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The Porter Beer Bar

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

100 Ratings
Ratings: 100
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 7.88%
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

Notes:
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(Place added by: gabeerfan on 10-19-2008)
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Reviews by Sludgeman:
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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 - $$

Sludgeman, May 02, 2014
More User Reviews:
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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

Druncle_C, Sep 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

Yalobusha, Aug 30, 2014
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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.

ianw87, Aug 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

kferq, Aug 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

cfrobrew, Aug 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

jbagnell, Aug 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

hansblitz, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of charlzm
3.91/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

charlzm, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of Lionhearted1987
4.94/5  rDev +8.1%

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).

Lionhearted1987, Jul 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

bruedabaker, Jun 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Rollzroyce21, Jun 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

jburns301, May 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

davemarc87, May 28, 2014
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4.09/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

JLSIV, May 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

rrski198, Apr 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

psoriasaurus, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of dannyhead
4.53/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

dannyhead, Mar 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

throwback, Feb 25, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

Jshari223, Feb 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

ColSanders123, Feb 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

kneel22, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of FEUO
4.46/5  rDev -2.4%

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!

FEUO, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of Rohkey
4.53/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

Rohkey, Jan 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

leftstagebrew, Jan 17, 2014
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The Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta, GA
100 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.