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The Porter Beer Bar
Taps: 46 / Bottles: 650
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1156 Euclid Ave NE
phone: (404) 223-0393
(Place added by: gabeerfan on 10-19-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 60 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Visited "Porter" twice. First visit was just for a lunchtime drink at the bar. They change their taps and on this first visit, I lucked out. I ordered a St. Bernardus Abt 12. The price was $5.75 for an 8 oz. snifter glass. My wife ordered a bottle of Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Brew. That too was served in a snifter. I don't recall the price. The atmosphere at that time was mellow, laid back, yet hip - in that Little 5 Points kinda way (imagine something you might find on St. Mark's or Minetta Place in Greenwich Village). We perused the menu and were impressed, took in the vibe and vowed to return.
A couple was to accompany us on the second visit. We waited for them on some outdoor cafe-like rustic-tables that were set on the sidewalk. This was pretty cool. No St. Bernardus on tap this time but they did have Mongo DIPA. I love DIPA's. This was also served in a snifter glass. My wife ordered an Orange Blossom Pilsner which was served in a pint glass. What follows now is my comprehensive assessment of these two visits.
Atmosphere - This place is chill and mildly bohemian. The space, at first glance, seems cramped but once we sat down at the bar we didn't feel that way at all. There is seating for dining in the bar area and more in the back. Felt more spacious but, once again, the cramped feeling was more visual. On the second visit, we moved from the outdoor seating to one of the large wooden booths in the back. Felt very comfortable. The space is lit by something resembling hanging gas lights.
Staff/ Service - Attentive and knowledgable. The beers are served in their appropriate glasses. I like that. They know how the food is prepared and make good recommendations. They are not detached from the food or the beer. I believe they also have a great wine selection.
Food - Great menu. Entrees and appetizers are accompanied by a suggested beer pairing. This could have been satisfactory for the foodie but these guys are very conservative about the flavors. Their dishes seem very restrained. I think bigger flavors were necessary. HOWEVER, the homemade brats and sauerkraut were OFF THE CHAIN!
Beer Selection - I estimate there to be about 30 - 35 beers on tap and double that for the bottled selections, including some lambics and ciders.
Value - Menu prices a tad higher than a "fast casual" restaurant. The beer prices are are quite reasonable.
I'm coming back again. And be certain that I'm ordering the brats and sauerkraut.
07-31-2011 12:02:27 |
More by AlFromBayShore
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This is without a doubt my favorite bar. It's a decently long trip for me, and I make so little money that it's once in a blue moon (beer pun not intended) that I get to visit. But every trip is worth it.
The selection is immaculate, nothing but the most craftily made brews from all over the world. The beer menu is about ten pages long, with accurate descriptions for every brew.
The atmosphere is my favorite type of bar environment: dark and intimate. Even though the place can be packed, you can feel secluded with your party in a booth if you like, or you can mingle at the bar at meet some people.
The food is pretty good, as well. If you're on a budget, get the fries and they will be the best fries you will ever eat. If you want something else, they have it. From goat-cheese fritters to the best fish-n-chips I've ever had, they have something to fit your cravings, and your beer.
The prices are a little high for me, but you get what you pay for. Again, I'm fairly poor, so take my review of the prices with a grain of salt.
06-13-2011 20:33:02 |
More by phideltashaggy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
I went to the Porter with some friends around 1 on a Friday night.
The bar was still packed when we got there but then slowly died down. The atmosphere was kind of cozy, especially in the booths in the back.
I got a cask ale to start and it was served at the right temp. The beer menu was extensive and hit a lot of good points. It was quite expensive though, one of the most expensive places I've been at. Most of them were 5-6$ for 8oz pours. They were also out of 2 taps on the menu.
The server was nice but one time he forgot my beer but it wasn't a horrible delay.
Overall this is a great stop in Atlanta.
