Green's Beverages - Ponce

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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.15
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737 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, Georgia, 30306-4329
United States
phone: (404) 872-1109

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Photo of Ej8
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

This is a place I avoided (not great neighborhood or people) until I realized they had a large walkin cooler in the back with tons of single beer selections. The sour selection is the best I have found in Atlanta. But not just sours, basically a very large and diverse selection of quality beers. They have an ipad set up in the cooler with BA open to look up new or unfamiliar beers. Prices are quite good also. I actually drive all the way downtown (45 minutes) just to get beer here.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%

Plenty of parking, fairly easy to find, it is not large but has a fabulous beer selection. Not only are there plenty of six-packs and samplers of locals, craft brews and imports, there are a whole lot of single bottles so you can stock up on favorites - and maybe grab a bottle or three for trade. ;) They have a huge wine selection in addition to all the beer, and plenty of various liquors of all sorts. Their personnel are not the friendliest nor the most aware that I have met, but they are not surly or distant either; at least they are more than acceptable. If you live in or near downtown Atlanta, this is a good place to stock up on suds.

Photo of rugbyfan13
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%

Definitely Atlanta's premier vendor for all things libation.

Best selection, highest quality beverages, all expertly cared for. Dozens of varieties of kegs, great liquor selection (I'm also a scotch, bourbon, and rum advocate and enjoy shopping at Green's for either) and wine selection.

An entire room of Belgians with a constant change in whats available. Large selection of bombers and shelved beer. Many varieties in styles and brands. Whenever I go here, I say, how did Atlanta, trapped inside the stranglehold of conservative, Southern Baptists, get to be so blessed that we have this oasis of wonderful beer.

The cashiers and general stockers know nothing. The managers are well versed but they are few and far between.

I should add that I have a friend who said that Greene's has out of date beer and refuses to shop there, but I am yet to have a bad experience.

Photo of glid02
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Great package store. It looks like it might not be too promising from the outside, but go inside the door to your right and you can find everything Georgia has to offer.

You can make your own six-pack with pre-selected beer, but the selections they have usually leave something to be desired. That's the only qualm I have with Green's.

There's a Belgian Beer cooler with every major Belgian but Westvleteren. They also have a few vintage beers in the cooler as well, something I haven't seen before. There are a lot of 750 mL bottles and six packs in the main beer cooler, but the real fun is on the shelves - there's almost always something new. If breweries distribute in Georgia, they have it or can get it, and I've never been disappointed with the prices. Pencil in a few minutes when you go, I always end up spending more time in there than I planned.

The service isn't amazing, but everyone is usually pretty friendly. I've heard some people have had run-ins with the on duty police officers there, but so far I haven't had that problem.

If you're in Atlanta, make it a point to go to Green's, it's a candy store for adults.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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...

Photo of GABrew
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

I live OTP Atlanta and don't get into town all that often, but when I do, I always try to hit Green's. It doesn't hurt that it's right across the street from one of my favorite fast food joints (Chipotle). The selection is outstanding with a lot of cooler space. There's a large walk-in cooler in the back with a lot of good stouts, Belgian, and sours. I've never had much interaction with the staff, so I'm not sure how knowledgeable they are. They don't do singles or mix-a-six. I don't get there often enough to catch any special releases. The only negative is they charge a higher price for using a credit card, which I thought was illegal, but somehow they get away with it.

Photo of Mickelswit
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

Photo of jda007
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

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!

Photo of GJ40
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Green's on Ponce de Leon isn't much to look at from the outside but they carry quite a supply of craft beer. They have lots of US beer such as Rogue and Sierra Nevada and a good selection from the locals including Sweetwater and Terrapin. They also carry a great selection of Europeans with good numbers from Belgium, Germany and England. And a good portion of the stock is refrigerated.

I picked up a six of Sweetwater IPA (my favorite IPA from the southeast) and a 22oz of Lagunitas Hop Stoopid.

Green's is well worth a visit if you're in the area.

Photo of EricP
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

My family and I traveled to Atlanta to meet-up with other family members. On the way to the hotel, I took a detour to Green's and boy am I glad. They had an outstanding selection of both local, regional and national micros as well as Belgium and other imports. I bought about 2 cases since I live in the beer desert of MS. BTW - love the Atlanta Brewing Company's Double Chocolate Oatmeal Porter. One of if not the best beer I've ever had.

The only draw back is that the area surrounding this location is a little sketchy. My wife stayed in the car with my son but didn't really feel comfortable and met up with me inside.

If I lived in the Atlanta area, I'd be at this store on a regular basis.

