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Green's Beverages - Ponce

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Green's Beverages - PonceGreen's Beverages - Ponce
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

70 Ratings
Ratings: 70
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 7.99%
[ Store ]

737 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, Georgia, 30306-4329
United States
phone: (404) 872-1109

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @greensbeer

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Photo of BeerSox
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

I've been to the other Green's on Buford Hwy as well, and this one seems to have a slightly better selection, although the other one is outstanding as well. Though, this store also has a better view of the Atlanta skyline, if that's your thing.

They have the large bomber type bottles, as well as some six packs, along a wall on the right side of the store. There is plenty of beer in the refigerators, everything from bombers and 750s to six packs to mix packs and cases. There are also cases stacked up in the middle of the floor in various places. There is also a Belgian beer room, which I did not go into (I actually forgot it was there). From the picture on their website, I don't think there is any selection shortage there either.

I didn't get any help from anybody, but it's a big place, and I'm sure I would have had help if I asked. There is also a wine (and liquor) section, where there are probably more people who need help. The prices are reasonable, and with every liquor store I have been in around Atlanta, there is a slight discount for purchasing with cash.

If you live in Decatur you probably have one of the better beer selections in the area. There is the Brick Store Pub which is down the road, as well as another Green's, and several other beer joints and stores. Being close to Emory University, Georgia Tech, and Georgia State, there is probably a good college presence in these places as well.

BeerSox, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of 0tt0
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Green's is the hands-down winner in Atlanta for selection of harder-to-find craft brew. They offer 5% discounts if you buy 4+ sixers and you can special request keg order 2 days in advance (examples: St. Bernardus, DFH 60, etc.) There is a separate belgian room with a very impressive selection--best in the city. American craft beers are prevalent and they often run great specials (Growler-style Rogue American Amber $3.99). Staff can be gruff and the pace of the place is a madhouse, but given the quality of the merchandise, I can overlook it.

0tt0, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

This store was at the top of my list when recently visiting Atlanta. The store is nestled into an eclectic area just east of Downtown, in a building that resembles a 1950's A & P grocery. Parking was a breeze. While inside, the beer inventor, although not huge, was verried and displayed a hight quality of brews. I focused on a lot of locally brews that are not available in Kentucky (Highlands, Terrapin, Sweetwater, Atlanta Brewing Co.) and a few other hard-to-finds. The staff was couteous and friendly, but not overly knowlegable about the products. However, some local patrons sure knew their way around the beer aisles and were more eager to engage in beer conversations that were the employees. As well documented, the prices are incredible if paying with cash or debit. To put it into perspective. I loaded up the cart with as much beer and as equal of quality, expecting a price of about $170 in Cincinnati. But at Green's, the tab was about $100. A great value! I'll be stopping in again on my next visit through!

BEERchitect, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of cktison
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

Best beer selection in Atlanta - which doesn't say too much, but still a nice store. The Ponce Location has a nice large beer area, along with a walk-in Belgian Beer fridge - great selection, always on top of the new offerings for the area - one of the first to get Dogfish, I believe. They have a wide variety of local and foreign brews, and nice selection of high gravitys (which has really changed the dynamics of beer culture in the south, since July 2004). The walk-in Belgian bar has all the usual suspects, along with some unheard of nice surprises.

Prices are reasonable to cheap, with several special deals always avaiable - Rogue growlers for $5.00 last time I was there. If you pay with cash, you'll save a pretty nice bit - go once a month and you can get a few extra beers with what you're saving.

The service has always been good, but knowledge of beer and their selection varies by the employee - they do have knowledgable staff, if you find the right guy.

Overall, great store for the Atlanta region.

cktison, May 03, 2007
Photo of jda007
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

Awesome selection - beats anything we have down in Gainesville. Both locations are excellent - the Belgian room at the Ponce de Leon location is especially neat. The salespeople were not overly knowledgeable but very friendly. Pretty good prices, especially if you bring cash. Every hard-to-find beer I found there was cheaper than even the best places in Florida. Lots of great special edition beers and hard to finds. Both locations had great Belgian selections especially at Ponce, but the Buford location had a much larger array of English Ales, Scottish - seemed much broader. Both are great spots to get beer; from what I hear, they are THE place in Georgia!

Too bad I live 4.5 hours away in Tallahassee - otherwise this would be the only place I would go!

jda007, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of Jredner
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

Very nice selection and there is ample parking on the same lot. This is just a basic independent liquor/wine/beer store, but they took the trouble of building an impressively sized temperature controlled room for their Belgian stock and that was a nice touch. They also had very solid pricing (Georgia is cheap in general compared to Florida) and a very comprehensive selection that includes just about everything you can find in Georgia and a nice selection of vintage beers such as the 2001 Lou Pepe Kriek I picked up. This is a great place.

Jredner, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of Mickelswit
4.5/5  rDev +9%

This is definitely the best place for beer in Atlanta. If it's distributed in Georgia, chances are Green's has it. I've never been to the location on Buford Highway, but this location is amazing. They have an enormous shelf of single-bottle beers and bombers, a row of six or seven fridges for six-packs, and a separate walk-in Belgian room. Prices are best with cash. The staff are friendly and helpful. You can get case discounts and sometimes catch a good sale on seasonal and other beers. The best liquor store I've ever seen.

