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The Vortex Bar & Grill (Midtown)
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
878 Peachtree St. NE
phone: (404) 875-1667
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vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
A rock/punk type of bar, not for me. Smoking and the like. Body piercings, not too bad in this conservative state. Some craft beers and imports, nice part of town. But nothing special-one non-local craft beer, Bridgeport. Laid back service. Good size of the place. I heard it's much much louder at night, but i do not plan to be back. Decent bottles.Did not try the food. Has good windows and viewing onto the street. Parking is available. Not a bad place to go if you can't get up to the 5 Seasons.
02-08-2008 20:28:57 |
More by northyorksammy
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
When we arrived (three guys) the place was rocking. I think it was about 8 pm last Friday night (Jan 16). We put our name in to get seated and we headed to the bar.
First off the menu basically says everyone is an idiot and they are supreme beings and you better play by their rules. I figured it was just a macho readneck kick and I was pretty much right. The bartender looked like someone out of Roadhouse or easy rider. I told him I wanted a St. Bernardus Apt 12 and he snorted - "I hate Belgium beers". That's like saying I hate France beers or I hate America beers. Not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed but a tool non-the-less.
I get most of my beer. A good 1/5 runs out as foam because he uses the bar bottle opener to open it as opposed to a hand opener. He apologizes and then pours it into the proper glass. Oh well its good but way way too cold. You can tell they would rather serve BMC only but are catering to a beer snob crowd.
Well we get seated and the waitress is decent enough. We order - I got the Blue Shroom Burger and it was amazing. I have to say the food and beer were better than the service.
After I get the bill I see yes it is a bit pricey here, but good just the same. I figured it was worth it so we leave a good tip and hit the door. I probably won't be back but it's worth a try if you're in midtown.
01-21-2009 01:33:22 |
More by PerzentRizen
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
The Vortex is a pretty average bar with an above average tap and bottle selection. It's a smoky, dark, loud place, and not exactly a beer destination. Sure, the bottle selection is pretty darn good, but I'm not sure how long some of that stuff has been sitting around. I'm also not sure why the hamburgers are so famous - they're good, but nothing special. Certainly not the best in Atlanta. Service is average, and they don't seem to know much about beer (with the possible exception of the bartender).
Overall, it's a decent place, just not a beer mecca. If I'm in the area, I'd choose Cypress Street Pint&Plate and Taco Mac Metropolis over Vortex any day.
12-24-2008 17:06:50 |
More by shivtim
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
Review of Midtown location
Atmosphere - rock bar. Very typical, I could understand where this would be a biker's haven. The place is pretty dark with a pretty long bar. Servers ranged from god awful ugly to calendar beauties.. so yes that was part of the atmosphere :) An interesting fit in midtown, home to mostly yuppie hangouts
Quality - nothing too special, beer was still fresh which is a plus when it comes to micros on tap in ATL bars.
Service - sat at the bar. Bar staff was quick and worked together well. Food and drinks were both delivered pretty quick, and I was a bit surprised to have a goblet show up with my Pranqster.
Selection - looking at their menu online, I would have thought it was pretty damn good. However, neither St Bernardus or Chimay are on tap anymore, so the lineup consists mostly of Georgia micros, and standard American and European macros. The bottle selection was a little more interesting, but not much better than a franchised Taco Mac.
Food - definitely the highlight of the place. Excellent burgers, and they offered them in tons of interesting ways. Nice homemade taste, and they were huge. I went with and would recommend the jerk burger.
Price/Value - fair. Expect to pay $5 for a beer ($10 if you want a Rogue bomber) and about $8-10 for a sandwich. Very fair on the beer and I'd consider the burgers to be a pretty good deal.
02-25-2008 00:33:32 |
More by jophish17
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
looking through beerfly this place looked the best and was close enough to my hotel. There is sort of an industrial vibe here. Tables to the left as you walk in and a bar that snakes around the right. First part is devoted to spirits the second part has refrigerated cases full of beer. Also about 20 or so beers on tap. The selection was good but not great. Too many of their taps or bottles are devoted to macro lagers from round the world. however I was able to get a Dry Hopped St Rogue Red, some 90 Minutes on draught and some locals. They have beers from Rogue, Dogfish head, Brooklyn, flying Dog, Duvel St Barnardus and a few others. Quality wise they shouldnt keep their beers on display like that and i felt the taps could have been a bit cleaner as something in the 90 minute tasted off.
