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Taco Mac - Metropolis

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Taco Mac - MetropolisTaco Mac - Metropolis
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

36 Ratings
Ratings: 36
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 14.65%
Taps: 140
Bottles: 200
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

933 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, Georgia, 30309-7900
United States
phone: (678) 904-7211

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @tacomac

Notes:
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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2008)
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3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Taco Mac is a good stop for most anyone that likes beer. They have decent (not impressive) food and a rather large selection of beer, however the beer snob might be a bit disappointed. A portion of their offerings are mediocre, but they definitely have some high quality brews for the more selective types - just don't expect to find anything too exotic/rare.

The wait staff are what you'd expect from an average sports bar, that is rather slow and not so beer-savvy (and prone to making numerous errors in terms of giving you the wrong beer/glassware or not even giving you a glass with your $8 beer), but friendly nonetheless. For a beer snob, a good place to go if you're with a group of people who aren't as snobby or just want to have a couple drinks, but not the best place to expand your horizons or talk about beer with the staff (or other patrons) from what I could tell.

Photo of tonafernandez
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

As always in TacoMac ...really broad selection in both Draft and bottle, a bit hard to get parking in this area, but that is the nature of the beast.
The wings are good, burgers are ok as well, know that you wont get fancy food like some of hte other restaurants in the area, and another great positive they close their kitchen really late and it has saved me several times while on business trips.
The service in this location its rather bad, slow and they can defenitely do a better job on this, but on the bright side, the beer, not much to add other than their beer selection is really great , they have a bit of everything and anything you might think, they might not have super rare beers but they manage to have almost one or two of most beer styles, a good amount of local brews, always some founders, great divide, green flash, etc. as well as some international options.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.44/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.75

The wife and I were going to Empire State South (a fine restaurant!) and guess what, there is a massive Taco Mac right across the street! My first Taco ever... Inside it looks like any suburban chain restaurant, but the long, serpent-like bar is plenty cool.

140 taps! Great Divide Yeti, Dragon's Milk, Trobadour, Boulevard Nommo and Tank, Green Flash Friendship and a bunch of local/regional brews (French Broad, Duck Rabbit, Red Brick, O'Dempseys, Red Hare).

The place was empty on a weekday at lunchtime during Christmas, but the bartender looked hurried and overwhelmed, and it takes time to get a beer. Here I learned that service is the Achilles' heel of all Taco Mac locations!

The ambience is blah and bland, the food is mediocre but goes well with beer (queso and salsa).

Come for the beer only! The selection is damn good indeed.

Photo of 7h324nd0m1
2.7/5  rDev -31.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I have been to many different Taco Macs throughout the Atlanta area. I will say this is the first one that I have had absolutely no desire to go back to. Our waiter was an absolute moron, and the service was extremely slow. Myself and my party waited about 10 minutes for each beer that we ordered (3) when the place was nearly empty. One of my beers came to me wrong, warm and awful. At the end of my time in this hell hole, we asked for our checks to be split, they came to us in pairs, with orders STILL on the wrong ticket. On top of this, I had to ASK for my brewniversity card back and he couldn't tell us which one it was. So a member of my party had to tell him how to do his job and find out which card was mine (no my name wasn't on it, but I have never had a problem with it before.) Throughout this process the waiter didn't say sorry for the wait or anything to try and make our experience any better.

Thank you "Taco Mac Metropolis," you have made me never come back to your store. I will spend my hard earned dollar elsewhere.

Photo of nobles10
5/5  rDev +26.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I absolutely love Taco Mac. I usually go to the one in Kennesaw, and finally got a chance to go to the one in Midtown after a Braves game one night. The selection of beer is great, with no shortage of beers to try. the food is also quite delicious. I also love the atmosphere of a sports bar, as I love being able to watch multiple games at one time of different sports. I would suggest going to Taco Mac to anyone who enjoys good beer and enjoys trying new beers, as well as those who just enjoy sitting at the bar talking sports with friends and or random strangers over a beer.

Photo of BuckeyeOne
2.45/5  rDev -38.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1.5

I stopped in Taco Mac Metropolis on my last night of a three-day trip to ATL. I had a feeling what I was in for but decided to go based on the reviews here on BA. I was sorry almost immediately that I was swayed by these reviews.

The place is a huge, loud, and rather dirty sports bar filled on a Tuesday night with fratboys, their girlfriends, and older dudes who probably weren't in frats but now want people to think they were.

I've never been impressed with beer bars with excessively large numbers of taps. There's really no way a place like that can keep their hoppy beers fresh and are unlikely to be able to keep all of those taplines cleaned. While I can't speak to the latter issue, I was right about fresh IPAs or lack thereof. I ordered a Founders Red's Rye and a Sweetwater IPA and didn't finish either one because the hops had faded and they were malty messes.

And given it's called Taco Mac, I ordered simple beef tacos --- they were terrible. The soft flour tortillas were oversteamed and the taco meat with grimy. Gross.

