The Vortex Bar & Grill - Midtown

The Vortex Bar & Grill - MidtownThe Vortex Bar & Grill - Midtown
The Vortex Bar & Grill - MidtownThe Vortex Bar & Grill - Midtown
Bar, Eatery

878 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, Georgia, 30309-4412
United States

(404) 875-1667 | map

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Reviewed by Kappakoosh from Texas

3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
Service was great and very friendly. Beer selection was also good. One draw back to this place is the bright red lighting they use all over the place....for some reason it just isn't easy on the eyes for very long. Reminds me of watching a 70's horror flick. We had to leave earlier than planned, the lighting really drug us down.
Oct 13, 2014
More User Ratings:
Rated: 3.94 by beersampler6 from Michigan

Oct 06, 2019
Rated: 3.66 by Eman17 from Illinois

Apr 20, 2019
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Reviewed by acmurphy696 from Georgia

4.98/5  rDev +22.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
I love this place. I used to drop in for lunch occasionally before work at Georgia Tech in the late 90s. I don't remember ever having a beer, but I remember being impressed by their selection.
Mar 05, 2017
Rated: 4.33 by JuiceMan818 from California

Feb 09, 2017
Rated: 3.89 by jhutt from Kentucky

Dec 23, 2015
Rated: 4.36 by costanzo_mike from Massachusetts

Nov 10, 2015
Rated: 3.95 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia

Sep 10, 2015
Rated: 4.4 by ryho from Georgia

Sep 08, 2015
Rated: 4.08 by davidanastas from Texas

Aug 18, 2015
Rated: 4.48 by KingEdward from North Carolina

Jun 28, 2015
Rated: 4 by 31Sam13 from New Hampshire

Mar 02, 2015
Rated: 4 by GeorgiaBeerGuy from Georgia

Nov 06, 2014
Rated: 4 by SplitsAtoms from Georgia

Oct 16, 2014
Rated: 4 by JLSIV from Georgia

Aug 14, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Jul 21, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by halo3one from Georgia

Jul 20, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by brandoman63 from Illinois

Jul 15, 2014
Rated: 4 by yarnanimal from California

Jul 08, 2014
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Reviewed by West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4
A good spot to get a beer, before Atlanta starting exploding with good breweries. You already know about the crazy burgers and the rude on purpose wait staff. Come for the food, but don't think you can't get better beer, because you totally can.
Jun 17, 2014
Rated: 4 by jburns301 from Georgia

Jun 07, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by crowbar540 from Tennessee

Dec 19, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by mecmd from Tennessee

Oct 25, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by pjs234 from Connecticut

Oct 12, 2013
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Reviewed by Pabetism from Tennessee

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
I come here every time I come to Atlanta. They don't have so many beers on tap--just 18, but they have a great bottle selection, and, of course, a great liqueur selection. Sometimes their bartenders can be dicks, but its the Vortex, no nonsense here! Their house beer, the laughing skull, is OK, but they have much better selections.
Aug 10, 2013
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5
Ate lunch and had some beers with friends here, we sat outside on a nice afternoon.

Eccentric burger place with a good selection of beer and cocktails. Loved the brash humor of the food and drink menus.

They had about a dozen or so beers on tap, mostly local or mainstream craft beer. Drafts were reasonably priced as they were 20 oz. imperial pints. They had a more extensive bottle list if you couldn't find a draft beer to your liking.

I had the "house" beer and another local Atlanta brewed beer to go along with my Coronary Bypass burger. If you love meat and good bar food, you'll love the menu.

Our waitress was attentive and asked about the next beer before we were finished. Thumbs up!
Oct 26, 2012
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Reviewed by PhillyStyle from Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
This a great place, not really a beer bar, but more of a burger joint with a good beer selection, I had a Bell's Two Hearted Ale, on tap. You won't find hard to find beers here, but what you will find are good beers to go with the awesome burgers.

The atmosphere has been great every time that I have been, a very eclectic crowd with rock & punk music blaring in the background. The service is always good and they know what they are talking about, beer-wise and food-wise. I would like to see a bigger tap list, but they do have a rather extensive bottle list with many styles and brewers to choose from.

This is a place, if and when in Midtown Atlanta that you should hit up at least once if not more often. The prices are reasonable and the overall experience is worth it.
Nov 07, 2011
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Reviewed by FoxiBoxi from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
Had a blast at The Vortex. The service was very good, and the vibe is very hip but diversified. We ran into a bachelorette party and business people while in line for drinks.
The beer selection is better than average, but they mostly have a large selection of mainstream beers. There is a craft brew selection, but not a lot of specialty series, one-offs, or rare beers. Still, simple clean beers pair awfully well with a great burger, and I think that's what they're going for here.

Overall, the sexy photos on the brick walls, crazy good burgers and upbeat atmosphere make this place what it is, not the beer selection. Still a goodie, though, and an Atlanta must.
Oct 03, 2011
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Reviewed by JayS2629 from Alabama

4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
Such a fun place! The decor is fun and the atmosphere is fun. Its a little cramped and crowded, but it was very hospitable and quick. The service was friendly and knowledeable.

