Atlanta >Bars & Pubs > The Derby
1155 Hammond Dr., Atlanta, GA | Directions 3032833.918234 -84.349997
Great deal – Great summer special. You can't beat 5 for $10 domestics and $5 burger with tots
Corrupt, Dirty Establishment – We had been loyal customers to the Derby for well over a year, the service was always mediocre at best. This was generally because they had one waiter/waitress to serve the whole restaurant while the bartenders stood around talking amongst eachother at the bar. We remained customers because it is close to where we live.
Tonight was the final straw and we will not be returning. The Derby has approx. 40 TV's. We asked that a hockey game be shown on one TV. We were told they couldn't put on the TV we wanted. They did however put it on the TV directly above our heads (barely viewable). Fast forward an hour, and they changed the channel to the 1 TV we were able to watch hockey on back to baseball (baseball was on every single TV in the entire bar). We then witnesses another patron that walked in pay the bartender then sit down at the table next to us. 5 seconds later a different hockey game was both on the TV above our heads and the one we had originally asked for the game to be played on.
I am appalled that this establishment would treat it's customers like second-class citizens, when all we wanted to do was enjoy the hockey game on 1 TV.
I would recommend going to Frankie's at the Prado over this crappy bar any day. We will not be returning to the Derby.
Worst experience ever – After sitting at the bar ungreated for sometime, my husband and I were finaly asked what we would like to drink. A hostess dropped a plate with french fries and something else on the floor behind us. The plate shattered and the fries went everywhere. She never cleaned it up. After a 1/2hour of watching people step on the shattered ceramic plate and fries I asked the bartender if he could get someone to clean it up. I said "I guess your server doesn't think its important to clean up her mess" where he replied "I wouldnt think it was important either, until you said so". So I guess it would have just stayed there all night.
When I asked for a to-go container for my cheese sticks I was answered with a "You'll have to wait!!"
The place was filthy, there was garbage in the service areas and everywhere on the floor. We have been in the restaurant business for serveral years and have never been treated so rudely or seen such filth.
I have been to The Derby at Spaulding Corners and thought that this was the same company. I really enjoy going there. I guess its not.
A Bar & Grill - Exactly What You'd Expect – The Derby is everything you would expect out of a local joint; very good food at very good prices; witty bartenders that will put a smile on your face. The Hammond Dr. location has plenty of TVs, a few pool tables, and video golf. Happy hour specials are great (between 5 - 7 PM) and include $.35/piece wings, oysters, or shrimp. Be warned that Tuesday's are loudly annoying with Trivia. You can check the menu online (thederby.us), however there are a few items that have gone up in price a bit since they last updated the site.
Good food, Great Bartenders – For bar food, the food is pretty good. I recommend the wings or the homemade chips. Or come in for happy hour and get 35 cent wings, shrimp, or oysters. Steady crowd of regulars at the bar. Great place to watch the game on the weekend.
Food, folks and Fun – Every time we hit the road for meetings in Atlanta, our team parties it up at the DERRRRRRRRRR-BY. A short walk from our hotel, it's great place to hear off-key renditions of "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" and other classics from happy co-workers eager to blow off steam after a rough day of training and an even rougher evening of fondue or belly dancing. Celeb-spotters beware: The Derby has been frequented by many Hollywood look-a-likes including Mindy Cohn (Natalie from Facts of Life) and Mario Lopez (Slater from Saved by the Bell). Ah, but maybe it was just the dixie-cup shots playing tricks on my eyes. All in all a great value and a great place to make new friends.
A HOME AWAY FROM HOME – The Derby is close by to home for me and I feel welcome everytime we go there. The bartenders, Jeff, Scott & Scott are the best and take good care of their patrons. This place is not out to be sophisticated and you must take it for what it is. A bar. But this bar has the best homemade Cheese Sticks in the City and Buffalo Burgers that are simply delicious. Food is outstanding and reasonable. Don't let the atmosphere fool you. This place is a gem.
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