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Taco Mac - Metropolis
Taps: 140 / Bottles: 200
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
933 Peachtree St NE
phone: (678) 904-7211
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 26
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1.5 | $$
I stopped in Taco Mac Metropolis on my last night of a three-day trip to ATL. I had a feeling what I was in for but decided to go based on the reviews here on BA. I was sorry almost immediately that I was swayed by these reviews.
The place is a huge, loud, and rather dirty sports bar filled on a Tuesday night with fratboys, their girlfriends, and older dudes who probably weren't in frats but now want people to think they were.
I've never been impressed with beer bars with excessively large numbers of taps. There's really no way a place like that can keep their hoppy beers fresh and are unlikely to be able to keep all of those taplines cleaned. While I can't speak to the latter issue, I was right about fresh IPAs or lack thereof. I ordered a Founders Red's Rye and a Sweetwater IPA and didn't finish either one because the hops had faded and they were malty messes.
And given it's called Taco Mac, I ordered simple beef tacos --- they were terrible. The soft flour tortillas were oversteamed and the taco meat with grimy. Gross.
Two pints and two tacos set me back $19 before tax and tip. Not bad.
I would never encourage a BA to go to this place. Spend the extra time and head out to Decatur and hit up the Brick Store Pub and Leon's Full Service for great beer and food.
04-18-2012 04:41:43 |
More by BuckeyeOne
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
I find Taco Mac to be one of the more over-hyped restaurants/bars in Atlanta. This particular location is exceptionally disappointing. Yes this place has hundreds of beers, so it's not the worst place to be dragged to by friends. However, I think a place that prides themselves in their beer selection would also try to have a staff that has even a vague knowledge of different types of beers. The staff here is completely clueless. If you know exactly what you're looking for, this isn't too bad of a place to go; however, if you want to try something new, do NOT come here looking for a recommendation. Not only are the servers clueless when it comes to beer, they are also quite slow when it comes to bringing that beer that you ordered 20 minutes ago. Also, Taco Mac's beers of the month are apparently comprised of just the worst beers they can get in a keg for that particular month. To sum up, I extremely dislike Taco Mac.
03-03-2009 17:38:04 |
More by jm429
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
I have been to many different Taco Macs throughout the Atlanta area. I will say this is the first one that I have had absolutely no desire to go back to. Our waiter was an absolute moron, and the service was extremely slow. Myself and my party waited about 10 minutes for each beer that we ordered (3) when the place was nearly empty. One of my beers came to me wrong, warm and awful. At the end of my time in this hell hole, we asked for our checks to be split, they came to us in pairs, with orders STILL on the wrong ticket. On top of this, I had to ASK for my brewniversity card back and he couldn't tell us which one it was. So a member of my party had to tell him how to do his job and find out which card was mine (no my name wasn't on it, but I have never had a problem with it before.) Throughout this process the waiter didn't say sorry for the wait or anything to try and make our experience any better.
Thank you "Taco Mac Metropolis," you have made me never come back to your store. I will spend my hard earned dollar elsewhere.
02-10-2013 20:16:03 |
More by 7h324nd0m1
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Taco Mac Metropolis...an odd place in Midtown with a great beer selection, but not much more.
The atmosphere here is very unimpressive. I feel like I'm in some sort of a mix between a diner, a sports bar, and a night club. I really dislike it.
The beers are generally served in incorrect glassware (unless standard pint glass is appropriate), but the beers here are generally fresh (though I haven't really tried my luck with many bottled/canned IPAs - a true test for me).
The service here is not bad for a restaurant, but not good for a beer bar. The bartenders generally have some beer knowledge, but the servers generally have very little.
The beer selection is pretty decent. They have A LOT of beer, but much of it is mediocre/standard. I have a hard time picking out beers here because I've generally had everything. For a sports bar, the selection is very good, though.
I actually find the food quite decent at Taco Mac. It's not the interesting, well crafted dishes of Brick Store, but it's good for chain bar food.
The prices are actually quite high. Some drafts can go for nearly $10, which you will not see at the other craft beer bars in Atlanta.
10-27-2010 20:27:52 |
More by coreyfmcdonald
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.75 | $$
The wife and I were going to Empire State South (a fine restaurant!) and guess what, there is a massive Taco Mac right across the street! My first Taco ever... Inside it looks like any suburban chain restaurant, but the long, serpent-like bar is plenty cool.
140 taps! Great Divide Yeti, Dragon's Milk, Trobadour, Boulevard Nommo and Tank, Green Flash Friendship and a bunch of local/regional brews (French Broad, Duck Rabbit, Red Brick, O'Dempseys, Red Hare).
The place was empty on a weekday at lunchtime during Christmas, but the bartender looked hurried and overwhelmed, and it takes time to get a beer. Here I learned that service is the Achilles' heel of all Taco Mac locations!
The ambience is blah and bland, the food is mediocre but goes well with beer (queso and salsa).
Come for the beer only! The selection is damn good indeed.
03-04-2013 01:38:37 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went for the Stone release, but have been to several other T.C.'s before.
Pretty urban feel. Lots of sleek lines, painted wood and brushed metals. Raised bar over the regular seating area. A little loud, but the crowded bar may have had added to the noise.
Service was quite good. Our server took good care of us and made well-reasoned remarks on the beer. I did see some beers in chilled glasses, but the Stones were not served this way, thank goodness.
Selection overall was about the same as most of the other T.C.'s. And prices seemed pretty much in line with other locations as well, despite the expensive location. Of course, the Stone release contributed to the heightened idea of the good selection.
Menu is the same as all the other locations. We only had chips and salsa, but I can assume the other food is on the same level as elsewhere.
Beer and food was all reasonably priced. 6-9 8oz. beers plus chips and salsa was only about $30, so I felt we got a good value. Lots of food items under $10.
This is probably the best T.C. location I have been to and will be returning. If you are in town, skip the original Virginia-Highland location, which is only about 1-1/2 to 2 miles away, and go here. You will be glad you did.
November '08 Update: If you go at lunch on a weekday, sit at the bar if you can. My wife and I sat at a table and ordered beers. Took over 15 min. to get them and the manager removed them from the bill. Apparently, the bartender wasn't used to pouring beer at lunch and forgot about our order. Service score lowered accordingly.
09-23-2008 00:39:32 |
More by gabeerfan
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
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: 3.5 | 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: 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
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