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Tony's Darts Away

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

50 Reviews
Reviews: 50
Visits: 75
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 UCLABrewN84
4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My buddy and I decided to visit Tony's last night. It's a fairly small place with a bar with some seats and tables against the walls. They also have a pool table (which we played) and one dart board (I thought there would be more based on the name of the place). They also have shelves with lots of board games to play and beer books to browse through. The bartenders were very friendly and attentive all night long. Lots of good food choices with vegan and non-vegan options (somewhat interesting). I had a tasty brat and shared some poutine fries, both of which were excellent. The beers on tap are all from California only. Lots of IPA/DIPA choices on one list and everything else on another list. I was able to try lots of good beer I have never seen anywhere else. The highlight of the night was Firestone Walker Sticky Monkey (awesome stuff). All the beers were fresh and served appropriately. I really appreciated that they served half pints on a majority of their beers, which allowed me to try many more beers. Prices on the beers were very reasonable and I ended up getting 6 beers and the brat for $36 with tax. I would definitely recommend this place for a chill night of good beer and good food. (1,208 characters)

Photo of route66pubs
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Nice, casual place. I have been here enough to have staff know me by face if not by name. Very low-key at lunch been can be crazy busy at other times. Do not go when you expect them to be busy if that is not your scene.

Beer list is exceptional and all California. It rotates regularly and is always enjoyable and reasonably priced.

Good, knowledgeable staff. It is nice to walk into a place and not feel obligated to provide beer answers for other patrons, as I frequently feel obligated to do. Here, the staff can frequently know MORE than I do.

This place prides themselves on being green and local (and vegan friendly). All are true. Sometimes only having California beers can become boring. But Tony's keeps the style and brewery varieties rotating at all times. They do a fantastic job with that.

The food - well, sausages, because that is 90% of their menu- are good and reasonably priced. But their lack of options keeps me from frequenting this place even more. (974 characters)

Photo of charlzm
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
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!

Anyway...
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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. (1,671 characters)

Photo of deford
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Pretty much the place to be in Burbank. Great, friendly staff with the right knowledge of craft beer. Great connections with local brewers and tap take overs. Everything you could want in a local place...and of course theres Pliny... (233 characters)

Photo of PretzelCity
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Finally what Burbank has been waiting for, it's very own beer bar. Having been to the original Tony's Darts Away, I can say we didn't lose much but we gained a whole hell of a lot. The focus is on beer, fresh beer from California. At first I was a little disappointed by this concept of "limiting" the selection to CA only, but I soon realized the greater goal: focus on having local beer as fresh as possible. And that for sure is not a bad thing. The atmosphere is good and only getting better. The beer books are an awesome touch for the beer lover and noob alike. It's cool to read and learn about beer while you're doing the field research. Pool table is a bonus but it can be hard to play when the place gets a little crowded and you can still run into the old timers from the original Tony's which is always a fun experience. The food, while limited, is great. Although they don't have the wings the original did, they make up for it with their beer selection. Service is good, most of the staff still seems to be learning but the place is only a couple of months old. My favorite part is the half pint. I love it, every bar should have it and I'm glad Tony's does. I'm excited to see how this place will develop over time. (1,230 characters)

Photo of mrcraft
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I flew back home to Burbank Airport, so it was the perfect excuse to check this place out. It's a fairly small bar tucked in Burbank. It's your traditional neighborhood bar with games, monitors with sports on. It has that grungy vibe (in a good way).

The servers were nice and friendly and even warned me the beer I selected was tart which was totally fine with me. I love sours.

The tap list was mostly local stuff, but a quality list.

I had their brat with the sour. It was solid. (493 characters)

Photo of ghetto90007
4.53/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Much has been said about Tony's so I'll keep it short with key impressions:

1) They take their beer seriously - take a gander at their website describing how they serve it, why they serve it as they do, etc.

2) They source all of their beer, meat, bread, etc. from California. Produce, whenever possible, is sourced in California. Eating and drinking locally is awesome.

3) Beer list (as noted above all California) is based on a backbone of IPAs/DIPAs, most recently including Pliny the Elder, Hopsickle and Hop Rod Rye, along with a number of other offerings of other styles. You won't get bored here very soon.

4) Menu is pretty basic, but you can't go wrong with an Andouille sausage, basil aioli, onions and peppers. Try it exactly like that and if you don't like it I'll buy your next round.

