Blue Palms Brewhouse
Taps: 25 / Bottles: 113
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 78 | Display Reviews Only:
4.53/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I went there this weekend and had a great time with some good beers and friends. It was crazy busy and we wanted to order food, so a server helped us get an empty table and made sure our order got in on time.
The beer steamer was very tasty, but the best part was the beer flights. You can choose any 4 tap beers for it. We were able to try all the beers on tap and not be super tossed. They also had a pretty good bottle selection, they had duchesse de bourgogne which I heart, but can't find most places.
Definitely check it out and drink many flights!
01-26-2009 09:11:17 | More by classybrewbroad
4.63/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place really is the best in LA. The selection changes all time and every time I walk in I try something I've never had before. Some cool event is going on almost every week and every Wednesday is BA night from 5-7. Brian is the man, he knows beer and it shows. He has always been very friendly, very helpful and very generous, particularly with his own collection of brews. While I do agree that the Blue Palms isn't all that it can be in terms of atmosphere, I will say that it is on its way. The chalk boards that define each style of beer are a nice new touch for the beer beginner and the new redesigned beer lists are helpful in describing each individual beer they have on tap. The food here is also top notch with a few of the items on the list including beer in the recipe. Always a plus with me. Finally, the price. In a city where everything feels overpriced, the Blue Palms may be one of the few places where you feel like you get your moneys worth. Add to that daily $3 happy hour from 5-7 and this place is a limp dick: you just can't beat it. Brian truly is a Beer Advocate.
01-09-2009 22:22:25 | More by PretzelCity
4.68/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I'm inclined to give these guys 5s across the board as it's my go-to bar and I love what they're doing and trying to do... but in the interest of fairness: there are some things that could be improved. THAT said... let's start with the good:
First of all... the beer. An insanely awesome collection of super fresh offerings being constantly rotated. There's always a wide spectrum of beers from stouts and porters of all types to Belgian beers of many varieties (saisons and abbey dubbels and tripels and quads) to a thorough collection of hoppy brews (IPAs, double IPAs, west coast pale ales) to easier to drink more sessionable ales... they have a great relationship with Firestone Walker and get all sorts of typically brewery-only releases, they're working closely with Stone to have a constant supply of cask ales (!!!!)
I haven't been to Verdugo... but with that possible exception this is clearly the class of LA beer bars... all due respect to the Fathers' Offices (with their Best Burger Ever).
Second: the people. I'm here on a weekly basis (on average, sometimes more, sometimes skip a few weeks) and the service from all employees has been top notch: varying degrees of beer knowledge, but friendly, efficient... you can tell that a positive vibe permeates the place, and from talking to other random people who come in it's noticed and appreciated, even when the love of beer isn't a driving influence.
And the two things that are good but could be better:
First, food. This is above average bar food. That's it. They have delicious nachos, fish 'n' chips (better than some more heralded locations... I'm looking at you, Lucky Baldwins), the buffalo wings (in three different sauces, equally delicious... I know, I'm pimping buffalo wings... but seriously, it's rare to find them meaty, consistently juicy and properly crisp, with flavorful sauces that aren't just Frank's Red Hot dumped on top) their burger (the #2 with shredded short rib on top) is a huge, rich, gut exploding behemoth (delicious, but it's not worth going for just on its own). But there are some failures: the reuben is missing about a full inch of pastrami and suffers accordingly. There's some kind of bizarre buffalo cheese dip that tastes like the kind of thing you dream up at 3am both drunk and high... which is to say sloppy and not that good. The salads are pedestrian at best (the cobb) and barely edible at worst (they kinda fuck up a wedge salad... bland bleu cheese, no bacon or shaved red onion). For a menu inspired/created by Gabe from Beachwood BBQ I expected a bunch more.
Execution seems consistent and solid... but don't go here to eat. Go here to drink and eat if you get hungry. Or at least know what you're getting in to.
The other thing is the decor. It's tasteful and very open, but it seems to be lacking a particular flare or style, and the ridiculously vaulted ceiling (which really opens up the place when it gets crowded) makes it seem cavernous when empty. The front window looking out over a blah stretch of Hollywood could use a bit of touch up... but the bar area and bathrooms are well done. It's fine and serviceable but not as cool as I hope it eventually will be.
12-09-2008 18:33:42 | More by errantnight
4.06/5 rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
A-Simple and unrefined. Reminded me of one of those downton Chicago neighborhood bars with the high cielings, only without the storied history. Give it time.
Q-Good beer selection. A variety of styles were well represented and well poured.
S-Service was a little off, but it was a Sunday and the bartender seemed to be a Jets fan, I'm not sure.
S-Great representation of diverse styles.
F-I didn't try the food, but likely will next time I return.
V-As of 11/23/08 anything over 5.50 for a beer is pricey unless the beer traveled hundreds if not thousands of miles to get into my glass. That said, while pricey value was good. Great beers are going to cost a little more, even if they are from just a few dozen miles down the 405.
