Summits Wayside Tavern

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Summits Wayside TavernSummits Wayside Tavern
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

19 Ratings
Ratings: 19
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: n/a
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Bottles: --
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[ Bar, Eatery ]

525 Lake Center Pkwy
Cumming, Georgia, 30040
United States
phone: (770) 886-4374

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of GaBeerGarden
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Truly iconic. Where else can you go to find over 200 brews on tap plus over 3 times that in the bottle along with a full bar with unexpected (and rare) top shelf offerings.

This is the home of the absolute best hot wings in the nation. Consistent quality on the wings with multiple flavors (you've got to try the Lemon-Pepper) and hot index available.

For the noobs, the servers are knowledgeable and can help you with your selection. Frequent specials and glass nights if you are looking to build a suggestion. Also have a frequent visitor program to assist in broadening your beer horizons.

Lastly think about subscribing to the newsletter to be informed of the specials.

Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Took my wife to this place to watch a football game while visiting my folks in Atlanta for the holidays. This was actually my second visit to the location. Atmosphere is basically that of a sports bar. Jerseys and sports memorabilia are everywhere. There are plenty of beer signs as well. A room with video games and of course a wall of taps. The service was good, beer knowledge was lacking a bit. The beer list was pretty out of date and quite confusing, but we managed. The patrons on this day were mostly football fans that came to cheer on their team (many teams represented) and wear their team's jersey.
Overall the vibe of a sports bar that happens to carry good beers, vs. the opposite.

Food was standard pub/sports bar fare but was good. Wings were very good, my wife really like them. Their cheese/spinach dip was also very good.

Basically if you are in Cumming, GA this is the place to get some decent craft beer. Worked for me since I was in a mood to watch football. Wouldn't travel out of my way to make this a destination, but if in the neighborhood, they'll treat you well.

Photo of RunawayJim
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

This place claims to have the world's largest beer selection. We had to stop here on our trip to the Atlanta area. They have 200+ taps and even more bottles. While the number of taps is impressive, it includes a lot of macros. though I saw beers on the menu here that I did not see anywhere else I went in the Atlanta/Athens area. It's a family restaurant and a bit "redneck-ish". The 3 of us who ordered beer ordered porters and stouts. Mine was mixed up with my wife's (I got the Highland Oatmeal Porter and she got the Old Dominion Bourbon Stout). The beers were tasty and didn't taste old. The food was nothing special. In fact, my burger was a bit dry and overcooked, though medium is the lowest they'll go. It was worth going once, but I don't think my cousin who lives down there will be visiting it again. I know I won't be requesting to stop there again on our next visits.

One thing to note. My cousin ordered his kid some food first so that it would come out right away and it didn't come out until after our meals came out because they forgot about it. The waiter and manager were very apologetic and gave it to us on the house.

Photo of Yesac
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

In town at a friends and asked where to go have some brew and lunch and this is what came recommended.

Atmostphere- Some beer sinage and sports stuff all over. Only saw two flatscreens.. the rest were large tube tv's placed in odd areas. We could not watch the race on tv from the bar, so we ended up moving to a table.

Service- the place was slow, the bartender was right there answering any questions we had. The waiters were very kind and helpful as well.

Selection- They claim to have "the Worlds Largest Draft Beer Selection" however my friend and I had a hard time picking a beer that we haven't had before. There are about 200+ taps. The few beers we got excited to try, they were out of. They also had a decent sized bottle selection, but again not everthing on their beer list was in the cooler. The cooler also seemed like it could use to refilling.

Food- I had a philly that had way to much melted cheese all over the thing, and the meat was fairly basic. My friend had fish and chips and he wasn't impressed. Basic bar food.

Value- Beer was fairly reasonable however the food was a little expensive.

Photo of adamette
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Visited this place with brother in law Steven just before getting back on the plane to head back to Northeast Ohio. 200 taps and hundreds of bottles was the short description.

Atmosphere. A dozen flatscreens showing current games, a few hundred beer flags, metal, neon, lighted beer signs signs which range from macros to ayinger to Lindeman's to Orval. Very cool signage atmoshphere. There were also 10 to 15 Atlanta sports jerseys of various teams. The place was a bit smaller than I had anticipated, though as there was seating for probably only 120 to 150. The 200 taps were ligned up along the back wall behind the bar (I know, where else would they be?) and there was large cases of beer to the left of the bar.

Quality. Good. Not excellent due to the multitude of beer available elsewhere but also not bad or fair due to the amount of choices. Even if the choices are common ones, it is better to have choices which this place has many of.

