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15 Great Places to Drink Craft Beer in LA Right Now

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hasmapcraftbeer.jpgCraft 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.


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1. Melody Lounge

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939 N Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-2823
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

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5570 N Figueroa St
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

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735 S Figueroa St #133
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

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5125 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 739-6459
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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

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9411 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 558-0414
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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

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111 Santa Monica Boulevard
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

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742 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 203-0500
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

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12051 Ventura Pl
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 623-0734
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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

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14622 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 788-0330
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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

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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

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840 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 936-7151
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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

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806 South Spring Street
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

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3409 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(424) 258-6194
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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

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216 S Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 622-1261
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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.

15. Smog City Brewery

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1901 Del Amo Blvd
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 320-7664
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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.

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1. Melody Lounge

939 N Hill St, 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.
939 N Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

2. The Greyhound Bar & Grill

5570 N Figueroa St, 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.
5570 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90042

3. City Tavern Downtown LA

735 S Figueroa St #133, 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.
735 S Figueroa St #133
Los Angeles, CA 90017

4. The Hermosillo

5125 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042
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.
5125 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042

5. Public School 310

9411 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
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.
9411 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

6. Stout Burgers And Beers

111 Santa Monica Boulevard, 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.
111 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401

7. Mud Hen Tavern

742 N Highland Ave, 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.
742 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

8. Tuning Fork Gastropub

12051 Ventura Pl, Studio City, CA 91604
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.
12051 Ventura Pl
Studio City, CA 91604

9. On The Thirty

14622 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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.
14622 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

10. Ditmas Kitchen and Cocktails

Los Angeles, CA
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

840 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
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.
840 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

12. Peking Tavern

806 South Spring Street, 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.
806 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

13. The Doughroom

3409 Overland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034
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.
3409 Overland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

14. Angel City Brewery

216 S Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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.
216 S Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

15. Smog City Brewery

1901 Del Amo Blvd, Torrance, CA 90501
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.
1901 Del Amo Blvd
Torrance, CA 90501

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