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15 Great Places to Drink Craft Beer in LA, Spring 2014

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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, an updated list of 15 great places to enjoy craft beer in LA right now.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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.

2. 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.

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. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar

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351 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(310) 288-6500
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This second outpost of Plan Check in Fairfax District has a much stronger focus on craft beer. That includes pint nights, tap takeovers, and all that other beer junkie stuff, on top of the great comfort cooking that chef Ernesto Uchimura is churning out.

12. The Brickyard Pub

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1810 Wilcox Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 465-6356
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This dark pool hall is one of the better places in Hollywood to enjoy a pint of craft beer. With over 100 beers available, think of it almost like Yardhouse, but without that chain-like feel. Also, a sweet happy hour and industry specials.

13. Horse Thief

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324 S Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 625-0341
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Though there are only 10 taps available, it's harder find a better place to enjoy a pint and a beer with a view of Downtown's skyscrapers. While some bigger name Texas breweries are available, find some smaller local brews as well.

14. Sixth St Tavern

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630 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 614-1900
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Formerly Urbano Pizza Bar, this pub is now one of the best places in Financial District to enjoy a pint or three after work. Considering it's the same crew as the Spring Street Bar crew, expect greatness from the 24-some taps.

15. Picnik

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168 W Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 793-8008
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Eduardo Ruiz elevates the sausage concept with some hand-butchered links, creative toppings, and a slew of craft beer such as the Eagle Rock Manifesto and Bootleggers Rustic Rye. Also, check out Punch Bar upstairs if it's the weekend.

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1. 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

2. 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

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. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar

351 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

This second outpost of Plan Check in Fairfax District has a much stronger focus on craft beer. That includes pint nights, tap takeovers, and all that other beer junkie stuff, on top of the great comfort cooking that chef Ernesto Uchimura is churning out.

351 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

12. The Brickyard Pub

1810 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

This dark pool hall is one of the better places in Hollywood to enjoy a pint of craft beer. With over 100 beers available, think of it almost like Yardhouse, but without that chain-like feel. Also, a sweet happy hour and industry specials.

1810 Wilcox Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028

13. Horse Thief

324 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Though there are only 10 taps available, it's harder find a better place to enjoy a pint and a beer with a view of Downtown's skyscrapers. While some bigger name Texas breweries are available, find some smaller local brews as well.

324 S Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

14. Sixth St Tavern

630 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Formerly Urbano Pizza Bar, this pub is now one of the best places in Financial District to enjoy a pint or three after work. Considering it's the same crew as the Spring Street Bar crew, expect greatness from the 24-some taps.

630 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90017

15. Picnik

168 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105

Eduardo Ruiz elevates the sausage concept with some hand-butchered links, creative toppings, and a slew of craft beer such as the Eagle Rock Manifesto and Bootleggers Rustic Rye. Also, check out Punch Bar upstairs if it's the weekend.

168 W Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105

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