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The Porter Beer Bar

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The Porter Beer BarThe Porter Beer Bar
BA SCORE
100
world-class

115 Ratings
Ratings: 115
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: n/a
Taps: 46
Bottles: 650
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1156 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, Georgia, 30307-1939
United States
phone: (404) 223-0393

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @porterbeerbar

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(Place added by: gabeerfan on 10-19-2008)
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Reviews by LittleDon:
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4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Pros: Reasonably sized selection of drafts, excellent quality. Outstanding food. Servers know their beer.
Cons: Parking. Small, particularly the front bar area. Loud.

Visited on 11/20/12 (Thursday). Finding parking in the area sucked. Went there with a colleague who lived in Atlanta a number of years ago and he told me that this would be the case. Great neighborhood with plenty of things to check out in case there's a long wait and you can't find a place at the bar. The space at the front of the house is tight. Probably no more than 3 or 4 feet between the bar and back wall. Because there was about a 20 minute wait for a table, we had a chance to sit at the bar, order a beer and talk to the bartender. Good understanding of what was available as did the waitperson who served us later. Thirty to forty taps plus one beer on cask that night. Plenty more bottles, but with the selection, why not get something fresh? My only gripe, and it's a small one, was that I would have like more local beer. There was only three or so.

The back of the house is a bit roomier, but still smallish. Long seating areas give it a homestyle seating arrangement feel (individual tables, however). Very loud. Very rustic feel to the place. The food was very good to excellent. We split the goat cheese hush puppies and an Indian style appetizer (can't remember what it was) and I had the shrimp and grits for a main. All were very good.

I'll definitely be checking this place out next time I'm in town.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Bull19
5/5  rDev +9.4%

This is a beer nerd's dream. If you only have time to stop in one place in Atlanta due to a layover I suggest you coming here and spending your afternoon waiting on your flight here if you have the time. This place is on point with their bottle and cask selections.

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of BMMillsy
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Seriously if you live in Atlanta and haven't been here, you're missing out. Probably the best place I've ever been to for beer. Huge tap list, huge bottle list, and a giant cellar of things that aren't even listed on the menu. You can go back and walk around and admire the bottles (stuff you wouldn't imagine they'd have), point a few out, get prices from the staff, and decide to blow your load on them all. Prices were in line with what you'd expect at a bar/restaurant, with some outrageously priced and others just somewhat high. But that's to be expected. I got a 2009 Old Stock Cellar Reserve to start, and finished with a 2011 French Oak Jose Marti. I could have spent north of $1,000 at this place. I'm not going to list everything in the cellar because I'm not even sure if they're supposed to have some of that out of distro stuff. Food was also incredibly good, staff was nicer than any beer bar I've ever been to, with lots of patience for me and my questions about both beers they had and their pricing. I can't recommend this place enough. Seriously though, even if you don't want vintage or crazy cellar bottles, just go and look at the place. Just awesome.

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4/5  rDev -12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Peanut
5/5  rDev +9.4%

It might not look as pretty as Brickstore, but the food is ten times better. Nick whips up great seasonal specials - constant rotation.

The cellar is solid for occasionally splurging, though we all hope they continue to improve it and not rest on their laurels.

The tap list is usually interesting, but you can ALWAYS rely on fantastic kegs coming out for themed nights, anniversaries, and craft beer weeks.

The veterans on the staff are particularly good at what they do.

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4.8/5  rDev +5%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Druncle_C
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Hundreds of beers. Awesome niche brewhouse with 30something atmosphere. Oh yeah, the food was outstanding.

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of ianw87
5/5  rDev +9.4%

This is my favorite beer bar in the country. There is always something great on, if you don't like the taplist the vintage list is out of this world.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of charlzm
3.91/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Visited on Tuesday, July 22nd 2014 for a late lunch.

The neighborhood of Little Five Points is definitely the Silverlake of Atlanta. Even the bums (and there are plenty) have a sort of low key pretension. Parking wasn't difficult at this time, but I can imagine it would be if things were even slightly busy; we parked behind the restaurant in an alley and walked around.

The entry was a bit of a shock as it was so bright outside and so dark inside. The front has a few tables and a bar; we opted to sit in the back and around the corner (the layout is a long right angle) and had the place more or less to ourselves.

Luggage lines one wall that is made to look line a train platform (the place isn't named after the beer style, apparently). Old timey ceiling fans moved the air around. It was cool and a little dark and that was fine with me.

The beer lineup skewed heavily towards out of town breweries on my visit; I was hoping to see what local breweries might be offering and found only one: Orpheus. They had two saisons on draft and I had them both.

The food was a bit pricey and not as good as we had hoped: the g/f had fish and chips (catfish). They fish was over-breaded, too crispy and might have been cooked in old oil? Hard to day. It is easy to say, though, that it wasn't inspiring.

I had the Georgia Wild Shrimp n’ Grits which is white cheddar grits, two types of mushrooms, truffle oil and some remarkably bland shrimp. Still, it was satisfying.

Our waiter had fancy facial hair, a touch of androgyny and polite, fast service. No problems there.

Overall, I might make it a point to go back next time I find myself in ATL, but I'm spoiled by all the excellent gastropubs with outstanding beer lists where I live, so I couldn't get too enthused.

One nice plus was the employee whose name I forgot who saw my Firestone Walker work shirt and engaged me in a beer nerd conversation on my way out. It only lasted five minutes, though, because my g/f was sitting outside, fending off bums' requests to make calls on her cell phone.

Photo of Lionhearted1987
4.94/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Unbelievable selection of beer. Great atmosphere. Food is excellent. Service can be slow at times, but that's because this place is always super busy. I was able to find an oak aged 15th anniversary Great Divide double IPA, which was one of the best beers I've ever had ( well worth the $30 price tag).

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The Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta, GA
100 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.