Bailey's Taproom


74 Reviews
Bailey's TaproomBailey's Taproom

Type: Bar

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

(503) 295-1004 | map

Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 12:00am

Added by msubulldog25 on 08-04-2007

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Photo of dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

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Photo of koopa
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.94/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

There are so many good beer bars in Portland, one would have to play eeny-meeny-miny-mo to pick one as "the best." Nevertheless, Bailey's Taproom is a must. They open in the late afternoon, so you can hit them after a day of putting around. Their beer selection is not large, but they feature only tip-top craft brews with an emphasis on local beers. You can do a "cafeteria" flight to sample several different beers, which I strongly recommend. They have a lot of great beers in bottles so you can take some home - and maybe get an extra bottle to trade or give as a gift. The server I had was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable without being overly friendly, and he helped me immensely in finding beers I would like. If ever I am in Portland again, I will visit this place at least once!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A: Wow. Different. Some ambient music playing in the background downtown. I am looking out the window I see Tugboat Brewing. Crowd varies varies from beer wanna be nerds and off the the street soon to be beer nerds

Q: Good. Alesmith, Jolly Pumpkin and lots of NW handles. All is well.

S: This guy is amaizing. The bearded, red head Jesus is all alone and handling it like a champ!!! Amazed.

S: So good, Alesmith, local NW stuff. Between the good handles and good bottles you can NOT go wrong.

F: No try

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Photo of cavemanlawyer
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Bailey's is a great choice for a quick pint after work. They always have one or two interesting beers on the rotating taplist. They do a firkin each week and also have a strong but small bottle selection.

No food is available in house but they do allow delivery from a Mexican joint across the street. The problem for me is that spicy foods don't usually go with the beers I want to enjoy, so I usually skip the food here.

Bailey's is a great place with friendly staff and a solid beer lineup. I wish they would do a small menu of more beer-focused foods (meats, cheeses, etc.) but otherwise it is well done.

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Photo of Amdy
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Jesus Christ, I lived in Portland for almost 3 months because of work and this place became my favorite spot to hit up!!!! I was staying in downtown about 2 blocks away, great spot in Portland. Highly recommended to anyone who's going to the pacific northwest.I don't recall how many taps this guy has but there is a big menu and you get the option of a 10oz pour or a 20oz imperial pint.

The atmosphere here is great as well, board games for those who want to play, nice comfy chairs for those who dont want to sit at the bar, and if you get hungry, you can order from the Mexican place across the street and they will deliver it to you.

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Photo of chumba526
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I have been meaning to review Bailey's for a while now. This is my favorite bar in Portland.

Bailey's has an open and bright atmosphere. They have no TV but they have music playing softly in the background.

All the servers there in particular Scott are great. They know a bunch about the beer they are serving and they are honest. I remember A couple times when ordering a glass or buying a bottle where I was discouraged because the servers did not think it was worth the price or that it was not a very good beer.

Bailey's has 20 taps that are constantly rotating. They have good relationships with local breweries and always get limited beers. They price their prices on the beer fairly. I always find at least 15 beers I want to try when I go to Baileys. Furthermore on Mondays they have firkins of local beer. Bailey's gets beers from all over the country but most of their beer comes from Oregon.

Overall a great bar that is close to the MAX station. If you are visiting Portland going to Bailey's is a must.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I've been here a handful of times between my last couple of Portland trips. It never fails to impress.

The taplist is always local, with something different and special (though not necessarily rare / hyped / etc.) on. On various trips, I've seen things from Cascade, Great Divide, Oakshire, Widmer, Heater-Allen, etc. I feel like I have a pretty good handle on Portland beer, but I seem to encounter something new each time I'm there.

The pour sizes and prices are clearly spelled out on the menu (seriously, this is such a basic courtesy and so many bars fail to do it). Big points for that. Very reasonable prices. They sell bottles to go, and they also seem to fill growlers, according to the menu.

I've always had the same bartender: a scruffy, shaggy guy who is very friendly and knows a lot about beer. On my first trip, I didn't realize the water was self-serve, so when I asked for some, he went and got it. Good service. He also makes great recommendations if you have an idea of what you're looking for.

They don't serve food, but I saw other patrons bringing in food from the Mexican place next door.

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Photo of eatabagofbooger
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I made my first visit to this place for their third anniversary. At first glance, I wasn't a fan of the atmosphere (a bit too upscale and stuffy for my tastes), but after being there for a bit I realized what I like about the layout-even though it was crowded, the place didn't feel cramped and it was possible to hold a conversation without shouting. This is probably due in part to the thoughtful layout and in part to the high ceilings. They have 20 taps, all of which were pouring barrel aged beers for the anniversary. I've never seen such a phenomenal taplist before-many of the beers were quite rare and all were delicious. I've taken a look at their taplist on regular nights as well, and it's always a very good selection-never any filler. Despite the huge crowds for the fest, the bartenders were always friendly and chatty. I didn't speak to them much, but they all seemed quite knowledgable. I wish I didn't live so far from this place, as it is a true gem.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I went in not knowing what to expect and I left very impressed. It's an unassuming place from the outside, but once you step inside you are presented with a long line-up of taps and a floor to ceiling shelf of high quality bottles. They had a firkin of sour ale on draught when I went, and a number of good beers on draught. Lagunitas Saison Pinot, HOD Adam, etc. The barstaff are knowledgeable and friendly, as are the patrons. I went in alone and ended up sharing a bottle with a couple of regulars. This is an all around solid place for craft beer lovers. Highly recommended to anyone doing a beer tour of the Portland area.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Maybe I missed an informative sign, but apparently there are no servers for the tables. You would think they might notice occupied tables without beers but I guess not. Anyway, there was a nice selection of local and regional beers, with a slant towards the hoppier ales. Bartender was polite and knowledgeable.

