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Brick Store Pub

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4.69/5
World-Class
286 Ratings
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(404) 687-0990 | map
brickstorepub.com

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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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
206
Ratings:
286
pDev:
6.82%
 
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Photo of MOVERTON1284
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.)

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Photo of azorie
3.25/5  rDev -30.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 4

I think Atlanta has gotten so touristy that if places like this don't know you, most likely your first experience will not be that good. While we been like 8 times, its been spread out so much, unless we personally meet someone a few times, they would not remember me as I am just not that remarkable. WE almost met the asst manager once, after he heard we been there 3 days in a row in 2008, but he never came back to us, so sad.

Last visit April 2010: We visited 3 days in a row. me and the wife. Very crowded and small place with a nice atmosphere. Slow service, if not at a the bar. been here many times now its not getting any better. Its a great place but world class NOT.
I can understand quality versus quantity but we got 84 taps here in my town and this place is only got what 25 to 30 if you include both bars. sad really.

May 2008: 2 visits upstairs IGNORED because we just walked in!! Once served service was fairly decent. Once we got to the upstairs bar is got better but the damage was done ratings wise.

Decent bottle selection and its nice the have the right glasses, Duvel and Orval for 11 dollars a bottle, highway robbery if you ask me. I guess its just something locals can afford, we cannot sadly.

The drafts were at little more reasonable, but still not cheap.

Food was good though and I guess that's the draw its reasonably cheap food , and the food is reason enough to go, but its a crowded place, cozy but tight fit. we could not get downstairs either day, and the Belgium bar was closed upstairs until about 5:30 or 6pm.

If you don't mind paying they got a decent selection nothing compared to Boston and the NE bars but for Atlanta its tops I guess. Friendly wait staffs once served, but drinking here wow better budget $75 plus for 4 beers IN BOTTLES for (2 folks) plus tip and that's no food. That drinking bottles, not draft, that's 8 beers total some of which were 12 dollars for 330ml, can you say we will never buy a bottle here again, yes you can.

The place is just too crowded for us, not to mention its a tad snobby I mean most of these folks don't give you the time of day I guess their yankees not real southerners.

SO we get here at 11am and its packed, they need to double the size of the place.

We been here many times and I would never make a special trip here again, but we do still seem to go here when we want decent pub and all that. still its crowded and packed many times, you have to run a smoke barrier to get in and out and parking sucks. Sorry if we like to park close, Sundays were free parking I think.

Beer is top of line (pricey to boot) and food is great, but its a strange place, it seems many are families that go for the food and drink tea and cokes, so its seem its really a restaurant first to most locals I chatted with, which does not make it a bad place far from it, it just makes it NOT a true beer bar IMHO. Just don't tell a local you don't LOVE the place and isn't the best because they will go nuts on yea. So go and decide for yourself if its the best. Heck we got 84 taps here, LOL they don't even come close.

local beer is cheapest, Belgian beer avoid at all costs unless your got money to burn.

again if your local and got the cash its a great place, but us fixed income folks its just not world class bar its a nice restaurant with some decent beer. Sorry but the TRUTH is the just a fact.

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Photo of rslomin
3.35/5  rDev -28.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I had visited the pub many times before and no problems until now. Yesterday was my birthday, so I was looking forward to going there with my friends. I tried to get a reservation inside there. The waitress said that there is 1 1/2-2 hour wait for a table. I left the pub, and then came back an hour later, and she just crossed off my name and moved it to the end of the list, which is another 2 hour wait. Frustrated, I left and went somewhere else to celebrate by birthday.

The place has a great beer selection, but whether you do, do not go there on Friday and Saturday nights. It is really busy, and it is hard to find good tables, especially with more than 4 people. Instead,go there when it is less busy, ideally before 5 pm.

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Photo of Rohkey
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.

