The Porter Beer Bar
Taps: 46 / Bottles: 650
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 82 | Reviews: 66 | Show All Ratings:
4.46/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | $
My kind of place.
Low key, small, quiet spot in a place not to far from downtown (10min cab ride).
Menu is massive. Draught list is one page, two-sided and has a great selection from IPA's, wit, stouts, etc.
Huge selection from Europe. Many breweries I was completely unfamiliar with.
Vintage/cellar selection was really cool. They only had a couple beers pre-2002 and most were in the 2007-2012 range. Still awesome to have that option.
Staffed by a young fellow who was sociable but a tad inattentive.
Another great thing about this place.... glassware. See anything you like? No worries, its for sale.
01-27-2014 16:07:42 | More by FEUO
4.53/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
Went on a Friday night. Upon approaching the place, it looked like a really small brick and mortar pub. The front door leads to an elongated bar area that was packed with people sitting down and a row behind, with room in the middle for people to squeeze by. Thankfully they have ample seating behind all this and our party of 4 only had to wait 20 mins or so for a table.
The beer selection was overwhelming. They had maybe 30-35 taps and countless bottles from great breweries both within and out of the U.S. They also offered a decent list of vintage beer, unfortunately I didn't see much on the list older than 3-4 years. Prices were somewhat steep, but not unreasonable.
They didn't have an overwhelming food menu but it sufficed. Mostly pub food and sandwiches, there were a few interesting items that I believe are only offered on certain days and times. Our food came after about 20-25 mins.
Other than a fairly rude hostess, the service was actually good despite being packed. I was not expecting this considering my experiences at most pubs in the past year or so. Our waitress would stop by every 5 minutes to make sure we had everything we needed and encouraged us to order our next round before we were even finished with our current one (I love not having an empty glass for 10 mins). She did mix our orders up a bit but that was settled, she realized it before we even mentioned it.
The atmosphere was typical of a busy pub/bar. It was a bit noisy but nothing crazy, and it was hard to maneuver around the bar area, but once we were seated we had a great view of the entire establishment. They apparently like to display old suitcases and random trinkets on the walls/shelves, which was interesting.
Overall I was impressed and certainly would return again, one of my better pub experiences to date.
01-25-2014 18:24:11 | More by Rohkey
4.73/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75 | $$
Small local in a place where there is a lot of foot traffic bars and restaurants. It was already late and the smell was not the best one, long bar, good food and awesome beer selection, server was great providing some educated opinion and knowledgeable about what they sell, food was good nice bread, presentation was good as well as the flavor.
Their beer selection its really really good, good draft selection with a few options for every taste, great bottle and vintage selection that will match or best most other places.
01-16-2014 15:47:34 | More by tonafernandez
4.61/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
Traveled to Atlanta on business. Saw this place on BA. They have an absolute AMAZING list of beers. The draft list was solid, but the bottle list was insane. And the Vintage List?? Forget about it. Amazing selection overall. I had a bunch of beers from the local brewery in Atlanta called Monday Night. Very good beers overall. Had a Rueze from the Bruery on draft.
Atmosphere is a great local scene. Lots of travelers and local couples hanging out. Good music, friendly service.
Food? They have a spent grain bread (spent grains from Sweetwater) with a salted butter. Nothing like a hot loaf of bread. Mac and cheese with white cheddar was awesome. I had the short ribs...little bit of a problem here. Very salty, very tough, under cooked, etc. But the gravy and mushrooms were good.
Great experience though overall.
01-16-2014 04:02:59 | More by Fritz123
4.95/5 rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $
I was in town for a wedding and needed a place where my fiancée and I could grab a great beer. Everyone told me to go to Porter. Everyone was right.
Their draft selection was as good as it gets for the Atlanta area. Great collection of well-known and obscure beers, local selections, domestic favorites like Allagash and New Belgium, and a ton of awesome imports. They even had an exclusive from Lagunitas, which the owner helped brew! Their vintage selection was incredible too, especially considering how recently they opened.
The food was awesome too, and we enjoyed the full gamut of meals from Breakfast to a late night snack of herbed garlic fries (we were nearly regulars after four days!) so many places miss the mark on food when doing a craft beer theme, so I was glad to see that the food stood on its own.
What really set it apart though was the service. Staff was beyond the normal standard of courteous- they were the most appreciative and welcoming people I'd ever met! From the owner and the manager to the bartenders and servers, we were treated with incredible hospitality. I've truly never been so welcomed by a business establishment.
In short- if you live in the area, go here. If you are traveling to this area, go here. If you are looking to go on vacation, go here. I've seen they were rated best beer bar in America twice. I can see why.
12-23-2013 13:12:44 | More by Morningside
4.59/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Porter probably has to be one of my favorite restaurants in all of metro Atlanta. And it's just not the enormous beer selection that gets me here, the food is also mighty tasty.
