November 2023 by Theodora S
Having been visiting breweries at each stop during a cross country through 30+ different States I have to say that by far this is the WORST one! Pretentious and overpriced. The beer part of the glass, since half of it was foam, was actually pretty good BUT definitely not worth the 5% service fee(mandatory and never mentioned) plus the 20% tip that I paid for. I’d still be fine with that if the tip went to an employee that deserved it, but that was not case here either. Waste of money.
November 2023 by Frank Decot
Really cool brewery. Had a great time here getting food and drink before a GA State football game as visiting/away fans. Close proximity so you can walk over to the stadium. Beers and food were very good, draft menu has a big focus on lagers and pilsners. The rooftop area is awesome.
November 2023 by Andrew Lynn
Stopped in to kill time before heading to the airport. Great space (intimate downstairs + rooftop with the ATL United game on), friendly service, yummy beers and Belgian bites. The stew, frites, and hummus were all delicious. Will be back!
November 2023 by Kgssfv Csyvfg
Please forgive my forgetfulness. This photo was taken by me during the day at an unknown time. A small house that looked so quiet during the day turned into a carnival at night. I particularly like the beer here. Look, what a great beer! I recommend all of you to come
October 2023 by Zach
I don’t even like beer that much but somehow keep coming back. Great atmosphere, yummy sours and delicious fries! Love Sunday night trivia.
October 2023 by Andrea Lippucci
The cutest venue with the best vibes. Amazing lagers/German beers. Unsure about parking (we ubered) but didn't see anywhere to park. Very walkable and cute area! The bathrooms were very clean, employees very nice, and the biergarten was awesome!
October 2023 by Allison Fix
Very nice little brewpub with strong German influence. Their lager selection was plentiful and they had some classic German staples (currywurst!) on the menu. It’s a cozy space and welcoming, with friendly staff. Love the little details, like the menu centerpieces at each table and even a European exit sign. Would love to visit again when I’m in Atlanta.
October 2023 by Dan Adams
Times visited: twice, there probably won't be a third time.This was a tough review to write, as I don't think I've had such conflicted feelings about a venue in years. Halfway Crooks gets so many things beautifully correct and so many bizarrely wrong that it feels like two entities with utterly different visions are fighting over what your drinking experience should be.The beer - primarily delicate lower abv lagers - is very good, and occasionally some of the best in Atlanta. Pilsners, Helles, seasonal German styles - with appropriate hops I might add - all well crafted. No adjuncts here, what you get is fermented grain (malt) and characterful, expressive hops. Real care has been taken to brew these beers and most that I have tried are quite moreish, that is, you could quickly have another and enjoy it even more than the first. That's great and one would think Halfway Crooks would be an immediate easy recommendation to any beer lover.The aesthetic is trying real hard, possibly too hard, to lean into the ASCII art, dot-matrix printer era, punch-card candle-wrap, soft yellow light, large windows & exposed beams, wooden chair and fascinating tile art hipster vibe. It is clean and airy. Philip K Dick, Charles Babbage and various science types get name-dropped. I ordered a beer at the bar and was given a 3.5" (1.44MB) floppy disk with a number written on it to take to my table. I heard Julee Cruz in the downstairs bathroom; who doesn't love Julee?Then it all starts to go wrong.For starters, there is an advertised, mandatory 21% 'service fee' added to your bill. This is almost unforgivable when the beers begin at $6 and spiral up towards $8. Yes, $7.50 for a 4.0% abv Radler as of early August 2023. On checking out on the digital POS system you are prompted to add an additional tip, even for to-go beer only (which I bought) which is absurd and borderline offensive given the -- inattentive service. The servers and bartenders, both times I've visited, look like they would rather be anywhere else. You have to flag the staff down too, they are quite uninterested in trying to sell you beer. Remember that floppy disk foodservice table number? Yeah, it took several minutes to get a drink, even with all of 3 people at the bar. The flies found me before my servers did. The errors pile up, the tractor feed is running along the floor...There's an upstairs bar that shows soccer matches (football) - nice, but you can't transfer tabs between upstairs and down. In 2023.The glassware is obviously curated and appropriate for the style, but no mention of glassware style or even pour volume is listed on the menu.Halfway serves food! But the kitchen