Back Street Brewery

Brewery, Eatery, Beer-to-go

78-772 Highway 111
La Quinta, California, 92253
United States

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DrJay from Texas

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

My wife and I stopped in for lunch recently. We entered on the dining room side, which doesn't have table service - you order at the desk rather than with a server. We headed over to the bar, where a waitress was available to take our food and drink orders. I did enjoy the direct view of all the brewing equipment in the rear corner, but could take or leave all the TVs playing a variety of sports throughout the bar area. Fortunately there was music playing, so it was easy totune them out. There were a reasonable number of house beers available, 7 or 8 that day with 2 of the 3 that I tried being of decent quality. Pints, half pints, samplers and growlers were available, though the growler prices seemed a little steep - others were priced reasonably though. There were several guest taps too, along the lines of Guinness and Sam Adams. Our server was good, quick yet unobtrusive. We had onion rings and a pizza, and both were decent. Overall, I'd come back here, but mainly due to the few choices available here in the desert.

Aug 21, 2011
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.19/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Feb 24, 2018
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LXIXME from New Mexico

3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

This place does NOT brew their own beer, but they do sell locals: La Quinta Brewing and Coachella Valley Brewing among others. Weekdays 11-2 they have a $7.95 all you can eat lunch buffet with pizzas, soups, and salad. Decent deal. This location is now called 'Pizza Factory'.

May 18, 2016
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MisterKilderkin from California

3/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Jul 08, 2015
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Aaron_Ramson from California

3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

For a number if years, this was the first and only place in the Coachella valley where you could go and get a pint of microbrewed beer (even if it was by a chain and not a locally owned brewpub). Now there's Babe's Brew House and BBQ, and soon enough even the CV Brewing Company will be serving beer from its tasting room.
But Backstreet Brewery/ Lamp Post Pizza is still a place I return to and can have a pint of beer that is served nowhere else in the area. Offering a selection of house beers as well as ubiquitous brands like Stella, Shock Top, and Heineken, it's their in-house brews that give the place a uniqueness and character not found at other sports bars. Favorites are the "ER IPA" and rye porter, although the pilsner is also very good. Unimpressed by the pale ale.
The food is fine; standard fried bar fare featuring entrees such as quesadillas, wings and nachos. Sanwiches and salads are also on the menu but they are all rather pedestrian. A decent pizza can be ordered and brought over from Lamp Post which is just on the other side of a short hallway.
The service is ok, the waitresses are pleasant enough and the bar tenders can be very friendly. While nothing about this place is amazing, it does posess a sort of charm that brings patrons back time and again, this one included.

Jul 27, 2013
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comfortablynumb1 from California

3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Stopped by here with my work buddy on our lunch break. Place was quite and clean. There were plenty of tables, and the bar was a good size. It was not very crowded when we were there, so we easily got a seat at the bar. There are plenty of flat screens playing various sport channels. Nice relaxing atmosphere...

They have seven or eight house beers on tap. I ordered their Ipa, and Coffee Stout, both of which were fairly decent. They also had two different Stone brews on guest tap...

Our bartender was very nice, but she didn't know much about beer. My first pint was served frosted which was kind of a bummer. I didn't have any food, but my buddy ordered a pizza, and said it was pretty good...

All in all, a pretty chill place to watch the game, or grab a pint or two. Could see myself stopping by again if I am in the area...

Oct 09, 2011
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alleykatking from Indiana

3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Took a stop in here after driving around and seeing it.

A- Pretty standard brewpub I thought. Some serving tanks in view (2 floors worth) right when you come through thefront door. The bar side (which is the only side I saw) looked like a typical bar with multiple t.v.'s and a shorter tap list with guest beers to boot.

Q- Everything was served in non frosted glasses which I liked but nothing fancy for other styles that might be better in a snifter or gobblet. Food wise everything came to us looking good and nothing tasting off or terrible.

S- The service we had was kind of a little lacking. We sat down and waited and waited. Someone finally came up and took our drink was a couple minutes as until she came back. About another 10 minutes before she took our food order. Saw her once last time about 15 minutes later for a final drink order. Watch her get into deep conversation with people at the bar which is why she was having a hard time walking 20 feet over and seeing if we were alright.

S- The beer selection was on par for a average brew pub. The beers I thought were lacking something but then again they were better than a lot of other local brewpubs I have been to. Pretty much got the bases covered and that was it.

F- The food was well a step up from most brewpub food but even that didn't really save it. I think I had the meatball sandwich there and it was just ok. My wife had a pizza and that was a little better.

