Blue Palms Brewhouse


85 Reviews
Blue Palms BrewhouseBlue Palms Brewhouse

Type: Bar, Eatery

6124 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90028-5304
United States

(323) 464-2337 | map

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Photo of Naerhu
2.55/5  rDev -42%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 1

This is a dive bar with good beer. It was very dark and there was a Dodger game playing on both of the TV monitors. The venue was not advertised as a sports bar, so I was disappointed that my conversation with my company was repeatedly interrupted with cheering and game-related shouting. The picture on their website lead me to believe there would be nice lighting, but it was just dark and grungy.

Everyone at my table was dissapointed in their food, which tended to be overly salty. The onion rings were gross. No one finished their plate or asked for a doggy bag. Sure it was cheap, but

There were maybe two dozen beers on tap. I had only heard of a half dozen of the beers on the menu, which was awesome. Considering that everyone drives in LA (including me), I was surprised that there was not a single session beer (below 5% abv.) on the menu (hence the 4 and not 5 star rating on selection).

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Photo of HopHuntingHabit
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Went here for the 5th Anniversary Party. The place was awesome! Beer heaven. Tap list was insame with piles of hard to find beers!

Atmosphere is great. Simple Vibe. Low Key

Quality is outstanding. Some great food and huge list of beer. Seasonal food and daily specials are great.

Service hawas great. waitresses are usually helpful and knowledgable.

Selection is outstanding. One of the largest tap lists I've seen at an establishment before.

Food is great. I have trouble staying away from the truffle burger. One of the best I've ever had. Especially when paired with the great beer.

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Photo of corysmith01
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I was out in LA for a few days and knew from research that this was a place I should visit. Luckily our hotel was quite close so we were able to go twice during our three day stay. Also lucky for us, one of those days was a tap takeover (Dogfish Head).

On our first trip, I noted the 24 taps that others have mentioned. What I really liked was that there are two digital boards that list the beers with a coordinating number. You wouldn't think much of it, but it actually makes ordering very easy if for instance the bar is very noisy. Instead of throwing out a long name, you can simply ask for number 12, or number 5. Pretty convenient.

I stopped in specifically for the Indra Kunindra that I had scoped on their website (it's a favorite of mine, particularly on tap). But I was pleasantly surprised by a very cheerful and knowledgeable bartender who was more than happy to help me out with selection #2. Turns out, he pointed me in the direction of a beer I'd never heard of, never tried, and ended up being amazingly opinion of course. He pointed me to Noble Ale Works' Naughty Sauce. Amazing.

Night two we were treated to a Dogfish Head tap takeover. All 24. Also amazing. Had some really interesting offerings from Dogfish that I'd never even heard of.

There seems to be plenty of room here, didn't seem too noisy and the bartenders seemed to know their stuff and are fans of beers. All of this combines to make it a "must hit" if you're in LA. I'll definitely revisit next time I'm out there.xt

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Photo of DanSimonsen
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5





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Photo of Aexoonge
4.95/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Very pleased to discover another killer craft beer bar in my area, the recently reopened Blue Palms! You can see the tap list at their website ( so you can start the tough decisions early. And when you get there, the list is displayed on a huge flatscreen above the bar - you get to see beers blink off when the kegs kick in real time!!

Plenty of delicious D/IPA flowing here: PtE, Blind Pig, FW Union Jack(!), Sculpin, AleSmith IPA, and their very own Blue Palms IPA. Holy shit, that's 5/24. They had great offerings in other styles too tho- got a taste of Allagash Curieux and a full snifter of Stone 2011 IRS for 'dessert'. All this at about $5.5~6.5! And during happy hour - Tuesdays - you can get Victory Prima Pils (MY JAM!) and their IPA and Hef (apparently brewed by Firestone Walker) &others for 4!

Had spinach dip which was cheesy and delicious, extra chips were provided before I could finish asking. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable all around. Bar has seats with backs instead of stools(my back craves support). Music was great, and not super loud, tv's had sports on.

FINALLY, they have a great Scotch selection, blended (JW, Chivas, Dewars) and single malt (Glenfiddich, Glenmorangie, Highland Park, Laphroaig)! The only thing I didn't like about this place is that it isn't right around the corner from me - I had a great time and will be back!

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Photo of Sammy
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The best beer bar I have been to in LA. You come in, you feel already at home. Good parking next door (late enough it was free). About 95% guys and all efficiently served by Bix. Twenty five taps up electronically on a board, with lots of interesting choices. Great bottle selection too, but Black Tuesday at $90 was something I wanted but not at that price. Some other really rare ones, though prices were steep for those as well. Music was decent and toned down, so you can talk. with some TVs on. they are trying to get their sublease settled to stay in the current location.

