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 Floydster
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This was one of the places I was looking most forward to visiting while in Portland and it did not disappoint a bit, the owner is a very nice guy and has a great thing going there, we walked in and sat at the bar, place is black and white, simple and very clean, great beer drinker atmosphere with a lot of knowldegable patrons and people who appreciate the craft experience, lots of regulars by the looks of things, people seemed to be on a name by name basis, we ordered a sampler of five beers for seven dollars, really cool to see a beer bar doing sampling like this, usually only brewpubs offer this luxury, pretty awesome that I had never heard of any of the beers, and only one of the five breweries they came from, they had twenty taps and they were all local or quality American crafts, the least appealing thing on the draft menu that day was Lagunitas Correction Ale and even that is pretty cool, this place had a great bottle list and some of the best prices I have ever seen on them, some of the highlights were Cascade Vine and Sang Royal, Alaskan Barleyine, various Jolly Pumpkins, Adam, Fred, Doggie Claws, Saint Somewhere Lectio Divina and Saison Athene, Midnight Sun Arctic Devil, Green Flash Le Freak, and Stone Vertical Epic 080808, literally fifteen minutes before I was going to call MSUBulldog25, a Portland BA to see if he wanted to meet up with us, I hear a guy talking about reviewing beers sitting next to me, after a while I turned to him and asked him if he was on BA and he said yeah my name is Brian and screen name is MSUBulldog25, crazy coincidence running into the one guy we were going to meet while in the city, this craft beer world truly is small, now I know why he spoke highly of this place, it truly is great, him being the Beerfly guide for Oregon and saying this place is one of the best should say enough by itself, glad we got to meet him briefly at least, I really enjoyed the hour we spent here and wanted to stay for another sampler but Drake looked spent for the day, so we were on our way, this place is a great spot for BAs and to top it off there was empty bottles of rare beer lining the entire window space, saw things like Cable Car and some Westvleteren in there, enough to make beer geeks like us drool, added to the coolness of this spot, I will go here every single time I am in Portland, I highly recommend this joint

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Photo of jdense
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Working myself up to a fever pitch for the TV on the Radio show down the street at the Roseland, decided to make my first sojourn to the BA highly recommended Bailey's. Parking in the immediate area is an uber-bitch, so be prepared with your walkin' shoes. The atmosphere while relaxed with couches and chairs was a bit sterile. The service could have been better, but the barkeep was very informative and friendly, but working by himself on a fairly busy Saturday evening, was absolutely overwhelmed. Not really his fault, a lot of beer newbies that he had to do a lot of explaining of beer styles to. A pretty nice beer list, but it was, as noted below, creeping towards summer seasonals, with a couple of Cascade products a sour (good) and a tripel (don't bother), with some of the lesser known brews from Lompoc (Das Goat) and Laurelwood (Elvis Special Bitter) showing nice support for local brewers. No food at all. Certainly worth a visit when in downtown Beervana (as opposed to uptown Pearl re Henry's, Rogue, Deschutes), but this won't be a destination beer stop for me. Glad I stopped by, but frankly, I'll be going back to the Horse Brass.

Edit-Stopped by during the OBF. They were having a Christmas in July minifest. Upon reflection, Bailey's has a consistently very good selection. Worth a visit when staying in the downtown area.

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Photo of shertz
2.86/5  rDev -35%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

I was disappointed in this place. The place had a nice list, but the best were kicked. The bartender had no idea about the beers(see note below). The place doesn't serve food and is quite dead. Had a Laguanitas on cask that was decent but didn't like the other beers available. I should have stayed at Henry's. Not recommended. Shit, I need to fill up the rest of this review. What more can I say...hmmmm....the bathrooms are dirty. You can find better beers all over Portland. The bottle selection isn't bad either but you go to these places for their taps, not bottles.