5) The place can get hectic, but the clientele, though with a bit of a burnt out rocker vibe at times, is friendly and down-to-earth enough.

6) Service has impressed me - for such a busy place the bartenders are still willing to take at least a moment to answer a question or make a recommendation (I didn't need a recommendation on beer, but on sausage toppings!) Servers that bring your food out are also very friendly and helpful.

Conclusion: Solid, solid beer bar. (1,273 characters)

Photo of nathanmiller
4.55/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Really cool spot, glad I got to stop by. Had three beers from local breweries, lines were clean and glasses were reasonably filled. The service was only at the bar (weekday lunchtime) but both bartenders were friendly and helpful. And the food was incredible. Had a sausage with fried egg on top and I want more. (312 characters)

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.58/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A holy place of the valley. Very chill, woodsy atmosphere full of brew books and hip signs. Amazing taps (up to date by the minute on their website). Hard to get stuff, all California beers and vegan food (vegan sausages to die for, and non-vegan sausage available as well). Sweet potato fries. A couple of dart boards, a pool table, 70's music, an IPA lover's dream. Perfect serving temps, great bartenders. Knowledgeable staff, accessible owner. Tasters available. My favorite place to drink. Pints run between 3.50 and 6 bucks. (530 characters)

Photo of tothebrim
4.58/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

What's with the name? They have one dart board tucked in the corner and no emphasis on darts whatsoever. In fact when I was there it was too crowded for anyone to even play.
I don't know if it's always that crowded but I went for Eagle Rock Brewing's GABF gold medal party and what a party it was. I had trouble finding a seat and it took some time just to get a beer out of the over worked bartenders but when I did, my experience went from mildly annoyed to extremely impressed.
There are lots of things to love about Tonys among them are the Big beautiful pours, giant tap list, friendly knowledgable staff, the board games and books you'll find everywhere you look and most of all Paige. Paige is the owner/manager and she is great. When she's not running crazy behind the bar and she takes time to hang out she is cool and knows more about beer and the beer scene than anyone I've met.

Food was really good and when I finally got a seat I stayed for hours.
Burbank is just outside of my comfort zone but I will be back for sure. (1,037 characters)

Photo of SweetNessa34
4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
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 :) (998 characters)

Photo of colonelforbin
4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Tony's Darts Away is a fantastic pub in Burbank, about a half mile off I-5. Long bar with comfortable seating and tables off to the side. Darts in the back and a few TVs on the wall. I was here during lunchtime, so it wasn't too crowded (though it was getting more crowded as we stayed). Very nice atmosphere.

Beer selection was excellent. I was very impressed. On the beer menu, they have one page for IPAs and one page for everything else. Must have been at least 30 (probably more) beers on tap, all carefully selected. Lots of local (LA and SD) selections, and some great stuff from up north as well. Prices were reasonable, not too cheap but not too bad. I have not been to too many beer bars in LA but this has to be one of the better selections in the area. Very impressive.

Service was great when I was there. The food was outstanding. They have lots of vegan options and they specify that all the vegan food is cooked in separate cookware, which is a great thing to see, particularly at a craft beer bar! Many thanks to them for doing this. The food was great, I had a vegan chili dog with the house potato chips.

Can't say enough good things about this place. Highly recommended. Not far from the freeway if you are traveling on I-5. Check this place out. (1,271 characters)

Photo of PicoDeGallos
4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Tony's Darts Away is the new player on the block in Burbank. There is no other place that can even come close, though. The taps are the best selection around for miles and miles. The idea of stocking only California brewed beers in kegs only is revolutionary and genius. Tony and his crew are some of the nicest and well educated people in the business. Since they opened I have learned so much more about beer and brewing that I consider Tony's Darts Away my home away from home.

If you have not been, you are missing out. It is definitely a pleasure to hear a keg blow out and know that a different beer will be on tap next.

I have had the great pleasure of meeting Lee Chase there and learning about his Blind Lady Ale House in San Diego. That was very cool.

See you at Tony's... (786 characters)

Photo of Gilmango
4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great spot, easily visited if you are heading north or south on Interstate 5, easy to park cars (or bikes) in front. Stopped in for Brunch this past Saturday. Very tasty food for Vegans and Non-Vegans - "cooked on separate cookware" in a tiny kitchen where several workers were busy. Visiting from NorCal I was especially interested in local beers not available in the Bay Area, and found many: Golden Road, Beachwood Brewery, Cismontane, Surf, LadyFace. I really appreciated the samplers which allowed me to try samples of sevear different new-to-me beers for a reasonable price and still be sober. Not certain if the sampler option is available in the evening when things are busier. Loved playing pool there. Very nice spot. Knowledgeable and friendly staff.