11-24-2008 01:40:40 | More by marzen
4.33/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Very sparse and new layout, not a whole lot in the way of visuals and wall coverings. Came in after a meeting with a coworker around 8ish on a Tuesday night and I'm thinking we caught the tail end of the dinner crowd. We got one of the few tables aviable and ordered. Within five minutes the place started to clear out and we took the opportunity to move to the bar. Great selection of locals on tap and the casks selection is unique. Got the last of the casked Stone Smoked Porter with oak which was pretty much a yeasty concoction. Brian and company quickly remedied the problem bringing on Stone IPA with Chinook and centennial hops. Sweet. Opened some of the few sours thinking I'd share a 750 or two the my co-worker but she was pretty much stuck on Rodenbach Grand cru and wouldn't budge. Night ended with a bad ass tour of the basement/cooler/future speakeasy type room. Sweet ass place with a solid first impression.
11-01-2008 21:16:17 | More by ballewblake
4.85/5 rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
One word comes to mind; and thats WOW, a Big WOW.
L.A. beer scene is coming up, thanks to the Blue Palms crew. Friendly service, knowledgable staff, Owner is awesome he is a very friendly person. Much Props BL the owner.Every Wednesday they have a BA nite which is cool. Thursday is their 25 centwing nitegreat bargain). And throughout the week they have some kind of happy hour deal/ special going on, so call ahead.
I mite go over there tonite for the 25 cent wings. And have some amazingly delicious pints from their casks.
ENJOY your next pint at Blue Palms.
10-30-2008 19:44:33 | More by getkrunkhoe
4.5/5 rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
Finally got to check this place out, and I wasn't disappointed.
Thursday was 25 cents wing night!!, the garlic chicken wings, and onion rings are amazing! I had the brew house burger which is made with Kobe beef, truthfully one of the best burgers I've ever had!
I went not knowing the current tap list, but was pleasantly surprised to see a pretty good selection. I had a Port High Tide IPA which was excellent, and a Green Flash Double Stout which was also very good.
Atmosphere is nice, they have a jukebox and plenty of flat screen TV's for your viewing pleasure.
I will definitely be going here on a regular basis.
10-17-2008 19:11:53 | More by agthomson
4.65/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I am sure this isn't marketing 101, but this joint is FO less the BS.
Seriously. Amazing beer and really good food, all with ample chairs and bar space? Add to that a better brand of people and this place is a home run.
Beer selection top notch. Food was very good. Digital juke ruled. The fact that I could listen to Van Halen and Whiskeytown while sipping a Green Flash Le Freak and Moylans Double Stout is characteristic of Portland, not Hell A.
Stone's Centennial IPA on cask. Stone's Cali-Belgique and Firestone's Saucerful of Merkins. Victory's Hop Wallop. It was one after the other. I overdid it. A place this great and cool has an uphill battle unless the rest of us roll there on a regular basis. I will do just that.
I will be back and back often.
09-22-2008 20:09:08 | More by jpwalz
4.35/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Brian has created a great place for the beer enthusiast in LA. We went there the monday after the friday opening and the staff was still a little frazzled but were very nice. The 8 8 08 VE on tap was great, and the rest of the beer list was awesome. Highly recommend going on "guest chef burger night" as that was the highlight of my meal. My wife is a pretty strict vegetarian and she also found food that she enjoyed. Overall a place I will continue to enjoy going to and will definetly tell others to go to.
Update---Dont believe the website, went to take some friends and watch some football while sipping on good beer, closed at noon on a sunday, website and phone message both say its open, nothing posted on the door...great beer and food but a little annoyed.
New update, 20 more trips after the dissapointing Sunday this place is one of my favorite, currently the rack of BBQ ribs and the fuego steak sandwhich are truly awesome.
09-20-2008 23:21:23 | More by SShelly
4.64/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Finally Los Angeles has a respectable beer destination, will never go to Father's Office again if I can help it with this place around, I stopped here for the first time yesterday right when they opened after it being recommended by Gabe at Beachwood BBQ, it was kind of pain to park but I found some free parking by the car dealership after searching for a few minutes, in a cool area with the stars on the concrete and all that jazz, anyways I walked in adn went straight to the bar, atmosphere was cool with some old tap handles lining the wall and a somewhat dark backdrop, the place was very clean, the menus were visible, food looked good but I did not try it because I was kind of in a hurry, they had printed wine and bottle lists, great quality, I was stoked to see that Parabola was still around, it was nine dollars for a small snifter, the most expensive beer there but also the best hands down, other tap beer standouts were Lost Coast Java Porter, Moylan's Hopsickle, Rodenbach Grand Cru, Hair of the Dog Fred, Bruery Black Orchard, Victory Fest Bier, Ola Dubh 30, a couple other Firestone brews, and Stone Smoked Porter will Vanilla Bean on cask was very tempting as well, prices ranged from six to nine dollars which is very fair for this area, bottle list consisted of Duvel, St. Bernardus, Delerium Tremens, Orval, Westmalle, Chimay, Firestone, even the 11, Unibroue, Bitburger, Hair of the Dog, Fantome, and Allagash, prices range from five to forty on these, the owner Brian said they plan on tripling their bottle list this year, by the way he is a really cool guy and even offered me a free pint but I was already feeling that Parabola, so I passed and went and grabbed a quick bite to eat down the street, will definitely be going back soon, especially when Firestone sends them that Bravo Brown keg, get to this place as soon as you possibly can
08-22-2008 17:38:33 | More by Floydster
Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA
98 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.