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Blue Palms Brewhouse

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Blue Palms BrewhouseBlue Palms Brewhouse

82 Reviews
Reviews: 82
Visits: 117
Avg: 4.39
pDev: n/a
Taps: 25
Bottles: 113
Cask: Y
[ 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

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Sammy
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The best beer bar I have been to in LA. You come in, you feel already at home. Good parking next door (late enough it was free). About 95% guys and all efficiently served by Bix. Twenty five taps up electronically on a board, with lots of interesting choices. Great bottle selection too, but Black Tuesday at $90 was something I wanted but not at that price. Some other really rare ones, though prices were steep for those as well. Music was decent and toned down, so you can talk. with some TVs on. they are trying to get their sublease settled to stay in the current location.

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Photo of GJ40
3.88/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I stopped into the Blue Palms based on the BA listing while in LA on business. It's not much to look at from the outside and the interior isn't a lot better but it is effective. It's got typical bar feel with low light and dark woods. I think the best feature is a great shuffleboard table by the front window. I didn't get to use it but I would have liked to.

The beer selection includes about 24 on tap with many from CA as well as some other US and European beers. They also have one cask which held a Stone PA with Coriander. I'm not big on spiced beer but since it was the cask selection, I went with it. I enjoyed it (although it didn't need the spice). The server we had was outgoing and seemed genuinely into craft beer.

For me, the Blue Palms depends heavily on the tap list. If it's consistent, it's worth a visit. But if it falls off, the atmosphere just isn't enough of a draw.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I visited Blue Palms yesterday for the first time to go to their Jingle Bell Jubilee. The entrance is a single small door next to a venue so it might be hard to see for some. Inside there is a very nice atmosphere with lots of wood and whatnot. They have a decent amount of tables for seating. They offer around 15-20 taps including a cask most of the time (finally tried a cask!). They also have a killer bottle list if you have some extra cash to burn. The service was good especially for the crowded event. My wife and I got some food that was very good too. Very reasonable prices for the beer (I was able to get a couple of flights and some half pints - both of which I love to see at beer bars). I will definitely be back again in the future.

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Photo of orangesol
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here right after they opened. We had lunch a few blocks away so it just seemed to work out amazingly well for a visit. Atmosphere was a little slow to develop but once more people began to show up it was nice. Service was a little slow but as the server said one of the bartenders didn't show up on time so she was doing two jobs at once. Quality was quite good. My beers were top notch and the food looked quite good, although having just eaten I did't partake. Selection was solid all around. I didn't find anything on-tap that I was that interested in but bottle list was stellar so I decided to get one off there. Took awhile to find it in the cellar but once they did I was able to enjoy it for a more than reasonable price. Speaking of prices, I thought all but a few of the bottles were reasonable and the food was much the same. Overall a really nice place in the heart of the city, I would definitely return if I was in the area again.

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Photo of Floydster
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Thanks for koufax21 reminding me that despite having been here like a dozen times, I've never reviewed it.

First thing I really like about the atmosphere is that this is a sports loving craft beer bar. So many craft beer places shun sports, having this stereotype of avoiding dumb loud jocks. Not here, they're proud about their OSU and Steeler patronage (teams I hate, but I'd rather go to a place that supports their team v. hipster i don't follow sports douchery). Right next to the Fonda theatre (seen Aquabats & Rancid play an awesome set here).

High quality in terms of both beer selection and food. Tap list displayed largely. TVs all over. Fine wood decoration. Open spacing, never 'crowded' to the point of being a drawback. Good mix of favorites and local new stuff. Ask to see the bottle list. Some real good stuff in there. Some of it decently priced. $15 -bal aged 22oz stuff in Hollywood is amazingly priced (Old Dipsea).

Angel's share on tap, cheaper and more carbonated than in the bottle at a retail store.

Food has always been a notch above bar food.

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Photo of glid02
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped by here to meet up with a few CA BA's a while back.

Atmosphere is nice. It's a fairly small venue that's just short of classy - and I mean that in a good way. The bar is on the short side in the back right corner and the front right corner has space for a band which started up about halfway through my time there.

Quality is good. Beer was served at the perfect temperature with the proper amount of head.

