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.
Cool bar, thier website/menu kind of explains thier attitude & decor. They have have big bald headed biker dudes who are professional bartenders behind the bar who aren’t going to talk you through anything, thye are there to pour your drink and rip on the guy who deserves to be made fun of. Thier food is pretty good but certainly nothing special. The selection was pretty good with a couple dozen taps and more than another hundred bottles.
Cool kind of unique place where the frat stars won’t hang out with a good selection of beers.
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.
Megan (17) Durham, North Carolina | October 10, 2005
Definitely one of the coolest places in midtown and the best place to go in town for a cheesebruger. Selection of beer is pretty decent, but they have a tendency to stick to what sells. The 5 points location experiments a little bit more with their list.
If you are in midtown or at gordon biersch (1 block away) then you should probalby check this place out. First of all, most of the waitresses are really hot- if you are into the peircings and tatoos etc. They also have Poker Tourneys on Wed and Thursday nights I think. Food was awesome- We got a couple burgers, and they do live up to thier reputation. I had the Coronary bypass- just what I needed after I ate it. Expansive beer list in both bottle and Tap. about half of the taps are good beers, the rest being mostly macro stuff. This one hot waitress randomly asked if we wanted the Happy Ending. Not knowing what she meant we just said - "of course!" , then she came back with our sweetwater happy ending impy stout. Oh well....