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Watering Holes with Food => Pubs and Great Bars => Topic started by: geonuc on October 22, 2009, 06:13:30 AM

Title: Decatur Pubs
Post by: geonuc on October 22, 2009, 06:13:30 AM
... rock. This city has a lot of pubs where you can get great beers and mostly decent pub food, or better. When I head out, I have a difficult time deciding which to go to.

Leon's
Brick Store
Twain's
Thinking Man Tavern
The Grange
Steinbeck's
Jame Joyce (OK, that's in Avondale. Close.)

Have I missed any?

I think my faves are Thinking Man and Twains. Thinking Man has a great atmosphere, a fabulous Amercian craft beer selection and decent food. Twain's brews the best beer in the city, a great long bar and has the best hot wings.
Title: Re: Decatur Pubs
Post by: Loundry on October 26, 2009, 08:21:45 AM
Decatur seems to be the place to be for a real American / Georgian pub experience.  I'm so envious.
Title: Re: Decatur Pubs
Post by: GabrielsDad on November 05, 2009, 09:22:43 PM
Ok, I really need to start branching out.  We always end up at Leon't, but this list has reminded me of how may other great spots are in my hood.  Don't forget The Corner Pub on College!
Title: Re: Decatur Pubs
Post by: geonuc on November 06, 2009, 05:15:12 AM
I haven't been to the Corner Pub, but honestly, in looking at their beer list, I haven't been too impressed. Still, I should try it. They're pouring Magic Hat #9 right now, which I like. How's the food?
Title: Re: Decatur Pubs
Post by: GabrielsDad on November 06, 2009, 06:11:23 AM
The food is solid, but I agree that the quality of their beer list is slightly below that of the others.  One positve is that their kitchen is open late, which is good for those late-night munchies.

And there's always TacoMac with their 95 beers on tap!   :)
Title: Re: Decatur Pubs
Post by: FlyinBrian on November 07, 2009, 12:36:46 PM
Met up with some friends the other night at the Thinking Man Tavern.  I had a couple Prima Pils from Victory and the chicken potpie special for dinner.  Good beer, good food, good service, good company...I'd go back.
Title: Re: Decatur Pubs
Post by: geonuc on December 01, 2009, 10:44:51 AM
In my list, I omitted the 5th Earl Market. It isn't operating at the moment due to a fire at the Trackside Tavern next door, but I have hopes of its return.
Title: Re: Decatur Pubs
Post by: bettylouski on December 01, 2009, 02:18:53 PM
... rock. This city has a lot of pubs where you can get great beers and mostly decent pub food, or better. When I head out, I have a difficult time deciding which to go to.

Leon's
Brick Store
Twain's
Thinking Man Tavern
The Grange
Steinbeck's
Jame Joyce (OK, that's in Avondale. Close.)

Have I missed any?

I think my faves are Thinking Man and Twains. Thinking Man has a great atmosphere, a fabulous Amercian craft beer selection and decent food. Twain's brews the best beer in the city, a great long bar and has the best hot wings.

Twain's is my fave as well.  Great beer and I love those fried green beans!
Title: Re: Decatur Pubs
Post by: Melomom on December 01, 2009, 04:37:53 PM
In my list, I omitted the 5th Earl Market. It isn't operating at the moment due to a fire at the Trackside Tavern next door, but I have hopes of its return.

I read, I think on the Decatur Metro blog, that the owners of 5th Earl terminated their lease on the old space and do not have anything lined up at the present.  I would love to see them take another space in downtown Decatur, they were a great casual spot.
Title: Re: Decatur Pubs
Post by: geonuc on December 01, 2009, 04:40:06 PM
In my list, I omitted the 5th Earl Market. It isn't operating at the moment due to a fire at the Trackside Tavern next door, but I have hopes of its return.

