Verdugo Bar

Not Rated.
Verdugo BarVerdugo Bar
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

38 Reviews
Reviews: 38
Visits: 62
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: n/a
Taps: 22
Bottles: 85
Cask: Y
[ Bar ]

3408 Verdugo Rd
Los Angeles, California, 90065-2835
United States
phone: (323) 257-3408

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Reviews: 38 | Visits: 62
Reviews by charlzm:
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4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

UPDATED: 12/22/08

I visited Verdugo again on Friday, 12/19/08. The tap selection was awesome, the crowd was full of beer-lovers (a change form my visit 5 months ago) and there was a generally happy vibe that was contagious. Ryan, the owner, was happy to talk with my party for a long time and ply us with beer. There were approachable ladies and upstanding guys and... the place is just great! My Stone work shirt started several conversations! You have to love that.

If only they had a kitchen, opened earlier and were located somewhere that didn't take me an hour to get to, this would be my home away from home!
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Visited on Saturday, 07/05/08 at 9:00pm.

The neighborhood is a bit dodgy and it is virtually impossible to find anyplace to eat nearby after dark, but don't let that keep you away. The late opening time is a factor, though; 8:00pm is a bit late to be opening a bar. I understand that they're trying to start slowly and build up a clientele, but, as I'm an afternoon/early evening beer geek, it's tough for me to find time to get here.

Anyway, there's plenty of parking on the street or the lot adjacent to this virtually unmarked building.

Get inside and the story changes. Gorgeous wood bar and walls, inviting booths, a cool back lounge with hidden lighting behind couches, amusing framed artwork on the clean bathroom walls: the physical space is great.

There are flat screens behind the bar, but instead of the usual ESPN, these were showing "Dr. Strangelove" and an obscure Phillipino explotiation film called "For Y'ur Height Only". Excellent!

Over 20 taps of well-chosen brews make the beer lover happy; my only complaint is that the beer is served just a hair too cold. Not a big deal, though, as you can just let it warm up on the bar.

The service was really great, especially from Mindy.

The atmosphere was fine until the DJ started to crank the volume level up and begin playing stuff that may have been okay to most people but kinda bugged me.

By 10:15pm, there were several groups who had come in and tried to order Coronas and Bud Lights and so on, indicating to me that the early crowd is more beer oriented. In a way, this is like Father's Office in Santa Monica; while there's excellent beer to be had, many of the patrons are there for other reasons.

So, Verdugo Bar is certainly worth more than a visit, but it's not the great salvation of the LA beer scene that some of us were hoping it was intended to be. However, this was not designed to be a Toronado or a Liar's Club, so rating it as such would not be fair to the proprietors. (2,583 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of PretzelCity
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of blues_fever
4.46/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Thepleasantimbiber
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Ghostman25
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Buzz3d
3.48/5  rDev -18.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 1 | selection: 4

Loved the vibe of the bar, GREAT selection. Pliny was $12 a bottle which was a little steep. The bartenders were HORRRRRRRRRIBLE!!! After spending almost 70 dollars at the bar she said I could only 2 tastes off the draught. They had a Stone "Enjoy After" in their fridge which should not have been chilled till atleast 2015. Over all I will still come to this bar, but could really care less for the service. (408 characters)

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4.32/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of smb
3.44/5  rDev -19.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5

Great tap and bottle list almost all the time. Decent dive bar vibe with a spacious outdoor patio. Service and the staff are horrible though. A lot of macho gangster wannabe's work the bar, and random white girls, who likely just moved to LA from the mid-west.

Instead of appreciating the fact that their customers are passionate about the product they're selling, the staff act high and mighty and condescend to the customers. None of them seem to know or care about beer.

Basically, Verdugo Bar gets good shit on tap... but with so many other choices in the area that have better service and attitude... Eagle Rock Brewery/Public House, Hermosillo/Highland Park Brewery, Glendale Tap, etc... it's better to avoid this place unless they have an exclusive special event going, like BCBS or PtY. (799 characters)

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4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Rapidly becoming my favorite beer joint in LA. The shady neighborhood seems to keep out most of the douchbags and they always seem to have a handful of sours on tap. The Verdugo so far seems to be keeping the California IPA landslide at a distance and the barkeeps seem to drink what they are selling and can talk about the product. High points all around for giving a shit and especially for keeping it scuzzy. (411 characters)

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Verdugo Bar in Los Angeles, CA
94 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.