The Porter Beer Bar
Taps: 46 / Bottles: 650
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 93 | Reviews: 71 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by RunawayJim:
4.63/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I had a great meal here on a recent trip to Atlanta. The bar is interesting, much larger than it looks. The bar is long and the dining room is in back. It just keeps going back further and further. It's a little tight in the far back of the place, but it's not horrible. They have a lot of travel related decor to go along with the name of the place. GA just got Bell's in and they had a large selection of Bell's on tap. I got a Third Coast, which was excellent. They serve water in these huge mason jars, which is nice because you get a lot of it.
Our waiter was very prompt with our food and drinks and even when we had to rush out to pick someone up at the airport. He was very helpful and friendly.
I had the brats and kraut for dinner. One of the brats was a bit dry, but the other was perfect. They were both very tasty and the kraut was excellent. My wife got the shrimp and grits, which she absolutely loved (and was thrilled to find out that there was a recipe for it in the Southern Beer News paper).
The prices were very reasonable. This is a must visit place if you find yourself in Atlanta.
05-26-2009 13:19:14 | More by RunawayJim
More User Reviews:
3.91/5 rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
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.
07-26-2014 18:22:03 | More by charlzm
4.94/5 rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Unbelievable selection of beer. Great atmosphere. Food is excellent. Service can be slow at times, but that's because this place is always super busy. I was able to find an oak aged 15th anniversary Great Divide double IPA, which was one of the best beers I've ever had ( well worth the $30 price tag).
07-10-2014 17:55:22 | More by Lionhearted1987
4.09/5 rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$$
Definitely staffed by beer lovers…knowledgeable and will talk beer. Food is a little overrated as far as I am concerned, although I appreciate the small plate efforts and local flavors. Go here for the beer and you will not be disappointed.
Service was a little rushed…I got the feeling we weren't quite cool enough for the server. Hint: don't blow off old fat guys dining with their wife, to hang with your friends…we probably tip better.
I would recommend the bar versus tables, especially if you are trying the beers. I will go back, and I would recommend it because small restaurants need to see our business, and this one is on the right track. The beer options alone should keep most hop head and dark beer lovers happy.
05-18-2014 14:54:20 | More by JLSIV
District of Columbia
4.5/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$
Visited on a Wednesday night. Very crowded for dinner but thinned out as the night went. Closes a little early (i.e. we were getting last call at 11:45)
My go to beer bar in Atlanta. No reason to go any place else.
A - Looks like a craft beer bar. Has patrons that are focused on and like to talk beer. - 4.75
Q - No reason to believe quality is anything for high. Proper glasses used. Cellar may not be as cool as needed (see below). 4.5
S - Good service. Happy staff. Bartender (Rebecca) knew her stuff, though at times she was absent from her post. Kimi showed me the cellar/private party room Very nice but as I said maybe not the proper temperature for cellaring. 4.25
S - Excellent selection. Look at the website for 40+ taps and extensive list of bottles and vintages. Plenty of hard to find beers. - 4.75
F - I had the burger and fries. The pickles on the burger were great as were the fries. Hushpuppies were good as well. 4.25
V - Can be very good even on bottles beer - $$
05-02-2014 02:16:17 | More by Sludgeman
The Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta, GA
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