Decatur >Food & Dining > Twain's Billiards & Tap
211 E Trinity Pl, Decatur, GA | Directions 3003033.772582 -84.294677
Monday From 05:00 PM To 02:00 AM Tuesday To Thursday From 11:00 PM To 02:00 AM Friday To Saturday From 11:00 PM To 03:00 AM Sunday From 11:00 PM To 02:00 AM
Twain's is a restaurant and bar that serves beer brewed on site. Multiple bars serve the hungry crowd and billiard tables are popular all day.
Haven't been in almost 5 years to the day. Was awesome then, is awesome now. Friend I brought said it was the best burger he's ever had. I won't go that far, but it's a great place with a great kitchen and beer selection, and perfect staff - they know when to step in and when to back off. Could not recommend more highly. It's everything you'd want a neighborhood pub to be - and I drove an hour to get there.
Management Indifference – After having several good experiences at Twain's, I took some good friends who had never eaten there before. Let's just say that we had a VERY unimpressive evening, with long waits and delays due to staff mix-ups. Okay, problems happen. It's how you handle them that separates the good from the not so good. Drinks took forever, and the appetizer came at same time entres did. Probably shoulda' comped it, but I didn;t want to create any tension for our guests. I sent two different very factual and diplomatic letters to the owners, with the clear statement that I did not want a handout, just a response. Apparently business is so good that they cannot be bothered to contact me. Not going back.
Surprised at how few 5's Twain's got – Wow I really love this place. Just outside of downtown Decatur this place is located - so very accessible.
Great food, fun & friendly staff, HUGE pool table room, great micro-brews on tap & bottle, darts & tournaments, a lively patio, awesome live bands....etc. etc.
I have run into friends countless times (when I didn't know they also liked the place) and have not had a bad time here yet - and I've been coming for three years straight, at least once a month.
Mediocre Food & Bad Service – We went as a large party during a conference in Atlanta. While the restaurant was spacious and accomodating, the service was aweful! The waitress was very territorial and automatically added gratuity knowing she did not deserve it. The food was only mediocre; my BBQ was not good.
I would strongly suggest finding somewhere else near decatur square to go!!
Not thrilled at all. – Unless you like LOUD boisterous crappy music, sticky tables, and rude waiters, this isn't the place for you. There is literally no atmosphere at all going on. My husband and I stopped in for a drink and were extremely disappointed in not only their rude service, but their weak drinks! I ordered a Margarita (They tell you in advance on the menu that they go by their own drink recipes) and it was horribly weak. For $7.50, I expect my expectations to be met. They are so overly priced for what you get. I suggest they get a new drink recipe. I will never go there again. I was also shocked that you get no option to whether you want your drink frozen or on the rocks. They do not offer frozen drinks. On top of everything, our waiter was a joke. If you like being hassled - this is your place.
Best Burger – I love this place. Great place for a burger (one of the best in the city) and a quality beer selection. Couple that with a lil WiFi and you have the perfect recipe for Sunday Workday.
Fantastic Burger!! Great Beer!! Awesome Bartender!! – Love a good burger? Then try one from Twain's. Twain's has the best burger I've had in a long time. And I LOVE a good burger!! Made to order and cooked perfectly, it comes served with the usual lettuce, tomatoe, onion, with additional toppings available (mushrooms, jalapeno peppers, etc.). The sweet potato fries are also fantastic -- served by the basket, they are crisp and served piping hot. Also really, really good are: The beer, of course!! They brew their own. The French Dip - LOADED with meat and cheese; the Cuban Sandwich - grilled to perfection; the Wings (their medium is pretty hot!); the Hummus (spicy); and the Greek Salad - generous on the feta and real kalamata olives. The restaurant itself is a huge bar and billiards room, with additional arcade and darts areas. The long bar probably seats 20 people, and there are 2 TV's usually set on sports. Go on a Saturday afternoon and sit with Bartender Sarah. Sarah REALLY knows her beers, and is an interesting character, with her long black braids and big black rimmed glasses. A total hoot!! Service is always great. The prices are very reasonable for the amount of food served, and the atmosphere is very pleasant (non-smoking).
