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Blue Palms Brewhouse

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Blue Palms BrewhouseBlue Palms Brewhouse
BA SCORE
98
world-class

99 Ratings
Ratings: 99
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 10.31%
Taps: 25
Bottles: 113
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

6124 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90028-5304
United States
phone: (323) 464-2337

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @bluepalms_brew

Notes:
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(Place added by: drewmprs on 08-02-2008)
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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

I visited this place on a Wednesday night while I was working in downtown LA for the week. My girlfriend was visiting me so we ate, I drank, and we played some shuffleboard. I saw that they were tapping a keg of Abacus the next night so I had to make a return visit.

This is in Hollywood, close to where the new W is being built. I have a friend who lives in Hollywood so many times I've stayed at his house when I was seeing a concert at The Avalon. Countless nights I've been drinking before the show at some hole in the wall in Hollywood when I could have been drinking here. Now I know better.

A concise review:

I really liked the menu. I had the pulled chicken sandwich and it was great. I also had some 25 cent wings and they were great, and they were only 25 cents, which was also great. I met Brian, who runs Blue Palms, and he was very friendly and into craft beer. He told me he'd drive up to Pasa Robles the night before at 10PM to pick up the Abacus keg. That'd dedication, and it was much appreciated. The staff is very friendly and the service is great. They print a new beer menu every day. I'll definitely be back here when I'm in the area.

HopHead84, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
4.1/5  rDev -8.1%

And now, for something different:

* This is located about a block east of the Hollywood/Vine metro stop and the Pantages Theater.

* The outside makes you look like you're walking into a theater, but inside it's much different. Descriptions of beer styles are written on chalk boards and are hanging from different parts of the place. A little rustic inside.

* Two dozen taps plus a cask and 50 some bottles. Rare, hyped beer can be found on their draft list, though this wasn't the case on my visit. I settled on an Einhorn Spezial Pilsner. Fresh beer, no shaker pint glasses, good pouring.

* Thursday is a promotion for 25 cent wings. I thought why not, so I ordered half a dozen BBQ wings smothered in sauce. Good stuff.

* Must be great for grabbing a beer or two before or after a show. Regardless, this is highly recommended.

DoubleJ, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of SweetNessa34
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%

Excellent, ever changing selection of interesting choices lined up from a wide variety of beer styles and breweries. Great service (AT THE BAR). Always a fun, interesting time with many opportunities to try and share new brews.

Often has a new take on a classic favorite on cask, such as Arrogant Bastrd dry hopped with Columbus hops. The cask pour is far superior to many other establishments' casks due to a fine nozzle adaptor and steady pump.

Overall, the Blue Palm's Brewhouse is an excellent work in progress that's ever growing better!

SweetNessa34, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of classybrewbroad
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%

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!

classybrewbroad, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of PretzelCity
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

PretzelCity, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of errantnight
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

errantnight, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of marzen
4.06/5  rDev -9%

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.

marzen, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of ballewblake
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

ballewblake, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of getkrunkhoe
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

getkrunkhoe, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of agthomson
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

agthomson, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of jpwalz
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

jpwalz, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of SShelly
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

SShelly, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of Floydster
4.64/5  rDev +4%

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

Floydster, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of charlzm
4.9/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

charlzm, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%

Had the pleasure of making it to the hard opening (on the eve of my birthday no less!) saturday night. Talk about a great birthday present.

Got there about 7...plenty of people in the bar but not packed, even managed to find enough table space for 7 people. Just a great looking place...everything is very clean, lighting is dim enough to not be disturbing but bright enough that you can still see. My only complaint is the acoustics...the high ceilings make it a pretty noisy place. But then again, it's a bar...so I don't really know what I was expecting. The crowd seemed nice...perhaps everybody was just happy to find some good beer.

Service was top notch. One of the servers seemed to know a lot more about the beer than the others, but both tried there best to answer our questions, and seemed happy to do so. Food came out quickly, drinks as well. Can't speak for the bartenders because I never actually got to the bar...but just based on everything else I have to assume they were good.

Tap selection was fantastic. I had a Craftsman Sour Black, Hopsickle (even better on tap!) and finished with the FW Parabola. And there was so much more great stuff on tap...I wish I coulda stayed and drank more. Nice variation in the selections as well...there was stuff from Stone, Port/TLA, FW, Oskar Blues, Victory, a few Belgians, a few Germans beers...I was extremely impressed. Of the bars I've been to in LA, this was the best selection...more stuff than FO and better stuff than Naja's. Not sure what to make of the bottle selection...it was mostly Belgian plus a few rarer American micros. I was more impressed with the stuff on tap though.

