This place is very busy. It took a few minutes to get a seat at the bar, but once I did the service was good. Beer selection is decent, but not exceptionally diverese. Everything is served in 20 oz glasses. The burgers here are amazing. Parking is a pain but I was traveling by MARTA so that didn’t affect me. For a loud, busy bar which allows smoking, this is actually a reasonable place to grab a beer and a burger.
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. Laid back service. Good size of the place.
The Vortex is a fun bar, unpretentious and with just the right amount of sleaze. The outrageous decor includes some skeletons (I presume they are plastic models, not the real thing!) on motorcycles, sort of the bar’s mascot. Beer selection is very good - they have a number of local brews and quite a few craft brews, plus an impressive selection of imports, both in bottles and on tap. Food is delicious and reasonably priced. Serving people are quick, friendly but not overly so, and efficient. Music is turned up but not so loud that you can’t have a nice conversation. Smoking is allowed, so it is open only to patrons 18 and older; however, this means you don’t have to worry about screaming brats running amok and interrupting your meal, date, Meetup, or whatever. A great place to get together with friends, or just hang out and enjoy some good brewskis.
One of the most unique places, with purposefully rude, but very attentive service. The beer list isn’t large or amazing, but they have several good beer, including rare catches and local brews. The burgers, without a doubt, are the highlight, followed slightly by the sweet potato fries. The prices aren’t great, but they aren’t a rip-off either. Even as a straight-laced geek, this place has become a go-to hangout.
Stopped in for lunch on a Saturday. Crowded, but plenty of indoor seating. Food was really good. They have three of their own brews brewed by Red Brick. Decent beer selection, both tap and bottles. Worth a stop.
Laid-back atmosphere that has a nice mix of all sorts of people, but seemed mostly the college and punk crowd when I was there. Fairly good selection of brews and nice enough servers. Didn’t try the food. I’m just getting too old for the loud music and smoking places, but otherwise this is a nice hangout.
Packed on a Friday night - I guess from being featured on that "Man vs Food" show. Regardless, the service was quick and friendly and, uh, kinda hot...
The burgers were excellent and the beer selection, while not mind blowing, was more than adequate. Fun place.
With stumblin’ distance of my apartment here in Shittown, or Midtown, Atlanta. This place used to have such an awesome selection that I always questioned as to whether I should imbibe here (the Vortex) or at Taco Mac Metropolis. Sadly, this is not the case anymore. The selection, both bottle and tap, have gone to shit. The food is still pretty nice. The burgers are always great. I always receive excellent service, but again, the drink selection (this is a beer website) has gone down hill. With that being said, yes, they do allow smoking, so if you’re going to fucking bitch about the smoke then don’t fucking go here. If you don’t mind, as I don’t, then give it a shot. No I don’t smoke, but I will say this, I am not a pussy and can hack dealing with smoke for one or two hours without feeling that my virgin lungs have been raped. The ambiance is decent. There are a lot of annoying lights, but again, if you don’t like that sort of thing, don’t go.
I did not have the same experience at the Vortex that most everyone else did. I was there for part of my bachelor party, and first off, they were either out of or don’t carry the first 5 beers I tried to order.. #s 8 and 9 too. The food looked good and everyone else liked theirs, but my burger was cold and bloody, even after I sent it back. The atmosphere was cool, and from where we were sitting, we had a good view of the queue for the gay bar across the street.. which at times was entertaining. I will re-rate if I make it back, as it appears to be better than my experience there.