Edit: I was made aware that I was a little hard on this place. I probably was, it may have been just a bad night. I guess I was expecting something bigger with better beer taps. Don't get me wrong, they had a few good taps, but I wasn't into summer ales and the rest I already had before. The bartender probably wasn't as bad as I said above, but I asked about the cask beer and he didn't give me much info or offer up a sample. I guess the biggest thing is you can find good beer all over Portland. Heck, I stopped up the block at a sportsbar that had beers that I hadn't tried before and decent wings(this place doesn't have food but you can order from across the street). Try it, maybe you'll find I was wrong.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I freaking love this place. Its very unassuming on the exterior and extremely casual once you get inside. It took me sometime to find this place and I like that because it means its not going to attract a huge crowd even on a Friday evening. They have a great line-up of Oregon and NW craft beers on tap, occasionally some Cali and other stuff, that are beers you don't typically have access to. They have a very good rotation of beers so they are always fresh and never skunked. They don't have a kitchen but you can order mexican food from across the the alley and have it delivered to you. I also enjoy the WiFi availability.

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Photo of marc2572
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Awesome. A friend and myself were in town with the mission of hitting 17 places in 4 days and we were successful. Baileys's became our home base to end the night. Regarding food they actually have a deal with the Mexican place next door. They will deliver to you in case you find yourself unable to walk. If you like Mexican food do yourself a favor I would recommend trying the place even if they didn't have the convenient deal with Bailey's. Geoff the owner is a very cordial host be sure to support him if you find yourself in Portland.

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Photo of Sharpie30
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

At first glance Baily's feel is a bit different than most taprooms. It is minimalist, clean, and fresh. It took me a couple pints, but really started to grown on me. By pint three I'm feeling right at home, a good change of pace. The tap list is very good, always rotating through some great brews. The bartenders are very cordial and easy going. If I had to complain, I would want some food here, that would make pint four possible, but I like the beer only attitude and their are serveral places in the area to grab some grub. I also like that Baily's updates their website often, I can take a peak from home and see what will reel me in. All in all a great tap room that sticks out in Portland.

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

Something about this place just really impressed me...

This is the most minimalist beer bar I've ever been to. The decor is very simple, no beer signage that I saw, sort of reminded me of a beerbar from the future.

That being said, it offered up some amazing beers and everything was super clean and top quality service.

All i can say is that this place is just amazing. Its so simple and yet so great. If you want to go to a beerbar that is simply all about the beer, go here.

Also, they have Beeropoly that you can play while drinking a great beer. Perfect for a rainy day.

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Photo of Booney
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Bailey's Taproom is hands down my favorite place to drink in Portland. The owner Geoff runs a clean and calm establishment with a wide array of beers on tap. The service is always friendly. Both Geoff and Michael are more than willing to help you select a beer to please your palate. The bottle list of around 40 beers is worth looking over. Sadly, Bailey's does not provide food, however, they do permit bringing in food. Whether you are visiting Portland or live here and want to branch out, Bailey's is not a place to miss.

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Photo of bitterthebetter
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

very cool little nook/ corner spot off broadway downtown. seems classy yet unpretentious so it fits to have a really high quality tap and bottle list. all 20 or so taps offer plenty of excellent beers, ranging from light to full there is a beer for every drinker. there is always the occasional rare delight for an imperial pint, but the prices are spot on with the rest of the town. I only get beers from the tap but the bottle list is reasonable and you can get a nice taster rack for pretty cheap too. the bartender knows his stuff and is fun to talk about beer to. Well worth going to if you are going to Portland, you will definitely find some of the best beers Oregon has to offer, with a few out of state taps, its always a tough decision to pick out the beers, so go with enough time for at least 2 pints, because you can't have just one, or I never can

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Photo of sholland119
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Probably our favorite discovery on our recent trip to Portland. Bailey's in located in the business district, two short blocks from our hotel so we got there 3 times in 5 nights (would have been 4 but they are closed Sunday).

The atmosphere is fresh and modern, not exactly what an East Coaster would expect a "taproom" to look like but very nice regardless. There is a smallish bar (about 8 seats) right inside the door, with some small tables, couches and chairs around the permieter. High ceilings make the place seem bigger than it is.

Bailey's has 20 rotating taps (one cask) and serves a wide variety of local and regional craft beers. The farthest traveled were a couple of Bear Republic brews and one from Anderson Valley. The rest were, I think, all from OR or WA. We had never heard of any of them. But the beers we tried were excellent. Walking Man Jaywalker, Wildfire Anniversary Strong Ale, Klamath Basin Migration Destination among others. Awesome.

