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Taps: 31 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
269 N Hull St
phone: (706) 543-8997
(Place added by: edamjohnson on 12-28-2007)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 54 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Revisited this gem before and after the debacle that was the Bama v. UGA football game.
Atmosphere is really nice. They expanded since the last time I was there and now they have ample space. A few wooden booths and stools at the bar in one room, tables and tall chairs in the adjacent room that sometimes opens up to the outside, and more booths in the new area. There are also a few tables outside.
Quality is very good. I can only remember a handful of times when I haven't gotten the correct brewery's name on the glassware. Even if the brewery isn't accurate, the glassware always is, and it's served at room temperature.
Service is good, although I think it's better if you're a regular. I recognized most of the staff from last spring when I used to frequent the place a lot more, so they know what they're doing.
Selection is great. They have access to the Terrapin brews before just about anyone else, and I think they normally have around 25 or so taps. They also had Storm King on cask while I was there, and that was a nice treat. Others included 4-5 Stone offerings, Collaboration not Litigation, Breckenridge's 471 Small Batch, and other micros along with 4-5 Belgians.
Value is very reasonable. It's Athens, so everything is cheaper.
Overall this is the best place to go in Athens for sheer volume of great beer. Aroma's in Five Points is somewhat comparable, but there's not as much seating and only 5 beers on on-tap at any given time. Anyhoo, if you're in the area, be sure to stop by Trappeze.
EDIT: Tried the beer cheddar soup and was very happy. The group I was with had the hummus plate which was solid as well. Tasty food.
09-29-2008 16:14:10 |
More by glid02
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Trappeze Pub is located in downtown Athens. It's a cool little joint with an adjoining coffee shop/deli on one side, and the bar proper on the other. The inside is decorated with various and sundry beer memorabilia, the bar is of decent size, and detached tap handles decorate the area above the bar.
The quality of beers at the Trappeze pub is second only to the Brick Store pub in my experience, but they're still getting the 5. A few Belgians on tap (including Chimay Tripel), and tons of great American microbrews to boot. They get limited releases and specials from Terrapin, and when I was there they had a number of Stone beers on tap. Service was fairly quick, though I didn't really push the limits with questions about beer. Each brew is served in its proper glassware at correct temperature.
Selection is great--they had a well constructed beer menu that looked professional, was broken down by style, and gave great summations of each beer offered. Trappeze Pub has more taps than the BSP (I'd say around 25 or so), and each one is holding something delicious.
The food wasn't anything special, but it wasn't bad, either. I got the bratwurst, which came with kettle-cooked potato chips. The gentlemen next to me both had sandwiches that looked decent.
The bottom line is that the Trappeze Pub is a great place to get a beer in Athens. It's about 2 blocks from the UGA campus, and has a wonderful beer selection. I'd strongly recommend this place to beer purists and novices alike, as they serve everything in its proper glassware at appropriate temperature, but do have some more accessible options for those not quite wanting a DIPA or Quad (though they did have Ruination and Big Hoppy Monster when I was there, thankfully!).
09-29-2008 05:58:40 |
More by BamaBeerBuff
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I stopped here while driving around downtown the day before the UGA/Bama game. Had heard great things about this place and when I saw it I had to stop. Very pleasant vibes, pretty small and cozy. I sat at the bar, which wasn't too big but the crowd wasn't either. A few booths were all I noticed. As a UGA fan, it was easy to carry on a conversation with those at the bar. I met a husband and wife from Raleigh who were very kind and passionate about their football. The husband was a Buckeye fan but the wife was a Dawgs fan. I had to remind the husband of OSU's record against the SEC in bowl games, which was a kick for his wife. Great tap selection including a rotating cask beer I believe. They had Storm King on cask when I stopped in. The Stone lineup was there, which I was happy to see. An amazing bottled selection which was well organized alphabetically by beer name rather than brewery. I suppose this makes it a bit easier for those working there. There were way too many beers that I wanted to try but I didn't have the time or money to get to them. I tried the Sun Ray from Terrapin, along with the Pale Ale and Smoked Porter from Stone. It looks like they constantly have great beers on tap, as the handles above the bar made me drool a bit. Not only was the beer selection as good or better than most places I've been (very impressive for the size of the place) but the food was great, too. It's more of a pub than restaurant so they have soups and sandwiches for the most part. I tried the California Turkey and Swiss, which was very tasty. It came with chips and Weihenstephan Honey Mustard, which was very cool to me. They also had a bread on the menu made from Rye and other ingredients from Terrapin beers. The service was very good as well. A nice young lady who kept a smile on her face the whole time I was there. Pints cost a bit more than I'm used to but other than that this is a great new place that I'm glad to have found here in Athens; the price of the beer is easily worth it for the atmosphere and conversation, let alone an unbelievable list of beers to boast. Their menu is very well organized by styles also, a nice touch. I will definitely stop in again soon.
09-27-2008 16:36:43 |
More by ncvbc
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
To update an earlier post, the Saison Dupont is now the Avec. This bar is everything you have wanted in a gourmet beer pub in the South. They are the BSP in a smaller venue. Admittedly, Athens is a burgeoning beer crowd and they might only be ready to handle a Trapeze and not a BSP but it will do well as long as I am in town. This bar had 24 taps and 240 bottles to start and has continued to grow as they purchased the neighboring coffee house and put taps in there also. Eric and Mike are great guys and know their beer. Be sure to check this out if you are in Athens. Aroma's is the ONLY other bar in Athens worth checking out if you are a beer advocate and, frankly, if you have been to Trapeze you could skip Aroma's. DO NOT GO TO THE GLOBE...IT SUCKS!! Enjoy, from all of us in Athens to all of you who visit. We know our beer and love it, come enjoy it with us!
