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Summits Wayside Tavern
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
525 Lake Center Pkwy
phone: (770) 886-4374
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 17
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
First visit to the Cumming location (a former Taco Mac). At first glance, the atmosphere is lacking; a typical sports bar in a very loud and very full open room (the waiting list for indoor seating was 45 minutes). The patio was more empty and civilized. Service is, likewise, average at best.
All that said, the quality of the food is very good for a sports bar and the beer selection, most importantly, is EXCELLENT. We sampled a few draught Rogue ales and stouts, a draught Mackeson scottish ale, and a draught Bud Light (what can I say, some of our friends aren't beer-enlightened yet :-) The Rogues were particularly fresh and flavorful, since Summits appears to turn over a LOT of Rogue product.
Overall a nice find north of the city, especially as the more-numerous Taco Mac locations have significantly cut their quality beer lists over the years.
10-09-2004 20:45:48 |
More by dgallina
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Have to agree with other reviews on the atmosphere and appearance, all of this leans towards pretty much a standard sports bar.
Maybe the neon lights for some of the larger craft brewers are a slight hint to the absolutely staggering variety of beers that are available. I think it was like 150ish on tap with another 150ish in bottles. The sheer amount of different beers is definately a high point. Anything you can think of from the local brewers including limited runs are on tap and tons and tons more, just about everything from the more widely distributed micros is offered on draught as well.
I have to say the food that I did have there (appetizers) was pretty damn good. The bleu-cheese fries being the highlight. Alot of cool stuff on the menu, large variety of burgers and the standard pub-grub.
A slight down-side is the pints are a bit steepish for the area starting at $4.99. Looks like according to the website they run a fair amount of promotions and such to give you a little extra for your dollar though. When I went it was Sierra Nevada pint night so I had a couple of those to get a couple glasses.
I hate to say but on this particular night our service could've been better. A little unconcerned and lacking of knowledge of what was available.
I also was a little disappointed that out of the 15 or so rogue items on the menu, NONE of them were available. Fortunately the million other beers created a buffer to allow me to find something else I would like. (which I think just about anybody could find something they like here)
Overall though, I will definately revisit Summit's when I find myself in the area.
09-27-2004 20:44:16 |
More by FormatKid
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4
The second Summits I've been to. This place is absolutely incredible. 220+ on tap with just about anything Rogue you could want, dry hopped Red included (they were out though). Everything from local breweries, including Sweetwater's imperial stout. This place really gets about everything they get their hands on. Good bottle selection too. All Chimay, Duvel, Ommegang, mostly Belgians. Our server was a friend of a friend so the service was good. We stopped in on a saturday night during college football season so it was a bit loud, but the selection here makes you forget real quick. The prices are a bit high, but the selection is worth it. If you can go to one bar in Atlanta, go here.
09-20-2004 05:04:24 |
More by Southernbrew
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5
This place is definitely more refined than its sister establishment. Much larger and more open with less of an emphasis on the bar. Lots of polished woodwork and bar tables separated from the dinind room by a low metal partition. The tap selection is enormous even after going to its aforementioned sibling and MacGregors in Rochester,NY. Though sadly no growlers in GA. You could dwell over the beer list alone for an hour or so. When I went there were forty some odd others going in at the same time, and we were still well taken care of. The pints are a bit pricey but I can understand it with this kind of inventory to maintain. A must see in the Atlanta area.
02-27-2004 02:08:24 |
More by fattyre
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Looks like a typical run of the mill sports bar until you take a look at their beer list. With over 230 beers on tap, this is one cool place to hang out. The food is quite nice too. The only downside is the price. At $4.99 a pint, this place is a bit more than what I can afford to visit on a regular basis. Especially considering the fact that you can get a six pack of many of the same micros down the road for a little bit more, or go to a Taco Mac and get a bit smaller selcetion for a cheaper price.
01-03-2004 03:22:02 |
More by rajendra82
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
This particular Summits is closest to me, so I've established my Passport club here.
Take a sports bar, quadruple the size of it, and give it a helluva beer selection, and you've got the atmosphere for this place. Quality is pretty good - as mentioned before, this Summits appears to be the jewel in the crown of the Summits chain in the metro area.
Service can be hit or miss. Me and the lady have found a particular waitress that we are fond of who is very knowledgeable about beers and always seems to know the special brews hiding back there behind the bar. Heck, she even remembers our name after only 2 visits. Overall, though, the number of beer lovers outweighs the unintiated and ignorant.
The selection is the best you can get in the Atlanta metro area - typically 125 on tap, and another 150 or so in bottles. Food selections are pretty good and reasonably priced - about on par with a Chili's, TGI Friday's, and the like. For a fantastic appetizer, try the blue cheese fries - tasty paired with your favorite IPA or ESB.
My only complaint is the cost of pints - they start at $4.99 and work their way up. Occasionally, certain Rogue and other specialty beers show up - the price is the same, but they are served in a smaller flute. I think the Lindeman's lambics top the price list at $8.99 for a flute.
11-01-2003 02:18:40 |
More by jlervine
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
Where the Sandy Springs Summits feels more like a pub with crowded seating, dark rooms and a bar that really imposes on the rest of the main room, the Cumming location is much more restaurant-like. The seating is spacious and airy and the room is better lit. The beer selection is better and the owner seems to consider this location his crown jewel and keeps more of the taps occupied and the coolers better stocked. There are beers in the cooler and on tap that I haven't been able to find anywhere else in Georgia. If only I lived close enough to attend regularly, I'd be broke. The pints are pricey (prices are the same at all three bars) but if I can make it through the Passport Clubs 1 and 2, my mug will hold enough to make the amount of beer make the cost a bargain.
10-16-2002 00:59:45 |
More by aracauna
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Summits Wayside Tavern in Cumming, GA
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