The beer menu is a large one. It doesn't have anything hard to find, but plenty of quality beers to choose from.

The food was amazing. I've been twice. I got the quadruple bypass burger the first time. This included a half pound burger, 5 slices bacon, 5 slices of cheese, a fried egg, grilled onion, and in place of the buns were two grilled cheese sandwhiches. I couldn't eat it all but it was absolutely delicious. The second time I got the blue shroom and it was awesome too. They also have an Elvis burger that has fried bananas and peanut butter on it. The place is known for its burgers, but my wife had other stuff and raved about that too.

Definitely a fun place, good service, good beer selection, and a friendly atmosphere. If you are ever in Atlanta, you should go.
Nov 10, 2010
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Reviewed by DrewKid4 from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5
This is definitely the go-to burger joint in Midtown Atlanta (and the Lil' 5 Points one is the burger joint of Lil' 5). Not only a great burger but the variety is incredible. What surprised me in coming here was not only how consistently great the burgers were, but their surprising beer menu. If you are looking for a place to try uncommon beers, this isn't that place, but their selection is better than most restaurants. I usually get a pitcher with friends while eating here, but am always intrigued by their micro brew and foreign beer lists.

The service is always friendly, knowledgeable, and quick. The atmosphere is definitely one of the most unique places in town. Definitely go here for the burgers (their Pesto Burger is amazing), but you can enjoy a wide variety of beers here!
Jun 18, 2010
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Reviewed by tigerpaws from South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Not really a beer bar per se but they have a excellent selection of very good brews. The atmosphere of The Vortex is very different than any other place I know. Old stuff all over the walls and hanging from the ceiling etc. The staff is well a bit different is how I'll put it :). But let me add in a good way, it's one of the things I enjoy about going there.

As for food everything I've had is good but this is the place for BURGERS! Just how many ways can you fix a burger? Well The Vortex list has many combinations with catchy names and they are EXCELLENT as are the sides as well.

We always try to make it to one of the locations when in Atlanta. I prefer the one in Midtown simply because there is more room. But the one at Little 5 Points seems to have a more diverse crowd. Either way just go it's a fun place with good food and a beer selection to make you happy.
Jan 22, 2009
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Reviewed by PerzentRizen from Mississippi

3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
When we arrived (three guys) the place was rocking. I think it was about 8 pm last Friday night (Jan 16). We put our name in to get seated and we headed to the bar.

First off the menu basically says everyone is an idiot and they are supreme beings and you better play by their rules. I figured it was just a macho readneck kick and I was pretty much right. The bartender looked like someone out of Roadhouse or easy rider. I told him I wanted a St. Bernardus Apt 12 and he snorted - "I hate Belgium beers". That's like saying I hate France beers or I hate America beers. Not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed but a tool non-the-less.

I get most of my beer. A good 1/5 runs out as foam because he uses the bar bottle opener to open it as opposed to a hand opener. He apologizes and then pours it into the proper glass. Oh well its good but way way too cold. You can tell they would rather serve BMC only but are catering to a beer snob crowd.

Well we get seated and the waitress is decent enough. We order - I got the Blue Shroom Burger and it was amazing. I have to say the food and beer were better than the service.

After I get the bill I see yes it is a bit pricey here, but good just the same. I figured it was worth it so we leave a good tip and hit the door. I probably won't be back but it's worth a try if you're in midtown.
Jan 21, 2009
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Reviewed by shivtim from Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -20%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3
The Vortex is a pretty average bar with an above average tap and bottle selection. It's a smoky, dark, loud place, and not exactly a beer destination. Sure, the bottle selection is pretty darn good, but I'm not sure how long some of that stuff has been sitting around. I'm also not sure why the hamburgers are so famous - they're good, but nothing special. Certainly not the best in Atlanta. Service is average, and they don't seem to know much about beer (with the possible exception of the bartender).
Overall, it's a decent place, just not a beer mecca. If I'm in the area, I'd choose Cypress Street Pint&Plate and Taco Mac Metropolis over Vortex any day.
Dec 24, 2008
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Reviewed by TurdFurgison from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4
I stopped here after finding it on beerfly and subsequently checking out the website. Let me say first that the walls are covered with pictures of girls and all kinds of skeletons (pretty much as advertised), but the servers are not the same quality as the website would lead you to believe. The burgers are good, <$10 for specialty burgers, made quickly too. The beer selection is decent, with about 16-18 taps and maybe 80 bottled selections. I stuck with local beers like Terrapin and Sweetwater.

After dinner we went 1 block north to Taco Mac, and I have to recommend that place over Vortex. Much wider selection of beers on tap at Taco Mac.
Sep 26, 2008
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Reviewed by glid02 from Georgia

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
The atmosphere is good, just walked through the downstairs on the way to our table and there was a lot of stuff going on. Upstairs is kind of plain but all the windows made it seem like we were sitting outside but with A/C.

