Mac's Beer & Wine / Midtown Liquors
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Reviews by 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.
05-18-2011 18:24:26 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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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.
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.
08-10-2012 01:13:31 | More by bamadog
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...
04-15-2011 18:59:41 | More by OhYesILoveBeer
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.
06-28-2010 03:08:00 | More by mklinger
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.
06-26-2010 04:13:09 | More by DrewKid4
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.)
05-06-2010 15:40:48 | More by warmstorage
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.
04-25-2010 03:17:35 | More by SimpleBeerLover
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.
01-20-2010 01:42:06 | More by glid02
Mac's Beer & Wine / Midtown Liquors in Atlanta, GA
88 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.