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Photo of afordney
3.68/5  rDev -21.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Well lit and decorated, The Brick Store pub is nestled in the downtown courthouse square of Decatur. The bar is nice looking but the seats weren't that comfortable

Our server was friendly and seemed to know about their selection. A large selection of Belgian ales, not many draft beers but a good selection from the bottle, high quality and resonably priced. The food was fantastic, burgers and sandwiches nothing too fancy. This was an excellent place for us to hang out and have some brews, too bad I have to trek across atlanta for that kind of quality

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Photo of doubleipa
3.85/5  rDev -17.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2

In general, my wife and I really enjoy the Brick Store. We used to go there every Sunday night and sit in the Belgian bar. Lately, however, we haven't been too enthused about going. The beer selection, of course, is great, but sometime there isn't anything, that really peaks our interest. I think the main reason we don't go there as often is the limited selection of food. Pretzels are great as are the salads, but there aren't many main courses. Granted, what they make is well prepared and predictable, but there just isn't much selection.

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Photo of jeff1973
3.9/5  rDev -16.8%

Photo of AndoBrew
4/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great Atmosphere! This is the best place to go on holidays and special beer events. They know how to host good party's. Brick inside, down stairs and up stairs bars give you 2 diff atmospheres to pick from, both great. Upstairs is a very old world pub feel, dark, low celling. Down stairs is open and big but still alot of character.

The owners are beer lovers and helped in the fight to get the georgia cap lifted. All proper glass wear is used, usually you get the beer in the glass with its name on it.

Service is not top notch, but it is neat to have real people serving you, adds to the pub feal when a guy says, hey whatcha want? The bar tenders are very good though, the service staff needs to catch up.

Selection is huge as far as bottles go, not lots of taps, but always good beers on tap, and always rotating. I think the web site says what is currently avalible.

Food is pub grub, but good grub and good prices. Fish and chips is my pick. Good burger and only like 6$ I think. Very good value.. just pub food.

Value is great here. Last time I was in pints of old rasputian out of the nitro tap were 4$

Great place, this is a place that should not be missed. And will find a warm spot in your heart if you get a chance to make it. Especially if you get to catch an event here.

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4/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Florida9
4/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of jadpsu
4/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

02/11/12
Great relaxed Pub atmosphere. Straight out of the early 20th century with no electonics, neon or TV's. Stairs to the upstairs loft overlooks the first floor. Two other back rooms with bar.

Menu is pub food but not stuff out of a box. I had the Chicken Pot Pie, it was done in a small iron pan and 100% "home made".
Largely sandwich fare. Appetizer of Pierogies in carmelized butter and pecans was excellent for this lifetime patron from Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Pricing is moderate.
Excellent customer service culture is evident with every service person you have contact with.
I, of course was looking forward to something off their great beer selection, and I wasn't disappointed. I spent some time convincing my wfe and neighbor that they could also get a good wine. Both are Chardanay lovers. The Brick store had a single selection of Chard, it was 6:00 pm and they were out of it. That was a bummer.
Also, our appetizer order was lost, so the wait was long. Then they were already out of the soft pretzel appetizers that we ordered with the pierogies.
This would have been a perfect 5 if:
They had the wine (being out at 6:00pm that was frankly unacceptable). Being out of the pretzels was less critical but again, that should not happen as early as the six O'clock hour.
I would also encourage them to get a second Chard in their selection for those who like an Oaky Chard.

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Photo of tiger88
4/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Visited this weekend for lunch. The beer menu is second to none. I went for one reason only: Oskar Blues Ten Fidy aged in Stranahan Whisky Barrels for 9 months. Holy mother of mercy! It was sooo good but back to the beerfly review... Atmosphere is exactly like what I would want to run one day. No TV, forcing the patrons into conversation. Wide range of people from all walks of life made it a great people watching place. Everything was of great quality, right down to the contact-less hand dryer in the restroom. Service was average. nothing too outstanding, it took a little long to get a beer at lunch time in my opinion but I was never left unattended for long. The beer menu was 4 pages long and up to date. Very extensive list of all different styles. Looks like they only want to serve the best in here. Food was pretty good. I had a pub burger with chedder, lettuce, tomato and mushrooms. the chips (potato wedges) were great. A Whisky Ten Fidy, Allagash Curiex and the pub burger was $17. I will most definitely be going back!

