Craft beer finds no limit in terms of popularity, a credit to its ease of enjoyment and connoisseurship. First, it's not hard for breweries to cultivate a local audience because beer can be made in pretty much any location. Second, beer travels well and can be served in nearly any context. Third, it pairs darn well with food of every type, not just pub fare. And finally, it's cheaper and more casual than wine or cocktails. Whatever the case, LA is blessed with a great number of places to enjoy craft beer, and these are just a few that have opened within the last year or so. Here now, 15 great places to enjoy craft beer in LA.Read More
15 Great Places to Drink Craft Beer in LA Right Now
1. Melody Lounge
Los Angeles, CA 90012
With 24 craft beers on tap, this humble bar in Chinatown has everything from Figueroa Mountain's Hoppy Poppy IPA to Brekenridge Vanilla Porter. It's a hardcore beer geek's little hidden gem.
2. The Greyhound Bar & Grill
Los Angeles, CA 90042
This newcomer in burgeoning Highland Park takes the standard sports bar and ups it a few notches with classic bites done well and a solid craft beer list that won't leave many hop heads wanting. Run by two former managers at Father's Office and owned by one of the founders of FO on the Westside, the recipe for success is quite strong at The Greyhound.
3. City Tavern Downtown LA
Los Angeles, CA 90017
This brand new pub has the same craft beer approach as its predecessor in Culver City, boasting a hefty list of brews that will please anyone from the hop head to enthusiast that will appreciate the hard-to-find brews on tap.
4. The Hermosillo
This wine and craft beer bar on York Blvd is well on its way to hosting its own brewing operation toward the back, but until then, it's a beer maven's hideaway with picks like Mikkeller, Jolly Roger, and other cult breweries around the country inside a dark room filled with plush banquettes.
5. Public School 310
Open since late 2012, this sort of corporatized gastropub in Culver City still retains a bit of local flavor, thanks to its extensive and well-curated beer list that has everything from Golden Chaos from Bootlegger's to Ballast Point Sextant Stout on nitro.
6. Stout Burgers And Beers
Santa Monica, CA 90401
This beer & burger bar opened a location early last year with a predictable yet consistent lineup of burgers that might not trump those of Umami's, but do a good job if one's stuck on Third Street. The impressive tap selection, however, will definitely win over converts, with picks like Allagash Curieux, Blood Orange Amber from The Dudes, and Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing in Utah.
7. Mud Hen Tavern
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Susan Feniger's converted casual restaurant on the bustling corner of Highland and Melrose now features a great craft beer lineup like Atticus IPA from Strand and The Abyss from Deschutes. Together with the all grass-fed burger, it's a winning combination in Mid City.
8. Tuning Fork Gastropub
This gastropub in Studio City that opened in spring of last year has a respectable craft beer line up from Ballast Point, Firestone, and Bootleggers, all of which go great with the solid burger. The bottle list has some highlights like The Bruery's Rueuze.
9. On The Thirty
Featuring a host of local breweries on tap, this pizza-centric restaurant in Sherman Oaks has everything from wine to cocktails, but the beer is a main draw, with 30 taps from which to draw. Servers will even have beers paired to dishes.
10. Ditmas Kitchen and Cocktails
With a tight, yet well chosen selection of craft beers that range a variety of styles, Ditmas Kitchen has a strong food menu to boot thanks to the efforts of Top Cheftestant Alex Reznik.
11. Tom Bergin's
Though it's typically been the kind of place that specializes in doling out endless pints of Guinness, after a quick switcheroo from a more gentrified version, Tom Bergin's is back to being the everyman's bar. But the 14 beer taps have been upgraded with selections that pour everything from cider, Irish beer, and local craft brew.
12. Peking Tavern
Los Angeles, CA 90014
This underground dining room feels like a bomb shelter escape from the city, with a respectable cocktail program and solid craft beer list boasting everything from The Dudes Face Porter to Monkish Crux Belgian Ale, all paired with dumplings a la SGV.
13. The Doughroom
With a kind of beer for every person, this New American restaurant hosts a slew of brewery events and tap takeovers that allow the brew maven on the Westside to find rare producers like Port Brewing and Drake's. Pair it with a pizza and catch a ball game.
14. Angel City Brewery
This brewery hosts a number of community events and tours that make it very approachable, though the beers they produce still have a way to go before competing with the best. Still, the Angeleno IPA is slowly finding its way in craft beer bars around town while the Eureka wit is a refreshing brew for any day. Available by the growler and pint, the Public House serves from 4-10 p.m. most days.
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15. Smog City Brewery
This local craft brewery hosts a nice tap room in the afternoons to the the early evening, pouring everything from its signature brews like Groundworks Coffee porter to the L.A. Saison. Growlers and samplers are also available.