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Mac's Beer & Wine / Midtown Liquors

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Mac's Beer & Wine / Midtown LiquorsMac's Beer & Wine / Midtown Liquors
BA SCORE
88
very good

22 Ratings
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
[ Store ]

21a Peachtree Pl Ne
Atlanta, Georgia, 30309-3930
United States
phone: (404) 872-4897

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

halo3one, Jul 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

jburns301, Jun 07, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -7.2%

First effort to find some Bourbon in this town and this is the place I ended up at, and I can't say I'm disappointed because it's only 7 blocks from my place.

Atmosphere: I mean, it's a package store, so not much going on here. Concrete floors and wall to wall/aisle to aisle booze -- not a bad thing, but it doesn't scream unique, warm and inviting, so yeah, take it for what its worth.

Quality: Plenty of good stuff on the hard alcohol side of things; beer offerings are tough for me to get excited about after coming from the greater Cincinnati area and getting to shop at the Party Source all the time. One thing I was mostly impressed about though is that they have Lost Abbey, so when I'm shopping to replenish my beer stash, I'm going to be picking up some of the big ones. They've got a fair amount of local stuff, though, so that's pretty exciting as I'll be able to tick away some of these breweries and hopefully find some new faves to stock the fridge with at times.

Service: Counter jockeys.

Selection: See quality above.

Food: N/A.

Value: The pricing is interesting -- there's a cash price and a credit price, so it behooves the customer to have a roll with him/her. Overall though, not higher than anywhere else I've seen, so it's not bad and it's certainly reasonable. I'll definitely be heading back.

bamadog, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%

I come to this place often since it's pretty close to where I live. They have sufficient (usually) parking outside, and the inside is sufficiently clean. The selection is decent. They don't get some of the limited releases and their import selection is quite lacking, though. However, their craft domestic selection is good, but certainly not great. The service is fairly knowledgeable, seemingly intelligent, and quite helpful.

I would likely not go to this place if it wasn't close to me. However, it's a great place to get a decent selection of craft domestic beer if you're close by.

coreyfmcdonald, May 18, 2011
Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
2.42/5  rDev -37.6%

As of today, I am 100% done with this store. They have gone so downhill with thier customer service it is unreal. I was on a reserve list for 45 days, only to have them not call me, and not reserve the product I had registered for. No more macs, ill go to towers instead...

OhYesILoveBeer, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of mklinger
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

Stopped here because it was a block from the hotel we were staying at. Didn't know it was on BeerFly & was pleasantly surprised.

Lots of really good beer here. Large shelf of Belgians, lots of craft beers on the floor, & a bunch of cooler doors full of craft beer. All the best craft breweries seen in Georgia were found here -- Founders, Bells, Stone, Southern Tier, Avery, Great Divide, Sweetwater, Terrapin, & lots of North Carolina beers that are fairly new to me. Good stuff.

Prices were very reasonable. Slightly better than they were at Green's when I went there the next day. Staff was nice though not super helpful. Good place that I'll go to again given that I often seem to stay in Midtown when in ATL.

mklinger, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of DrewKid4
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

As a student at Georgia Tech, I guess I'm pretty close to being a regular at Mac's. Not only is it conveniently located, but it actually has quite a good selection. It has served my needs from gathering supplies for parties to checking over any new microbrews I'd like to try.

Most all of the variety of beer is kept in coolers on the longest wall as you walk in. Cases of well known companies line the aisles. Many of the times I've been there, there is usually a deal on cases that they need to get rid of. But for $10 a case at times (old Lakefront Brewery Holiday Spice Lager was one I picked up). There is a couple of cooler doors worth of Belgians, bombers, and 40's. On the opposite end is a couple of doors of macros. In between (a good 6 doors worth) are mostly micro's from around the country (got my first DFH60 and others here). Not an overall surprising selection but it rotates enough to keep it interesting. The pick six is not as useful as other smaller, more micro focused stores, but it is a great idea since sometimes people get lucky with some great additions to the rack. I don't usually use it because the best that usually available are the locals; Terrapin, Sweetwater, ABC and others.

Overall, better than your average store and definitely worthy of a visit if you are visiting, or even live in, the Atlanta area.

