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The Porter Beer Bar
Taps: 46 / Bottles: 650
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1156 Euclid Ave NE
phone: (404) 223-0393
(Place added by: gabeerfan on 10-19-2008)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5 | $$
Was in Atlanta last year and wanted to check out the top spots I'd heard about. Brick Store was as good as I heard and Wrecking Bar was the best surprise I'd had in years. Both more than covered the hype for beer and setting then knocked it out of the park with friendly helpful people.
But a year later I'm still thinking about the Porter. Man, what a special spot. The selection of taps and bottles was amazing, and made it way to hard to choose. This came with locals advising me left and right on their favorites that night. People behind the bar were about as good as I ever met. Advice and suggestions not only beers and glass ware, but even hints while tasting the brews. It was like a master class. What really stole the show is what is probably the ace up their sleeve that has them famous, and that's the Vintage list. You really need to get on the web and see it for yourself. But what wowed me was the vintages on tap...Struisse Pannepot 09, 10 and 11 on tap. Same night? Just another night? You have got to be kidding? Nope...just beer nirvana. Had all 3 and a few awesome tastings in between.
Only downside was a stayed too late, and found a parking ticket waiting for me.
So...highly highly recommended...but park thoughtfully.
10-04-2013 03:29:53 |
More by BillRoth
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Same sentiments as I shared on Yelp:
I came way out of my way to drink here on three different occasions during a trip to Atlanta; yeah, this place is official. O-ffi-cial.
Yeah, there's food and it looked delicious and I even ordered some tasty hush puppies that did a great job of soaking up beer, but I just want to talk about the beer. Yeah, they got whisky and other fine liquors, but I just want to talk about the beer.
This bar has one of the best craft beer selections I've seen from coast to coast. I'm generally going to love a place when it has a book that serves as a beer menu and I guess The Porter knew that. If I remember correctly, there were 36 taps to choose from, bottles on top of bottles to choose from that were organized by style, and oh yeah, a cellar list with some of the most sought after craft beer offerings known to man. Founder's Canadian Breakfast Stout from who knows how many years ago? That'll cost you about a buck fifty a bottle. That's $150, not $1.50. I won't lie, I was attempted to pull the trigger.
It turns out, you can actually do dinner in their cellar, surrounded by all the white whales of craft beer as long as you commit to buying so many bottles. That's on my bucket list.
But anyways, even poor folk like me found plenty to drink here and fall in love with good beer with each sip. My new favorite brewery, Westbrook Brewing, was all over the menu, both on tap and in bottles, as were their frequent collaborators, Evil Twin. I tried a great number of offerings from both and was either in love or obsessed with all.
They have a couple cask offerings, one of which just happened to be Allagash Curieux when I went in. Another score for me.
The Porter is the Harvard U. of beergeekery and I think I passed a remedial course. I'll have to return to complete my four year degree and enter the Beer Hall of Fame.
09-13-2013 20:15:44 |
More by ONovoMexicano
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is my favorite bar in the Atlanta area. The draft selection is top notch and the bottle list is pretty massive. The only thing that isn't up to par with the other top beer bar in Atlanta is the cellar list (which it's still really good, mind you). The other place has also had 16 years to build up their cellar, while the Porter hasn't even hit the 5 year mark yet.
The food here is some of the best pub food I've had. The specials are always really good and are more akin to something you would find at a fine dining establishment and would pay twice as much for.
The service has always been great for me; fast, friendly, and knowledgeable about what they're serving. They're all really easy to have a conversation with about the beers on tap, or just in general.
07-22-2013 15:07:48 |
More by ari32
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$
I'd say this is one of the better places in Atlanta to find that beer you've really been looking around for while also eating good food that doesn't necessarily have to be a burger or a dozen chicken wings. Their taps rotate very regularly and they typically give as equal attention as possible to various beer styles. Beer aside, the food is quality and every staff member I've met has been very personable. My only negative is the lack of a television (I happen to prefer sports with my beer), but I'm sure they see television as a distraction from the atmosphere more so than anything else.
Essentially, if I ever feel like being a beer snob (and there are no sports being played that night), the Porter is one of the first bars I consider in Atlanta.
03-20-2013 23:17:12 |
More by BlakeE
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | $$
It was our last day in Atlanta and I decided to take the wife out to Inman Park (lunch at One Eared Stag) and Little Five Points (beer at The Porter). That's when I really fell in love with the ATL.
What a great neighborhood Little Five Points is!! And The Porter, one of the best beer bars I've had the pleasure of visiting... looks narrow when you go in but it goes on and on- a bar area, some tables on the back, then another area with tables after a small flight of stairs. Rustic feel all around, brick walls, wood, dim lights.
40 taps plus Curieux on cask!! And a bottle list to die for, including a vintage-bottle list with goodies like a 2010 Brewdog Sink the Bismarck for 320 dollars. I didn't love the fact that a lot of the "vintages" were '11 and '12, though...
Great taps! Red Brick Lost Years, Finch's Secret Stache Stout, New Holland Night Tripper, Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero, Dogfish Burton Baton... plus some rare brews from Belgium, Denmark and Sweden.
