APEX | Portland, Oregon
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World Class based on 63 ratings
Type: Bar

1216 SE Division St.
Portland, Oregon United States 97202 [ print map ]
503 273 9227


Hours: 11:30am - 2:30am

Mayor: Theydon_Bois (11) | Taps: 50 | Bottles: 30


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Beer Available At APEX (arranged by most recent)
Hopworks / Stone Sticks and Stones 81, Knee Deep Hop Shortage Triple IPA 96, J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2011: 25th Anniversary Version 96, Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout 3.0 99, Cantillon Zwanze (2015) 98, Saint Somewhere Eíteí Sans Fin 60, To ōl Jśmes Braun 88, Evil Twin Fire Water 79, To ōl Simple Life 92, Hanssens Oude Lambik 93, Knee Deep Citra Extra Pale Ale 96, Cellarmaker New Beer Smell , To ōl Yeastus Christ Supersour 96, Boneyard Hop-A-Wheelie IPA 94, Crooked Stave Motif Reserva 96, Crooked Stave Progenitor Noir 97, Crooked Stave Serenata Notturna 97, Boneyard Bone-A-Fide 95, Crooked Stave Progenitor 99, Barley Browns Forklift Double IPA 98
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63 reviews for APEX
 Ambiance  76%
 Service  80%
 Selection  91%
 Food N/A 
 Value  79%
 Overall  85%
 Rating  98%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Travlr  (2047) Washington, Washington DC | September 16, 2013
Best feature was the patio with tons of tables, great on the sunny day we visited. Really nice tap list, tons of bottles, lots of interesting stuff.
3fourths  (1458) Boulder, Colorado | September 7, 2010| Updated June 7, 2013
now one of the best beer bars in portland, and a staple every time i visit. opened by a former long-time employee of Toronado SF, the space is large but most of it is occupied by a beer garden populated with picnic tables. the inside is cycling themed, the draft list is impossible to miss as itís on a widescreen LCD above the bar. theyíll mix local/regional micros with german and belgian imports (first place Iíve seen Dupont Avril on tap). small but quality bottle selection. wicked pinball games too.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
brokensail  (1137) Orange County, California | June 22, 2015
First off: CASH ONLY! They do have an ATM here, but you will be charged $3, though if you bring the receipt up to the bar, they will give you $1 off your next order.

Obligatory stop in Portland. Not the hugest interior to this place with maybe a couple dozen seats at the bar and some small standing area. Mostly an outside place with a number of long communal tables.

The draft list is pretty huge and during my visit, almost all Oregon beers including a huge emphasis on hoppy beers. Lots of Boneyard IPAs in particular. Nice! Great bottle selection as well and the bottles are pretty reasonably priced. Just about all the draft beers are $5 with some pour sizes varying depending on the beer.

Between Ferris, Duffman, myself, and my other So Cal non-degenerate ticker friends, we did some serious damage here and had a great time.
nate2g  (1045) Boomtown!, Australia | October 18, 2013
Canít knock the selection here. Actually, you canít really dislike APEX period. Exciting tap choice to satisfy the thirsts of even the staunchest beer geek. Shame it was rained out and couldnít enjoy drinking on the patio. Next time...
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Ferris  (878) Burnaby, British Columbia | June 6, 2012
Small space, huge patio and cash only. Beer taps too many to count and no servers. Sounds bleak, but this no muss no fuss no food and only beer place is a staple especially when the weather is nice.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois  (856) Tourist Town (West), England | November 14, 2012| Updated January 15, 2015
Visited on Tues 6th November í12 around 2pm. We were the only folks in there till two others arrived around the time we left an hour later so ambiance defaults to a 3. Great selection on tap including FSW - Parabola, Boneyard Suge Knite í11 and plenty of other big beers. Bar tender was attentive and helpful and gave us a few samples to try. Beers are displayed on an electronic screen by the bar. Definite place to come again just hope to see a few more bodies in the place and crank the atmosphere up a little !
Beershine  (828) The Sunshine State, Florida | August 4, 2014
Only came here once, so trying not to gush but I loved this place! Wish we could have revisited. I loved they had Adambier on the same taplist as swill I would never drink. Actually the selection was pretty deep with a great variety of styles and although not all local, there were lots of Oregonian brews. Loved the unpretentious lively atmosphere, the huge patio. Loved the self-serve model. Had to bat my eyelashes just to get a wee taste before buying something (normally they want you to buy a taster) but otherwise the service was pretty good considering how busy it was.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn  (680) Vancouver, British Columbia | August 1, 2015
I like the bars in quiet neighborhoods, in the summer the patio is very enjoyable. They have so many good beers on tap that I didnít even check thoroughly the bottles, but apparently there is some special beer from many places, some from Europe, many sours from Trinity, some HOTD etcÖ I donít know if itís always the case, but I could get 3oz pours of every beer, which is lovely, and for a reasonable price; friendly service. Will visit for sure when back in Portland. WiFi available.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | October 10, 2012
A top notch beer bar in trendy SE Portland, right across the street from Beermongers and within short walking distance from Green Dragon, Cascade, Hair of the Dog, Lucky Labrador, Lardo... Phew! I could unfortunately not stay very long as they do not accept anybody under 21 not even on the large terrace packed with picnic tables. Nevertheless, it seems to be the beer bar with the best selection in town. The 50 taps or so contain a lot of top offerings. One of the rare places in Portland that seems to have a constant supply of Russian River and one of these places where one beer out of two youíd like to drink anytime. Not an extraordinary atmosphere in there to be honest, but the beer is worth staying for a while. The crowd is relatively young and hipster, but thatís true of so many of Portlandís beer spots. I did not interact much with the staff, but they seemed professional and courteous. Did not eat. Iíd definitely be back and possibly more than once if I come back to Portland for more than a few days.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
GT2  (662) Oceanside, California | October 24, 2013

The equivalent of sorts to Baileys Taproom, but on the Eastside. Great location near the food truck tent city, Lardo, and Double Dragon Banh Mi (do not miss this restaurant across the street!). Toronado-eque interior that is divey with a mega bottle collection and stickers everywhere. Positions itself as the original craft beer bar in Portland, but Iím told it isnít that old. Bottle list is extensive with a lot of hard to find stuff, marked up a pretty decent amount. To give an example, we found Firestone Walker on the bottle list here for $45. It was $30 at Brouwers Cafe in Seattle. They did have De la Seen Band of Brothers on tap, but it wasnít fresh. Boneyard Notorious was also on tap, but the pour of this beer was like 6oz and full price. A bit miffed about that. Cash only is a big annoyance, but there is an ATM inside with a fee. Server was pretty nice. Overall, I was a bigger fan of Baileys. Still, this is the only place I saw anywhere in Portland that had an Upright Sole Composition bottle for sale (M&M, OP sour stout).

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