Green's Beverages - Ponce

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Green's Beverages - PonceGreen's Beverages - Ponce
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Type: Store

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

(404) 872-1109 | map
greensbeverages.com

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91
Ratings:
85
Reviews:
62
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
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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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Photo of slatetupelo
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

This place was like beer heaven for me, I found my way to the Ponce De Leon location after a Braves game. The place was really packed, the parking lot was full. Inside they had large stacks of many different beers such as the Sweetwater, Terrapin, and Dogfish Head Brews. Lots of other stuff available such as Brooklyn, Avery, Abita, and Victory products. The employees of the store were really busy restocking and ringing up orders so they wouldn't of been of much help if I wouldn't have already known what I was looking for. The prices were really great and they had specials on some things. You also get a discount for each case you buy.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Well now since I was down here I figured I would visit the other store as well, Now I think I have been to every Green’s location, If there is more I will have to look. I really don’t have anything bad to say about this location either. The selection was pretty much the same as the Buford Highway store, but also had a very nice selection of Belgians, not that the other store did not, or maybe I missed them, but I thought they had a few more specialties here. I also managed to pick up some laquinitas which I always love and grabbed some of the new Big Hoppy (even though they had it in Greenville by the time I got back). The prices were again right in line, and you gotta love that. Overall these stores are just great, they are really the must stops in the area if you want some good brew. There are other stores, but no need to go if you don’t have too. You really cannot go wrong when you stop in and I would have to say you really do have to if you are passing through. Definitley a top notch location.

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Photo of jdubjacket
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Arguably the best liquor store in Atlanta. A good selection of all types of beers including Belgian, German, U.S. Micros & Macros. My only complaint is that they rarely get new types of beer in from what I can see. However, occassionally you can have a good find. Unfortunately, good luck getting help from anyone. Most employees are not too keen on helping you.

Probably the best part of this place is the walk-in cooler that has shelves and shelves of Belgian brews.

Overall, a great place to get beer in the Atlanta area.

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Photo of shivtim
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%

A good bet for Atlanta. They have a good selection of mostly European singles, plus a few surprises like Jolly Pumpkin, and seasonal stuff from local breweries (Sweetwater, Terrapin, etc). There were random large selections from specific breweries, such as multiple options from Dogfishhead. I wish more stuff was available in singles; it's mostly 6-packs for the American options.
Still, don't get me wrong, there's a lot of great beer to be had and a few surprise finds, like Hitachino Espresso Stout. Prices are decent too, especially on some of the larger dogfish stuff, and there's a 6% discount per case. Service is lacking, as it's a busy package store with most people buying cases of Bud and handles of liquor. In fact, some of the cashiers are a bit grumpy and/or aloof.

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Photo of rugbyfan13
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%

Definitely Atlanta's premier vendor for all things libation.

Best selection, highest quality beverages, all expertly cared for. Dozens of varieties of kegs, great liquor selection (I'm also a scotch, bourbon, and rum advocate and enjoy shopping at Green's for either) and wine selection.

An entire room of Belgians with a constant change in whats available. Large selection of bombers and shelved beer. Many varieties in styles and brands. Whenever I go here, I say, how did Atlanta, trapped inside the stranglehold of conservative, Southern Baptists, get to be so blessed that we have this oasis of wonderful beer.

The cashiers and general stockers know nothing. The managers are well versed but they are few and far between.

I should add that I have a friend who said that Greene's has out of date beer and refuses to shop there, but I am yet to have a bad experience.

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Photo of whiplash3825
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%

As far as I can tell, the best beer selection in Atlanta! This is the only place I've been able to find Weihenstephaner; the holy grail of hefes which are my favorite style.

Everything I've bought seems to be very fresh... never bought a skunky beer here.

All I can say about the service is that they are all very friendly... never asked any complex questions or needed any real help choosing a beer.

Selection is great... and the Belgian beer room is awesome!

Prices are the best I've found in Georgia, and the cash discount is worth the drive alone.

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Photo of Phatz
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

I had very high expectations for Green's. Eight hundred miles from home I was hoping to get a much different distribution than I could find in the places I shop. The great news is the terrific selection of beer from around the country and around the world. The service was poor. I found a distributor stacking beer that didn't work at the store that new something but the staff couldn't tell me anything about distribution or beers but there was plenty of beer to make it worth the stop. What I was really looking for is Georgia beers and specifically Atlanta Beers and I found only a few and what I did find was in 6 packs from which they would not let me take individuals. I wanted to find two each of 12 beers so I could pack one case for the trip home. I had to get 4, six-packs instead, so that was a bit of a disappointment. There were plenty of Belgians, Italian imports and French Ciders. Canadian gems and the big name craft brews from around the USA. Most of everything I found are beers that I can find in the great places in PA, MD & NJ so; ...I guess it isn't the store's fault that there was not much Georgia beer maybe it is just the beer climate in the state. I wish someone in the store were a bit knowledgeable. None the less. This was a 3 mile drive from my Hotel, the Omni at the CNN center, and it was very worth making the effort to get there.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

I've been to the other Green's on Buford Hwy as well, and this one seems to have a slightly better selection, although the other one is outstanding as well. Though, this store also has a better view of the Atlanta skyline, if that's your thing.

