Tony's Darts Away

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Reviews: 50
Visits: 74
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: n/a
Taps: 38
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1710 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, California, 91506-1873
United States
phone: (818) 253-1710

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @tonysdartsaway

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Photo of the1DarkLord
4.38/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Dive bar converted to a hip craft beer spot.

This place rocks.

The inside is a long room, to one side the bar, and the other small black tables with chair and booth type seating. The place usually gets pretty packed at night, so if you are looking to grab a beer at a quiet bar on a weekday night, this might not be the best spot.

At first I took the idea of 'All draught, All California' to be pretty gimmicky, but I got over that really quick.

They have a great rotating selection, fresh IPAs are always plentiful.

The service is all at the bar, but is always attentive and quick.

The food is really good, as long as you are in the mood for sausages or salads. I have always gone with a sausage made up with toppings that fit my mood, or just sharing a side of sweet potato fries with some friends.

The place doesn't try to charge more than they need to either, which is great. The pours are all less than $6 or so, and the food is reasonable as well. (961 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.36/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

So much has been said about this new Burbank bar that I decided to drive from Orange County to see whats up. TDA is well lit from the street at night, so finding was not a problem. There's plenty of parking on the street.

Well lit interior, pale colored wood all around, board games to play with friends, beer books waiting to be read, a pool table, a dart board, and a large bar decorate the interior of TDA. It's very clean, and very inviting. Nearly everyone there was around the age of I (I'm 24).

The foucs, as others have stated, are strickly California beers on-tap and cask. There are two cask engines to go along with the 30-odd rotating taps. Lots of IPA's on the menu, running about 15 total, while the rest are filled with "Not IPA's". There are beers from AleSmith, Stone, Ballast Point, Coronado, Eagel Rock, Bootlegger's, Kern River, Craftsman, Firestone, MateVeza, Anchor, Marin, Sierra Nevada, and Rubicon, including lots of "harder to find" kegs. It's a great concept.

Unlike other places, TDA serves an honest pint. They take an English pint glass (about 20 ounces), fill it to a certain point in the glass, and serve it. Your beer may not be filled all the way to the top, but you're still getting the pint of beer you paid for. Most of the beers are around $5 a pour. Other pieces of glassware are also used, including a half-pint.

The bartenders seemed to have a grasp on beer knowledge, and were quick to keep glasses full of beer. A small selection of food is served as well (sausages, fries, salads, onion straws), but I wasn't hungry. Maybe next time I'll experiment.

TDA is a fun place for the beer drinker. The craft beer bar scene in LA just got another great addition, in an area that's been adding them at a furious pace over the last few years. (1,784 characters)

Photo of phrankiebee
4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This is my go to place since I work about 10 minutes away. I'm there at least once a week when I got off of said job.

Being that my shift ends an hour before they close and I get no dirty looks for coming in at that time is a huge plus for me. I am always welcome there with a smile and a beer.

The bartenders are great and are always attentive. They have a good selection of beer BUT my only gripe with what they serve here is that it's all California breweries. I would love to just come here and have a beer from another brewerie from another state. so sometimes I'm forced to go elsewhere for something else outside of California.

But in all everything else about Tony's is great.
Highly recomended from this guy! (724 characters)

Photo of errantnight
4.33/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (1,611 characters)

Photo of TheJollyHop
4.28/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (1,615 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

Pliny the Elder on tap. That will get some people through the door.

But there are so many other good beers to be found here. The selection is restricted to California beer, which I suppose is cool, but the problem with that is that Cali (like my home state of New Mexico) loves their IPAs and that can skew the tap list.

What results is a whole page devoted to IPAs, session IPAs and Double IPAs, and then a second page for the other 100+ plus styles of beer in existence. As someone with major IPA-fatigue, this is a bit of a drag. Tony's redeems itself, however, by having that second page chock-full of gems.

My first visit I got a snifter (such a lovely vessel) of Tart of Darkness from The Bruery. I've been wanting to try the beer forever so I was happy to find it on tap. I followed this by getting a pour of Stone's Sublimely Righteous Black IPA, a beer I've never had before because I can never seem to find fresh bottles in New Mexico (and it's never been on tap anywhere). Two scores for me.

I returned on a Sunday with my cousin as I hipped him to the fact that Tony's has football on and wouldn't be too crowded (a complaint my cousin has with many of his local NOHO/Burbank locales). We got there right at 10 and ordered food and beers. It was on this occasion that Pliny was on tap, so of course I started my day with a DIPA. The combo of some decent (not great) food, football, and superb beer is a splendid combo.