Service. Good. Our waitress was patient with me and when she did not know an answer she directed me to the bartender who certainly answered my question and provided good information for me to make a choice about.

Selection. As previously stated, about 500 beers to choose from although most of these are pretty common. I welcome the choices, even if they are not all unique. I have to say that the selection is exceptional.

Food. We only had the chips and salsa but they were hot and very very good. Steven reported that their food indeed is above average.

Value: Just fine. my ten fiddy stout was $8.99 but that is reasonable. The chips, salsa, two cokes, two beers were something like $28.

Photo of spazaru
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

On vacation near Lake Lanier in Cumming, I knew I had to check this place out. After exhausting my bottled beer that I picked up at Jax, the great store on the other side of 400, we headed for older Cumming to check out this place that claims to have 200 taps.

Well, like other people have posted, they have a lot of blown taps. This could be only mildly annoying, except that EVERY SINGLE THING I WANTED was out. Admittedly this was only about 5 beers, but the rest of the menu wasn't quite as good. I guess that's why they were out of their Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti. It's good, but they should have a way of notating this on their menu or put something over the tap at least.

The atmosphere and service were fairly friendly in a sports bar way. It was a Friday afternoon and not too crowded yet and the bartenders were pretty attentive.

The prices were a little high. I had a Dogfish Head Indian Brown ale which was not a high gravity beer as far as I know and the pint was $5.99 plus tax. I thought that was at least a dollar high. I guess this place gets away with it because there's nowhere else in sight with a good beer selection, but with the volume they evidently do, it doesn't seem like they would have to charge this much. Also, I had just come from Asheville, NC where great beers are an amazing $3.50 a pint in most places, so it seemed higher still.

I guess if you're in Cumming or at Lake Lanier, stop in. As long as you don't mind not getting your first choice, and paying a little more for not having to spend $10 in gas to find a better value, it's not a bad place to have a few pints.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.08/5  rDev -24.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I stopped in this huge bar/resturaunt on a Sunday morning around 12 o'clock. I was the first and only customer there at this time. The waitress informed me that beer was not to be served until 12:30, so I threw a couple of dollars in the "wannabe" Golden Tee game and killed some time.

The appetizer was good and the ahi tuna was nice! However, I ordered the St. Bernardus Abt 12 on draft (for $8.99 + tax!!) and was not at all pleased. My friend that arrived there a few minutes later to hang out with me ordered the same. This was my first taste of this highly acclaimed beer and I was totally stoked! I had a bottle in my cellar, but didn't want to open it. It came out in a nice sniffer glass and looked very nice. When I first took a taste, I was like WTF?? It was flat, no carbonation or real complexity. I tried again, same thing. Since I had not had this before, I did not know what the real taste was like. So, I called over the manager and my friend and I told him what we thought. He then told us it was fine and there was nothing at all wrong with it. Jerk! Lets just say the curiosity killed me. I went home and after a day of wandering, I opened my own bottle and boy was it nice! After drinking it at the bar, I was TOTALLY let down, but when I opened my bottle, I understood what all the fuss was about. Great beer! So, there you go, that is why I ranked them so low on quality.

Atmosphere was a little bit too "kidsy". There were freakin' kids running around everywhere!! I guess all the folks that just got out of church came in to have a beer with their kids. Kids were wrestling in the floor, peeking into our booth, just going insane!!

I did not enjoy my experience that much in this bar, especially after having an $8.99 beer come out flat, then the jerk manager tell me it wasn't. I probably will not go back here.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

This placed is dubbed as "the Worlds Largest Draft Beer Selection". They have 226 draft beers and over 300 bottle beer selection. It is impossible to name all of the beers and there wasnt one thing I could think of, that is available, that they dont have. Well, perhaps some Lagunitas or ABC, but Im splitting hairs here.

Went here one day for lunch. I wasnt able to partake in any of the beer, but I did have a nice little lunch. I chose the bratwurst sandwich since it was one of the October specials. It was okay. A little vinegary as far as the saurkraut, and the spicy mustard had a little twang to it, but I was satisfied overall with the food. My lunch was $9.99 for the brat and some fries. Seemed like they had a pretty decent menu.

Service at the bar was exceptional and the bartenders were eager to answer any queries. I would certainly come back for dinner and some beers when in town again.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.88/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is the most amazing beer bar I have ever visited! A double row of taps about as long as a city bus, and a huge refrigerator full of numerous brews - this place is beer lover's heaven! The food is great and reasonably priced, and the waitstaff are friendly and personable. If you live anywhere near Cumming and are adventurous when it comes to beer, I recommend that you sign up for the Passport Club.