Best wings, Best homemade pastrami and corned beef, best beer, best bartenders. Friendly owners. – I was shocked after reading some of the reviews on this site about my favorite bar. I tend to sit at the bar, and I've never had bad service there--sometimes the tables get a little lackadaisical service, though. I don't care about kids being there as long as they're being monitored by THEIR OWN PARENTS, not the bar staff (it's not their job). I honestly think Twain's has the best bar food and the best crafted beer in Decatur--the cask and Belgian selections are always great in particular, and the stout is substantial. I have always had good experiences with Twain's staff too, they're friendly and unpretentious but like all bar industry professionals they prefer when you treat them like people instead of servants. Plus they have pool tables and they show hockey if it's on.
Food - Icky, Beer - sicky, Tables - sticky – So, take a look at the reviews of this abomination of a bar and you'll find that if you go there for the pool you'll probably quite like it.
There's a good reason for that - if you like pool, you only really need a flat table. The table doesn't need to be heated, it doesn't need to be re-filled, it doesn't need to respond to the demands of customers and it sure as heck doesn't need to smile at you. It can just sit there.
Unfortunately for Twains, the same cannot be said for food. It is not good enough to put something on a menu and then hope that the fact that it is there is where your responsibility ends.
From the time I sat down at my booth (too big for two people, too small for four) and put my hands down, I KNEW it was going to be a rough night. My hands stuck fast. Thinking that I had inadvertently found a Diet Coke spill, I moved to another seat. Same story. We moved to another (larger) table and whaddya know - Twains must have commissioned table tops from the ACME glue company.
Then the beer came. Twains prides itself on the fact that they brew their own beer. My pale ale affirmed my belief that there are some things better left to the pros. It was not REALLY bad, it was just not good. The hoppy start to the beer was finished with a slightly bitter ammonia aftertaste that could've been cleaner in the lines , but I suspect was actually the beer. Not an auspicious start.
Next came food. The meatloaf sandwich was served cold (intentionally?) and the other sandwiches tasted like they had been freshly unwrapped from the WalMart deli. The wait staff responded to our concerns with no enthusiasm and a tinge of resentment (although they comped the meatloaf sandwich - the savings will go towards a fresh supply of Purell for my wife's purse).
I doubt that I will go to Twains again - Suzie Q's is a better for pool - but I'm guessing that if I do, I will find the waitress trying to peel off the credit card receipt we pressed on to the top of the ACME table.
Bad Food, Watery Beer and Terrible Service – I had only been to Twain's before to play pool. Which was fine.
But I had gone with friends to play trivia on a Monday night. I knew they brewed their own beer so I hoped it would be good - PLUS their web site says they have $2.50 beer specials on house brews on Mondays.
I was AWED by how incredibly BAD this place was.
1. Food - My "Cuban" tasted like it was made with off the shelf sandwich meat. Just boring really. No flavor. You couldn't even taste the pickles. Someone else had the nachos and couldn't finish them. Just not very good. But worst of all was the meatloaf sandwich which came out cold . . . twice. Managing to be both gross AND possibly dangerous to eat. Nice.
To the Manager's credit she took it off the bill but only after asking to see her. And I'm not willing to give them a pass for bad food because they are a bar. There are plenty of bars with great food . . . or at the very least ok food.
2. Beer - Everything I tried tasted watered down. It was like a caricature of bad American beer. Just not good at all. They should stop making their own and use the brewing space for more tables. We have such good local brews and brew pubs in Atlanta and Decatur is such a great drinking town that I'm amazed people have reviewed this place so highly because they truly do not deserve it.
AND their web site is wrong . . . no beer specials on Monday night. So update your site then folks.
3. Service - If citysearch gave out awards for worst service then this place would win. Not a smile. Not a nod. Barely a word. Tables covered in the leftovers of the previous meal. Elbows sticking to the table top. All contribute to a general feeling of not caring you are actually there. Is it too much to ask for a LITTLE niceness from your server? We are paying for this after all.
To sum up don't go here if you want decent food, good beer and ok service.
Maybe for the pool? Because there is nothing else redeemable about the place.
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