Food was quite tasty...I had a burger with sweet potato fries. Burger was cooked nice a rare, didn't even really need any sauce. Fries were solid. Everybody else seemed to like their food...even my sister (who is very picky) had a lot of good things to say about it.

It is a bit pricey, but comparable to other similar places like FO and The Library. Sandwiches were 10-12 bucks...entrees got as high as like 25 or 30, but that was for fish or steak. Pours were about what you'd expect...6-10 dollars depending on the brew.

Overall I was extremely impressed with this place. Location is great for anybody who lives near a subway station. I do wonder what it'll be like as word gets around about it...it's not particularly big so it could end up being pretty crazy peak hours. Bottom line...I will be back here...and frequently. Top notch.

rxdrewthejew, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of fischface
4.95/5  rDev +11%

One word - FINALLY! Los Angeles has always felt like a bastard child when it comes to good places for beer. I've always had to drive out to Stuffed Sandwich or down to Naja's for a decent beer selection on tap. And don't say Lucky Devil's - nice try - putting something on your beer menu and actually HAVING it are two very different things. LA finally has a great (and I mean GREAT) place to eat tasty food and drink even tastier beer! Kudos to Brian and his staff for a clean, comfortable, beer-friendly environment! It's great to walk into a place and KNOW that a beer lover runs the place. I've been there four times already, and they just opened officially two days ago! The burgers are phenomenal (Kobe beef), the Nachos and Beer Nuts are killer, and the Spinach Salad was amazing! Everything I've eaten there has been solid to exceptional. And the beer! Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean on cask! Parabola on tap! Firestone's Union Jack IPA on cask! Craftsman Black Lager! And on and on and on! And Brian is constantly on the hunt for great kegs. If you live even remotely within driving distance of The Blue Palms, GO THERE IMMEDIATELY! Only open evenings now, but I heard a rumor they'll be opening for lunch at some point (soon, I hope!). Los Angeles beer lovers rejoice!!

fischface, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of supermanjace
4.9/5  rDev +9.9%

Look, I am as much a misanthrope as all ...or more, but I have no complaints of this place. This is a place that featured Stones Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean on Cask and Parabola on tap. Sign me up. Plus, the damn fish and chips were AMAZING. And I got to meet Matt Brynildson,and his champion friends. He was a great guy, who's attitude represents this place. Humble but aware of what potential they have in the business. They work hard to provide a great product. Mission accomplished. Good people great food. You should be going. Please bring me with you.

supermanjace, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of efisch
4.9/5  rDev +9.9%

My beer nerd friends and I have already been to The Blue Palm twice before its official opening this coming Sat the 16th. It's finally starting to be a great time to be a beer fanatic in LA. Right on "beautiful" Hollywood Blvd. Brian (the owner) has done a fantastic job. As with anything Hollywood parking is a consideration but that's the breaks. A really comfortable interior and a friendly knowledgeable staff means we'll be back quite a bit. The food is very good, and they've obviously put some thought into it. I'm sure as time goes on the menu will get better and expand (some desserts would be a great addition).

But it's the beer the Blue Palms is about. I won't get too specific but everything we had was hard to get, and a treat. Gotta love having featured beers on cask and like any great beer locale the taps will rotate some I'm sure. Let's support this new joint! Well worth the trip.

efisch, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of keaton
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%

Blue Palms is a welcome addtion to the Los Angeles area. They are sincerely beer oriented and are committed to maintaining an excellent beer list in excellent condition. Altho it doesn't officially open for another week, they were functioning professionally when we visited and I can't foresee any startling changes. There is almost an embarassment of riches as the taps tends towards big beers with no real session beers except for the Berliner Weisse and Guiness. I am wildly impressed that there are no macros or hipster beers, evrything is top choice. I had the Bruery's Berliner Weisse, the Vertical Epic 8 and Rodenbach. I also tasted Geoff 's Union Jack on hand pull, Fred and Old Dubh. Everything was spectacular, I mean c'mon, the lines are pristine and Brian the owner loves his system. I also liked the pricing policy which reflects the rareness/value of the beer. Foodwise, we split a Reuben and a salad. The sandwich seemed salty to me and the salad was good. I'm interested in exploring more of the menu options. This is in an area with really good public transportation so you can take the subway and there are a passle of bus lines that go by. If you're willing to walk a few blocks, there is some street parking in the area. Otherwises, there is a lot right next door and you can pay for that convenience--make sure you get some kind of receipt fom them. Anyway, if you have any interest in good beer and you are in the TMZ, come here.

keaton, Aug 10, 2008
Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA
98 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.