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Trappeze Pub

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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

269 N Hull St
Ste 6
Athens, Georgia, 30601-4547
United States

(706) 543-8997 | map
trappezepub.com

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Added by edamjohnson on 12-28-2007

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
87
pDev:
7.13%
 
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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 57
Photo of bennettstamper
3.7/5  rDev -20.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.73/5  rDev -19.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

This was my number one beer destination in Athens, but not quite the best.

33 taps at the Trappeze, with locals like Terrapin, Mother Earth, Sweetwater, Wild Heaven… plus Sierra, Avery, Left Hand, North Coast Raspy, Bell’s Java, Bruery 5 Rugs and a bunch of Belgian and German brews. I chose a delicious Terrapin Wake-n-Bake Imperial Stout.

The bottle selection is even better, with a ton of vintages, sours, barrel-aged brews and stuff at very fair prices. They also offer bomber pours and ½ pour of all drafts, which is something I love.

The joint itself looks very college-town-like, and it is manned by college-town dudes and dudettes. Our young scruffy server looked like he had smoked one too many blunts, but he wasn’t terrible. The bar is the area to be at, and there is also a restaurant side with tables and booths.

Short food menu with some goodies, not very well executed. We had boiled peanuts (overcooked and mushy), pimento cheese (funky), a beef slider (fine but cooked to a leather-grey) and beer-cheese soup (way too starchy). Still, they try to be different.

A good bar for sure, but not the best experience.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -19%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.93/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of MerkinMan
3.98/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Update (a few years later):
Not at all what it used to be, especially the service. It seems that every time I go, I get the "if the staff does not acknowledge that I have entered the establishment wishing to spend my money in the next three minutes, I'm out of here" thought. This happens in the middle of the day -- at times when my party are the only 2-3 people in the joint.

The too cool hipster attitude goes a little too far here, but I keep coming back for the selection.

I finally made it to Trapeze after hearing about it from many friends, and boy and I glad!

The atmosphere is cozy and small -- very intimate.

The quality blew me away. While other places will gouge you good for rare and specialty beers, Trapeze features some very fair prices which are all very clearly posted -- something other pubs should do. The bartender even asked me how much I planned on spending, and steered me away from beers that he felt were not worth the high price when there were other cheaper alternates of better quality.

The selection is crazy. At least 15 taps, many of which I have never seen other places, and scores of bottles.

Like I suggested earlier, the value is great at every turn, and the service is spectacular. The bartenders are quick to bring water as well as nice bread with oil and balsamic vinegar - gratis.

I will be back a hundred more times.

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Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A really good list of beers on tap but to be world class they needto add at least a few more taps. There were a few exotic beers I haven't had before but the prices were very high (at least $9). Excellent food. Friendly service.

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Photo of jillmart
4.03/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Took a day trip to Athens yesterday specifically to check out Terrapin Brewery and Trappeze.

At Trappeze, we had a party of 7 and were seated very quickly and we're treated as well as expected considering we had a couple of already-drunk people in our group. The atmosphere is kind of like a "grown-up college bar" -- don't really remember seeing UGA decor but had the usual downtown Athens bar feel -- but with an extremely better beer selection.

Trappeze has a solid draft and bottle list, and I was really pleased there was a half-pour option. The food comes in small portions and is moderately-priced. I had Southern Tier's Creme Brulee half-pour and the fish and chips and spent around $16 after tax and tip.

I went to Trappeze hoping it could compare to the Brick Store Pub in terms of food and beer, and I believe it does.

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Photo of Viper29223
4.1/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

There was a lot of buzz going around about this place from friends that lived in Athens .So I was super excited to try their bottled Belgium beers and try all the tasty ones ive yet to sample .Me and my girlfriend enjoyed about 6 beers from there amazing beer menu .They have 2 sizes so you don't have to break the bank when wanting to try a new beer .If you go there and do not try the bread with orange butter you will miss out ,it goes well with there many strong ales .If I ever go back to Athens this is my first stop before hitting the many local pubs and the awesome terrapin brewery which is only a short cab ride away .Only wish my town was more like Athens great beer town great food town ,check this place out you won't be disappointed .

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Photo of Beer-Lovin-RAT
4.11/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of chiefbender
4.13/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of BeerSox
4.13/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Placed in the heart of Athens near all the shops and city hall. The interior is somewhat old timey, with wood architecture all around. There are different rooms for seating. The bar area is somewhat roomy, not sure how many stools were there. Parking outside is metered. Depending on where you park there are time limits. Right outside the pub is two hour maximum parking.

I can't recall exactly how many beers are on tap. The taps are listed with descriptions in a small booklet, so there are enough to fill a few page. There are also a few chalkboards that list what's available. There is a cask selection as well. The prices seemed very low to me, however this may be because I'm used to prices in D.C.

The food seemed decent, nothing spectacular, but it wasn't bad either. I'd say it's a step above bar food, but well below anything you would get at a restaurant.

A great place to go for beer after shopping downtown. There are plenty of taps and good food, so you can't go wrong. Recommended.

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Photo of deecue
4.18/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2

Beer selection was great. Waitress was good as well. Food was really just not up to par.. They've got a lot of work to do here. Not only is the selection limited, but everything we had was just alright if not bland and tasteless. I'll stop any day for their taps, but I doubt I'd eat here again. The one thing I've always said about BSP is not only is the beer fantastic, but I sincerely enjoy my dinner there as well. As far as atmosphere goes, I love the tall booths and general layout of the place. But it sure doesn't have the warmth it could. Maybe I just went during a slow hour as well. More people would have probably added to the atmosphere.

