The Wrecking Bar Brewpub
Active Beers: 57
Beer Ratings: 234
Beer Avg: 3.99
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 27 | Show All Ratings:
4.83/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I love it here. We were just talking about it when we went last weekend, that we have never gotten any food here that we did not like. The staff is always friendly. It gets pretty crowded on Friday nights and the weekends, but if you go for an early dinner it's great, you can usually walk right in. The brew selection usually is not very large, typically you'll find about 5-7 different selections on tap, but they rotate weekly. I believe every Friday they tap a new keg of something special, and according to one of the waitresses it's usually gone by the time Friday is over. Last Saturday I was able to sample the keg, which was a barrel aged barley wine. It was fantastic. Although I have just really gotten into the barley wine selections, this was easily the best I've had yet. We would highly recommend anybody visiting Atlanta make this one of their must-see stops.
03-19-2014 11:13:29 | More by JamesBell
4.4/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
When a place has been named the best of anything for three straight years in a major metro area, chances are they’re doing things right. And I love it when places are doing things right.
The Wrecking Bar Brewpub isn’t just doing things right, they’re going above and beyond. Let’s start with the awesomeness of the building they’ve chosen to bring their delicious wares to. On the outside, it’s a neat, old, bank former 20th-century Victorian-style home, Methodist church, dance school, and antiques store, with a semicircle of columns out front seemingly inviting patrons inside. Except that’s not actually where the pub is. That’s just the event space. Disappointing, no?
Downstairs is no disappointment. It somehow manages to mix the comfort and hospitality of an old English pub (lots of wood, exposed brick, did I see a fireplace even?) with brand new contemporary design (everything is clean, shiny, and looks new). And while I was at first disappointed to not find any televisions available to catch the college football game schedule, I soon discovered the reason why. Within 10 minutes my wife and I had struck up a conversation with an interesting couple living in Texas around the corner of the bar from us.
Good beer draws good people.
And the beer is definitely good. I applaud the wide range of interesting and inventive styles and the long-term commitment to aging some of their concoctions for more layers of flavor. While the IPA was a little hop-forward for my palette, the dubbel, “Jimmy Dean” breakfast stout, and the double IPA were all right on point. Regardless of recipes or style preferences, everything was clean, crisp, and very enjoyable.
The food menu is just as creative yet based in traditional wares and with the same attention to detail. Perhaps my biggest disappointment was having had brunch at a famous Atlanta spot just an hour before and neglecting to return the next day to try the food. If the grub lives up to the descriptions on the menu and the smells wafting out of the kitchen, the Wrecking Bar would easily earn a spot in the “Outstanding” category if not the “Cream of the Crop” list.
It just goes to show that even the south can grow some good brewpubs, especially once the antiquated laws are changed.
01-19-2014 20:28:59 | More by bigkingken
4.65/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Great place, small a bit dark good atmosphere, friendly bartender and waiters, they brew their own and have a couple of local options as well, food its good for a bar of this type, good flavor and good presentation.
Their beers are a good interpretation of what they describe and will go back soon
Parking there its pretty much a pain, but a pain worth going thru
01-16-2014 15:17:02 | More by tonafernandez
4.68/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $
Great selection of on-site brewed beers, and a staff that knows their product. The food was amazing, and the attention to the details, and pride in the product, service and experience was awesome. Great cozy atmosphere, with a fun energy. Will definitely come back!
09-06-2013 10:39:49 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.68/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Great food with a pretty solid beer selection. Their best beer is Siberius Maximus, hands down. If you ever get a chance to try their Barrel Aged varieties, do it! They also have some other good beer selections available, but I'll admit that some are just average. I've never had anything that I wouldn't drink again, but some aren't that impressive. Siberius Maximus more than makes up for it though.
I've never had an issue with the service here. They're all friendly, personable, and attentive. I've never waited longer than was acceptable, even when they're busy.
The food is really good and some of the best stuff you'll find at a brewpub in Atlanta.
