Brick Store Pub

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266 Ratings
Ratings: 266
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 4.69
pDev: n/a
Taps: 25
Bottles: 185
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

125 E Court Sq
Decatur, Georgia, 30030-2521
United States
phone: (404) 687-0990

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @brickstorepub

Notes:
Place added by: aracauna

Beer and cheese tastings 1st Monday of every month starting at 6pm. 5 beers and 5 cheeses for $25.

Sometimes special beers are not on the menu. Ask and you shall receive.

Occasional cask tappings, gravity poured. Vintage beer room is now open - ask to see the list.

Limited parking out front, but there are two garages only a short walk away. For public transportation, the Decatur Marta train station entrance is only about 50 yards away.

Want a cellar tour or to meet the publicans? Any beer advocate planning a trip should beermail pghlee or Brickstoredave in advance.
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Reviews by kensuthe:
Photo of kensuthe
4.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of VinceMig
4.93/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

If you enjoy good beer, then it is a must.

Photo of matgrat2422
4.93/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The best beer selection, bar none. Just today, I had a cbs and mexican cake for brick stores' 20th anniversary. Tap selection rotates a lot, but always great beer. Highly recommend it if you can make it to Decatur while visiting Atlanta.

Photo of Tralemix
4.69/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Incredible selection. A second bar of only Belgian beers, plus delicious food. The only problem is parking, but there is a paid lot fairly close. An Atlanta classic, definitely one of the best beer places I've ever been to.

Photo of Sixpoint
4.81/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

setting a gold standard for craft beer hospitality - and in a bad-ass building too

Photo of Theaudiblesigh
5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The only downfall of this place is that if you try a beer you like it could be gone this next day due to constant rotation of taps. The level of quality beers that they have is second to none. Everything that they have is good.

Photo of evergreen_machine
4.98/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

In a word Heaven. The selection of beer is incredible, the servers all knowlagable and happy to help and the food a perfect compliment.

Photo of Genie
4.94/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Their Allagash Curieux tripel and Victory Hop Ranch are what I tried and paired really well with their food. Highly recommend trying their chicken pot pie and fish n' chips entrees! Check out their beer menu beforehand as there was a special beer on tap directly from the cask that night, but it sold out early in the night so get their early if you want to try that.

Photo of AdamTebbs
5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Used to live down the street from Brick store and it is still one of my favorite bars. Great selection, great vibe, great service. If you are in Decatur you must visit.

Photo of jpskydawg
4.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Always great beers and good times here. Can be crowded on certain days, but its worth it. The Cellar list is ridiculous... Great menu.

Photo of moviedawg
5/5  rDev +6.6%

Heaven...

Photo of daryk77
4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

Absolutely love this place. Beer selection is uncanny with the infamous upstairs Belgian bar. Food is fantastic, great value and the bar tenders and patrons can't be beat. In my top 3 places to have a beer.

Photo of ianw87
5/5  rDev +6.6%

Atlanta is lucky. This and the porter are amazing places. Both in my top 10 in the country. Great taps, great vintage list, great food.

Photo of socon67
4.25/5  rDev -9.4%

Made this a must visit on my trip to Atlanta. We were seated up in the back by the Belgian bar. Selection included taplists for both bars, and I went for the local stuff.

Server knew what they poured and glassware was spot on for everything, and in brewery marked glasses (nice touch).

Service was good and the crowd on a Saturday afternoon was a nice subdued group of craft drinkers. This place is in an eclectic artsy area. It fits in perfectly and is a relaxed place.

Food is generic pub grub. Decent but don't expect much.

I'd go back here as I'd say its the best option in Atlanta.

Photo of JLSIV
4.41/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Saw this advertised on Atlanta Eats. My wife and I went on a Friday night. Was crowded, but still had a great time. Sat in the Upstairs Belgium bar. For as big a crowd the service was great. Food was a little expensive, but was good. I would stick to the sandwiches if you are upstairs. Server was very knowledgable about the beer, and even with as busy as they were sent me two samples.