Let's not forget what another has already written: served in proper glassware (70% efficient at this)!!!
08-15-2008 12:21:29 |
More by Big78CJ
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I made a overnight to Athens to do some Pub Crawlin', With Trappeze being the #1 on our list. We arrived at Trappeze at around 6:00 and when we walked into the place, I was in awe, me being from a small town and never been to a place like Trappeze. The place was slightly crowded but not overbearing. We were met immediately by the waitress and the fun began. Her knowledge of the beers was fantastic. My wife told what kind of taste she was wanting to try and she brought her back a few samples of what she thought my wife would like. My wife is a dedicated Miller Lite drinker but not on this night. She learned more about how good real beer can be in the few hours we were there. The waitress was fantastic, the beer choices were unbelieveable, and we will surely be back.
08-11-2008 17:56:29 |
More by dawwwgs
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Trappeze Pub (a play off the word Trappist) is located at 269 West Washington Street in Athens, GA. This place is a beer mecca for the southeast United States. A very relaxing place with its terra cotta pot colored walls, green trim, and Belgian & craft beer décor. Plentiful taps line the end of the J-shaped dark wood bar and a marvelous bottle selection backs up the taps. I loved the way the beers are separated out in the sizeable beer menu. Thought was put into seemingly every aspect of the bar. Some of the staff are very knowledgeable about beer and the others seem willing to learn, even if it is from the patrons. The day that my girlfriend and I went (a holiday weekend Sat.), the patrons were of a mixed age earlier in the afternoon (6:30ish) and slowly progressed to a late night college student crowd.
Without a doubt, this is the première place to get beer in Athens, GA. The beer available includes a nice selection of Belgians (incl. Belgian Blonds, Dark Ales, Lambics, and other varieties), German beers, and American / English craft beers. The cider enthusiast can even find a few choice selections. The total beer selection and small touches like the glass rinse trays and proper stemware make this spot one of best in the southeast. Folks from the Atlanta area will understand when I say this is mini-Brick Store. Speaking of Atlanta, this is an excellent destination for that beer day trip (or two) to Athens. The Hilton Garden Inn is six blocks down the street and the best hotel in Athens. The food, a 1-page menu's worth, is very good and many of the dishes are made with beer. Beer and beer prepared food! Check this place out.
07-07-2008 20:27:54 |
More by TheEclecticGent
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
What a great pub. Excellent place to stop if you're in Athens. They have 26 beers on tap, no BMC, and a few local choices (Duck-Rabbit, Terrapin, Sweetwater) as well as Belgians and American micros. Things tend to run about $4 to $6 a pint. There's also an extensive and slightly expensive bottle list, and a cask ale.
The actual space is quite nice. I like the logo, and there are various beer things on the walls, tap handles above the bar, and nice booths (including one that has doors that close). Staff is extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Proper glasswear used too.
Not quite as good as some other bars I've been to like the Brick Store, Map Room, or Spuyten Duyvil, but it's definitely in the same league as some of those places. I'd like to see how this place improves over the next year or so.
05-13-2008 17:08:48 |
More by shivtim
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Killer new spot in Athens. I stumbled upon Trappeze on my way to the Farm last time I was in Athens, and never made it to my original destination. On the night I was in town, it was packed out from when I originally walked by at 5 to late in the evening. Classy and vibey - obviously filling a void in the Athens bar scene. Reasonable prices. Well decorated with tap handles and wood. On tap selection of Belgians and microbrews blew me away. Reminiscent of the Brick Store Pub in Atlanta, and has the close-quarters camaraderie of the MapRoom in Chicago. Only complaint is that it's so popular it's tough to get a seat - or even standing room!
03-14-2008 19:40:53 |
More by CatNorth
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I finally made it to Trapeze after hearing about it from many friends, and boy and I glad!
The atmosphere is cozy and small -- very intimate.
The quality blew me away. While other places will gouge you good for rare and specialty beers, Trapeze features some very fair prices which are all very clearly posted -- something other pubs should do. The bartender even asked me how much I planned on spending, and steered me away from beers that he felt were not worth the high price when there were other cheaper alternates of better quality.
The selection is crazy. At least 15 taps, many of which I have never seen other places, and scores of bottles.
Like I suggested earlier, the value is great at every turn, and the service is spectacular. The bartenders are quick to bring water as well as nice bread with oil and balsamic vinegar - gratis.
I will be back a hundred more times.
02-21-2008 01:16:26 |
More by MerkinMan
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
I thought this bar really had their act together. Service was great even though it was jam packed when I was there. Beer selection is off the charts, Belgian style ales on tap were amazing, Chimay on tap was ethereal, unreal. German, English beers too. Big list of American Belgians as well. Had cask conditioned ale there last week, loose cannon, that was bonkers. Unless you are a coors light drinker you need to make it over to Trappeze. One other thing is that all the beers were really performing well, they deliver the beer to the glass(the right glass too) in perfect condition. I heard they have glycol lines. I got drug over there from my monthly trip to Atlanta and want to go back next month.
02-10-2008 02:19:27 |
More by mariano42
Trappeze Pub in Athens, GA
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