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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

38 Reviews
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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar

3408 Verdugo Rd
Los Angeles, California, 90065-2835
United States

(323) 257-3408 | map
verdugobar.com

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Added by DavidStickel on 05-10-2008

PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
63
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
8.88%
 
 
Taps:
22
Bottles/Cans:
85
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 63
Reviews by vurt:
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4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The Verdugo Bar is a fully-restored 1930's bar. It's a beautiful room, with beamed ceilings overhead and a serpentine bar of dark wood up front and pod-booths against the far wall. There's also a separate room in the back with banquette couches and low tables, which I imagine fills up nicely on busy weekend nights. The vibe is hip but not the least bit obnoxious, and completely beer-geek friendly. (They know how to pronounce "Hoegaarden" properly, but won't make you feel like a jerk when you don't.) I've checked the place out on comparably slow weeknights, and I'm happy to keep going back on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until word gets out and the place is packed on those nights too.

Service is knowledgeable and friendly. Gratifyingly so.

There are about 20 regular taps at the moment, which run from Allagash White on the light side to Old Rasputin (nitro-pour) on the heavy side. In-between those two are a well-chosen variety of taps from the expected (Stella, Guinness, Arrogant Bastard) to the intriguing (Green Flash Double Stout, 30-year Ola Dubh, and the awesome Deans Bros. ESB). The 8 rotating taps offer such options as Oskar Blues Gordon, Fullers London Pride, and unique casks from Stone Brewing. There is also a dynamic and dangerous bottle list that goes from Flying Horse Lager on the low end to Hitachino Espresso Stout and Port Brewing 2d Anniversary in the middle to Deus and Alpine Chez Monieux on the high end.

I went on a low-traffic Tuesday night and wound up chatting about good beer with one of the owner/managers for the entire evening. He has excellent beer instincts, and wants to make sure that his bar is regarded as a true Good Beer Destination. There are places with greater numbers of taps, but you'd be hard pressed to find a place with greater range in The Valley. They are also working to set up regular tasting nights each month.

The exterior is pretty non-descript, with only a "Cocktails" sign to indicate that the place is a bar. But walk in the door and you'll soon realize you've found a superior beer location. Ask the knowledgeable staff "What's good?" and they'll give you articulate and informed answers. Go early, go often, and say hi to me once you get there. I'm the beer geek at the bar with the happy grin on his face.

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3.81/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

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4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Thepleasantimbiber
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Buzz3d
3.48/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 1 | selection: 4

Loved the vibe of the bar, GREAT selection. Pliny was $12 a bottle which was a little steep. The bartenders were HORRRRRRRRRIBLE!!! After spending almost 70 dollars at the bar she said I could only 2 tastes off the draught. They had a Stone "Enjoy After" in their fridge which should not have been chilled till atleast 2015. Over all I will still come to this bar, but could really care less for the service.

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4.32/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of smb
3.1/5  rDev -27.6%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 1 | selection: 4

Great tap and bottle list almost all the time. Sleazy dive bar vibe with a spacious outdoor patio. Service and the staff are horrible though. A lot of gangster wannabe's work the bar, and random white chicks, who likely just moved to LA from the mid-west.

Instead of appreciating the fact that their customers are passionate about the product they're selling, the staff act high and mighty and condescend to customers. None of them seem to know or care about beer.

Basically, Verdugo Bar gets good shit on tap... but with so many other choices in the area that have better service and attitude... Eagle Rock Brewery/Public House, Hermosillo/Highland Park Brewery, Glendale Tap, etc... it's better to avoid this place unless they have an exclusive special event going, like BCBS or PtY.

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Verdugo Bar in Los Angeles, CA
4.28 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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