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Trappeze Pub

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Trappeze PubTrappeze Pub
BA SCORE
100
world-class

73 Ratings
Ratings: 73
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.66
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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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.68/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Trappeze Pub is located in downtown Athens. It's a cool little joint with an adjoining coffee shop/deli on one side, and the bar proper on the other. The inside is decorated with various and sundry beer memorabilia, the bar is of decent size, and detached tap handles decorate the area above the bar.

The quality of beers at the Trappeze pub is second only to the Brick Store pub in my experience, but they're still getting the 5. A few Belgians on tap (including Chimay Tripel), and tons of great American microbrews to boot. They get limited releases and specials from Terrapin, and when I was there they had a number of Stone beers on tap. Service was fairly quick, though I didn't really push the limits with questions about beer. Each brew is served in its proper glassware at correct temperature.

Selection is great--they had a well constructed beer menu that looked professional, was broken down by style, and gave great summations of each beer offered. Trappeze Pub has more taps than the BSP (I'd say around 25 or so), and each one is holding something delicious.

The food wasn't anything special, but it wasn't bad, either. I got the bratwurst, which came with kettle-cooked potato chips. The gentlemen next to me both had sandwiches that looked decent.

The bottom line is that the Trappeze Pub is a great place to get a beer in Athens. It's about 2 blocks from the UGA campus, and has a wonderful beer selection. I'd strongly recommend this place to beer purists and novices alike, as they serve everything in its proper glassware at appropriate temperature, but do have some more accessible options for those not quite wanting a DIPA or Quad (though they did have Ruination and Big Hoppy Monster when I was there, thankfully!).

Photo of ncvbc
4.83/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I stopped here while driving around downtown the day before the UGA/Bama game. Had heard great things about this place and when I saw it I had to stop. Very pleasant vibes, pretty small and cozy. I sat at the bar, which wasn't too big but the crowd wasn't either. A few booths were all I noticed. As a UGA fan, it was easy to carry on a conversation with those at the bar. I met a husband and wife from Raleigh who were very kind and passionate about their football. The husband was a Buckeye fan but the wife was a Dawgs fan. I had to remind the husband of OSU's record against the SEC in bowl games, which was a kick for his wife. Great tap selection including a rotating cask beer I believe. They had Storm King on cask when I stopped in. The Stone lineup was there, which I was happy to see. An amazing bottled selection which was well organized alphabetically by beer name rather than brewery. I suppose this makes it a bit easier for those working there. There were way too many beers that I wanted to try but I didn't have the time or money to get to them. I tried the Sun Ray from Terrapin, along with the Pale Ale and Smoked Porter from Stone. It looks like they constantly have great beers on tap, as the handles above the bar made me drool a bit. Not only was the beer selection as good or better than most places I've been (very impressive for the size of the place) but the food was great, too. It's more of a pub than restaurant so they have soups and sandwiches for the most part. I tried the California Turkey and Swiss, which was very tasty. It came with chips and Weihenstephan Honey Mustard, which was very cool to me. They also had a bread on the menu made from Rye and other ingredients from Terrapin beers. The service was very good as well. A nice young lady who kept a smile on her face the whole time I was there. Pints cost a bit more than I'm used to but other than that this is a great new place that I'm glad to have found here in Athens; the price of the beer is easily worth it for the atmosphere and conversation, let alone an unbelievable list of beers to boast. Their menu is very well organized by styles also, a nice touch. I will definitely stop in again soon.

Photo of Big78CJ
5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

To update an earlier post, the Saison Dupont is now the Avec. This bar is everything you have wanted in a gourmet beer pub in the South. They are the BSP in a smaller venue. Admittedly, Athens is a burgeoning beer crowd and they might only be ready to handle a Trapeze and not a BSP but it will do well as long as I am in town. This bar had 24 taps and 240 bottles to start and has continued to grow as they purchased the neighboring coffee house and put taps in there also. Eric and Mike are great guys and know their beer. Be sure to check this out if you are in Athens. Aroma's is the ONLY other bar in Athens worth checking out if you are a beer advocate and, frankly, if you have been to Trapeze you could skip Aroma's. DO NOT GO TO THE GLOBE...IT SUCKS!! Enjoy, from all of us in Athens to all of you who visit. We know our beer and love it, come enjoy it with us!

