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13 Stellar Beer Bars to Hit in Portland

From tap houses to bottle shops, these are the places to get sudsy

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It’s no secret that Portland is a city that loves beer, especially its own. Excluding a few examples, every bar and most restaurants in the city have a tap list or some beers by the bottle—even a few of our laundromats and most of our movie theaters do. But some bars go all out for beer, with massive tap lists and cases filled with frosty bottles to take home or drink there. These are those bars that are all about the beer.

We’ve omitted breweries with pubs from this map, even those that have other breweries’ beers. As usual, this list is organized geographically, not ranked. For other beer maps, check the list below.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Concordia Ale House

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Offering a nice list of bottled and draught beers in a homey, fun environment, Concordia Ale House feels more like a neighborhood restaurant that happens to have a killer beer selection. American comfort food and themed nights help maintain the vibe: The best is Tuesday nights, when the majority of bottled beers are just $2.

Saraveza

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The friendly, Packers-themed Saraveza has a more modest tap list than other beer bars in town, but it more than makes up for it with a generous selection of beers by the bottle. Housed in a series of vintage coolers, the selection includes a wide variety of styles, countries of origin, and sizes. To pair with beers and sports, the bar offers hearty, midwestern cookin’ for lunch and dinner, including some fun pasties, homestyle fried chicken and meatloaf, and perfectly squeaky fried-cheese curds, which go well with literally any kind of beer.

Prost is always a party, especially on sunny days out on the patio as guests imbibe great flagons of golden-hued lagers. The interior is cozy and vintage, and the tap and bottle list is an oft-changing selection of lagers and ales imported from Germany. For food, diners can inhale the German sausage or pretzels, but getting there earlier means there’s a chance that Matt’s BBQ, in the Prost Marketplace, hasn’t run out of brisket yet.

Tin Bucket

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Tin Bucket is a decidedly straight-forward spot—a casually industrial space where visitors can comfortably enjoy selections from the 40 taps in the space. Most of the beers, ciders, and meads here are from the Pacific Northwest, there are always a few select gluten-free options. Growler service is available for those looking to take some beers home.

Bailey's Taproom and the Upper Lip

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Cozy is a common descriptor for Bailey’s — it often seems to have more beer on draught than it does seats. The tap house was an early adopter of the display screen, with a wide TV showing beers on taps and pertinent information about them, from IBU to ABV. Despite its beer-geekery, the staff is always friendly and approachable, enthusiastically helping guests find a beer to their liking.

Directly above Bailey’s is its companion bar, The Upper Lip. The window-lined bar feels more spacious than Bailey’s (despite its identical blueprint) and offers a smaller, more focused tap list, as well as a moderate selection of bottles.

Produce Row Cafe

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A venerable gastropub, Produce Row has a 40-plus year history of serving Oregon beer. Today it’s more gussied up than it was in the ‘90s, with lush, dark hardwood, a row of glittering taps, and a fun, partially covered patio out back, but it’s still devoted to being a laid-back spot for local beers. Alongside its 24-plus taps, the pub also offers a selection of whiskey and beer pairings.

Roscoe's

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Roscoe’s vibe hits the right balance of pub and diner, with one brick-lined room devoted to some games and pool tables, the other seated dining. The focus is on the rotating list of some 20-odd taps, which is helpfully updated via livestream on the bar’s website. Like many Portland tap houses, it mainly sticks to local brews, with a diverse range of offerings in terms of style. It’s also a nice place for a beer-friendly dinner, with somewhat elevated pub fare including sandwiches, salads, and fried treats.

Belmont Station

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An off-shoot of the Horse Brass, this taproom and bottle shop is a must-visit for fans of imported beers. One side is devoted to the 1,200-plus bottle selection, including national and international brews, while the other side is an industrial, comfortable tap house with a rotating selection of beers that often can’t be found elsewhere in town. It also has some other imported treats including English candies.

Beer Bunker

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A relaxed tap house and bottle shop serving the Montavilla crowd, the bright and spacious Beer Bunker offers a robust tap list of local brews. Inside, guests can find darts and board games, and out back is a large concrete patio that is just made for summer-time-sipping, generally packed on sunny weekends.

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Loyal Legion

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Named for its 100 taps and the fact that it’s “loyal” to the state of Oregon, The Loyal Legion is a stylish affair, filled with tufted black leather booths and a massive, oval shaped wooden bar dominating the center of the room. Beer enthusiasts might recoil at the thought of 100 taps, but the restaurant has detailed descriptions of its rigorous maintenance right on the back of the menus, so drinkers can be assured that everything on their colorful tasting tray is at its best.

Horse Brass Pub

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A Portland institution, The Horse Brass served as a major launching point for more than a few Oregon breweries back in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Today it’s a lot less smoky, but still the same eclectic English pub decor, filled with dark wood beams, vintage beer posters, and the smell of fried fish and chips. The extensive tap and cask list of local and European beers comes, usually, in 20 ounce imperial pints, and visitors can play darts for free while nursing a heady English ale.

The BeerMongers

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More than anything, Beer Mongers feels like the decked-out garage of a serious beer nerd. The walls are covered by coolers, and a modest bar seats just a few for the occasionally rare and always interesting beers on tap — high tables make up the rest of the seating. If there’s something out of place on the menu, say a $8 pint of Miller, it’s generally worth trying; it might not always be what it initially seems, but something secret and delicious. Also, the Mongers’ homey vibe is help by often being open on holidays for family dinners.