I have visited this place many times and never been disappointed. It is definitely worth the drive all the way from Atlanta. Not only do they have much better food than your typical bar, they frequently have special menus for month-long promotions. Also, for the past three years they have served specialty brews from the Rogue brewery in Portland Oregon on the 15th of the month. In addition, they have occasional beer tastings, coupled with other foods; reservations are recommended.

Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I visited the Summit's Wayside Tavern in Cumming, GA on the 28th of May, 2006. This is one of three locations for Summits in the Atlanta area. I frequent the Summit's in Sandy Springs and this was my first trip to the Cumming location. My girlfriend and I sat at the bar and the bartender Chris made us feel right at home. The service at all locations is great. This location is vastly different from the Sandy Springs Summits. The Sandy Springs location is a locals bar, this Summits has a restaurant feel to it. Open windows, booths, high ceiling, and very little smoke. Beer paraphernalia adorns the walls along with some sports paraphernalia. It didn't have the intimate feel of the Sandy Springs location; however it makes up for any perceived shortcomings by its massive beer selection. Two rows of taps adorn the wall behind the bar (around 200 taps). Even if 10 to 20% of the taps are out at the moment, that is still a huge draft beer selection. This location without a doubt has the largest draft beer selection in the Greater Atlanta area. The bottled beer selection has a better overall variety than the sandy Springs location. Both locations have a massive bottle beer selection as well. The food at any Summit's location is great, well beyond average bar food. The greatest thing about Summit's is you can always find someone to talk beer with. Beer geeks, like myself, abound at the locations.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Summits has really taken a dive in the selection department. The service took a step forward but the selection has taken a step backward. Almost every beer I asked for tonight was off, yet they still had the tap handles in place. Upon further inspection I noticed things like 6 Abita handles and only three Abita beers on. Probably 15 Rogue handles and about 6 of those on. 6 or so Sierra Nevada handles and maybe 3 of those on. My original selection score was a 5.0...I'm taking that back to a 4.0. What good are 200 plus taps with 10-20% blown kegs?


As of 6-16-05
overall: 4.45
atmosphere: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$

Summits is located just off SR9/SR20 and very easy to find. I was worried since my mapping program had me in an odd location, but never fear, it was an easy trip from Jax to Summits.

I met a fellow BA at Summits, kp. It was a Rogue 15th night so the John Locke beer was out, Rogue Black Brutal Bitter. Some friends of kp were also there when I arrived fashionably late. Great company made for ultimately a great experience.

The tap list that I counted was 200...freakin 200! That missed at least 3 beers, and based upon other reviews they may be able to accomodate 220! Every beer I inquired about was available and the service was attentive with only the occasional bobble or two.

The atmosphere was definite sports bar. Lots of TV, lots of noise, and quite a bit of smoke, but the smoke was being handled well by the air handling unit so it was not near as smoky as the Sandy Springs location. It was nowhere as dark either. The place was very well lit and nicely decorated with beer memorabilia.

The only gripe of the night was when I found out you cannot purchase beer to remove from the premises. With 8, count them, EIGHT, Rodenbach Alexander in the cold case I wanted to purchase them all and take them home, but alas, no dice. So if you are in GA and want a Rodenbach Alexander, I can point you to the place to hit...Summitts in Cumming!

Photo of dgallina
3.73/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

First visit to the Cumming location (a former Taco Mac). At first glance, the atmosphere is lacking; a typical sports bar in a very loud and very full open room (the waiting list for indoor seating was 45 minutes). The patio was more empty and civilized. Service is, likewise, average at best.

All that said, the quality of the food is very good for a sports bar and the beer selection, most importantly, is EXCELLENT. We sampled a few draught Rogue ales and stouts, a draught Mackeson scottish ale, and a draught Bud Light (what can I say, some of our friends aren't beer-enlightened yet :-) The Rogues were particularly fresh and flavorful, since Summits appears to turn over a LOT of Rogue product.

Overall a nice find north of the city, especially as the more-numerous Taco Mac locations have significantly cut their quality beer lists over the years.

Photo of FormatKid
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Have to agree with other reviews on the atmosphere and appearance, all of this leans towards pretty much a standard sports bar.