I read, I think on the Decatur Metro blog, that the owners of 5th Earl terminated their lease on the old space and do not have anything lined up at the present.  I would love to see them take another space in downtown Decatur, they were a great casual spot.
Dang. But I'm good with them opening in another spot. Truth be told, even though I love those guys and the 5th Earl was great, that little bar tucked in the corner was not the best setup.
Title: Re: Decatur Pubs
Post by: Beerbitch on December 03, 2009, 09:04:28 PM
I'm lucky to have The Porter in my neighborhood....
Title: Re: Decatur Pubs
Post by: FlyinBrian on December 22, 2009, 04:26:48 PM
Steinbeck's Ale House (http://www.steinbecksbar.com/) is a great little pub in Decatur's Oakhurst neighborhood (http://www.oakhurstga.org/).
Title: Re: Decatur Pubs
Post by: jpellett251 on December 22, 2009, 07:05:23 PM
I love Steinbeck's.  It's a pretty easy walk or bike ride from my house.  They always have at least one or two interesting beers on tap.  Right now the winner is cask Lenny's RIPA.  Especially in off peak hours it's my favorite pub to be in.
Title: Re: Decatur Pubs
Post by: FlyinBrian on December 23, 2009, 09:39:36 AM
I have some friends that live a few blocks from there.  I have entertained the thought of moving to Oakhurst to be close to a place like that until reality comes crashing in when I remember that my office is on Windward Parkway in Alphatater.
Title: Re: Decatur Pubs
Post by: GabrielsDad on January 08, 2010, 03:58:11 PM
Just in case you need another place to drink in Decatur, Mac Mcgee's Irish Pub has apparently opened up the old Saba space on the square.  No website that I could find, but a post at decaturmetro.com has pictutres, including the menu. 

http://www.decaturmetro.com/2010/01/08/mac-mcgees-now-open-on-decatur-square/ (http://www.decaturmetro.com/2010/01/08/mac-mcgees-now-open-on-decatur-square/)

Apparently, the chef is Ryan Stewart, formerly of ENO and The Glenwood, and the spouse of one Besha Rodell.

I'm tempted to try.  Anyone been yet?
Title: Re: Decatur Pubs
Post by: Beerbitch on January 08, 2010, 04:54:27 PM
Very nice space and Ryan is a great chef.....Seems like a saturated quadrant but I hope they do well.

Title: Re: Decatur Pubs
Post by: GabrielsDad on January 08, 2010, 06:24:34 PM
Defintely agree with the "saturated" comment. We must be the drunkenest, most beer loving place on Earth! 8)
Title: Re: Decatur Pubs
Post by: Melomom on June 12, 2010, 08:46:11 AM
I've just signed up for Scoutmob and so far I have been really impressed with the coupons that have come through.  Beer Beginner and I decided to use the one for Steinbeck's in Oakhurst, it's one of my favorite Decatur pubs but for some reason we hadn't been there in a while.  I decided to indulge in the burger with pimiento cheese and bacon, which was one of the best-tasting things I have had in quite a while.  I thought about having them leave the cheese off since I thought it would be too rich - and it was - but oh boy.  BB had the shrimp and grits, which were completely awesome.  I am very partial to my own recipe but this is a great version.  They came in what tasted like a creole-type sauce with bits of what I thought was andouille, grits were really creamy and the shrimp were cooked perfectly.  I had the Bell's Two-Hearted Ale, which cut through the richness of the food very nicely, BB had Aventinus in the bottle.

Now here's the thing - the coupon was 50% off to a max of $20 - so our bill was something ike $12 each before tip.  Scoutmob rules!  And thanks to Steinbeck's for participating, I know I will be back.
Title: Re: Decatur Pubs
Post by: jpellett251 on June 12, 2010, 03:23:40 PM
Ha.  I used my scoutmob Steinbeck's coupon for the burger, and I agree that was by far one of the tastiest things I've eaten in awhile.  I'll ask for more pickled jalepenos next time...those few bites that had them were unbelievable.  I went over there today but it was crazy with world cup action so we didn't go in.