03-07-2011 01:01:23 |
More by crossovert
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Overall, The Porter Beer Bar exemplifies what a gastro-pub should be.
The beer selection is fantastic and the food is excellent. What makes this place so great is the laid back and relaxing atmosphere of this place. No pretentiousness, no beer snobs, just customers and employees that have a fine appreciation for beer, food and friends.
The one element of The Porter Beer Bar I don't enjoy is the physical layout. Although there is a bar and traditional dining type seating, most of the dining type seating is in the back. And who the hell wants to be in the back? Rarely, is there any excitement happening in the back.
The place is also fairly small, so the chances of you getting a seat at the bar or the one or two tables next to the bar are remote, unless you get there early. And I do mean EARLY.
As a beer drinker (not a beer sipper), I want to be close to the bar, so I can order my next beer expeditiously and easily.
Overall, good place, good times, good beer.
Go, if you haven't been. You'll be back!
02-08-2011 21:36:54 |
More by JBIII
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
A: Lively atmosphere with a friendly crowd. I struck up several conversations with other patrons.
Q: The bar is topped with a single slab of rock (granite?), and the decor is fashionable. The bar is stocked with seemingly any glass you could ever desire.
S: Beer staff was knowledgeable, giving plenty of attention, via sample, to those without prior beer experience. I had the New Belgium/Allagash collaboration, a scrimshaw pils, and a Highland Park 15yr for dessert (that's a single malt folks.) I know it isn't necessary to mention, but their craft bourbon and single malt selection was fantastic. They even had some of the new American single malts that are popping up. Bottle selection was also incredible.
F: This is the best part of the pub, with exceptional cuisine at a great price. I had their Belgian Frites, fried in garlic herb oil, which were fantastic. Next came the entree; shrimp and grits. Cheese grits topped with chanterelle and portabella mushrooms, shrimp, and white truffle oil. Since it was brunch, they gave me a poached egg to top the grits, and it somehow cost less.
V: The beer prices were average, but the food was where the real value was. I payed $10 for my entree, which could easily have cost double at a high-end cafe. I will definitely be stopping here again.
12-27-2010 17:06:44 |
More by Avagadro
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Great place in my favorite part of Atlanta, right next to Criminal Records in the Little Five Points section of town.
Cool atmosphere with a fairly long bar with most of the table seating in the rear. The staff is knowledgable and friendly and can offer great suggestions if you are looking for one.
The quality of beer on tap was so so based on my admittedly jaded tastes. But even with that said the bartender kept my tastebuds entertained throughout my 4 hour visit. The bottle selection is fantastic and has many harder to find brews.
Beer is served in correct glassware from a large stock of brewery specific glasses behind the bar. Food is excellent!! I started with a nice cheese plate and moved on to shrimp and grits that were recommended by the bartender, it was outstanding! I wound up skipping my final stop and drank here until I needed to leave for the airport.
12-06-2010 00:44:06 |
More by jp11801
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
The Porter is my favorite place. The servers/bartenders and owners are awesome, the food stands up to any restaurant in Atlanta (ranging from maybe the the best burger in town through specials like ramen with house made noodles, fresh pea agnolotti, and sauteed calf brains), and of course an awesome beer list. As opposed to most places with a big list they don't really waste any of it on lame beers. A small sampling of what I've had on tap here includes Petrus Aged Pale, Founders Kentucky and Canadian Breakfast Stouts, quite a few Jolly Pumpkins (La Parcela, ES Bam, Weizenbam), lots of Allagash (Interlude, Confluence, Curieux, Fluxus, High Malone) De Dolle Dulle Teve, Bells Hopslam, Rodenbach Grand Cru, De Molen Engels, J.W. Lees Moonraker, Dogfish Head Bitches Brew, Houbon Chouffe, Cornsendonk, Tripel Karmeliet, Ondineke Tripel, and lots more. Good bottle list as well.
