Readers pick Civic Taproom as Portland’s best beer bar

With this month’s rollout of our second-annual Bar Tab, The Oregonian/OregonLive is calling for bar nominations in a number of categories. We kicked off last week with readers’ favorite Portland happy hours. This week, we asked for your favorite beer bars.

So, what makes a great beer bar?

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Essentially, that’s the question we asked last week, when we asked readers to nominate their favorite Portland-area beer bars for our latest poll.

After nearly 5,000 votes, our readers have spoken, picking downtown Portland’s The Civic Taproom & Bottle Shop as their No. 1 local beer bar with over 1,300 votes. See below for our readers top 13 local beer bars (that’s all the bars that received 100 votes or more), then see how we ranked our favorites last year.

Your favorite Portland beer bars

1. The Civic Taproom 1,320 votes
2. The Loyal Legion 691
3. Chill N Fill 360
4. Bridgetown Beerhouse 262
5. N.W.I.P.A. 251
6. Roscoe’s 184
7. Tin Bucket 164
8. Green Dragon 163
9. Horse Brass Pub 158
T10. Belmont Station 124
T10. Saraveza 124
12. Apex 115
13. Bailey’s Taproom 100

The Civic Taproom Review from New School Beer

New School Beer is the first media outlet to cover The Civic opening its doors. On Friday, Dec 5, New School posted their review of The Civic Taproom and Bottle Shop. The Civic Taproom review was positive and you can read the whole thing here.

“While beer does take up the majority of the focus I was surprised/impressed to find 6 taps with cider and 4 with wines so they can really please a broader audience.”

New School was impressed by our selection of brew and the fact that even though we’re in walking distance of Providence Park, there are still several TVs on which to watch a game. Read more

Best New Bar?

We certainly hope so! Last week Oregonlive held a poll asking readers to vote for their best bar. Among them were some of our favorites, including Multnomah Whiskey Library and Angel Face. It turns out readers are especially excited about The Civic because, although we weren’t listed in the voting, we achieved a strong write-in campaign. Here’s what Oregonlive said:

Watching the votes coming in throughout the week, we initially were headed for a bit of a surprise: the leading bar for several days, The Civic Taproom & Bottle Shop, just began construction on the space Oct. 28 (2014).

Stay tuned for an opening date so we can make another run for the Best New Bar title next year once we’re actually open!

Special Preview Weekend

We’re so excited to announce that The Civic Taproom and Bottle Shop is now offering a Special Preview Weekend!! Come on down and have a drink. We have 12 beers, 6 ciders, and 4 wines on tap. Also, did we mention we have eight doors full bottles from all over the world?!  We are located right next to Providence Park at 621 SW 19th Ave just south of W Burnside.
We would like to thank Pacific Crest Construction for getting our taproom finished and looking great. They worked day and night to make sure we were ready for our preview weekend. It was amazing to see the transformation in just three and a half weeks.

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Construction Continues at New Portland Taproom

We’ve made lots of progress on the bar build and are looking forward to being the latest new taproom in Portland! Contractors from Pacific Crest Construction are working hard everyday. The bar is starting to take shape: The tap lines are installed. Electrical is almost complete. Woodwork is continuing and plumbing is nearly finished.

The bar is starting to take shape.

The bar is starting to take shape.

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Here we go!

Workers get started at demolition inside The Civic Taproom and Bottle Shop

Workers get started at demolition inside The Civic Taproom and Bottle Shop

After several months of planning we’ve finally pulled all the triggers. Contractors have begun clearing the space to make way for our new bar.

Stay tuned for updates and for our Grand Opening date. Make sure you sign up for emails on our homepage. We hope you’re as excited as we are!

Debris from the former space layout covers the floor at The Civic Taproom and Bottle Shop.

Debris from the former space layout covers the floor at The Civic Taproom and Bottle Shop.

Coming Soon!


Stay tuned for updates!

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