Green's Beverages - Ponce
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4.15/5 rDev +0.7%
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!
06-11-2007 13:39:56 | More by BEERchitect
4.15/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
05-03-2007 13:18:27 | More by cktison
4.35/5 rDev +5.6%
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!
04-09-2007 15:39:13 | More by jda007
4.35/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
03-29-2007 17:38:47 | More by Jredner
4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
03-16-2007 16:34:16 | More by Mickelswit
4.2/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
02-07-2007 18:08:42 | More by Georgiabeer
3.8/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
01-04-2007 21:23:52 | More by Graebner
4.35/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
01-02-2007 20:38:48 | More by BurnsTau
4.2/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
12-21-2006 20:20:11 | More by SaCkErZ9
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
11-08-2006 19:30:46 | More by athensbeermaster
Green's Beverages - Ponce in Atlanta, GA
92 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.