I would like to go back and actually enjoy just the beer, definitely will go back.

Photo of virgil
4.89/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of Rohkey
3.59/5  rDev -23.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 1.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Visited this place after hearing/seeing rave reviews. Did not live up to expectations.

Food was good, typical pub food with some other offerings but nothing too special nor fancy. Over 20 taps, didn't check out the bottle selection. They had some good stuff on tap, which I was impressed with, but that was about the only thing that set this place apart from typical pubs.

My main gripe was with the service. We all ordered beer and my friend put in for an appetizer. No one came for 5-10 mins or so until another server delivered the appetizer. I asked to order food and she told me she'd get our waiter. He didn't come to take our food order until we had all finished our first beer and my friend was finished with his appetizer, a good 20 mins (at least) after sitting down. We all asked for separate checks and when we got the bill my friend's food and another friend's two beers were on my bill, also the food my friend ordered was $5 more on the bill than it was listed as on the menu. After 10 mins of trying to get the waiter's attention I tracked him down and he apologized about the error but said it was a typo on the menu and he couldn't do anything about it. He gave us some cheap merchandise to compensate. My friend said he'd rather just not come back instead of causing a scene. Fortunately on our way out the manager came and alleviated the issue.

I'm going to go back and give it another shot (I realize it wasn't the waiter's fault it was packed and there was a typo on the menu), but if the service is that poor again, I'll probably just stick to the other couple decent places in the area for my beer needs.

Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.34/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

The Brick Store Pub and The Porter are definitely tied in my book in regards to the widest beer selection in Metro Atlanta.

I like to look through the bottle list at the Brick Store Pub, but I usually end up going with something on tap.

The food is good, and the menu has something for everyone. But I think The Porter has a bit more of an eclectic menu, which appeals more so to me. I have yet to have anything bad to eat at the Brick Store.

The atmosphere is nice too. I like to sit in the upstairs Belgian Beer bar, since it feels like I'm sitting in some sort of old-world European bar.

Photo of cdmillard
4.78/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Just got back from the Brick Store Pub. Probably my favorite Beer Bar in Atlanta, and possibly anywhere. Very cool place. The atmosphere is "old European" pub-esque. The service is friendly, if not a little on the slow side. The nice part is that they rent in any hurry to get you out, which I really appreciate.

Their beer list is second to none. Their cellar contains a variety of Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, Fantome, just to name a few. I had a superb 2008 Stille Nacht. I didn't see a lot that they didn't have.

The earlier, dinner crowd, was mid thirties and older. As the evening moved along, the crowd go younger, but wasn't "out of control".

Prices were inline with any beer bar. Yeah...if you want Cantillon, expect to pay premium. No surprise there, but the prices were in line, if not a hair better than other places I've been to.

Try it..you'll like it!

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.5/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

I didn't eat much here, just a pretzel with some pimento cheese that was delicious. I just have to throw that out there before I talk about the beer.

Some locals drove me out here as a must-visit when in Atlanta. I couldn't agree more. If you like beer, or better yet, love beer, than you must pay homage.

Downstairs is a spacious hall packed with folks stuffing their faces and enjoying some good craft beer. I made my way by all these folks and headed upstairs where people were mingling more freely and the space seemed much more dedicated to the beer drinker. This area is their Belgian Bar, where beer from or inspired by Belgium reigns supreme.

St. Bernardus Abt 12 caught my eye immediately, as it's a beer I've always heard good things about, wanted to try, and does not distribute to New Mexico. I ordered one for a reasonable price (>$10) and sat back enjoying it while admiring the tavern-like atmosphere of the Brick Store Pub. The walls were indeed brick and the wooden posts running across the ceiling made the place feel much like drinking in a dim-lit attic.

