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Brick Store Pub
Taps: 25 / Bottles: 185
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
125 E Court Sq
phone: (404) 687-0990
Beer and cheese tastings 1st Monday of every month starting at 6pm. 5 beers and 5 cheeses for $25.
Sometimes special beers are not on the menu. Ask and you shall receive.
Occasional cask tappings, gravity poured. Vintage beer room is now open - ask to see the list.
Limited parking out front, but there are two garages only a short walk away. For public transportation, the Decatur Marta train station entrance is only about 50 yards away.
Want a cellar tour or to meet the publicans? Any beer advocate planning a trip should beermail pghlee or Brickstoredave in advance.
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$$
I think Atlanta has gotten so touristy that if places like this don't know you, most likely your first experience will not be that good. While we been like 8 times, its been spread out so much, unless we personally meet someone a few times, they would not remember me as I am just not that remarkable. WE almost met the asst manager once, after he heard we been there 3 days in a row in 2008, but he never came back to us, so sad.
Last visit April 2010: We visited 3 days in a row. me and the wife. Very crowded and small place with a nice atmosphere. Slow service, if not at a the bar. been here many times now its not getting any better. Its a great place but world class NOT.
I can understand quality versus quantity but we got 84 taps here in my town and this place is only got what 25 to 30 if you include both bars. sad really.
May 2008: 2 visits upstairs IGNORED because we just walked in!! Once served service was fairly decent. Once we got to the upstairs bar is got better but the damage was done ratings wise.
Decent bottle selection and its nice the have the right glasses, Duvel and Orval for 11 dollars a bottle, highway robbery if you ask me. I guess its just something locals can afford, we cannot sadly.
The drafts were at little more reasonable, but still not cheap.
Food was good though and I guess that's the draw its reasonably cheap food , and the food is reason enough to go, but its a crowded place, cozy but tight fit. we could not get downstairs either day, and the Belgium bar was closed upstairs until about 5:30 or 6pm.
If you don't mind paying they got a decent selection nothing compared to Boston and the NE bars but for Atlanta its tops I guess. Friendly wait staffs once served, but drinking here wow better budget $75 plus for 4 beers IN BOTTLES for (2 folks) plus tip and that's no food. That drinking bottles, not draft, that's 8 beers total some of which were 12 dollars for 330ml, can you say we will never buy a bottle here again, yes you can.
The place is just too crowded for us, not to mention its a tad snobby I mean most of these folks don't give you the time of day I guess their yankees not real southerners.
SO we get here at 11am and its packed, they need to double the size of the place.
We been here many times and I would never make a special trip here again, but we do still seem to go here when we want decent pub and all that. still its crowded and packed many times, you have to run a smoke barrier to get in and out and parking sucks. Sorry if we like to park close, Sundays were free parking I think.
Beer is top of line (pricey to boot) and food is great, but its a strange place, it seems many are families that go for the food and drink tea and cokes, so its seem its really a restaurant first to most locals I chatted with, which does not make it a bad place far from it, it just makes it NOT a true beer bar IMHO. Just don't tell a local you don't LOVE the place and isn't the best because they will go nuts on yea. So go and decide for yourself if its the best. Heck we got 84 taps here, LOL they don't even come close.
local beer is cheapest, Belgian beer avoid at all costs unless your got money to burn.
again if your local and got the cash its a great place, but us fixed income folks its just not world class bar its a nice restaurant with some decent beer. Sorry but the TRUTH is the just a fact.
06-16-2008 00:24:40 |
More by azorie
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
I had visited the pub many times before and no problems until now. Yesterday was my birthday, so I was looking forward to going there with my friends. I tried to get a reservation inside there. The waitress said that there is 1 1/2-2 hour wait for a table. I left the pub, and then came back an hour later, and she just crossed off my name and moved it to the end of the list, which is another 2 hour wait. Frustrated, I left and went somewhere else to celebrate by birthday.
