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Taco Mac - Metropolis
Taps: 140 / Bottles: 200
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
933 Peachtree St NE
phone: (678) 904-7211
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 26
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Good old Taco Mac. Never been to this location but I have been to many Taco Macs since I was a kid. We would meet family at some Taco Macs when I was a kid, to get together and have some fun.
This Taco Mac is very nice and open inside with the bar along the back up a few steps. Kind of a nice sports bar type feel to it. For most people the wall of Taps is an attention grabber and will be the largest selection most people will ever see on tap in one place. The taps range from a couple standards to a many limited releases and exceptional beers.
The bartenders were very nice and helpful. Seemed to have a basic knowledge of beer but they are not going to wow you as BJCP candidates. But they did appear to be trying to understand the different varieties so that they could give suggestions to customers.
The food is bar food, but I like it. I am a fan of their wings, but wings are like pizza and BBQ, everyone has their own opinion.
The Coney Island Blockhead was there promoting the beer and that was interesting to meet him and some of the reps from Coney Island Lagers.
Is this a cozy little beer cafe, no. Is this a nice bar with a great tap selection, yes. Taco Mac has come a long way over the years and they still have a great focus on craft beer. While it may seem like a chain to most, which it is, but it is a local chain and I will stop in whenever I'm near by.
08-18-2009 01:56:55 |
More by Blazer06
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
All things considered a great place with a great selection for a place in the Southeast. This location is new and cool. I first frequented it just after it opened last year and try to hit it any time near Atlanta. I think over 100 taps and twice as many bottles. Cool little 'passport' club to join with accumulated credits for future brew purchases. The only negative was some stale product but if that what it takes to have some selection down here, no problem. Lots of screens, large table seating area, and 'lagoon-like-shaped' bar spanning the width of the space with a little elevation to the tables. Seem to be an immediate popular watering hole. Sat next to a 'roadie' trucker hauling rock bands. I doubt any other establishment in the SE has this selection. A great place.
07-14-2009 03:48:18 |
More by bushwhacker
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
I find Taco Mac to be one of the more over-hyped restaurants/bars in Atlanta. This particular location is exceptionally disappointing. Yes this place has hundreds of beers, so it's not the worst place to be dragged to by friends. However, I think a place that prides themselves in their beer selection would also try to have a staff that has even a vague knowledge of different types of beers. The staff here is completely clueless. If you know exactly what you're looking for, this isn't too bad of a place to go; however, if you want to try something new, do NOT come here looking for a recommendation. Not only are the servers clueless when it comes to beer, they are also quite slow when it comes to bringing that beer that you ordered 20 minutes ago. Also, Taco Mac's beers of the month are apparently comprised of just the worst beers they can get in a keg for that particular month. To sum up, I extremely dislike Taco Mac.
03-03-2009 17:38:04 |
More by jm429
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
When you walk in it seems a bit angular and shiny for a beer bar, but you still feel invited in. There are a lot of large-screen TVs, which make this an ideal place to catch a sporting event, such as the Super Bowl. The servers are well-trained and alert, and even when the place is busy they make sure that you receive attention. Food is better than the average bar food - maybe not gourmet, but still quite toothsome. They have a good variety of appetizers and sandwiches.
Their beer selection is just plain awesome. Not only do they have over 100 beers on-tap, but there are hundreds of different bottles, mainly craft brews and imports. In addition, you can join the Taco Mac Passport for free to keep track of the different beers you have tried, rather like the Passport Club at the Summits Wayside Taverns. Just a couple blocks from the Midtown MARTA station, this is a great place to meet with friends for a game, or just to chat and enjoy good beer.
02-23-2009 18:53:19 |
More by Cyberkedi
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Well I ended my great trip to Atlanta on 2009/02/07 with a visit to this location of Taco Mac. It was the perfect ending to a great day. This location claims 140 beers on drought and 375 beers in the bottle. I obviously couldn't try them all but would really love to. I stuck with the drought selection. I had a Stone IPA and an Avery Maharajah IPA. I also had some hot wings, chips and salsa, and some some of my chum's chicken nachos. The food was better than I expected and had just the right level of spiciness to it. Think of this Taco Mac as a combination of Chilli's, Applebees, and Buffalo Wild Wings but with a 1000% better beer selection and tastier food. Can't wait to visit again.
02-10-2009 02:14:40 |
More by BeerMark
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This Taco Mac location is just a block away from my condo, so it serves as my home base for a beer and easy dinner. I believe the number of taps stays around 140, complimented by a very extensive bottle selection. I typically stick to beers on tap, but the taps are rotated often enough that I never run out of great options. With the exception of BSP and maybe the Porter in L5P, the selection of craft beer at TM is unparalleled in Atlanta.
The highlights of this Taco Mac are the special beer events. Rare cask-conditioned beers are hand-drawn once or twice per month. The Stone release celebration last year was incredible, as they had 12 incredible Stone brews on tap for the first time in Georgia, including some very rare offerings.
Food is consistently good, but not great. Service is hit-or-miss, and sometimes I seem to know about new or special kegs before the wait staff does, but only because i'm there once or twice a week. The bartenders are very knowledgeable and willingly give tasters or advice if you need help deciding.
The only slight complaint I have is the price - I think the prices tend to be on the high side. Though some beers are fairly priced, I would guess most beers are around $1 or sometimes $2 more than other spots around town. But, it is worth the premium to me considering its proximity and selection.
This TM does a great job of bringing in many unique beers, seasonal or limited releases that you might not find elsewhere in town. Overall, it's a great place to grab a beer after work, or a dinner before the game. Highly recommended from this local.
02-05-2009 04:25:07 |
More by drummerben
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
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
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: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in during a recent business trip for some late-night food and drink. My first Taco Mac, so I didn't know what I'd find. Overall a great experience and much better than I expected.
Sports bar atmosphere with finger foods. Some of the best buffalo wings I've had in the south (I'm from upstate NY). They were open until 2am including the kitchen.
Beer selection was extensive, especially for the south, over 100 taps and 200+ bottles, mostly US micros. A great selection overall, with very reasonable prices.
Service was friendly and helpful, but not necessarily knowledgeable at first. Once my servers realized I was a beer guy, the manager stopped by for some in-depth beer talk, along with a few shares from under the counter. We spent the next two hours sharing craft beer experiences and learning from each other.
Definitely worth a stop, especially if you are in mid-town. These guys have a great thing going and are eager to grow and expand their offerings. I look forward to my next trip to ATL to see how they are doing.
12-29-2008 16:54:14 |
More by Philby11111
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
Taco Mac - Metropolis in Atlanta, GA
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