The Bucket

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Bar, Eatery

4541 Eagle Rock Blvd
Eagle Rock, California, 90041
United States

(323) 257-5654 | map

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 6
Reviews by jonnylieberman:
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3.8/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 2 | food: 5

Nice find in Eagle Rock, an up and coming but still cozy hood in Los Angeles's East Side.

Established in 1935, The Bucket has been serving huge burgers to Occidental College students for about that long. New owner Ivan Quiles is a beer enthusiast who went so far as to name his dog, "Brewsky." Only four beers on tap, and one is Bud Light, but the other three are... Craftsman! that's right, three taps from the best kept beer secret in Los Angeles. In fact, I found out about the Bucket because Todd P, the brewer at Craftsman, had just dropped off a few kegs before coming over to my house.

The food: The Bucket has a burger called, "The Cardiac." It is one pound of beef (after cooking) with double cheese, bacon, ham and all sorts of fixings. The motto: "Guaranteed to Flatline." As I was eating the french fries, I was thinking to myself, "These are the best french fries I've ever had." Then, I watched Ivan load up a deep fry basket with BACON and stick it in the fryer. Long story short, the food is GOOD.

There is a lunch counter inside that seats about six and a nice patio out back where you can get pitchers and stuff your face. Beer is $4 a pint.

While located in Eagle Rock, the Bucket is really at the crux of Eagle Rock, Highland Park and Glassell Park. Just off the 2 on Eagle Rock Blvd, three blocks north of York (you can exit York).

Hours are the only bummer, as they close at 7 pm and are not open on Sunday.

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.88/5  rDev +21.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I see this place has garnered some lukewarm/negative reviews in the past. Well, it helps that they've got $4 pints ( and $12 pitchers) of Stone IPA/ Pale Ale now. I don't know if they've got Craftsmen products anymore; I don't think so. But if you know of another place around here where a $4 pint of Stone can be had, Beer Mail me IMMEDIATELY!

Having lived in the Silverlake area for too many years, I really appreciated the unpretentious vibe. The service was prompt and courteous; the pitchers and food came out FAST. My only complaint is that they close early-ish (8 PM on a Saturday? C'mon.)

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Photo of goschool
3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4

The Bucket is in Beerfly? Seriously? Okay. I stopped by for a burger before Intelligentsia's open house (More good coffee in LA!) last Friday. The sign said they close at 7:00, but I got there at 8:15.

It's a dumpy little building with an outside patio and a really small counter inside in front of the kitchen. They play loud rap music, which sucks, but it might be a quirk I could get used to if I frequented the place. The staff and regulars were friendly, although there was a bit of a thug vibe (At least thug-like with sideways hats, etc.).

The burgers are big and delicious. They're somewhere in between fast food and restaurant quality, so you won't feel too disgusted with yourself unless you have the massive one-pounder called the Cardiac.

They have Craftsman Poppyfields on-tap, as well as Beck's, and Widmer Hefe. I have a new found love for the Poppyfields, but this isn't a beerfly-worthy selection. Oh, and the glasses are frosted. Sigh...

If you're in the area, stop by to clog your arteries and have a cool one.

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Photo of Brewlore
2.58/5  rDev -19.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 1 | food: 4.5

This is a re-review

So The Bucket is under new ownership and sadly, their already slim beer offerings have been slimmed some more. Prior to the change of ownership they had three Craftsman brews on tap, now it's down to only Craftsman Poppyfields along side the standard generic macro taps. They increased the cost of a pint/pitcher as well.

The food is still great and I still think they have the best burger in Los Angeles. The service is still sub-par.

It's all about the burger. Don't expect great (or even good) service, don't expect any good beers (outside of Poppyfields, which is great), just expect a great burger.

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Photo of soulgrowl
2.78/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 1.5 | food: 4.5

I like the Bucket, but I don't know why it's on BeerFly. When I went they had Bud Light, Negra Modelo, O'Doul's, and Corona in bottles and Budweiser, Craftsman Pale Ale, and Heavenly Hefe on tap. Not exactly a BA's paradise, but it is kind of a fun place with good food.

The burgers are the main attraction, and they will not disappoint. The "Cardiac" is really quite monstrous (in the best possible way), and jonny speaks the truth - they deep fry the bacon!

The atmosphere is very relaxed. The patio area is nice, but the radio is too loud and there are a few too many Bud Light banners. Overall, it's a good place to grab a casual meal with friends, but don't expect an extraordinary beer experience.

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The Bucket in Eagle Rock, CA
Place rating: 3.2 out of 5 with 6 ratings