. Staff all seemed knowledgeable about the product.

the draft list is displayed on an electronic screen, providing for up-to-date information. pours are often available in a few different sizes. the bottle list is pretty extensive with a lot of large format bottles from primarily PNW and Belgian breweries.

I thought the bottle prices were extremely fair - just a touch over store-retail

on our visit, the draft list was a little tame. Although, it feels odd saying that given i enjoyed a Pannepot on tap to start it off.

Enjoyed this place a lot - will return.

May 02, 2012
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cbarrett4 from Oregon

4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

What can I say except that I love this place. My only beef is the location, between some really... interesting... establishments and pretty close to a halfway house and a homeless shelter (so you occasionally get accosted for hand outs as you walk there).

Once inside though it is a treat. The bar is rather too short I think, only a handful of stools. There is ample table seating, and a nice table tucked waaay in the back which I often sit at with friends.

The bartenders are all very knowledgeable with the selections. Every time I come in (whether a bartender I haven't met yet or not) the bartender will ask what I thought of the beer and which of the beers I really liked.

They have around 20 taps (19 plus a firkin I think... check the cover of the latest BA for the exact number). But what I love is the selection of rare and limited brews. There are also quite a few bottle selections as well. Most of the bottle selections are more rarities. Things like Allagash, Russian River brewing, and others.

The prices are reasonable, slightly higher than Belmont Station or Beer Mongers, but still reasonable. You do get stuck with some higher markup (than competitors, not actual % markup) on the bottle selections. but since they are a beer bar they have to make some serious cash flow on beer and it's easier to make your $ on kegs.

The computer tracked keg screen is nice. It tracks the amount of the beer left in each keg (approximately), and I see a lot of people ordering the kegs that are the lowest. If I were them I would be tempted to make a full keg of something I wanted to move through look like it was almost out! But the system is nice and beers are updated instantly online as well (wish I could say the same for Belmont Station!).

It's a gem of a beer bar and worth braving the homeless and the strip club crowds nearby!

Oct 23, 2011
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koopa from New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Spent a few hours at Bailey's Taproom this weekend with my buddy and enjoyed my time. First impression was a bit rough - the place smelled like puke. The decor is definitely modern - a bit flat screen tv displays the tap list, the pour sizes (both 10oz and 20oz pours available), prices for each pour, as well as how much beer is left in each keg which is a pretty awesome piece of information to have. They also had a beautiful custom wooden/mirrored temperature controlled cellar cabinet that housed a really nice bottle collection. Classy for sure. Steve and Jeff did a great job making pleasant beer small talk and taking care of our needs at the bar. They were happy to answer any questions that we had and gave us plenty of honest feedback about beers on the menu.

Food from the Mexican joint "Santeria" across the street can be brought inside, or delivered for a $0.50 fee which is a nice option to have.

The taproom is on a corner property and has plenty of window side tables along both sides plus bar seating for roughly 20 people.

Downtown lot parking is available for a price or you can do street parking for roughly $1.60 per hour by printing parking tickets out of the green metal box pay meter and putting the receipt in your drivers side door window (not your windshield) but be warned you can only pre-purchase 90 minutes of street parking and then you have to go back to your car / the meter and purchase more time.

Sep 06, 2011
Bailey's Taproom in Portland, OR
Place rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 169 ratings