Five Seasons Westside
Active Beers: 75
Beer Ratings: 185
Beer Avg: 3.93
Taps: 9 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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3.34/5 rDev -14.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
I guess first impressions are everything on both sides of the coin. As the first and I can say most likely the last visit to an average place with average to fair beer. I say this because when I go out in summer we dress VERY beach casual, so I guess going into to some places we "MIGHT" be under-dressed. Even so my money is the same.
anyway the review:
Its in an artist upper crusty wedge of Atlanta that quite frankly is very run down. Its an 2 or 3 street island in the ghetto to be frank. Not really but its on the edge of Ga Tech and the poor folks, to be more accurate. parking is ok. of course this was 2pm so its was so early my review will not reflect when most folks hit bars, we hit them before 5pm period.
So we walk in and the bartender is the greeter, we sit at the bar and this person is very indifferent to us, and we are the only ones at the frigging bar!!!
Its a brew pub you think she would tell us about the beers, or something, typical Yankee moved to the south bartenders I HATE!
So I ask what they have and she POINTS to the list on a tiny board in various color caulk. Not easy to read for us older folks. anyway.
ok we get the beer ordered and we get it fast, but I mean we the only ones there, and bartender is not very willing to even chat with us for a few minutes, I guess see figured we have 1 and done. I guess I should assume it was early but they been open since 11am, so that is a poor excuse. then the guy/owner/manager from hop city pops in with a beer and serves this lady the beer and leaves, after chatting with the bartender, I guess they have some kind of deal.
So average brew pub selection, nothing worth visiting for really, was not offered a sample plate. The Imperial porter was decent, the hefe the wife had was below decent. i had a cask pale ale that was really a cask IPA, too bitter for me. We did not try the food.
The place has a large bar with the typical kill your ass bar seats.
Large dinning room with bar on roof I assume for the smokers.
all in all if you new and they don't know you you get treated indifferent. Bathrooms were clean.
All in all If I had meet some one else to talk to and they were a regular it might have been a nice evening as it was, and since the beer was NOT worth paying 5 to 7 bucks for IMHO we left after 2. Still I left a larger than average tip to let the girl know she missed out. maybe I should have not left her a tip and I should known by know that Atlanta prices are just going to be higher than Jacksonville. anyway we might go back. maybe next time it will be better.
09-15-2010 11:54:42 | More by azorie
4.4/5 rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Very nice establishment. Easy to find, adequate parking. Stopped here on my way through Atlanta.
Since I had a 5 hour drive afterwards I could only get the sampler, their beers were good. The Adam Crux stood out and their Quinte55ence was my favorite. The staff knew the beer and food and was more than happy to answer any questions and discuss the beer.
Other than the Quinte55ence the food was the highlight. Shared the fish tacos and the 5 cheese pizza. Both were excellent. Their fries also had something special going on as well. Not sure if it's the oil they use or what, they were really good.
Overall, great place. Nice enviroment, great staff, good beer and excellent food.
Also, Hop City is right next door...two birds, one stone.
07-15-2010 15:29:23 | More by Wilson27
3.75/5 rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
So I try to make it to this place at least a couple times a month to try their new stuff and get a couple of my favorites - try their Trippel Cab - it's really great. I've also brought a few non craft beer drinkers here and they are always impressed with the beers.
The atmosphere is clean, open, yet slightly cold. I don't quite feel invited into this place, though it's certainly not bad and they have outdoor seating. However, I want my brewpubs to feel like home.
The quality of the beers is in general very good. Other that one severely undercarbonated beer, I have been very impressed with all their beers.
The service is somewhat spotty. They give you an appropriate amount of attention, but most of the servers lack beer knowledge and the ability to discern my beer knowledge and appropriately help me out.
The selection is good - I love the bottle conditioned beer idea - you don't see this very often in a brewpub. It'd be nice if they bottled some 375ml bottles at a cheaper price, though. I often come here for a quick beer by myself or with someone who wouldn't want to share a bottle. They have casks every Thursday, too. They are normally very good. The selection is a bit saison heavy, but Crawford brews great saisons so I can't complain too much.
The food quality is good, but I'm not a fan of the menu. I would much rather come here just for drinks. A few of the items are pretty decent, though, and the spent grain bread is great.
This place is rather pricey, though not over the top. Their 750ml bottles go for $26, and their pints go for $5-$8ish. Their food is expensive.
06-24-2010 21:21:25 | More by coreyfmcdonald
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I have been going to the 5 Seasons Prado for years and I have visited the 5 Seasons Alpharetta a few times. However, this has become my favorite 5 Seasons location. Here's why:
Crawford's Brewing - If you don't know, Crawford Moran (founder of the former Dogwood Brewing Company) is the brewer at 5 Seasons Westside. Over the years he has produced some phenomenal brews. One of the latest has been the Cinq Saison here at the 5 Seasons West. Several times when I have visited, we have struck up a good beer conversation.
Good Food - Not all the selections on the menu are my style, but many are. A long shot better than the standard "bar food".
The Décor / View - The décor was a bit too modern / trendy for me in the beginning but it's grown on me. The view of downtown Atlanta from upstairs is nice. The patrons and staff I have spoken with have all been friendly and that goes a long way on the ambiance. Not the best acoustics (a bit "tinny" and loud) but it doesn't turn me away.
Hop City / 5 Seasons Westside - The fact that the best beer store in the Atlanta area is next door makes this a solid "beer destination". Take your 5 Seasons receipt next door for a discount.
Brewing with Rainwater - Besides being cool, brewing with rainwater is just smart from an energy savings standpoint and a water conservation standpoint. Green is good, unless you're talking about dye in the beer for St. Pat's - icky!