Service was very good. The waitress certainly knew what she was talking about and we never had to wait on anything.

Selection was solid. A stout from Port Brewing was on cask along with a few offerings from the Bruery and about 10 other fairly rare offerings. The website seems to be updated on a regular basis so take a look for yourself!

Food was good. I had the fish and chips (as I usually do) and was not disappointed.

Value was good. It was a bit on the pricey side but nothing too over the top.

Overall this was my second favorite place I visited while I was there (second only to Beachwood BBQ but I hear Verdugo is quite nice), and it's certainly worth a stop if you're in the area.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

After my initial visit (detailed below), I've returned here several more times. Each time I've been more and more impressed with the place and will continue to go back. The service in subsequent trips was definitely improved and the taps are always top notch.


Went here with a friend after spending a day doing random stuff in Hollywood. I forgot to check what time they opened, so we got there around 4:45, and had to kill 15 minutes until they opened at 5.

The biggest bummer about this place is the complete lack of parking. You're probably going to end up in the Pantages or Fonda parking lots and pay from $8-$10, or, if you can manage to find a metered spot, it is $2 an hour!

Inside, it's quite a nice place. Good decor and gives a fairly classy feel all around. The place was nice and clean, which was probably helped by the fact that they had just opened. TVs on the walls where we watched the Dodger game.

We weren't too hungry as we had a large lunch, so we just ordered some sweet potato fries to snack on while we had a few beers. They were excellent, and the rest of the menu looked great too. They have wings for $0.25 (minimum of 6) on Thursdays (we were there on a Thursday), but being vegetarian, I did not partake.

Good list of beers, 24 taps and a cask. They also had a decent bottle list, with some impressive choices such as FW10 (for a mere $100 a bottle). I had a Telegraph Reserve Wheat (fairly tasty sour wheat ale), a Bruery Orchard White (will not have this again, it tasted almost medicinal), and a Moylan Hopgarten (not my favorite, but decent).

The service was pretty good in the beginning, but as the place started to fill up, we were ignored for some time (our waitress simply disappeared for about 20 minutes). But that wasn't too terrible.

The prices were pretty good, especially during the happy hour (which was literally one hour--from 5-6). All beers regularly $6.50 and under were $3.

A nice place and I would stop in again if I am in the area.

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Photo of VegasBill
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I had lunch here on a Friday, They are only open for lunch on Fri and Sun. The atmosphere is what I would call simple pub comfortable. The one thing that I did like is that they have two large LCD screens showing all of the info on the current tap offerings. No Pliny, Pliny where are you in L.A., but they did have Blind Pig so I am happy. The menu had a selection of sausages so I asked the bartender to help me select two, we decided on Wild Boar and Elk, both were wonderful and the bed of sauerkraut just made it perfect. As for the tap beer I understand it changes often, like weekly.
This is another, if I lived in L.A. I would be a regular.

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Photo of charlzm
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Retsinis
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been here twice now, and had a great experience both times. The first time was for when they had Victory at Sea on Cask with Rum chips (yeah, it was GOOD!)

The second was with my wife and few friends. They love beer too, but they came more for the shuffle board, which is probably the best I have personally seen (new, very clean, and shuffleboard is hard to find in LA)

Anyhow, they rotate their taps regularly, the staff are courtesy, attentive, knowledgeable on their beers, but they also don't crowd you. I agree with others parking is a bit of a drawback, but it's in Hollywood, so it's really not their fault, just how it is. It's also next to the Music Box theatre, and close to Hollywood and Vine.

I certainly plan to go back many times, and encourage others to check it out as well.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I first went to Blue Palms after an event with the wife so was restricted to 1 beer so I could drive home. I really wanted to get a hotel room after seeing the tap/bottle list.

Atm- Not the biggest place in the world but more than gets the job done. You know its a beer bar, when 2 giant screens display the tap list.

Quality- Quality is top notch here with the people behind and in front of the bar knowing what they are doing.

Service- Quick, clean, always there if you need a fill or asking a question. Great staff here.

Selection- So many beers on tap, always rotating. So many bottles in the cooler that just blow you away.

Food- The mac N cheese. Enough said. Super good.

