Green's Beverages - Ponce


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Green's Beverages - PonceGreen's Beverages - Ponce

Type: Store

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

(404) 872-1109 | map

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Photo of Graebner
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%

In a decent-but-not-great part of town, though the store itself is probably lowering the land value of the surrounding businesses. It doesn't look like much...looks like a place to go for your Seagrams Gin & Juice. Once inside things improve substantially.

Large amounts of liquor, some wine, and a wing of the store dedicated to beer. Six or eight double-door coolers full, plus 7-8' high shelves the length of the opposite wall, plus islands in the middle. LOTS of beer. Lots of belgians, huge variety of Stone and Rogue and similar things (including the harder-to-find ones). Seems to focus more on the domestic scene, but lots of high-end, hard to find domestics, especially for the region.

One affable guy walked over and offered help, but I was just browsing, so I dont know how much he knew about the beers. Cashier knew little, but thats not unusual.

Prices ranged from reasonable to very cheap, dependant upon your method of payment. TAKE CASH. When paid for with plastic, a sixer of Sierra Nevada will run you $7.68 or something, slightly cheaper than Wal-Mart/Gas Stations. With cash, however, the same sixer is like $6.98, which is damned reasonable. The same is true for every beer they sell: take cash, you will come home with 10-15% more.

Overall a rewarding experience; I would like to go back again when I have more time to look around (spent 30 minutes or so...hada 2-hour drive to go, and it was late-ish). I will certainly go again next time I'm in Atlanta.

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Photo of BurnsTau
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

Green's has a great selection, decent pricing, and halfway decent service.

The first thing you see is the sixers and 4 packs of local brews like sweetwater and terrapin. Next are the shelves of 22 oz and 750 mL bottles, and some of the nicer microbrews they stock (several Great Divides, Rogue, Sierra Nevada, too many to name really). Cellar contains many belgian and special american micros.

Service is ok, one guy was restocking and he gave recommendations and helpful things a couple of times.

For the selection and price this place is a great one to stop at.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Visited here about a month ago, as well as the Brick Store Pub. I was very impressed with the selection here. As soon as you walk in the door, the beer is to the right. A great selection of just about everything. I purchased some Lagunitas and Terrapin. Service wasnt anything to speak of but at such a big place, I can understand. I wasnt greeted or asked if I needed assistance but I was okay on this occasion. All of the beer seemed fresh and my bombers of Lagunitas Stout were delicious. A must see in the ATL area, especially if near the Brick Store.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

Ive been to the green's on buford hwy. and both tower package owned by the same family. But for beer this is the grandaddy of them all. They even have a climate controled room for there high end belgian's. They are also the big bully on the block.They buy more beer than any other retail store. The downside to this is some hard to find beer will only exist at this ponce store and no other retailers get a chance to purchase these beers. If the distrubutors would set allocations maybe some people in other part's would get a chance! but if you don't mind going to the most scary part of Atlanta to shop, your find everything that is available in the Atlanta market.There service is nowhere to be found.and parking is a pain in the ass.

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Photo of Onibubba
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

First time at this Green's, and I will be coming back. At first, I thought the selection was not as good as the location on Buford, but I forgot about the climate control room - All is well. Nice to see that several singles were available at this location versus Buford, including a 12 oz Jolly Pumpkin(Blanca). I only wish more were available this way. They were out of Fantome Saison and Liefman's Frambozenbier, but II walked away quite pleased with the amount and quality of beer I purchaed for the money. Their prices are actually better than reasonable on most selections.

As noted in other reviews, parking is tight. Be wary.

As a side note, they also had a very nice, but expensive, sake selection.

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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

Exceptionally good beers, excellent selection of Belgium, German and English. Service was intended, but in a laid-back way, only initially. It looked like most people knew what to get and where. Even local stuff no single bottles which was a drawback. Place was tidy and beer was in one area, but still a bit difficult to find things by oneself. Belgiums had their own walk-in in cooler, 3 sides by at least 3 shelves. A very good beer store anywhere, plus the regular booze, and 2 alert cashiers. Lots of parking, not too far from mid-town tourist area.

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Photo of blitz134
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

I've been to Green's on Ponce enough times to give it a review I guess. Greene's is THE place I have found to find good beer. Their location is pretty easy to get to if you live in downtown Atlanta.

The service is the only thing I have found questionable about Green's. Although the one time I had a question the guy was able to answer it quickly and seemed to come off as a beer advocate himself. But I think I that occassion happened to be the exception rather than the norm. But the place is always kept up and the shelves are almost always kept stocked to the brim. On one occassion have I seen the shelves a bit bare, but they were in the process of restocking. The specially chilled beer cooler is a plus as well.

