Green's Beverages - Ponce


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Green's Beverages - PonceGreen's Beverages - Ponce

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737 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, Georgia, 30306-4329
United States

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Photo of meerkat2
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

I have one problem with Green's on Ponce - the wall of craft beer sits against a window. Pretty much everything on the top shelf gets a blast of sunshine all day. I don't know if they have some sort of UV-proof window, but I generally steer clear of the top shelf. The far end of the wall is also extremely hot (May 30 visit). Like, TOO hot.

Other than that, I have no problem with Green's and frequent this establishment often. The "cellar" is always great and has a ton of great beers. I have never asked nor been asked by an employee for assistance in person, but they have been helpful over the phone.

Bottom line - Great selection and cheap prices. They also sell glassware.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

This is an interesting place and my review will likely be all over the place. It is in a great location as far as proximity to many neighborhoods, which is great for convenience but terrible for how busy it gets. It also gets a vast majority of BMC and hard liquor customers, just due to its popularity.

The quality of the beer I get here is hit or miss. I pretty much have stopped buying IPAs here because they often are skunked and/or not fresh. However, this does not deter me from getting other styles here, as I generally don't have an issue. This is especially true with beer out of their beer cellar.

The service is also hit or miss. The majority of people that work here know nothing about craft beer, but they always have at least one person that is knowledgeable.

The selection is where Green's shines. They have a great beer cellar with many great beers, often vintage beers. They'll often have Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, Fantome, among others. They get pretty much every limited release and hold on to them longer than pretty much every place in town. They also have a huge selection of domestic craft beers.

I come to this place often, but it's certainly not due to how they handle their beer, their establishment, or their customers. The selection is great, everything is is sub-par.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Atmosphere: Business-types, college students, and bums seem to make up the clientel I encountered during my 15 minutes here. It also carries a sizeable liquor selection and is located in Atlanta so the wide array of customers is to be expected.

Service: The employees seem disinterested in nearly everything except checking your ID and getting you out of the store.

Selection: They have some decent stuff in the cooler and a good amount of brews adjacent to the cooler. I wish I noticed this Belgian cellar that everyone has mentioned. It certainly was not flaunted and I wish someone would have told me about it.

Value: If you are paying with cash, it is a bit cheaper. Most bottles are cheaper than expected.

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Photo of crossovert
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

From the outside it looks like a vintage, old-school place, but inside it is rather nice, though there is a bit much sunlight in the store for my liking.

This is the first store I have been to with a dedicated 55 degree beer cellar for Belgian beers and rare imports. There is also a row of coolers with craft, imports, and cheap beers. On the other side of that is the American bombers and singles. There is also a small shelf of imports right outside the cellar.

The selection was pretty good, it seemed like the Belgian section was simply un-picked over. Altanta seems to have a lot less beer geeks but a ton of stores dedicated to keeping large amounts of rare beers.

The service seemed non-existent in the beer section.

The prices were reasonable and good if you paid cash.

Overall this is a great liquor store if you are looking for selection and price in Atlanta.

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Photo of trecker
4/5  rDev -2.9%

I got off work with 2 hours to spare before another gig so I took a little sightseeing trip to check out this place today because it was rated so highly and because the Wild Heaven guy pointed me there for decent prices.

It was relatively easy to find given that it's called Green's and it was very green.

Definitely has a little bit better selection than my usual Beverage Superstore in Suwanee, GA. I was specifically looking for St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout which they didn't have.

Left with a Stone Double Bastard, a special release Sweetwater Crank Tank, a Three Philosophers, and a 4 pack of Old Rasputin.

The Belgian room was nice, but I'm not really big into Belgians quite yet so maybe I didn't appreciate their selection as much as I should have. Also though, I compare each beer spot to the beer place I went to in Asheville. That one was much better in my estimation. I forget the name of it, but I think I reviewed it.