Very limited seating in here though relative to the volume of customers I saw on a couple visits. The people having food brought over seem to have the right idea and maybe I'll try this option next time.

Although prices were in line with other places this is more like a "fast food" (fast drink?) place where you just order and take your drink to the table. It's in a trendy part of Portland near some decent hotels, as well as Deschutes, Henry's, Rogue, and of course the PIB almost across the street in July.

Must stop on my future trips to Portland.

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Photo of loren01
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This is a great place in downtown PDX. Has a clean modern kindof feel to it. When I was there last week they had a great kind of obscure list of tap beers. Beers that you don't find at most other beer bars. They also have a real good list of bottled beers available. We had a draft pint of wheat beer from Alameda and a bottle of Pelican IPA both of which were served appropriatley and were excellent. Though they didn't serve food there the bartender gave us menus for a little Mexican place across the street....aparently they deliver and you can eat at Baileys. I loved this place and when I'm back in PDX I do plan to come back.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Hit up Bailey's during our trip to Portland last week. The atmosphere was somewhat on the "upscale" side for what I'm used to in beer bars, not that that's a bad thing. Very tastefully decorated and plenty of seating. No issues with quality. Service was very good. The bartender was quite friendly and obviously knew the beers on tap - and craft beer generally - very well. Selection was very locally-focused with several Oregon breweries represented that I had never heard of (and I spend way too much time on this site). I believe there were about 20 taps, mostly from Oregon, as well as a medium-sized bottle list from which you could order bottles for take-away. Prices were on the low side for what I'm used to. Excellent place and a great place to grab a few local beers if you're in downtown Portland.

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Photo of shivtim
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This was easily my favorite stop in Portland.
It's a small place, open and laid-back, with a concrete floor, brick walls, and lots of bottles lining the window sills. Very minimalist yet somehow comfortable. The bartender was very friendly and offered up tastings and suggestions. Selection had a lot of fantastic stuff from Oregon, great for the out-of-town visitor. Lots of unbottled stuff. Selection was heavy on IPAs. In addition to the 20 on tap, there was a sizeable bottle list.
Everything I tried was high quality and served up in appropriate glassware.
The don't serve food, but I saw someone order nachos from across the street.
Overall a fantastic place to stop and have a drink if you're in Portland. I definitely would return if I'm in town again.

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Photo of plaid75
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Located across the street from the Tugboat.

The facade was entirely glass, which added an urban look to the exterior. The interior was railroad style in design and featured an L shaped bar and lounge seating. The space occupied two floors of open air space. There was a wide selection of retro boardgames to make your drinking experience pass a bit faster.

the interior was likewise clean and modern, with stainless steele adorning the back bar area. There were approximately twenty draft selections from local and regional brewers.

The bartender was friendly and helpful. A sampling flight was offered as well.

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Photo of squaremile
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This is the best beer bar in Portland. Always an incredible selection of NW, west coast, national, and international beers. Geoff is one of the nicest guys in town and all of the staff are happy to pour tasters or give good recommendations.

I've been here countless times at this point, and the atmosphere is pretty much just beer enthusiasts sitting around doing what they do best: drinking beer. There is also a random street person that will come in and make a scene in a memorable way.

If you can only go to one place in Portland for a beer, this is it.

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Photo of portlandjeff
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I had avoided Bailey's taproom for years because I rarely find myself on the west side of the river, and I just didn't realize that Bailey's was a good enough destination to warrant the trip alone... but it is!

Ever since my first stop, it's become part of my regular bar rotation.

The taplist is always really solid, and I often find beers on at Bailey's that I haven't seen at my other favorite beer bars in town. On top of the generally great rotating taplist, they've really built an impressive collection of very reasonably priced bottles available for on site consumption or take-out.

As far as the food goes, there is none, but they keep menus behind the bar for local restaurants, and the mexican place across the street (santeria) delivers free of charge. On my last trip, I got a huge burrito from across the street, and ate it along with a caldera old growth imperial stout, deschutes black butte xxi, 07 alaskan smoked porter, and hair of the dog greg.

The staff is always friendly, but sometimes the bar is understaffed, and service can be a bit slow.

Still, I never really mind. When I'm at Bailey's I'm never in a hurry to leave.

