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Have you been to The Porter Beer Bar?

posted on September 17, 2008 at 2:42 pm

If so, what did you guys think? I went last week to check it out, as I was very excited of the prospect of having such a spot nearby. I am holding my tongue re: the grub (very basic pub stuff—not that there is anything wrong with that) since they had only been open for a week. But I have to say I expected more from these guys given their Seeger’s pedigree. They have a fabulous beer list, very friendly barkeeps and cool digs. However, they really do need to do a better job at crowd control and it was way too hot in there–I don’t like to sweat when I am eating indoors. Stay tuned for a more formal review after they have the kinks ironed out. 
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20 comments

  • Re: Have you been to The Porter Beer Bar?
    posted by: lamb · September 17, 2008  8:22 PM

    My husband and I went a couple of weeks ago. I had the fish and chips, which the sever said was “soo” popular, and they “always” sold out every night. I think I’ve had better at Long John’s.

    The beer list was fancy for sure, but if you’re not that into IPAs and other ales, there are limited options for you.

    Next time I’ll head the opposite direction to The Glenwood in East Atlanta. Better beer list, better food, and cozier atmosphere.

  • Re: Have you been to The Porter Beer Bar?
    posted by: Kali · September 17, 2008  11:40 PM

    Jiminy, let the kids get out the gate, why don’tcha!

    I am super keen on this place and I’m waiting a few weeks more so they can get the kinks and find their footing.

  • Re: Have you been to The Porter Beer Bar?
    posted by: Anonymous · September 18, 2008  5:32 AM

    The food was extremely mediocre.

    I went to Muss & Turner a couple of days later and the difference in quality was shocking.

    I am not sure about the Seeger's pedigree.

    Maybe they washed dishes for Seeger's.

  • Re: Have you been to The Porter Beer Bar?
    posted by: Anonymous · September 18, 2008  5:34 AM

    overall i liked it and thought it showed a lot of promise but it was way too loud in there and they might need to work on the acoustics. i hate having to yell across the table to my dining companions.

  • Re: Have you been to The Porter Beer Bar?
    posted by: Sheena · September 18, 2008  5:44 AM

    Just checked out the website, and they have an astonishing beer list. That alone is worth a trip in my book. Thanks for the post!

  • Re: Have you been to The Porter Beer Bar?
    posted by: Eye Eclectic · September 18, 2008  9:40 AM

    We ate at the bar. The bartender was great, attentive and checked on us often. It is hard not to compare The Porter to The Brickstore when they have copied the handle on the front door, and the look of the beer/wine/food menu-wood backs on parchment paper with 3 rings. I agree it is hard to beat Brickstore, but please don’t copy it!

    The condiments are available in a six pack carrier which is a great use, but they do this at The Local. It made me want some of those great sauces available at the Local. Their fish and chips were too heavy on the fries. I wanted better homemade condiments other than hunts and french’s mustard. I will give the porter another try, but they made me want to go to the Local and Brickstore.

    BTW-Blissful Glutton I love your blog and I tell everyone to read it!! You do a great job covering the Atlanta food scene!!

  • Re: Have you been to The Porter Beer Bar?
    posted by: Anonymous · September 19, 2008  8:45 AM

    agreed, the food is unfortunate. It’s mediocre at best and the options are limited. The appetizer list is sufficient but the entree list needs to be about double in size. All the employees we encountered were nice and the space has a cozy atmosphere…..but unfortunately there just really isn’t a compelling reason to go back.

  • Re: Have you been to The Porter Beer Bar?
    posted by: mariegess · September 19, 2008  11:48 AM

    Tried to go last Sunday for brunch but they were closed. C’est la vie…Marie

  • Re: Have you been to The Porter Beer Bar?
    posted by: E.D. Man · September 20, 2008  1:45 PM

    I don’t think the food is mediocre for a beer pub in Lil’ 5. The quality of ingredients are much better than most places and it may take some time to smooth out the rough spots.

    http://eatdrinkman.blogspot.com/2008/09/porter-beer-bar-little-five-points.html

    I do think their menu is uninspiring but more grown up than the food found in most pubs including Brick Store. I do admit that I would probably go back more out of convenience rather than out of a burning desire.

