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The Surly Goat

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The Surly GoatThe Surly Goat
BA SCORE
97
world-class

44 Ratings
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.95%
Taps: 27
Bottles: 100
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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

Notes:
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(Place added by: verdugobar on 02-08-2010)
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Photo of cleolicious
5/5  rDev +11.9%

West Hollywood REALLY needed a place like this. Before The Goat came along the best quality beer you could get in WeHo was a Corona. For a city that's known for it's nightlife, and being in a state that is known for it's numerous breweries, beer savvy WeHo is not. It's just shameful. Enter "The Goat". The menu turnover is constant. When's the last time you've had Pliny The Elder on tap? Maybe you have but it's almost shocking around these parts if you did. The staff here is great. All the ladies behind the bar are as knowledgeable of beers as they are beautiful. The guys who manage the bar know beer and are always down to discuss. This is a real beer bar at it's finest. If it's not on tap they have it in a bottle. The decor is excellent with pics of goats everywhere. Hovering over the bar is "Gus", an actual goat head. There's a great patio as well as two different seating areas inside. The bar itself is nice to sit at. The bathrooms are super clean keeping with the bar's theme. Everyone there is friendly and welcoming. The only negative is the parking, which isn't so bad considering it's West Hollywood. There's a parking lot next door that's usually free. However, depending on the night of the week and how busy it is you might encounter some little fucker in a jacket asking you for $8. If so, there's bound to be a spot available down one of the side streets, you just have to hunt a bit. As for the music, they could use to play a little more rock. Nobody wants to come to a great bar like this and hear any form of dance music. Leave that for the Hollywood douchebags down the street at Voyeur who's taste in music is as bad as their taste in beer. In conclusion, if you're looking for a damn good local pub that sells damn good beers, isn't so "Hollywood" but also isn't a dive bar in any way, you've found it.

Note: It takes a lot of guts to open a "straight" bar in WeHo these days. The fact that this place use to be a gay bar called "Eye Candy" a few years ago shows that straight people are finally starting to be accepted as equals in West Hollywood. No longer are breeders afraid to walk the streets at night. We can all finally feel free to be our opposite-sex loving selves at The Surly Goat.

cleolicious, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of PlinyTheKid
5/5  rDev +11.9%

I am pleased to say that Surly Goat is definitely my favourite spot in LA. I've been a usual patron at Verdugo Bar since May 2008, going every Thursday till this day, but the atmosphere at the Surly Goat is exeptional.

All the people working there are friendly, and they assure that you will walk out of the bar satisfied and pleased with all the beers you've had that night. Their tap selection is beyond great. From Blind Pig to BrewDog Tokio, the Surly Goat has gone all around the spectrum bringing beers that is definitely a "must try". Thanks to Ryan at Surly Goat and Verdugo Bar, he has provided some of the most exceptional beers.

They have a cellar menu, with all your favourite Russian Rivers, Lost Abbeys, and many, many more. What I love about it so much? If the price is right, you can endulge in older batches of all these beers.

If you want to enjoy the bar in a comfortable setting, the weekdays is right for you. It's not too packed, you meet fellow beer drinkers, and some good music playing in the background (of course you cannot exclude the usual Journey and Def Leppard tracks). Come in on a Saturday and you'll notice the place busier, but with a very fun vibe. Lots of disco, and patrons other than the superficial Hollywood crowd.

You'll definitely enjoy it!

PlinyTheKid, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of Foppie
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Great lighting
Awesome beers served properly
Quick and attentive service
Amazing and always rotating list of rare taps
Baby Blues BBQ next door delivers for free, the Goat has menus behind the bar if you ask.
Always amazed at what crazy 11% + beers they have available for $5
Awesome bottle list for great prices.

This is what West Hollywood needed a place with solid tunes and a relaxed atmosphere. The front patio just got redone and is super comfortable now with cushions galore. Game room in back is fun too!

Love this spot!

Foppie, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of Mdavies021
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Mdavies021, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of TheTallOne
5/5  rDev +11.9%

I wont say that I moved to the Fairfax district in LA because of this bar, but it definitely had a huge influence as to where I moved.