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Photo of trancesk8er
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I've been going here since they opened. I am sad to see they are in danger of shuting their doors. I'm writing this mainly as an update to that statement. For people that thought you might have missed the final day open this past wednesday there is still time! They have reached an agreement with the owner of the Fonda to stay open for another 2-3 weeks. This is a place not to be missed. Get there quick before they are forced to close and you are left out in the cold until they can find a new location.

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Photo of BeerShman
4.71/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

First time into Blue Palms and I have to say, it made an impression with me. Not only was it packed for a Friday afternoon around 130pm, the service was top notch.

Very nice decor inside, good size televisions, great information on whats currently available on tap and a good setting all around. Was a little loud but i take that as a good place and people are having a good time.

My gf and I sat down at the bar to have a few beers. We were promptly served and taken care of. Not much to say about service, but it was top notch and we were served well.

Beers were great. Good selection, especially a good selection for everyone I felt like. It wasn't dominated by stouts or IPAs or sours. Good overall variety. What's even better is some beers were on happy hour for 4 bucks, even thought the prices were really reasonable. 5 bucks to 10 bucks( I think that was highest I saw).

Didn't try the food but I did see someone order and it looked really good! If I go back when they are open, I would definitely eat here.

Overall, really well established place. They know what they are doing and serve their customers well.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went for dinner and brews with some (Mormon) friends who live in LA as I was passing through. Quite cool of my friends to indulge my hobby and take me to the beer parlor though they do not indulge themselves. The atmosphere could maybe score higher if it weren't so loud in the place. It was full-ish, but not late and not a weekend, but it was difficult to converse due to the acoustics. The food was good and reasonably priced, and had some funky twists like sausages made from atypical meats like venison and boar. But food was not the main motive for going there, or bothering to review the joint!

I started with the FiftyFifty Eclipse Elijah Craig 12 year. It was awesome, one of the best beers I've ever had. In retrospect, it shoulda been desert. Well, it was, I had another later! Damned good beer. In between I had Lagunitas Sucks, though I was thinking I should have something else that isn't so widely distributed, but it sounded good and it was.

There were 24 taps, with the lists displayed prominently on at least 2 large video screens. The bottle list was not huge but thoughtfully selected and inviting. And there was a vintage bottle list of older and hard to get stuff. Some reasonably priced, some priced to reflect the rarity, and understandable to me, though I'd never drop that kind of coin for a beer.

All in all, any beer geek would visiting this place should find some things to make them happy. It would be silly not to drop in if you were in the neighborhood and had the time to do so.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I visited Blue Palms yesterday for the first time to go to their Jingle Bell Jubilee. The entrance is a single small door next to a venue so it might be hard to see for some. Inside there is a very nice atmosphere with lots of wood and whatnot. They have a decent amount of tables for seating. They offer around 15-20 taps including a cask most of the time (finally tried a cask!). They also have a killer bottle list if you have some extra cash to burn. The service was good especially for the crowded event. My wife and I got some food that was very good too. Very reasonable prices for the beer (I was able to get a couple of flights and some half pints - both of which I love to see at beer bars). I will definitely be back again in the future.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Thanks for koufax21 reminding me that despite having been here like a dozen times, I've never reviewed it.

First thing I really like about the atmosphere is that this is a sports loving craft beer bar. So many craft beer places shun sports, having this stereotype of avoiding dumb loud jocks. Not here, they're proud about their OSU and Steeler patronage (teams I hate, but I'd rather go to a place that supports their team v. hipster i don't follow sports douchery). Right next to the Fonda theatre (seen Aquabats & Rancid play an awesome set here).

High quality in terms of both beer selection and food. Tap list displayed largely. TVs all over. Fine wood decoration. Open spacing, never 'crowded' to the point of being a drawback. Good mix of favorites and local new stuff. Ask to see the bottle list. Some real good stuff in there. Some of it decently priced. $15 -bal aged 22oz stuff in Hollywood is amazingly priced (Old Dipsea).

Angel's share on tap, cheaper and more carbonated than in the bottle at a retail store.

Food has always been a notch above bar food.

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Photo of Koufax21
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Went here on my recent trip to LA. Went here expecting an awesome beer selection, but it was a little less than awesome. Still pretty good respectively. They had a huge tap list. Not the biggest I've seen but nearly every beer on the list was admirable. Decent looking staff. Ive heard the staff is very knowledgeable, but I didn't seek out their advice. I was in the company of some good BA's.

Started with a High Water Hop Riot and ordered my Kobe beef burger cooked in duck fat. Unreal burger. That thing didn't stand a chance against me. Sooo good. Finished up the meal by splitting a Marin Old Dipsea between our table. I concluded the night by ordering the table a round of -bal Angels Share from Lost Abbey.

