Blue Palms Brewhouse
Taps: 25 / Bottles: 113
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by charlzm:
4.9/5 rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I have visited twice now, one during the "soft opening" period and again last night, Wednesday August 20th, 2008.
The bar is more or less hidden from the street with only a brass door and some windows hinting at its existence within the Fonda Theatre building.
Step inside (as I did right at 5:00pm sharp - opening time) and enjoy the decor. Tall tables and chairs in the center of the room, shorter ones around the perimeter. The blue lighting and potted palms evoke old Hollywood without resorting to straight out Art Deco. The two story ceiling is a nice way to diffuse the sound within the space, as are the large and well-executed fabric lighting fixtures hanging from it.
A digital jukebox with near-endless selections awaits near the restrooms, ready to swallow your money, money you will willingly fork over for a chance to hear your faves in this great place.
Sit at the bar and marvel at the best beer selection in LA County (sorry, Naja's and Lucky Baldwin's, but I think it is). You could drink all night (and I did) and never have anything bad or the same thing twice. No macros of any kind. Not even in bottles. Nice. And Brian, the proprieter, is serious about his beer. With little prompting, he took me downstairs to his beer cooler and showed me the high tech system for changing out kegs and keeping the lines clear.
The service is excellent, with the whole staff friendly and into beer to some degree or another. The crowd is equally friendly (at the bar, anyway) and beer-centric.
The food, while prepared with care, doesn't quite pass through the ceiling of "very good" and into "excellent". It may seem nit-picky, but there's been one little thing off with each dish I've had. I'm not dissatisfied at all, just saying the food isn't quite flawless. Still, if you have a non-drinking friend with you, they will probably be happy to go here for the cuisine.
Beer and food prices are in line with the type of establishment and the location. This IS Hollywood, after all. My party had two entrees (admittedly, one was a $28.00 filet mignon), an appetizer and nine beers. The total was $104.24.
This is now my #1 beer destination, a short hop on the Red Line subway train to the beer haven LA has been dying for. Many thanks to Brian (and his buddy Gabe from Beachwood BBQ, who helped out) for opening this place.
08-21-2008 17:09:13 | More by charlzm
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Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA
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