Trappeze Pub

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Trappeze PubTrappeze Pub
BA SCORE
100
world-class

71 Ratings
Ratings: 71
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: n/a
Taps: 31
Bottles: 200
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

269 N Hull St
Ste 6
Athens, Georgia, 30601-4547
United States
phone: (706) 543-8997

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @trappezepub

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(Place added by: edamjohnson on 12-28-2007)
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Photo of Zach136
4.9/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I've been coming here at least weekly since I discovered it this summer.

Atmosphere - Great atmosphere, especially for a bar in a college town. Never too loud to hold a conversation, even when the restaraunt is packed.

Quality - The best beer available in the state is either on tap, or in the bottles at Trappeze. And your beer will always be served in appropriate glassware.

Service - The bartenders here are top notch. They all really know their beer and are happy to make recommendations, compare notes and chat if the bar isn't too busy. The wait staff for the restaraunt is also very well educated on the beer menu. I've never seen any bartender/server be snobby to a BMC drinker in fact they're always ready to make suggestions. True Beer Advocates if you will.

Selection - Trappeze taps at least 5 new beers a week, all top notch. And their bottle list is exhaustive to say the least.

Food - I would honestly come here to eat pretty often even if I wasn't in to craft beer. I've never had anything on the menu I wouldn't order again, and the prices are very fair.

Value - The place is a great value, delicious and rare beers on tap. The most expensive item on the beer menu hardly ever exceeds $8 for a full pour, and its always something world class. They also offer half pours so you can try more beer.

Overall - I'm seriously going to miss this place when I graduate. Great people serving great beer, plus events with breweries, monthly beer academys, and unbeatable value and selection.

Photo of GetTheYayo
4.59/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

In the oversaturated bar scene of Athens, GA, Trappeze is truly a diamond in the rough. They appreciate beer here and it shows. The bartenders are knowledgeable and always up to talk beer. They offer half pours, which is really nice if you want to try a variety of different beers. The food is good too, especially the rosemary garlic fries and the complimentary boiled peanuts.

The selection is what really stands out, though. They have a wide variety of styles, both on tap and bottled, that will appeal to many palates. I was pleasantly surprised to find Dieu du Ciel's Péché Mortel here. There are beer-oriented magazines and newspapers available if you want to read about the scene and find out about upcoming events. Oftentimes there are local brewers who will come in and hangout. Plus, they have a really cool environmentally friendly toilet.

My one criticism is that the menu is frequently outdated. I realize that they have beers coming and going all the time, so it's really no big deal. Overall, it's hard to beat Trappeze. If you love beer and find yourself in Athens this is a mandatory stop.

Photo of Viper29223
4.1/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

There was a lot of buzz going around about this place from friends that lived in Athens .So I was super excited to try their bottled Belgium beers and try all the tasty ones ive yet to sample .Me and my girlfriend enjoyed about 6 beers from there amazing beer menu .They have 2 sizes so you don't have to break the bank when wanting to try a new beer .If you go there and do not try the bread with orange butter you will miss out ,it goes well with there many strong ales .If I ever go back to Athens this is my first stop before hitting the many local pubs and the awesome terrapin brewery which is only a short cab ride away .Only wish my town was more like Athens great beer town great food town ,check this place out you won't be disappointed .

Photo of Mantooth
4.83/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My womern & I have mastered the 3-hour-drive (from Charlotte, NC) weekend vacation. We visit Athens at least once a year and it is, without a doubt, one of the best college towns I've spent time in - great food & bars all over an area easily walked.

Trappeze is an excellent pub with amazing draft and bottle selections (check what they've got online), wonderful (bit pricey but so worth it) food, excellent atmosphere & laid back beer-smart staff eager to pour you a sampler & brew-chat.

We always stay at the Foundry Park Inn, free shuttle service drop & pick. Don't forget to visit Terrapin Brewery while in town. Too many good bars & food joints to mention. Well worth the drive.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.85/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

An exceptional beer bar; one of the best I've ever seen (surprisingly enough). The food was great, if pricey, and the service was impeccable. Recommendations were spot-on, knowledge was robust and expansive, and samples were given freely. The selection of glassware particularly pleased me. One of the owners (a brewer himself) mingled with patrons and seemed genuinely pleased to do so. The bottle list is unbelievablely large (including a range of JW Lee Harvest ales dating back twelve years) and the many taps contained nary a bad beer.

Truly worth going out of your way to visit.

