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Park Tavern provides refuge from storms 

Every cloud?: The rainiest summer in memory has really put the kibosh on summer fun, even when the sun goes down. Alfresco partying and bar hopping are complicated by wet chairs, flooded streets and torrential downpours.

The Park Tavern, well-known for its magnificent patio overlooking Piedmont Park and the Midtown skyline, suffers mightily from the wet weather. To entice you inside, the owners promise that "When it rains, we pour." Their house-brewed beers and a guest draft, normally $4 a glass, are just $1 when it's raining. You can't beat that with a bumpershoot, so we assembled the crew on a dark and stormy night, sheltered by the stone masonry and heavy beams of the downstairs tavern, to test the frugal brews.

Tarnished lining: Unfortunately, a buck is about all these beers are worth. The pilsner wasn't awful, but a strong sour finish was closer to a cheap Canadian lager than a true pilsner. A dull flavor profile and nearly flat carbonation level spoiled the roasted coffee character of the porter. The amber, though, was completely undrinkable and we sent it back. Wheat beer was also flat, puckeringly sour, and with none of the promised banana and clove aroma.

We choked them down with a grimace and settled on the pale ale, the most palatable of the house-brewed options. Others opted out of beer entirely and went with the guest tap, a Strongbow cider.

Not the roar of thunder: The yellow mission-style lamps and earthy materials in the pub suggest Frank Lloyd Wright, but the low ceiling and crowded, semi-subterranean space give it more the air of a roadside public house. The volume level is high, thanks to the well-dressed twentysomethings and seasoned partiers who gather after work or spill over from the special events upstairs. Rowdy patrons shout across the large tables, getting drunker than they ought to. Wait until they see the pictures.

Lightning-quick: Our server brought us pint after pint without delay or mistake, even though our party of six kept up a rapid pace and switched beers frequently. We were on the super-cheap, and unapologetically passed up the appetizers and other food, which the tavern no doubt hoped would offset their losses on the beer. Sorry, Charlie. The foot-long receipt of 93-cent orders added up to $50. Let it rain, see if we care.

Park Tavern. Mon.-Thurs. 4:30-11 p.m.; Fri. 4:30 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.-11 a.m. 500 10th St., Atlanta. 404-249-0001.

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