We loved the chill, warm ambience in an early Friday, but I'm sure it gets hectic and crowded at night. Didn't try food but oh my, does it look great: shirred egg with duck confit and bone marrow cream, pork and foie gras terrine, crispy pig ear ssam, bone marrow... gimme meat!!
An all around stunning beer joint.
03-11-2013 02:56:30 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Pros: Reasonably sized selection of drafts, excellent quality. Outstanding food. Servers know their beer.
Cons: Parking. Small, particularly the front bar area. Loud.
Visited on 11/20/12 (Thursday). Finding parking in the area sucked. Went there with a colleague who lived in Atlanta a number of years ago and he told me that this would be the case. Great neighborhood with plenty of things to check out in case there's a long wait and you can't find a place at the bar. The space at the front of the house is tight. Probably no more than 3 or 4 feet between the bar and back wall. Because there was about a 20 minute wait for a table, we had a chance to sit at the bar, order a beer and talk to the bartender. Good understanding of what was available as did the waitperson who served us later. Thirty to forty taps plus one beer on cask that night. Plenty more bottles, but with the selection, why not get something fresh? My only gripe, and it's a small one, was that I would have like more local beer. There was only three or so.
The back of the house is a bit roomier, but still smallish. Long seating areas give it a homestyle seating arrangement feel (individual tables, however). Very loud. Very rustic feel to the place. The food was very good to excellent. We split the goat cheese hush puppies and an Indian style appetizer (can't remember what it was) and I had the shrimp and grits for a main. All were very good.
I'll definitely be checking this place out next time I'm in town.
12-22-2012 17:54:49 |
More by LittleDon
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I don't have a great basis for comparison, but I love the porter. The staff are very knowledgeable, The beer selection is massive, the list ordered by style. When you walk in the first thing you see is the massive wall of beer glasses. So you know that you will be served with the proper glassware.
There is a great rotation on draft with the occasional cask beer. Recently I had a beer that was a collaboration between the owner of the Porter and some people at a neighboring brewpub. You get the feeling that The Porter is an integral part of the Atlanta beer community.
As far as food goes, I'm a vegetarian, so I can't speak for most of the menu. But c'mon, the owner's a chef. You can't go wrong. However, for the veg crowd there is the veggie burger which is great, and there is always a vegetarian special. The specials rotate often, so if you are veg, you'll have something new to try. All food has a suggested beer pairing.
I'm pretty sure last time I went one of the owners was walking around asking how everyone is. Honestly the Porter is a friendly neighborhood place, with a great vibe. I highly recommend it if you are visiting Atlanta.
11-25-2012 04:42:24 |
More by Adamshmadam
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Right in the middle of little 5 points hipster district, so parking is a bitch. But, like so many of the places around here it is worth braving the crowds and douches and general shittiness of getting anywhere in ATL to get here.
It is in an oddly long and narrow space and while it isn't as tiny as it looks it is still pretty small and we were really lucky to walk right in and sit down on a Saturday night. The decor is pretty standard rustic/industrial chic beer bar and the crowd matches.
Service was reasonably good considering the crowd and the waiter certainly knew his beer. The selection was very good, its not the Brick Store but its not far from it. The real attraction here is the food and the pairing possibilities with the beer. The menu is small, but interesting and the execute it well. They have both well made pub food and more adventurous items like house made charcuterie. It was very much worth the trip and I look forward to my next visit.
09-06-2012 06:51:08 |
More by nickfl
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Porter Beer Bar is in the heart of Little Five Points in Atlanta. The Porter Beer Bar was my first introduction to Atlanta beer bars before I moved to the area. In fact, my experience was so good, I decided to live in the area so I could walk to this place. So, I undoubtable love this place.
The atmosphere is rustic and casual. Their beer selection is second to none (there beer list is more like an encyclopedia than a menu). If you are a whiskey or bourbon person, they also have an amazing selection of spirits as well (with Pappy Van Winkle and other rare bourbons).
Their food is great as well. I typically get the burger or veggie burger, and I've never left hungry. If you are in the area, make sure to stop in.
P.S.- Dont' be scared away if there is a crowd out front or by the full bar because there are a number of tables in the back if you walk past the bar.
06-15-2012 13:57:48 |
More by Georgejt
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
The selection of beer at this bar might be top 3 in the US. When you walk in you notice a long bar to the right and brick wall on the the left it was dimly light. Behind the bar was and extensive selection of glassware that line the whole bar.
Not being from the Atlanta area and only being there once on a Tuesday I can't really comment on the atmosphere. There were a few people at the bar and some rock music playing in the background no TV in the bar area which was nice.
The quality of beer is unbelievable with 38 taps and well over 450 bottles. Anytime you can fine Abbey de bon chien grand gru, Lost Abbey cuvee de tomme, Gale's prize old ale along with haandbryggeriet farewell ale you know you are in the right spot. I had a local beer on draft Twains tropicali IPA which was a great west coast style IPA along with a few others great beers.
The service was good the bartender was very knowlegable of the beers. There were only a few people in the bar so maybe that had something to do with it.
Overall The Porter Beer Bar is a most stop if your looking for rare beer or just your favorite craft beer. I highly recommend this bar.
06-12-2012 23:12:17 |
More by shueyy
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