Photo of businesstime
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The Trappeze Pub is a rare and wonderful find, if you happen to be travelling through the Athens, GA area. The city and university itself is a larger city with a college feel to it.

The service is incredible and it's quite apparent that the waiters are well versed in different beer styles, serving glasses, brand names, etc.

The selection is second to none as well. Aside from their respectable and up-to-date selection of bottles, they also have at least 16 beers on tap and two beer engines. I've enjoyed a lot of Victory beers on cask, which were served at perfect carbonation and temperature.

Photo of Shinypoptart
4.53/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I live in Athens, GA but only recently checked out Trapeze Pub with a buddy of mine. We both enjoy good beer and we heard that Trapeze is the place to go, we heard right.

Our waitress was very nice and was as quick to point out her favorite beers that were on tap or to chat for a bit. The overall atmosphere was great.

The selection was impressive and apparently it is always being updated and rotated. They offer just about everything in bottles and cans and have a great draft menu as well. I had the Lagunitas Hop Stoopid on cask and it was great. The cool thing was that that was not the only cask beer being offered. Apparently they always offer multiple cask beers, enough said.

If you live in Georgia or close by you should definitely check this place out, its great!

Photo of Lillie1128
4.95/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Trappeze is a beer lover's dream. More taps than you've ever seen and over a hundred bottles to boot. They offer cheese pairings which I really like, and the bartenders are really knowledgeable. You can tell they love their jobs. They also will give you the correct glass that your beer should be served in, which is pretty cool.

It's a really nice atmosphere, just kind of quiet and low key but still fun. It's a really nice reprieve from all the crowded bars in Athens. It's the perfect place to just sit and have a drink. They play some great music there, too.

Photo of dbhall
4.28/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

what a good place to have a beer. i went to school at Clemson, and sometimes my friends and i would travel to athens. they would go to clubs and such, and i would just leave them and go to the trappeze. this place has a lot of good beer on tap. they also have a huge bottle selection the place is big. you are able to drink at the bar or go sit at one of the many open tables with your friends. the service is good too with the bartender knowing what kind of beers people want, and helping when people dont have a clue. the selection is why i come here. so many different good beers here you cant go wrong (i guess you could if you tried, but that's what the bartenders are for). great place to stop by if your in athens.

Photo of Orangevango
4.72/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I stopped in on a friday afternoon with my buddy caml, I enjoyed the experience thoroughly but their prices were a bit inflated it seemed, they offer half pours which is really nice, but most of the half pours were still > $4 which is what I expect to pay for a full pour of most anything in columbia... that said, nowhere in columbia has as stellar a selection as Trappeze... the server was prompt and our bartender was knowledgeable enough. The waitresses are hot as he'll... I would come here again, but its really a drain on the wallet.

Photo of FishHeadLover
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

the decor was interesting. The bar was large and there was an impressive tap selection. I am from the midwest so I found the KBS and Bells especially impressive. Amazing service, both bartenders we talked to were very knowledgable about beer. They also gave us helpful advice about the area. We only had bread and beer cheese soup but they were both very good (many of the menu items were made using beer). The prices were very reasonable. I have paid far more for KBS in Indiana. This was our first time here and we plan to return.

Photo of bobbyc881
4.83/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Stopped in for dinner and a few drinks before a show at the 40 watt on a Tuesday evening. Stellar beer selection with a couple dozen taps. Appreciated that the majority of the taps were filled with local or southeastern breweries. Great mix of taps as well -- strong stouts and DIPAs, pilsners, Belgians, wheats, IPAs, and even a sour ale. All were very reasonably priced and served in appropriate glassware.

Food menu had some great options, including a cheese plate and bread made with Terrapin's spent grain. Really well done pub food, much of which included beer in some way -- beer mustard, beer vinaigrette, beer batter, etc...

Overall a really nice place to grab a bite to eat and enjoy some killer beer. This will certainly be a regular pre-show ritual for us whenever we're in town.

Photo of Fatherskull
4.53/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Some friends recently told me about this place. I can't thank them enough for it. Incredible selection, knowledgeable staff, and a proper beer bar atmosphere. Bottle selection is vast and they have 30+ taps. They change out what's on tap very frequently, often not updated quickly on their website. They offer half pours as well as full pours so excellent for trying new beers without breaking the bank. The management gets a hold of special reserve casks that we'll not see anywhere else in town or even the rest of the Southeast. The atmosphere is conducive for tasting and rating but only during the day. At night it gets busy and you'll just want to kick back and enjoy yourself. Having only recently been initiated into true appreciation of good craft beers, I was surprised to see just how many real beer fans there are enjoying true craftsmanship.