clatter bleeds into the bar. The meal prices are obnoxiously listed in both Euros and USD on the menu, a bold choice by the management that only serves to remind me that mandatory 21% 'service fees' don't exist in the EU.Biggie's "Hypnotize" is playing at a less than affable volume. The N-word grates in my ear as I attempt to enjoy a fantastic Kolsch-style (Farina). If you're unfamiliar, google the lyrics and make up your own mind if this song belongs in an environment with analog trappings, dried flowers, and wallpaper that would not be out of place in your Oma's parlor. A subsequent song was using an offensive slur for gay men. Look, I get it, the kitchen staff likes this music and it aids them in the dish-pit, but it's all too crass, too push-pull for the bewildered customer who is just trying to drink a fine beer in a comfortable, cheerful space.If this brewery in the midst of a severe identity crisis sounds intriguing, I hesitantly suggest a visit to Halfway Crooks to see it firsthand. The good news is that it is easier to fix these complaints than it is to start brewing excellent beer, and grace must be given for establishments to evolve over time. 3 stars therefore seems appropriate and I will certainly continue to promote and drink delicious Halfway Crooks beer - just
October 2023 by Kirk Wilcox
Where do I begin? Being that I'm not German, you would think the hostess or manager would greet guest to find out who is a first timers. Failed!If you are looking for stellar customer service, you want find it here. Failed!It's a cashless restaurant. You scan an QR code and you play your own server and even pay at the table before ordering. I wondered if there were menus for elderly patrons? The customer do 60 % of the work and at the end of order your asked for a tip.The hostesses bring you flatware minutes before your food comes. One the server brings your entree; you want see or hear from this person until you are walking out the door.This is a beautiful establishment but it lacks customer service. Odd stares is not a hello, good afternoon. Verbalization is a must. If you are first timer patron here, its very overwhelming and please don't expect the manager or hostess to give you any information about the menu selections. I was truly disappointed with this place. I gave the restaurant a C-. Inclosing, it's a place I don't plan visiting no time soon. There burgers are cooked medium well only!
September 2023 by Tracey Long
Excellent beer, and experience. They have tasty IPA’s on draft, and the entire menu is very good. My faves are the hummus plate, and burger.
September 2023 by Cassandra Lee
I love halfway crooks beer, and the design of the place is nice. Love the upstairs. It's the only local beer I really like. I'm not yet convinced about the new mandatory high 21% service fees, and I was in the service industry for 15 years. Many places have decided to do this. Just put it in your pricing and do away with the idea of tipping or service at all. That's what's really happening...tips now go to the house as income, and they pay staff $15 an hour and offer insurance and PTO. The 21% goes to the owners, not the servers. I hope the insurance premiums are affordable; healthcare cost really is an issue. This owner may be providing as they say, but mandatory service fees open up the field for unethical owners to charge the fee and give nothing more to their staff. Feels like a slippery slope to me.
September 2023 by John Allison
Some of the best beer and fries I've ever had in Atlanta!
August 2023 by Tanner Kinney
No one talks to you. Then they charge you a forced 21 percent service fee. The drinks we had were genuinely undrinkable. And we ordered truffle fries that were so drenched in lemon juice they couldn’t be saved -10/10.
August 2023 by Julia Sheppard
We stopped in for a quick drink before dinner and loved the space. I don't drink, but my husband loves craft beer and really enjoyed the German style pilsner. They had a few NA options for me but I would have loved to see a little more variety.
July 2023 by Breyunna Moseley
Me and my babe decided to walk over there from home because we saw good reviews about it on here. I will say the place is esthetically pleasing and I liked the vibes of the atmosphere.We sat at the bar and the bartender helped me pick an amazing beer, they asked if we wanted to start a tab and we told them we would pay in cash and we will order everything at once, we sat, we ate, and even order more beers, then we closed our tab.My problem is the fact that the red short haired bartender stop us on our way out and asked us if we paid our tab, we was the only ones she stopped and asked, I told her yes then she rushed over to the bar before we exited the building . I just don’t appreciate being profiled as a person or couple who would walk out on a tab. Also, my burger bun was burnt and my burger lacked flavor .