Overall the food prices were expensive I thought. The beer prices on the other hand were very reasonable and if I had better service I would have taken more advantage of them. A good to place to go in the area but not a place to seek out I suppose. It does the job in a area that is lacking something like this.

Aug 18, 2010
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yemenmocha from Arizona

3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Brewpub has a handful of their own beers plus several guest taps including a couple Sam Adams, Black Butte Porter, Guinness, Lindemans, and more.

House brews were very average, and now I see why it makes so much sense for them to have several guest taps. Food was average to above average, and it's all basic pizza parlor fare including pizzas of course, breadsticks, garlic bread, fried mozz sticks, pastas, etc.

Expensive & touristy area, so I'll give them a judgment of "reasonable" for the highish prices.

Mar 17, 2010
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vacax from California

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Back Street Brewery is paired with Lamppost Pizza, a licensed pizza chain. However, the brewpub is a bit fancier than most pizzerias I have been to. It is fairly attractive with plenty of seating, long marble bar, and some very nice stainless steal tanks on display off to the side. There is even a small arcade room for the kids, so overall a pretty nice place to have a pizza and a pint.

The quality of the bar is around average to slightly above. All the beers, as far as I could see, were just done in pint glasses, but they did also have tasters to sample the beer. I tasted three brews and I would say it was all slightly above average. I did not sit at the bar, I just ordered at the register. I did get a sample of my Rita Red Ale first, then I got a number and sat down at the table. No table service.

The selection is fairly average for a brewpub, but fortunately had more than just a handful of brews. I recall a pale ale, rye ale, pilsener, export stout, red ale, cream ale, and a hefeweizen on stout. Fairly respectable home lineup, then they had some BMC on tap for the pizza crowd. I would have liked to see an IPA and an American stout or porter.

The food is Lamppost Pizza.. if you have never been it is a fairly decent pizza. You aren't really going to get anything much better than Papa John's or Domino's though. It was also fairly expensive for the quality of pizza.

To top it off, they were selling growlers at the insane price of $35 with a fill. Seriously? Obviously I did not get one. Rock Bottom has better beer for a fraction of the cost.

Jun 22, 2009
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Deuane from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Visited just after Christmas 2007, 12/27/07, while visting friends that winter in La Quinta. From my notes taken that night.

One of the few places "out in the desert". Not far from our friends winter home so we had to stop in to try the beers out.

Seperate pizza dining area from the lovely stone surfaced bar. Nice outdoor patio area with a gas fired fire pit. Interior adorned with lots of wood and exposed brick walls. Brewing equipment is proudly displayed through glass on the second level. A total of eight TV's in the bar area and TONS in the dining area...almost a sports bar feel to the place.

Seven house beers on tap, so about average in my ranking system. Most of the beers were decent to good at best....the saving grace was the holiday offering of St. Nick's Treasure.

Our bartender was polite and serviced us well. Nothing pushy or a bit better than average.

We had already eaten a wonderful Mexican meal at a nearby establishment so food was NOT on our mind.

Overall an ok place. Certainly would hit again if in the area since you really don't have too many choices!

Aug 17, 2008
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goschool from California

3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Lamppost Pizza and Back Street Brewery is in a shopping center on 111 just East of Washington as Palm Desert Turns into La Quinta.

Atmosphere: It felt like a Round Table Pizza, Casa Di Pizza, the Santa Clarita Oggi's or any other lame pizza place in a weird area. La Quinta isn't really a weird area, but the short backless benches at the tables and the clientèle made the place feel like 29 Palms or Fontana. For example, there was a family next to us and the father ordered more than one pitcher of beer for himself. Somebody needs AA.

Service: You order up front and they bring you your food. The guy taking our order spent at least four minutes on a phone call while we waited and my meal took quite a while to come out. He apologized repeatedly for the wait, citing a large crowd, which I didn't see, but he sounded sincere so I'll buy it.

Selection: They had at least a half dozen taps of beer. It was a safe line-up, with things like a pilsner, red ale, amber ale, pale ale, wheat beer, and IPA. I ordered the Jagged Little Pilsner, which was very good.

Food: Their staple is pizza and it didn't look particularly good. (Tip: Mario's down Washington at Avenue of the States has the best pizza in the desert.) It's the medium crust, not NY or Chicago style, that crappy places like Damino's make. I had baked spaghetti. It was okay.

Value: It was fairly cheap, but it isn't nice enough to charge more.

The desert doesn't have much in the way of craft beer, so it's probably worth a shot, but don't expect to find a hip joint to hang out in.

Jan 01, 2007
Back Street Brewery in La Quinta, CA
Brewery rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 22 ratings