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Park Tavern

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7 Beers
31 Ratings
Place Score: 81
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: n/a
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

500 10th St.
Atlanta, Georgia, 30309
United States
phone: (404) 249-0001

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Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 12
Reviews by athensbeermaster:
Photo of athensbeermaster
2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

Well I'm glad I asked if they have anything hoppy. They don't really promote there in house beers very well. But the belgian gold was quite tasty. The taste and color did not match the name! This beer was a triple. Once again not very good managment. The service was sub-par.But what a great place to hang out under the trees!
With some new managament and some employees with some pride instead with a chip on there shoulder this place could be very nice beer paradise. The appetizers were ok not enuff chips to finish the salsa or cheese dip!

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Photo of ColSanders123
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of halo3one
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of NormDPlum
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of bruedabaker
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of bakerbill
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of beer2day
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4

I want to like this place more, I really do, but a brewpub that only has three of its own beers on tap really cannot get too high a mark.

Cavernous pub, with two large bars and scads of outdoor seating. Dog-friendly outdoors with lots of patrons taking advantage of this on a sunny day in Piedmont Park.

Nice sushi bar area, but didn't really want to try sushi while sitting outside on an 87 degree afternoon.

This place can get really crowded on a nice day, so keep that in mind.

5 guest taps to go along with their own three brews. Not much in the way of variety. Guiness was the only dark beer available. Sweetwater 420 also flowing.

Food was good. We tried two different chicken sandwiches and both were well prepared. Sushi we saw looked nice and folks seemed to be enjoying it.

The real downer of the trip was after we got home and realized the server had stuck an extra 12 bucks on the check - after we tipped 25% on a $35 tab. Call to the pub was met with deaf ears. Oh well, lots of other good places to drink.

Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Finally made it out to this brewpub...

Atmosphere is awesome - it's got a great view of the downtown Atlanta skyline and is right next to Piedmont Park with tons of outdoor seating. The inside is cozy with a fireplace and a decent amount of seating, but if you go and it's over 50 deg F outside there's no reason to go inside.

Quality is good. All beers I ordered came in room temperature, unmarked pint glasses with good amounts of head.

Service is good. It was pretty busy when I was there but everything came out pretty quickly. I didn't ask about beer but I did hear her describe their IPA as similar to SNPA, not entirely true but it makes sense for the majority of non-beer geeks.

Selection is solid. They had about five of their house beers on-tap along with the usual (macro) suspects in bottles.

Food was very good. I had the seafood dip and was pleasantly surprised.

Value is good. Draft beers were only a dollar when I was there, but I'm sure they're more than that normally.

Overall this place is worth a visit if you're in town and near Midtown/Buckhead. I'm excited to spend lazy Saturdays here during the summer.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Conveniently located near Piedmont Park in midtown Atlanta, the Park Tavern is easy to find. Parking is adequate, but the lot itself is not paved so it is rather rough. When you enter, the interior is quite inviting - dark but not dim, with simple and rugged decor and furniture making for a nice, laid-back atmosphere that says "comfy neighborhood tavern." Noise level is a bit high, but not unbearable and not too raucous. There are a few TVs, but the sound was off when I visited - apparently they save TV noise for a major event such as the Super Bowl. There is ample seating so the Park Tavern can accommodate a small, intimate gathering or a fairly large one. Waitstaff are alert, helpful, and well-trained. The beer is not terrific, but the Park Tavern is well worth a visit.

Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Part of a large park, outdoor tables offer a good relaxing place to have a beer or something to eat when the weather is suitable. Parking is plentiful as it is also for the park. It is important to know to enter downstairs as it was lcoked upstairs. There is a moderate sized bar and some tables inside. Their own taps plus 3 regular macros. The beer was so-so though the unfiltered seasonals, an IPA and a porter, were worth having. Brian is a younger brewmaster, and with a cask and experience, the place will pick up beer-wise.

Photo of Pyedog
3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Okay, everytime I visit Atlanta I make it a point to come here. I like the fantastic view, the neighborhood and the general hunting-lodge atmosphere of the place. A few days ago, on my wife's birthday, we went there and ate dinner. I had the salmon, she ordered the chicken whatever. I drank all 3 house beers, including a very fine pilsner and a great porter. Park Tavern seems to be the "red-headed stepchild" of brewerys in Atlanta...undeservedly so. The place is good, the food is good and the beer is good. Be fair and give it a try.

Photo of 0tt0
2.45/5  rDev -25.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 3

Park Tavern lures people in with its great patio, featuring a stunning view of the Atlanta skyline and the vast expanse of the park. The crowds are laid back and fun and most are getting thoroughly sloshed in the afternoons.

