Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom

Bar, Beer-to-go

3090 SE Division St
Portland, Oregon, 97202-1451
United States

(971) 302-6899 | map

Notes: Monday - Thursday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 12:00am
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 28
Photo of John_M
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

I'm not sure this place could exist anyplace other than Portland.

This place isn't much more than a hole in the wall on SE Division Street, and in fact is pretty easy to overlook I think in a section of town crowded with specialty stores, cafe's, coffee shops and restaurants of all ilk and manner. As you walk in from the Division, there's a small "dining" area to your left, made up of a few tables and chairs. Farther back from the front door is small bar area, holding maybe 8 to 10 seats. There's also a pretty sizeable selection of bottles on shelves farther back and to the right, and there's also a cold box by the back bar area. The over all feeling one gets at Imperial is one of very tight, cramped quarters. Still, given how small the area is, I have to say the owner seems to have done the most with the space available.

In terms of beer, Imperial has a LOT to offer, and is pretty impressive. They generally have a pretty strong taplist of local, regional and national craft options, and I was very impressed the day I stopped by, during the annual Heart of Darkness stout tasting. I think there are roughly 20 tap handles here (mostly craft and imports, though I think they have a cider or two available as well), and then a bottle selection that has to number around 200. Selection is quite excellent; maybe not as great as what you'll find at Belmont Station or John's Market, but fairly comparable to what you'll find over at Beermongers (which I think is pretty high praise). The vibe here is very relaxed and informal, despite the cramped surroundings, with a singe, flat screen TV over the back bar (not a lot of decorations or art work going on here).

Service was OK. The bartenders didn't know me, and so didn't seem to be interested in striking up a conversation or providing a whole lot of information. That being said, drink orders came quickly, which is all I really required. Prices seemed fairly reasonable here. Most beers during the stout even were $2 to $3 for a 3 ounce pour, and appeared to be in the $5 range for pints of IPA and the like (some variation of course, depending on style, abv., origin and BA character). As for bottles, I think they had Abraxas for around $23, and Prairie noir beers for around $11 a bottle. Not too bad. They don't have a kitchen here, but I believe you're free to bring in anything you want from any of the nearby, adjoining restaurants (very PDX - like).

Shrug. A very solid place for sure, but it's kind of a hassle for me to get to from my home on the SW side, so I'm not sure how often I'll return here. There are so many good/great solid places in PDX, that there's no real need to go out of your way to find a place like this.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.66/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Focusing on higher end and pricey bottles, from the imported to local and regional sours, this place has a good selection of semi-rare brews to-go for out-of-staters, but I'm not sure what the local population would think of such a large collection of, for example, Cascade bottles you can get from the source right down the street.

The space seems roomy early, but I can imagine it getting cramped, especially dangerously so at the table near the fairly highly placed rows of bottles.

They have a very respectable, fairly large taplist of mostly local brews on draft that should help keep the neighborhood coming.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

This place gives new meaning to the phrase "well curated." There's a wall of bottles, as well as four fridge units, all of which are tantalizingly tempting. Not to mention the tap handles to enjoy in house or get a fill. Impressive. Most impressive.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I have to give chops to this place, since I called them all the way from Mississippi and asked them to hold a bottle of the Abyss for me when I arrived a few days later. Not only did they have it waiting for me, they gave me a complimentary canvas tote bag with my purchase. Plus The Imperial had Big Bad Baptist on tap! The place is small, but the vibe is way cool. The selection is a bit small, but the prices are at least a dollar lower on bombers than most bottle shops in the area. I had such a nice feeling doing business with these folks. Wish I had stayed longer.

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Photo of boralyl
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

One of my favorite local bars. They have a great selection of bottles (some in coolers(mostly hoppy stuff) and others on the shelf) and ~16 taps. They do a great job making sure the things on tap are draft only and not something you can buy in bottles.

There are 3 things that make them stand out to me.

1. They have a wine chiller. You can easily pay for a bottle off the shelf and get it cooled to the perfect temperature in minutes (for there or to go).
2. They have a Blichmann beer gun on all of their taps, so you can get 16oz bottles of draft beer to go. They will fill it and cap it for you right there for a nominal fee for the bottle or you can bring in one you have already purchased.
3. The staff is great. They are very knowledgeable and super nice.

The space itself has a really nice contemporary vibe with plenty of wood and concrete. Outside they have 5-6 picnic tables for the nicer months. The windows also slide open to the sidewalk when it's nice out.

They allow outside food and encourage it. There are a ton of options for food within the building and a food cart just a block down the road.

Definitely worth a visit.

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Photo of Atreyu
4.9/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Great little bottle shop & taproom. Bottle selection is kind of on the smaller side, but very we'll curated and priced surprisingly low. Tap list is solid. High quality glassware. Staff is extremely friendly and helpful. Great ambience with lots of windows.

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Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom in Portland, OR
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