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Newcomer Zan Beer Kicks to Life in Koreatown

A modern sports pub for the younger Ktown set.

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Who’s ready for more beer and cheap eats in Koreatown? Everyone, apparently, as evidenced by newcomer Zan Beer, which joins the likes of Biergarten on Western as a home for sports, draft beer, and Korean-toned pub grub.

Officially open as of last week, Zan takes over a second floor space on the corner of Wilshire and Alexandria, within eyesight of the popular Boiling Crab on the ground floor and right above Pieology. The beer and wine menu includes an eclectic mix of soju cocktails and rice wine options, with beer labels covering the big guys (Hoegaarden, Shock Top) and the smaller players like Angel City and Firestone Walker. Yes, you can still drink Hite as needed.

As for food, expect burgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, and stronger Korean favorites like grilled whole squid, spicy rice cakes, and tons of pork belly mains. You can also get corn cheese, mozzarella sticks, and udon, making this a truly multicultural operation.

The space itself is as simple as it gets, with loads of four and six-top tables spread around the long room, plus booths and bar seating. There are televisions situated strategically throughout the brick-walled room, with pennants and banners hanging from the rafters.

Best of all, Zan Beer keeps daily late night hours, opening at 4 p.m. and closing at 2 a.m. The restaurant is still in soft open mode at the moment, but has plans to possibly expand those hours in the coming weeks.

Zan Beer
3377 Wilshire Blvd. #200
Los Angeles, CA