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3.73/5 rDev -20.5%
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.
01-04-2013 04:43:17 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.5/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
01-03-2010 12:37:14 | More by GJ40
4.83/5 rDev +3%
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.
02-07-2012 17:53:38 | More by Mantooth
4.44/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
05-13-2008 17:08:48 | More by shivtim
4.72/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
01-05-2008 21:16:58 | More by nickfl
4.58/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
09-29-2008 16:14:10 | More by glid02
4.58/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
11-13-2008 15:58:41 | More by Georgiabeer
4.78/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
07-07-2008 20:27:54 | More by TheEclecticGent
4.13/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
12-28-2008 05:59:55 | More by BeerSox
5/5 rDev +6.6%
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)!!!
08-15-2008 12:21:29 | More by Big78CJ
Trappeze Pub in Athens, GA
100 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.