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Photo of mklinger
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Stopped here before heading home to Alabama expecting to spend a good amount of money. I didn't spend as much as I thought I would and wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be, though it is a good beer store.

Lots of good beer here. To the right when you enter is a wing dedicated to American beer. Floor space dedicated to BMC & craft 6 packs, a wall full of bombers, and coolers with about half BMC & half craft 6 packs. Then there's a cold room full of mostly Belgians which was very impressive, and one small rack next to it with European beers (mostly German & British). The college students working here were nice enough but didn't really know about Terrapin's Side Project series or Sweetwater's Dank Tank series, both local breweries.

Prices were reasonable. It's a place I'd go to again, but may not drive out of my way much for it.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

This is a go to spot for bottled beer in Atlanta. Not as nice of atmosphere as Hop City nor in the vicinity of any brew pubs. But in terms of selection, it's tough to beat. Prices are typically as good or better than you'll find anywhere else either. Service is nothing to get excited about, and at times the crap music encourages one to make a rushed selection. Edit: Am actually lowering service score based on the fact that the 4 out of the last 5 times I've been there, they've had to do a price check on one of the beers I'm buying. Getting a little old guys.
As far as product rotation, I think they do a pretty good job of turning over most products before they get old. Also, they seem to be one of the first stores to get new releases.

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Photo of Blazer06
4/5  rDev -2.9%

This place has a great selection of beers. Lots of stuff that I didn't even know what it was. They have a belgian room that is excellent and has some real good, quality beers in there. It seemed they carried just about every beer from the different breweries that distribute to Georgia.

It is not the most noticable place, but it is and older looking white building with a green awning. The service was not the best in the world but it wasn't horrible.

I would highly recommend any beer advocate to stop here, just don't expect world class service.

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Photo of aesopsgato
3.75/5  rDev -9%

The craft section is a bit cramped, and the service was iffy. it seemed there was one designated beer employee and he wasn't about to help me. i don't know what was going on, this was my only time there, but the employees, especially the beer guy, seemed standoffish. the selection was good, the prices were good, and i found some things i would not have expected to find. bottom line as far as i see it: if you know what you want, and don't mind a squeeze, go for it. if you want to be helped and like your personal space, this might be a tough time for you.

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Photo of RunawayJim
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

We stopped here to pick up some beers to bring back to the northeast with us. They have a large beer selection with what I can only assume is everything available in Atlanta. They had all the GA breweries represented, along with a lot of stuff I cannot get in New England. I picked up a 6 pack of Red Brick Brown Ale, a 4 pack of Red Brick Double Chocolate Porter, a 6 pack of Bell's Kalamazoo Stout, and a bottle each of Avery Brabant, Terrapin 90 Schelling, Terrapin Monk's Revenge, New Belgium 1554, Fat Tire, and French Broad Altbier all for a little over $60.

I was disappointed I couldn't mix 6 packs as I would have bought a larger selection of beer (I wish I had bought more Terrapin beers). I was also very disappointed with the woman at the counter. She seemed absolutely miserable.

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Photo of EricP
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

My family and I traveled to Atlanta to meet-up with other family members. On the way to the hotel, I took a detour to Green's and boy am I glad. They had an outstanding selection of both local, regional and national micros as well as Belgium and other imports. I bought about 2 cases since I live in the beer desert of MS. BTW - love the Atlanta Brewing Company's Double Chocolate Oatmeal Porter. One of if not the best beer I've ever had.

The only draw back is that the area surrounding this location is a little sketchy. My wife stayed in the car with my son but didn't really feel comfortable and met up with me inside.

If I lived in the Atlanta area, I'd be at this store on a regular basis.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

The selection here is not too different from the other Green's in Atlanta. Loads of USA craft beers and Belgian beers. The nice differentiation here is that they have a "Belgian beer cave", basically a separate climate-controlled room for storing Belgian beers. There must be >100 beers from Belgium alone, very nice selection. The prices are generally just a little higher than the other location, about 5% more if I'm not mistaken. One big plus is location, this store is much closer to downtown (I guess I'm writing this review for the business traveler who is likely to be downtown).