A sprawling open warehouse space, Apex is unmissable during summers when its massive roadside patio is filled to the brim with imbibers. The tap list is long with a focus on local draughts, though it’s important to bring cash, as neither Apex nor its neighbor Los Gorditos take cash. Apex has built some meaningful connections with breweries over the years, so guests might be surprised to see some rare, hard to find beers making their way on to the long tap list.

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Concordia Ale House

Offering a nice list of bottled and draught beers in a homey, fun environment, Concordia Ale House feels more like a neighborhood restaurant that happens to have a killer beer selection. American comfort food and themed nights help maintain the vibe: The best is Tuesday nights, when the majority of bottled beers are just $2.

Saraveza

The friendly, Packers-themed Saraveza has a more modest tap list than other beer bars in town, but it more than makes up for it with a generous selection of beers by the bottle. Housed in a series of vintage coolers, the selection includes a wide variety of styles, countries of origin, and sizes. To pair with beers and sports, the bar offers hearty, midwestern cookin’ for lunch and dinner, including some fun pasties, homestyle fried chicken and meatloaf, and perfectly squeaky fried-cheese curds, which go well with literally any kind of beer.

Prost!

Prost is always a party, especially on sunny days out on the patio as guests imbibe great flagons of golden-hued lagers. The interior is cozy and vintage, and the tap and bottle list is an oft-changing selection of lagers and ales imported from Germany. For food, diners can inhale the German sausage or pretzels, but getting there earlier means there’s a chance that Matt’s BBQ, in the Prost Marketplace, hasn’t run out of brisket yet.

Tin Bucket

Tin Bucket is a decidedly straight-forward spot—a casually industrial space where visitors can comfortably enjoy selections from the 40 taps in the space. Most of the beers, ciders, and meads here are from the Pacific Northwest, there are always a few select gluten-free options. Growler service is available for those looking to take some beers home.

Bailey's Taproom and the Upper Lip

Cozy is a common descriptor for Bailey’s — it often seems to have more beer on draught than it does seats. The tap house was an early adopter of the display screen, with a wide TV showing beers on taps and pertinent information about them, from IBU to ABV. Despite its beer-geekery, the staff is always friendly and approachable, enthusiastically helping guests find a beer to their liking.

Directly above Bailey’s is its companion bar, The Upper Lip. The window-lined bar feels more spacious than Bailey’s (despite its identical blueprint) and offers a smaller, more focused tap list, as well as a moderate selection of bottles.

Produce Row Cafe

A venerable gastropub, Produce Row has a 40-plus year history of serving Oregon beer. Today it’s more gussied up than it was in the ‘90s, with lush, dark hardwood, a row of glittering taps, and a fun, partially covered patio out back, but it’s still devoted to being a laid-back spot for local beers. Alongside its 24-plus taps, the pub also offers a selection of whiskey and beer pairings.

Roscoe's

Roscoe’s vibe hits the right balance of pub and diner, with one brick-lined room devoted to some games and pool tables, the other seated dining. The focus is on the rotating list of some 20-odd taps, which is helpfully updated via livestream on the bar’s website. Like many Portland tap houses, it mainly sticks to local brews, with a diverse range of offerings in terms of style. It’s also a nice place for a beer-friendly dinner, with somewhat elevated pub fare including sandwiches, salads, and fried treats.

Belmont Station

An off-shoot of the Horse Brass, this taproom and bottle shop is a must-visit for fans of imported beers. One side is devoted to the 1,200-plus bottle selection, including national and international brews, while the other side is an industrial, comfortable tap house with a rotating selection of beers that often can’t be found elsewhere in town. It also has some other imported treats including English candies.

Beer Bunker

A relaxed tap house and bottle shop serving the Montavilla crowd, the bright and spacious Beer Bunker offers a robust tap list of local brews. Inside, guests can find darts and board games, and out back is a large concrete patio that is just made for summer-time-sipping, generally packed on sunny weekends.

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Hers & his ❤️ #latergram

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Loyal Legion

Named for its 100 taps and the fact that it’s “loyal” to the state of Oregon, The Loyal Legion is a stylish affair, filled with tufted black leather booths and a massive, oval shaped wooden bar dominating the center of the room. Beer enthusiasts might recoil at the thought of 100 taps, but the restaurant has detailed descriptions of its rigorous maintenance right on the back of the menus, so drinkers can be assured that everything on their colorful tasting tray is at its best.

Horse Brass Pub

A Portland institution, The Horse Brass served as a major launching point for more than a few Oregon breweries back in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Today it’s a lot less smoky, but still the same eclectic English pub decor, filled with dark wood beams, vintage beer posters, and the smell of fried fish and chips. The extensive tap and cask list of local and European beers comes, usually, in 20 ounce imperial pints, and visitors can play darts for free while nursing a heady English ale.

The BeerMongers

More than anything, Beer Mongers feels like the decked-out garage of a serious beer nerd. The walls are covered by coolers, and a modest bar seats just a few for the occasionally rare and always interesting beers on tap — high tables make up the rest of the seating. If there’s something out of place on the menu, say a $8 pint of Miller, it’s generally worth trying; it might not always be what it initially seems, but something secret and delicious. Also, the Mongers’ homey vibe is help by often being open on holidays for family dinners.

Apex

A sprawling open warehouse space, Apex is unmissable during summers when its massive roadside patio is filled to the brim with imbibers. The tap list is long with a focus on local draughts, though it’s important to bring cash, as neither Apex nor its neighbor Los Gorditos take cash. Apex has built some meaningful connections with breweries over the years, so guests might be surprised to see some rare, hard to find beers making their way on to the long tap list.

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