Value- Not bad at all. Food is good and cheap, beer is cold, in the right glass, from clean tap lines. Go if you are ever close!

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Photo of smb
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Great spot. You can sense a real craft connection, superb special events... Firestone Walker, Ballast Point, etc... Great food and a really solid bottle list/refrigerator.

Staff is knowledgeable for the most part, but service-wise they need to really step up their game. When it's a special event or busy, bartenders seem to make it a point to ignore patrons. You've got to literally yell and beg to buy a drink. Bartenders act overly stressed, even though they're just doing their job. Everybody gets stressed at work, but not at the expense of alienating your customers. If I owned the place and saw my staff behave/work like this I'd be pissed. End rant.

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Photo of PretzelCity
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I visited the much heralded Blue Palms on August 8, 2009 for their 1st Anniversary Party. Walking in it is very dark, and rather loud making it difficult to talk at points, granted it was rather crowded. I definitely liked the continous stream of classic rock being played.

The tap list for the event was phenomenal, but what I've seen posted for regular days is quite good as well. I was quite happy to be able to drink Alpine north of Oceanside.

The amount of attention I recieved from the bartenders was admirable seeing how much they had to do, quite prompt for how crowded it was.

Prices for beer are reasonable for bars around the Southland, especially LA, but I have to put the value at $$$ since parking was very expensive at the Pantages parking lot ($10), and I don't see how I can get around this if I make it up again.

I didn't have a chance to try the food. All in all, I was quite impressed with this new bar in LA, it's tough to get up there, but if I'm in Hollywood again I'll definitely go back.

Food Edit for 10-17-09 - Had the Ribeye sandwich and it was quite good.

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Photo of mjl21
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped by here on my recent Southern California trip. This is a really good beer bar/restaurant. It is located right next to a few entertainment venues and it seemed like parking could be a bit of a problem. I was dropped off so I have no idea if my parking theory is correct.

The space is fairly large. When you walk in the bar is on your right hand side. They have plenty of table tops. They have 3 flat screens and a projection tv. They also have a shuffleboard table.

They have a large chalkboard above the bar that I suspect has their beer offerings, but when I was there they were advertising the Rose Bowl. The list of beers is on a paper menu. The selection was very good. They had Avery Old Jubilation; Alesmith Speedway Stout and Evil Dead Red; NB La Folie; and various offerings from FW, Victory, Weihestephaner, and a few others. I had a Speedway Stout, Evil Dead Red, FW Velevet Merkin and Oaktoberfest.

The food was very good. Based on the recommendation of the bartender, I had a prime rib sandwich that came with excellent sweet potato fries. They also had plenty of sandos and salads.

The bartender, Barry, was a nice guy who was very helpful. Beer prices and food prices were reasonable.

This was a really good place to hang for a few hours. Good to see a nice beer place in Hollywood. Love the convenience to the freeway. Worth checking out.

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Photo of evan35
3.94/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

If you can't see their projector with the beers on tap, they tell you to look it up on their website. I prefer my beer bars to be a bit more friendly than this spot. However, the beer selection was superb.

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Photo of werdnacross
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Atmosphere is great. Never been there when it's been too crowded but there's always a nice mix of people and always pretty busy.

Quality is outstanding. Some great food and huge list of beer. Seasonal food and daily specials are great.

Service has always been great. waitresses are usually helpful and knowledgable.

Selection is outstanding. One of the largest tap lists I've seen at an establishment before.

Food is great. I have trouble staying away from the truffle burger. One of the best I've ever had. Especially when paired with the great beer.

Can't beat all those good things for that price. Always worth the visit.

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Photo of ballewblake
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere: The atmosphere for the 3rd anniversary party was absolutely amazing. I meet so many great people and shared many tales and many great beers.

Quality: The quality is great everything was as fresh as any beer I have ever had. The food was of great quality as well

Service: Didn't really have to much in the way of service but everyone that was pouring beer was a pleasure to talk to and everyone was in a great mood which just made for an even better day

Selection: Not sure what the normal selection of draft beer is like but for the anniversary party it was second to none so many great one offs and amazing beers

Value: Beers are priced reasonably food is priced reasonably and you get a good amount of food for what you pay. The beer is very reasonably priced especially for the great selection not much price gouging going on

Overall: The anniversary party was absolutely fantastic and I cant wait until next year for another one. If this place wasn't an hour from me I would be there quite often and I highly recommend this place to anyone who enjoys beers and good food.