Still a good selection and good prices. Worth a shot if in the area
08-21-2007 15:09:04 |
More by sleazo
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
This is a review of the L5P location, as I've never been to the Midtown one.
The Vortex is something else. It's got sort of this vibe of having the most random retro/weird junk on the walls they can, but it works for them. They have a fairly decent beer selection for the type of place, and you probably wouldn't know it looking at it from the outside.
The real star of the place is the food. The burger is one of if not the best in Atlanta. They have so many varieties, and everyone's been great. My go-to is The Cowboy, which is your standard burger with BBQ sauce, swiss cheese, and a piece of ham on it. Mmm, decadent. Everything I've ever eaten there has been enjoyable, and there's nothing like taking a huge burger down with a Duvel by your side.
Service has always been fine. Nothing special, but this isn't the kind of place that strikes you as going out of their way to be friendly, especially if you read their rules on the front page of the menu.
Two points of advice for first-timers: if they ask you to pay to park in the lot next to the place just tell them you're going to the Vortex and you won't have to pay. You may also want to avoid Thursday nights, as that's traditionally biker night and tons and tons of motorcycles show up and crowd the parking lot.
11-30-2007 02:51:05 |
More by ruckzuck
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped here after finding it on beerfly and subsequently checking out the website. Let me say first that the walls are covered with pictures of girls and all kinds of skeletons (pretty much as advertised), but the servers are not the same quality as the website would lead you to believe. The burgers are good, <$10 for specialty burgers, made quickly too. The beer selection is decent, with about 16-18 taps and maybe 80 bottled selections. I stuck with local beers like Terrapin and Sweetwater.
After dinner we went 1 block north to Taco Mac, and I have to recommend that place over Vortex. Much wider selection of beers on tap at Taco Mac.
09-26-2008 10:46:51 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The atmosphere is good, just walked through the downstairs on the way to our table and there was a lot of stuff going on. Upstairs is kind of plain but all the windows made it seem like we were sitting outside but with A/C.
Quality was not what I'd hoped. I've heard good things and think I just hit a bad day but the DFH 90 Minute I got on tap was warm and a little flat. It was served in a goblet though, which was nice.
Service was good, everything was out quick and nothing was messed up.
Bottle selection is great, I just wish they had more draft selections. I can only remember about five non-mainstream beers that they had on draft.
Food was really good, I got the burger, which they're known for. The buffalo wing sauce is also really good (had them with my fries). They actually cooked a burger medium rare, which is pretty rare.
I'll definitely go back, it's not really cheap but it's certainly not overpriced. I'm also curious as to how often they change their draft selections.
08-03-2008 04:06:10 |
More by glid02
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Finally found a decent place in Atlanta for a good beer that is a semi-convenient walk from the business district "hotel area". There is a nice sort or alternative culture thing going on here that I found comfortably familiar. Interesting bar layout. Very long with a short elevated "leg" facing the bottle cooler so you can see what's going on. DogFish Head 90 minute was very fresh on tap. Very nice, comprehensive bottle selection that is very reasonably priced. Heck, I very nearly had a PBR tallboy! Did not try the food, but it looked good. Decor is a mashup of Bennigans and Mad Max. A couple of beauties on the staff. Most definitely this place will be my base camp in Atlanta when there next.
04-12-2008 17:13:53 |
More by BertSugar
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Ate lunch and had some beers with friends here, we sat outside on a nice afternoon.
Eccentric burger place with a good selection of beer and cocktails. Loved the brash humor of the food and drink menus.
They had about a dozen or so beers on tap, mostly local or mainstream craft beer. Drafts were reasonably priced as they were 20 oz. imperial pints. They had a more extensive bottle list if you couldn't find a draft beer to your liking.
I had the "house" beer and another local Atlanta brewed beer to go along with my Coronary Bypass burger. If you love meat and good bar food, you'll love the menu.
Our waitress was attentive and asked about the next beer before we were finished. Thumbs up!
10-26-2012 19:14:18 |
More by jmdrpi
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The Vortex Bar & Grill (Midtown) in Atlanta, GA