The Red Lion Tavern
Taps: 9 / Bottles: 10
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ALECOHOLIC:
4.03/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Instead of Olvera Street for margaritas, or Fellippe's for the french dip, we broke from Dodger pre-game tradition and sought out the Red Lion.
Traffic was ugly from the 101 north to Alvarado and up Glendale. It was rush hour too - there may be a smarter way into the neighborhood (maybe from the north).
The place was easy enough to spot in the daylight but I think it would be as easy to miss at night.
The parking lot is the size of an ash tray. We found a spot on Glendale about half a block up. Street parking is restricted to 15 minutes until 6 PM where we stopped. It was 5:30 so we decided to test LAPD efficiency.
We made our way up the stairs and back to the biergarten. The open space and daylight are welcoming after navigating through the cavernous dark interior.
Service was prompt at first but the place began to fill up and the frauline appeared to be on her own so things slowed down some.
I enjoyed a few Bavarian wheat beers with my friends as we took notice of a few hollywood types seated nearby going on loudly about important TV industry stuff. I had forgotten about the annoying phonys that inhabit these parts.
I like this place and next time I'll try the food. A great beer selection for German beer fans.
08-08-2006 22:39:12 | More by ALECOHOLIC
More User Reviews:
3.71/5 rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$$
A name like Red Lion connotes a British theme, however you walk inside and you see a tavern which takes on a German flavor. It isn't just the atmosphere; dark interior, intimate, Teutonic artwork, but also the selection of German beers and spirits. Pouring behind the bar are ten different taps (Spaten, Warsteiner, Licher, Kostritzer, Steigl, and...Andechs (first time that I've seen that brand in SoCal). In the bottle are two dozen more options, holidng the names of Erdinger, Flensburger, Weltenberger, Schwaben Brau, Fruh, and Weihenstephan. Yes, a few of the brands I rarely see around,which I appreciate, however I think that $7 half-liter pours from tap are a touch expensive. If cash is not a problem and you're looking to go German, the Red Lion Tavern is worth a look. Just don't shoot the messenger when it comes to the parking situation.
10-06-2013 04:51:19 | More by DoubleJ
2.42/5 rDev -37.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 1 | food: 4 | $$
The amosphere was probably the second best part of this joint aside from the food if you like bratwurst sausages. The reason why I say that is all they serve is german beer. I'm not so much of a fan of german beer so it was hard for me to order somthing I could enjoy. Service was alright but should have researched the place before I went. Service was decent due to how busy it was and they only had about 6 different german beers on tap. For sure I would not return to get a beer. Its a cool party spot though on the weekend if you could look past the small selection of beer.
05-04-2010 06:36:02 | More by Gobzilla
4.25/5 rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $
Ah, the Red Lion Tavern. Home of my first german beer/food experience. Unforgetable, really.
If you didn't know it was there. You would drive right by it thinking it's probably nothing. I know I did a few times doing the Silver Lake swap meet 2 blocks away from it.
Atmosphere: You walk in to a rather dark room, assuming you're going in through the front/bottom. For me, it felt awkward, the lady downstairs didn't seem very friendly, though she informed me of another bar upstairs, which was amazingly cozy.
Service: The only reason I gave it a 4 was because of the lady downstairs. Upstairs everyone was awesome, and the waitress' was very cute! She attended to me nicely and very fast, anticipating any needs in pretty quick and orderly fashion.
Selection: Was different for me. Mainly nothing but German beers and German food, but hey, why else would you go there aside from the atmosphere? It's great stuff! The beer I had was Spaten Optimator, and ever since that night, it's been my favorite beer. It goes amazingly well with a big gnarly bratwurst and sauerkraut.
Food: The food is amazingly and I imagine it all pairs well with any beer you get their. I could almost live on this stuff if possible.
Value: The food was very well priced for the amount and quality you got. I've been recommending it to everyone I know for months and will continue until A. I die or B. It goes under.
A very fun restuarant with awesome people, awesome beer, awesome food, and fun vibes.
06-10-2009 06:17:17 | More by Psyopticon
2.85/5 rDev -26.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$
Let's start with the price component in this place...
1/2 liter draft beer is $6.50-too expensive by at least a buck.
Full Schnitzel or Rouladen plates (w/ sides) are only $10-11 though-very reasonable. The food is very good.
Honestly I was a little disappointed. The downstairs bar is dark and lurky. TV's are $hit. The upstairs 'biergarten' is really just a rooftop-level patio with a retractable awning, but def. has a better vibe than downstairs. If you stretch your imagination, I suppose it could seem like a lower-end bier restaurant somewhere in a German city. I would guess that they seat about 40 people downstairs and prolly 100 upstairs at max.
My particular preference is for Weissbier. Their selection was disappointing w/ only Franziskaner Helles on draft. I compare every German place I go to to Feierabend in Seattle, which is maybe a bit unfair. Even if I only compared Red Lion to a So. Cal. haunt like Olde World, I would think it inferior.
10-06-2008 00:52:33 | More by weizendoc
The Red Lion Tavern in Los Angeles, CA
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