They have the large bomber type bottles, as well as some six packs, along a wall on the right side of the store. There is plenty of beer in the refigerators, everything from bombers and 750s to six packs to mix packs and cases. There are also cases stacked up in the middle of the floor in various places. There is also a Belgian beer room, which I did not go into (I actually forgot it was there). From the picture on their website, I don't think there is any selection shortage there either.

I didn't get any help from anybody, but it's a big place, and I'm sure I would have had help if I asked. There is also a wine (and liquor) section, where there are probably more people who need help. The prices are reasonable, and with every liquor store I have been in around Atlanta, there is a slight discount for purchasing with cash.

If you live in Decatur you probably have one of the better beer selections in the area. There is the Brick Store Pub which is down the road, as well as another Green's, and several other beer joints and stores. Being close to Emory University, Georgia Tech, and Georgia State, there is probably a good college presence in these places as well.

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Photo of 0tt0
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

Green's is the hands-down winner in Atlanta for selection of harder-to-find craft brew. They offer 5% discounts if you buy 4+ sixers and you can special request keg order 2 days in advance (examples: St. Bernardus, DFH 60, etc.) There is a separate belgian room with a very impressive selection--best in the city. American craft beers are prevalent and they often run great specials (Growler-style Rogue American Amber $3.99). Staff can be gruff and the pace of the place is a madhouse, but given the quality of the merchandise, I can overlook it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

This store was at the top of my list when recently visiting Atlanta. The store is nestled into an eclectic area just east of Downtown, in a building that resembles a 1950's A & P grocery. Parking was a breeze. While inside, the beer inventor, although not huge, was verried and displayed a hight quality of brews. I focused on a lot of locally brews that are not available in Kentucky (Highlands, Terrapin, Sweetwater, Atlanta Brewing Co.) and a few other hard-to-finds. The staff was couteous and friendly, but not overly knowlegable about the products. However, some local patrons sure knew their way around the beer aisles and were more eager to engage in beer conversations that were the employees. As well documented, the prices are incredible if paying with cash or debit. To put it into perspective. I loaded up the cart with as much beer and as equal of quality, expecting a price of about $170 in Cincinnati. But at Green's, the tab was about $100. A great value! I'll be stopping in again on my next visit through!

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Photo of cktison
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

Best beer selection in Atlanta - which doesn't say too much, but still a nice store. The Ponce Location has a nice large beer area, along with a walk-in Belgian Beer fridge - great selection, always on top of the new offerings for the area - one of the first to get Dogfish, I believe. They have a wide variety of local and foreign brews, and nice selection of high gravitys (which has really changed the dynamics of beer culture in the south, since July 2004). The walk-in Belgian bar has all the usual suspects, along with some unheard of nice surprises.

Prices are reasonable to cheap, with several special deals always avaiable - Rogue growlers for $5.00 last time I was there. If you pay with cash, you'll save a pretty nice bit - go once a month and you can get a few extra beers with what you're saving.

The service has always been good, but knowledge of beer and their selection varies by the employee - they do have knowledgable staff, if you find the right guy.

Overall, great store for the Atlanta region.

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Photo of jda007
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

Awesome selection - beats anything we have down in Gainesville. Both locations are excellent - the Belgian room at the Ponce de Leon location is especially neat. The salespeople were not overly knowledgeable but very friendly. Pretty good prices, especially if you bring cash. Every hard-to-find beer I found there was cheaper than even the best places in Florida. Lots of great special edition beers and hard to finds. Both locations had great Belgian selections especially at Ponce, but the Buford location had a much larger array of English Ales, Scottish - seemed much broader. Both are great spots to get beer; from what I hear, they are THE place in Georgia!

Too bad I live 4.5 hours away in Tallahassee - otherwise this would be the only place I would go!

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Photo of Jredner
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

Very nice selection and there is ample parking on the same lot. This is just a basic independent liquor/wine/beer store, but they took the trouble of building an impressively sized temperature controlled room for their Belgian stock and that was a nice touch. They also had very solid pricing (Georgia is cheap in general compared to Florida) and a very comprehensive selection that includes just about everything you can find in Georgia and a nice selection of vintage beers such as the 2001 Lou Pepe Kriek I picked up. This is a great place.

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Photo of Mickelswit
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

This is definitely the best place for beer in Atlanta. If it's distributed in Georgia, chances are Green's has it. I've never been to the location on Buford Highway, but this location is amazing. They have an enormous shelf of single-bottle beers and bombers, a row of six or seven fridges for six-packs, and a separate walk-in Belgian room. Prices are best with cash. The staff are friendly and helpful. You can get case discounts and sometimes catch a good sale on seasonal and other beers. The best liquor store I've ever seen.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

This and the other Green's location are Georgia's best beer stores. Quality is always excellent- I've never had a bad bottle, and the selecttion just can't be beat in these parts. This location has a walk-in (mostly) Belgian beer cellar that is very cool. Huge shelf with warm selections from elsewhere, and quite a few coolers with sixers. Better parking at the other store, and better service. Georgia doesn't allow swapping inventory between stores, and one owner can only own two stores in state. This means that one location may have something the other is out of- its best to check both stores before you give up. Cash discount prices include using a debit card, so no reason to bring cash. Great selections of belgians, craft beers, German, and pretty much every beer found in the state.

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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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Green's Beverages - Ponce in Atlanta, GA
4.12 out of 5 based on 85 ratings.
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