APEX | Portland, Oregon
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APEX
World Class based on 43 ratings
Type: Bar

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

apexbar.com

Hours: 11:30am - 2:30am


Mayor: Theydon_Bois (15) | Taps: 50 | Bottles: 30


APEX

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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%
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80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
marcus  (165) Sacramento, California | May 11, 2010
This new bar is sort of patterned after Toronado in San Francisco, but is newer, cleaner and not as funky. There are about 30 mostly excellent and reasonably priced brews on tap, mostly local and Belgian. There is a nice bar with flat screen TVs, several tables and a large outdoor patio. The barkeep was very friendly and helpful.
66
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
Gerbeer  (54) Vancouver, British Columbia | March 25, 2014
Great selection of taps and hard to get bottle. But pretentious in service and customer interface.
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
DialSquare  (105) Tallahassee, Florida | February 22, 2014
Surprised I hadnít rated... went 3 times on a week trip to Portland. The list is fantastic for an east coaster (and Iíd assume generally). Russian Rivers, one-offs, seasonals, all the locals - never got a chance to explore the bottles - but didnít need to with the tap list. Cash only, but no biggie. The bartenders were a bit standoffish at first, but talked it up after a bit. Knew their shit. Big wide open setup was never crowded when I visited. Got tacos next door and sat out on a picnic bench drinking amazing brew. Worth itís reputation.
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 19/20
Gription79  (51) Bountiful, Utah | January 4, 2014
Fantastic. Just fantastic. The selection was amazing, with prices that were hard to believe. Cash only, so be prepared, but at $3 for a world class pint it is a small price to pay (get it? GET IT?) Would love to see this place with warmer weather and the huge patio area opened up. A highlight on an already amazing beer tour of Portland.
80
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow  (71) Seattle, Washington | December 28, 2013
Iím going against the grain here, but my call would be that the best thing about this bar is that they are across the street from the Beer Monger. Obviously this place serves a lot of world class beer, as observed in the availability list. But today, IMHO, the Beer Monger makes better use of 8 taps than these guys do of 50. Long narrow beer bar, like an (slightly) upscale Toronado. Throbbing bass which inaudible treble. Pinball machines are cool. Younger crowd than at any of my other Portland stops. Service is friendly if a bit slow at the bar. No food.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
fletchfighters  (66) , Australia | December 18, 2013
Cash only is the only real issue with the place. Otherwise brilliant tap list, very diverse and at good prices. Deep bottle list and vintage bottle list. Some of the bottles are on the expensive side and some are very reasonable. Walked out with a 2009 Bourbon Old Stock for $40 and was thrilled with the price. Good service and chill atmosphere. Bet the place is bonkers in the summer with the huge outdoor area.
90
  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.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
daknole  (359) Scottsdale, Arizona | November 8, 2013
So itís cash only...but holy hell what a list. Awesome service. Fun place to chill and drink.
96
  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.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
GT2  (535) Carlsbad, California | October 24, 2013
CASH ONLY

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).
92
  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.

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