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Photo of Naerhu
2.55/5  rDev -41.9%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 1

This is a dive bar with good beer. It was very dark and there was a Dodger game playing on both of the TV monitors. The venue was not advertised as a sports bar, so I was disappointed that my conversation with my company was repeatedly interrupted with cheering and game-related shouting. The picture on their website lead me to believe there would be nice lighting, but it was just dark and grungy.

Everyone at my table was dissapointed in their food, which tended to be overly salty. The onion rings were gross. No one finished their plate or asked for a doggy bag. Sure it was cheap, but

There were maybe two dozen beers on tap. I had only heard of a half dozen of the beers on the menu, which was awesome. Considering that everyone drives in LA (including me), I was surprised that there was not a single session beer (below 5% abv.) on the menu (hence the 4 and not 5 star rating on selection).

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Photo of augustgarage
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I arrived at opening time on a Thursday evening. The interior is clean, well layed out, and casual. The beer list was fairly impressive (especially for Los Angeles), though the first three things I ordered were tapped out (including their cask selection, unfortunately).

Lots of special releases from The Bruery, Stone, and Firestone Walker. A couple Belgian ales on tap (even there, not the usual suspects; a flanders red rather than something like Chimay or Duval), and several in bottles (Trappist Rochefort, seasonal Fantome, Delerium Tremens, etc.).

The options for well drinks are decent as well (e.g. bourbons included Old Pappy Van Winkle 10yo 101; tequila selection was adequate; and they even offered fountain absinthe - albeit with "Bohemian" absinthe), though I didn't order a cocktail.

I only ordered sweet potato fries, but they arrived crisp, well seasoned, piping hot, and served with chipotle mayo (or whatever other condiment you request). The food that those around me ordered appeared quickly and seemed well prepared.

Bartenders are friendly, attentive, and chatty. They all seem to enjoy working there. Lots of regular beer-loving customers mingle with people meeting friends or playing bar-games while nursing a macro (Bud Light or Amstel Light are hiding in the fridge apparently).

Excluding the food (a bit expensive but reasonable), value is remarkable especially for the location. Most draught ales are $3 (!) during happy hour. There are also food specials (mostly up-market renditions of traditional bar-food, like Buffalo Wings). Time passes quickly and ale and conversation flows freely. I could see this turning into a regular haunt...

EDIT: October, 2009 - this has turned into my bar of choice in L.A. Brian is very friendly, generous (ask about a beer and you'll usually end up with a sample placed before you), and very in touch with the U.S. beer market, traveling frequently to enrich his knowledge and his (massive) stock of kegs and bottles.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went for dinner and brews with some (Mormon) friends who live in LA as I was passing through. Quite cool of my friends to indulge my hobby and take me to the beer parlor though they do not indulge themselves. The atmosphere could maybe score higher if it weren't so loud in the place. It was full-ish, but not late and not a weekend, but it was difficult to converse due to the acoustics. The food was good and reasonably priced, and had some funky twists like sausages made from atypical meats like venison and boar. But food was not the main motive for going there, or bothering to review the joint!

I started with the FiftyFifty Eclipse Elijah Craig 12 year. It was awesome, one of the best beers I've ever had. In retrospect, it shoulda been desert. Well, it was, I had another later! Damned good beer. In between I had Lagunitas Sucks, though I was thinking I should have something else that isn't so widely distributed, but it sounded good and it was.

There were 24 taps, with the lists displayed prominently on at least 2 large video screens. The bottle list was not huge but thoughtfully selected and inviting. And there was a vintage bottle list of older and hard to get stuff. Some reasonably priced, some priced to reflect the rarity, and understandable to me, though I'd never drop that kind of coin for a beer.

All in all, any beer geek would visiting this place should find some things to make them happy. It would be silly not to drop in if you were in the neighborhood and had the time to do so.

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Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA
97 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.