Food & Drink

The Best Beer Bars in Atlanta

Published On 01/22/2014 Published On 01/22/2014
Twain's Decatur
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Der Biergarten
Cypress Street Pint & Plate
Taco Mac
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1. Publik Draft House 654 Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA 30308

With head-on-the-table 11% “Blithering Idiot Barley Wine” and many other unique libations, it's easy to see how Publik Draft House has poured its way into the Atlanta craft beer scene.

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2. Argosy 470 Flat Shoals Ave, Atlanta, GA 30316

This massive bar in East Atlanta Village is a local late-night watering hole. Until 2am every night, this restaurant dishes out funky craft brews and everything from mini hot dogs, to gourmet pizzas, to seasonal entrees. Always bustling, this a great place to bring a group for drinks in the spacious beer garden.

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3. The Porter Beer Bar 1156 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Grab a casual dinner & brew at The Porter Beer Bar in L5P, outfitted with comfy wooden booths and exposed bricks.

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4. The Chapter Room 5600 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs, GA 30342

International & domestic craft beer flows in The Chapter Room, a tastefully furnished "secret" bar & lounge that also serves bar eats that includes an insanely delicious sounding fried mac & cheese Kobe burger.

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5. Wrecking Bar Brewpub 292 Moreland Ave, Atlanta, GA 30307

Founded by a home-brewing couple and located in the basement of Little Five Points' historic Victor H. Kriegshaber House, Wrecking Bar Brewpub is an award-winning neighborhood staple serving up a diverse range of approachable, comforting beers like the Sow Your Wild Oatmeal Porter, the pine-flavored Spruce Juice Pale Ale, and the bright, fruity Partition Rustic Urban Ale. Beers aside, Wrecking Bar Brewpub's also upheld for its house burgers, made with grass-fed beef and all the fixings.

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6. Brick Store Pub 125 East Court Sq, Decatur, GA 30030

Despite its laid back Southern vibe, the famed Brick Store in Decatur does not mess around when it comes to beer, housing not one but two completely separate beer bars. The historic building is centered around the main bar, a super chill, sunlit pub with soaring exposed brick, high-backed booths and a massive horseshoe bar lined with 29 gorgeous taps. Upstairs there’s the Belgian Bar, an intimate, eight-tap ode to the owners’ life-altering trip to the sudsy motherland. And don’t forget to peek into Brick Store’s ridiculous upstairs beer cellar, where the guys have been casually aging nearly 900 different vintages.

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7. Cypress Street Pint & Plate 817 W Peachtree St NW, Ste E125, Atlanta, GA 30308

Midtown's beloved beer emporium, Cypress's got awesome daily features like trivia Wednesdays and 1/2 off apps Friday.

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8. Taco Mac Sports Grill 933 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

The guys at Tacp Mac take beer so seriously, their “Brewniversity” program is more­ valued by some than even their UGA degree. “Chancellor” status comes when you’ve tried 1,000 different beers there. So what are you waiting for?

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9. TAP: A Gastropub 1180 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

With an intimate patio space and personable staff, TAP's where to go when you're looking for something a bit more low key but's still got a solid selection of brews and vittles of the gastropub variety.

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10. The Bookhouse Pub 736 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

This Poncey-Highland haunt looks as if it were carved right out of the earth, boasting plenty of customized wood and stone features, plus a long list of affordable beers and whiskey cocktails. Go ahead and enjoy them at a table in the dimly lit interior or on the outdoor patio with a tiki overhang. While you're at it, be sure to nosh on starters like pot stickers, braised beef poutine, and mains such as the Bookhouse burger and shrimp & grits.

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11. 5 Seasons Brewery 1000 Marietta St, Atlanta, GA 30318

5 Season Brewery's philosophy is relatively simple: seasonal ingredients, intricately brewed beer, adventurous American cuisine. If you're into stronger stuff, you'll take a deep breath of satisfaction once you take a look at their collection of aged scotch.