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Photo of jophish17
4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of dbhall
4.28/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

what a good place to have a beer. i went to school at Clemson, and sometimes my friends and i would travel to athens. they would go to clubs and such, and i would just leave them and go to the trappeze. this place has a lot of good beer on tap. they also have a huge bottle selection the place is big. you are able to drink at the bar or go sit at one of the many open tables with your friends. the service is good too with the bartender knowing what kind of beers people want, and helping when people dont have a clue. the selection is why i come here. so many different good beers here you cant go wrong (i guess you could if you tried, but that's what the bartenders are for). great place to stop by if your in athens.

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Photo of Zekenyce
4.28/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of gabeerfan
4.28/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I think all the other reviews have explained the layout well enough, so I won't belabor the description. There was a group of 7 of us and we were able to snag the big corner booth next to the front window.
Quality was quite good. They had some beers on tap I have not seen at Brick Store, like the Ommegang Chocolate Stout and they also had a cask of Victory Hop Devil. Selection was excellent. At least 30 taps and an extensive bottle selection.
Service was good. Our server was pleasant and knowledgeable. The service got a little slow as the place got busier, but it was not slow enough to detract from the experience.
Food was quite good. I had the pulled pork sandwich that I really enjoyed and my wife had the Rueben sandwich which was also very good. We all split the cheese plate for dessert and everyone seemed happy with the selection and quality of the cheeses.
All the prices were pretty decent. Most of the more "common" craft beers were about $5-6 with the higher gravity selections starting at about $6. Food was reasonable too with most entrees below $10.
Overall, this was a great stop in Athens and could really fit in well in any city based on the quality of the beer and food offered. It may not be quite world-class yet, but it is a very high quality offering for the area and the state. Definitely recommended if you are in the area.

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Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
4.3/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Beer21
4.31/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of jimsimply
4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

My first visit to Trappeze was over the holidays. They had a lot on tap, but unfortunately, we came in at the end of a week, and a lot of what I wanted was out.

Still, our large group (8) ended up in a big booth next door (with the more "coffee house" feel). Our server was very helpful, and gracious about the selection. My ESP was apparently on, since I managed to order a half dozen beers they were out of (taps and bottles!), which another of my mates, a regular, said was very unusual.

All in all, very satisfying. The atmosphere is good; not quite the Brick Store, with its Old World feel, but downtown Athens is a great place to just walk around at night. I'll definitely be back.

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Photo of shivtim
4.44/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

What a great pub. Excellent place to stop if you're in Athens. They have 26 beers on tap, no BMC, and a few local choices (Duck-Rabbit, Terrapin, Sweetwater) as well as Belgians and American micros. Things tend to run about $4 to $6 a pint. There's also an extensive and slightly expensive bottle list, and a cask ale.

The actual space is quite nice. I like the logo, and there are various beer things on the walls, tap handles above the bar, and nice booths (including one that has doors that close). Staff is extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Proper glasswear used too.

Not quite as good as some other bars I've been to like the Brick Store, Map Room, or Spuyten Duyvil, but it's definitely in the same league as some of those places. I'd like to see how this place improves over the next year or so.

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Photo of npurdy
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Trappeze is a revelation for the highest per capita bar market in the world. They've immediately swiped the high-end in town away from the Globe. The tap selection is not too far off the fabled Brick Store's. And any bar that scores a keg of Oskar Blues Ten Fidy with Cherries must be doing something right b/c I don't think they just send those kegs to anyone. Southerners should be thrilled to have this new beer landmark. And right next to one of the great music venues in America - the 40Watt. Sweet.

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Photo of FishHeadLover
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

the decor was interesting. The bar was large and there was an impressive tap selection. I am from the midwest so I found the KBS and Bells especially impressive. Amazing service, both bartenders we talked to were very knowledgable about beer. They also gave us helpful advice about the area. We only had bread and beer cheese soup but they were both very good (many of the menu items were made using beer). The prices were very reasonable. I have paid far more for KBS in Indiana. This was our first time here and we plan to return.

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Photo of everetends
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Went to Trapeze this weekend when we went to Athens to escape life for a couple of days. Stopped in at around 2 o'clock on Saturday afternoon and the place was rather slow besides a few students studying. We had a seat at an oversized wooden booth. The bartender referred us to the huge chalkboard for the tap list and it was impressive. Lots of Terrapin, Stone, Oskar Blues, Victory, Belgians and many more. At least 30 taps. It was a bit overwhelming but beautiful. I went with a Oskar Blues Whiskey Barrel Aged Gordon and I must say it was impressive. Later had a Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin for desert. Everything arrived in proper glassware, so overall high marks for quality and selection.

Service was decent. I think the bartender was close to the end of her shift because she was a bit aloof, but still very helpful. Bring your ID because I get the feeling they card everyone because I look well over thirty and they were right on top of me.

Food was good as well. Its funny looking at the menu because maybe one page front and back is the food and the other 20 or so pages is nothing but beer. Awesome. I had the bratwurst hoagie and my lady had the rueben and both were great. We also had the Terrapin Beer Bread made from the spent rye and malted sugar with orange honey butter, that shit is stupid good and only $2.50.

Overall, everything is incredibly reasonable and enjoyable. A beer and a sandwich will run you about 15 bucks. Not bad in my eyes. Good times and I will absolutely be back.

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Photo of rye_so_serious
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of brentblack1
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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