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Trappeze Pub

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Trappeze PubTrappeze Pub
BA SCORE
100
world-class

71 Ratings
Ratings: 71
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 6.2%
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

Notes:
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(Place added by: edamjohnson on 12-28-2007)
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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.73/5  rDev -20.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

This was my number one beer destination in Athens, but not quite the best.

33 taps at the Trappeze, with locals like Terrapin, Mother Earth, Sweetwater, Wild Heaven… plus Sierra, Avery, Left Hand, North Coast Raspy, Bell’s Java, Bruery 5 Rugs and a bunch of Belgian and German brews. I chose a delicious Terrapin Wake-n-Bake Imperial Stout.

The bottle selection is even better, with a ton of vintages, sours, barrel-aged brews and stuff at very fair prices. They also offer bomber pours and ½ pour of all drafts, which is something I love.

The joint itself looks very college-town-like, and it is manned by college-town dudes and dudettes. Our young scruffy server looked like he had smoked one too many blunts, but he wasn’t terrible. The bar is the area to be at, and there is also a restaurant side with tables and booths.

Short food menu with some goodies, not very well executed. We had boiled peanuts (overcooked and mushy), pimento cheese (funky), a beef slider (fine but cooked to a leather-grey) and beer-cheese soup (way too starchy). Still, they try to be different.

A good bar for sure, but not the best experience.

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -19.9%

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 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 BeerSox
4.13/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Placed in the heart of Athens near all the shops and city hall. The interior is somewhat old timey, with wood architecture all around. There are different rooms for seating. The bar area is somewhat roomy, not sure how many stools were there. Parking outside is metered. Depending on where you park there are time limits. Right outside the pub is two hour maximum parking.

I can't recall exactly how many beers are on tap. The taps are listed with descriptions in a small booklet, so there are enough to fill a few page. There are also a few chalkboards that list what's available. There is a cask selection as well. The prices seemed very low to me, however this may be because I'm used to prices in D.C.

The food seemed decent, nothing spectacular, but it wasn't bad either. I'd say it's a step above bar food, but well below anything you would get at a restaurant.

A great place to go for beer after shopping downtown. There are plenty of taps and good food, so you can't go wrong. Recommended.

Photo of deecue
4.18/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2

Beer selection was great. Waitress was good as well. Food was really just not up to par.. They've got a lot of work to do here. Not only is the selection limited, but everything we had was just alright if not bland and tasteless. I'll stop any day for their taps, but I doubt I'd eat here again. The one thing I've always said about BSP is not only is the beer fantastic, but I sincerely enjoy my dinner there as well. As far as atmosphere goes, I love the tall booths and general layout of the place. But it sure doesn't have the warmth it could. Maybe I just went during a slow hour as well. More people would have probably added to the atmosphere.

Photo of jophish17
4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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 gabeerfan
4.28/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I think all the other reviews have explained the layout well enough, so I won't belabor the description. There was a group of 7 of us and we were able to snag the big corner booth next to the front window.
Quality was quite good. They had some beers on tap I have not seen at Brick Store, like the Ommegang Chocolate Stout and they also had a cask of Victory Hop Devil. Selection was excellent. At least 30 taps and an extensive bottle selection.
Service was good. Our server was pleasant and knowledgeable. The service got a little slow as the place got busier, but it was not slow enough to detract from the experience.
Food was quite good. I had the pulled pork sandwich that I really enjoyed and my wife had the Rueben sandwich which was also very good. We all split the cheese plate for dessert and everyone seemed happy with the selection and quality of the cheeses.
All the prices were pretty decent. Most of the more "common" craft beers were about $5-6 with the higher gravity selections starting at about $6. Food was reasonable too with most entrees below $10.
Overall, this was a great stop in Athens and could really fit in well in any city based on the quality of the beer and food offered. It may not be quite world-class yet, but it is a very high quality offering for the area and the state. Definitely recommended if you are in the area.

Photo of jimsimply
4.38/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

My first visit to Trappeze was over the holidays. They had a lot on tap, but unfortunately, we came in at the end of a week, and a lot of what I wanted was out.

Still, our large group (8) ended up in a big booth next door (with the more "coffee house" feel). Our server was very helpful, and gracious about the selection. My ESP was apparently on, since I managed to order a half dozen beers they were out of (taps and bottles!), which another of my mates, a regular, said was very unusual.

All in all, very satisfying. The atmosphere is good; not quite the Brick Store, with its Old World feel, but downtown Athens is a great place to just walk around at night. I'll definitely be back.

Photo of shivtim
4.44/5  rDev -5.1%
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 npurdy
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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 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 everetends
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Went to Trapeze this weekend when we went to Athens to escape life for a couple of days. Stopped in at around 2 o'clock on Saturday afternoon and the place was rather slow besides a few students studying. We had a seat at an oversized wooden booth. The bartender referred us to the huge chalkboard for the tap list and it was impressive. Lots of Terrapin, Stone, Oskar Blues, Victory, Belgians and many more. At least 30 taps. It was a bit overwhelming but beautiful. I went with a Oskar Blues Whiskey Barrel Aged Gordon and I must say it was impressive. Later had a Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin for desert. Everything arrived in proper glassware, so overall high marks for quality and selection.

Service was decent. I think the bartender was close to the end of her shift because she was a bit aloof, but still very helpful. Bring your ID because I get the feeling they card everyone because I look well over thirty and they were right on top of me.

Food was good as well. Its funny looking at the menu because maybe one page front and back is the food and the other 20 or so pages is nothing but beer. Awesome. I had the bratwurst hoagie and my lady had the rueben and both were great. We also had the Terrapin Beer Bread made from the spent rye and malted sugar with orange honey butter, that shit is stupid good and only $2.50.

Overall, everything is incredibly reasonable and enjoyable. A beer and a sandwich will run you about 15 bucks. Not bad in my eyes. Good times and I will absolutely be back.

Photo of rye_so_serious
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ari32
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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 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 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 bhalter8
4.53/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Having lived in Athens prior to '04, I was excited to get back and see the emerging beer scene since GA allowed +6% ABV beers. Trappeze was a must vist for this reason. The space is huge, and obviously has had some work done, as I remember this place being a rather dingy building years ago. There is an interesting mix of beer enthusiasts and normal bar patrons. The tap beer selection was amazing, I must give them credit, the wide assortment available included DFH Palo Santo and DR Rabid Duck, which have not been around anywhere in Atlanta for a little while now. I would say the taps are what Trappeze hangs their hat on, bottles are an impressive list too, but the taps really blew me away. The folks that worked there were nice enough, and very helpful, its wrong to compare anywhere in the SE to the Brick Store, so I will just leave it at the beer knowledge seemed a little more variable depending on who you spoke to. The food options were somewhat limited, not bad, but nothing fantastic either. I am not a huge fan of duck, but some of the folks at my table had the duck tacos and enjoyed them. Overall, a great place, probably the only other true beer bar in Georgia other than the Brick, and a welcome addition to downtown Athens. I'll be back for sure, but may just stick to beers.

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

Aside from the Brick Store and the brewpubs, this is the only other really serious beer bar in Georgia, although there are also plenty of other places that are solidly second tier. The key to this place and to the Brick Store is the knowledge and passion of the owners that allows them to seek out and secure rare offerings from the distributors, and then serve them at proper temperature and in proper glassware. When you order a couple of hundred different bottled beers of fine quality and keep 30+ taps of similar quality stuff- and you don't let any of it get old- distributors listen when you request special stuff, and are more likely to offer the good stuff up unasked. This place is located on a nice corner in Athens where you are slightly more likely to grab a parking space than elsewhere in the city. The space has a nice bar in it, and lots of wood, but its pretty small and the annex next door that used to be the deli/coffee space lacks ambiance. Overall its not bad but it is a little cold and could use a touch more room and character. Everything seems top notch, but the glassware program is not quite as extensive as the Brick Store's. Servers are relatively knowledgeable and quite friendly, although its usually pretty busy. The food is solid, plentiful, and cheap, and there are some interesting pub stule offerings. I had the quite decent pulled pork sandwich with a huge side of decent mac and cheese. Nice beer selection, with about 1/2 craft beers and 1/2 Belgians and other nice imports. Nothing truly special while I was there, but I've seen some nice special offerings on their mailing list. They also regularly have beer dinners. A nice place and a fine addition to the Georgia beer scene. A must go to if you find yourself in Athens, and worth the drive from Atlanta for special events.

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 glid02
4.58/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Revisited this gem before and after the debacle that was the Bama v. UGA football game.

Atmosphere is really nice. They expanded since the last time I was there and now they have ample space. A few wooden booths and stools at the bar in one room, tables and tall chairs in the adjacent room that sometimes opens up to the outside, and more booths in the new area. There are also a few tables outside.

Quality is very good. I can only remember a handful of times when I haven't gotten the correct brewery's name on the glassware. Even if the brewery isn't accurate, the glassware always is, and it's served at room temperature.

Service is good, although I think it's better if you're a regular. I recognized most of the staff from last spring when I used to frequent the place a lot more, so they know what they're doing.

Selection is great. They have access to the Terrapin brews before just about anyone else, and I think they normally have around 25 or so taps. They also had Storm King on cask while I was there, and that was a nice treat. Others included 4-5 Stone offerings, Collaboration not Litigation, Breckenridge's 471 Small Batch, and other micros along with 4-5 Belgians.

Value is very reasonable. It's Athens, so everything is cheaper.

Overall this is the best place to go in Athens for sheer volume of great beer. Aroma's in Five Points is somewhat comparable, but there's not as much seating and only 5 beers on on-tap at any given time. Anyhoo, if you're in the area, be sure to stop by Trappeze.

EDIT: Tried the beer cheddar soup and was very happy. The group I was with had the hummus plate which was solid as well. Tasty food.

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.

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Trappeze Pub in Athens, GA
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