Atlanta >The Porter Beer Bar
Don't Go Just for the Beer, the Food is Awesome too!. I've been to this place at least 6 times in the past couple of months. Don't get me wrong, I'm often deterred by the tourists and bums in L5P, but this place is well worth the slight annoyances you encounter on the streets. When this place is crowded (typically this is limited to the weekends), the service can be a little on the slow side. But keep in mind that a lot of their beers are locked up in the back of the restaurant, and there aren't that many waiters on staff...it is a bad economy after all. However, go there on a weekday and you will be pleasantly surprised. I've gotten nothing less than stellar service during the week. The servers are extremely knowledgeable about the beer selection and are more than happy to let you try the any of the draft beers before you commit. On top of the amazing beer, the food is some of the best I've had in Atlanta. The steak I got from there a few weeks ago was literally the best steak I've ever eaten. Apparently it was souvied and then grilled, making it very succulent and juicy (just the way I like my meat :) All jokes aside, it was 500 times better than the steak I got at Chops and about 1/5 of the cost. Another perk...their produce is grown on their own farm in Inman Park, making every selection on their menu extremely fresh and tasty. I guess my point is that you need to try this place ASAP!
Uber Cool Beer Bar. Like a breath of (beer-tinged) fresh air, right in the center of funky-fresh L5P is The Porter Beer Bar. The beer menu reads like fiction, and makes every beer sound delectable, making it hard to choose. Never fear. The friendly staff is more than willing to give you a sample of what’s on draft (and there’s plenty on draft). The food is fabulous as well. Try the bacon-studded hushpuppies with the applesaucey dip (because everything’s better with bacon). Or try the crispy fries with their charred onion dip. Be sure to order an extra serving of the charred onion dip in which you will dip everything—the fries, the hushpuppies, your finger. Not sure which beer will taste best with the hushpuppies? No worries. A recommendation is right there on the menu for you. Quickly take your beer-swilling self down to The Porter. You won’t be disappointed.
Hidden Treasure/ Great Getaway. Great experience overall. Unique Food and Beers.
what a disappointment.
Went to The Porter on a Friday night and was disappointed. Can't think of anything that was great about it.
First sign of problems was a palmetto roachy completely frozen inside a piece of ice. It was like something out of Jurassic Park. The staff couldn't care less and actually they gave me a straw which was funny until I thought about how slack that is. And then I had the unnerving thought... Hey, when you have insects this size in the ice, they are living probably everywhere in that kitchen...
Avoid the "shrimp/L/T" sandwich at all costs. The shrimp were stinky and soggy and the bread turned to goo. Not good. I should've known just by the name that this dish wouldn't be good.
Finally, we got there (party of 4) at 6:30 and were trying to make a concert down the street at 8pm. We were told it would be 20 minutes when we arrived. 20 minutes later, it was going to be another 20. Yes, 20 minutes later, it was going to be another 20. We ate at the bar which was crowded so one of our group had to eat standing up. Not sure what happened there.
All in all, it was a big disappointment.
With the best beer selection in L5P, the Porter dishes affordable suds and grub to a colorful crowd..
To off-set the over-saturation of PBR-swilling nightspots and dingy pizza dens in Little Five Points, the Porter Beer Bar straddles the line of cool-indie-pub and specialty-beer-bar. The three-tiered, chute-of-a-room is masculine and warmly planked in wooden booths, vintage luggage (hence the name) and drinks are served from mason jars. The dark, classic facade mixed with the colorful clientele makes it feel like a tattoo'd set just invaded Colonial Williamsburg. With nearly 150 brews to choose from, the simple bar-fare menu smartly suggests beer pairings with every dish, making the colossal variety less intimidating for non-connoisseurs. The affordable, to-the-point menu mixes a little bit of interesting with basic bar staples. A bowl of salt and vinegar popcorn is a unique and sticky sharing experience while the burger and herb fries are big in size and reasonable in price.