Let's not forget what another has already written: served in proper glassware (70% efficient at this)!!!

Photo of dawwwgs
4.95/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

My wife and I made a overnight to Athens to do some Pub Crawlin', With Trappeze being the #1 on our list. We arrived at Trappeze at around 6:00 and when we walked into the place, I was in awe, me being from a small town and never been to a place like Trappeze. The place was slightly crowded but not overbearing. We were met immediately by the waitress and the fun began. Her knowledge of the beers was fantastic. My wife told what kind of taste she was wanting to try and she brought her back a few samples of what she thought my wife would like. My wife is a dedicated Miller Lite drinker but not on this night. She learned more about how good real beer can be in the few hours we were there. The waitress was fantastic, the beer choices were unbelieveable, and we will surely be back.

Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.78/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The Trappeze Pub (a play off the word Trappist) is located at 269 West Washington Street in Athens, GA. This place is a beer mecca for the southeast United States. A very relaxing place with its terra cotta pot colored walls, green trim, and Belgian & craft beer décor. Plentiful taps line the end of the J-shaped dark wood bar and a marvelous bottle selection backs up the taps. I loved the way the beers are separated out in the sizeable beer menu. Thought was put into seemingly every aspect of the bar. Some of the staff are very knowledgeable about beer and the others seem willing to learn, even if it is from the patrons. The day that my girlfriend and I went (a holiday weekend Sat.), the patrons were of a mixed age earlier in the afternoon (6:30ish) and slowly progressed to a late night college student crowd.
Without a doubt, this is the première place to get beer in Athens, GA. The beer available includes a nice selection of Belgians (incl. Belgian Blonds, Dark Ales, Lambics, and other varieties), German beers, and American / English craft beers. The cider enthusiast can even find a few choice selections. The total beer selection and small touches like the glass rinse trays and proper stemware make this spot one of best in the southeast. Folks from the Atlanta area will understand when I say this is mini-Brick Store. Speaking of Atlanta, this is an excellent destination for that beer day trip (or two) to Athens. The Hilton Garden Inn is six blocks down the street and the best hotel in Athens. The food, a 1-page menu's worth, is very good and many of the dishes are made with beer. Beer and beer prepared food! Check this place out.

Photo of shivtim
4.44/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

What a great pub. Excellent place to stop if you're in Athens. They have 26 beers on tap, no BMC, and a few local choices (Duck-Rabbit, Terrapin, Sweetwater) as well as Belgians and American micros. Things tend to run about $4 to $6 a pint. There's also an extensive and slightly expensive bottle list, and a cask ale.

The actual space is quite nice. I like the logo, and there are various beer things on the walls, tap handles above the bar, and nice booths (including one that has doors that close). Staff is extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Proper glasswear used too.

Not quite as good as some other bars I've been to like the Brick Store, Map Room, or Spuyten Duyvil, but it's definitely in the same league as some of those places. I'd like to see how this place improves over the next year or so.

Photo of CatNorth
4.59/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Killer new spot in Athens. I stumbled upon Trappeze on my way to the Farm last time I was in Athens, and never made it to my original destination. On the night I was in town, it was packed out from when I originally walked by at 5 to late in the evening. Classy and vibey - obviously filling a void in the Athens bar scene. Reasonable prices. Well decorated with tap handles and wood. On tap selection of Belgians and microbrews blew me away. Reminiscent of the Brick Store Pub in Atlanta, and has the close-quarters camaraderie of the MapRoom in Chicago. Only complaint is that it's so popular it's tough to get a seat - or even standing room!

Photo of MerkinMan
4.78/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I finally made it to Trapeze after hearing about it from many friends, and boy and I glad!

The atmosphere is cozy and small -- very intimate.

The quality blew me away. While other places will gouge you good for rare and specialty beers, Trapeze features some very fair prices which are all very clearly posted -- something other pubs should do. The bartender even asked me how much I planned on spending, and steered me away from beers that he felt were not worth the high price when there were other cheaper alternates of better quality.

The selection is crazy. At least 15 taps, many of which I have never seen other places, and scores of bottles.

