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The Porter Beer Bar

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

128 Ratings
Ratings: 128
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: n/a
Taps: 46
Bottles: 650
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Ratings: 128 | Reviews: 80
Reviews by Sludgeman:
Photo of Sludgeman
4.5/5  rDev -2%
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 - $$

More User Reviews:
Photo of markgugs
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Not sure if there are enough good things that can be said about this place. It may very well be the BEST beer bar/restaurant I've ever been to, and I've been to a LOT of places. James Beard-nominee, so the food kicks ass. 30+ taps, great bottle list, vintage cellar, locals & rarities, so the beer kicks ass. Bartenders & staff are utterly righteous, so they kick ass. Fantastic location in Little Five Points, so the 'hood kicks ass. And pretty sure I heard multiple Dead Kennedys songs piping thru the PA, so the vibe kicks ass. What's not to like?

Photo of smartassboiler
4.95/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Loved this place. The vibe was great, the quality of the beer and food were excellent, and the service was outstanding. I didn't catch my bartender's name, but I enjoyed talking to him throughout the night. The selection between the drafts, bottle list, and cellar list is among the best I've come across. I only had appetizers, but the food was great, too.

Photo of a_damroy
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Awesome place. Insane beer selection. Felt like a kid in a candy store when we entered their cellar. Didn't try the food, but the menu looked great as well. This is my new go to spot in Atlanta.

Photo of TonyJ815
4.89/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great place! Phenomenal selection. Huge vintage/cellar menu. Prices are awesome. Food is fantastic. Tight seating, but that adds to the vibe honestly. Hard to go wrong with The Porter.

Photo of Bull19
5/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

Photo of BMMillsy
5/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

Photo of Peanut
5/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

Photo of Druncle_C
5/5  rDev +8.9%

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

Photo of ianw87
5/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

Photo of charlzm
3.91/5  rDev -14.8%
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 +7.6%
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).

Photo of JLSIV
4.09/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of dannyhead
4.53/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

I was fairly new in the world of craft beer when I visited Porter for the first time a few years back. The servers there were very helpful in selecting new and interesting beers. And I was quite happy with everything they recommended. The food there is very good. I had their mussels and fries and they are some of the best I've had. Highly recommended.

Photo of FEUO
4.46/5  rDev -2.8%
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.
Cheers!

Photo of Rohkey
4.53/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of tonafernandez
4.73/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of Fritz123
4.61/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Photo of Morningside
4.95/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.59/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of BillRoth
4.53/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of ari32
4.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of BlakeE
4.81/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.43/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

It was our last day in Atlanta and I decided to take the wife out to Inman Park (lunch at One Eared Stag) and Little Five Points (beer at The Porter). That's when I really fell in love with the ATL.

What a great neighborhood Little Five Points is!! And The Porter, one of the best beer bars I've had the pleasure of visiting... looks narrow when you go in but it goes on and on- a bar area, some tables on the back, then another area with tables after a small flight of stairs. Rustic feel all around, brick walls, wood, dim lights.

40 taps plus Curieux on cask!! And a bottle list to die for, including a vintage-bottle list with goodies like a 2010 Brewdog Sink the Bismarck for 320 dollars. I didn't love the fact that a lot of the "vintages" were '11 and '12, though...

Great taps! Red Brick Lost Years, Finch's Secret Stache Stout, New Holland Night Tripper, Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero, Dogfish Burton Baton... plus some rare brews from Belgium, Denmark and Sweden.

We loved the chill, warm ambience in an early Friday, but I'm sure it gets hectic and crowded at night. Didn't try food but oh my, does it look great: shirred egg with duck confit and bone marrow cream, pork and foie gras terrine, crispy pig ear ssam, bone marrow... gimme meat!!

An all around stunning beer joint.

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The Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta, GA
100 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.