Maybe the neon lights for some of the larger craft brewers are a slight hint to the absolutely staggering variety of beers that are available. I think it was like 150ish on tap with another 150ish in bottles. The sheer amount of different beers is definately a high point. Anything you can think of from the local brewers including limited runs are on tap and tons and tons more, just about everything from the more widely distributed micros is offered on draught as well.

I have to say the food that I did have there (appetizers) was pretty damn good. The bleu-cheese fries being the highlight. Alot of cool stuff on the menu, large variety of burgers and the standard pub-grub.

A slight down-side is the pints are a bit steepish for the area starting at $4.99. Looks like according to the website they run a fair amount of promotions and such to give you a little extra for your dollar though. When I went it was Sierra Nevada pint night so I had a couple of those to get a couple glasses.

I hate to say but on this particular night our service could've been better. A little unconcerned and lacking of knowledge of what was available.

I also was a little disappointed that out of the 15 or so rogue items on the menu, NONE of them were available. Fortunately the million other beers created a buffer to allow me to find something else I would like. (which I think just about anybody could find something they like here)

Overall though, I will definately revisit Summit's when I find myself in the area.

Photo of Southernbrew
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The second Summits I've been to. This place is absolutely incredible. 220+ on tap with just about anything Rogue you could want, dry hopped Red included (they were out though). Everything from local breweries, including Sweetwater's imperial stout. This place really gets about everything they get their hands on. Good bottle selection too. All Chimay, Duvel, Ommegang, mostly Belgians. Our server was a friend of a friend so the service was good. We stopped in on a saturday night during college football season so it was a bit loud, but the selection here makes you forget real quick. The prices are a bit high, but the selection is worth it. If you can go to one bar in Atlanta, go here.

Photo of fattyre
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This place is definitely more refined than its sister establishment. Much larger and more open with less of an emphasis on the bar. Lots of polished woodwork and bar tables separated from the dinind room by a low metal partition. The tap selection is enormous even after going to its aforementioned sibling and MacGregors in Rochester,NY. Though sadly no growlers in GA. You could dwell over the beer list alone for an hour or so. When I went there were forty some odd others going in at the same time, and we were still well taken care of. The pints are a bit pricey but I can understand it with this kind of inventory to maintain. A must see in the Atlanta area.

Photo of rajendra82
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Looks like a typical run of the mill sports bar until you take a look at their beer list. With over 230 beers on tap, this is one cool place to hang out. The food is quite nice too. The only downside is the price. At $4.99 a pint, this place is a bit more than what I can afford to visit on a regular basis. Especially considering the fact that you can get a six pack of many of the same micros down the road for a little bit more, or go to a Taco Mac and get a bit smaller selcetion for a cheaper price.

Photo of jlervine
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This particular Summits is closest to me, so I've established my Passport club here.

Take a sports bar, quadruple the size of it, and give it a helluva beer selection, and you've got the atmosphere for this place. Quality is pretty good - as mentioned before, this Summits appears to be the jewel in the crown of the Summits chain in the metro area.

Service can be hit or miss. Me and the lady have found a particular waitress that we are fond of who is very knowledgeable about beers and always seems to know the special brews hiding back there behind the bar. Heck, she even remembers our name after only 2 visits. Overall, though, the number of beer lovers outweighs the unintiated and ignorant.

The selection is the best you can get in the Atlanta metro area - typically 125 on tap, and another 150 or so in bottles. Food selections are pretty good and reasonably priced - about on par with a Chili's, TGI Friday's, and the like. For a fantastic appetizer, try the blue cheese fries - tasty paired with your favorite IPA or ESB.

My only complaint is the cost of pints - they start at $4.99 and work their way up. Occasionally, certain Rogue and other specialty beers show up - the price is the same, but they are served in a smaller flute. I think the Lindeman's lambics top the price list at $8.99 for a flute.

Photo of aracauna
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Where the Sandy Springs Summits feels more like a pub with crowded seating, dark rooms and a bar that really imposes on the rest of the main room, the Cumming location is much more restaurant-like. The seating is spacious and airy and the room is better lit. The beer selection is better and the owner seems to consider this location his crown jewel and keeps more of the taps occupied and the coolers better stocked. There are beers in the cooler and on tap that I haven't been able to find anywhere else in Georgia. If only I lived close enough to attend regularly, I'd be broke. The pints are pricey (prices are the same at all three bars) but if I can make it through the Passport Clubs 1 and 2, my mug will hold enough to make the amount of beer make the cost a bargain.

Summits Wayside Tavern in Cumming, GA
91 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.