The food is very good. I suggest going between 11am and 4pm on Saturday or Sunday to order from the brunch menu, its better than the lunch one.

Photo of JamesAimeeSCBG
4.72/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

We had the pleasure of visiting Athen's premiere beer bar, Trappeze, during their Stout Fest. Upon entering, we were told by the hostess that they were so busy we'd have to wait for a table. We just wanted to sit at the bar anyway, so no worries. Once we sat down, the quick and attentive staff got us set with our first sample of the night, a couple of 1/2 pours (we love the 1/2 pours, as you can sample more without breaking the bank!) from the special cask they had tapped for the evening, Terrapin's Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout. We're not going to review any of the beers here as tasting in a public atmosphere can be problematic. Aimee decided to get a flight of one of her favorites from Terrapin--the Wake-N-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout. The flight consisted of a sample of vintage 2008, an oak-aged vintage 2008 and the new 2010. James proceeded with Bell's Expedition Stout (one of his favorites), followed by Southern Tier's Oat Imperial Oatmeal Stout. We then decided to order some cheese and picked a three cheese plate. Beautifully garnished with a mix of fruits and nuts and completed with toasted bread and bruschetta.
Next up came De Molen's Disputin (name changed from Rasputin due to legal issues) Russian Imperial Stout, followed by Bell's Special Double Cream Stout. Last pour of the evening was Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout. Now, you might be saying to yourself 'Wow! That's alotta beer and probably expensive, too!' Not the case. Half pours are where it's at if you want to sample several beers without getting hammered and keep your tab fairly inexpensive. We're not going to go into the final amount but we will say that after sampling 10 different beers and the wonderful three cheese plate, we were impressed with how much it didn't cost! Put Trappeze Pub as a destination on your next visit to Athens!

Photo of Sastard
4.94/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Heck Yes! This place likes to talk beer, and invites anyone in to try something they've never tasted before. I am itching to try the food, but until then, the selection changes constantly.

Like The Distillery in Savannah, this bar likes to switch out its draft-arsenal per week, but the selections between these two bars is very different.

Whereas The Distillery sticks to "seasonal" selections, mostly, the Trappeze might just have anything they darn well want at anytime of the year. A look at the website shows everything on tap and in bottles.

If in Athens, this is the bar to visit.

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.58/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went here with some friends based on recommendations from other BAs and was not disappointed. The bottle list was impressive and the tap list was really diverse and expansive - you'll find old favorites like St. Bernardus 12, local fare from Terrapin, and lots of new and interesting stuff. The food was superb. We had a cheese plate, fish & chips, and the miniburgers and all were terrific. We got out of there for a decent price, too. I highly recommend this spot.

There are lots of comparisons to the Brick Store Pub and I don't think that's fair. There are few places in the country like the Brick Store, much less in Georgia. Trappeze stands on its own as an awesome gastropub.

Photo of jillmart
4.03/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Took a day trip to Athens yesterday specifically to check out Terrapin Brewery and Trappeze.

At Trappeze, we had a party of 7 and were seated very quickly and we're treated as well as expected considering we had a couple of already-drunk people in our group. The atmosphere is kind of like a "grown-up college bar" -- don't really remember seeing UGA decor but had the usual downtown Athens bar feel -- but with an extremely better beer selection.

Trappeze has a solid draft and bottle list, and I was really pleased there was a half-pour option. The food comes in small portions and is moderately-priced. I had Southern Tier's Creme Brulee half-pour and the fish and chips and spent around $16 after tax and tip.

I went to Trappeze hoping it could compare to the Brick Store Pub in terms of food and beer, and I believe it does.

Photo of GeezLynn
4.6/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Finally got around to checking this place out on a Saturday night in July and was not disappointed. Large bottle selection and the tap list was huge and mostly amazing beers. I had a tough time choosing, but went with Festina Peche, Monster Rouge, and cask conditioned Storm King. Didn't order any food, but the menu had a good number of choices and place is also a coffee bar. Service was slow, but the waiter was polite and friendly. I'm sure the place can get fairly crowded when college is in session, but it wasn't too bad for a weekend night and the booth seating helps.

Definitely enjoyed my trip to Trappeze and would say that along with Terrapin, it's a must stop for any beer fan visiting Athens.