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%

Plenty of parking, fairly easy to find, it is not large but has a fabulous beer selection. Not only are there plenty of six-packs and samplers of locals, craft brews and imports, there are a whole lot of single bottles so you can stock up on favorites - and maybe grab a bottle or three for trade. ;) They have a huge wine selection in addition to all the beer, and plenty of various liquors of all sorts. Their personnel are not the friendliest nor the most aware that I have met, but they are not surly or distant either; at least they are more than acceptable. If you live in or near downtown Atlanta, this is a good place to stock up on suds.

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Photo of GrizzlyBrew
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

This is still the place for a great selection and hard to find beers. The price is very competitive and recently found it less expensive than in my home town (glad I'm downtown at least 1-2/week!).

It seems like there used to just be people on the floor waiting to help you. Although, they are not always on the floor, there is almost always someone who can help you with a great suggestion or anything else you may need. I have been redirected several times by employees helping me to find a particular beer in a rival liquor store. That's commitment to customer satisfaction!

Still one of the best in Atlanta!

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Photo of GJ40
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

Green's on Ponce de Leon isn't much to look at from the outside but they carry quite a supply of craft beer. They have lots of US beer such as Rogue and Sierra Nevada and a good selection from the locals including Sweetwater and Terrapin. They also carry a great selection of Europeans with good numbers from Belgium, Germany and England. And a good portion of the stock is refrigerated.

I picked up a six of Sweetwater IPA (my favorite IPA from the southeast) and a 22oz of Lagunitas Hop Stoopid.

Green's is well worth a visit if you're in the area.

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Photo of ByTor2112
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

I finally got here! I brought the wife and my daughter too! The sign out front said nobody under 18 admitted but since she was accompanied by us it was cool. I went in looking for Sweetwater seasonals and found them. Their Belgian room is very well stocked and they have mark downs in there as well. A guy there was very helpful in pointing out specials and markdowns like Barleywine singles for $1-$1.99 each. Got an Eye of Hawk Ale for $0.99! Very well stocked and they have specials all the time. Pricing was surpisingly low even on things I can get here in NC. Service was great selection was too. It has lived up to the well-deserved hype!

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Photo of glid02
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Great package store. It looks like it might not be too promising from the outside, but go inside the door to your right and you can find everything Georgia has to offer.

You can make your own six-pack with pre-selected beer, but the selections they have usually leave something to be desired. That's the only qualm I have with Green's.

There's a Belgian Beer cooler with every major Belgian but Westvleteren. They also have a few vintage beers in the cooler as well, something I haven't seen before. There are a lot of 750 mL bottles and six packs in the main beer cooler, but the real fun is on the shelves - there's almost always something new. If breweries distribute in Georgia, they have it or can get it, and I've never been disappointed with the prices. Pencil in a few minutes when you go, I always end up spending more time in there than I planned.

The service isn't amazing, but everyone is usually pretty friendly. I've heard some people have had run-ins with the on duty police officers there, but so far I haven't had that problem.

If you're in Atlanta, make it a point to go to Green's, it's a candy store for adults.

