Brick Store Pub

Bar, Eatery

125 E Court Sq
Decatur, Georgia, 30030-2521
United States

(404) 687-0990 | map

Notes: Beer and cheese tastings 1st Monday of every month starting at 6pm. 5 beers and 5 cheeses for $25.

Sometimes special beers are not on the menu. Ask and you shall receive.

Occasional cask tappings, gravity poured. Vintage beer room is now open - ask to see the list.

Limited parking out front, but there are two garages only a short walk away. For public transportation, the Decatur Marta train station entrance is only about 50 yards away.

Want a cellar tour or to meet the publicans? Any beer advocate planning a trip should beermail pghlee or Brickstoredave in advance.
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Sat at the bar starting about 9pm on a Tuesday night. Place was crowded. Would have had to wait for a table.

Great place, but legendary probably goes too far. Maybe I'm jaded, but I have 3 or 4 establishments within 15-30 min that have similar or better tap lists, a bottled/can/vintage list, great food and awesome service. Frankly, I'm not sure Brick Store is better than Porter Beer Bar.

V - Beer vibe, no doubt about it. A bit dark (bring your reading glasses). 4.75

Q - Correct and often labeled glassware. 4.5

Ser - Bartender was appropriately attentive. Good knowledge of beer and even gave me a half pour free after I order two different beers that had just recently kicked. 4.5

Sel - Great but no awesome. A good range of styles, but maybe a little light (on my visit) with respect to the heavier darker stuff. Would have loved to see a imperial stout, RIS type beer on the draught list during my visit. A nice bottle/beer list. Yes, they do have a vintage list as well, but unimpressed. Most bars do not have a vintage list, but I thought Brick Store's was a bit thin. Could have had a broader range of brewers and some beers we all might consider whales. 4.5

F - I had the chicken pot pie. It was excellent. The field greens salad was just average. 4.25

When I visit Atlanta I almost always stay in midtown, which makes Decatur and the Brick Store Pub a bit inconvenient (though using the MARTA is relatively quick and gets you within two blocks). I will come back, but other establishments may catch my attention and divert me.

May 04, 2017
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sholland119 from Pennsylvania

4.97/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

It's not easy for a legendary beer bar to live up to the hype. In fact, quite often in our experience, places such as this often wind up resting on their laurels while newer places pass them by, using their reputation as an invitation to snobbery and arrogance. No so here, though. An amazing place in a really nice town. Great vibe, wonderfully welcoming and friendly people, and a beer list that matches any I have ever run across.

BSP really is all that. Don't miss it.


Aug 10, 2016
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acmurphy696 from Georgia

4.94/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

The Brick Store is a great place for beer, food, and just hanging out. I've had an introduction to plenty of great brews here, including Wild Heaven's White Blackbird saison, Creature Comforts Reclaimed Rye, and Wicked Weed's Lieutenant Dank.

May 06, 2016
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MOVERTON1284 from Alabama

3.01/5  rDev -35.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5

I had heard great things and was really looking forward to this stop on the last guys beercation we did. I was very disappointed. We arrived after 9pm on a Saturday and were told a two hour wait. We decided to eat at the Mexican place around the corner and it had a great tap list, I was quite impressed. We went back to Brick Store just before 11pm and were able to sit upstairs in the back. Tap list was weak, lots were blown. The bottle list was like a bible, but they were out of everything we asked for. Why have a 50 page beer menu if it is not accurate? It was a joke. We left very disappointed and will not return. Don't waste your time on this place Seriously hit the Mexican place around the corner if you want a good draft list (Hopslam, WW Pernicious, CC Trop, CC Athena, etc.)

Mar 03, 2016
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WilliamIrwin from Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I travel very often on business, and I rely on Beer Advocate for good beer and food places (mainly beer, let's be real).

This place had everything from great food to great beer at a reasonable price. I'm a powerlifter, so I'm always looking for a great burger when I find a good beer place. This place has just that. One of the best burgers I've ever had.

I suggest the $12 burger with their fries, and try anything local for beer on draught.

They have nearly 40 draught choices, 100 fresh bottle choices, and probably close to 500 beers in their cellar from American to Belgian to any imports.

Definitely check this place out if you're anywhere near Atlanta! Cheers!!