Like I suggested earlier, the value is great at every turn, and the service is spectacular. The bartenders are quick to bring water as well as nice bread with oil and balsamic vinegar - gratis.

I will be back a hundred more times.

Photo of mariano42
5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I thought this bar really had their act together. Service was great even though it was jam packed when I was there. Beer selection is off the charts, Belgian style ales on tap were amazing, Chimay on tap was ethereal, unreal. German, English beers too. Big list of American Belgians as well. Had cask conditioned ale there last week, loose cannon, that was bonkers. Unless you are a coors light drinker you need to make it over to Trappeze. One other thing is that all the beers were really performing well, they deliver the beer to the glass(the right glass too) in perfect condition. I heard they have glycol lines. I got drug over there from my monthly trip to Atlanta and want to go back next month.

Photo of nickfl
4.72/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Update: 8/24/09

I have been back to Trappeze several times since my first visit a couple of years ago and it has only gotten better. They have expanded their seating greatly and added a kitchen. The food options are not extnesive, but they are good for what they are.

I was up in GA last weekend in both Atlanta and Athens. I had a chance to visit both Trappeze and the Brick Store, and at this point, I have to admit that Trappeze has become the superior of the two. It has a better tap list than the BSP and now has my vote as the best beer bar in the south, and possibly the best beer bar I have ever seen.

Original review below:

I was very impressed with this place during my first visit last night.

The atmosphere is good overall, with a nicely decorated bar featuring the usual "look, we're a beer bar" collection of brewery signs. The booths are comfortable and fairly intimate despite the surprisingly large crowd of beer lovers lingering nearby.

The service was excellent. The bartenders were knowledgeable about their products (especially the draught lineup), and service was reasonable quick considering how crowded the place was. The owners obviously care deeply about what they are doing as at least one of them was alternately out chatting up the crowd and checking on things behind the bar at all times.

The quality is good. They keep all of their bottles properly refrigerated and draught beer seems to be lovingly cared for as well. It is also worth noting that all beers are served in proper glassware, most in the specific glass from the brewery.

The selection is fantastic. They had perhaps thirty taps, and each of them poured something not just good, but either of world class quality or very unusual. The bottled selection was good as well, though not quite as impressive. I was happy to see great beers like Saison Dupont and Prima Pils as well as unique specimens such as Oscar Blues Ten Fidy with cherries and North Coast Le Merle.

I was even more impressed with the prices. While the bottle prices were about what one would expect, the draught prices were, to say the least, competitive. Many draught beers were as little as $4 and most were under $6. Considering the kind of rare and excellent beers they have on tap, these prices are downright cheap.

Photo of npurdy
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Trappeze is a revelation for the highest per capita bar market in the world. They've immediately swiped the high-end in town away from the Globe. The tap selection is not too far off the fabled Brick Store's. And any bar that scores a keg of Oskar Blues Ten Fidy with Cherries must be doing something right b/c I don't think they just send those kegs to anyone. Southerners should be thrilled to have this new beer landmark. And right next to one of the great music venues in America - the 40Watt. Sweet.

Photo of MaxM
4.74/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Finally, a place in Athens that serves some real beer! Now I don't have to wait for trips to Decatur and the Brick Store to get the good stuff on tap. I counted 27 taps and there are about 160 bottled. Nice booths if you can get them, and friendly staff. Head down to get the Oskar Blues 10 Fidy with Cherries while it's still there. I know I'm going to be coming back a lot to make sure this place stays in business. With any luck, Hot Corner will fold and this place can take over its other half so that it won't get so crowded.

Photo of athensbeermaster
4.8/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Just what Athens needed a great place to drink world class beers on tap! They had abt 12,old rasputin,saison dupont,mc choufe,chimay,90 min.and indian brown dogfish. hennepin,rare vos,hop stupid-Lagunitas, Oskar blues ten-fifty,weinstephen,brooklyn-abbey ale,maudite,terrapin-rye,iba,wake-n bake,guiness,allagash,and many others.All the beers were served in there proper glassware! The vibe of the place is laid back with no loud music.Private booths with doors on them,very cool. There pricing is better than any other bars i've seen in athens. This is a must see stop for any beergeek.

Trappeze Pub in Athens, GA
100 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.