11-18-2010 18:01:52 |
More by jpellett251
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
The Porter is my favorite beer bar in the whole world - and I've been to many. It goes without saying that the list is always exceptional (one of the best in the world) and the prices are good. The food is fantastic - try the fries and the popcorn! The specials are always unique and delicious. They try really hard to transcend everyday bar food.
But what keeps me choosing the Porter over other local beer bars is the service. The staff at the Porter actually remembers our names and make us feel welcome. They remember what we like and make recommendations. They let us know what new kegs are coming up next (especially our favorite: sour beers). And they are always happy to see us.
We are lucky to have lots of fantastic beer bars within a bike ride of our place (the Brick Store, Young Augustine's, Thinking Man, Mac McGee) but we still visit the Porter about once a week.
Porter, we love you long time!!
11-16-2010 21:14:54 |
More by CrookedVulture
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is probably my most frequented beer bar in Atlanta. Here's a little breakdown of the scores:
A - 4.5, I love the slightly crooked staircase to the back room, overall a very comforting environment. Going at peak times can become a little overwhelming in terms of the crowd to space ratio. Luckily they serve beer, which seems to alleviate that issue for me. Weekdays and afternoons are wonderful.
Q - 5, Apart from a wide beer variety this gets a 5 due to the fact they have their own garden and try to introduce locally grown ingredients whenever possible. They also infuse a handful of their own liquors. Beers are served appropriately (temp, glassware) in my experience.
Ser. - 4.0, I agree with some about the consistency. For the most part I have a server who is attentive and knowledgeable. I am a fairly easy guest. A few times I have been left waiting on water or a condiment, nothing unforgivable. During slower afternoon hours I have had the bartender trying to guess which beers I would like the most off of their draft menu by bringing me multiple samples. It just seems to depend on the day.
Sel. - 5.0, A huge selection of bottles and an always rotating cast of draft beers. I can go weekly and never get bored. Great seasonality and tastings.
F - 4.5, only once was I dissapointed. Arguably the best fries in the city... dip them in mayo. A very solid burger. The best is getting Mussels and Fries and calling it a meal. I rarely order from the regular menu however though because the specials are always seasonal and delicious (Heirloom Tomato salad from this summer was insane).
V - $$, certainly not the cheapest bar food, the beer is on point with similar locations. When I go with friends, someone is always able to get out for under $15 and someone always breaks the back. Use discretion.
10-22-2010 19:10:00 |
More by Kingdrue
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $
This place is right in the middle of Little 5 Points, which I think is a plus as it's a very interesting, eclectic locale and fairly easy to get to from just about anywhere. Walking into the bar, there is a long bar along the right with seating along the bar and minimal standing/walking room behind them. This makes conversation or large groups at the bar tough. However, this is plenty of seating in the back. The feel is a bit dive-y and worn, but certainly not dirty or dingy. The outside seating is a great touch.
Everything is served at correct temperature in appropriate glassware. Everything I've had is fresh (or aged correctly), and I would not hesitate to ask for something else if served something not fresh or aged inappropriately.
I have noticed the service getting steadily better. When I first went to Porter a little over two years ago, the service was hit or miss. Now, I have noticed more knowledgeable bartenders and servers. However, very few are experts.
The selection is where this place shines. It's just about as good as it can get. It's a small step behind BSP, but they get some great limited releases and some very special surprises. They've had beer from Short's, they've had Canadian Breakfast Stout, they always have multiple Cantillon bottles, it's really wonderful. The only place they could expand is on vintage beers, but this is a really small complaint.
I have seen the food menu become gradually better, as well. There are often odd items on the menu, but I'm almost always able to find something I'll enjoy. It rotates pretty regularly, too. Whatever dish sounds interesting to me is almost always tasty.
I wanted to re-review this place when I saw what how I reviewed it over a year ago. The service has improved and so has the food.
10-05-2010 15:28:42 |
More by coreyfmcdonald
The Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta, GA
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