Oh, if you want to laugh and cry you need to read the Yelp review by a disgruntled former customer - probably the only 1 star yelp review of this place. (915 characters)

Photo of nightwing002
4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

hidden in the city of burbank is a great spot called tony's darts away. it's far enough away from the shopping center/restaurants of burbank but close enough to the freeway that its an easy drive. it's a great place to grab a drink with your friends.

great place to enjoy a craft beer. the place is a decent size, but you need to get there early to ensure you get a table. the best thing i love doing there is drinking a good beer while playing one of their numerous board games.

the staff is very friendly and knowledge about the beers they have on tap. but if you go there on a weekend be prepared for a little wait trying to get that craft.

selection is great. it's an IPA lover's wet dream. enough said.

the food is good at the bar. they have a vegan friendly menu. and don't worry they have non vegan food either. you gotta try the sweet potato fries.

overall, this is one bar that i love going to. great atmosphere, staff, and selection. just remember to get their early on weekends to get a table. (1,009 characters)

Photo of Norm
4.7/5  rDev +2%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of pudd
4.75/5  rDev +3%
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. (638 characters)

Photo of Retsinis
4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Had thought I had already reviewed TDA, but apparently not. Will keep this somewhat short, since I agree with pretty much everything in the positive reviews on TDA.

Great Tap Selection, some of them are consistently on Tap. Scrimshaw comes to mind, but there are many others. They also are very good about updating the tap list online, as well as in the bar just about daily.

Prices for flights are good at $8, as they as for pints, and half glasses. The pints, tulips, & snifters are honest, as is the clean rinse of the glass wear prior to the pour. The staff is friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. They also keep a healthy supply of back up kegs in a second cold box, & you never know what they might just bust out when a keg pops ( as an example, Deliverance)

This place is the real deal. The theme of All craft, all draft, and all California is something I personally love, as I support local. The Vegan options are ideal for me, being vegetarian, and I greatly appreciate it. The sweet potato fries are awesome as well. I wish TDA many years of success. I hope they one day are able to expand the Burbank location, or perhaps even open one in the west Valley. (1,175 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Had to, had to, HAD TO stop by this place when in the area last week. This was my #1 stop on our quick trip to the area. I now wish I would have gone everyday. Really cool looking building from the outside, but smaller than I thought. As others have noted, the parking is free on the street. We parked about half a block away which was nice. Nice bar that seats maybe 15-20 people. Small tables scattered throughout. A lone pool table and a lone dart board in the back. For having "Darts" in the name, I figured there would be more dart boards available. Ah well, it was free so we played for about an hour. Their tap list was nothing short of amazing. All beers are from CA, and half of them (about 20) are IPAs. I'm in heaven. The service was excellent. Friendly, but not overly so. Got our drinks quickly and in the correct glassware, which is always a bonus. We just missed Pliny, which was my biggest disappointment from our trip, but it was a small price to pay for such an awesome establishment. Were I a local, I would hit this place up constantly. A bar any city would be proud to have. (1,095 characters)

Photo of PlinyTheKid
4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Tony's Darts is a cool bar to check out in the Burbank area. The bar features about 20+ taps of California-only beers. On the menu, the first page lists "IPAs" (e.g. Mongo, PtE, Hopsickle, etc.) and the following page lists "Not IPAs" (e.g. Speedway Stout, Anchor Christmas, Old Guardian, etc.). You can pretty much see what the place specializes in. The bar also serves vegan-friendly foods, along with dishes to satisfy meat-lovers too. Around the bar, you'll find many ways to entertain yourself. There's a jukebox, pool table, darts, and almost every board game known to mankind. The bartenders are very helpful, and they acknowledge patronage. Any night is a good time at Tony's Darts Away! (695 characters)

Photo of whiskeysoda
4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Of course, AFTER I move out of the Valley, it get's it's very own legit craft beer bar! I shan't complain. No sir...because it's worth the trip back.