Two pints and two tacos set me back $19 before tax and tip. Not bad.

I would never encourage a BA to go to this place. Spend the extra time and head out to Decatur and hit up the Brick Store Pub and Leon's Full Service for great beer and food.

Photo of JohnRioux
5/5  rDev +26.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Corey makes great points, all true. But those things that he dislikes about Taco Mac Metropolis, are actually the reasons why I love this place. Like him, I've probably had most of what's on the list, but I am always able to find something new that I haven't had. I am a Brewniversity member having almost 300 different beers at Taco Mac.

As for the wait staff. It's true their beer knowledge is likely limited to what light beer they'll be drinking that night to get drunk. But I don't go to taco Mac to get my information about beer from my server. I want the beer to do the talking. Every since I first chose a beer off the massive beer list, all I expected was the adventure of trying something new, knowing very well that I could hate the beer equally as much as I could love my new found favorite.

Taco Mac Metropolis has become the place where my old fraternity brothers and their spouses and girlfriends reunite for Georgia Tech games, or when we are all in town. Taco Mac has everything to offer us: excellent beer selection, including many Atlanta and Georgia brewers; great bar food (I always get the hot buffalo wings!); and a great atmosphere to watch sports and hang with the locals. I like that I can always be myself and be with my friends at Taco Mac, and not really worry about much else. I like that I don't have to worry about the service or the quality of food and drink. Taco Mac, at every location, continues to deliver for me. I will be a lifelong customer, lover, and advocate for this restaurant and bar.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.8/5  rDev -29.3%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Taco Mac Metropolis...an odd place in Midtown with a great beer selection, but not much more.

The atmosphere here is very unimpressive. I feel like I'm in some sort of a mix between a diner, a sports bar, and a night club. I really dislike it.

The beers are generally served in incorrect glassware (unless standard pint glass is appropriate), but the beers here are generally fresh (though I haven't really tried my luck with many bottled/canned IPAs - a true test for me).

The service here is not bad for a restaurant, but not good for a beer bar. The bartenders generally have some beer knowledge, but the servers generally have very little.

The beer selection is pretty decent. They have A LOT of beer, but much of it is mediocre/standard. I have a hard time picking out beers here because I've generally had everything. For a sports bar, the selection is very good, though.

I actually find the food quite decent at Taco Mac. It's not the interesting, well crafted dishes of Brick Store, but it's good for chain bar food.

The prices are actually quite high. Some drafts can go for nearly $10, which you will not see at the other craft beer bars in Atlanta.

Photo of adirondack88
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place is "strictly commercial" but with a huge number of taps and pretty good food so they get it right. I saw stuff here like "Mojo Rising" Double IPA (Best IPA ever) that is rare on tap on the East Coast. This location is near GA Tech so there are a large number of students here. That could be a good or bad thing depending what you are into. I think there are quite a few different locations for Taco Mac in Atlanta so there are different atmospheres to choose from. I also went to the location near the stadium that I enjoyed quite a bit.

Photo of DrewKid4
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

As a Georgia Tech student, I really wish there was a typical local dive bar in walking distance that was popular with students, like most colleges in America. The problem is, you have to drive to get to them in Decatur, Virginia Highlands, or Little 5. I have flocked to the Taco Mac for reasons from friends' 21st birthdays to having a session with a couple friends during Pint Night, so I have had a lot of experience at this place.

The atmosphere is nice and clean, although the din of well over a hundred people in there at any time makes it less bearable than your typical Applebees or TGIF. Speaking of those chained restaurants, Taco Mac has that commercial feel, but is pardoned due to its dedication to beer and sports. The servers are hit or miss with beer knowledge, some are just students paying bills, and some are full of beer knowledge and will advise anybody and are usually pretty good at it. The food is alright, but probably not worth the price paid. Again, it resembles what you would get at an Applebee's type place. Now on to the beer.

Suckered into a Taco Mac Brewniversity card, I have tried to hack at it with the massive selection at this establishment. The major downside to Taco Mac is its price. You can go to most any regular person's bar outside of a city and pay much less (and probably get it in the correct glasses too) but you aren't paying for the beer at Taco Mac, you're paying for availability. The choice is what you are paying for, which works for most curious beer lovers like myself. It is a nice place to go with a large group of friends for special occasions, but not a place for the average joe to go have a pint, especially not in the price range for college students. The best times for a normal visit is during Thursdays to get the beer of the month and getting the pint glass of that company. Definitely worth the higher price.

Photo of SimpleBeerLover
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is my go to establishment for getting drunk with friends. It's located within easy staggering distance of Georgia Tech campus, and the selection of beers is excellent. It's a great place for discovering new beers with friends. Food isn't out of this world, but is very tasty, if slightly pricey. Beer is somewhat more reasonably priced.

Waitstaff is friendly but can't always answer questions about beer well and is often confused when you order a beer with a long German name. Waitstaff will refuse to serve you a pitcher if you are by yourself, but has no problem serving two pitchers to two people, for some reason.

