The Porter Beer Bar
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Reviews by coreyfmcdonald:
4.55/5 rDev -0.2%
This place is right in the middle of Little 5 Points, which I think is a plus as it's a very interesting, eclectic locale and fairly easy to get to from just about anywhere. Walking into the bar, there is a long bar along the right with seating along the bar and minimal standing/walking room behind them. This makes conversation or large groups at the bar tough. However, this is plenty of seating in the back. The feel is a bit dive-y and worn, but certainly not dirty or dingy. The outside seating is a great touch.
Everything is served at correct temperature in appropriate glassware. Everything I've had is fresh (or aged correctly), and I would not hesitate to ask for something else if served something not fresh or aged inappropriately.
I have noticed the service getting steadily better. When I first went to Porter a little over two years ago, the service was hit or miss. Now, I have noticed more knowledgeable bartenders and servers. However, very few are experts.
The selection is where this place shines. It's just about as good as it can get. It's a small step behind BSP, but they get some great limited releases and some very special surprises. They've had beer from Short's, they've had Canadian Breakfast Stout, they always have multiple Cantillon bottles, it's really wonderful. The only place they could expand is on vintage beers, but this is a really small complaint.
I have seen the food menu become gradually better, as well. There are often odd items on the menu, but I'm almost always able to find something I'll enjoy. It rotates pretty regularly, too. Whatever dish sounds interesting to me is almost always tasty.
I wanted to re-review this place when I saw what how I reviewed it over a year ago. The service has improved and so has the food.
10-05-2010 15:28:42 | More by coreyfmcdonald
More User Reviews:
3.91/5 rDev -14.3%
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 +8.3%
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
The Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta, GA
100 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.