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Photo of beeragent
4.03/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I visited this bar while in Atlanta on Vacation.

A - Typical beer bar. Nothing really stood out as odd or different. Just the usual mixed crowd of college students, people just getting off of work, and a few beer geeks. Very crowded.

Q - The bar appeared to be relatively clean with the products fresh and presentable.

S - The service was quick and efficient. The waitresses appeared to know about the beers they were serving and equally as much about the food.

S - The selection in the lower bar was about average for a beer bar. The usual local beers as well as some of the more popular national craft beers. What sets this bar apart IMO from most beer bars is the Belgian beer bar located upstairs. An amazing array of Belgian beers are available at this establishment!!

F - The food was above average for a bar. Instead of getting the usual greasy burger or appetizer, the food actually looked cooked and tasted great!

V - The prices at this bar were amazingly affordable! Most beers on tap were around $5, but thats not for your average beer. For instance Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout, for a full glass, was only $5. Where I come from, thats a great price. They had other equally great beers on tap for the same price.

Overall this was a great bar. If I lived in Atlanta, I could easily see making this my hangout. They had a great selection of beer and the prices couldnt be beat. However I fail to see exactly why this would be rated as the #2 best beer bar in the world. Its great but nothing I'll exactly miss.

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Photo of jhall00
4.05/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I am lucky enough to live within walking distance of this pub. I have been going there since shortly after the opening. I applauded the "no macro" philosophy. It was a unique and welcomed change for Atlanta at the time. In my opinion, it still leads the pack of beer places in Atlanta. Sure there are more choices now, which is a welcomed thing, but the Brick Store is my first choice.
Yes, service is better at the bar, no doubt about that. But even table service is good. It does depend on when you are there. The dinner rush hour can fill the pub and slow both the service and the kitchen. Plan accordingly. Weekend dinner and early evening will usually find the pub packed. Large parties can find the wait to be sometimes up to several hours. It is not a big place.
The selection of beers is excellent. The taps and bottles rotate. Check the online beer menus to ease the first choice of beer upon arrival.
I find that the servers are very knowledgeable about the beers that are on the menu and the styles of beers. They are also helpful and friendly within reason.
I recommend this bar to anyone with a love of beer.

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Photo of DrinkinBoy
4.11/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5

The Brick Store Pub has been a place I have heard about being in the Atlanta area ever since I had been interested in finding good beer. I went there on Saturday night, and was surprised immediately by how big it was. It didn't feel packed and I walked right up to a seat at the bottom bar (main bar). The atmosphere was pretty unique from most places with brick walls, wood work, and a very open almost outdoor feeling. With it being March Madness, I did notice that there were no televisions, but this just gave off more of the "this is a serious place to drink some serious beers" vibe.

I was very impressed by the beer menu that was handed to me. It was up to date with good descriptions of each beer on draught.

The service was average at best, it was quick but not extremely friendly. It was not all that late, but most of the servers seemed either tired or kind of too cool for the room. But my pint was poured perfectly and that is good enough.

Overall I thought it was a great place to come and find that unique beer or two you can't really get anywhere else. The crowd was mature, but most everyone seemed to be having fun. The atmosphere was great and the beer was better.

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Photo of McBraniel
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.

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Photo of Sammy
4.14/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A very nice pub in a good neighbourhood. Seats outside and lots inside. Clean and decently appointed wood seats. Very good selection of beer, particular Belgians, though most are available at Green's, the best local store. Service is good, but the staff outside of bartender do not know their beer, however they do have the patience to ask. Much better than average bar. Had a good time, courtesy of impromtu Beer Advocate sharing with dano213, smchnsgy, blitz134. Great place to meet in late Northeast's winter, when it's clearly spring in Atlanta.
UPDATE: Went back in early 2008 and was happy to find a new dedicated Belgium bar, and even more great beers on tap. It's getting better not only older.Worth going out of the way to Atlanta for.

