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Manuel's Tavern

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Manuel's TavernManuel's Tavern
BA SCORE
89
very good

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Taps: 29
Bottles: 58
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

602 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, Georgia, 30307-1433
United States
phone: (404) 525-3447

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(Place added by: Cyberkedi on 04-15-2007)
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

kferq, Aug 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

halo3one, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of TastyMcBeerson
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%

This is a no-frills neighborhood bar, and somewhat of a landmark in the area. The place is pretty huge, and I've never been to any of the upstairs rooms.
Smoking in the bar area was recently banned per the owner/manager's decision, which is a good thing IMO...
I go here fairly regularly when I'm out with some friends after a show or something, and sometimes I just walk there on a Sunday for breakfast... The food is well executed though nothing much out of the ordinary. The wings are great, the burgers are good, as is the Reuben...
The beer selection is pretty extensive, but I tend to regularly get their house beer - the 602 - a beer/ale I'm trying to wrap my head around. Who brews it? What exactly is the style? All I know is it is slightly malty, less hoppy, on the dark side, and it's a satisfying brew. Does anyone have more info on Manuel Tavern's house beer, or is it some carefully guarded secret?

TastyMcBeerson, Apr 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

bakerbill, Mar 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

joeysmac, Nov 29, 2013
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

doublewide, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of asabreed
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%

A cool little place located near Beep Beep Gallery, where I ready with a friend a couple weeks ago on a book tour.

Cool atmosphere. Seemed like there were two sides to the place, the bar side to the right, and the tables and seats to the left. We had 4 or 5 people, so we got a table.

A lot of these places touting the fact that they have a great selection of beer don't come through for me anymore. A lot of it can be purchased in six-packs much cheaper, for one, and most of them include all the macro stuff in the mix of the many taps and bottles. The selection's fairly good, yes, but a lot of it was ho-hum for me, and I found very few, if any, beers I hadn't tried before. But for many they'll like the selection. I got a Terrapin Rye, which is a brew I like, and which was great on tap.

The service was good and the server was attentive. Some may say the prices are reasonable, but for what they were offering, many of them were a bit overblown, especially, like I said, when you can go down the street and get a six-pack for a few dollars over what you're paying just for the pint.

I'd go back again if I were in the area, but I wouldn't make this a must-stop place in Atlanta in the future.

asabreed, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of GeezLynn
3.9/5  rDev -1%

Given that a trip to Manuel's is usually a weekly event for me, I figured it was about time to review.

The beer selection is decent. They carry a small offering of craft bottles from some of the bigger breweries such as DFH, Stone and SN along with the full macro spectrum. There are usually 4-5 craft options on tap as well, which typically include a couple of Terrapin options. Once and awhile there will be a special keg (or cask even).

The food is good. Pretty standard bar food, but well done. Especially the wings. Awesome. Service is good more often than not.

The old neighborhood bar atmosphere, with the booth seating and all the old memorabilia on the walls is one of the best things about Manuel's. However, like a lot of these types of places, it can get pretty smoky which is usually when I decide it's time to head elsewhere.

GeezLynn, May 07, 2010
Photo of glid02
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%

I've been here quite a few times and it never gets old.

Atmosphere is great. It's everything a neighborhood pub should be. A portrait of JFK and various old-school Atlanta sports team pennants are some of the paraphernalia dotting the walls. As a few people of mentioned be forewarned that smoking is allowed.

Quality is OK. It seems as though they have a 10 oz. tulip and a 12 oz. pint glass for all of their beers. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but I would like to see a bit more options. The pours were all done properly and none of the glassware was chilled.

Service is good. The folks behind the bar were aware of everything on-tap and I never had to wait long to get my beer.

Selection is alright. They have a good amount of BMC on-tap along with a few local selections (Sweetwater and Terrapin). They do have about six taps that they rotate a decent amount which is nice, but nothing exceedingly special.

The prices are reasonable although I can't go as far as to say they're cheap.

Overall this is an institution, not for beer but for other reasons. As long as you know what to expect you won't be disappointed. Worth a stop if you have an extended stay in the area.

glid02, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of bwb0402
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%

Manuel's is the quintessential Atlanta hang-out. It exudes that all-school Atlanta feel, but not in a ghetto way. This place oozes character; from the JFK portrait behind the bar, to Manuel's ashes, to well-worn wooden booths. (A personal favorite of mine is the portrait of the young, nude, southern belle.) Ask the bar tender about the story behind it. The beer selection usually has a few high grav offerings as well as some local brews. The Terrapin Rye Squared and the DFH 90 minute are usually on tap. The bottle selection is decent. However, the beer selection isn't why you should go to Manuel's. The atmosphere, the value, and the perfectly delicious pub food (the nachos are awesome, veggies are fresh) are what draws the crowd. The beer is merely something tasty to wash it all down with. One of my absolute favorite spots after catching a Braves game.

***NOTE*** I recently heard from a fellow BA that Manuel's nachos are using cheese goo instead of real cheddar. I can't confirm this but my recommendation is based on the nachos containing real cheese, not some processed concoction

bwb0402, May 22, 2009
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Manuel's Tavern in Atlanta, GA
89 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.