Wrecking Bar Brewpub
292 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
There’s something happening these days in Atlanta that we’re liking. It’s probably been going on for some time, but maybe we—like most—have a sort of negative predisposition to Atlanta. Maybe it’s too hot, maybe it’s too crowded, maybe it’s too dangerous, maybe it’s too…Atlanta. But that’s unfair.
In the past four or five years, there seems to have been a shift. A shift in making the city friendlier, more accessible, safer, nicer, cleaner. And we’re fairly certain that a lot of that has to do with easing the restrictions the city previously had on dogs in public places, making the city now known as “dog friendly Atlanta.”
Which leads us to the Wrecking Bar Brewpub.
Hiding beneath a stunning old Victorian mansion (a labor of love, to say the least, for owners Bob and Kristine Sandage) lies an adult playground with whimsical beers from mainly Flemish and surrounding areas in place of a jungle gym. The ability to taste beers basically from the barrel (or, at least, within view) makes for an even more fun experience.
The menu is as enjoyable: think upscale pub food, but not set in England. Octopus, pâte, tartare, and more.
But the best is that it’s dog friendly. Adventurously dog friendly. Going down the stairs, you’re met with the strong smell of beer brewing, as well as the excitement of being almost in a speakeasy. A quieter crowd will greet you with a nod of approval and probably a scratch or two for Fido. If you can, get there early enough for a seat at the bar (4pm opening) and prepare to do something adult like order a porter and read the paper or something.
We won’t add insult to injury by saying “You just might forget you’re in Atlanta for a few hours,” but you’ll definitely feel like it’s somewhere else.
And maybe that’s just yesteryear.