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Taco Mac - Metropolis
Taps: 140 / Bottles: 200
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
933 Peachtree St NE
phone: (678) 904-7211
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 26
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This Taco Mac location is just a block away from my condo, so it serves as my home base for a beer and easy dinner. I believe the number of taps stays around 140, complimented by a very extensive bottle selection. I typically stick to beers on tap, but the taps are rotated often enough that I never run out of great options. With the exception of BSP and maybe the Porter in L5P, the selection of craft beer at TM is unparalleled in Atlanta.
The highlights of this Taco Mac are the special beer events. Rare cask-conditioned beers are hand-drawn once or twice per month. The Stone release celebration last year was incredible, as they had 12 incredible Stone brews on tap for the first time in Georgia, including some very rare offerings.
Food is consistently good, but not great. Service is hit-or-miss, and sometimes I seem to know about new or special kegs before the wait staff does, but only because i'm there once or twice a week. The bartenders are very knowledgeable and willingly give tasters or advice if you need help deciding.
The only slight complaint I have is the price - I think the prices tend to be on the high side. Though some beers are fairly priced, I would guess most beers are around $1 or sometimes $2 more than other spots around town. But, it is worth the premium to me considering its proximity and selection.
This TM does a great job of bringing in many unique beers, seasonal or limited releases that you might not find elsewhere in town. Overall, it's a great place to grab a beer after work, or a dinner before the game. Highly recommended from this local.
02-05-2009 04:25:07 |
More by drummerben
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
This is my favorite Taco Mac. The bar is like from a 1960's movie of what the future would look like in the 21st century. The seating area is large, open and on two tiers. I rarely rate bathrooms, but these are always very clean.
The food is just average bar food. There are a couple of things I enjoy, but I am here for the beer selection.
Beer selection. HUGE. They often have cask events which is what I usually attend.
The service is spotty, but they do have some knowledge of the beer.
Parking can be an issue so I just pay the $2 in the deck.
10-29-2009 14:13:02 |
More by planetscott
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
First off the selection is outstanding and not what you would expect from a sports bar. They boast "130 beers on tap," but when I was there they had about 75 with another 75 or so bottles. I started with a left hand milk stout and moved on to the Hop Devil. Both served in pint glasses as were all selections. All domestic beers are the same price so don't think you're going here and getting a $2 Pabst, it's $6.75 so you mineaswell go with a decent artisan brew. If you are in the Phillips Arena/CNN Center/Convention Center area, this is your best bet.
06-03-2008 20:57:30 |
More by bgreene14
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
This is easily the best Taco Mac location (with the Decatur branch coming in second). It's a little sterile modern glass/metal/wood combo, but not too bad. Tons of TVs all over. 140 taps, and 300+ bottles. As this is a newer location, it's hard to tell if they'll move the taps fast enough to keep things from getting stale. It seems they might actually succeed at this location, given the excellent midtown placement right on Peachtree that keeps things hopping. I've never seen this place empty. Servers don't really know much about beer, but they're friendly and willing to ask to find out. Bartenders seem on top of things. I have not seen frozen glasses here, as others have complained about. In fact, my Duck Rabbit Barleywine was served up in a snifter/tulip. Food is the standard Taco Mac fare... fried bar food and so-so burritos.
10-15-2008 14:57:14 |
More by shivtim
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This is my go to establishment for getting drunk with friends. It's located within easy staggering distance of Georgia Tech campus, and the selection of beers is excellent. It's a great place for discovering new beers with friends. Food isn't out of this world, but is very tasty, if slightly pricey. Beer is somewhat more reasonably priced.
Waitstaff is friendly but can't always answer questions about beer well and is often confused when you order a beer with a long German name. Waitstaff will refuse to serve you a pitcher if you are by yourself, but has no problem serving two pitchers to two people, for some reason.
Atmosphere leaves something to be desired, especially on game nights: loud, crowded, hard to hear your own thoughts sometimes.
Not perfect, and significantly less classy than I like, but the selection is unbeatable and it really is one of my favorite places in the area to go drinking.
04-25-2010 03:25:46 |
More by SimpleBeerLover
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
A: When comparing it to the other Taco Macs, the atmosphere is very much improved. This location is only one I have been to with an industrial feel. The rest are all pretty similar with a dark wood interior. The booths and tables still have the walnut stained wood, but the overall appearance is much different from their typical store. The natural light in this location is better than most with the large floor to ceiling windows on two sides.