Service is outstanding. Michael, the bartender our first night, schooled us on some great local breweries to be on the lookout for, which helped quite a bit on our shopping at Belmont Station. The owner, Geoff, was on the other two visits and we enjoyed talking to him as well.

There is no food, though you can order from the place across the street and they will deliver. We did not try that.

Pricing seemed very reasonable, especially on the sampler tray. Highly recommended.


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Photo of Teke0611
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Visited here last weekend while in Portland. Very clean and new (it's one year old now). Rotating taps; I had several items while there including Top Sail Imp Porter & Hop Stoopid. The Full Sail was only $4 for a 12oz snifter - cheap! Left with two bottles of Fred from the Wood and another Top Sail on the last night for $18. I'd say that's a bargain. It was open until at least midnight, and the owner is very nice. There are couches, tables, and stools - take your pick. It's located right on a corner. I don't know if they have food, as I didn't ask.

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Photo of amsupafly
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

No food (but supposedly there exists a menu of chocolates and cheese), unless you want to order Mexican from across the street.

The beer selection is typically pretty good and, from what I've seen, the beer value (what you pay compared to what you get) is the best in town.

Another unique aspect about Bailey's, which I don't mind, is the absence of table service. If you want a beer, you walk up to the counter and <typically> Geoff pours you one. Although this may at first sound like a daunting task (hell, who wants to get up, right?), it ensures you get a beer quickly--there is seldom a line, and you never have to worry about slow service.

If you're looking for good brews at a good price (and can wait to eat), this place is highly recommended.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This gem of a corner bar does seem a bit upscale what with the high windowed ceilings, the plush lounge chairs and the very minimalist decor; but add a small bar with 20 frequently rotated taps of regional crafts. During my short stay, I quaffed: Fearless Maibock, Bombay Bomber IPA, the Walking Man Red and Terminal Gravity's delicious porter.

It is well located off Burnside - and directly across from Tugboat, which for some reason I did'nt get the time to visit. Don't let the initial look of a sterile yuppy bar intimiditate you from stepping in and you won't regret it. The only thing I did regret was leaving my BeerAdvocate cap here - if any one found it, let me know.

PS: They no longer serve cheese or chocolate.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This place looks a lot like a trendy coffee shop but the beer selection is all business. A bunch of comfortable couches make for a nice place to tip some jars. The beer list is big and very well considered with hard to find local beers. I talked to the owner and he said some of the beers were to be found nowhere else in Portland. The food looked pretty decent but this really is a beer joint that has the hip cool interior that attracts the urban professionals. Compare this to the smoky dark interior of the Tugboat next door and I will take this anyday

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

Tried Bailey's Taproom last night during the annual Starlight Parade which was taking place right outside. The atmosphere was nice, the pub clean and comfortable with a solid beer selection of about 20 beers from mostly west coast breweries.

Defintely put this place on your Portland pub crawl itinerary. It's across the street from the Tugboat Brewery and within walking distance of plenty of other good pubs like Deschutes, Rogue and Bridgeport. It's also only a few blocks from lightrail and the Portland Streetcar.

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

This place came recommended by a co-worker.

When first walking in I felt a little out of place to be honest. It reminded me a Hollywood, CA type bar. Really modern an such.

Despite that, the beer selection is rather grand. Features selections from West Coast and Northwest breweries. A great thing to do to help lesser known breweries on this coast.

My buddy, my girlfriend, and myself all had the sample tray of about 5 different brews. All but one were rather tasty.

I don't think this place serves food but has a selection of chocolates and cheeses. We didn't try those unfortunately.

Surely a great place to visit if you're in the area. Just be aware that this place almost seems slightly upscale. The beer is good and that's what matters!

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Photo of benito
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is a great beer bar right in downtown Portland.

When my friends and I visited--late on a Monday night--the place had a good crowd of folks still there. It has an urban-chic feel, but there are board games that belie the hipper-than-thou feel that one might accuse this place of having. And, anyway...the beer is great! They've got twenty rotating taps, and the emphasis is on Northwest brews. Amongst others, they had Walking Man Saison du Ped, HUB Seven Grain Stout, and taps from Cascade Lakes, Caldera, Laurelwood, Avery, Stone, Hale's, and Double Mountain.

The service was friendly, even though the bartender told us that he had been hoping to close early on a Monday night.