Mickelswit, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

This and the other Green's location are Georgia's best beer stores. Quality is always excellent- I've never had a bad bottle, and the selecttion just can't be beat in these parts. This location has a walk-in (mostly) Belgian beer cellar that is very cool. Huge shelf with warm selections from elsewhere, and quite a few coolers with sixers. Better parking at the other store, and better service. Georgia doesn't allow swapping inventory between stores, and one owner can only own two stores in state. This means that one location may have something the other is out of- its best to check both stores before you give up. Cash discount prices include using a debit card, so no reason to bring cash. Great selections of belgians, craft beers, German, and pretty much every beer found in the state.

Georgiabeer, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of Graebner
3.8/5  rDev -8%

In a decent-but-not-great part of town, though the store itself is probably lowering the land value of the surrounding businesses. It doesn't look like much...looks like a place to go for your Seagrams Gin & Juice. Once inside things improve substantially.

Large amounts of liquor, some wine, and a wing of the store dedicated to beer. Six or eight double-door coolers full, plus 7-8' high shelves the length of the opposite wall, plus islands in the middle. LOTS of beer. Lots of belgians, huge variety of Stone and Rogue and similar things (including the harder-to-find ones). Seems to focus more on the domestic scene, but lots of high-end, hard to find domestics, especially for the region.

One affable guy walked over and offered help, but I was just browsing, so I dont know how much he knew about the beers. Cashier knew little, but thats not unusual.

Prices ranged from reasonable to very cheap, dependant upon your method of payment. TAKE CASH. When paid for with plastic, a sixer of Sierra Nevada will run you $7.68 or something, slightly cheaper than Wal-Mart/Gas Stations. With cash, however, the same sixer is like $6.98, which is damned reasonable. The same is true for every beer they sell: take cash, you will come home with 10-15% more.

Overall a rewarding experience; I would like to go back again when I have more time to look around (spent 30 minutes or so...hada 2-hour drive to go, and it was late-ish). I will certainly go again next time I'm in Atlanta.

Graebner, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of BurnsTau
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

Green's has a great selection, decent pricing, and halfway decent service.

The first thing you see is the sixers and 4 packs of local brews like sweetwater and terrapin. Next are the shelves of 22 oz and 750 mL bottles, and some of the nicer microbrews they stock (several Great Divides, Rogue, Sierra Nevada, too many to name really). Cellar contains many belgian and special american micros.

Service is ok, one guy was restocking and he gave recommendations and helpful things a couple of times.

For the selection and price this place is a great one to stop at.

BurnsTau, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

Visited here about a month ago, as well as the Brick Store Pub. I was very impressed with the selection here. As soon as you walk in the door, the beer is to the right. A great selection of just about everything. I purchased some Lagunitas and Terrapin. Service wasnt anything to speak of but at such a big place, I can understand. I wasnt greeted or asked if I needed assistance but I was okay on this occasion. All of the beer seemed fresh and my bombers of Lagunitas Stout were delicious. A must see in the ATL area, especially if near the Brick Store.

SaCkErZ9, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of athensbeermaster
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

Ive been to the green's on buford hwy. and both tower package owned by the same family. But for beer this is the grandaddy of them all. They even have a climate controled room for there high end belgian's. They are also the big bully on the block.They buy more beer than any other retail store. The downside to this is some hard to find beer will only exist at this ponce store and no other retailers get a chance to purchase these beers. If the distrubutors would set allocations maybe some people in other part's would get a chance! but if you don't mind going to the most scary part of Atlanta to shop, your find everything that is available in the Atlanta market.There service is nowhere to be found.and parking is a pain in the ass.

athensbeermaster, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of Onibubba
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

First time at this Green's, and I will be coming back. At first, I thought the selection was not as good as the location on Buford, but I forgot about the climate control room - All is well. Nice to see that several singles were available at this location versus Buford, including a 12 oz Jolly Pumpkin(Blanca). I only wish more were available this way. They were out of Fantome Saison and Liefman's Frambozenbier, but II walked away quite pleased with the amount and quality of beer I purchaed for the money. Their prices are actually better than reasonable on most selections.

As noted in other reviews, parking is tight. Be wary.

As a side note, they also had a very nice, but expensive, sake selection.

Onibubba, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Exceptionally good beers, excellent selection of Belgium, German and English. Service was intended, but in a laid-back way, only initially. It looked like most people knew what to get and where. Even local stuff no single bottles which was a drawback. Place was tidy and beer was in one area, but still a bit difficult to find things by oneself. Belgiums had their own walk-in in cooler, 3 sides by at least 3 shelves. A very good beer store anywhere, plus the regular booze, and 2 alert cashiers. Lots of parking, not too far from mid-town tourist area.

Sammy, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of blitz134
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

I've been to Green's on Ponce enough times to give it a review I guess. Greene's is THE place I have found to find good beer. Their location is pretty easy to get to if you live in downtown Atlanta.