Jan 19, 2016
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slander from New York

4.71/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Outside Atlanta, after a comedy of hotel reservation errors. Finally checked in, and while some will stay and sleep, Alex & I will venture out to Decatur. An easy breezy ride down the road some on the heels of 6+ hours in the car today up from Florida. It’s Sunday night, I think we’re going to do time and close whatever wherever is…

In the square on the strip there. Box room, with mad vaulted high ceilings. One wall of big brick, with flower boxed windows and mounted candle play. The opposite wall done splotch gray painted something. Slat wood floorings, and a gray painted ceiling with ductwork. A few spinnys, drop pan lamps over the floor seating, and spots & drops otherwise.

To the rear, a ‘U’ shaped poured concrete topped bar with a wood trim, copper panel base, & a foot bar. Seating for a dozen and a half on rounded and squared stools. 21 taps down here in 3 sets of 5 singles (steel knobs on light green glass plastic ceramic pint-like bases with small baseball sized tap labels on black handles), and then 2 sets of 3 nondescript on the far side. Handpump currently unused on the end of the bar and glassware shelved below. Barback unit at the end of the bar rear, with countered booze tiered over mirror backing, and glassware dangling above from the underside of a horizontal wine rack above. Pieces atop the barback; barrels, a big clock, lamps, an accordion, bottles, mugs, & growlers. Smaller unit sections of the same to both sides. Wine coolered below and a bottled beer cooler standing up on the end.

Corner blackboard with colorful event info (Halloween costume contest & Atlanta craft beer week). Local art cartoon cut outs on one wall, a looooong horizontal framed soweth/reap 5 panel mural on the other, ‘Ein Prosit’ checkered flaggings from the ceiling, a drop ornate pear shaped stave chandelier over the bar, a lantern lamp post up front, barrels and a bike over the front vestibule, and a cool branch handle front door.
Seating forward the bar, 15 in all; booths on 1 wall, tables on the other sharing bench play, a crescent booth in one of the blinded front windows, and some raised barrel table roundys in the center.

Upstairs, a slight seating area with a handful of wine case tables, and then the Belgian beer bar to the rear. A small ‘L’ bar seating a bakers dozen, a 7 tap tower (Chimay Doree, Duvel Single, Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor, St. Bernardus 12, Timmermans Pumpkin Lambicus, Tripel Karmaliet, Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel), glassware dangling from above, and a cooler to the rear with Belgian bottles. Bar counter space and pillar wrap around, too. Space to the rear with 4 tables & booths. Local art, a few of them owls; it’s a different scene to be sure.

But back at the main bar, 21 taps. 16 of them are Georgia craft beer (Monday Night Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale, Orpheus Barrel Aged The 12th Labor, Red Brick 20th Anniversary Ale, Three Taverns Sour Asylum, Wild Heaven Ode To Mercy, Burnt Hickory Public Animal #9, Cherry Street The Grateful Frenchman, Jailhouse 4 Deep Undercover IPA V20, Jekyll Big Creek Kolsch & Pineapple Habanero Hop Dang Diggity, Reformation Cadence Reserve Dubbel, Creature Comfort Athena Paradiso, Service SBC 1, Southbound Loving Cup, Southern Wild Azalea Tart, Terrapin/BFM Spike & Jerome’s Collaboration Ale), a regional Gluten Free (Wicked Weed Gluten Freek), a few non regional craft (Bells Best Brown, New Belgium Hoppy Stout), a single import (Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lagerbier), and a Georgia cider (Treehorn Dry Cider). I drank the Three Taverns Sour Asylum, Creature Comfort Athena Paradiso, & Southern Wild Azalea Tart. That Creature Comfort Athena Paradiso was fantastic.

And a phone book of a bottle list. Wait. The fucking list holds 400 fresh & 900 vintage items? There’s some sick shit here. Orval runs $9 fresh, and $22 for an ’07. I could mad peruse but I’m about the local craft tonight.