This is a great place for a pint or two--a high-priority visit for out of town beer tourists.

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Photo of ccrida
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

This is my favorite bar in Portland. Atmosphere is a nice mix of urban hipster loft yet still has a comfy vibe where you needn't feel anything but relaxed...a few different sized tables, some sofas in a living room type area up front, and about 15 bar stools.
Quality of the drinks is top notch. All 20 taps rotate frequently and are strictly NW, mainly locals, with a great seasonal variety. A small but well choose selection of bottles (mostly bigger sized) and a few local wines, as well as french press coffee.
Service is great, geoff the owner/bartender is super nice and knowledgeable on the beers. I applaud him for ditching the career and opening a place like this and am always happy to support it.
Food is just cheese/chocolates/olives, I've had all but the chocolate, and it's a nice little selection of good local stuff.
Price is pretty good, impy pints and great deal on 5 x 4 oz samplers if you're feeling tempted to try the many beers on the menu that day that you probably haven't had before. My wife's not into beer bars, but always enjoys coming down here for some relaxed conversation and good drink.

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Photo of freed
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

It's almost brash to open a new place like this in Portland nowadays, but I can see why this place is here. As many folks mentioned, it sits across the street from Tugboat, and is just slightly more visible than the nestled back Tugboat. Bailey's itself is still somewhat hard to see when moving up Broadway by car, and the facade is much more appreciable when travelling by foot. As other reviews mention, the bottles along the window add a nice detail without adding clutter like you'd expect. We'll see what age does.

The interior is quite lovely. Brick walls exposed beneath chipped paint, clean modern wood, and efficient angles make this a very different bar than many around town, though similar to some that are chastised for being too trendy. The atmosphere is very welcoming and open and there is a nice mix of bar seating, living room comfort, and tables. The selection of music was relatively recent, though some tracks were loud enough that conversation became challenging, and the decor is not acoustically friendly.

The beer selection was fantastic, and represented many local and regional beers I'd never seen on tap before. The bar tender was happy to offer an opinion on beers, but also a sample so you could decide on your own. I was pleased to see the option for 10oz glasses and 20oz imperial pints. I did not check the wine selection, nor the bottle list as the tap selection was quite agreeable. Nor did I sample any of the edibles.

I'm very glad to see Baily's. Location wise, it serves as a nice Ying to Tugboat's Yang. Aside from that, it's a pleasant place to be, and I look forward to my next visits.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Even before you enter Bailey's Taproom, you're impressed with the empty bottles lining the gets the attention of all kinds of people walking by, whether they're beer nerds or not. And there's room to grow...allegedly each bottle has been emptied and enjoyed by owner Geoffrey Phillips.

The atmosphere is great, having a sort of mod feel, and also reminding of a hipster European hotel bar. The taps themselves, all of which are West Coast and Pacific Northwest beers, are too plain, but since this place is new hopefully they'll dress that up a little bit (especially considering this is THE feature of the bar). There are also bottles available, some of which venture outside the West/Pacific NW theme. All is quality, be assured. The clientele seemed to be 30/40-somethings, but the friendly vibe and cozy atmosphere (more couches!) ensures that any one, any age is welcome. The dress of the customers ranged from jeans and tennis shoes to business suits to everything in between.

Their food offerings are scant, being either trays of cheeses, olives, or...a third item that I've forgotten. Maybe they don't properly slice their cheeses, doing small cubes rather than thin slices, but whatever...this is a must-stop whenever you're in Portland. Get there early and grab a couch.

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Photo of John_M
4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Had occasion to stop by Bailey's this past Saturday afternoon. I had heard good things about the place, so had been looking forward to the visit.

The location of the taproom is pretty interesting; right across the street from Tugboat Brewing at the corner of Broadway and Ankeny. Walking in from Broadway, the place seems a bit smallish, with a moderate size bar running from the left side through the middle of the taproom. There are probably around 10 tables, and my guess would be that the place holds no more then 30 or 40 patrons. The place has sort of modern look, but with some nice wood over the bar. The taproom comes across as a very comfortable place to sit and have a beer.

Didn't get a chance to try any of the food, but the cheese and chocolate offerings looked pretty interesting. The taproom also has a small but well thought out selection of wine by the glass, which is a bit pricey ($9 for a moderate size pour of Ponzi Pinot Blanc), but still welcome if you happen to be with friends who do not really like beer.

