APEX | Portland, Oregon
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World Class based on 68 ratings
Type: Bar

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


Hours: 11:30am - 2:30am

Mayor: douglas88 (6) | Taps: 50 | Bottles: 30


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Beer Available At APEX (arranged by most recent)
Barley Browns Turmoil Ale 96, Alpine Beer Company Nelson IPA 100, Almanac Saison de Brettaville 98, Trinity Chocolate River Imperial Stout 89, Mikkeller Vanilla Sky 90, Barley Browns No Hander Lander , Sun King Big Iron 77, Perennial Campricot , Barley Browns Pallet Jack IPA 99, Anchorage Darkest Hour Imperial Stout (2014) 100, Hopworks / Stone Sticks and Stones 81, Knee Deep Hop Shortage Triple IPA 96, J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2011: 25th Anniversary Version 97, Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout 3.0 99, Cantillon Zwanze (2015) 98, Saint Somewhere E’te’ Sans Fin 60, To Øl Jæmes Braun 90, Evil Twin Fire Water 77, To Øl Simple Life 93, Hanssens Oude Lambik 93
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68 reviews for APEX
 Ambiance  77%
 Service  80%
 Selection  91%
 Food N/A 
 Value  79%
 Overall  85%
 Rating  98%
Rating Distribution

shoulderbroken  (268) Tokyo, Japan | May 6, 2015
Very large selection and they seem to move fast. The beer selection board is amazing and seems to be always updating. Very IPA centric, but guess that’s not so surprising. Probably should have sat on the patio as they inside was fine to start but turned into a jocky sausage fest a bit later. Big emphasis on metal on the stereo. But anyway, we came for the beer and that was great.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
Marheb  (304) San Diego, California | April 17, 2015
Une grande terrasse remplie de table à picnic, une sélection qui donne des frissons en cette fin de semaine du CBC avec Wicked Week, Rare Barrel, Alpine et plusieurs autres. Les food truck se succèdent à 3 mètres de la terrasse et l’ambiance est un croisement entre le Vice & Versa et Pizza Port OB. Difficile de demander mieux à Portland pour le moment.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Strebs  (212) St. Louis, Missouri | April 2, 2015
Great vibe in the outside area, but the inside was less than appealing. The tap list was amazing. It appears that the popularity of APEX attracts poseurs who can detract from the experience.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77  (321) Reno, Nevada | March 25, 2015
kind of a dingy hole in the wall type place, but the beer list has always been way above solid. can’t speak for the food, but just for beer and knowledgeable service? Yes..
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
VastActiv  (59) Oulu/Helsinki, Finland | March 6, 2015
Amazing draft selection. Also bottle selection was interesting and had a chance try couple of ones from Russian River. Also Boneyard Notorious on tap was one of the best beers in the world. So overall excellent place.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
Steve_0  (142) Denver, Colorado | August 30, 2014
Great draft selection and atmosphere inside. It was especially fun when we visited because the World Cup was playing, so it was a packed house. Small to medium size selection of bottles, but they are all quality. The nice ones can be very pricey ($75 bottles of Cantillon), but I could see 3-4 guys going in on some things just to try. Found bottles here that were long gone everywhere else. Service can be shotty, but its a must-stop when visiting Portland.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
bvc  (103) Kenmore, Washington | August 16, 2014
Probably my favorite pure beer bar by far. Plenty of outdoor seating, as well as inside seating if the weather is crap. The draft list is always updating and always awesome. Plenty of bottles to buy as well, even though some are pretty outrageously priced. But, if you want to try something that is long gone around town or was a limited release form a year or two ago, they may have it. I have always had great service here. As mentioned it is cash only and you can bring food in. A must when in Portland.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 19/20
hopslam  (3) , Illinois | August 5, 2014
Great place and great service. Best selection of beer in Portland. Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Don’t miss this place while in Portland.
Beershine  (850) 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 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Sarlacc83  (68) Portland, Oregon | July 31, 2014
I somehow haven’t rated Apex, yet, so I need to rectify this error. 1st: They have done their best to take on the vibe of the Toronado in SF (though it seems more like the SD location to me.) Personally, I love it. I’ve never had a bad visit at either, location, and in fact, most of my visits have been good. So the service for me gets a little higher score. Bartenders tend to be fast if you know what you want, and if they’re not busy, I’ve had several good chats at a dead bar. Selection is superlative, and you only need to check the taplist to see this for yourself. Prices are fair for the area, sometimes low, sometimes high. It evens out. No food, but you can either bring in your own, (such as the great Double Dragon across the street) or get something from the Mexican place next door. They have a little walkway they can use to call out your name. It’s really a great place and worth visiting if you’re in the area. Top beer bar in Portland. (Not counting bottle shop/bars such as Beermongers or Belmont Station).

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