Tony's Darts Away
Taps: 38 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 46 | Display Reviews Only:
4.5/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
UPDATE - visited on Thursday night July 1st at 8:00pm; there were no tables and no spots at the bar. Tony's is a victim of its own success. I was in line between people who wanted to know what the best pilsener on tap was. Not really full-on beer geeks, obviously, but I applaud that more and more people are moving into the world of craft beer.
Get a clue, LA entrepreneurs: we need more places to have good beer in the San Fernando Valley, where over ONE MILLION PEOPLE live. That's more than the population of many urban areas with their own thriving craft beer scenes. Besides Tony's, what do we have? A couple of BJ's, a Gordon Biersch, Fox and Hounds, McG's, Laurel Tavern (ack) and Blue Dog. COME ON!
Tony's, I love you. This is a beer lovers' place, like Father's Office used to be (BEFORE the Office Burger). It compares favorably with other LA area haunts (I'm looking at you, Verdugo).
I can't fault the place in any way except to suggest more bar staff. The wait for a beer can range up to ten minutes at peak times.
But it's beer worth waiting for. While not a menu full of beer pron, the solid and changing lineup is skewed towards local and regional brews.
To sum it up, Tony's is the ideal neighborhood bar: clean, friendly, a good hang spot, average prices, great craft selection (with no PBR style concessions on draft), awesome staff. The crowd when I visited was actually drinking and interested in beer - surprising in a good way based on the their being youngish studio-type employees.
Ample, free street parking and freeway close location are just the icing on this cake.
My new favorite place in greater LA metro for a brew.
05-16-2010 04:23:11 | More by charlzm
4.28/5 rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $
Its location emphasized by a large TONY'S sign on a stretch of Magnolia Blvd before the 5 freeway. This place is easy to find and the ensuing parking concern is equally remedied by ample residential space.
Once inside of Tonys', the layout is surprisingly uncluttered. Large windows near the front along with a few wooden tables that are adjacent to a large bar that spans nearly half the distance of the rectangle shaped space. Wooden tables line the perimeter, and towards the back of there is a pool table and a couple of televisions for your viewing pleasure. The walls are adorned with craft brewery advertisements; a nice touch.
A big plus is the number of things there are to do at Tony's. There is a rather extensive beer library that you can peruse through while enjoying one of over twenty different tap selections (most being served in 16oz true pints) for a very inexpensive price range of between $4.50- $6. There is billiards, also there are a few additional games (gotta have darts right?) that I can not comment on because I didn't check them out (I brought my own games).
Food is good but not something to go out of your way for. Sausages and fries, not bad, rather keeping it simple, but hey beer doesn't need to be complex all of the time!
The crowd is mainly hipsters in their late twenties to a hodgepodge of people in their early forties. Everyone seemed to be friendly (hey at least there weren't any angry drunks), and as the sun set a few rays illuminated the bar through the windows which was a pleasant surprise.
Tony's is everything a neighborhood beer bar should be in my opinion.
05-13-2010 14:32:59 | More by TheJollyHop
4.63/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Wow, what did we we do to deserve this? The new Tony's DA is a dream come true for the residents of Burbank and the surrounding area.
The most remarkable quality of the new Tony's DA is the genuine passion, excitement and enthusiasm the new owner and his staff share for exploration into the complex art of craft brewing, - particulary focusing on a diverse spectrum of unique and quality brews originating from our home state of CA.
In addition to the "earth conscience" efforts to only drink fresh, local beer from CA, the new Tony's DA serves a wide assortment of interesting sausage sandwich combinations (Vegan+regular) as well as a couple of solid, fresh Salad options and a hand-made Orange Cream soda made by a brewery in OC called ??
Overall - a GREAT place to have in town and well worth patronizing on a regular basis.
P.S. Did I mention that the owner has two deluxe dog beds right out front for your dogs to hang out in while you stop in for a beer at your local Burbank beer bar :)
05-01-2010 10:03:49 | More by SweetNessa34
4.33/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Ahh Tony's. Thank you for existing.
A wonderful concept that I love and embrace... a no-frills bar dedicated to local brew with quality food in a relaxed atmosphere.
As you probably know, there's 30 odd taps (and pretty soon a couple casks and a few nitro taps) of all-California beer.... and that's it (there's some California root beer on tap as well). No bottles. Food, at least currently, consists of sausages, salads, and a few fried items (sweet potato fries, onion "strings" and homemade chips). Sausages are served with a myriad of side options. Extremely solid. Prices are great (topping off at around $6 for a real 16oz pint of beer, glasses only for the truly strong stuff). Bar pool table and a dart board (with honest to goodness nice darts) round it out. Selection tilts heavily towards IPAs (no problem there) but could stand for a bit of evening out on the back end (although it was already superior in terms of range of selection on my second visit).
I'm a bit biased knowing (well, knowing might be a bit strong, but at least a passing acquiantance) with the GM and friends with one of the bartenders, but I love the vibe of the place. There seemed to have been a couple early growing pains but there's always a crowd of staff around so it stands to reason that any bumps in the road will smooth out before long.
Good food, comfortable atmosphere, great beer, awesome concept, excellent people... not sure what more you could ask for? Certainly making my life difficult as I have increasingly less time to spend out at beer bars as more great places keep opening in the LA area. Hats off.
04-28-2010 22:58:16 | More by errantnight
4.75/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
Not only do they have over 30 California beers on tap, they are only $4.50-$6.00 for a real pint. They also do flights and half pints which in nice. The food is awesome, especially the sweet potato fries. They even have vegan food that I could actually swallow.
They have a good mix of tables and bar seats. There's a pool table and a dart board of course and 3 tvs. Not only do they have books you can check out, they have games to play like Connect Four and Trivial Pursuit. Its a good place to have lunch and they allow children up until a certain time. Not only the best bar in Burbank probably my favorite in the San Fernando Valley.
04-25-2010 20:59:56 | More by pudd
4.7/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place is a beer lovers paradise, there are a load of beer books you can read there or barrow, on every thing from cooking with beer and home brewing to rating beer. I like the fact they have half pints and there pint glasses are actually 16 fluid ounces. I also like that they are keeping it local all the bees are regional from within the state. Last night I had Old Godfather Barley Wine-Style Ale from Speakeasy, I couldn't believe they had it there. They are putting in 2 cask ales I cant wait to try those. Over all its a wonderful place.
04-23-2010 23:06:33 | More by Norm
Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA
100 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.