As for the beer selection, it was quite excellent. Bailey's has an outstanding selection of bottled beers, but I was interested in the draft selection. I'd guess there were between 16 and 20 beers on tap, which this day included the excellent Racer X DIPA (which I could barely drink following hop overload at the Hood River Wet Hop Festival) and the imperial weizen from Pyarmid. Service was quick and efficient; I believe we were served by the owner. He was kind enough to let me open a bottle of Founders breakfast stout I had brought out to the West Coast for the visit/occasion.

An altogether excellent place; one I plan to visit on a regular basis, given its close proximity to Oregon Wines on Broadway.

1/10/09 update. I visit Bailey's on a pretty regular basis, and the place just continues to impress. They ultimately decided to drop the idea of serving food here, though it's perfectly OK to bring something in or order from one the nearby restaurants. One thing I think worth mentioning is just how BA friendly this place is. I have been to several BA gatherings here, and the owner was completely cool about letting us bring in whatever we wanted to share amongst ourselves. Not that having our own beer ever stops us from ordering from the tap list. With the great selection they continue to have here, it's impossible to ever come here without ordering a beer or two off the great list. This place is just terrific.

Edit from 5/15. With the addition of the Upper Lip (small, cozy bar area right above the main pub), the score of this place deserves a bump (upwards). The UL has a 6 or 7 high quality taps (in addition to what you can already find downstairs), but what really sets this place apart, is the bottle list. They have a great selection of rare and/or limited release stuff, and the prices are amazing. Things like Hellshire III for $17 and 50/50 Eclpse four roses for $26 will give you an idea what I'm talking about (these are bar prices, not walk out prices!). Definitely a must visit for anyone visiting the west side from out of town.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.53/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

As someone who has worked in downtown Portland for years, it's been surprisingly tough to find a good beer after work. Sure there are spots in the Pearl District and scattered throughout the Eastside neighborhoods, but not much in the downtown core. That all changed when Bailey's Taproom opened for business back on August 1st.

Located at the corner of SW Broadway & Ankeny in a once-dilapidated building, Bailey's has stunningly transformed a corner location that always had 'potential' in my eyes. The space is a tall single-storied room, with thick wood beams and columns rising above an industrial-chic interior: exposed ductwork and angular panels, a time-worn brick wall with layers of plaster partially removed, bare concrete floors, an amber-hued wooden bar. Perhaps the room's best features are the huge north and east facing windows; they allow in plenty of indirect natural light in the day and showcase the convivial atmosphere inside to the folks passing by at night. Patrons seem to gravitate equally to the L-shaped bar seating and to the handful of tables lining the windows, but the real spot to stake out is the corner, with its two comfy couches and super-sized coffee table. A good atmosphere all-told, a little loud when busy (and it's been quite busy the last few visits) and a bit lacking on the cozier, 'feminine' side (my wife's words). I'd like to see a bit more 'beer' stuff: signage, tap handles, etc. but understand the minimalist look, too.

On to beers...the main reason we keep going back is the excellent rotating selection of top-notch local taps and well-chosen bottles. 20 taps, all NW/West Coast, run the gamut of styles, and range from big breweries like Deschutes, Stone, and Full Sail to obscure ones like Raccoon Lodge, Fort George and Off the Rail. There are usually several surprises and at least 2 or 3 new choices each week. Bottle choices are up to 16 at last count and are typically bigger beers that should cellar nicely. On my first visit, the owner was nice enough to show me around and pointed out the cooler where the aging bottles were to be kept. Choices include the likes of Allagash, AleSmith, Green Flash, Jolly Pumpkin, Pelican, Hair of the Dog and others.

Prices seem really fair on pints and bottles. $2.50/10 oz. & $4.50/20 oz. for lower ABV draughts and $4/12 oz. snifter for the 8%+ big ones. There's also an option for 5-5oz. tastes for $7. Bottles are priced for consuming at the taproom, but are discounted for 'to-go' retail sales.

