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Owen Ogletree, Marilyn Hall, Lynn Gieger, Pasha Souvorin, Lari Cowgill, Thel Melton, Joanne Maki, Mark King, Martha DeHart, Jeff Rapp, and Gordy and Jan Rivers set off to sample great beers in downtown Decatur, GA on Saturday, June 28, 2003. Decatur is a beautiful suburb of Atlanta that has undergone a remarkable revitalization in the past few years -- it has fun shops, restaurants, a MARTA subway station, and some wonderful places for beer. Read on!  (Photos and text by Owen Ogletree)
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Melton's   Melton's Ap and Tap
2500 N. Decatur Road
ph: 404-634-9112

This pub and restaurant is a very popular neighborhood gathering place in Decatur and is owned by Aaron Melton (brother of our friend Thel).  It features a fine beer selection and superb pub food (including a cheese puff recipe from Thel's grandmother). Melton's is the epitome of a friendly neighborhood pub. The first photo above shows Mark, Joanne, Jan, Lari, and Gordy trying to make a difficult lunch entree choice from the menu.  It is a short taxi ride from the center of downtown Decatur.

Brick Store   Brick Store
125 East Court Square
ph: 404-687-0990

This delightful pub is owned by former employee's of Mellow Mushroom in Athens, GA. The Brick Store is located in an old hardware store that used to sit right on the courthouse square in central Decatur (and yes, the store did sell bricks). The pub is reminiscent of The Globe pub in Athens (and is just as much fun). There are wonderful food items here (including a juicy turkey burger and crispy fish and chips) and the most intelligent beer selection in Decatur.

Twain's   Twain's
211 East Trinity Place
ph: 404-373-0063

Twain's is a comfortable, rustic pool hall that has a very nice selection of microbrews on draft.  Grab a beer and some balls and head to either the smoking or non-smoking pool room for a game or two. The photos above show (LtoR) Joanne, Mark, Pasha, Marilyn (our brave designated driver), Lynn and Thel.

Angel   Angel Taps
426 W. Ponce De Leon

ph: 404-687-5299

Derek Lawford is an immigrant from the UK who now resides in Atlanta.  He's opened five attractive English pubs in the area that are loaded with authentic pub fare, good beer (Fuller's Ales, Hoegaarden, Guinness, Newcastle, Strongbow Cider, Tetley's, Boddington's, etc.), and beautiful atmosphere.  The Angel is Derek's newest pub.

James Joyce   James Joyce
22 N. Avondale Road
ph: 404-296-5097

The Avondale Estates area of Decatur has downtown buildings that are designed to look a bit English Tudor in style
, and the James Joyce pub is no exception.  This gorgeous pub has a dark oak interior, partially covered, rock-walled front patio, and a big menu filled with tasty pub grub and nice beer. Pasha, Thel and Jan await their Guinness pints in the second picture above.

Other great beer spots in Decatur...
  • Taco Mac, 240 West Ponce De Leon Ave., Decatur.  ph: 404-378-4140.
  • Thinking Man Tavern, 537 W. Howard Ave., Decatur.  ph: 404-370-1717.

"There are so many great places to get a good pint in Decatur -- make sure the your card doesn't melt from all the credit card processing or you might not get to all the great bars here!"

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