Caught Lee tending, a friend of a friend, and the Plantation ‘Stiggin’s Fancy’ Pineapple dark rum for the tasting, all burnt Pineapple cake incredibleness. It’s closing time, we must go, oh, shots for all, I see. Some people are curious about my scribblings. No, you cannot participate and write in my book. Because it’s not yours, that’s why. I will share my art with art girl, though. Good crowd of playful kids. Wish beer was like this when I was in school. And speaking of beer, another is in order I suppose. Okay, it’s now waaay after hours. They do food here, not that we could entertain after that bizarro family style place we caught off the highway on the way up. But the beer thing they do here, it's just fantastic. This is a good damn house. I could do some serious time here. Whose idea was this again? Alex, it was you.

Nov 30, 2015
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I will be forever greatful to the Atlanta BAs for suggesting this place. It was a memorable visit.
Great vibe the minute we walked in. Brick, wood. Downstairs bar and tables, and an upstairs bar and tables. Promptly seated and given menus.
Great tap list. Georgia beers, domestic beers, and Belgians. My wife had a Stupid Silly Sour and I had a quad from Wild Heaven, Eschaton. Great beers. But probably the most interesting find at The Brick Store Pub is its cellar. Over 15,000 bottles!
I had Old Stock Cellar Reserve 2009, and was blown away. And that's only one from the cellar. I think if you name it, they've got it. Even 3 and 6 L bottles. An amazing collection!
We thought the food was excellent. We were having difficulty choosing a meal. The manager asked our preferences, and made us custom-ordered vegan sandwiches.
So what can I say about an establishment with a phenomenal beer list, personalized service, and an attentive wait staff?
1: I wish I lived in Atlanta.
2: I'll be back.

Sep 28, 2015
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JamesStreet from Louisiana

4.98/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Wow! This place is a treasure.
Let me start by saying that I drove from Baton Rouge to Atlanta. I was hungry when I got there. I ordered the butterbean hummus. The freaking bread had sausage in it! The hummus was really good and was served with some pickled green beans and green tomatoes. Onto the beer
I started with an Allagash Victor Ale and followed with some local IPAs.
Now, let me tell you where the Brick Store exceeds other places...their cellar room(s). A smorgasbord of vintage gueuzes, lambics, stouts, wild ales and other stuff are available to purchase by the bottle. I popped a bottle of 2010 Lost Abbey 10 Commandments.
Overall, the staff is very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. This place is a must check out.

Jul 15, 2015
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matgrat2422 from Georgia

4.93/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The best beer selection, bar none. Just today, I had a cbs and mexican cake for brick stores' 20th anniversary. Tap selection rotates a lot, but always great beer. Highly recommend it if you can make it to Decatur while visiting Atlanta.

Jun 27, 2015
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Tralemix from Georgia

4.69/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Incredible selection. A second bar of only Belgian beers, plus delicious food. The only problem is parking, but there is a paid lot fairly close. An Atlanta classic, definitely one of the best beer places I've ever been to.

Jun 14, 2015
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Theaudiblesigh from Georgia

5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The only downfall of this place is that if you try a beer you like it could be gone this next day due to constant rotation of taps. The level of quality beers that they have is second to none. Everything that they have is good.

May 10, 2015
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Genie from Georgia

4.94/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Their Allagash Curieux tripel and Victory Hop Ranch are what I tried and paired really well with their food. Highly recommend trying their chicken pot pie and fish n' chips entrees! Check out their beer menu beforehand as there was a special beer on tap directly from the cask that night, but it sold out early in the night so get their early if you want to try that.

Mar 06, 2015
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AdamTebbs from Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Used to live down the street from Brick store and it is still one of my favorite bars. Great selection, great vibe, great service. If you are in Decatur you must visit.

Feb 13, 2015
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daryk77 from District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

Absolutely love this place. Beer selection is uncanny with the infamous upstairs Belgian bar. Food is fantastic, great value and the bar tenders and patrons can't be beat. In my top 3 places to have a beer.

Sep 16, 2014
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socon67 from New York

4.25/5  rDev -9.4%

Made this a must visit on my trip to Atlanta. We were seated up in the back by the Belgian bar. Selection included taplists for both bars, and I went for the local stuff.

Server knew what they poured and glassware was spot on for everything, and in brewery marked glasses (nice touch).

Service was good and the crowd on a Saturday afternoon was a nice subdued group of craft drinkers. This place is in an eclectic artsy area. It fits in perfectly and is a relaxed place.

Food is generic pub grub. Decent but don't expect much.