DrewKid4, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of warmstorage
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Mac's is my local, and since I mostly agree with other folks' observations (yeah, decent to good selection, not amazing; average prices), I'll try to not duplicate what people have said.

First, on the mix your own six pack: you have to check fairly regularly, since 90% of the time, I agree that there aren't six new things I want to try. (I'm always looking to be able to try *one* of a style from local and regional breweries, without investing in a sixer that might kinda suck.) Sometimes for various reasons people have broken up six packs, or maybe bottles have broken in shipping or moving them around. I've scored Belgians that are $12-$14 for four packs (both times, staff actually pointed them out to me.) If you want to get a good sense of what local Atlanta brewing is like, and maybe include some Athens and Asheville, it works well.

Their keg selection is kinda weak: they have a big book, but rarely is anything interesting actually on hand. They are happy to order anything you want that their distributor can get, but they usually don't call me to tell me when it comes in, and the prices are a little high. I've actually started going to Green's on Ponce for kegs, since they have a much better stock on hand. (I mean, I'm there because I kicked a keg: I usually don't want to wait 2-5 days.)

Knowledge about beer varies widely among the staff, who are mostly 20-somethings, pleasant, and they'll try to be helpful, but about half the time don't really know much about craft and micro beer.

The do occasionally have novelty bottles that you don't see in a lot of places, like magnums of Anchor xmas ale, Sweetwater Festive, etc. Unfortunately, these are always sitting on the floor at room temp. And nearby, right next to the north registers, keep an eye out for the specials area: there are occasionally very good deals.

Oh, and yes, Georgia Tech students do frequent it, as it's only a few blocks as the crow flies. Problem is, there's an interstate in the way, and so most GT students probably only walk if they don't own cars. Seems like the frat boys buying multiple racks of Natty Ice are always throwing it in the back of their BMW SUVs. I walk or ride my bike there 100% when I'm not getting a keg, but the parking lot is usually jammed at night, and most people do drive. (I don't think I've ever seen a bike locked up there besides mine.)

warmstorage, May 06, 2010
Photo of SimpleBeerLover
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%

Mac's is the liquor store of choice for most Georgia Tech students. Conveniently located within walking distance of GT Campus for those without cars and has a parking lot, for those with cars (a huge bonus in crowded midtown).

Mac's has a good selection and reasonable prices. Has a wide range of popular beers, and smaller selection of less mainstream brands that rotates regularly. You can usually find something new and interesting to try there.

They also have a shelf with a rotating variety of 12-oz bottles that invite you to create your own six pack. Excellent for finding new beers to enjoy.

The staff are polite, but are don't go out of their way to be helpful and don't always know a lot about beer, so if you're new to beer you should go in with some idea of what you're looking for or bring someone who does know about beer with you.

SimpleBeerLover, Apr 25, 2010
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

I had no idea this place existed until a friend that lives nearby took me here recently.

Quality is good. Most of the beer is kept in the coolers along the back wall, well out of the way of sunlight. A few beers are scattered elsewhere around the store.

Service was good. I didn't ask for any specific help but the guy at the counter was nice enough.

Selection was much better than expected. Some newer arrivals already had space on the shelves and I was very surprised to still see some Black Ops hanging around. Their Belgian and general import selection was a bit lacking but overall a very nice assortment.

Value was good - no more expensive and no cheaper than any other place around town.

Overall I was very impressed with this place and will be stopping by again at some point I'm sure. Worth a stop if you're frequenting Taco Mac Metropolis or any other place in Midtown.

glid02, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

Located on West Peachtree near the Midtown MARTA rail station, Mac's has an impressive selection of beers and other strong drink. They have quite a few single bottles of craft beers, as well as plenty of six-packs of locals and imports. Prices are about average for Atlanta. They frequently have close-outs of decent beers, and have seasonal offerings on sale when those beers are out of season - for example, winter brews are available for bargain prices in spring and summer. Definitely worth a visit.