Atmosphere leaves something to be desired, especially on game nights: loud, crowded, hard to hear your own thoughts sometimes.

Not perfect, and significantly less classy than I like, but the selection is unbeatable and it really is one of my favorite places in the area to go drinking.

Photo of planetscott
4.08/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

This is my favorite Taco Mac. The bar is like from a 1960's movie of what the future would look like in the 21st century. The seating area is large, open and on two tiers. I rarely rate bathrooms, but these are always very clean.

The food is just average bar food. There are a couple of things I enjoy, but I am here for the beer selection.

Beer selection. HUGE. They often have cask events which is what I usually attend.

The service is spotty, but they do have some knowledge of the beer.

Parking can be an issue so I just pay the $2 in the deck.

Photo of Blazer06
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Good old Taco Mac. Never been to this location but I have been to many Taco Macs since I was a kid. We would meet family at some Taco Macs when I was a kid, to get together and have some fun.

This Taco Mac is very nice and open inside with the bar along the back up a few steps. Kind of a nice sports bar type feel to it. For most people the wall of Taps is an attention grabber and will be the largest selection most people will ever see on tap in one place. The taps range from a couple standards to a many limited releases and exceptional beers.

The bartenders were very nice and helpful. Seemed to have a basic knowledge of beer but they are not going to wow you as BJCP candidates. But they did appear to be trying to understand the different varieties so that they could give suggestions to customers.

The food is bar food, but I like it. I am a fan of their wings, but wings are like pizza and BBQ, everyone has their own opinion.

The Coney Island Blockhead was there promoting the beer and that was interesting to meet him and some of the reps from Coney Island Lagers.

Is this a cozy little beer cafe, no. Is this a nice bar with a great tap selection, yes. Taco Mac has come a long way over the years and they still have a great focus on craft beer. While it may seem like a chain to most, which it is, but it is a local chain and I will stop in whenever I'm near by.

Photo of bushwhacker
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

All things considered a great place with a great selection for a place in the Southeast. This location is new and cool. I first frequented it just after it opened last year and try to hit it any time near Atlanta. I think over 100 taps and twice as many bottles. Cool little 'passport' club to join with accumulated credits for future brew purchases. The only negative was some stale product but if that what it takes to have some selection down here, no problem. Lots of screens, large table seating area, and 'lagoon-like-shaped' bar spanning the width of the space with a little elevation to the tables. Seem to be an immediate popular watering hole. Sat next to a 'roadie' trucker hauling rock bands. I doubt any other establishment in the SE has this selection. A great place.

Photo of jm429
2.7/5  rDev -31.8%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I find Taco Mac to be one of the more over-hyped restaurants/bars in Atlanta. This particular location is exceptionally disappointing. Yes this place has hundreds of beers, so it's not the worst place to be dragged to by friends. However, I think a place that prides themselves in their beer selection would also try to have a staff that has even a vague knowledge of different types of beers. The staff here is completely clueless. If you know exactly what you're looking for, this isn't too bad of a place to go; however, if you want to try something new, do NOT come here looking for a recommendation. Not only are the servers clueless when it comes to beer, they are also quite slow when it comes to bringing that beer that you ordered 20 minutes ago. Also, Taco Mac's beers of the month are apparently comprised of just the worst beers they can get in a keg for that particular month. To sum up, I extremely dislike Taco Mac.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

When you walk in it seems a bit angular and shiny for a beer bar, but you still feel invited in. There are a lot of large-screen TVs, which make this an ideal place to catch a sporting event, such as the Super Bowl. The servers are well-trained and alert, and even when the place is busy they make sure that you receive attention. Food is better than the average bar food - maybe not gourmet, but still quite toothsome. They have a good variety of appetizers and sandwiches.

Their beer selection is just plain awesome. Not only do they have over 100 beers on-tap, but there are hundreds of different bottles, mainly craft brews and imports. In addition, you can join the Taco Mac Passport for free to keep track of the different beers you have tried, rather like the Passport Club at the Summits Wayside Taverns. Just a couple blocks from the Midtown MARTA station, this is a great place to meet with friends for a game, or just to chat and enjoy good beer.

Photo of BeerMark
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Well I ended my great trip to Atlanta on 2009/02/07 with a visit to this location of Taco Mac. It was the perfect ending to a great day. This location claims 140 beers on drought and 375 beers in the bottle. I obviously couldn't try them all but would really love to. I stuck with the drought selection. I had a Stone IPA and an Avery Maharajah IPA. I also had some hot wings, chips and salsa, and some some of my chum's chicken nachos. The food was better than I expected and had just the right level of spiciness to it. Think of this Taco Mac as a combination of Chilli's, Applebees, and Buffalo Wild Wings but with a 1000% better beer selection and tastier food. Can't wait to visit again.

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Taco Mac - Metropolis in Atlanta, GA
90 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.