This is it, folks. 100% quality selection, service and even bar food. The interior is a refurbished dive bar (that used to be called Darts Away...hmm), and the make-shift wooden paneling of the bar and layout of the place definitely hint back towards it's beginnings, of which the non-pretentious, kick-back attitude still exude from: the dart board and pool table are now joined by boxes of games like chess and connect four; the walls and uncovered air vents decorated in brewery's bumper stickers.

Do not be fooled by the decorum, however. The IPA-centric (like the Golden State, they focus on Cali-made beers and food) beer selection will make any hop-fan's eyes tear up...possibly run like a faucet, as it is constantly rotating a wide variety of California IPA's; some of which - I'm going to say it - I had never heard of before visiting this last time. This is not to say that the other half of their tap menu (as well as their 2 cask engines) don't offer equally rare and interesting craft beers. The selection is all-in-all everything a beer geek would want and the service (esPECIALLY the management) are right there with you. Takes one to serve one.

Food wise, I'm a huge fan. They keep it simple with local, organic sausages and salads and make pains to cater to the ever-increasing vegan/veggie crowd. I am neither of these, but I have many beer loving friends who are...and I very much appreciate that TDA doesn't stop thinking past its (admittedly) excellent focus on beer.

It get's wicked crowded between 8 and 10 almost every night: so get there early, or be prepared to stand around some friendly people while sipping your first beer waiting for a table to clear. Believe me, tho...it's worth the wait! (1,875 characters)

Photo of kjball
4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place was definitely the highlight of my 10 day trip to southern CA. The bartender was great, the selection was amazing. In west coast fashion, they have an an entire section devoted to IPA's. The atmosphere is laid back, with tons of beer and brewing books laying around to look at. I had spent a week looking around LA and San Diego for some bottles to bring back to Iowa, and after a couple hours at Tony's I had the lead on where to find everything I was looking for. The beer is great and the conversation is better. I will be going back if I'm ever in Burbank again. (577 characters)

Photo of pavyaz19
4.8/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I freaking love this place. You will too. I really think there's not other explanation needed. This is Burbank's premiere venue for craft beer... the closest competition is another place Tony owns... Golden Road Brewery's brew pub a few miles away.

Tony's only serves California brewed beers. At first I was worried that they might run out of options for me... but that was dumb. They have over 40 beers on draft, half of them IPAs (gotta love that) and it never gets old. They have a constant rotation, there is always something new. You really can't beat this place. On top of that, Tony is really a great guy. He's always smiling and saying hi.

As for the food... It is very Vegan oriented. But like the IPAs taking up 50% of the beer selection, vegan only takes up 50% of the food. Point being: Carnivores welcome. I'm no where near a vegan but now I find myself ordering some of their vegan sausages because it's not easy to tell the difference. I wish they had a bigger selection of sides, but I don't want to split hairs.

If I had one wish, it'd be to expand the place. People love it there and it's not always easy to find a seat. Even if we stand up, we're always satisfied. (1,186 characters)

Photo of JeanO
4.83/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Everything about this little bar is perfect.

they must have over 35 taps but have a strict no bottle policy that is a statement about how environmentally friendly they are and how committed they are to fresh beer. They only sell Cali beer which is fine with me cuz there is so much to choose from here.

The beer is very reasonably priced. I had a Pliny the Elder for $6! I had a pint of Sculpin on cask for $6 also. Racer 5 only $4.50. And they serve real full pints.

The owner, Tony, imagine that, is very passionate about craft beer and he is usually at the bar. I talked to him about his all craft, all draft, all California motto and he totally convinced me that this is a great idea whose time has come.

I go to this bar on a regular basis even though I live about 10 miles away. the beer is always top notch with lots of new stuff always available.

Food is great, gotta try those sweet potato fires, they are insanely good.

This is my all time favorite place to drink a beer and relax with friends. (1,010 characters)

Photo of doraex
4.83/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

First, this place is a short bike ride from my apartment. Yip Yip Yippeeee.

How great it is to have a place like this so close by. I go there for lunch, an afternoon beer, dinner, late dinner, late night beers, Laker games - basically any old time and it is realiably very good every time.

I almost gave this place a perfect score but I deducted a fe points for the ordering system. I wish they had table service. Sometimes, especially Fridays it gets so busy that you need to line up to order beer and food. If the line is 2 minutes then ok, but when the line is 20 minutes it makes me not want to stand there at all. Busy bar, i get it.

Great staff and great beer selection and highly under rated food.

Go to Tony's just not on Fridays.

A+++ (749 characters)

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Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA
100 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.