Cyberkedi, Apr 19, 2009
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3.7/5  rDev -4.6%

I stopped here to find a bottle of beer for my hotel room downtown Atlanta. This store is convenient to GA Tech and comfortable eating neighborhoods, but it's a one mile trek from most hotels. The selection was pretty good, lots of bombers and many Belgian singles. Most American micros were only available in 6-packs (except for the bombers). I guess I'd prefer to find 12oz singles. About 1/3 of the selections were in coolers, most of the Belgian beers and UK beers were kept on shelves. Safe and dependable stop in Atlanta.

TurdFurgison, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of gabeerfan
4.15/5  rDev +7%

First time I've been here in a while. Quite a good beer selection with most of the 6-packs and bombers in coolers along the back wall. Larger 12-packs and cases were well organized out on the floor. Last time I was there I remembered they had a "mix-a-six" section, which is the main reason I stopped by. A good selection in the mixed six section, it is not made up of leftovers or odd bottles. They seem to stock that from either the mixed 12-packs from the breweries or just breaking up six packs.
Most everything looked like it was turning over good enough to keep dust off the bottles. Good selection of Belgians and quality imports. All the locals and SE beers, good variety of Victory beers, Stoudts, DFH, Left Hand to name a few breweries. There were even some beers I hadn't seen at Greene's yet, like Highland's new lager. I met the beer manager Alan (Allen? Alen? Allan?) and chatted with him for a while. He's a nice guy and seems to know his beer quite well.
Service was excellent. Everyone was willing to help and I watched them make educated recommendations to people that had genuine questions about picking out a beer. Looked like most of the clerks were from Ga. Tech or Ga. State, so they like beer.
Prices seem pretty close or even lower than Green's. Similar pricing system to Greene's in the cash/debit is one price and credit card price is slightly higher.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised at how good this place is. I would definitely recommend stopping by.

gabeerfan, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of jph424
4.5/5  rDev +16%

I just got back from Mac's and I am very impressed. This place has improved a ton since my college days. They now carry numerous Belgian beers including: Rochefort 10 & 8, St. Bernardus 12, 8, & 6, Orval, Gouden Carolus, Rodenbach Grand Cru, Alvine, Corsendonk, Saison DuPont, Avec Les Bons Voues, Lindemen's, All of the Chouffes, Westmalle, and even 1 or 2 I did not see at Green's last time I went. While it is not the selection of Green's it is none the less very impressive and a huge improvement over about a year ago.

They also had a great micro selection including alot of Victory (Twelve, Saison, Storm King, HopDevil, Old Horizontal, Prima Pil, Baltic Thunder), Dogfish Head (60, 90, Midas, India Brown), Rogue, Heavy Seas (the stronger Clipper line), Oskar Blues (including Ten Fidy and Gordon!), Sierra Nevada (ESB, Bigfoot), and more. They also carry a huge selection of A-B products and apparently AB was not very happy with them when they expanded their beer options (The guy in charge of buying all of the beer and "Mac" apparently recently made a trip to Belgium which helped inspire them to carry more and better beers.)

Definitely worth visiting especially if you are in Midtown, haven't been to Mac's in a while, or if you are looking for a place right off of the interstate. While they still do not have quite the selection of Green's, their prices were comparable and they are definitely closing the gap in a lot of areas. The service is exceptional and the store is extremely well kept.

jph424, Feb 07, 2008
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Nice big corner location in midtown, with some parking. It's at the intersection of Peachtree Place and W.Peachtree, a block from Peachtree St and Peachtree Walk. Yeah, welcome to Atlanta.
Huge selection of wine and liquor here, but still a decent amount of beer. Lots of BMC, but plenty of singles of various American and European microbrews, both refrigerated and not. Decent selection of local/regional brews, but not much from Terrapin. Sweetwater selection is usually pretty complete, and there's likely to be some Duck Rabbit and Highland and the likes. Prices are good, especially if you pay with cash. Some six-pack as well with things that are not available as singles.

shivtim, Jan 17, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Stopped into Mac's yesterday before the football game. I had been in there alot when I was a student.

When I was in school, I was never shot with Mac's selection. The place took more pride in its wine selection than beer. Even after the high gravity law was repealed, Mac's only had one refrigerator door devoted to the high gravity beers.

My most recent trip proved otherwise. They have really stepped up the selection of high gravity brews. Overall, the selection is pretty good with a couple of good finds. Still alot of the macro brews, but what do you expect - it's right next to a college.