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Photo of gabeerfan
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Great liquor store with a great selection of beers.
Located in Midtown/Virginia Highland/Poncey Highland area. Easily accessible, limited parking in front of the store, but plenty behind the store in the Kroger parking lot.
The beer section is to the right as soon as you walk in the door. One side is coolers for cold beers and the other is non-chilled beers. Mostly imports and "rare" beers in the non-chilled area. Cooler mostly has 6-packs and bombers. Don't forget to check out the Belgian room to the left of the beer cooler.
They carry almost all the beers available in GA. If they don't have it and can get it from the distributor, they can get you what want.
Service is OK. If you are just standing around looking, they will ask you if you need help finding something and will make recommendations if you ask. Beware the recommendations, the people working the beer dept don't always know the good beers. Going with your gut on an unknown beer may be a better option. Cashiers can be surly, but not mean.
Their prices are about the cheapest in town. Be sure to note the 2 different prices on the tags. The higher price is if you pay with a credit card and the lower is for cash/debit cards. Even the credit card prices are good.
This is my default beer/wine/liquor store. Very rarely do we get anything at another store. Definitely worth the stop.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Best beer store in the Metro Atlanta area, hands down. Green's on Ponce de Leon Avenue is located in the Midtown area near the neighborhoods of Old 4th Ward, Virginia-Highland, Poncey-Highland, Little 5 Points and Druid Hills.

Green's has big honking displays of beer on the floor, usually displaying the latest-and-greatest. The other day, I saw Brooklyner-Hopfenweisse, Terrapin Roggenrauchbier, Sierra Harvest, along with 5 different Dogfish offerings.

There is tons of beer stored in the beer cooler too.

To me, the beer turns over better at Green's that anywhere else. Sure they don't carry every flavor from every craft brewery in the US, but that doesn't matter to me. The beer is fresher here, quality exceptional. Their prices are typically .50 to $1 cheaper per 6-pack than most places too.

The gem here is the Belgian cooler, located to the left of the beer cooler. If the beer is distributed in Atlanta, it's in the Belgian cooler.

Green's gets super crowded on nights and weekends. Forget about going in there on Friday night. Service is OK...cashiers are a little tough from dealing with bobos all day. I tend to go late morning, when it is pretty quiet and traffic-free.

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Photo of everetends
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

Went here on a search for the Terrapin Side Project 2. Sure enough, they had it right as you entered the beer area. They had a great deal of beers on special such as Hopstoopid and SN Harvest. Their offerings are pretty extensive. The beers not in the cooler are varied in orgins: Belgians, German, American Micro, etc. The coolers have a lot more different beers than the shelf area, not too bad with quite an array of brews. Singles are kinda few and far inbetween especially if it is not a Bomber or 750. They do have a casulties section that has a few 12 ozers that seemed to have been the saves on broken sixers because the beers were on the most part sticky.

They do have two prices, one for cash and the other for credit. Just roll up to the Kroger behind it and grab a road water or soda and take out some cash with no ATM fees and it saves you a bit of cash.

As far as service, didn't really see a beer guy or a helper in the beer section. The cashier was awesome and took great care packing up a box of brew for me, plus she was fast as hell.

I enjoyed it here but I really can't say it is totally worth driving all the way into Atlanta when I have Arbor Place along the way. They did have a few things Green's didn't. To each his own. Still an awesome beer store.

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Photo of kensuthe
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%

The Ponce de Leon location of Green's Discount Beverage Store is located to the northeast of downtown Atlanta. The less adventurous type may not necessarily feel safe going to this location by themselves, but the average person who is not afraid of "The City" shouldn't feel very threatened at this location. The store is a package liquor store that has wine, spirits, and beer (on the right hand side from the entrance, and around the corner to the end of the store). The beer section may seem slightly cramped if there are a lot of people, especially towards the back of the beer section where the outside wall of the building comes closer to the coolers. There is another Green's location in Atlanta on Buford Hwy, but this review is only for the Ponce de Leon location.

Quality - Most of the beers that we bought at Green's were of high quality when we drank them. It seemed like there would be a decent turnover of products in the store, although there were a few beers on the shelves that looked like they might have been sitting there for quite a while. This Green's location does feature a temperature controlled beer cellar which is home to a rather nice selection of Belgian beers as well as a few other choice products.

Service - The store was busy for most of our visit in the late afternoon, but the employees were helpful once you had waited for them to assist you. One nice thing to know that we were told by several employees was that you can receive a discount if you pay with cash instead of credit. Good information to know for next time.

