Exceptional beers and very good food to boot! Fare is better than most gastro pubs I’ve been to.
PRBeer (677) Parsippany, New Jersey | November 13, 2011| Updated May 6, 2013
The Porter Beer Bar is far and away the oasis or beer Mecca of Atlanta and certainly one of a very small list of great beer destinations in the SE. It’s in the quirky but cool Little Five Points area. The taps are abundant and the bottle list will keep you reading till the wee hours...and coming back frequently. I live up north but make sure I stop here whenever I’m in Atlanta. Amazingly the food is top notch...certainly gastropub quality. I also can’t say enough about the servers and bartenders who are knowledgeable and focus on enhancing your experience. Don’t miss this place if in the area.
Anytime I am in Atlanta, I make my way to The Porter. Great selection of beer on tap and great food to offer as well. Cozy bar, with mason jar lights and a knowledgeable enthusiastic staff! Wish I was in Georgia more often!
Had a great selection and a huge list. The decor is vintage and cluttered. Large space, but quiet atmosphere - respectful crowd. food was delicious and service was personable and helpful. Not at all pompous considering the selection of beer offered. Had a Tsjeeses and two other Abbey Ales (I went a year ago and can’t remember them - I don’t know why I didn’t rate any of those beers either). I will definitely go back if I ever go to Atlanta again.
I’m probably completely biased, as this is "my" beer bar, but at the end of the day, they did have to earn it to get me to say that. The Porter has excellent staff, service, selection, and even food. If I were a foodie who knew nothing about beer, it’d still be a worthwhile destination, due to the husband-wife collaboration of Nick, the chef, and Molly, the beer and general operation person. If you make more than a few appearances, they are sure to recognize you and know you, and you’ll never be disappointed by the selection, a wonderful mix of a few awesome standards (Bernardus Abt 12, Delirium Tremens, and Duchesse du Bourgnone are on about 80% of the time, and you’ll almost always see at least one of them) and a really cool mix of others, some obscure and some well-known. Trust me, if you’re a beer person, you won’t ever leave disappointed.
For a true sense of the awesomeness of the bar, come for one of their beer classes, held regularly on the third Tuesday of each month.
Belgian Fries were good. Am coming back another time to try their brunch. Sounds yummy. They’ve got cocktails on top of beer - perfect for our group! Service was consistent. Bottle selection was OK. Draft was better. Check it out!
Stopped by this place on accident in June of 2011 and was happily surprised!
A really cool little place. My only complaint is that the bar area is pretty small/tight. I can see it being pretty annoying if it’s busy. It wasn’t when I was there, though, so no ambiance complaints.
I have to say for such an awesome place my service was decent but not stellar. It was mid-afternoon and there seemed to only be one bartender. He was friendly and seemed to know a fairly decent amount of beer, but he wasn’t particularly prompt and couldn’t answer a couple of questions I had about a couple of the beers (granted they have a lot).
Tons of beers on tap and in the bottle with a nice menu divided by style. I’m assuming it’s about all the worthwhile beers available in Atlanta.
I thought some of the bottle prices were a bit steep, but the tap list seemed to be reasonable.
Overall, this is a must stop in Atlanta for sure. Great place!
hopsdiva (13) Atlanta, Georgia | June 12, 2011| Updated August 17, 2011
This is my favorite neighborhood place. It’s my "Cheers," and while everyone knows my name it is the constantly changing beer list that keeps me coming back. With weekly specials including tap takeovers, pint nights and more the list always includes something either new to the market or new to me. But it’s not just at the bar they excel. Co-Owner Nick Rutherford does amazing things in the kitchen. My only complaint is that some of the more popular "specials" like ramen haven’t found a permanent home on their regular menu.
Personal consultations a plenty and as long as you like. Generous draft tastings. Good food made better by the make-it-your-way service. Best value for the mega-craft and food niche. Personal and quality.
Ambiance is kind of hole-in-the-wall, but welcome and typical of old, neighborhoods like Little Five Points Atlanta.