The Red Lion Tavern
Taps: 9 / Bottles: 10
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
2.42/5 rDev -37.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 1 | food: 4 | $$
The amosphere was probably the second best part of this joint aside from the food if you like bratwurst sausages. The reason why I say that is all they serve is german beer. I'm not so much of a fan of german beer so it was hard for me to order somthing I could enjoy. Service was alright but should have researched the place before I went. Service was decent due to how busy it was and they only had about 6 different german beers on tap. For sure I would not return to get a beer. Its a cool party spot though on the weekend if you could look past the small selection of beer.
05-04-2010 06:36:02 | More by Gobzilla
2.85/5 rDev -26.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$
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
3.2/5 rDev -17.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
I've been here twice. First time I had a good experience, second time I had a lousy experience.
First time was a Sunday afternoon before a Dodger game. Service was decent, food was good, beer was good.
Second time was a Friday Night before going to a rock show at Spaceland. I had been looking forward to getting something to eat before the show and the Red Lion was so crowded and chaotic that it was hardly possible to get a beer, let alone order food. When I did get the barmaid to notice me at the upstairs bar, i ordered beer and food, got the beer and an hour later, still no food. I left, hungry.
So basically, I would recommend avoiding this place on a Friday night unless you get there early and find a place to park yourself.
However, it's a great place to nosh at before a Dodger day game, as it's a 5 minute drive to the stadium.
06-25-2005 20:33:41 | More by insomnboy
3.71/5 rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$$
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
3.85/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5
The Red Lion Tavern is LA's best example of a German Tavern. It is really 3 different places in one. Downstairs through the front door is the traditional front bar with Beer Barrels and taps, a piano, karoke machines on Monday and folks speaking German.
Travel up the little unmarked staircase on the right and you'll a mysterious dark little 7 people wide just beyond a stein cabinet. Truthfully, I've never dared into this little bar as it seems to be bat country.
Just down the hall though is my favorite place to be, the outdoor bier garden. An outdoor bar built into the side of a hill and shielded from the California sun by a large roof, tables and chairs abound out here, although the regulars as always converge at the bar. The one television set is almost always tuned to a soccer match that noone watches.
Two barmaids generally handle the crowd here and though it can take a while to get your beer and food the wait is well worth it. The bars generally have 7 fresh taps of good german beer. Paulaner Hefe, Bit, Spaten Pils, Klosterberg, Kloster Dark, etc. The food is typical hearty german fare, well executed.
Oh and if you want, the bar is full service with a Jager fountain and little bottles of the real German stuff, Underberg.
09-03-2003 01:34:23 | More by drewbage
3.98/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This definitley is the best, and possibly the only, real german tavern in Los Angeles. Everything from the waitressess wearing drindle dresses to the cheesy organ player downstairs. They always have a good selection of your German standards on tap and they must go through it quickly because it always tastes incredibly fresh. If your looking for beer beyond those borders though, this isn't the place to go.
They also have pretty good food, very traditional german fare, with brats, kraut and many others, great drinking food, and pretty affordable.
The service really ranges hear. Even when it's not that busy, the older ladies sometimes have serious attitude, but the younger girls are typically really friendly.
Take the stairs on the left to the upper level where there's both an indoor bar and outdoor beer garden. A truly great place to spend a warm afternoon drinking some hefe. The upstairs bar also has an adjoing room with tables. This reminds me of a lot of typical european pubs and bars that have several levels with rooms or tables tucked all over the place.
As noted in the other review they also have Jagermeister on tap if that's your thing.
03-01-2004 21:46:04 | More by belgianbeerlover
4.03/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Unassuming, easily missed gem built into the side of a hill across the street from Rockaway Records near the Silver Lake Reservoir. If I hadn't read about it on here, I probably never would've known it was there...and I've been to Rockaway a couple of times!
Entering the front, at first it seems as if the somewhat small, dark, cave-like bar with a few tables and a piano is all there is. But when your eyes adjust the sign pointing upstairs becomes apparent.
Heading up the stairs you might pass right by the second bar area without noticing it's there, as we did. Like the first, its a small, dark cave-ish room with nice thick padded booths and a small cozy bar. This would make a great hang out for a group late at night.
Out in the back is the good part. Especially made for sunny So Cal weather is the beer garden. It's about a dozen or so tables, some with umbrellas, in this courtyardesque area. There's another bar up here to service your German food and beer needs (see other reviews for listings). Both me and my wife had diner and a beer and loved it. The service was timely and friendly to boot.
04-30-2006 22:18:21 | More by JayTheFinn
The Red Lion Tavern in Los Angeles, CA
88 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.