Tony's Darts Away
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4.5/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
05-28-2010 23:20:11 | More by PretzelCity
3.98/5 rDev -13.9%
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.
11-21-2010 03:14:36 | More by augustgarage
4.33/5 rDev -6.3%
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
Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA
100 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.