For non-foodies, the first question that you will likely ask yourself is what is a gastropub? Well, don’t worry, there is no long, drawn-out or complicated answer. Simply put, it’s a restaurant that serves high-end beer and food. Now that you know what to expect from a gastropub, I’m going to let you know where to have the best experience in Atlanta. In the last few years, the gastrpoub has become somewhat of a phenomenon and Atlanta certainly has its’ hands in this culinary hit. So, get ready to try something different the next time you dine out and be sure to refer to this list of the top gastropubs in Atlanta. Eat, drink and be merry!
1 Holeman & Finch Public House
A new American gastropub that has great food and a cool, funky atmosphere, Holeman & Finch offers highly upscale cuisine that will have you singing their praises long after you’re gone. Start things off with the glazed Beatrice eggplant or the Lamb Campagne, followed by the Skillet Mussels, Fish and Chips or the Crunchy Gentleman (black forest ham with melted gruyere) and finish things off with the must-have fried Georgia Peach Pie or the Brown Sugar Cake. Now we all know that no meal is truly complete until you pair it with a great beverage and there is some of the best beer in the city at this hotspot. Be sure to try the Founder’s, Anchor, Spaten, Duvel, Rodenbach and Great Divide brews that perfectly compliment any meal.
2277 Peachtree Rd. NE.
There is a creed at TAP that sums up exactly what they hope customers get from their experience and what the popular Atlanta gastropub is all about. “Fresh ingredients, seasonal flavors, palatable pours and thirst-quenching brews all fuse together to create a unique culinary experience in a cordial setting. Locally grown ingredients are a staple, making it a truly local experience.” Those words greet you upon your visit to their website, and as a visitor myself I can definitely confirm that it’s all true. Several menu standouts include the Shrimp Tostadas, House Cured Salmon, Pan Roasted Chicken, Bronzed Scallops, Milk Chocolate Crème Brulée and the Vanilla Brioche Cake. Cap off your meal with the Chimay beer, Number’s Ale or Red Brick Brown for a taste that goes down smooth and slow.
1180 Peachtree St.
3 The Porter Beer Bar
Let’s start by stating that The Porter arguably has the most extensive beer list in Atlanta. Yeah, it’s not as flashy as some of its’ competition, but if it’s beer you want there is no better place. This cool spot tucked inside the Little Five Points neighborhood is fun, intimate and hip. The menu will definitely keep you coming back for more courtesy of highlights including the Belgian Fries, Goat Cheese Fritters, Georgia Wild Shrimp n’ Grits, Salt & Vinegar Popcorn and the Signature Hush Puppies. It is a true “beer bar” with so many offerings you will have a hard time choosing your favorite. Here is just a teaser of all the different beer offered: Oud Beersel Framboise, Dogfish Head chateau jiahu, JW Lees Moonraker, Fischer Biere Blonde, Hitachino Nest white ale and Moa original. Be prepared to have a designated driver because you will certainly need one after sampling selections from this gastropub haven.
1156 Euclid Ave.
4 The Brick Store Pub
Head over to east Atlanta and experience a gastropub with plenty of old-world charm and a classic menu of great food that is full of comfort and amazing flavors. The Brick Store leans towards their beer selections, and they very well-represented. Obvious brands Guinness, Reissdorf, Founders Double Trouble and the Sweetwater I.P.A. are perfect choices for your brew cravings. Don’t leave without having a bite of some great American food; burgers, salads, pasta and fish & chips will soak up any remnants of alcohol you want to hide.
125 East Court Sq.
5 The Glenwood Gastro Pub & Wine Bar
This lovely gastropub on Atlanta’s east side is cute, cozy and super popular, having landed on a few local “best gastropub” lists. The Glenwood has everything you love about a gastropub and they serve it up to the best of their ability. The menu consists of seasonally-driven local and organic products to ensure that the best ingredients reach customers’ tables. Menu highlights include the Smoked Salmon Flatbread, Brown Butter Poached Skate, Miso Broiled Sablefish, Pastrami Smoked Duck and the Truffle-Garlic French Fries. Also, with over 150 different beer choices you are guaranteed to find the perfect brew to bring out all the flavors in your meal.
1263 Glenwood Ave.