The place has a great beer selection, but whether you do, do not go there on Friday and Saturday nights. It is really busy, and it is hard to find good tables, especially with more than 4 people. Instead,go there when it is less busy, ideally before 5 pm.
01-26-2009 23:26:43 |
More by rslomin
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Well lit and decorated, The Brick Store pub is nestled in the downtown courthouse square of Decatur. The bar is nice looking but the seats weren't that comfortable
Our server was friendly and seemed to know about their selection. A large selection of Belgian ales, not many draft beers but a good selection from the bottle, high quality and resonably priced. The food was fantastic, burgers and sandwiches nothing too fancy. This was an excellent place for us to hang out and have some brews, too bad I have to trek across atlanta for that kind of quality
05-25-2006 02:15:04 |
More by afordney
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
In general, my wife and I really enjoy the Brick Store. We used to go there every Sunday night and sit in the Belgian bar. Lately, however, we haven't been too enthused about going. The beer selection, of course, is great, but sometime there isn't anything, that really peaks our interest. I think the main reason we don't go there as often is the limited selection of food. Pretzels are great as are the salads, but there aren't many main courses. Granted, what they make is well prepared and predictable, but there just isn't much selection.
02-23-2006 17:54:53 |
More by doubleipa
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
Great Atmosphere! This is the best place to go on holidays and special beer events. They know how to host good party's. Brick inside, down stairs and up stairs bars give you 2 diff atmospheres to pick from, both great. Upstairs is a very old world pub feel, dark, low celling. Down stairs is open and big but still alot of character.
The owners are beer lovers and helped in the fight to get the georgia cap lifted. All proper glass wear is used, usually you get the beer in the glass with its name on it.
Service is not top notch, but it is neat to have real people serving you, adds to the pub feal when a guy says, hey whatcha want? The bar tenders are very good though, the service staff needs to catch up.
Selection is huge as far as bottles go, not lots of taps, but always good beers on tap, and always rotating. I think the web site says what is currently avalible.
Food is pub grub, but good grub and good prices. Fish and chips is my pick. Good burger and only like 6$ I think. Very good value.. just pub food.
Value is great here. Last time I was in pints of old rasputian out of the nitro tap were 4$
Great place, this is a place that should not be missed. And will find a warm spot in your heart if you get a chance to make it. Especially if you get to catch an event here.
11-16-2005 21:43:58 |
More by AndoBrew
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Visited this weekend for lunch. The beer menu is second to none. I went for one reason only: Oskar Blues Ten Fidy aged in Stranahan Whisky Barrels for 9 months. Holy mother of mercy! It was sooo good but back to the beerfly review... Atmosphere is exactly like what I would want to run one day. No TV, forcing the patrons into conversation. Wide range of people from all walks of life made it a great people watching place. Everything was of great quality, right down to the contact-less hand dryer in the restroom. Service was average. nothing too outstanding, it took a little long to get a beer at lunch time in my opinion but I was never left unattended for long. The beer menu was 4 pages long and up to date. Very extensive list of all different styles. Looks like they only want to serve the best in here. Food was pretty good. I had a pub burger with chedder, lettuce, tomato and mushrooms. the chips (potato wedges) were great. A Whisky Ten Fidy, Allagash Curiex and the pub burger was $17. I will most definitely be going back!
11-10-2008 18:03:21 |
More by tiger88
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Great relaxed Pub atmosphere. Straight out of the early 20th century with no electonics, neon or TV's. Stairs to the upstairs loft overlooks the first floor. Two other back rooms with bar.
Menu is pub food but not stuff out of a box. I had the Chicken Pot Pie, it was done in a small iron pan and 100% "home made". largely sandwich fare. Appetizer of Pierogies in carmelized butter and pecans was excellent for this lifetime patron from Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Pricing is moderate.
Excellent customer service culture is evident with every service person you have contact with.
