Blue Palms Brewhouse
Taps: 25 / Bottles: 113
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 78 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by vacax:
4.53/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
I have been to Blue Palms probably five times or so, most recently for the First Anniversary Party. The location is great, or horrible, depending on your disposition toward Hollywood. It is right smack dab on Hollywood Blvd. in the same building as the Henry Fonda Music Box Theatre. About a block away from the Pantages Theatre, and conveniently the red line Metro Station.
Parking can be a hassle. There is street parking, but I know more than one person who has gotten their car towed in this area. I normally pay the ten bones to park in the lot next door, so I don't have to worry about meters or moving my car. Taking the train is always a good idea, not just due to parking and the obvious alcohol consumption factor, but also to avoid the traffic that oh so often plagues both the 101 and 110 freeways.
The inside of the Blue Palms is classy but not fancy, just as it is not tiny but gets packed on a Friday/Saturday night. There is lots of wood, high ceilings, and instead of cheap trinkets the walls are adorned with things like barley malt bags and signs explaining different styles of beer. My one official complaint is that I consider too-loud music to be a distraction from the experience. Unless, of course, The Firkins or Final Gravity are playing a gig here. Woo!
There is a chalk board above the bar normally listing what is on tap, but there are also daily printed menus with style, ABV, and pour size information. Blue Palms also offers proper glassware to allow proper revelry in its ever rotating draft selections. All quality selections on a bad night here, on a good night owner Brian Lenzo will have gone out of his way to procure some rare and exciting brews. I enjoyed such interesting things as Whiskey Barrel Aged Ten Fidy, Russian River Temptation, Bruery Sour in the Rye, FW Parabola, FW Abacus, FW Double Jack, Alpine Bad Boy, and Alpine Exponential Hoppiness on cask. In the past I have had other interesting brews, such as verticals of Firestone Walker 10, 11, and 12.
Service level is typically very high. The bar staff has an exceptional level of beer knowledge--they employ some real connoisseurs here. Service is best at the bar, as things can get pretty crazy for the servers when the entire place is elbow to elbow. They do a about as good of a job of snaking through the people to get to the tables as could probably be done.
Food is outstanding with quality ingredients. They serve what might look like bar food at first glance, but when you read the menus it is quickly apparent that everything here is gourmet. A decent sized menu for a bar, and the Burger #2 (kobe beef with braised short rib, caramelized onions, porcini mushrooms, and gruyere) is an example of taking regular grub to the next level of delicious. Unfortunately, appetizers are a bit expensive for my taste. 25 cent wing night on Thursday is a homerun, though.
Beer prices are typical for an LA craft bar, mostly $6-7 for a draft. Food menu is a bit spendy, do not expect to eat for less than ten bucks (it is tasty though).
08-12-2009 13:46:56 | More by vacax
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