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03-18-2010, 05:26 PM
DRAFT 150 Best Bars: Oregon
By Noah Davis • Mar 18th, 2010 •
http://news.draftmag.com/2010/03/18/draft-150-best-bars-oregon

We’ve scoured the country from Alaska to Hawaii and Portland, Maine to Portland, Ore., to find the bars where you’re guaranteed to sip unmatched suds. Romantic or boisterous, scuzzy or dressed to the nines, the flavor of the places where fine brew is served runs the gamut. Here, the 150 places where craft is king and fun comes in all fashions.

Today: Oregon.

Bailey’s Tap Room
Portland, Oregon
Located within walking distance from Portland’s waterfront and best hotels, Bailey’s is a sleek watering hole that pours out the region’s best and often most obscure (like Walkabout’s Jabberwocky) beers on tap and on cask. Keeping it local, the cheeses and truffles are West Coast delights and pair oh-so-well with the beer born from the same terroir.
213 SW Broadway

Belmont Station
Portland, Oregon
This funky standalone building triples as a biercafé, beer bar, and bottle shop. Though it only has 15 taps, the beer shop’s stocked with a staggering 1,000-plus bottles, all stored properly (read: temperature controlled and away from light) and ready for purchase. For those who like the sweeter side of brew, it also boasts the largest selection of ciders and meads in the city. Pick up a fresh deli corned beef on rye and a brew to match for an idyllic afternoon chill session.
4500 SE Stark St.

Concordia Alehouse
Portland, Oregon
From the outside, Concordia’s boxy and a little, well, green, but it’s still the sort of place you wish you had in your ’hood. It’s a clean, quiet joint with a kick-ass beer selection on 22 taps comprised of rare Northwest favorites and some hard-to-find foreign selections. The steaks are cooked to perfection, and there’s not a skimpy dish in sight. Despite all the goodness, you won’t be dealing with lines or beer snobs; just good people who like good brew.
3276 NE Killingsworth St.

Green Dragon
Portland, Oregon
Last year, Rogue Ales purchased the legendary Green Dragon, and blogs were abuzz with rumors of “massive changes” planned for the place. Yes, there have been changes, but it remains a damn good beer bar. There are 30 more beers on tap for a total of 49, and it still hosts meet the brewer nights and other beer-centric events on a regular schedule. Even more, there’s fresh live music and quality food, all in a brick- and beer paraphernalia-walled space with a supercool vibe.
928 SE 9th St.

Henry’s 12th Street Tavern
Portland, Oregon
This Pearl District bar’s 18,000 square feet quickly fill up with a button-down and loafer crowd after work; it’s not your typical “beer geek” crew, but anyone who knows their way from sour ale to imperial stout will quickly feel at home among the 100 taps offering local favorites, seasonal releases and more. Set your beer on the bar’s chill strip and dig into a filet mignon.
10 NW 12th Ave.

Horse Brass Pub
Portland, Oregon
This iconic bar has been at the epicenter of one of America’s beeriest cities for more than a quarter century, and it still quietly sets itself apart. Unabashedly English, the food ranges from fish and chips to steak and kidney pie, while the beer’s an unparalleled selection of more than 50 taps highlighting local favorites and the best of craft here and abroad. There’s also hand-pumped cask ale, of course; three rotating selections round out the beer menu for an authentic British experience.