The Vortex Bar & Grill - Little Five Points

Bar, Eatery

438 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, Georgia, 30307-1423
United States

(404) 688-1828 | map

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Photo of sholland119
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

It's rare to find a good beer bar these days that allow smoking. Even rarer to find that the smoking "aroma" is so well contained it does not bother a former smoker. Nice place with a good beer selection. Nice bartenders, though given that they both did three shots in the hour we were there (5-6pm), who knows what it's like later. Food was a disappointment. Both of our burgers tasted like they had been cooked a couple of hours before. All in all pretty solid.


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Photo of Bull19
5/5  rDev +21.4%

I give it a 5 because it is such a unique joint to come and hang out. No screaming kids or crying babies. It is an adult hang out surrounded by loads of eclectic people and shopping. If you like a burger to go with your beer then this is your place to stop by and get a triple coronary bypass burger. You can thank me later after the hospital bill.

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Photo of etownhooligan
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

I got hypnotized by the Big Bad Voodoo Paddy and the Bruised Banana Beer cocktail was delicious. They have a good selection of frosty brews to accompany the dynamite food. The burger was one of the best I have ever had and the sweet potato fries with a marshmallow dipping sauce was out of this world. I loved the atmosphere too, it had a mardi gras feel to it yet it was a place where you felt at home.

"We are sorry if you are offended by the foul-mouthed
strippers sitting at the table next to you. We’re sorry if
you think the bar is too smoky or crowded, or the music
is too loud, but it’s time to get a clue. This is a bar. On
occasion, it might get rowdy. If you’re easily offended, or
need to have total control over your environment, then
you should probably stay home. Nobody likes a whiner."

As stated on their menu, this is an awesome places to go if you do not mind waiting. Trust me it is totally worth the wait.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Cozy, intimate, with plenty of wild decorations and a few TVs that are not intrusive if you don't want to watch them, this is truly an unpretentious neighborhood bar. The patio area, though open, doesn't seem to get too hot - and is a good place to sit if you don't want any TVs distracting you. Servers are friendly and helpful - service can be slow, but they are usually quite busy. They have a good selection of locals, craft brews and imports, as well as combos. Food is well above average, and they have plenty of vegetarian selections. Prices are reasonable. You probably want to visit this place on a weekday because weekends can get hectic.

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Photo of bamadog
2.93/5  rDev -28.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Atmosphere: In a nutshell, this place just tries to hard to be "unique" -- you know, kind of like how punk kids won't believe you're punk unless you shave your head and get the same tattoos that they get to be unique when in reality you look just like them now. It looks like a bad prototype for a TGIFridays that hipsters think is ironic, so you know, cool. But I guess they're rebels in their own right... I will say this, the skull that you walk through is pretty bad ass.

Quality: Not shabby in terms of a beer place -- small number of taps with some southern beers, but not really great examples of them. The bottled selection was actually a little bit better, but still not really worth it.

Service: They talk a mean game on their rule sheets, but the guy was actually pretty nice and took order, even answered questions without being a snob, so kudos to him.

Selection: See Quality above. Have some better taps, man, and I say it like that because they seem to be bragging about their selection. If you're going to talk the talk, walk the walk.

Food: Known for burgers, and well, I would say worth stopping by for that alone. There are some that are downright scary are named with such words as triple and double bypass and coronary. I got the chili burger, which was ok, but the tater tots were the coup de gras for me.

Value: Fairly cheap, but you get what you pay for. Not worth becoming a regular.

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Photo of pioneer13
4.08/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went to the Vortex for the Burgers and came away just as impressed with the beer menu. Not a huge selection on tap but did have Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale which was a great start. Next three were in bottles; Allagash White, Ommegang 3 Philosophers and Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA. 4 for 4 on the beer selection.

Next, the food. Myself and two friends decided to knock down the Triple Coronary Bypass burger as an appetizer. Huge burger which has two grilled cheese sandwiches as a bun and a third grilled cheese between the patties.

Anyway, great beer, great burgers, bartender was really cool and helpful. We sat at the bar by the door which we kept open so the smoke in the bar didn't bug us. May have been an issue otherwise. Sitting at the bar also got us seated right away as there was a wait for tables.

I hope I can get my photo of the place sized right to download because it is one of the cooler entryways I have ever walked through.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

The atmosphere is friendly, but cramped and crowded. It is a bar, so it is a bit loud, especially considering how many people crowd into such a small place. Smoking is also allowed. Taking these factors into consideration, the place is very warm and friendly, with exciting crazy decor and things hanging from the ceiling like skeletons, street signs, motercycles, etc. Very fun. Children not allowed due to smoking so if you want to try it and have kids, do the take out.

The quality was excellent. Great beer selection. They include a great assortment of local brews, and quality stuff. Huge bottle menu. Quality food and service too, considering how crowded it was. The wait on our food was very reasonalbe. The food was absolutely aweseome! They deserve their reputation for the best burgers, and the most creative and unique ones. Try out the quadrupel bypass burger, the blue shroom, the spanish fly, or the elvis burger that has fried bananas, bacon, and peanut butter! Awesome fun place, great beer, great service, and great food.

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Photo of sarahspat
4.08/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This location doesn't have as big of a beer selection as the one in Midtown, but it's still pretty good. They have at least ten beers on draft that I would consider drinking, including 4 or 5 local Georgia beers. They don't have a crazy amount of beers on tap, but they do have some really good ones. The bottle selection was much more expansive. You can look at their beer menu on the website, which is nice.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Lots of skulls and weird shit. Stuff all over the walls and hanging from the ceiling... basically like a typical chain restaurant, except not quite as corny. It seems like they want people to think that only badass bikers and strippers go there, but there were all kinds of people, including just regular college kids.

The service was perfect. Our waitress was attentive, but not annoyingly so.

The food was delish. The Vortex supposedly has the best burgers in Atlanta and the prices are very reasonable. This is a great place to stop for dinner and a beer, especially if you are just in town for a bit.

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The Vortex Bar & Grill - Little Five Points in Atlanta, GA
Place rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 33 ratings