Selection - You'll probably be pleased at the selection of products and breweries you see on the shelves, but you'll be in beer heaven when you find the temperature controlled beer cellar closer to the non-beer portions of the store. Be careful in here... it can be a tight fit with three or more people. Our visit was during the winter holiday season, so there were lots of appropriate seasonal options available. There were beers from Terrapin, Great Divide, Ommegang, Sweetwater, and Allagash, as well as many other domestic and international breweries.

Value - While the beers here did not have the lowest prices I have ever seen, the value was pretty good for a location inside the city. The extra discount you can receive for paying with cash knocks this one over the top in terms of value, and the available selection makes this a must stop shop for a visit into Atlanta.

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Photo of jophish17
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Green's on Ponce, otherwise known as my favorite place to purchase beer in Georgia

The store is awesome. I imagine the liquor sales help enable them to carry a ton of specialty beers and imports. The Belgian selection is wonderful, there are some really off the wall beers available, and the walk-in cooler is a great little part of the store. The wall coolers are heavy in micro and imported six/twelve packs with the typical BMC crap as well. The floors are packed with more displays which is fine because the room is kept cool. They have a shelf full of singles from American micros to German and English beers. The cash (or debit!) discount is great but even with credit some discounts still apply.

The staff are friendly but not necessarily beer geeks, and the pricing is rarely beaten. Not much bad can be said about Green's other than its not in my neighborhood. If there is a beer you want in Georgia, this is always the best place to look first. They have so many beers that the competition just doesn't carry, and they are always among the first to get the latest releases. Simply put, Green's rocks.

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Photo of CatNorth
4/5  rDev -2.9%

I love having a beverage store like Greens in the area. They've got a good selection of liquor, wine, and beer. The staff, when they have time, are very helpful to talk about their selection or look something up for you or tote a keg out to your car.

The Belgian Beer fridge is the spot. They've got fair prices on a large selection of beers... From Rochefort 10s to Girardin Gueuzes to a variety of the St. Feuillien bottle sizes. It's the first place I check when I hear of a beer I want to try.

The only downside to Greens is location and occasional busyness. As I've seen some other people mention, it's not uncommon to get hit up for cash in the area or even in the store. There is not a lot of parking out front, but one can park in the back in the Kroger lot. As to the busyness - Saturdays are definitely hectic, but the staff stays calm and helpful.

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Photo of MMAJYK
4/5  rDev -2.9%

I stopped in here after hearing alot of great things on this site pertaining to it.

They had a great selection of everything from Micro to Belgians and Euros. I was totally shocked about the vast selection to the sizes of the bottles (Saw a 6L Duvel!) to the very attractive pricing.

However, while I was there, keeping in mind this location isn't in the "nicest" part of town, a guy kept following me around in the store asking for money. I had no money to give him for I always use my card. He kept on and kept on, so I took the brew I had picked out and just paid and left. This WAS in the middle of the day, so I was not too nervous, but I was somewhat. I had never made it to this location before and was cut short because of some homeless dude begging for money. That was the only downfall.

The selection was great and I was delighted though. I would return and hopefully not get bothered anymore.

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

I had the opportunity to visit this Green's location on a business trip. I had seen that the other location was lightly ranked high, but this was easier to access from the convention centers.
Like many beer stores, this didn't look like much from the outide. It had a moderate amount of floor space dedicated to beer which I liked. I saw many beers I had wanted for a long time (Sweetwater, Lagunita Seasonals, etc) and many gems I had only read about. The service was excellent and the staff was extremely knowledgeable of beer, which I like and this earned them a 5 out of 5.
The only disappointment was their lack of single sales. I am sure that this is a nightmare to manage, but their were many fringe beers that I saw there I would have sampled as a single. However, I did not feel strongly enough to buy a whole six pack.
All in all, I hope this is what a SC Beer/Package/Liquor Store will look like once we have 3 years of high gravity experience and contracts under our belt.

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