APEX | Portland, Oregon
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World Class based on 43 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 (15) | Taps: 50 | Bottles: 30


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Beer Available At APEX (arranged by most recent)
Russian River Supplication 100, Barley Browns Hassle Brown , Bear Republic Cognac Barrel Old Baba Yaga 93, Barley Browns / Boneyard Allocation IIPA 97, North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve Bourbon Barrel 100, Against the Grain Atilla The Hen , Gigantic One Step Beyond , Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee 98, Widmer Brothers / Cigar City Gentlemenís Club (Rye Whiskey Barrel) 91, Widmer Brothers / Cigar City Gentlemenís Club (Bourbon Barrel) 92, Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break Natale Pretty Please With A Cherry On Top 98, Barley Browns Super Slapper , Schneider Aventinus 100, pFriem Double IPA , Amager/Mikkeller Hr. Frederiksens Vśsel Brunch 100, Evil Twin Christmas Eve at a New York City Hotel Room (2011-) 99, Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break 100, Alpine Beer Company Bad Boy IPA 100, Alpine Beer Company Keene Idea 100, Moylans / Hargreaves Hill / NÝgne ō Our Dark Secret 95
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43 reviews for APEX
 Ambiance  76%
 Service  79%
 Selection  90%
 Food N/A 
 Value  76%
 Overall  83%
 Rating  96%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
zizzybalubba  (72) Elizabeth City, North Carolina | May 17, 2012
APEX is what I would call a neighborhood bar. While it is in a business district it is close to many houses and I imagine many of its customers are within walking distance. But even if you are not within walking distance this is worth the trek no matter how far. The entrance is an outdoor area with plenty of seating. This leads into a large indoor bar area, and what a bar it is! There are at least 50 beers on tap, each listed alphabetically on 2 large flat screen TVs. The bartender working when I visited was not only very friendly but effortlessly answered questions that other patrons had regarding their selections. If for some reason you could not find anything on tap to your liking there were several large refrigerators behind the bar with a stellar lineup of beers, many of which are now retired. If there was food I did not try it. Of the beer bars I have visited this is at or near the top of the list of my favorites.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 19/20
AdamJackson  (177) Enfield, New Hampshire | October 16, 2013
Awesome bar, tons of metal music and a great always-changing tap list. outdoors seating rocks and the bottle list for there or takeaway is mind-blowing. I canít wait to go back!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
pushkinwow  (121) Ottawa, Ontario | November 8, 2013
So I canít say enough good things about this place even if it was sorta random when we stopped in walking back from pok pok. It was the last day of there embrace the dark event and it was one of the, if not the best, tap lists Iíve ever had the pleasure drinking from. Got to try Moscow, a bunch of evil twin stouts, various west coast limited ba beers, some 2011 consecration and various iipas. I love the serving sizes because you get to try many different things and although they are generally 4-6 bucks a pop consisting the rarity of the beers it not a bad deal. The server behind the bar was great and quite friendly, there is a pretty stellar bottle selection to stay or go, and itís an awesome place to hang out although itís not for everyone as had been described by many. Also have to say they sure do support biking considering lots of space to park them and helmet racks.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 18/20
Matts_Property  (30) Vancouver, British Columbia | November 20, 2011
Such a great find! Amazing selection, amazing service, amazing value. Amazing. A nice intimate venue with a surprisingly large variety of beer on tap and a great selection of bottles too. Nothing bad to say.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
fluffheady  (95) Chicago, Illinois | March 30, 2013
Somehow every time I go to Portland we end up here until close. They have an insane selection. They supposedly always have a secret Pliny tap, but they were out last week. Some people think the place is a little snotty, but I donít really get it. Stop being douchebags. Every bartender Iíve interacted with has been nothing but nice. Donít listen to any of it. They have a huge outdoor space and I guess a lot of people try to sneak in. If youíre visiting Portland, you should go here.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
Clembo1957  (63) Smethwick, England | April 20, 2013
Lives up to its reputation. Great selection of beers including Pliny the Elder. Very busy on a Friday night
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever  (227) Brier, Washington | October 21, 2013
A formidable bottle list, a fantastic tap list thatís always changing, plenty of seating, and great pleasant staff. Thereís also pinball. And graffiti. And death metal, and gangster rap. Not exactly for everyone, but truly great for those in the demographic. Thereís a big outdoor seating area with picnic tables lined up hofbrau style. There are two big roll-up garage doors that join this space with half a dozen highboys inside. You can sit outside even at night after the doors are closed. There are about 30 beers pouring, and a few hundred more in bottles behind the bar. Iím 90% sure you can take bottles to go, and get growlers filled, though we did neither of those things this weekend. Everything is well-chosen, with an emphasis on local stuff for the faucets, and things from everywhere (tons and tons of European beers) in bottles. Cash only. Keep this in mind. Thereís a very slow ATM by the door. The setting is kinda crazy. The furniture is new, and nice enough. The bar, taps, coolers, and washing stations are all very new and very nice. But the bathrooms feel kinda ancient, not least because they are covered with graffiti. The floor is mostly concrete, with a little plywood here and there. Something of a hodgepodge. You walk in through a little vestibule with four pinball machines, which change occasionally and are all well-chosen for being incredibly fun to play. You can blow through a lot of quarters here with your tipple. We hit this place twice in two days, and went through a bunch of bottles, a bunch of pints, dozens upon dozens of tasting glasses for shares, and a few bar towels, too. We had fun talking to the staff, and fun playing pinball. The beers were fantastic, and it was so fun to get our hands on them. Just about everything we cracked is something we canít get in WA. Definitely be back here every time weíre in Portland.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
johnbuck100  (19) Lancaster, Pennsylvania | July 28, 2013
rode bike here on a sunny July day. impossibly great selection - open air, lots of great hard-to-find and unique beer and conversation. it doesnt get any better than this.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 19/20
mcberko  (212) Vancouver, British Columbia | November 14, 2011| Updated April 2, 2013
This gets my vote for best pub in Portland and we stop every time weíre in town. 50 taps which are updated live on the website. I always feel like a kid in a candy shop with all the amazing beers available. Prices are ridiculously low, especially since they give you the option of ordering in 12, 6 or 3 oz. pours. Minus the disclaimer, this is an awesome place and I will keep going back. Disclaimer: One of the two servers Iíve ever had (the guy) is super friendly and helpful; the woman who works there is likely the biggest c*nt of a server Iíve ever had. I stopped tipping after receiving such asinine service from her, and she had the stupor to call me out for not tipping, as though her tip should be a prerequisite for giving me good service. I attempted to rectify things upon leaving, but she then proceeded to attempt to belittle my note-taking and ordering of small pours. Not sure what wiring is wrong in her brain. Management should fire her ass ASAP.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
Brentv  (20) Portland, Oregon | November 22, 2013
I walked in with a friend, sat down, and ordered a Pliny the Elder. Led Zeppelin was on the sound system. It was a good place to spend an hour or so talking. The place has a long bar with 60 beers on tap, an excellent selection of some awesome beers. Picnic table seating, inside and out. The tap list is alphabetized and overhead on several large monitors, so it was easy to see the beer name, brewery, serving size and price, brewery location, and ABV. The current taplist is online, as well, so you can plan a visit if youíre looking for something in particular. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Vintage and rare bottles to take home. A great place to visit and come back to.

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