Angel City Brewery


Type: Brewery, Bar

216 S Alameda St
Los Angeles, California, 90012
United States

(310) 329-8881 | map

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 57
Photo of HipCzech
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Visited 20-Sept. 2013 (from notes). Toured the brewery housed in the downtown LA's historic John A. Roebling's Sons Co Wire Works building, and enjoyed samples at the bar (Angeleno IPA, Pilsner, Pomegranate Saison, White Nite, LABW Honey Ale). Friendly service, fantastic space, and a wide selection of brews from mainstream to novel.

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Photo of drewone
3.9/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Great space, OK beer. Super busy on a midday Saturday. Fun mix of original fixtures and set design. Frequent food trucks, kid friendly, some games and a shop. More fun as a stop than a beer destination - also in the thick of the arts district with many galleries and other breweries near by.

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Photo of amano_h
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

The beer here is pretty mediocre, but the atmosphere here is by far the best out of any brewery I've ever been to.

First of all, they have cornhole. Who the hell that's not from the Midwest/Flyover states/South plays cornhole or actually knows the rules well enough to play it? Apparently the people at Angel City Brewery do.

Who the hell plays foosball at a brewery? Apparently the people at Angel City Brewery do.

Who the hell shows up to a brewery with high heels in a really skin tight black dress that would make even Coco Chanel proud? Apparently the people at Angel City Brewery do.

What kind of a brewery has a dedicated space for artwork that has nothing to do with beer? Apparently Angel City Brewery does.

and last but not least,

Who takes a selection of 7-8 really mediocre beers and claims that they have a "wide" selection of "good" beer? Apparently the people that drink at Angel City Brewery do.

Okay, I admit the last one wasn't quite called for, but the fun atmosphere at Angel City far outweigh my disappointment at their lack of decent beers. Given the wide array of food choices around the area, Angel City would probably make a good finishing point /last call to a Dowtown LA/Arts District bar crawl.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Great vibe and space. Friendly folks. They make good beer and have good variety. Definitely will go back. Update 8/23/15-more of their beer is making it out to the local bar scene, and is being fairly well received. This is a place to take your large crew as they have the seating.

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Photo of Alpha309
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Very fun and cool space. Very old school LA feel and nice atmosphere. There are quite a few problems with the place keeping it down. First, they are still not done fixing everything. Renovations are still going on even though the upper level island is open. The space is not set up for small intimate groups at all. This is good if you want to interact with people you don't know, if you don't though, good luck. There is a space for games, but it is very small. Selection ranges, but most of the time it is what you can find in the store, with a limited or two, White Nite is on tap every time I have been there, as have the IPA, wit and pils. The biggest problem is that the space is big, but there is only one bar open most of the time. This leads to slow service and takes quite awhile to get a drink.

Dog friendly, which is a plus for me as I have a dog that goes places with me.

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Photo of sheenisgod
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Really chill spot located in the arts district of Los Angeles. Parking is kind of a hassle on the weekends when it is usually packed. They don't have an actual parking lot so I had to park on the street about 3-4 blocks away but no big deal. There are usually food trucks parked in front of the brewery so you can enjoy some food while you sip some brews. I ordered the Angels flight which consisted of 5 different beers of your choice. Great tasting bees, fast service and friendly employees. Huge interior with more than enough places to sit. You can also play cornhole, darts and jenga. You will also see some small vendors and art shows inside. Overall really cool experience and I will definitely be coming back.

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Photo of mtnst8
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Neat atmosphere. It's located in an old warehouse where supplies for the Golden Gate Bridge were stored. Neighborhood is comfortable and the courtyard is welcoming though for some reason you're not allowed to go in the gated courtyard with a beverage. Beers are good. Staff is friendly. There's a little shop in the middle where you can buy branded trinkets. Local art showing in the back. Nice stop for a couple beers.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I stopped in at Angel City tonight for the very first time since I was in the area. The location is a bit hard to find at night and the parking isn't all that great. The building seems to have been a warehouse back in the day, complete with a spiral slide to move items from upper floors to the ground level. The entire space has been repurposed with a bar area with seats and various tables scattered around as well. The brewing equipment is located behind the bar from what I could tell. The service was pretty good but it took a while to get acknowledged by the bartender. They had 8 of their beers on tap with a variety of styles represented. The quality of all the beers I tried was good and everything seemed fresh. Prices were reasonable with 10 oz. pours for $4, 16 oz. pours for $6, and a flight of 5 tasters (each 4.5 oz.) for $8. I would definitely stop in again in the future.

