According to Draft Magazine who rated America’s 100 best beer bars for 2013, these Portland Bars are in the top 100 of the country. Stop in to all of them.
Yes, thanks for the input, I know I put Seattle Bars in there as well, but hey, I drive up there a lot.
APEX | Portland, Ore.
Whether you’re inside the sleek aluminum bar eyeing the real-time digital tap menu or out front tipping back pints on the fleet of picnic tables, Apex’s hoppy list of 50 brews is the perfect intro to the IBU-centric taste of the Pacific Northwest. 1216 SE Division St., apexbar.com
BAILEY’S TAP ROOM | Portland, Ore.
There’s no better place in downtown Portland to submerse yourself in beer than Bailey’s: Fresh hoppy flavor pours from 20 rotating taps while the locale’s exposed brick, shiny wrap-around wood bar and two-story windows blends city-chic with rustic Northwest attitude. 213 SW Broadway, baileystaproom.com
BELMONT STATION | Portland, Ore.
Part bottle shop, part biercafé with all the neighborhood charm you can stomach: This is the spot to tip back a few pints during one of the many (like, multi-weekly) intimate beer events, then pop into the adjacent bottle shop and pick from more than 1,300 beers to take home. Need advice? The staff’s always on point with tips for newcomers. 4500 SE Stark St., belmont-station.com
BEVERIDGE PLACE PUB | Seattle
This neighborly West Seattle pub feels like your grandpa’s den—if your grandpa stocked nearly 200 craft bottles and scored rare kegs from Two Beers and Ninkasi. Just try to find Triplehorn Landwink IPA on cask somewhere else: You won’t. 6413 California Ave. S.W.,beveridgeplacepub.com
HORSE BRASS PUB | Portland, Ore.
You can credit this well-worn, 37-year-old bucket-list bar as one of the nation’s original craft houses. Packed to the gills with classic beer memorabilia and stocked with every stalwart and newfangled beer imaginable, this English-style pub is beer Nirvana. 4534 SE Belmont St.,horsebrass.com
NAKED CITY TAP HOUSE | Seattle
A superclean, sprawling space posted with flatscreens and one of the Northwest’s greatest regional tap selections? A rare combo, but it’s exactly what you get at this laid-back tavern. Watch for head-spinning one-offs like early fall’s Notorious ALT, an imperial altbier the taphouse brewed with Ninkasi and Skagit River. 8564 Greenwood Ave., nakedcitybrewing.com
THE PINE BOX | Seattle (NEW TO THIS YEAR’S LIST!)
Shooting to the top of Seattle’s beer scene is this brand-new, airy beer bastion inside a former Capitol Hill funeral home. More than 30 taps and the world’s only built-in Randall pours Evil Twin Hop Flood, Mad Viking Bourbon Imperial Stout and Snipes Mountain lager through chilies, limes and cilantro. 1600 Melrose Ave., pineboxbar.com
Retro beer-brand bric-a-brac fills every crook and wall of this little corner joint beloved by local brewers, while potato-stuffed pasties and Packers football drives home that Wisconsin feel—the stellar West Coast beer selection, however, is decidedly Portlandish. 1004 N. Killingsworth St.,saraveza.com
STUMBLING MONK | Seattle
If you never make it to Belgium, this Capitol Hill hole in the wall is the next best thing. Dark and gritty, the place isn’t much to look at, but its unalloyed devotion to Belgian beers—Belgo-brewed and American-made, fresh and vintage, draft and bottle—makes the Monk one of the beer-geek greats. 1635 E. Olive Way, 206.860.0916