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Beer Belly

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Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

17 Ratings
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.37%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

532 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, California, 90020-4208
United States
phone: (213) 387-2337

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @beerbelly_la

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(Place added by: teamizm on 07-10-2011)
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

This was a really cool place but had its ups and downs from my point of view.

The secondary elements were all fantastic. The atmosphere is really cool/trendy, the service was excellent and the food was not only fantastic but was very reasonably priced.

The beer selection on the other hand, didn't impress me. The tap list, which was 12 strong, was unimpressive. Firstly, there was not a single dark beer on tap, and only ONE in their entire bottle list. The 12 taps were comprised mostly of local LA-area breweries and nothing was all that exciting to me. There were lots of IPA/DIPA choices and a few saisons, but not much beyond that. We went before a Dodgers game and originally planned to go back after the game but decided not to on account of the beer selection.

I'd say this place is worth a visit, but make sure you go for lunch or dinner.

07-29-2013 17:25:27 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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steeb

California

4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$

This place is my favorite craft beer bar in LA. Nice rotating tap list that makes sure to cover premium as well as more common and sessionable beers. I would say this bar is one of the best supporters of the LA craft beer scene. Their tap list is almost entirely comprised of local breweries (a few gems from other california breweries at times) and their tap takeovers, allowing patrons to try most of the offerings from a single brewery, . Their food is great, especially their Sunday brunch. The sausage McBelly is to die for.

In short... A great bar, friendly as hell staff, great food, showcasing the finest in local craft beers.

02-11-2013 05:44:31 | More by steeb
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kluless59

California

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$

Will definitely visit again. Easy train ride (Red Line/Purple Line) from North Hollywood. Less than a block from station in Koreatown. Food was fantastic. They had a keg of Bourbon Barrel Age O.E. from Smog City Brewing which I loved. Went on a Saturday around 6pm by 7:30 or so no seats were available.

02-09-2013 02:26:00 | More by kluless59
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$

I visited Beer Belly today on a small bar hopping trip. There is plenty of parking on the street (meters) and in the parking lot. Walking in, it's a pretty small place with a decent number of tables and some tiny wall spots around the perimeter. There are also 4 or so seats at the actual bar. This place has around 10 or so beers on tap as well as a bottle list and an elusive rare bottle list that I didn't get to see. They sell beer by the pint and also offer taster flights for the tickers out there. The quality of the beer was good but one of them came out really turbid and ugly and I'm not sure why. Service was pretty good as you order at the bar and they bring stuff to you via a number system. The selection of beer on tap was good and the bottles were also good but nothing you can't find locally for most of them. I had the grilled cheese sandwich with applewood smoked bacon and maple syrup and it was one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches I have ever had. Prices are reasonable but it would be easy to drop a lot of dough here. Recommended for sure.

06-24-2012 07:01:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
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drewone

California

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

Visited on a Friday night at 7:30ish, easy parking, busy but able to get a table.

Very cool design and overall vibe. A place that I would definitely want to go back to.

Beers seemed to be served in appropriate glass ware. Also appreciate that they had flights of 4 beers (3-4oz) pours for $9.

2 people plus background support working, very busy at times but seemed to handle it well. For my second order they had ran out of my first 2 choices but than comped me what I ordered.

A small but decent selection of 12 beers on tap (all from CA) - at least half of which I had never tried, including a few not listed on BA. Plus another 15 or so in bottles (1/2 from CA, the others from western US plus one from Belgium.

Ordered duck fat fries with death by duck,
Brussels spouts and Jidori chicken hot winds: All were excellent - Would have skipped the death by duck addition next time on a cost to substance ratio, but other wise was very happy.

Overall really enjoyed my self, and felt was not cheep but definitely with in the realm of reasonable. Plan on going back.

02-19-2012 08:48:10 | More by drewone
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Jackskeleton

California

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$

The parking area is a bit confusing and the location itself is a bit tight in space. Probably only standing room against the wall at peak times.

But if you brave the crowd and cramped space you're in for a great treat. The beer selection is all craft beer from as local breweries as you can get.

The prices are also great and getting happy hour deals ($1 off drinks) on stuff like Black Butte XXIII and other rare beers is always a plus.

The food quality is also top notch and generally under $10. Add in your 5-8 beer pour and you have a great meal for under $20 that you would expect to pay a lot more for.

The real gem to this place is that they seem to do a lot of Meet the Brewer events. From Lady Face to Craftsman brewery, this place has a lot of beer centric events and back it up with the great use of their taps.

08-17-2011 08:10:35 | More by Jackskeleton
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billshmeinke

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$

Located a block and a half north of Wilshire and Western is Beer Belly. It's amazing. Their focus is on local beers. As local as possible. Expect to find offerings from Cismontane, Eagle Rock Brewing, The Bruery, Craftsman, and the occasional Lost Abbey/Alesmith/San Diego brewery beer on tap. They also stock some bottles, and the bottle selection is solid, but don't expect anything too crazy. The food is also really fucking bomb. I believe the head chef helped start Grindhaus (might be wrong, if I am please BM me so I can correct it). Also, the owner, Jimmy, and his wife, Yume, are always there. Literally always there, and they are super rad and nice people. Get to know them, because they are awesome, and the food is awesome, and the beer is awesome. So if you are in LA, and anywhere near Korea Town then you should go there.

07-18-2011 05:38:15 | More by billshmeinke
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barrelroller

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

1st time in. Super easy freeway access from 101. Interior is small but very clean. 12 taps, all craft! Smaller menu but focused with quality beer food, duck fat fries, philly crab fries, smok'd salmon tartar and more. Employees were very nice and prompt. Cool art outside and inside through design. Will DEFINITY be back when in the area. Congrats to another good beer location in LA. Great parking next door at the bank in an area where parking can be tough. Tap list was:
craftsman tripel white sage
Bootleggers black lager
Bruery humulus lager
El segundo ipa, pale
Eaglerock manifesto
And a handful of Ladyface.
Overall an awesome place! Thanks Jimmy.

07-17-2011 22:08:09 | More by barrelroller
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teamizm

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

A - Open layout, industrial feeling joint right in the middle of LA's famous Koreatown. Parking lot is free (which is HUGE in k-town since parking is next to impossible) and also a block off of the Purple Line Metro.

S - Bit biased here, I know Jimmy (the owner) so I've always had exceptional service.

S - Good selection of very local craft beers (think Bruery, Cismontane, Bootleggers, Eagle Rock, and Ladyface). Not the blowout selection you see at Blue Palms or Surly Goat, but still a very god tap selection and also a decent bottle selection.

F - Former Grindhaus chef is the chef at Beer Belly. Delicious food - I call it elevated stoner food.

V - Decently priced pints and food, it's a LA craft beer must stop, especially if you happen to be near Downtown LA or K-Town.

07-10-2011 22:05:36 | More by teamizm
Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA
94 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.