07-25-2013 04:45:18 | More by ari32
4.36/5 rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$
Decided to check out the Wrecking Ball at the last minute for a late lunch. Very impressive brewing operation. A great selection of American and European styles. I ordered a flight of six beers. (ESB, Kolsch, Alt, RyePA, IPA, and stout). It was only 7 bucks!
None of the beers stood out significantly from the rest. All of them were very well brewed. Incredibly consistent - especially for a such a diverse array of styles.
The food might have been better than the beer. We only ordered apps - tartar, cheese and pickled veg, pork 3 ways, and chicken pate. All were delicious. Very fresh vegetables and beautiful presentation. The house-made pickles were delicious.
If you're in the area, or even a little bit of a drive away, the Wrecking Bar is worth a trip for any foodie or beer lover. Oh, they also have delicious cocktails. I tasted a great gin drink that I can't remember much more about. It's obvious the staff knows there stuff. I saw them squeezing fresh fruit juice and making very attractive drinks.
06-13-2013 02:16:09 | More by AndrewScottPentland
5/5 rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Had my first beer here! Jimmy Dean Breakfast Stout - really liked it. Really cool atmosphere and a great building too! They were quite busy when I went with a small group of friends on a Friday night in early April, but the service was still top notch. Would go back for sure.
06-01-2013 02:49:58 | More by cottington
4.56/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Our last beer stop in Little Five Points, and what a stop!
The Wrecking is stunning, inside and out. The old bank building is beautiful and imposing, so monumental you don't expect the underground cave-like maze of dining spaces that make the bar and restaurant. This is place to bring a date, a friend, your mom or your boss. Everyone will be impressed by how cool, classy and intriguing The Wrecking is.
We were greeted and served by friendly bearded hipsters that knew so much about their beer and food and were so happy about their stuff it was contagious.
There are 10 taps plus 1 cask, served in shorty (8 oz) or pint (16 oz). Kolsch, Mild, Amber, Bock, Victor IPA (had), Jenny Stout (had), Jenny Breakfast Stout (had), Border Patrol American Strong Ale (had) and Denamelizer DIPA (had).
They also play with wood-aged brews (oak, wine, whiskey) but none were ready yet during our visit.
The food is even better than the beer, very local- and pork-centric. We had the Moonshine Meats Beef Cheek (amber braised local grass fed, caramelized onion and blue cheese gratin, crispy kale, baby carrots and fennel-beer jus), pimento cheese (house mustard, local pickled veggies and spent grain crostini) and mac-and-cheese with crispy pig ears. All unbelievable, expect for the pig ears that were crispy and crunchy but flavorless.
Prices ain't bad for food and beer this good, but the bill will quickly add up after a couple of shorties and small plates. It doesn't matter, you must come here!!
03-12-2013 06:24:32 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.3/5 rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Wrecking Bar is an authentic brew pub in the Little Five points area of Atlanta. I've visited numerous times, and I have yet to be disappointed. They have a nice selection of house brewed beers, and they seem to always have a unique concoction on draft, such as the most recent vanilla bean infused IPA.
I tend to order the BBQ or burger, and I always leave satisfied. The atmosphere is great as well with it's rock walls and location in the basement of a historical mansion that was restored.
Overall, if you are in the area, this is a must try!
06-15-2012 13:51:22 | More by Georgejt
4.63/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
New Brewpub in Little 5 points. The brewpub is tucked down in the lower level of a restored old mansion and is very cozy. Usually at least 6 beers on tap with a cask firkin on most Fridays. There some unusual styles like German IPA and a California Common. All beers are spot-on style wise but the real star is the west coast style IPA- the brewer Chris Terenzi promises that eventually there will be at least 2 IPAs on at all times which should be great. Food is basic upscale bar food but well-executed. Along with the Porter L5P is now maybe the prime beer neighborhood in the ATL.
Uodate: As most know, owner Bob Sandage is now the brewer, and the beer selection and quality are even better. A creative cask beer is on almost every Friday, there "regular" beers rotate pretty often and all so far are very much spot-on style wise. I have visited a lot of brewpubs worldwide and this stacks up pretty well with just about any of them.
03-20-2012 21:10:20 | More by mcrowther
The Wrecking Bar Brewpub in Atlanta, GA
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