01-04-2010 21:31:15 | More by TheEclecticGent
4.05/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I've been here quite a few times and it's about time to lay down a review.
Atmosphere is good. It's an absolutely massive space downstairs with a large bar and ample seating. There are a few TV's around with a bit more seating outside and two chalkboards touting the beers on tap. Upstairs holds more seating and another bar with a good deal of roof-top area available.
Quality is good. Beers come in a variety of appropriate glassware with proper head and at a good temperature.
Service is good. I've never had to wait terribly long to place an order and the bartenders are always more than friendly.
Selection is good. There are usually 6-8 beers on-tap with a cask tapped every Thursday and sometimes another day of the week. Styles range from a pale to a golden to a stout to a myriad of Belgians.
Food is good. I usually go for the spent grain bread and soup as a quick snack but other offerings such as the tacos, calamari, and eggrolls are also tasty.
Value is good, though expect to pay a bit more for the local and usually organic food.
Overall this is a nice place to stop by in an up-and-coming part of town and I'm glad to see the beer culture improve slowly but surely.
11-13-2009 05:02:07 | More by glid02
4.16/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
A welcome addition to the "Midtown West" area. It's a nice urban space. Huge airy indoor area, with a giant metal grate bottle rack. Large staircase leads to upstairs outdoor seating. Some covered 1st floor outdoor seating as well, but it's very close to the road and quite loud.
All around a good place. Nice atmosphere, nice selection of beers, and good service. We had some appetizers, which were good, but didn't try a full meal. Seems a little pricey, but high quality. Server wasn't incredibly knowledgeable, as he told me they didn't have anything on cask at the moment, and then I saw the bartender pumping someone a pint from the cask.
Along with the other Five Seasons, this is the best brewpub in the Atlanta area. Not perfect, but definitely worth a trip, and easily combined with a visit to Hop City.
10-06-2009 13:10:04 | More by shivtim
4.2/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The area surrounding this shopping center seems a little seedy, but the shopping center itself is very modern and sharp. This Five Seasons location follows the vibe of the shopping center rather than the other locations by being shiny and metallic, rather than wood cabin style. Not really located near any public transportation. It can be a little tricky to get there by car.
There is a large bar in the middle of the lower floor with four HDTVs. There is also outdoor seating, both upstairs and downstairs. I didn't go upstairs so I'm not sure what kind of seating is up there.
The list of beers was rather long for a brewpub, but a lot of them seemed similar. There were several fruit-flavored wheat beers, plus two Witbiers (one being a dark witbier). I wasn't blown away by any other beers on tap. I've always enjoyed the ones available at the location in Sandy Springs.
The food is a large step above bar food, and on par with what you would find at any good restaurant.
All the prices seemed reasonable to me.
This place is pretty cool as far as looks, but I think I'll try visiting the Sandy Springs (Prado) location next time. I liked the beer there better, and it has been a while. That's not to say this place should be avoided. It should definitely be on the list for places close to Georgia Tech. Recommended.
09-07-2009 01:04:16 | More by BeerSox
4.2/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
Holy crap, this is a huge brewpub! Clearly these guy have done this before and brought their plans for the ideal brewpub to life in the Westside location. The pub consists of three separate floors, with the brewery and what will soon be a bar and outdoor seating on the ground floor, the main restaurant on the first floor, and a rooftop bar on the top. In all areas, great attention has been paid to design and detail with touches like a bar made out of an airplane wing on the top floor and tap towers made out of old fire hydrants in the main restaurant area.
The beer is well made and they seem to have quite a few on tap with new beers on a regular basis. The beer was served in clean glassware and I didn't see any shaker pints.
Service was good, we were sitting at the bar and it was only about 5pm, so it almost had to be. The bartenders were friendly and seemed like they would do a good job under busy conditions too.
The food was very good. We tried a few different appetizers that varied from good to excellent and I really want to go back and try some of the other dishes on the menu such as the 5-way duck feast.
Quite an impressive brewpub overall. The food alone is worth the visit and the beer is very solid and creative as well.
08-25-2009 04:07:32 | More by nickfl
4.06/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
What a nice place. This place is really big and very nice for a brew pub. It is located right next to Hop City so that makes it a great stop if you are in the area getting some beers. We stopped in after we made a little beer run and had a couple samples of their beers. I had the coffee stout which was very good and I enjoyed it. Their other regular beers were not great in my opinion but the two seasonal "high octane" beers were great both belgian style ales with great flavors. If I go back I will probably stick to their specialty beers. We didn't eat there but it did look like a very nice restaurant and seemed like it would be a great place to have dinner. The bartender was very nice and tried to answer our questions as best she could but she did go ask the brewer about a couple things, which I prefer other than bartenders I've had elsewhere that would just make things up.
Overall a nice place and would definitely recommend stopping when making a beer run at Hop City.
08-14-2009 19:47:50 | More by Blazer06
3.35/5 rDev -14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$$
This is my first Five Seasons I have been to. I went there for June Atlanta Beer meet up. The outside looked very promising. It has a good location, also right next to hop city, which was also great.
Inside is very spacious with huge windows, a nice bar, and nice tables. The staff was very nice and helpful.
I was pretty upset with their beers though. All of them seemed to have a similar lacking in flavor. One was actally pretty bad smelling and tasting, but to each his own.
We didn't order any food but our dinner guest did and it looked good, but a bit pricy.
The thing that super impressed me is that the owner (or head brewer, not sure) came to our table and asked us if we wanted a tour. I really enjoyed walking with him around the building to see the batches. It was a really nice thing of him to take time out of his day to do for us. I would really like to thank him for that.
06-26-2009 19:50:49 | More by Anthony1
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Five Seasons Westside in Atlanta, GA
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