I'd go back here as I'd say its the best option in Atlanta.

Aug 09, 2014
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JLSIV from Georgia

4.41/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Saw this advertised on Atlanta Eats. My wife and I went on a Friday night. Was crowded, but still had a great time. Sat in the Upstairs Belgium bar. For as big a crowd the service was great. Food was a little expensive, but was good. I would stick to the sandwiches if you are upstairs. Server was very knowledgable about the beer, and even with as busy as they were sent me two samples.

I would like to go back and actually enjoy just the beer, definitely will go back.

Aug 03, 2014
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virgil from Georgia

4.89/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

I've been to a lot of amazing pubs on this planet, and this one places in the upper echelon.

First, the beer selection rotates quickly, and through local and far away providers. There are large open spaces and alcoves and great bar seating to satisfy a wide swath of the intro/extro-vert spectrum. The beer "cellar", an upstairs climate controlled room, would leave even the casual beer adventurer with a slack jaw. The selection of bottles is nothing short of exciting.

And, not resting on their ample hop-infused laurels, they serve scrumptious, seasonal, inspired fare. And their servers are both knowledgeable and work as a collective.

This is one of the finest establishments I've had the privilege of visiting.

Jul 11, 2014
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Rohkey from Michigan

3.59/5  rDev -23.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 1.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Visited this place after hearing/seeing rave reviews. Did not live up to expectations.

Food was good, typical pub food with some other offerings but nothing too special nor fancy. Over 20 taps, didn't check out the bottle selection. They had some good stuff on tap, which I was impressed with, but that was about the only thing that set this place apart from typical pubs.

My main gripe was with the service. We all ordered beer and my friend put in for an appetizer. No one came for 5-10 mins or so until another server delivered the appetizer. I asked to order food and she told me she'd get our waiter. He didn't come to take our food order until we had all finished our first beer and my friend was finished with his appetizer, a good 20 mins (at least) after sitting down. We all asked for separate checks and when we got the bill my friend's food and another friend's two beers were on my bill, also the food my friend ordered was $5 more on the bill than it was listed as on the menu. After 10 mins of trying to get the waiter's attention I tracked him down and he apologized about the error but said it was a typo on the menu and he couldn't do anything about it. He gave us some cheap merchandise to compensate. My friend said he'd rather just not come back instead of causing a scene. Fortunately on our way out the manager came and alleviated the issue.

I'm going to go back and give it another shot (I realize it wasn't the waiter's fault it was packed and there was a typo on the menu), but if the service is that poor again, I'll probably just stick to the other couple decent places in the area for my beer needs.

Jan 12, 2014
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iheartmyTHO from Georgia

4.34/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

The Brick Store Pub and The Porter are definitely tied in my book in regards to the widest beer selection in Metro Atlanta.

I like to look through the bottle list at the Brick Store Pub, but I usually end up going with something on tap.

The food is good, and the menu has something for everyone. But I think The Porter has a bit more of an eclectic menu, which appeals more so to me. I have yet to have anything bad to eat at the Brick Store.

The atmosphere is nice too. I like to sit in the upstairs Belgian Beer bar, since it feels like I'm sitting in some sort of old-world European bar.

Dec 21, 2013
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cdmillard from Maryland

4.78/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Just got back from the Brick Store Pub. Probably my favorite Beer Bar in Atlanta, and possibly anywhere. Very cool place. The atmosphere is "old European" pub-esque. The service is friendly, if not a little on the slow side. The nice part is that they rent in any hurry to get you out, which I really appreciate.

Their beer list is second to none. Their cellar contains a variety of Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, Fantome, just to name a few. I had a superb 2008 Stille Nacht. I didn't see a lot that they didn't have.

The earlier, dinner crowd, was mid thirties and older. As the evening moved along, the crowd go younger, but wasn't "out of control".

Prices were inline with any beer bar. Yeah...if you want Cantillon, expect to pay premium. No surprise there, but the prices were in line, if not a hair better than other places I've been to.

Try'll like it!

Nov 07, 2013
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

I didn't eat much here, just a pretzel with some pimento cheese that was delicious. I just have to throw that out there before I talk about the beer.

Some locals drove me out here as a must-visit when in Atlanta. I couldn't agree more. If you like beer, or better yet, love beer, than you must pay homage.