Let's start off with the beer menu. It's huge. The taps are ever changing. As much as I want to read through the entire bottle list, I find the selection almost overwhelming. So usually, I stick with whatever The Porter has on tap. I also like that for many of these beers, they sell them in 8 oz servings. I'm a bit of a light weight, so it allows me to try some new beers, without getting too drunk or stuck with a large pour of something that I don't really like.
The food is also amazing. And there's something for everyone on the menu - picky eaters, vegans, and foodies alike. The goat cheese fritters are one of my favorite appetizers, but I usually opt for one of the daily specials. These specials are usually the type of food I wouldn't expect at most bars. They've ranged from duck confit grilled cheese to a BLT made with tofu treated to taste like the bacon to ramen noodles. I have yet to have anything that wasn't extremely tasty at The Porter.
The only downside I could think of, is perhaps the atmosphere. The Porter definitely feels dive-y, which I like in some ways. But because it has become very popular over the past few years, they try to fit in as many tables as possible, which can make the dining experience a bit cramped, especially when they're really busy on weekends.
12-21-2013 19:05:03 | More by iheartmyTHO
4.53/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5 | $$
Was in Atlanta last year and wanted to check out the top spots I'd heard about. Brick Store was as good as I heard and Wrecking Bar was the best surprise I'd had in years. Both more than covered the hype for beer and setting then knocked it out of the park with friendly helpful people.
But a year later I'm still thinking about the Porter. Man, what a special spot. The selection of taps and bottles was amazing, and made it way to hard to choose. This came with locals advising me left and right on their favorites that night. People behind the bar were about as good as I ever met. Advice and suggestions not only beers and glass ware, but even hints while tasting the brews. It was like a master class. What really stole the show is what is probably the ace up their sleeve that has them famous, and that's the Vintage list. You really need to get on the web and see it for yourself. But what wowed me was the vintages on tap...Struisse Pannepot 09, 10 and 11 on tap. Same night? Just another night? You have got to be kidding? Nope...just beer nirvana. Had all 3 and a few awesome tastings in between.
Only downside was a stayed too late, and found a parking ticket waiting for me.
So...highly highly recommended...but park thoughtfully.
10-04-2013 03:29:53 | More by BillRoth
4.4/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Same sentiments as I shared on Yelp:
I came way out of my way to drink here on three different occasions during a trip to Atlanta; yeah, this place is official. O-ffi-cial.
Yeah, there's food and it looked delicious and I even ordered some tasty hush puppies that did a great job of soaking up beer, but I just want to talk about the beer. Yeah, they got whisky and other fine liquors, but I just want to talk about the beer.
This bar has one of the best craft beer selections I've seen from coast to coast. I'm generally going to love a place when it has a book that serves as a beer menu and I guess The Porter knew that. If I remember correctly, there were 36 taps to choose from, bottles on top of bottles to choose from that were organized by style, and oh yeah, a cellar list with some of the most sought after craft beer offerings known to man. Founder's Canadian Breakfast Stout from who knows how many years ago? That'll cost you about a buck fifty a bottle. That's $150, not $1.50. I won't lie, I was attempted to pull the trigger.
It turns out, you can actually do dinner in their cellar, surrounded by all the white whales of craft beer as long as you commit to buying so many bottles. That's on my bucket list.
But anyways, even poor folk like me found plenty to drink here and fall in love with good beer with each sip. My new favorite brewery, Westbrook Brewing, was all over the menu, both on tap and in bottles, as were their frequent collaborators, Evil Twin. I tried a great number of offerings from both and was either in love or obsessed with all.
They have a couple cask offerings, one of which just happened to be Allagash Curieux when I went in. Another score for me.
The Porter is the Harvard U. of beergeekery and I think I passed a remedial course. I'll have to return to complete my four year degree and enter the Beer Hall of Fame.
09-13-2013 20:15:44 | More by ONovoMexicano
4.88/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is my favorite bar in the Atlanta area. The draft selection is top notch and the bottle list is pretty massive. The only thing that isn't up to par with the other top beer bar in Atlanta is the cellar list (which it's still really good, mind you). The other place has also had 16 years to build up their cellar, while the Porter hasn't even hit the 5 year mark yet.
The food here is some of the best pub food I've had. The specials are always really good and are more akin to something you would find at a fine dining establishment and would pay twice as much for.
The service has always been great for me; fast, friendly, and knowledgeable about what they're serving. They're all really easy to have a conversation with about the beers on tap, or just in general.
07-22-2013 15:07:48 | More by ari32
4.81/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$
I'd say this is one of the better places in Atlanta to find that beer you've really been looking around for while also eating good food that doesn't necessarily have to be a burger or a dozen chicken wings. Their taps rotate very regularly and they typically give as equal attention as possible to various beer styles. Beer aside, the food is quality and every staff member I've met has been very personable. My only negative is the lack of a television (I happen to prefer sports with my beer), but I'm sure they see television as a distraction from the atmosphere more so than anything else.
Essentially, if I ever feel like being a beer snob (and there are no sports being played that night), the Porter is one of the first bars I consider in Atlanta.
03-20-2013 23:17:12 | More by BlakeE
The Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta, GA
99 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.