As for the service, it would be hard to top. Geoff Phillips, the owner, is a personable guy who's happy to talk beer or whatever..when he's not slammed with business that is. The last 3 visits (all Friday afternoons) have been so crowded soon after 5pm, that the atmosphere around the bar seems almost frenetic. Geoff and his buddy, who helps occasionally when the going gets tough, do a great job keeping glasses full and tables cleared, but occasionally there are times when the service slows down...maybe a kink or two still to be worked out.

Food choices are simple: cheeses, olives, chocolates. The focus is so beer-centric, they could certainly use a few more food options, especially with some of the heavy beer choices. What they do serve is tasty and well-chosen; a half-dozen different local cheeses can be sampled on plates with a scattering of crackers and fruit (again the 'feminine' touch my wife noted might help, presentation-wise). Olives come in six varieties, too. Chocolates (the only food choice we've not tried) come from a couple Oregon chocolatiers (Dagoba & Euphoria).

EDIT (03/2008): Chocolates/cheeses/etc. have been discontinued (too much to serve food and beer both when things get busy). So TONIGHT we found out about the deal with the Mexican place across the street, El Grillo. Go next door and place an order and they'll gladly deliver to your table at Bailey's...on a real plate, with silverware, napkins, sauce, whatever. SWEET!

EDIT (05/2009): El Grillo is closed, but Santeria is open across the street. Same delivery deal as before (and they're CASH ONLY).

Definitely worthy of visiting when in downtown Portland. A short walk from many of the better hotels on/around Broadway means it's a convenient stop for visitors and locals alike.

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Photo of joedon
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Opened Summer 2007 in a renovated store-front. Atmosphere is pleasant urban-hipster. Old bricks show on one side and very old doors and windows. New mahogany bar with back-bar of brushed chrome and glass. Some couches and floor pillows in the front corner and tables and chairs elsewhere. Customers seemed to be business people and urbanites.

All the draft beers were from Oregon or Washington. Excellent selection, especially of small craft brewers you can't taste anywhere else. Twenty rotating taps. I had the Old Bawdy from Pike Place in Seattle. Excellent BW served in a snifter.

Bartender was very knowledgable about the beers and offered samples.

Didn't try any food but the menu is limited to cheese, fruit, snack items.
I really hope this place succeeds. Much better beers than Henry's and served in a more beer-friendly atmosphere.

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

My wife and I stumbled across this place while visiting Portland recently. I thought we had done fairly extensive research (mostly thanks to BeerFly) and knew about the best beer bars. However, this place is brand new and wasn't on the radar. It's a great place, and hopefully soon will be recognized as one of the best in Portland. Living in the Boston area, it was very refreshing to see a beer list that specialized in Pacific Northwest beers. They have 20 rotating taps. On our visit, those taps featured various offerings from Deschutes, Terminal Gravity, Ninkasi, Roots, Amnesia, Full Sail, Golden Valley, Double Mountain, Rogue, Eel River, Pike, Diamond Knot and Dicks, among others. There are NO macros to be seen, and the selection isn't for the faint of heart. Of the 20 taps, 15 featured beers of greater than 6.0% ABV (and Stone Smoked Porter (5.9%) and Anderson Valley Boont Amber (5.8%) just missed). With 6 IPA/Imperial IPAs (including a stunning Ninkasi Tricerahops), a normal Friday night for Bailey's was a bit like the Hophead Throwdown. They also featured an Imperial Red, Imperial Stout, Barleywine and Belgian Tripel. The prices seemed very reasonable (at least compared to Boston) with 20oz pints at $4.50; 10oz glasses at $2.50 (or $4.00, 12 oz snifters on the 8%+ ABV selections).

Although we didn't venture away from the drafts, I believe they feature about 15 well-chosen bottles (Avery, AleSmith, Ommegang, Great Divide, Hair of the Dog...).

The atmosphere is modern, with exposed brick. The floor to ceiling windows on two sides make the place feel very open and bigger than it is. The owner, Geoff, was extremely knowledgable, friendly and appreciative of our patronage. He talked with us at length both nights we visited.

Although we didn't try any food, the cheese plates looked very nice.

UPDATE - on Saturday 8/2/08, we were back in Portland on vacation and attended Bailey's 1st Anniversary party, which featured 15 barrel-aged drafts. This place held up to my earlier outstanding rating.

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Bailey's Taproom in Portland, OR
4.4 out of 5 based on 159 ratings.
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