Downstairs is a spacious hall packed with folks stuffing their faces and enjoying some good craft beer. I made my way by all these folks and headed upstairs where people were mingling more freely and the space seemed much more dedicated to the beer drinker. This area is their Belgian Bar, where beer from or inspired by Belgium reigns supreme.

St. Bernardus Abt 12 caught my eye immediately, as it's a beer I've always heard good things about, wanted to try, and does not distribute to New Mexico. I ordered one for a reasonable price (>$10) and sat back enjoying it while admiring the tavern-like atmosphere of the Brick Store Pub. The walls were indeed brick and the wooden posts running across the ceiling made the place feel much like drinking in a dim-lit attic.

Ordering another round, I opted for a local option, newcomer 3 Taverns that operates right down the road, and their A Night in Brussels Belgian IPA. The beer was downright impressive and I made several comments about how much I liked it to my local hosts. Little did I know the head brewer/owner of 3 Taverns was sitting at the next table overhearing my convo (good thing I liked the beer). He came over and introduced himself and talked beer. Cool stuff.

Overall, I love the atmosphere, love the beer selection, the concept, and what I tasted of the food.

Plus, the vaulted "cellar" room full of white whales is enough to turn the hardcore beergeek into a Belgian diamond thief, pulling the ultimate heist to get at some of the rare and hard-to-find beers.

Great effing spot.

Sep 16, 2013
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ari32 from Georgia

4.65/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

The atmosphere at Brick Store Pub is great. It makes me feel like I'm in a pub somewhere in Europe instead of Decatur (though, I've never been in one, so I'm only guessing).

The beers on tap are always good, and I enjoy the dedicated Belgian bar upstairs with nothing but Belgians on tap. The cellar is where this place shines; it's by far the best in the state, barring someone's private cellar (and even then I'm not so sure it would beat Brick Store's).

The service has always been good for me, but not always so personable. Also, when they get busy it can be impossible to get service sometimes. I understand what it's like to be busy at a restaurant having worked in the industry, but sometimes it's ridiculous.

The food is alright. It's definitely better pub fare than normal, but I still find it lacking. It's strange because their sister restaurant around the corner, Leon's, has really good food. Oh well, I go to Brick Store for the beer and the cellar, not the food.

Jul 22, 2013
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McBraniel from Virginia

4.14/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Probably the coolest atmosphere of any beer bar I've been to. Very good selection of beer on tap, and the food is pretty good as well (though I would have liked larger portions for the price). The service was so-so, though this was likely due to how crowded it was that night. Highly recommended.

May 31, 2013
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jriggins6 from Colorado

4.4/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I have been to the Brick Store on a handful of occasions. Sure there are places with more taps than this place but the selection is generally top notch. The beer list is quite impressive also. What I really enjoy is the cellar beer list.. There some serious whalz...
Food is fantastic also. I have had the pimento cheese which was damn good. The Shepard's daughter's pie was tasty as well.
If I had a complaint is the service. If you are at the bar you are good to go. The 2 times I have had to sit at a table the service was virtually invisible.
Overall this is a classy place, good beer that is well priced for a bar and food as well.
In my opinion this is a must stop to anyone that has the chance.

May 07, 2013
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Of course I had to go the famous Brick Store in my one and only visit to Decatur. It was rather busy in a weekday evening, but the wife and I found a seat at the bar... she had been there a couple of nights before and the friendly bartender remembered her.

The atmosphere is cozy and warm, kind of dark, feels like a place frequented by locals... it's got that hunting-lodge feel. Tables at the front, then the bar and an upstairs area with more tables.

I counted 15 taps (not the 25 BA lists): Allagash Interlude, Brooklyn Black Choco Stout, Bruery 5 Golden Rings, Founders Backwood Bastard, Westbrook IPA, Mikkeller From Via To... plus a bunch of Belgians.

Servers are sort of hipster-ish/hippie-ish, what with their beards and plaid shirts, but they're all approachable and cool. Ravi Shankar playing on the stereo to boot! Weird and cool.

I wasn't super impressed with this place but I'm glad I stopped by and checked it out. Next time I'll go to Leon's and see what's up.

Mar 11, 2013
Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA
Place rating: 4.69 out of 5 with 292 ratings