As for selection. Its pretty damn good I must say and for the time being and has always had something new for me to purchase. With the recent change of the Ga beer laws the variety and quality which has hit Green's shelves has been amazing. Tons of belgian beer, including 4 of the 5 trappist monestaries and Unibroue and St. Bernardus, etc. There has also been a continually increasing amount of other beer which has shown up on the shelves as well. Basically if the brewery has a distribution which is country-wide or east-coast oriented it can be found at Green's with few exceptions.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

I'll start by saying I prefer the Green's location on Buford Highway. Due in part to just sheer floor space, it seems to have a better selection. For the Belgians, however, I've found the Ponce location is a bit better. (I was also amused when I was looking for a particular brew, and the staffer said "it's in the beer vault", and I apparently gave him a confused look. He directed me to a door I had walked past and hadn't seen. It's a nice cooled room, slightly larger than a walk-in closet, but packed with beer. Shortly after I went in, a woman walked in looking for something in particular, and we had to inch around each other to find things. That was actually quite fun.)

OK, so here's the goods: decent selection, but due to space limitations, not the best. Go to Buford.

Staff has always been VERY friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. I think anyone who says they've had a bad experience with the service just caught someone on a bad day. Straight down to the cashiers, everyone has been outgoing and fun to deal with.

Price is better than some other places I've been.

Parking can be tight in the front lot, so you're encouraged to park in back, where there's plenty of room.

Overall, this is a good spot, and well worth a visit.

Be well

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

Green's on Ponce de Leon is pretty easy to find if you know the area and maps out nicely if you do not. The store was vacant when we arrived, but folks came out of the woodwork during our visit.

The beer is to the right and is laid out in a sort of wedge shape. Bottles are then to the right and the cooler to the left with many cold singles and cold sixers. The middle is filled with cases of mainly BMC. Around the store are sections of cases which were laid out nicely. At first I could not find the Belgians, then I saw the small climate controlled room for them. What a nice touch I had never seen before. An awesome idea.

The service in the beer area was very nice, but the clerk was such a pain and so rude to my coworker that the service just barely gets a 3. What good is a guy walking around asking if you need assistance if it then takes 10 minutes to check out and the clerk is rude. It began when she asked to see my coworker's ID for purchasing a coke and he nicely inquired why and she decided to cop and attitude. Anyway, hopefully she doesn't work often and perhaps won't work much longer with that sort of customer service.

I don't really see the need to hit both Ponde de Leon and Buford Hwy stores. I like the climate room in PDL better, but Buford is my store of choice for all things beer in Atlanta.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

THE place for beer in Atlanta as far as I'm concerned. Big selection and reasonable prices make this worth the trip downtown. Selection is the best I've found in GA with a wide variety of brews from around the world. The higher ABV ceiling has opened the doors to alot of great beer and Green's has taken advantage. For a Belgian freak like me, lots to check out. Oud Beersel, Cantillon, Saison Dupont, St. Bernardus, Moinette, Duvel, Boon, not to mention La Chouffe, McChouffe and N'ice Chouffe. Aventinus, Samuel Smith, Sierra Nevada, Rogue (including I2PA and Old Crustacean) also available. Good selection of the locals like Sweetwater and Dogwood (really good since Dogwood is planning a big beer series soon.) One cool feature in this store is their "Beer Cellar", a small room that is kept cool and humid with lots of ageable selections inside. A bit cramped for more than two people but worth the discomfort. Service was friendly ad quality was pretty good although I did find some old stuff that shouldn't be stocked old. Best prices in Atlanta in addition to the best selection. I'll be back for sure...

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Photo of Southernbrew
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Best selection I've found in Atlanta. Tons of different beers with fair prices. Lots of lambics, local beers, sam smith, Rogue and many others. Also had a few bottles of mead, I grabbed one to check it out. Many singles available, but breaking up six-packs isn't permitted. I didn't notice any expired beers and no dust on the beers. I was asked if I needed help and when I said "no" they left me alone. (That's a good thing) A little out of my way but I'll definitely stop in again.

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Photo of aracauna
4/5  rDev -2.9%

This is the best liquor in Atlanta that I know of although I've heard that the Green's location on Buford Hwy is better. There's a huge selection of beers on a long shelf, some of which I have no idea where else to find (except maybe the Cumming location of Summits Wayside Tavern, but not even sure about there.) There's still a distinct focus on imports more than domestic micros, but then it seems that all of Atlanta is that way so it may be the distributors who aren't bringing in more of the domestic micros. This is by far my new favorite store since Jax has pissed me off with old beer and unhelpful staff.

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