Photo of feetralph
4.65/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Hands down the best bar in Athens. In addition to the large bottled beer selection, they rotate an incredible amount of taps. They carry probably about 30 beers on draft at a time, all of exceptional quality. And they rotate these beers. They do not update their website often, so it is hard to know which beers they currently have, but you are sure to find something different that you like every time you go. Servers are always nice, and food is very good as well. But you will not find a better draft selection around town.

Photo of Jacksongvl
4.85/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

My favorite pub in Athens, well, my only pub in Athens. Even though I spent 4-5 years there in the seventies, I'm not there very often now, but try to make Trappeze a frequent stop. If the other pubs are comparable, then they are very good.

Clientele is upscale. Selection is incredible. Don't expect to drink American light beers here. Food menu is good and inexpensive. Try the beef cooked in Chimay.

Staff is very knowledgeable and is intent on assisting in selecting the right beer for you.

Great pub in the middle of the UGA atmosphere. Right next door to a popular concert hall in Athens. On concert nights, expect crowds. Also any later than 9:30 on weekends will be crowded.

Clientele age is varied. College juniors up to senior citizens.

Overalll, a very pleasant experience in downtown Athens GA.

Photo of soupermirl
4.63/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Friends of ours took us there. No complaints. This is a wonderful craft beer bar with great selections. I had an eisbock cask and a Wells Bombardier. So many to drink, so little time. They'll let you sample anything on the wall for free. The food was also great. I had the carbonade my wife had the reuben. The food was excellent. My wife had a Bell's Expedition Stout on draft and it was good. Athens has lots of great places to go, but for a very well rounded craft beer bar and fine food menu for a one stop, the Trappeze is the place to go. We absolutely loved it.

The atmosphere was very cool. Dark wood benches, cool bar, lots of windows. And lots of beer. About 40 on draft and lots of others in bottles. Check out their website.

If you get to Athens and you want good beer, go to the Trappeze Pub. Check out their website.

Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I originally stopped in based on the BA rating while on a business trip to Athens. And I recently made another stop while passing through the area with my wife.

There are three rooms. One is a smaller bar that has a coffee house feel. They have six on tap in that room. Then there's a small middle room with seating but no bar. And then there's a larger bar room where most of the taps are. It's got a nice simple decor with taps and beer signs on display. The two bar rooms have large, comfortable wooden booths that would be great for a group.

Trappeze has large tap selection (40+?) and the quality is very strong. Most are from the east coast but there are quite a few from the west coast along with a handful of Belgians. They're a great source for local Terrapin brews. On the second trip, I thought the selection was weak on hop centric beers.

Trappeze is singly focused on craft beer. It's about as good a beer bar as you'll find in the southeast.

Photo of mondegreen
4.55/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Trappeze is a great pub with both tables and bar seating. My only complaint is that when I have sat at the tables the service has been pretty slow. However, the selection of beer her is second to none. The taps rotate regularly, and there ar always interesting choices (recently I have had Double Bastard, Oak Aged Storm King, and Left Hand Widdershins). The servers are friendly and willing to help the beer illiterate make solid selections. The only food I have had is the Terrapin bread, and it is great. Overall, this place is heaven for beer geeks. Highly recommended.

Photo of rudyarmand
4.95/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I had heard such great things about Trappeze and had always wanted to visit. I finally had an opportunity over the Christmas break and drove over to Athens from Atlanta.

The bar and restaurant were very cozy and the service was by far the best we have ever experienced at any noteable beer bar.

We were offered tastes of Terrapin's newest brew and some Christmas offerings from Belgium. My Wife was delighted to have a chance to try the beers before making her selection.

We did have lunch and the food was tasty and well prepared. My Wife was very happy with the vegetarian selection she ordered.

The server who I think must have been an owner signed us up for an email service to let us know about future beer dinners.

I love Brick Store Pub, but Trappeze is just as good if not better.

5 Stars!!!

Photo of jzholloway
4.9/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I am originally from Georgia, went to school at the University of Georgia in Athens, and currently live in Providence, RI. My brother nd I, while attending college, would go to the "Trap" almost everyday after classes to have a beer and to enjoy the wonderful atmosphere. There is always a wonderful selection of beers, and because they are always rotating their selection, there seemed to be something new to try all the time. If you are going to visit Athens, or even be close, visit this wonderful pub!

Trappeze Pub in Athens, GA
100 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.