Quality was not what I'd hoped. I've heard good things and think I just hit a bad day but the DFH 90 Minute I got on tap was warm and a little flat. It was served in a goblet though, which was nice.

Service was good, everything was out quick and nothing was messed up.

Bottle selection is great, I just wish they had more draft selections. I can only remember about five non-mainstream beers that they had on draft.

Food was really good, I got the burger, which they're known for. The buffalo wing sauce is also really good (had them with my fries). They actually cooked a burger medium rare, which is pretty rare.

I'll definitely go back, it's not really cheap but it's certainly not overpriced. I'm also curious as to how often they change their draft selections.
Aug 03, 2008
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Reviewed by BertSugar from Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5
Finally found a decent place in Atlanta for a good beer that is a semi-convenient walk from the business district "hotel area". There is a nice sort or alternative culture thing going on here that I found comfortably familiar. Interesting bar layout. Very long with a short elevated "leg" facing the bottle cooler so you can see what's going on. DogFish Head 90 minute was very fresh on tap. Very nice, comprehensive bottle selection that is very reasonably priced. Heck, I very nearly had a PBR tallboy! Did not try the food, but it looked good. Decor is a mashup of Bennigans and Mad Max. A couple of beauties on the staff. Most definitely this place will be my base camp in Atlanta when there next.
Apr 12, 2008
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Reviewed by jophish17 from Georgia

3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4
Review of Midtown location

Atmosphere - rock bar. Very typical, I could understand where this would be a biker's haven. The place is pretty dark with a pretty long bar. Servers ranged from god awful ugly to calendar beauties.. so yes that was part of the atmosphere :) An interesting fit in midtown, home to mostly yuppie hangouts

Quality - nothing too special, beer was still fresh which is a plus when it comes to micros on tap in ATL bars.

Service - sat at the bar. Bar staff was quick and worked together well. Food and drinks were both delivered pretty quick, and I was a bit surprised to have a goblet show up with my Pranqster.

Selection - looking at their menu online, I would have thought it was pretty damn good. However, neither St Bernardus or Chimay are on tap anymore, so the lineup consists mostly of Georgia micros, and standard American and European macros. The bottle selection was a little more interesting, but not much better than a franchised Taco Mac.

Food - definitely the highlight of the place. Excellent burgers, and they offered them in tons of interesting ways. Nice homemade taste, and they were huge. I went with and would recommend the jerk burger.

Price/Value - fair. Expect to pay $5 for a beer ($10 if you want a Rogue bomber) and about $8-10 for a sandwich. Very fair on the beer and I'd consider the burgers to be a pretty good deal.
Feb 25, 2008
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Reviewed by Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5
A rock/punk type of bar, not for me. Smoking and the like. Body piercings, not too bad in this conservative state. Some craft beers and imports, nice part of town. But nothing special-one non-local craft beer, Bridgeport. Laid back service. Good size of the place. I heard it's much much louder at night, but i do not plan to be back. Decent bottles.Did not try the food. Has good windows and viewing onto the street. Parking is available. Not a bad place to go if you can't get up to the 5 Seasons.
Feb 08, 2008
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Reviewed by ruckzuck from Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5
This is a review of the L5P location, as I've never been to the Midtown one.

The Vortex is something else. It's got sort of this vibe of having the most random retro/weird junk on the walls they can, but it works for them. They have a fairly decent beer selection for the type of place, and you probably wouldn't know it looking at it from the outside.

The real star of the place is the food. The burger is one of if not the best in Atlanta. They have so many varieties, and everyone's been great. My go-to is The Cowboy, which is your standard burger with BBQ sauce, swiss cheese, and a piece of ham on it. Mmm, decadent. Everything I've ever eaten there has been enjoyable, and there's nothing like taking a huge burger down with a Duvel by your side.

Service has always been fine. Nothing special, but this isn't the kind of place that strikes you as going out of their way to be friendly, especially if you read their rules on the front page of the menu.

Two points of advice for first-timers: if they ask you to pay to park in the lot next to the place just tell them you're going to the Vortex and you won't have to pay. You may also want to avoid Thursday nights, as that's traditionally biker night and tons and tons of motorcycles show up and crowd the parking lot.
Nov 30, 2007
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Reviewed by sleazo from New York

3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4
looking through beerfly this place looked the best and was close enough to my hotel. There is sort of an industrial vibe here. Tables to the left as you walk in and a bar that snakes around the right. First part is devoted to spirits the second part has refrigerated cases full of beer. Also about 20 or so beers on tap. The selection was good but not great. Too many of their taps or bottles are devoted to macro lagers from round the world. however I was able to get a Dry Hopped St Rogue Red, some 90 Minutes on draught and some locals. They have beers from Rogue, Dogfish head, Brooklyn, flying Dog, Duvel St Barnardus and a few others. Quality wise they shouldnt keep their beers on display like that and i felt the taps could have been a bit cleaner as something in the 90 minute tasted off.

Still a good selection and good prices. Worth a shot if in the area
Aug 21, 2007
The Vortex Bar & Grill - Midtown in Atlanta, GA
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