People think the Porter is all about the beer, but they've got some good food to go with that amazing beer selection. You just have to make your way to the back past the packed galley bar in front.
The Porter Beer Bar
- Extra Phones:
Phone: (404) 335-0550
Primary Phone: (404) 335-0550
- Payment method:
- all major credit cards
- Little Five Points, Eastside
- Bars, American Restaurants, Taverns, Restaurants
- Other Information:
Bike Parking: Yes
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
It's all true :) This place is fantastic. If you're looking for a _large_ selection of beer, excellently prepared bar food with vegetarian options, hip atmosphere and good service.
I went there on a week night, sat at one of the many tables in the back. We got recommendations for beer and orders black bean burger / mussels / cesar salad. I messed up my order and asked for the arugula side salad after the order was already in; it got delivered promptly and didn't show on the bill. Wow.
Service was prompt and with a smile. Prices very fair for the quality. We had a great time and will be back.
Posted: 8/19/2010Provided by Citysearch -
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!
Posted: 4/2/2010Provided by Citysearch -
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.
Posted: 3/21/2010Provided by Citysearch -
There are so many things to like about the Porter. The heady beer list, the greasy-good double cheeseburger, the cool decor with vintage luggage on display. But the one thing that gets me every time I go to the Porter is the salt & vinegar popcorn. It cost like $3, and it comes in a massive, silver bowl. Perfect for sharing with the table as an app, or as an afternoon snack with beer-swilling companion. And salt & vinegar might seem a little bit strange on the surface, but it's just the right amount of salty, tart and fluffy. It has the zing that's typically reserved for NC-style barbecue sauce, a thin vinegar based sauce that seems to get more crave-worthy as you eat it. Now maybe because NC-style is my favorite type of 'cue and any salad dressing with vinegar in it is automatically my favorite... but this is one of my favorite appetizers in the city. Don't be scared, it's delish.
Posted: 2/24/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Parked right in the middle of the Little Five Points shopping district, The Porter provides beer-o-philes a wonderful place to call home. High gravities, hard-to-find Belgian and German brews, and even American craft beers can be found on a stout (pun intended) beer list pared with wonderful dining selections. Those who are equally as choosy with their food as they are with their drink will be pleased to find immaculate mac n' cheese, burgers, barbecue sandwiches, and even a choice salad on the menu. I haven't found an item i didn't love and the service is spot on - knowledgeable and patient. It gets a bit crowded during peak times (weekends, holidays, etc.) so it is preferable to get on the list and snag a table to have some elbow room. Parking can be tough, but you should be car pooling with a DD anyway, right?
Posted: 2/16/2009Provided by Citysearch -
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.