The Vortex - Little 5 Points

Mayor: brokensail (1) | Taps: 13 | Bottles: 100
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
JCB  (272) Durham, North Carolina | January 15, 2016
Interesting place to try, since I have usually gone to the Porter when Iím in this neighborhood. Decor and vibe werenít exactly my cup of tea (Bettie Page girls, skulls, all trying a bit too hard but what are you gonna do). But the heart-attack burgers were pretty scrumptious and there was a better than average beer list with plenty of fresh locals and seasonals to choose from.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
brokensail  (1303) Dublin, California | November 5, 2015
Kind of a cool place in that itís got some interesting decorations (skulls and such everywhere), kind of dark, and some obesity enhancing sandwiches/burgers.

The beer selection is alright, not anywhere near as good as some of the other places around town as the bulk of the list is typical, year round stuff you can get everywhere. But, they do have a handful of seasonals/limited releases on tap. Decent selection of bottled/canned beers available, too. Hey, they have $2 "mystery shots" served in paper cups, too.

The food was really pretty solid, actually. Got some sort of fatfuck sandwich that was basically fried chicken, gravy, and bacon on Texas Toast. Ate pretty good. Tater tots offered as a side is cool in my book, too.

The obvious downside here, and seems be be mentioned by everyone, is the constant haze of smoke that fills the restaurant. Kind of unappealing to me. And the "fuck you, people smoke here" spiel on the menu was sort of unnecessary. Came here once to experience it and appease the friends, but donít think Iíd willfully come back.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
Boudicca  (1125) London, England | April 17, 2015
A bright and cheerful burger bar with a skull theme - thereís a laughing skull, a bucket full of skulls and a skeleton riding a BMW motorbike! There are 14 regular taps and three rotating guests plus a fairly long bottle list. (Visited 20 February 2014).
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
jbruner  (186) Marietta, Georgia | April 20, 2014
Nice adult friendly burger joint, where you can even still smoke inside, a little cramped but I liked the vibe. Service was very friendly and prompt with a good knowledge of what was on tap. Selection was better than I expected, a solid bottle list and rotating taps of local stuff. Food was great, very good burgers with every option ever. Beers were a little pricey, $7 for a imperial pint. Definitely a cool place to stop after a show at the Masquerade or a nice late night burger joint.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
Jamesthebrit  (22) Atlanta, Georgia | March 21, 2014
Sort of a chill place but smoking sucks. this problem was exacerbated by the pompous writing on the menu about smoking. Fuck your smoking: I have the right to not deal with it. Will not be going back.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer  (208) Falls Church, Virginia | October 7, 2013
OK on beer, but main draw is the burgers.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
daknole  (464) Scottsdale, Arizona | July 17, 2013
What a cool place. The smoking inside sucks but itís still a cool place. Crowded with good beer.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
kwoeltje  (86) Manchester, Missouri | May 2, 2013
Didnít eat there. Good beer selection. Eclectic crowd. They allow smoking at the bar, so I left after 1 beer. The Porter Beer Bar is just around the corner.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
deyholla  (519) Minneapolis, Minnesota | February 1, 2013
Surprised to see this listed as a beer place, but they do have a great beer. Be prepared to wait, often packed. Service isnít great and servers are not knowledgeable. Quite smokey inside, which for me is a turn off. Ok tap selection with a pretty good bottle selection. I come for the burgers not the beer.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat  (284) Georgia | September 15, 2012
Cozy, intimate, with plenty of wild decorations and a few TVs, this is truly an unpretentious neighborhood bar. Servers are friendly and helpful - service can be slow, but they are usually quite busy. They have a good selection of locals, craft brews and imports, as well as combos. Food is well above average, and they have plenty of vegetarian selections. Prices are reasonable. You probably want to visit this place on a weekday because weekends can get hectic.

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