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Photo of gxm99
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Bailey's is right around the corner from work, and we end up going there once a month or so.
I have been very impressed with the beer selection over time. They always have at least 10 beers I want to try, many from small local breweries. The bartenders are always happy to serve a sample taste, which has saved me from a couple of beers I would not have enjoyed. (one was rose water mixed with beer, the other was an over smoked strong scotch).

One of my favorite aspects of Bailey's is the sampler tray. Since they do have so many beers to try, and I like to sample a wide variety, being able to arrange a personal flight of 5 beers is awesome.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.94/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This might be my favorite place to drink beer in Portland.

The atmosphere is good and there are plenty of places to sit from tables to couches, to chairs, and barstools. It is nice to have that much variety.

The owner and staff are super nice and knowledgeable. The service has consistently been on point in the past year that I've frequented the establishment

Taplist selections are constantly in rotation and have a nice balance of very commercial to obscure styles. There are generally many different styles on the taps at once and a nitro or cask addition.

I can't say enough good things about the owner. Truly a great person who shares tons of knowledge and rare beer. Very cool stuff.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.84/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

hey it's in downtown and it smells like it. was here for the cellarfest and unfortunately missed out on the two beers i wanted to try most. only about 16 beers on tap. i thought maybe the list posted was partial, but clearly not. even still, some really good stuff. crowded, some pretty cool cats in the joint. our table was uproarious because this shit is fun. unfortunately, laughing loudly does not agree with the bartenders as they cut the table off. "you're at the table with the guy in the red shirt? you guys are done." it doesn't help that we broke one of our taster glasses. but that same woman defeated another table in thumb wrestling to win the thumb wrestling ring back to washington.
also, outside you can meet a homeless guy who wants beer. you can give him your homebrew that is in your backpack. when he asks what it is, and you tell him, he says it's not malt liquor, and he won't be having any. offended, you put the beverage back in your bag. later, he will change his mind. you will tell him to fuck off.

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Photo of egospoon
3.41/5  rDev -22.5%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I should like this place much more than I do. Esoteric beer, comfortable seating, real half pints, board games. Atmosphere is kind of a turnoff, though. Other than beer, they serve potato chips and water. Feels too serious and bit cold, like a cross between a Starbucks, a beer academy and a hotel lobby. There are also too many seats for the space. Feels cramped even when not crowded, if you see. It may also have been that I don't really do their selection justice, but Bailey's succeeds as a lab more than a hangout. For a converse experience, take 20 steps across the alley to The Tugboat Brewery. Much friendlier, and the Flower Power Pale there reminds me of ruby port.

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Photo of Clembo1957
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Bailey's Taproom came highly recommended on my recent week in Portland. Unfortunately i didn't actually visit it until my last night in the city, if i'd visited earlier in the week i think i would have spent a lot more time there. Despite being a busy Friday night the lone barman found time to chat about the beers and i had a beer sampler to start with. there were twenty beers on all of different styles, the barman even pointed out one that i probably wouldn't enjoy. The pub was busy on a Friday night, the barman overworked, the atmosphere was good though on a quiet night Baileys would probably lack atmosphere. Food seemed to be ordered in from an establishment over the street.

Overall i was very impressed with the range and quality of beers, the knowledge of the barman and i would highly recommend Bailey's.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Finally made it to Bailey's this trip. Much like another location in Portland, I find myself torn on my overall view of this locale. The beer selection was very good, the service was adequate. You had to go to the bar for a beer but they were rather friendly and knowledgeable. The thing that threw me for a loop was the atmosphere. It was so stark and cold I couldn't believe it. I've been fortunate enough to travel the country and visit many diverse craft beer bars and stores. The vast majority have a warm and inviting feel. Bailey's was quite the opposite. I don't want to have this taken out of perspective vs. the beer... But it still played a role in my overall view of the place.

Despite the service issues at Horse Brass, I think I would visit their again before Bailey's. Concordia Ale House actually seems to have the best combination of service and atmosphere between these three places. Just my opinion.

I would head here again when back in Portland. I would just hit Horse Brass and Concordia first.

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Photo of wolffman17
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Bailey's Taproom...a must stop in Portland!

The corner location, unique floor plan, minimalistic design (down to the no-tap-handle taps), and large windows all create an interesting and comfortable atmosphere. A large bottle collection, facing outdoors, lines the windows as a hint to passersby to what can be had inside with a quick visit. Mostly young crowd even though it was mid-afternoon.

We sat at a table and walked up to the bar to order, so there isn't much to critique as far as service. However, the bartender seemed helpful and was happy to give samples before ordering.

The 20 taps are extremely well thought out; little to no overlap in styles and/or breweries. I'll take this over the "biggest tap selection available" type places any day. Had the Rock Bottom Maude Flanders, Black Diamond Saison, and Block 15 Super Aboriginale. Good stuff, though the Flanders was nearly undrinkable (I don't believe this was a quality issue due to bad lines or anything; just not crafted well).

The above 3 beers were $12 - I'd say that's pretty inexpensive for unique and/or high gravity offerings.

Excellent place...I hope I have the chance to make a return visit someday.

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