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Photo of bray
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

We went to Angel City a couple weeks ago while we were downtown.
It's located in a historic building in the arts district.
The interior/bar is huge and the architecture is incredible.
We had a flight of 5 of their beers. The Wite Nite Stout was really good and the Test AIPA had a lot of flavor.
The service was great and everyone was really friendly, overall a great place to visit and have a good beer. We'll be back and anytime we have visitors, this will be a definite place to show off.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I had a really enjoyable visit to Angel City Brewing last week (June 2013). Free parking is quite easy to find on neighboring side streets if you don't mind a 4 minute or so walk. It's right by Wurstkuche but a bit hard to find; the entrance isn't actually on Alameda, you have to turn down a side street and the parking lot is on your right.

It's a warehouse style taproom with a nice bar at one end and brewing equipment visible but not obstructive. I loved that they had comfortable seats and tables; so many good/great breweries in California have crappy standing room only taprooms. I'm looking at you, Alesmith, Ballast Point, Lost Abbey/Port, Speakeasy, etc. Ample seating makes for a good time. It was pretty lively on the Wednesday night when I was there; they also had some sort of art showcase going on but the attendees didn't seem too pretentious by LA standards.

Service was mediocre; bartenders care little who's been waiting/arrived first at the bar and the usual preferential treatment is given to women. Such is life. Additionally, when I ordered my flight, the middle aged bartender launched into this cutely ignorant explanation about the order in which I should consume the beers, exposing the thinly veiled shallow nature of the reasons for this arbitrary order in the process. I played dumb and sat down with my flight.

First off: the prices here kick ass. A flight of 5 4.5oz tasters of your choosing can be had for a scant $8.00 USD. A half pour (8oz) of any beer is $3 and a full pour (16oz) is $6. No beers are exempted from the flight. Love the pricing.

The flights are served in these cute rounded wooden trays. I dug it.

They have board games available to play with.

No bottles to go, but they do have growlers - but this is where Angel City starts to suck. They currently don't fill other breweries' growlers. Weak. Also, they restrict growlers to only their most common, uninteresting beers (the Eureka! Wit, the Angeleno IPA, and the Pilsner, if I remember right - though they did offer their Oktoberfest while I was there). 64 oz growler size only. Empty growlers are $5, fills are $11, and both together are $16. Again, I dig the pricing.

Certainly worth a visit. Had food trucks outside if that floats your boat. Some of the better local (i.e. true Los Angeles City) beers can be had here; I'd take it over Golden Road, Eagle Rock, etc. any day. The White Nite in particular will likely see growing popularity as more beer fans visit Angel City. Otherwise, most of their beers are nothing special.

I'll be coming back.


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Photo of mrcraft
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

This brewery is in the Arts District of Downtown LA right at the outer limits of Little Tokyo. They took over a large warehouse building and completely remodeled the interior. It has a nice art deco, 1920's feel to it.

On the weekends, they have several food trucks that congregate in their parking lot. There are also lots of good food options in the area too. For example, Wurstk├╝che is block away. They serve awesome sausages. Sushi Gen is also about a block away in the other direction. They probably serve the best sushi in town. Mouth-watering good.

Now back to Angel City... they offer number of tours, and you can see the inner workings from back end of the interior space.

I tried a taster of 5 beers. I found the beers to be somewhat weak on flavor. However, after my visit I heard they hired a new brewmaster, so the quality is probably better now.

This is a nice local brewery where you can just hang out with friends and have a good time.

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Photo of MrxSlowxFlow87
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

This place just recently re-opened on weekends. They have big plans and a little bit of construction left on 2nd floor. Their plans look awesome, and will definitely make it an even better place to enjoy a beer now(It's great already). The brewery is right of Alameda and a good place to even take your non beer drinking friends: They give free tours. They have a Eureka Wit(Belgian style) thats an easy drinker along with a Vanilla porter most will enjoy even if they are afraid of darker beers. My favorite is the Angelino IPA loaded with hops/citra...Good stuff!!! I recently tried their "French Sip" an ode to Phillipes and other French Dip sandwiches in LA. Yes Its a savory beer, with some rosemary and other spices, and actually tastes like an jus aus in an amazing beer way.... I cant really describe it so just go and try it. They have food trucks that set up shop in the parking lot on for eating. I have a feeling this place is going to do some big things over the next few years. You can tell they are dedicated to their craft. A must see if in the Los Angeles area

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Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles, CA
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