Brick Store Pub
Taps: 25 / Bottles: 185
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 228 | Reviews: 190 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by kensuthe:
4.78/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I was in Atlanta with my krewe this past December for the SEC Championship Game, and we wanted to stop by the Brick Store Pub to see what the buzz was about. After taking a slight detour due to inaccurate information (thanks, Google Maps!), we hopped on the MARTA and headed for downtown Decatur, GA. The pub is right off of the main square when you exit the train station, which is also a good thing for when you're leaving. Don't drive drunk, just take the train!
Atmosphere - We went on a Friday night during the holiday season, and the place was packed to the point of spilling out onto the street. The pub is divided into two floors, with the downstairs being the main bar area and the upstairs being the Belgian bar. Mild, rich wood paneling and moderate to low lighting created a more relaxed mood in the otherwise bustling pub. There is seating both downstairs and upstairs, although there is definitely more room downstairs. The crowd ranged from families with young children to elderly patrons, and there was no visible separation of drinkers and eaters in the establishment. Not quite a restaurant and not quite a bar, the "pub" from the name fits quite appropriately. There was a long wait for a table, so we decided to wait in the Belgian bar upstairs. The area was slightly crowded, but we met some friendly people and passed the time with some enjoyable conversation. It was a little loud and a little too crowded to be the completely ideal situation, but it was an altogether enjoyable experience nonetheless.
Quality - We started off drinking draft beer from the Belgian section, expanded into the domestic draft choices, and made it into a few bottles before capping off the night. All of the beer was fresh, draft and bottle, domestic and import alike. Everything we ordered was not only served in the appropriate glassware, but was also poured to perfection by the various members of the bar staff.
Service - The service was amazing, especially considering the crowd. When we couldn't find room to get up to the bar, someone from the staff came out into the crowd to take our old glasses away and take the orders for the next round. All of the glassware was clean, all of the beers were poured well, and the turnover between drinks was fast even for a regular crowd, let alone a busy Friday night. There wasn't much of a delay in ordering drinks from the downstairs bar while drinking in the upstairs bar. The bartenders were all very knowledgeable about their craft, and they had some excellent suggestions to make while we were there.
Selection - The downstairs bar had close to 20 American, English, and German beers on tap and a nice selection of bottles at reasonable prices. The upstairs bar had 8 Belgian beers on tap and three coolers with close to 100 bottles to choose from. A nice touch is that you can order beer from the downstairs bar if you are at the upstairs bar, and vice versa. According to the bartenders, the draft selection changes at a decent pace, and the turnover on a given keg is fairly quick. I'd definitely like to make a return visit to see how accurate this statement was.
Food - The menu was not particularly extensive or expansive into any particular culinary area, but it was certainly adequate to meet the needs of the average pub occupant across a decent range of sobriety. Appetizers, salads, burgers, and sandwiches, with some pasta dishes, grilled meat dishes, and other fare filled out the menu. The prices may have been slightly high for food as compared to beer, but what we sampled was worth the price.
Value - The overall value was really good. We spent four or five hours in the place, had several good beers a piece, tried a few little bits of food, and met some interesting people, and we weren't out very much change at all. The recovery meal we ate at a diner in downtown Atlanta cost each of us almost half of what the entire evening at the Brick Store Pub did. The next time I am in Atlanta, I'll definitely try and fit in a repeat visit.
03-26-2008 20:39:54 | More by kensuthe
More User Reviews:
4.89/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$
I've been to a lot of amazing pubs on this planet, and this one places in the upper echelon.
First, the beer selection rotates quickly, and through local and far away providers. There are large open spaces and alcoves and great bar seating to satisfy a wide swath of the intro/extro-vert spectrum. The beer "cellar", an upstairs climate controlled room, would leave even the casual beer adventurer with a slack jaw. The selection of bottles is nothing short of exciting.
And, not resting on their ample hop-infused laurels, they serve scrumptious, seasonal, inspired fare. And their servers are both knowledgeable and work as a collective.
This is one of the finest establishments I've had the privilege of visiting.
07-11-2014 21:40:35 | More by virgil
Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA
100 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.