by Mar Yvette - 482 Reviews - 150 List
Not fond the frou-frou wine scene? Prefer a cold one at a cool bar to a fancy cocktail at some sweaty club? Whether it's an old favorite like Father's Office or a more recent outpost like Boho, find out what's on tap at L.A.'s top spots for a beer.
Updated: October 25, 2009
Everyone's favorite Bavarian-style brewery--replete with Dirndl-clad waitresses and live oompah music--features three separate drinking areas, including a sprawling upstairs beer garden. Serving up all the German staples from Spaten Lager to Hefeweizen, enjoy 25% off all drinks from 3pm-6pm on weekdays.
We just can't get enough: The granddaddy of craft beer bars, Santa Monica's already-legendary joint offers 36 seasonally rotating beers on tap and some of the tastiest sweet potato fries in town ... just don't ask for ketchup. (There is none. No, really.)
Reportedly the best beer selection on the Westside with 29 microbrews and imports on tap, this is one of the only places in town where you can get actual pitchers of rare brew. There are also three different beer tasting-flights designed specifically for beginners, intermediates and adventurous connoisseurs. Pints are $5 on Tuesdays and refills are only $3.
Sure, it might be called a "wine bar," but this Boyle Heights nook has its fair share of draft beers, including Hoegarden, Fat Tire and, of course, Tecate (what else would you drink when rocking out to the mariachi-oke sing-alongs?).
This Old Town tavern is where you'll find all your normal draughts and imports with an emphasis on Belgian ales and fruity lambics, plus Pasadena's own Craftsman Ale on tap. With a total of 63 beer choices, there's no excuse for thirst.
Billing itself as Hollywood's first gastropub, this spacious hangout right next to the Cinerama Dome might look like your kooky aunt Bess did the decorating (yeah, those are teddy bears next to your booth), but don't let the low-brow design fool you--the 25 brews on tap rotate weekly, thanks to beer sommelier Ryan Sweeney of Verdugo Bar.
Manhattan Beach's favorite gastropub is a casual neighborhood spot that manages to raise the bar on bar food all the while offering 24 rotating beers on tap. From top-notch brews like Green Flash Hop Head, Magic Hat #9 and Port Brewing Old Viscosity to Cal-pub fare like grilled ahi salad and a bacon blue Angus burger, this place is hard to beat.