  • Re: Have you been to The Porter Beer Bar?
    posted by: Anonymous · September 21, 2008  8:35 AM

    the bar staff was very helpful. they did not make me feel stupid when i tried to order beers i couldn’t pronounce.

    the food was far above average as well. any new bar when faced with opening in little five points is going to have issues at first.

  • Re: Have you been to The Porter Beer Bar?
    posted by: Anonymous · September 21, 2008  10:59 AM

    Finally got in to The Porter in Little Five Points. Shoestring decorating budget is evident as we were served drinks in mason jars. We ordered the calamari appetizer which came with a nice lemon aioli. First time I ever tried deep fried lemon slices and they are good!
    We shared fish and chips and an order of hush puppies. Pretty typical bar food. Don’t think they have hit their stride, yet. MarieGess

  • Re: Have you been to The Porter Beer Bar?
    posted by: A. Sunshine · October 1, 2008  8:18 AM

    I went last night and only ordered appetizers before a show at Variety Playhouse. We ordered the Calamari and Salt & Vinegar Popcorn.

    The Calamari had an OK seasoning, but they were cut really thin and overcooked.

    The popcorn was not hot, I think it would have been better if it was fresh popcorn.

  • Re: Have you been to The Porter Beer Bar?
    posted by: Jsf3000 · October 6, 2008  5:54 AM

    Mediocre meal at best. Only had a few items but I would not want to put my “signature” on those hushpuppies. And the Shrimp BLT was dripping in aioli.

  • Re: Have you been to The Porter Beer Bar?
    posted by: Jason Pellett · December 1, 2008  10:49 PM

    When I go into a place called The Porter Beer Bar it’s the beer I’m interested, and there’s no bar in Atlanta that matches this. Not even Brick Store. The Porter actually has 4 more taps, but more importantly, I’ve never seen anything on the menu that looked boring, while BSP always has quite a few seemingly uninspired choices. The Porter is also a little cheaper for most beers.

  • Re: Have you been to The Porter Beer Bar?
    posted by: Anonymous · December 4, 2008  12:13 PM

    This is a bar for beer connoissuers, not foodies (though the food is not bad). This bar has the most extensive draft beer list I’ve seen in Atlanta – even more than the Brick Store (which I still prefer for ambience and food). If you’re looking to try new beers, especially Belgians – and not just the bottles you pick up at Green’s – The Porter is the place for you.

  • Re: Have you been to The Porter Beer Bar?
    posted by: Anonymous · January 22, 2009  7:09 AM

    What the heck is basic about locally made organic brats?

  • Re: Have you been to The Porter Beer Bar?
    posted by: Anonymous · February 23, 2009  8:50 PM

    this place is excellent. they have been open a few months and every time i go they are packed. i’ve had almost everything on the menu and it is consistantly good and fresh. also many of these reviews neglect to mention that nothing on the food menu is over $12 or $13, something that many other “gastro-pubs” in the neighborhood should take heed of. excellent beer selection, and fantastic mint juleps if you’re not in a beer mood. the porter has already become a staple for me and many of my friends.

  • Re: Have you been to The Porter Beer Bar?
    posted by: Anonymous · February 25, 2009  9:54 AM

    It’s amazing that some of you think the food is mediocre for a bar. Really? I think it’s far from it. The fish and chips, however, are oily and bland and missing the flaky-ness and sauce from the Brick Store. But, I think the rest of the menu is pretty exceptional for a bar. Their fries are great. The arugula salad is very nice as well.

  • Re: Have you been to The Porter Beer Bar?
    posted by: Anonymous · July 14, 2009  4:59 AM

    I went to this place several months ago and again last night. Delirium Tremens on tap!!?? Amazing beer that I was ecstatic to see on tap. The burger– and the mac and cheese – are amazing. A friend got fish and chips and said it was outstanding. Also, excellent service sitting at the bar. Great beer joint!

  • Re: Have you been to The Porter Beer Bar?
    posted by: Anonymous · November 28, 2009  3:06 PM

    Great beer selection. The calamari was good. The Shrimp BLT was a mess. The burger was good, but I wish they would use a burger bun instead of the tomato foccacia bread. It was overtoasted. Will settle for the fish and chips on the next visit or head next door to the Vortex for a better burger

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