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Photo of CpnYates
4.2/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Wow.. I've been in the ATL for two weeks now, and I've been to the brick store three times..and I'm staying in Dunwoody.

The beer selection is great, not huge, but so diverse it makes up for it. The prices are good, especially for Atlanta, and the food is top notch. The fish and chips are the best I've had on either side of the pond, and the shepard's pie is so good I could skip the beer. Ok, not really.

This trip I sampled a mystery Stone, a Weyerbacker, and a Dogfish Indian.

Great Times.

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Photo of dedrinker
4.2/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Inexpensive to me, relative to what I'm used to where I am from. Nice rustic atmosphere of brick and wood. Servers are helpful, attentive, and friendly. Great beer selection, and nice attention to proper glassware. 2nd all time best? Please. These people must be from the boonies to say that. It's very good to great, but if you have the privilege of living in or near D.C. Baltimore, Philly, NYC, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, S.F. etc. (leaving out other good towns I know) then you will merely be delighted to find a great hangout that is up to par with your customary habits.

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Photo of joshuacavett
4.2/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Um, ya! This place is amazing if you are into craft brews. Took a while to get out to this place from my hotel, but it was well worth it. They have many brews on tap (20+ upstairs and 20+ different ones downstairs) and a great cellar selection. The prices were a bit high for what they had, but you kind of expect that in a restaurant. Great belgian, german, american selection and they had breakfast stout on draft (had Canadian Breakfast Stout the week before!!!). If you are in the area, be sure to check this place out.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

kind of an infamous place - leads to pretty excessive expectations.

located in Decatur - not a fan of Atlanta in general but Decatur shows some signs of life and culture that are encouraging. The brick store is located in a pretty cool little area with live music filling the air and dark bars spilling onto the sidewalk.

cool exterior, cool interior - dark, lots of brick and wood, old casks and barrels.

tap selection was strong, but for a #2 rating in the US, you'd have to expect more. The bottle list was pretty great too, but there are a handful of places in NC that would win out on both accounts. I dunno - I suppose its all relative.

great service - got some samples and some pointers. I would come back anytime I was in Atlanta, but expectations need to be benchmarked against the state

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
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.

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Photo of KiltedCulinarian
4.23/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Located in downtown Decatur, this has become a destination for local beer aficionados as well as a local hangout. This makes the locale often very crowded, as well as making parking difficult to find. Prices, while not cheap, are about what you should expect to pay for the quality of the offerings. All the beers are served in the appropriate glassware, usually branded from the brewery, a feature I have found nowhere else. Food is along the lines of traditional English pub fare dressed up, but the main attraction is the beer and the atmosphere, not the food. If you love up-and-coming downtown areas, with quality libations, this is a good place to chill, if you don't mind being forced to rub elbows with everyone else who shares your taste.

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Photo of jmichiel
4.23/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I know I should like the Brick Store more as it's right down the street from my apartment and has one of the best lists of cellared beer (not to mention rotating taps!) in the world, but I've gone several times and never really enjoyed it. I have two main complaints:

* It's got a pretentious vibe. It's a destination bar (and rightfully so), but it doesn't do well as a neighborhood pub. By that, I mean I feel out of place walking in without a brewery t-shirt, ordering an Ayinger Brau Weisse and having a quiet conversation about something besides the cellar list with a friend or two. Is it a worthwhile destination bar? Absolutely! Is it a great place for a low-key pint? Not in my opinion.

* The food. While their specials are always delicious, I've stopped ordering off their standard menu after one too many over-cooked burgers and slightly-beyond-fresh salads.

I don't want to trash the place, but I had hoped it would be a great place to regularly visit for a relaxing snack and a pint, and so far have left disappointed almost every time.

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Photo of bcgeiman
4.24/5  rDev -9.6%

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