The service is the only thing I have found questionable about Green's. Although the one time I had a question the guy was able to answer it quickly and seemed to come off as a beer advocate himself. But I think I that occassion happened to be the exception rather than the norm. But the place is always kept up and the shelves are almost always kept stocked to the brim. On one occassion have I seen the shelves a bit bare, but they were in the process of restocking. The specially chilled beer cooler is a plus as well.

As for selection. Its pretty damn good I must say and for the time being and has always had something new for me to purchase. With the recent change of the Ga beer laws the variety and quality which has hit Green's shelves has been amazing. Tons of belgian beer, including 4 of the 5 trappist monestaries and Unibroue and St. Bernardus, etc. There has also been a continually increasing amount of other beer which has shown up on the shelves as well. Basically if the brewery has a distribution which is country-wide or east-coast oriented it can be found at Green's with few exceptions.

blitz134, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of UncleFlip
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

I'll start by saying I prefer the Green's location on Buford Highway. Due in part to just sheer floor space, it seems to have a better selection. For the Belgians, however, I've found the Ponce location is a bit better. (I was also amused when I was looking for a particular brew, and the staffer said "it's in the beer vault", and I apparently gave him a confused look. He directed me to a door I had walked past and hadn't seen. It's a nice cooled room, slightly larger than a walk-in closet, but packed with beer. Shortly after I went in, a woman walked in looking for something in particular, and we had to inch around each other to find things. That was actually quite fun.)

OK, so here's the goods: decent selection, but due to space limitations, not the best. Go to Buford.

Staff has always been VERY friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. I think anyone who says they've had a bad experience with the service just caught someone on a bad day. Straight down to the cashiers, everyone has been outgoing and fun to deal with.

Price is better than some other places I've been.

Parking can be tight in the front lot, so you're encouraged to park in back, where there's plenty of room.

Overall, this is a good spot, and well worth a visit.

Be well
-UF

UncleFlip, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Green's on Ponce de Leon is pretty easy to find if you know the area and maps out nicely if you do not. The store was vacant when we arrived, but folks came out of the woodwork during our visit.

The beer is to the right and is laid out in a sort of wedge shape. Bottles are then to the right and the cooler to the left with many cold singles and cold sixers. The middle is filled with cases of mainly BMC. Around the store are sections of cases which were laid out nicely. At first I could not find the Belgians, then I saw the small climate controlled room for them. What a nice touch I had never seen before. An awesome idea.

The service in the beer area was very nice, but the clerk was such a pain and so rude to my coworker that the service just barely gets a 3. What good is a guy walking around asking if you need assistance if it then takes 10 minutes to check out and the clerk is rude. It began when she asked to see my coworker's ID for purchasing a coke and he nicely inquired why and she decided to cop and attitude. Anyway, hopefully she doesn't work often and perhaps won't work much longer with that sort of customer service.

I don't really see the need to hit both Ponde de Leon and Buford Hwy stores. I like the climate room in PDL better, but Buford is my store of choice for all things beer in Atlanta.

GCBrewingCo, May 17, 2005
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.5/5  rDev +9%

THE place for beer in Atlanta as far as I'm concerned. Big selection and reasonable prices make this worth the trip downtown. Selection is the best I've found in GA with a wide variety of brews from around the world. The higher ABV ceiling has opened the doors to alot of great beer and Green's has taken advantage. For a Belgian freak like me, lots to check out. Oud Beersel, Cantillon, Saison Dupont, St. Bernardus, Moinette, Duvel, Boon, not to mention La Chouffe, McChouffe and N'ice Chouffe. Aventinus, Samuel Smith, Sierra Nevada, Rogue (including I2PA and Old Crustacean) also available. Good selection of the locals like Sweetwater and Dogwood (really good since Dogwood is planning a big beer series soon.) One cool feature in this store is their "Beer Cellar", a small room that is kept cool and humid with lots of ageable selections inside. A bit cramped for more than two people but worth the discomfort. Service was friendly ad quality was pretty good although I did find some old stuff that shouldn't be stocked old. Best prices in Atlanta in addition to the best selection. I'll be back for sure...

ViveLaChouffe, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of Southernbrew
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Best selection I've found in Atlanta. Tons of different beers with fair prices. Lots of lambics, local beers, sam smith, Rogue and many others. Also had a few bottles of mead, I grabbed one to check it out. Many singles available, but breaking up six-packs isn't permitted. I didn't notice any expired beers and no dust on the beers. I was asked if I needed help and when I said "no" they left me alone. (That's a good thing) A little out of my way but I'll definitely stop in again.

Southernbrew, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of aracauna
4/5  rDev -3.1%

This is the best liquor in Atlanta that I know of although I've heard that the Green's location on Buford Hwy is better. There's a huge selection of beers on a long shelf, some of which I have no idea where else to find (except maybe the Cumming location of Summits Wayside Tavern, but not even sure about there.) There's still a distinct focus on imports more than domestic micros, but then it seems that all of Atlanta is that way so it may be the distributors who aren't bringing in more of the domestic micros. This is by far my new favorite store since Jax has pissed me off with old beer and unhelpful staff.

aracauna, Jan 20, 2003
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Green's Beverages - Ponce in Atlanta, GA
92 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.