Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Pub Perimeter - Dunwoody Georgia

You can find The Pub at 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30346 attached to the main entrance of Perimeter Mall - it's right behind the valet drive-up and nestled between the grotto leading to the lower level on the left and what used to be Goldfish on the right (this will soon be a new concept restaurant). There's plenty of parking but since it's a mall things can get rather filled up. I like the lot to the right that's to one side of the Cheesecake Factory.

I'm not sure where to begin with this place - it's a really impressive, fantasy version of an ideal English Pub, only blown out to about 4x the size. Not that this is a bad thing, but it can be hard to find your party as there's lots of places where your friends can be hiding. I especially like the patio in nice weather - if it's a bit chilly there's an open seating pit that has gas flames, although it's been a while since I've seen them lit - there's also a covered area outside for when the weather isn't cooperating. The interior is made up of a massive bar - the first thing you see when you walk through the short waiting area by the hostess stand. Check out all the taps - plenty to try here.

There are various levels with stairs and ramps for access, so the sight-lines change quite a bit. There's also Brit-pop paraphernalia and artifacts lining all the walls and even the ceiling has large mural flags and iconography of favorite local UK teams. The staff for the most part are adorned in kilts, even some of the guys (when they first opened they all were but I guess some have demurred). My team from work started sampling this place soon after it opened and it's become a regular haunt so I've sampled just about everything on the menu, both food and drink (well at least from the draft beer menu, which is quite impressive).

When you're seated you'll see a leather folio of their most commonly asked-for drafts, whiskeys and snacks. The Pub has a fantastic happy hour that lasts from about 4:00 PM to 7 PM - most of the drafts listed in this menu are $3 (instead of $3.50-3.95) for a 16 oz glass - the includes the new Guinness Nitro IPA which is delicious. There's 10 or so appetizers that are also value priced - I'll get to those in more detail later. I find that I can sit, have several pints and snacks and make it out of here for $20 which makes this a fantastic deal.

The other great service that The Pub provides is the upstairs room with the free-pour taps. You basically have them set you up on a card and you pay for your beer by the ounce. Someone comes up, taps the card and pours. That easy - it's also a good deal when to look at what's tapped - they frequently have local craft by Monday Night and others on these taps - there's also one Nitro tap per bank (three banks so 3 different nitro brews). What can be better than self-serve? I've hosted a couple of UYEs and technology MeetUps here also - this place is uniquely situated to make this very easy to do - the management is also very accommodating. 

My favorite happy hour snacks are the Nachos, the Fried Onion Ring/Mushroom combo and the Buffalo Chicken. 


Regular Menu Appetizers - the Flat Breads are surprisingly good, the chicken wings are OK (need to be hotter). I like the Spring Rolls and the Buffalo Chicken Sliders:

For dinner, I like the sandwiches, the Cranberry Pecan Salad (add grilled chicken), the Bangers and Mash (although I wish they would put a bit more grill on the sausages), the Buttermilk Fried Chicken, and the Fish and Chips (it's haddock instead of cod but it's not a bad substitution - at least it's not tilapia!).




We also managed to hit The Pub for Saint Paddy's Day - quite a lot of fun with drinks poured (into plastic cups) all around the restaurant. We sure kept them busy and as you would expect, everyone was in the spirit.

Service here had been consistently very good - last night I attended a get together of about a dozen people and Tiffany, our server was really fantastic. We thought so much of her that we pulled a manager over (Lydia) and told her so. Anyway, if you haven't tried The Pub, what are you waiting for?

-- John

(also posted to Yelp)
The Pub Perimeter Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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