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: Theydon_Bois (11) | 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

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
beeroverwithme  (174) Tønsberg, Norway | July 22, 2014
APEX may be a bit loud if you’re there during peak hours, both from young people shouting over tables and from the loud music on the speakers. Except for that, which is a minus in my unpublished Book of Good Beer Places, APEX gets top score for its efficient service, excellent bottle beer menu (including most Belgian lambics) and the amazing draught beer menu which listed among other things Pliny the Elder, Djævlebrygg Nekron, North Coast Old Rasputin, Petrus Aged Pale, La Fin du Monde and many many more. Surely, this must be the ultimate beer bar in Portland? Visited: 2014-07-21
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
tiong  (112) Espoo, Finland | June 16, 2014| Updated June 23, 2014
Damn this place was awesome, easily my favourite spot in Portland. 50 taps full of awesome beers from all around the world, including some rare ones. Really cheap prices, and 6oz tasters available as well. The bottle list is insane too. Sure, they are a bit more expensive than in other places, but they had some really special beers available and loads of limited releases that were sold out in other places a long time ago. And they sell them to go! So be prepared with a lot of cash when visiting this place (as cards are not accepted)...
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 18/20
jrallen34  (500) Chicago, Illinois | June 13, 2014
Huge tap selection on a digital board, 250 bottles and a pinball arcade, what isn’t too like? Another annoying cash only spot, but the server was accommodating to my ticking by giving me half pours so I could tick several Boneyard and Crux beers, honestly too many for me to even get to. The bottles are on the rarer side but they will cost you a pretty penny. Didn’t really get the feel inside, outside had a better vibe. Loved this spot and depending what mood I’m in would be here or Horse Brass all day.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
50belair  (213) Florida | June 1, 2014
Bitchin’ bee haul with a huge patio. Incredible tap selection. Didn’t even get to investigate the bottle list as we were having way too much fun.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah  (484) Utah | May 27, 2014
Nice big bar with a great tap list and prices. Lots of seating outside and inside. A nice bottle list also.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
Gerbeer  (101) Vancouver, British Columbia | March 25, 2014
Great selection of taps and hard to get bottle. But pretentious in service and customer interface.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
DialSquare  (132) Columbus, Ohio | February 22, 2014
Surprised I hadn’t rated... went 3 times on a week trip to Portland. The list is fantastic for an east coaster (and I’d assume generally). Russian Rivers, one-offs, seasonals, all the locals - never got a chance to explore the bottles - but didn’t 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 it’s reputation.
  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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow  (81) Seattle, Washington | December 28, 2013
I’m 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
fletchfighters  (96) , 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.

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