The Surly Goat

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The Surly GoatThe Surly Goat
BA SCORE
98
world-class

32 Reviews
Reviews: 32
Visits: 52
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: n/a
Taps: 27
Bottles: 100
Cask: Y
[ Bar ]

7929 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, California, 90046-5107
United States
phone: (323) 650-4628

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @surlygoatbar

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Place added by: verdugobar on 02-08-2010

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Reviews: 32 | Visits: 52
Reviews by augustgarage:
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4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Those familiar with Verdugo Bar, BoHo, or Little Bear will immediately recognize Ryan Sweeney's (if not Adolfo Suaya's) signature on this fortress of his craft beer empire: nondescript, monotone exteriors (though the enclosed patio is a nice divergence from the theme), subdued signage, dark modernist/minimal interior design (with key lighting where it is most needed thankfully), a night-club atmosphere (complete with plush booths, distinct seating areas, Karaoke and DJ nights), and a full bar with no food (though you can bring in or even order some from outside).

In Glassell Park, this formula strikes me as out of place, but in West Hollywood, it integrates well with the surrounding community. Personally I much prefer pubs to clubs, but I won't fault the atmosphere just because it isn't my scene.

In any case, the selection and quality of beers at Surly Goat is among the best in Los Angeles. I'd list a couple dozen taps, but you can easily peruse their website for the most up-to-date info. You will always be greeted with clean lines and wide variety (with a rapidly rotating tap and bottle list). I really appreciate the emphasis on seasonal beers, new beers, and on stocking a wide variety of styles at all times.

The staff is attentive and friendly (though I suspect attractiveness and extroversion were more important than customer service or product knowledge during the hiring process), and pours are all served in appropriate glassware.

Happy hour offers a small number of $4 beers for the more frugal among us...that said, the overall value is not the best given you can pay $9 for something like a small pour (25cL) of Tripel Karmeliet (wander over to the Whole Foods and pick up a 750mL bottle for a couple more bucks). Most pints are $7 which is fine given the location and selection. Bottle prices are higher than most stores but lower than many other bars, so that's a wash.

Worth a visit if you are in the area - if my pockets were deep enough to live near-by I'd probably be a regular. (2,021 characters)

More User Reviews:
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4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Alpha309
4.89/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great and knowledgeable bartenders and very prompt with their service. Constantly checking on customers to make sure that everything is good. Beer selection is top notch. All taps are rotating and you can never be sure what they are going to have when you pop in. They have both very rare beers, and the common but great beers on a regular basis. (350 characters)

Photo of d_kizzle
4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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3.75/5  rDev -17%

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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4.3/5  rDev -4.9%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Pretty much the best. Gets really busy weekend nights. nice and dive-y but not dirty. (87 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of mhksuccess
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

One of the best spots in the los angeles area
they always are friendly even when gets crowded
always has a variety of great beers on tap and the bottle service is awesome at a fair price
no cover charge and great dj on saturday night
would definite recommend checking out this spot for sure
A+++ (298 characters)

Photo of tpix
3.28/5  rDev -27.4%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25

In my experience I could not describe this as a quiet place. I made the mistake of visiting on Karaoke night, and a constantly painful caterwauling left a slightly unpleasant aftertaste in my Saison. The selection of beers was quite impressive, and the service was quite cordial. It is in a fairly dense part of West Hollywood, so parking can be problematic. I will give this another chance on a night that is not Wednesday. (424 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -17%

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -17%

Photo of euskera
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

An oasis for beer geeks in a desert of stores on Santa Monica Boulevard. Cool, quirkly laid-back atmosphere, excellent selection, great service. Beer list is always slightly different when I go there, which I most definitely enjoy.

Always on my list when I visit LA.. (269 characters)

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA
98 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.