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Verdugo Bar

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Verdugo BarVerdugo Bar
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95
world-class

58 Ratings
Ratings: 58
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: n/a
Taps: 22
Bottles: 85
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar ]

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

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Reviews by vurt:
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4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The Verdugo Bar is a fully-restored 1930's bar. It's a beautiful room, with beamed ceilings overhead and a serpentine bar of dark wood up front and pod-booths against the far wall. There's also a separate room in the back with banquette couches and low tables, which I imagine fills up nicely on busy weekend nights. The vibe is hip but not the least bit obnoxious, and completely beer-geek friendly. (They know how to pronounce "Hoegaarden" properly, but won't make you feel like a jerk when you don't.) I've checked the place out on comparably slow weeknights, and I'm happy to keep going back on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until word gets out and the place is packed on those nights too.

Service is knowledgeable and friendly. Gratifyingly so.

There are about 20 regular taps at the moment, which run from Allagash White on the light side to Old Rasputin (nitro-pour) on the heavy side. In-between those two are a well-chosen variety of taps from the expected (Stella, Guinness, Arrogant Bastard) to the intriguing (Green Flash Double Stout, 30-year Ola Dubh, and the awesome Deans Bros. ESB). The 8 rotating taps offer such options as Oskar Blues Gordon, Fullers London Pride, and unique casks from Stone Brewing. There is also a dynamic and dangerous bottle list that goes from Flying Horse Lager on the low end to Hitachino Espresso Stout and Port Brewing 2d Anniversary in the middle to Deus and Alpine Chez Monieux on the high end.

I went on a low-traffic Tuesday night and wound up chatting about good beer with one of the owner/managers for the entire evening. He has excellent beer instincts, and wants to make sure that his bar is regarded as a true Good Beer Destination. There are places with greater numbers of taps, but you'd be hard pressed to find a place with greater range in The Valley. They are also working to set up regular tasting nights each month.

The exterior is pretty non-descript, with only a "Cocktails" sign to indicate that the place is a bar. But walk in the door and you'll soon realize you've found a superior beer location. Ask the knowledgeable staff "What's good?" and they'll give you articulate and informed answers. Go early, go often, and say hi to me once you get there. I'm the beer geek at the bar with the happy grin on his face.

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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.

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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.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

From the outside looks like an old cocktail bar - very low key, slightly grungy. Walk in, very dark, long bar, some booths. Go out back and there is a really nice "beer garden": pick-nick tables and shade, very casual. Would love to hang here for hours on the weekend. Food trucks park in the lot next door and there is an opening in the block wall where you can order. I guess they also have bands sometimes. In a bit of a out of the way location.

Visited as Part of LA beer weeks Walkers Wild ride. They were serving FW Lil Opal. Charging $7 for glass - seemed reasonable.

Visited once before, always seem to have a couple of unusual things on tap, plus plenty of other decent stuff. Have a fridge with interesting, somewhat harder to find bottles (didn't seem like a crazy mark up for a bar).

Service is brusk, but no complaints.

Note - must spend minimum of $10 to use CC, might not seem like a problem, but as I had already been to Far Bar and it was 4 in the afternoon, I could only do one drink. Luckily I just had enough.

If your in the area definitely worth a stop.

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Verdugo Bar in Los Angeles, CA
95 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.