Q: The frozen glasses are a big issue with all the Taco Mac locations, but I didn't have issues when asking my waitress to use a room temp glass. The beer tasted great, but it is a new location so I can't speak to how well the lines will stay clean with all those taps. The menu, is the same as all Taco Mac locations.
Serv: The wait staff, although they know nothing about beer, was very courteous and prompt. I will not drop their score for not having beer knowledge since most of their employees would likely not be able to afford a lot of the beer they sell at this location.
Sel: If you are coming into Atlanta and want a huge selection of good beer to choose from, this is by far the best location to go of all the Taco Macs. The last time I went to this location, all of the following beers were on tap that are rated higher than 3.75 on this website. St Bernardus Prior Abt 12, Great Divide Oaked Aged Yeti Stout, North Coast Old Rasputin Imperial, Dogfish Head, 90 Min IPA, Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron, Hennepin Farmhouse Ale, Avery Maharaja, Allagash Tripel Reserve, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, Saison Dupont, Weihenstephaner Dunkel Weiss, Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, Oskar Blues Gordon, Paulaner Hefeweissen, Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial, Sierra Nevada Torpedo Ale, Harviestoun Old Engine Oil, He'brew R.I.P.A, Rogue Hazelnut Brown, Sweetwater IPA, Allagash White, Terrapin Rye Squared, Victory Prima Pils, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Flying Dog Double Dog, Heavy Seas Loose Cannon, Allagash Black, Avery Collaboration not Litigation, Lindeman's Framboise, Bridgeport IPA, Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale, Terrapin Rye Pale Ale, Victory Sunrise Wheat, Allagash Dubbel Reserve, Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Hoegaarden, Highland Oatmeal Porter, Avery IPA, Spaten Optimator, North Coast Pranqster, Duck-Rabbit Barley Wine, Heavy Seas Small Craft Warning, Kulmbacher Pilsner, Rogue Imperial Red, Lagunitas Censored, Highland Gaelic Ale, Sierra Nevada ESB, North Coast Brother Thelonius, Samuel Adams Lager, Anchor Steam, Brooklyn Lager, Sweetwater Festive Ale, Ommegang White, Left Hand Milk Stout, Victory Golden Monkey Tripel, Lagunitas IPA, Spaten Mai Bock, Well's Bombadier, Lagunitas Lumpy Gravy
Those are just the higher ranked ones, they have 140 taps and a lot more bottles. I would give it a 5 if BrickStore wasn't in town. Even though they have a great list, the real specialty brews are not common here.
Food: The food is the standard Taco Mac selection. If you want anything better than standard pub food you need to look elsewhere. I usually get a chicken wrap to avoid the more greasy items on the menu.
V: Some of the beers are over priced, but they are pretty rare to find on tap. The abundance of 11oz drafts made be choose the higher $ amount. The food is inexpensive, but you get what you pay for.
07-01-2008 16:55:55 |
More by GatorBeerNerd
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Visited this week for the first time, and it changed my opinion of Taco Mac (and thus made the rest look bad!).. even though I believe there is room for improvement
First off, I really dig the location. We were able to park within walking distance to Taco Mac and the Vortex, two of my fav midtown spots. The interior is a nice change from the typical Taco Mac decor that I am used to. A lot more modern looking. We sat in the dining area, so I didn't get to really check out the bar, but I was impressed by the wall of taps that puts the rest of the locations to shame
The draft selection is not only large but impressive to a BA as well. The ratio of macro beers to quality craft beers is the best I have ever seen at a TM. Pretty much all the locals that are currently available were offered - Terrapin and Sweetwater from GA, Highland and Duck Rabbit from NC etc. Lots of Stone, Lagunitas, Left Hand, Ommegang, Heavy Seas and most of the typical major American crafts you see in Atlanta. The best part to me was the selection of Belgians - St Bernardus 12, Houblon Chouffe, Delirium Tremens, Lindemens Framboise etc etc. Another sweet bonus was the vintage drafts available - 07 Duck Rabbit Barleywine and 08 Sweetwater Donkey Punch were both available along side the latest releases of each (vintage Oak-Aged Yeti had just run out) As for the bottle list? Not quite Brick Store, but probably the 2nd best in Atlanta after them. 300+ deep and lots of options I've never seen at Taco Mac.
