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The Porter Beer Bar

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BA SCORE
97
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85 Reviews
The Porter Beer BarThe Porter Beer Bar
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

1156 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, Georgia, 30307-1939
United States

(404) 223-0393 | map
www.theporterbeerbar.com

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
97
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
153
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
6.79%
 
 
Taps:
46
Bottles/Cans:
650
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 85 | Ratings: 153
Reviews by coreyfmcdonald:
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place is right in the middle of Little 5 Points, which I think is a plus as it's a very interesting, eclectic locale and fairly easy to get to from just about anywhere. Walking into the bar, there is a long bar along the right with seating along the bar and minimal standing/walking room behind them. This makes conversation or large groups at the bar tough. However, this is plenty of seating in the back. The feel is a bit dive-y and worn, but certainly not dirty or dingy. The outside seating is a great touch.

Everything is served at correct temperature in appropriate glassware. Everything I've had is fresh (or aged correctly), and I would not hesitate to ask for something else if served something not fresh or aged inappropriately.

I have noticed the service getting steadily better. When I first went to Porter a little over two years ago, the service was hit or miss. Now, I have noticed more knowledgeable bartenders and servers. However, very few are experts.

The selection is where this place shines. It's just about as good as it can get. It's a small step behind BSP, but they get some great limited releases and some very special surprises. They've had beer from Short's, they've had Canadian Breakfast Stout, they always have multiple Cantillon bottles, it's really wonderful. The only place they could expand is on vintage beers, but this is a really small complaint.

I have seen the food menu become gradually better, as well. There are often odd items on the menu, but I'm almost always able to find something I'll enjoy. It rotates pretty regularly, too. Whatever dish sounds interesting to me is almost always tasty.

I wanted to re-review this place when I saw what how I reviewed it over a year ago. The service has improved and so has the food.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of eawolff99
3.71/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Klourie
4.81/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of liteachey
4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Atmosphere melds with the rest of Little Fives, dark, dingy and comfortable on the inside, like a classic pub should be. Both the quality and selection of draughts is first class. An expansive menu and vintage list are available at mostly reasonable prices, though some of the vintage can be quite steep. Last I was there, KBS was $60 a bottle, but that was probably the only outrageous price. The menu is a clipboard with binder rings that hold about 40 pages of material. If you've never been, you'll need a moment to look it over. It's finely detailed, and if the description for a drink is too nuanced, the staff will be more than happy to clarify things for you. The service is relatively quick, and very attentive and helpful to aid in your selections. There is some above average food here, nothing too fancy, but more than satisfactory should you need a bite to eat. They also have a great spirit and cocktail selection.

Overall: One of my favorite bars, one not to miss if you're in the area.

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Photo of DirkJC
4.98/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of CraigTh
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

You may wait almost forever for a beer, but their selection is worth it. While this place gets packed quick, you can make reservations (the food is great). If you don't call ahead, be prepared to stand against the wall while you drink, or have people constantly reaching over you to order.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
3.76/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I have been here twice, had dinner once. Overall the place is cool and has nice decor. The long skinny path by the bar to the back of the restaurant is not well thought out. It is a pain to get through this and actually sit down. Crowd is hipster to the max. Food is average at best. Beer menu is solid, with lots of draft and bottle/cans. The vintage menu is cool to look at but really who is paying $50+ for a KBS aged 2+ years. I would not recommend this place but if you are in the area stop by.

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Photo of chiefbender
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Omonigan
5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Craft_Imperial
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Daniellobo
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of hopheaddeluxe
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in visiting my friend in Altanta. There selection was good. They have a beer cellar with a good selection of older beers, some are a little pricey. The vibe is relaxed with a nice stone inlay bar counter. The service was great.

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Photo of barleywin
5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of sd123
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of SometimesIfart
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of davidanastas
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of AllDayIPA23
5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of VinceMig
4.94/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Doesn't get much better than this.

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Photo of KingEdward
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of sahd-1
4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Located in the heart of Atlanta's Little 5 Points area this place is a craft beer must. In addition to the 30 plus taps, they offered an extensive bottle/can list of both local and non. I didn't have any food but will definitely try it next time I'm back. I'd give the vibe a perfect 5 if it weren't for all the junkies that hang around within a stone's throw of the entrance.

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Photo of Tralemix
4.73/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

What a wonderful place! My favorite beer beer in Atlanta. Great selection, inexpensive and delicious food, and right in the middle of Little Five Points.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of AndyEdgar
4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Best place I have been yet in Atlanta. Amazing

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Photo of Hulud
4.95/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of richj1970
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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The Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta, GA
97 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.
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