Ordering another round, I opted for a local option, newcomer 3 Taverns that operates right down the road, and their A Night in Brussels Belgian IPA. The beer was downright impressive and I made several comments about how much I liked it to my local hosts. Little did I know the head brewer/owner of 3 Taverns was sitting at the next table overhearing my convo (good thing I liked the beer). He came over and introduced himself and talked beer. Cool stuff.

Overall, I love the atmosphere, love the beer selection, the concept, and what I tasted of the food.

Plus, the vaulted "cellar" room full of white whales is enough to turn the hardcore beergeek into a Belgian diamond thief, pulling the ultimate heist to get at some of the rare and hard-to-find beers.

Great effing spot.

Photo of ari32
4.65/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

The atmosphere at Brick Store Pub is great. It makes me feel like I'm in a pub somewhere in Europe instead of Decatur (though, I've never been in one, so I'm only guessing).

The beers on tap are always good, and I enjoy the dedicated Belgian bar upstairs with nothing but Belgians on tap. The cellar is where this place shines; it's by far the best in the state, barring someone's private cellar (and even then I'm not so sure it would beat Brick Store's).

The service has always been good for me, but not always so personable. Also, when they get busy it can be impossible to get service sometimes. I understand what it's like to be busy at a restaurant having worked in the industry, but sometimes it's ridiculous.

The food is alright. It's definitely better pub fare than normal, but I still find it lacking. It's strange because their sister restaurant around the corner, Leon's, has really good food. Oh well, I go to Brick Store for the beer and the cellar, not the food.

Photo of McBraniel
4.14/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Probably the coolest atmosphere of any beer bar I've been to. Very good selection of beer on tap, and the food is pretty good as well (though I would have liked larger portions for the price). The service was so-so, though this was likely due to how crowded it was that night. Highly recommended.

Photo of jriggins6
4.4/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I have been to the Brick Store on a handful of occasions. Sure there are places with more taps than this place but the selection is generally top notch. The beer list is quite impressive also. What I really enjoy is the cellar beer list.. There some serious whalz...
Food is fantastic also. I have had the pimento cheese which was damn good. The Shepard's daughter's pie was tasty as well.
If I had a complaint is the service. If you are at the bar you are good to go. The 2 times I have had to sit at a table the service was virtually invisible.
Overall this is a classy place, good beer that is well priced for a bar and food as well.
In my opinion this is a must stop to anyone that has the chance.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.21/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Of course I had to go the famous Brick Store in my one and only visit to Decatur. It was rather busy in a weekday evening, but the wife and I found a seat at the bar... she had been there a couple of nights before and the friendly bartender remembered her.

The atmosphere is cozy and warm, kind of dark, feels like a place frequented by locals... it's got that hunting-lodge feel. Tables at the front, then the bar and an upstairs area with more tables.

I counted 15 taps (not the 25 BA lists): Allagash Interlude, Brooklyn Black Choco Stout, Bruery 5 Golden Rings, Founders Backwood Bastard, Westbrook IPA, Mikkeller From Via To... plus a bunch of Belgians.

Servers are sort of hipster-ish/hippie-ish, what with their beards and plaid shirts, but they're all approachable and cool. Ravi Shankar playing on the stereo to boot! Weird and cool.

I wasn't super impressed with this place but I'm glad I stopped by and checked it out. Next time I'll go to Leon's and see what's up.

Photo of slatetupelo
4.69/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

I've been here twice and enjoyed both visits immensely. On my first visit they were extremely busy and we had to wait for 15 minutes for a table, but we still had good service. The last time they weren't busy at all and our server had time to suggest beers and he seemed fairly knowledgeable.

I've had the fish and chips and the chicken tenders and both were really good for pub food.

BUT, if you're at the Brick Store Pub you're probably there for the BEER and their selection does not disappoint . Great selection of taps and bottles. If there is a new special release, they probably have it. They have proper glassware and even match the glassware to the brewery when possible. Belgian bar upstairs. What else could you ask for?

I'll continue to visit the Brick Store Pub when in the area.

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Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA
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