In the end, Tony's should be a must-hit if you're in the area. (1,503 characters)

Photo of Beermister
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

I love this place and since I'm new to beer advocate I wish I would have rated it before. There beer selection is what I go there for. Tony does what he wants and it works well for there location. I love the menu, ipa. Not ipa. Simple and efficient and I like it that way. I've also have been to his other location the mowhak bend. Now that place knows how to do it right. I'll review it later.. Now with darts away you can go in there with some friends and choose from the many games they have on shelves,pick hungry hippo, and all the beer books. You can borrow them if they still allow it. I recommend this place to any hopp head and challenge them to try a pint of all there ipa's and be able to walk out of there. (718 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The localvore concept applied to California's ample beer selection. No bottles, so less waste. Even the wine is on-tap. Taplist is kept up to date online, though the few times I've been there, much of what was on the menu had kicked. They have two cask engines I think, though they frequently don't have anything on.

The main focus is on the venerable IPA, so this is a great place to take hop-heads visiting from out of state who want to try some things not widely available. Their "not IPA" list is decent as well, with more of a focus on Belgian styles, stouts, and even lighter fruit beers and the like...again pretty much all from California brewers. On any given night, you'll find offerings from Stone, The Bruery, Russian River, Alpine, Green Flash, Ballast Point, Bear Republic, Moylan's, Lagunitas, North Coast, Alesmith, Hangar 24, Drake's, Port, etc. Paige used to work at Blue Palms Brewhouse, and I know Brian has sent kegs over to Tony's on occasion (I suspect he has a lot more storage space than they do).

The food is well made and creative. There are plenty of vegan options (indeed Tony's hosted the first vegan beer festival this year), though usually in the form of fake meat. Their specials vary, but the main focus is on sausages (much like Wurstküche, The Fifth Amendment/Broadway Alehouse, etc...again, no surprise as Paige has worked at the former and is acquainted with the people behind the latter) and their unique twists on appetizers/sides (maple glazed sweet potato fries; thinly sliced deep fried onion fries; house made potato chips).

A pool table, plenty of board games and a quiet TV with the game on are all there to keep boredom at bay...I think the staff controls the jukebox, but I'm not positive. No live music as far as I know. I actually haven't noticed a dart board despite the name of the establishment...if they have one it wasn't in use when I was visiting. Former dive-bar customers intermingle with a young hipster crowd which makes for some interesting eavesdropping. The decor reflects the clientele, straddling the line between earnest and ironic embrace of the "dive bar" aesthetic.

Service is rather mixed - friendly for the most part, but simultaneously too relaxed (misplaced orders, sometimes a long wait just to order a beer) and too regimented (from the way you order to the way the foam is scraped off the top of your pint with a sterile wooden paddle). That said, they will ensure you leave happy.

All in all, Burbank (and the valley) is very lucky to have a place with this good a beer selection (and decent food as well). Not just another trend-chasing Father's Office imposter, this is a proper destination for the beer advocate. (2,702 characters)

Photo of drewone
3.73/5  rDev -19.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped by for first time for their IPA fest during LA beer week. Had 20 or so taps dedicated to hoppy varieties. Not a huge place but it wasn't a problem on a Sunday afternoon, got the last seats. Nice and cool inside (small outdoor seating section in front also.) a bit of pub atmosphere - shelf with books and games (kids imediatly started to play with), also a pool table and TV's with football on (but not an overwhelming sports feel).

The taps list was more than decent but nothing that I was blown away by either. They had a pre-made tasting flight or you can make your own with any of the beers they served in pints. Beers served in tulips were only available that way. Pricing on the beer was very reasonable.

All ordering is done at the bar, you get a number and your food is delivered to the table. Whole page of the menu dedicated to sausages - both meat and vegan. Also noticed fries salads and sandwiches. Had a Italian sausage with onion, peppers an mustard. no substitutions allowed other than you can switch out the bun for a bed of lettuce. Pretty tasty. Also had tatter tots - also good.

Pretty dead area of Burbank on a Sunday - not sure if I quite get the location or not, but I don't spend a lot of time in Burbank.

Would definitely stop by again - only 10 minutes from the Zoo / Golden road. Kid friendly place (at least in the day). (1,361 characters)

Photo of HopHuntingHabit
2.65/5  rDev -42.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

A small vegan bar located in Burbank CA. They have pretty much a vegan friendly menu, but nothing that screams real pub food. It was pretty good, but I'm not sure I would rush back here for the food. The taps were really good, They have 36+ taps and a cask..

-Ballast Point Sculpin
-Stone Cali-Belgique
-Nectar Hemp Ale
-Lagunitas Gnarleywine
-Firestone Walker Solace
All California Beers!!!!

Most was served in the correct glassware. In the craft beer wasteland of Burbank this place has one of the better selections.
Biggest down fall is that you have to server yourself. I don't like to tip 20% when I do all the work. I'm to old for that. (645 characters)

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Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA
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