I, of course was looking forward to something off their great beer selection, and I wasn't disappointed. I spent some time convincing my wfe and neighbor that they could also get a good wine. Both are Chardanay lovers. The Brick store had a single selection of Chard, it was 6:00 pm and they were out of it. That was a bummer.
Also, our appetizer order was lost, so the wait was long. Then they were already out of the soft pretzel appetizers that we ordered with the pierogies.
This would have been a perfect 5 if:
They had the wine (at 6:00pm that was frankly unacceptable). Being out of the pretzels was less critical but again, that should not happen as early as the six O'clock hour.
I would also encourage them to get a second Chard in their selection for those who like an Oaky Chard.
02-14-2012 02:08:50 |
More by jadpsu
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I visited this bar while in Atlanta on Vacation.
A - Typical beer bar. Nothing really stood out as odd or different. Just the usual mixed crowd of college students, people just getting off of work, and a few beer geeks. Very crowded.
Q - The bar appeared to be relatively clean with the products fresh and presentable.
S - The service was quick and efficient. The waitresses appeared to know about the beers they were serving and equally as much about the food.
S - The selection in the lower bar was about average for a beer bar. The usual local beers as well as some of the more popular national craft beers. What sets this bar apart IMO from most beer bars is the Belgian beer bar located upstairs. An amazing array of Belgian beers are available at this establishment!!
F - The food was above average for a bar. Instead of getting the usual greasy burger or appetizer, the food actually looked cooked and tasted great!
V - The prices at this bar were amazingly affordable! Most beers on tap were around $5, but thats not for your average beer. For instance Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout, for a full glass, was only $5. Where I come from, thats a great price. They had other equally great beers on tap for the same price.
Overall this was a great bar. If I lived in Atlanta, I could easily see making this my hangout. They had a great selection of beer and the prices couldnt be beat. However I fail to see exactly why this would be rated as the #2 best beer bar in the world. Its great but nothing I'll exactly miss.
11-25-2009 00:58:03 |
More by beeragent
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I am lucky enough to live within walking distance of this pub. I have been going there since shortly after the opening. I applauded the "no macro" philosophy. It was a unique and welcomed change for Atlanta at the time. In my opinion, it still leads the pack of beer places in Atlanta. Sure there are more choices now, which is a welcomed thing, but the Brick Store is my first choice.
Yes, service is better at the bar, no doubt about that. But even table service is good. It does depend on when you are there. The dinner rush hour can fill the pub and slow both the service and the kitchen. Plan accordingly. Weekend dinner and early evening will usually find the pub packed. Large parties can find the wait to be sometimes up to several hours. It is not a big place.
The selection of beers is excellent. The taps and bottles rotate. Check the online beer menus to ease the first choice of beer upon arrival.
I find that the servers are very knowledgeable about the beers that are on the menu and the styles of beers. They are also helpful and friendly within reason.
I recommend this bar to anyone with a love of beer.
01-10-2010 19:50:14 |
More by jhall00
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | $$
The Brick Store Pub has been a place I have heard about being in the Atlanta area ever since I had been interested in finding good beer. I went there on Saturday night, and was surprised immediately by how big it was. It didn't feel packed and I walked right up to a seat at the bottom bar (main bar). The atmosphere was pretty unique from most places with brick walls, wood work, and a very open almost outdoor feeling. With it being March Madness, I did notice that there were no televisions, but this just gave off more of the "this is a serious place to drink some serious beers" vibe.
I was very impressed by the beer menu that was handed to me. It was up to date with good descriptions of each beer on draught.
The service was average at best, it was quick but not extremely friendly. It was not all that late, but most of the servers seemed either tired or kind of too cool for the room. But my pint was poured perfectly and that is good enough.
Overall I thought it was a great place to come and find that unique beer or two you can't really get anywhere else. The crowd was mature, but most everyone seemed to be having fun. The atmosphere was great and the beer was better.
03-25-2009 04:44:09 |
More by DrinkinBoy
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Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA