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 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 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 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 nickfl
4.72/5  rDev +0.9%
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 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 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 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 jophish17
4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.78/5  rDev +2.1%
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 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 thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of Big78CJ
5/5  rDev +6.8%
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 RunawayJim
4.9/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Went on a day trip to Athens and stopped here for lunch. We sat in the restaurant/coffees shop side. The decor was a lot of beer memorabilia with wood booths. Much to my surprise, they had Bell's Expedition Stout on tap. I lucked out as I got the last of it and it was on the house because it wasn't a full pour (I got about 3/4 of a pint). The food was good. I got a roast beef sandwich on sour dough (beer braised in St. Bernardus) and my wife got a pulled pork sandwich (pork braised in Unibroue Ephemere). The menu contains items made with beer. and the service was excellent. The waitress even knew her beers. This is a must visit bar in Athens.

Photo of doublewide
5/5  rDev +6.8%

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 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 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.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ncvbc
4.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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 DouglasVT
5/5  rDev +6.8%

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 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 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 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 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.

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