Photo of Onibubba
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

Photo of Jredner
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

Photo of BurnsTau
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

Photo of UncleFlip
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Photo of BeerSox
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

Photo of ByTor2112
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

I finally got here! I brought the wife and my daughter too! The sign out front said nobody under 18 admitted but since she was accompanied by us it was cool. I went in looking for Sweetwater seasonals and found them. Their Belgian room is very well stocked and they have mark downs in there as well. A guy there was very helpful in pointing out specials and markdowns like Barleywine singles for $1-$1.99 each. Got an Eye of Hawk Ale for $0.99! Very well stocked and they have specials all the time. Pricing was surpisingly low even on things I can get here in NC. Service was great selection was too. It has lived up to the well-deserved hype!

Photo of tonafernandez
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

If you happen to be around midtown its a great place to stop.
The area its not the most fancy one and i happened to drive by when on my way to the Wrecking Pub, they got a pretty good selection of local and imports, great prices when compared to Wine and More and even some sales, i got an Ommegang box with 3 or 4 beers + a glass for a mere 11 bucks, they have a pretty good selection of Belgian beers on a separated room and even there they had some stuff on sale.
Didn't ask for help but it appears only a couple of the employees know their trade

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Best beer store in the Metro Atlanta area, hands down. Green's on Ponce de Leon Avenue is located in the Midtown area near the neighborhoods of Old 4th Ward, Virginia-Highland, Poncey-Highland, Little 5 Points and Druid Hills.

Green's has big honking displays of beer on the floor, usually displaying the latest-and-greatest. The other day, I saw Brooklyner-Hopfenweisse, Terrapin Roggenrauchbier, Sierra Harvest, along with 5 different Dogfish offerings.

There is tons of beer stored in the beer cooler too.

To me, the beer turns over better at Green's that anywhere else. Sure they don't carry every flavor from every craft brewery in the US, but that doesn't matter to me. The beer is fresher here, quality exceptional. Their prices are typically .50 to $1 cheaper per 6-pack than most places too.

The gem here is the Belgian cooler, located to the left of the beer cooler. If the beer is distributed in Atlanta, it's in the Belgian cooler.

Green's gets super crowded on nights and weekends. Forget about going in there on Friday night. Service is OK...cashiers are a little tough from dealing with bobos all day. I tend to go late morning, when it is pretty quiet and traffic-free.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

Photo of gabeerfan
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Great liquor store with a great selection of beers.
Located in Midtown/Virginia Highland/Poncey Highland area. Easily accessible, limited parking in front of the store, but plenty behind the store in the Kroger parking lot.
The beer section is to the right as soon as you walk in the door. One side is coolers for cold beers and the other is non-chilled beers. Mostly imports and "rare" beers in the non-chilled area. Cooler mostly has 6-packs and bombers. Don't forget to check out the Belgian room to the left of the beer cooler.
They carry almost all the beers available in GA. If they don't have it and can get it from the distributor, they can get you what want.
Service is OK. If you are just standing around looking, they will ask you if you need help finding something and will make recommendations if you ask. Beware the recommendations, the people working the beer dept don't always know the good beers. Going with your gut on an unknown beer may be a better option. Cashiers can be surly, but not mean.
Their prices are about the cheapest in town. Be sure to note the 2 different prices on the tags. The higher price is if you pay with a credit card and the lower is for cash/debit cards. Even the credit card prices are good.
This is my default beer/wine/liquor store. Very rarely do we get anything at another store. Definitely worth the stop.

Photo of jophish17
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Green's on Ponce, otherwise known as my favorite place to purchase beer in Georgia

The store is awesome. I imagine the liquor sales help enable them to carry a ton of specialty beers and imports. The Belgian selection is wonderful, there are some really off the wall beers available, and the walk-in cooler is a great little part of the store. The wall coolers are heavy in micro and imported six/twelve packs with the typical BMC crap as well. The floors are packed with more displays which is fine because the room is kept cool. They have a shelf full of singles from American micros to German and English beers. The cash (or debit!) discount is great but even with credit some discounts still apply.

The staff are friendly but not necessarily beer geeks, and the pricing is rarely beaten. Not much bad can be said about Green's other than its not in my neighborhood. If there is a beer you want in Georgia, this is always the best place to look first. They have so many beers that the competition just doesn't carry, and they are always among the first to get the latest releases. Simply put, Green's rocks.

Photo of blitz134
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

Photo of cktison
4.15/5  rDev 0%

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.

Photo of GrizzlyBrew
4.15/5  rDev 0%

This is still the place for a great selection and hard to find beers. The price is very competitive and recently found it less expensive than in my home town (glad I'm downtown at least 1-2/week!).

It seems like there used to just be people on the floor waiting to help you. Although, they are not always on the floor, there is almost always someone who can help you with a great suggestion or anything else you may need. I have been redirected several times by employees helping me to find a particular beer in a rival liquor store. That's commitment to customer satisfaction!

Still one of the best in Atlanta!

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Green's Beverages - Ponce in Atlanta, GA
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