Springtime in Atlanta is a good time to get busy drinking some beer. Where's a good spot to do just that, you ask? Well, Eater has you covered with a list of some old favorites and new haunts you need to check out for all of your beer-drinking needs. As Georgia's craft brew scene continues to grow, you'll find plenty of local options at each bar on our list, as well as some kitchens that continue to refine their gastropub offerings to go along with your cold suds. Here, see some of the best bets, mapped east to west.Read More
Where to Drink Beer in Atlanta Right Now
Twain's Brewpub & Billiards
One of Decatur’s longest-operating pubs, Twain’s continues to anchor Decatur’s beer scene. All of the draft beer served at Twain’s is brewed in house by brewmaster Chase Medlin. Popular beers include their Messispi Nut Brown Ale and the Four Count Pale Ale. With a recently revamped menu that expands and expounds on gastropub offerings, Twain’s is a place to go for great beer and eats.
One newcomer to the list is Kevin Gillespie’s Communion, which recently opened in Revival’s backyard. Communion deserves mention for bringing a traditional beer garden atmosphere to Atlanta. Beer drinkers can enjoy old world-style, European drafts and bottled beers along with snacks from the food truck, which serves chef Andreas Müller’s take on classic German beer garden treats such as Bavarian pretzels and sausages with sauerkraut.
Brick Store Pub
Any list of places to drink beer around Atlanta is suspect if the list doesn’t begin with The Brick Store in Decatur. Recognized regularly as one the best beer bars in the country, The Brick Store has been at the center of beer drinking in Atlanta for 20 years. From the rotating list of seasonal taps, to the Belgian bar upstairs, to the treasures from The Brick Store cellar, this is a beer lover’s dream, and anyone with a serious interest in beer should be a regular here.
Steinbeck’s feels like an old-fashioned, comfy ale house, a bar where any real beer lover would want to hang out. Tucked away in Oakhurst, Steinbeck’s is locals’ go-to for beer drinking, thoughtful pub fare, and rambunctious action when soccer is on. You can always find old standbys such as Guinness at Steinbeck’s, but the beer list also features numerous local selections from some of Georgia’s hottest breweries, as well as craft beers from around the country.
Another newcomer is Mason Tavern, which opened in in August.. The tavern has ten taps dedicated mostly to Georgia breweries such as Creature Comforts, Wild Heaven, and Three Taverns. There is a larger list of by-the-bottle offerings that maintains the focus on local beers too. Look for Mason Tavern’s ongoing series of Better Know a GA Brewer, during which you can meet local brewers enjoy a tap takeover of some of Georgia’s best breweries.
Wrecking Bar Brewpub
Since 2010, The Wrecking Bar has offered not only a smart and diverse beer program, but also featured some of the best food you will ever find in a pub atmosphere. A functioning brewery, Wrecking Bar brews a variety of styles from lighter lagers to darker porters and stouts. With a rotating list that features 15 taps, there can be up to thirty beers pouring at any given time. Look for Wrecking Bar favorites such as the Victor IPA and the summer-friendly Sea Shanty Gose.
The Porter Beer Bar
The Porter offers 400 beers on the menu, which makes it a destination in Little Five Points. Chef Nick Rutherford's daily specials are perfect for washing down a pint or five, and if your friends don't want to drink beer, they can indulge in The Porter's impressive selection of whiskeys.
Roux On Canton
For the past five years, Roux on Canton has been meeting the beer-drinking needs of OTPers in the north Atlanta ‘burbs. Located in historic downtown Roswell, Roux on Canton has plenty of options for the serious craft beer enthusiast. There are 12 rotating taps and plenty of by-the-bottle selections to keep you coming back for more. Look for ongoing events such as tap takeovers and beer launch parties throughout the year.
Cypress Street Pint & Plate
Since 2007, Cypress Street has been a fixture in the Midtown beer scene. The draft list features many of the best new local beers, as well as great craft beers from around the country. Look for ongoing events like Beer Geek Tuesdays featuring the newest brews, tap takeovers, and small-batch beers as well as a variety of tap takeovers and brewer gatherings throughout the year.
For years now, Westside fixture Ormsby’s has been the place to go for craft beer and happy hour good times. Look for 16 rotating taps and casks with the best in local craft beers as well as top national craft brewers. There is also an expansive can and bottled beer list to keep you hydrated while battling your friends in bocce, darts, or shuffleboard.