I do wonder how well the beer turns over here. Neither I nor my friend had any issues with freshness, but I really hope that all that selection doesn't result in a lot of stale beer. Its in a good location to turn over quickly though.
As for service, food service was good for us, drinks took a bit of time to get from the bar to the lower dining area. I might expect that when busy, but the place was MAYBE at 50% of its capacity.Bar service has been pretty hit or miss too - depends on who's working. Our server earned some points when he was able to recommend beers similar to the Sweetwater Creeper that my buddy ordered. The value was a mixed bag. I only paid $4.50 for the vintage Duck Rabbit barleywine on draft -- the same price as this years; and then there was the Schlenkerla rauch bottles for $14.50 -- three times the average retail cost in Atlanta! (another bar in town charges about $8/bottle) I try to stick to draft at Taco Mac for that reason.
Food? eh.. its Taco Mac. I'm not the biggest fan in the world, and there are only a few things on the menu I really like, so they can get old quick.
This is not what I'm used to in Taco Mac! The beer lineup makes up for any shortfalls in the service and the generic food, and thus I have a new favorite Taco Mac, and probably the best place in midtown.
01-11-2009 20:28:24 |
More by jophish17
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
If you're lookiing for a sports bar/beer bar combo, this might be the best spot in metro Atlanta.
140 tpas and 280 bottles advertised but I didn't bother to count for myself. Admittedly, about half of the selection is crap but that still leaves about 70 taps of good craft beer. I got a Dogfish 60 Min that tasted fresh.
Staff was decent. Again don't look for a lot of beer knowledge from the servers. But our waitress did bring me some malt vinegar for my fries without batting an eye, a request that usually gets me odd looks and requires extra explanation here in Atlanta.
Food is standard bar fare and not bad at all. If you're looking for lighter fare, check out the wraps.
This would be a fantastic place to watch the game while enjoying a few quality brews.
09-15-2008 01:55:18 |
More by ViveLaChouffe
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
As a Georgia Tech student, I really wish there was a typical local dive bar in walking distance that was popular with students, like most colleges in America. The problem is, you have to drive to get to them in Decatur, Virginia Highlands, or Little 5. I have flocked to the Taco Mac for reasons from friends' 21st birthdays to having a session with a couple friends during Pint Night, so I have had a lot of experience at this place.
The atmosphere is nice and clean, although the din of well over a hundred people in there at any time makes it less bearable than your typical Applebees or TGIF. Speaking of those chained restaurants, Taco Mac has that commercial feel, but is pardoned due to its dedication to beer and sports. The servers are hit or miss with beer knowledge, some are just students paying bills, and some are full of beer knowledge and will advise anybody and are usually pretty good at it. The food is alright, but probably not worth the price paid. Again, it resembles what you would get at an Applebee's type place. Now on to the beer.
Suckered into a Taco Mac Brewniversity card, I have tried to hack at it with the massive selection at this establishment. The major downside to Taco Mac is its price. You can go to most any regular person's bar outside of a city and pay much less (and probably get it in the correct glasses too) but you aren't paying for the beer at Taco Mac, you're paying for availability. The choice is what you are paying for, which works for most curious beer lovers like myself. It is a nice place to go with a large group of friends for special occasions, but not a place for the average joe to go have a pint, especially not in the price range for college students. The best times for a normal visit is during Thursdays to get the beer of the month and getting the pint glass of that company. Definitely worth the higher price.
06-18-2010 02:31:42 |
More by DrewKid4
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
This place was the highlight as far as beer is concerned for my trip to HOT-LANTA. Me and my friends left Vortex and headed approximately 20 yards to Taco-mac for a few more great beers. We decided to sit at the bar - what a weird shape by the way.
The bartenders were very knowledgeable - particularly the woman but I cannot remember her name. She was good looking and had a great beer IQ. She recommended a Bourbon Barrel Porter that I also cannot remember but it was delicious.
I had many great beers and I confess I did not respect beer that night as I drank until I was nearly sick - but not quite. I did eat a plate of hotwings that were decent but not great.
The beer selection was very impressive and extremely fresh. They let me try about 8 different beers in tasting glasses - I didn't even have to ask after the 3rd one. What a great place to spend an evening.
I ended up not drinking but the second night in town, but I will definately be back to this location. Highly recommneded!!!
01-21-2009 01:41:29 |
More by PerzentRizen
Taco Mac - Metropolis in Atlanta, GA
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