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The Porter Beer Bar

800 beers (and not one of them is a Budweiser). Gourmet pub grub (like, actually really gourmet). And a daily specials list where chef Nick Rutherford really struts his stuff (Florida Corn Agnolotti, anyone?). It’s no wonder this place has been rated amongst the top ten beer bars IN THE WORLD every year since its 2008 debut.

Tucked away in Little Five Points, The Porter is a cozy, casual spot with exposed brick walls and handcrafted wooden booths. The servers are happy to help you navigate the beer list – which features about 800 craft beers from around the world. Choose a brew based on taste, or pair a pint with your meal. Either way, you’re bound to be introduced to your new favorite microbrew.

As for the menu, you could pretty much throw a dart and be very happy with whatever dish it landed on. Their famous Salt & Vinegar popcorn is a pre-meal crowd pleaser, as are the Goat Cheese Fritters (which Steak refers to as “love sticks”), and the Belgian Fries. For main courses, many don’t even look beyond the specials. The list changes daily, but can include items such as Pork and Foie Gras Turine and Painted Hills Steak Tartare. Menu staples include Georgia Wild Shrimp n’ Grits and Kraut and Beer Brats. So, like their beer list, influence comes from every corner of the globe.

For lovers of beer and lovers of food, The Porter is perfectly on point.

Highlights

Salt and Vinegar Popcorn

With an herb and garlic oil, served with charred onion mayo. Wash ‘em down with a Porter.

Goat Cheese Fritters (a.k.a. Love Sticks)

With cracked black pepper and a clover honey drizzle. Complete these with Highland Gaelic.

Georgia Wild Shrimp n’ Grits

The freshest of fresh Georgia wild shrimp, served with white cheddar grits, Portobello and Crimini mushrooms and truffle oil. Pairs perfectly with Hennepin Saison.