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PLACE INFO

Type: 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

Added by msubulldog25 on 08-04-2007

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
161
pDev:
8.95%
 
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Photo of John_M
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
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 jaydoc
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of sholland119
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

HV

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

Day 2 & Stop 3 of the Portland Pub Crawl. After a beer at Tugboat, we rolled into here. What an extreme difference in atmosphere. Huge glass windows, comfortable seating, and stylish bar area. Very impressive. One guy working the bar, but he held his own with the after work crowd. Selection was excellent. All the drafts are written on the glass mirror behind the bar. Loads of breweries that I have not heard of, or have not had the chance to try since arriving in Portland. This seems like the place that you come to if you are in search of good craft beer. I went with the Ninkasi Otis Stout, and my wife got the Fanno Creek Nit Wit, which really impressed me. Prices were around $5.50 for most drafts. I would no doubt be a regular here.

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Photo of Redrover
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!

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Photo of flagmantho
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.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
4.89/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.14/5  rDev -7.4%
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 seanchai
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of dirtylou
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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Mebuzzard
3.76/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of jjboesen
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

UPDATE: Back in town for the Oregon Brewers Fest and had to swing by for a few pints. Glad I did as they were in the middle of a Modern Times tap take-over: I quaffed the Witch Hedge and their Oneida; also enjoyed some tasty Victory Oatmeal Porter. Yummy.

PS: They no longer serve cheese or chocolate.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.29/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of SimcoeKid
3.75/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of flexabull
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.

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Photo of jera1350
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.

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Photo of italianstallion
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of shivtim
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
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 Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of markgugs
4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Floydster
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Bailey's Taproom in Portland, OR
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