This is by far the best beer bar in LA. Here is why:
- 30 beers on tap, always rotating in new beers
- A website that updates the beer list every day
- They host microbrewery events every month where a microbrewery will host an event and release special beers. they serve beers at these partys that just dont exist.
- Ryan S., the owner of the bar, is a chill guy. Very cool and humble. He is occasionally known to crack open a rare bottle and $$ of beer and share it with a bunch of people for free. Im happy to support him.
- Indoor lounge, high tables, bar, or patio seating
- A DJ booth that plays some sweet jams that are appropriate for the night of the week.

and last, but not least...

- super cute bar tenders

If you like beer and are in LA, you need to check this place out!

TheTallOne, May 06, 2011
Photo of HopHeadLouie
4.94/5  rDev +10.5%

The Surly Goat is the best beer bar in LA hands down! And It is not because of the comfortable laid back atmosphere or the world class tap line up. It is not because of the awesome Goat head watching over you or the hot chicks at the bar that know the difference between a porter and a stout. It has nothing to do with the awesome walk in beer cellar adorned with gleaming bottles of Utopias and other rare goodies. It's not the VIP goat room or even the free Pacman. It's the best beer bar In LA because of the vision and commitment of the Goat owners Ryan and Brandon. It is evident in every square inch of that place, this is a beer geeks beer bar! Created by beer geeks for beer geeks in the name of beer, one nation under beer indivisible and justice for brew!

With The Verdugo Bar, Ryan and Brandon broke the stranglehold of pretentious beer bars and brought gold standards like Pliny the Elder to the comfortable neighborhood bar where you could regularly imbibe in mind blowing "how did you get that" beers. A good eighty percent of the soft opening weeks Goat line up were beers that not only exceeded that category but were beers that you would have made an event out of. Pliny the Younger, Sculpin, Rasputin XII, just to name a few.

The Goat is not only a welcome addition to the LA beer scene, it has also just raised the bar for the entire LA beer community.

HopHeadLouie, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of OlieIPA
4.94/5  rDev +10.5%

Finally got a chance to go out to Hollywood this past night and visit this fine establishment...and I can say it was worth the drive.

A: Basically a toned down version of Verdugo; Leather seating, dim lighting, and a moderate volume of music playing in the background. Definitely a place to bring a date and/or hang with a few friends.

Q: Ordered a few beers, both IPA's, that were extremely fresh. Nothing to really complain about at all.

S: Prompt and polite. The bartender was great and I even had a chat with a guy who worked at both Verdugo and The Surly Goat. He was even nice enough to open up a bottle of "Hop in the Dark" and share among the customers.

S: 24-32 taps (roughly) of higher-end craft beer. Couldn't ask for much more.

F: Not sure if they serve food.

Overall: It's definitely a trip from Orange County, but well worth it. A must try. Cheers!

OlieIPA, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.88/5  rDev +9.2%

This place has 32 taps and a great selection. I was there at a Friday afternoon happy hour and enjoyed an Avery White Rascal. Only a few people were there.

They had some great beers on tap--Deliverance, Dissident, Abyss, Consecration, Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig--just to name a few. The servers were very friendly and helpful, and didn't hestitate to pour a sampler when requested. Prices ranged from $6-10, with most in the $6-7 range and special beers higher (like St. Feuillien Cuvee de Noel at $10).

After going out for the evening, I returned around 11:00PM and I had to stand in line 20 minutes to get into the place. Very popular.

This is definitely a great place in WEHO, although it can get really crowded in the evening.

Beerenauslese, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of mrvid123
4.86/5  rDev +8.7%

Weho isn't worthy! Ok, some folks are.
Gotta love a joint that always has a Barleywine and a sour waiting for you everyday of the week. Not sure how they turn a profit on their beers, they always seem to be significantly cheaper than neighboring spots. Dual patios are a nice touch. I like the layout of the bar because whatever room you are in you kind of feel like you are in a private room. Monthly special events are always awesome, they threw a great New Years Eve party and their 4/20 Lagunitas celebration was cool too. Parking isn't that tough if you have a little patience and check out side street. Metered parking is free after 6pm too I believe. I bring in food from the Whole Foods across the street. Good times.

mrvid123, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of raulstotle12
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

raulstotle12, Mar 03, 2014
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The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA
97 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.