Atlanta >Bars & Clubs > The BookHouse Pub
736 Ponce de Leon Avee, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030633.773961 -84.363128
Neighborhoods: Northeast, St. Charles/ Greenwood, Northeast
Cozy, great beer selection, relaxed vibe and a nice Tiki patio out back. On the menu, order the funnel cake - you won't regret it.
A Break from the Norm, Bookhouse is a Gastropub with Swagger – Bookhouse is an amber-lit, wooded enclave that takes you far away from bustling Ponce de Leon the minute you walk in. This gastropub feels less like a Poncey bar and more like a rustic country cabin lined with Melville novels. Inhabited by a weekend throng of tattooed hipsters and Belgian beer-heads alike, the similarly punk-ish bartenders and serve up items from the beer list and a separate food menu. The two menus battle out a noble fight for which should get more attention – both are excellent. Seared duck roast with risotto and a St. Bernardus are just as welcome as the fabulous hot wings with a can of Old Chub.
I want to love BookHouse.... – I'd love to love BookHouse, but it's very difficult. I LOVE the atmosphere (small and cozy), and the wait staff is (mostly) very pleasant. However, the atmosphere I love so much is often soiled by incredibly low lighting - I get it, it's part of the setting, but if I wanted to sit in the dark, I'd go sit in a basement. The beer selection is good and overpriced, and their patio is small but will be fantastic in the warmer seasons. My main problem with Book House is that they're a "gastro pub" but their food is overpriced and incredibly sub-par. I've tried several different things on the menu, hoping to find something amazing. but oddly, everything that's good has been taken off (French onion soup, fried mac & cheese), and replaced with something that could be confused for a high end microwave dinner. This place is tiny, so it's ALWAYS crowded and you'll most definitely have to wait for a table or even a seat at the bar. I wish I could say t hat it's worth the wait, but unfortunately, it's been a repeated disappointment every time I've returned. Save your time and your money.
Do Not Go Here – I had dinner here with a few friends. the people that work here and manage this place are the rudest people i have ever encountered at a restaurant. we waited for someone to seat us and when we weren't helped, we sat down on our own. we thought maybe it was seat yourself since it is a bar and nobody said any different. we were told we couldnt sit their by apparently the managers girlfriend. we went back to the front where we found someone and they immediately sat us back down where we were just sitting. then they wouldnt wait on us. finally when they did they refused to bring us water saying that they didnt have any clean glasses when i could see clean glasses in plain sight. when the food came out we had to ask for silverware. we complained to the manager and he made lame excuses. i gave it 1 star because at least the kitchen knows what they are doing because the food was good. i would tell the kitchen staff to find a different place to work and i hope this place goes out of business.
A bar for aging hipsters, this quiet spot has the gastro-formula down--good beer selection and high-end bar eats. – In Short
Going to a gastropub run by the same crew who operate the youthfully-shady dance club MJQ might seem questionable to anyone who works real hours and likes real food. But next door at the Book House Pub, aging hipsters flock for the menu intelligence and hidden-find exclusivity. Cloaked in dark woods and fashionably named for the secret society in "Twin Peaks," the dimly-lit digs feel like a British pub collided with a cabin and landed in a strip mall off Ponce. Charming and appropriate, paperback books cram a shelf that snakes along the low ceiling--barely in reach for inquisitive bar-goers. Look for genre-specific suds and a menu that is heavy-handed with a gourmet touch. Items like duck confit and fried mac n'cheese confirm that while MJQ is right next door, the concept is miles away.
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