Venti's Cafe + Basement Bar

Bar, Eatery

325 Court St NE
Salem, Oregon, 97301-3526
United States

(503) 399-8733 | map

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Photo of lighthabit
4.14/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

have only been here 3 times. menu is local upper-mid-class deli, nice sandwiches, pleasant table service. web site said they had a bar downstairs - surprise! i did not know this. downstairs is too crowded for my tastes, but it feels clean and staff was pleasant enough. feel odd buying bottles to go in what feels like a bar, but their selection is extremely impressive. not hugely wide, but most styles have very good representation. web site beer list could be updated a bit more frequently, it shows february and it's may.

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

Well, the Salem beer scene has changed quite a bit since my 2011 review (and so has my opinion of Tricerahops, for that matter). Venti's basement is still a great place to have a beer, particularly in the dreary winter months, or even to get out of the heat during some of the sweltering summer days. Still a well-curated selection of drafts. The bottle list isn't what it once was, and bottle prices are higher these days. I don't go here all that often anymore with all the other options in town, but this place will always be my first love in Salem.
Original Review:
Hands down the best beer bar in Salem. Excellent rotating tap list, and a well-curated and fairly large bottle list (for onsite consumption). Prices are very reasonable, and they use the "True Pint," which makes the value even better. Service is usually pretty good, and the ambiance of the basement bar is nice & cozy. I also like the fact that there are no TVs to distract from conversation.

The upstairs is more of a restaurant, but they also have a good selection of draft & bottles. Ninkasi's Tricerahops Double IPA is a permanent tap, and considering it's one of my favorite DIPAs, that is a definite plus.

If you're a Salem beer geek or just passing through looking for a good pint, this place is a can't miss.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The place I hit up is Venti's Basement, which is essentially the same place as Venti's Cafe, except its inthe basement of the building. The beers this establishemnt offers are very high quality. They had about 10-15 high quality locally brewed beers on tap. And then another 5-10 nationally recognized solid beers to offer from draft. Then there must have been 20-30 very good bottled beer offerings. This is the kind of place I wish my town had. If this place was in my hometown, I'd go broke there. Maybe I should open up a similar style joint... Anyway, this place has great beer, a cool scene, and really good service. What else do you need?

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Photo of velosuds
4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Venti's is by far my favorite beer bar in Salem, Oregon. They often have beers on tap never available elsewhere in Salem. Only 8 on tap at any one time, but they constantly rotate them. I think they had over 35 different offered throughout the month of July. Recently, they had Racer X, but I missed out. Atmosphere is clean, upscale, and relaxed. Bar is in the basement so it has a certain nostalgic feel to it. Prices are reasonable and I believe they now use full pint glasses. They also have a decent selection of bottled beers in 12 oz. and bombers.

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Photo of timryen
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Venti's Cafe is a wonderful asset to the Mid-Willamette Valley. It is by far the best place in town to have a great beer. They have 8 taps with 7 of them rotating every time they use up a keg. There is always something new and interesting to try and they get top-quality microbrews from around the world; they don't waste time with beer that is not exceptional.

I am consistently impressed with the selection and the prices are quite fair. The bottle list is quite nice as well.

Not to mention, the atmosphere is on a whole different level than anything else in the area. It's an experience that is equally pleasing aesthetically as it is to your taste buds.

The food is always delicious and unlike anything else in town. They serve a very wide variety of styles and there is definitely something for everyone at Venti's!

Here's hoping they get a keg of Piny the Younger in late February this year!

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Photo of Reidrover
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A great addition to the normally dull Salem scene.
Good fresh,modern food styles, ranges from teryaki to North African,
Nice clean, modern space. Restuarant upstrairs, bar down stairs. Food is the same in both.
KIke the previous reviewer only 8 taps available,but oh what great beers, first time ever I had seen Double Rocket here in Salem. . Many of the more rare and unusual PNW beers.
Always had great service here, they seem genuinlly to be happy to see you.
The food is pretty nice also.
Recommeended to anyone visiting Salem.

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Photo of olmatty
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Nestled in the heart of downtown Salem Venti's Cafe is a great balance of hip style, tasty food and above all it's the best beer bar in Salem right now.
There are three separate areas for customers to dine and drink. In nice weather there's a sidewalk cafe out front. The upstairs is more of a cozy restaurant atmosphere, while the downstairs is all beer bar. All areas are clean, modern, artfully decorated, comfortable and each offers a unique vibe.
The food at Venti's focuses on salads, stir fry, curry, teriyaki with a nice balance between vegetarian and meat options. All are fresh, healthy, tasty and moderately priced. Portion sizes are moderate, just the way healthy people should eat.
My favorite part of Venti's is the beer selection. Sure there are places in town with more than twice as many taps. However, when it comes to beer Venti's excels where many places miss the mark. They accomplish a lot with only eight taps by rotating in a new, unique keg of rare west coast beer as the kegs are emptied. Staff tells me that they're presently averaging about thirty different beers each month using this method, so basically a new beer each day. Generally, they stay away from predictable northwest favorites which are featured at just about every bar in town. They also feature an unusual and ever changing selection of bottled beers to the tune of roughly twenty five choices. Prices are reasonable on both draft and bottled beers as well.
Venti's is the type of place that makes the Oregon beer culture thrive and definitely the kind of place Salem could use more of.

Updated as of 11/12/2010 Same great place now ten taps.

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Venti's Cafe + Basement Bar in Salem, OR
Place rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 8 ratings