Very clean store with decent service. I'd go by this place more if it weren't so far.

jdubjacket, Sep 16, 2007
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3.55/5  rDev -8.5%

Nicely organized store in midtown with an okay selection of craft six packs and a smaller selection of bombers. There is also a small shelf of mix a six individual bottles, but honestly I didn't really see 6 beers I was interested in there. The store itself is clean, well organized and has a great parking lot, which is important for midtown. Most of the beers are refrigerated and nothing seemed out of date. No one seemed particularly interested in helping or all that knowledgeable. I heard the owner spouting off some nonsense about wine to a distributor. Good spot to pick something up in a hurrry, not a destination. They seem to lack some of the more interesting beers in the brands they carry.

Georgiabeer, May 01, 2007
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

I have been a student at Georgia Tech for over three years, each year my anticipation grew to finally go in Mac's. Especially after they moved into a brand new building.

After entering it was just what I imagined, wall to wall beer! What was also great was the helpful service. There was two or three people walking the floor filling shelves, but also being able to answer questions.

The pricing is reasonable, especially on stuff they can buy in huge bulk like any Macro American.

The cop at the front made for extra security, both from dangerous and unwanted patrons.

Overall I have seen better selections. But for me the convience, the prices and the service will make me come back.

DrinkinBoy, Sep 11, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

I cannot say enough good things about Mac's. I am blown away by the customer service. I find their staff to be knowledgeable and if they do not know something they say so and research it. Their reply back is always in a very timely manner. E-mails too get a timely response. When I call, they pick up quickly...never on hold too long. Their competition has left me on hold for 15 to 20 minutes numerous times and has lost my business. Selection is quite good. I am treated well. They know me by name. Store is exceptionally clean and well lit.

Location is great with easy access to I-75 & I-85.

Hours are of business also beats the competition.

10am to 10pm – Mon, Tue, & Wed.
10am to 11:45pm - Thur.
9am to 11:45pm – Fri & Sat.
Closed Sunday – State Law

TIP: Cash gets a 3% discount.

ATLbeerDog, Jun 24, 2006
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

Mac's is a traditional supplier of Georgia Tech (which is located about 3 blocks away). The new location is brighty lit and spotless. You almost feel that you are walking into a grocery store rather than a liquor/beer store. As noted in other reviews, with the changes to Georgia's laws, the selection at Mac's is expanding. You've got a fine selection of all the standby's, an increasing number of high ABV craft beers, and tons of mixers, wines, and the hard stuff. More often than not, they've got some deal on twelve packs that you would actually want, like the local beers from Sweetwater and Atlanta Brewing Company.

Staff Knowledge is spotty, as most employess (well, cashiers at least) are GT students. Caveat Emptor. Full time security is a nice touch, espically in the middle of a large city. While not in a bad part of town, it never hurts to be careful.

Prices are about average from my experience. You will pay what you expect to.

Fine store, and a great place to restock.

sweetwaterman, Jan 26, 2005
Photo of blitz134
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%

I've been to Mac's a few times, since I live over on the GaTech campus. They have recently moved into a new store. It is slightly larger that the previous one and much, much nicer. The parking there is a plus. And for security there has been a cop up there at night everytime I have been there.

For beer selection they offer a pretty decent selection. Not the best I have seen and definately not the worst. Since the ABV cap has been lifted in GA, Mac's has increasingly done a good job in bringing new beer in. Seems that everytime I go in there they have a new beer in the cooler or on the shelf. Prices for everything seems about average though.

I still prefer that green colored store down the street aways, but when I need to make a quick stop, Mac's can't be beat. Overall a decent beer store.

blitz134, Nov 12, 2004
Photo of aracauna
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%

They've got a nice selection of beers, both imports and microbrews. In fact, you have to walk past the good beer to get to the macros stuck in the back of the store. For beer lovers, it's also nice to see that the store doesn't stock beer as an afterthought. There's probably as much beer as there are liquors and wines. If you want a really big selection, you should probably jump up to Sandy Springs and check out Jax, but this place did have a few things that Jax didn't.

aracauna, Apr 28, 2002
Mac's Beer & Wine / Midtown Liquors in Atlanta, GA
88 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.