Park Tavern offers about 4 brews of their own at any given time. After many, many visits I offer one recommendation: skip them all. I've yet to have even a decent pint from there. Their poor excuse for a belgian golden lacks any hint of complexity, tasting like nothing but apples and flat seltzer. The pale ale has a metallic aspirin off flavor. Its as if the beer is more a gimmick or novelty that they treat as a feather in their cap. The brewmaster deserves a slap in the face, as he clearly doesn't even sample his own product.

Other than their dreadful brews, they offer BMC, Hoeggarden, Bass, and Stella. Stick with one of the those. Food is average, but pricey. Burgers aren't bad and they offer a mediterranean sampler that's tasty. Service is slow as our president doing a math problem.

Photo of coombski
3.14/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

Ok, why do you have a brewpub and NOT advertise or promote your own beer? I had to ask if they did, in fact, brew any beer. No where was there anything to indicate that they did. And the building could really be a great place!!! An empty bar off around the corner had a fireplace and a stone half-circle bar. Everyone was out near a bar that only sat about six people. Was it just a bad day? The bartender was the saving grace, his personality made up for a lot.
And the beer? Only three choices, an Amber, Pilsner, and Pale Ale and we stuck to the Pale Ale. It had nothing to distinguish it but it was very drinkable. We didn't try the food, we kept lunch liquid, but there seemed to be a lot of people eating and not drinking so it evened out.

Photo of woodychandler
2.46/5  rDev -25.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2

It was so named due to its location on the edge of Piedmont Park. The bar and restaurant areas were on the ground floor, down a set of steps and through a patio area. It was a spawling place with a bunch of corridors and bar areas with the main bar all of the way aft. The decor utilized a lot of exposed brick and ducting as well as stone, especially for the back bar and fireplaces. The brewhouse was visible on the left side, headed aft, directly across from the washrooms.

On the occasion of my visit, they only had three of their beers available - a Pale Ale, an Oktoberfest, and a Pilsener. I was deeply underwhelmed and disappointed as they were all flat and mostly tasteless. The Pale Ale had a hoppy bite, but it also had a perfume-y nose and taste. Ugh. It just was not my cup of tea.

Photo of Nutleybeer
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

It is all about the location...we stopped down while visting the area....Park Tavern sits right at the edge of Piedmont Park...with the Atlanta skyline looking down upon you. It was a bit chilly out, but we still sat outside in the tented area. I think they were pumping some heat it (but not much), and it was a little dark, but the view was worth it.

The food was good. Not too pricey. Mixture of sandwiches and entrees. I had the pulled pork (very good) with a side of slaw.

The sampler was quite disappointing. They charged us $6, which is not insane, but they only had 4 house beers on tap, pilsner, pale ale, red and an autumn seasonal. So, they threw in a hard cider onto the sampler, for some reason. The samples were tiny, served in scotch glasses, with literally a sip in each.

The beers themselves were okay. Nothing great. Not awful. As I said, it was a cool view and area for a brewpub, but it would be so much better if they expanded their house beer selection a bit...

For collectors, they don't sell pint glass with their emblem, but that was not surprising. It was a decent place, but clearly their focus is more on the food than the beer.

Photo of Longstaff
4/5  rDev +21.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Located at the corner of a park, hence the name Park Tavern. Building kind of looks more like an upscale function hall type of place than it looks like a brewpub. When you enter, there is nothing brewpubish about it, more like a restaurant that happens to make beer. Started with a very solid and somewhat hoppy Pils, had a weird Ofest (with just a touch of rauch malt) that grew on me, and ended with a solid session porter that was neither roasty or chocolatey but very drinkable. Also on tap was a pale ale and an amber. Had a good conversation with the brewer who has been around the brewing scene for quite awhile. Its worthy of a repeat visit.

Photo of aracauna
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The setting is gorgeous. It's on the edge of Piedmont Park in Atlanta which is one of the older parts of town and there's plenty of trees, grass and the skyscrapers are off in the distance so it feels like you're getting away from the city a bit despite being in the center of it. The landscaping around the place is really nice, kind of a english mansion feel to it. The pub is around back on the lower level facing the park. It's a lot of dark wood, a definite pub feel to it. It's a bit dark, but that's part of the atmosphere, I think.

The food is incredible. It's a bit on the pricey side, but not outrageous. Sandwiches run between $8 and $9. The more formal entrees are above that. My trout with pecan pilaf was $15 and my wife and friend got steaks that ran about $16 and $19. Hank described the steak as the best you can get for that price in the area and it was really good. My trout was excellent.

The beer isn't as good as the food though. The Park Trail Ale was thin and watery, the amber was just another blah amber. The Winter was a bit better and actually edged on tasty (it went really well with the steak, though). The Pilsener was surprisingly good. I've had a couple of better pils, but this was far from average for the style. The delicate pils complemented the trout nicely.

I'd recommend this place as a restaurant and wouldn't warn people away from the beer, but if you're in Atlanta and want to have the best beer in town, I'd still steer you toward 5 Seasons or Buckhead Brewery.

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