All of the beers were well priced. You could find high end and low end bottles, but really quite affordable for dinner and drinks on Hollywood Blvd. I really dug this place, and will definitely be coming back next time I'm in LA.

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Photo of mikedrinksbeer2
4.95/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This establishment is my favorite place to be in Los Angeles. Their selection of craft beer is really un-paralleled, 24 constantly rotating taps, one cask, and an impressive bottle list.

The Atmosphere is comfortable, slightly pub feeling, but with a modern flair. Lots of high top seating, very open room, tap lists projected on two screens.

The staff is all Cicerone certified servers, and great to discuss brew options with. They always have knowledge and opinion on their frequently changing tap list.

The beer selection is awesome. While there's always a variety, I'd say it favors IPAs often. I like that they have imports at times, as well as domestic craft beers from outside California (They almost always have Russian River on tap). They often hold tap takeovers or other events to bring in new breweries.

I've never eaten anything here I didn't like. The Buffalo Chicken dip is a great appetizer, the Fuego Steak Melt, Lobster Mac N Cheese, or Sausage Platters are all fantastic entree options.

This bar has an incredible group of Beer lovers that are there regularly, I've seen their customers share homebrews. (On one occasion a guy gave me a pour of Isabelle Proximus from his personal collection. You can't find people that nice and beer-centric anywhere else.)

Many BA'ers have mentioned their 3rd Anniversary party, which was epic (KBS and DFH 120 at same time!?!), but the Blue Palms is a fantastic stop any day. I frequently check their website (which updates with their taps) to see what's fresh, and will stop randomly, I always come away pleased.

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Photo of VegasBill
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I had lunch here on a Friday, They are only open for lunch on Fri and Sun. The atmosphere is what I would call simple pub comfortable. The one thing that I did like is that they have two large LCD screens showing all of the info on the current tap offerings. No Pliny, Pliny where are you in L.A., but they did have Blind Pig so I am happy. The menu had a selection of sausages so I asked the bartender to help me select two, we decided on Wild Boar and Elk, both were wonderful and the bed of sauerkraut just made it perfect. As for the tap beer I understand it changes often, like weekly.
This is another, if I lived in L.A. I would be a regular.

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Photo of fullthrottle77
4.95/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I attended the Blue Palms 3rd Anniversary Party on 8/13, which was my first experience at the Blue Palms. The atmosphere was awesome, saw many familiar faces from previous events. The band was great and the DJ played a nice selection of music. I really enjoyed chatting with fellow craft beer enthusiasts about the massive selection of brews on deck. The selection of brews was truly epic, never thought I would ever taste KBS or DFH 120 which were both available. The taplist inside was also off the charts! The food was amazing. The cow leg and sausage sandwiches were great and everyone was raving about the truffle burger. The staff was great, very friendly and attentive. They were very helpful in making decisions on which beers to try. I enjoyed my experience at the Blue Palms and I will definitely be returning in the very near future.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere: The atmosphere for the 3rd anniversary party was absolutely amazing. I meet so many great people and shared many tales and many great beers.

Quality: The quality is great everything was as fresh as any beer I have ever had. The food was of great quality as well

Service: Didn't really have to much in the way of service but everyone that was pouring beer was a pleasure to talk to and everyone was in a great mood which just made for an even better day

Selection: Not sure what the normal selection of draft beer is like but for the anniversary party it was second to none so many great one offs and amazing beers

Value: Beers are priced reasonably food is priced reasonably and you get a good amount of food for what you pay. The beer is very reasonably priced especially for the great selection not much price gouging going on

Overall: The anniversary party was absolutely fantastic and I cant wait until next year for another one. If this place wasn't an hour from me I would be there quite often and I highly recommend this place to anyone who enjoys beers and good food.

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Photo of PlinyTheKid
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

When I'm in the Hollywood area, this is always a great spot to stop at. They got a mean bottle selection, carrying bottles such as Temptation Batch 3, Firestone 11, and many more vintages! The food is awesome, the crowd is cool, the bartenders are chill, and the vibe is all around awesome. The bottles are a bit pricy, but being one of the few places in town to carry rarities, I see why they would charge a premium for the bottles. You won't find them anywhere else. Their events have been great too. They had Veritas 007 and Framboise de Amarosa on tap before. Definitely worth the visit!

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Photo of FosterJM
4.75/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I first went to Blue Palms after an event with the wife so was restricted to 1 beer so I could drive home. I really wanted to get a hotel room after seeing the tap/bottle list.

Atm- Not the biggest place in the world but more than gets the job done. You know its a beer bar, when 2 giant screens display the tap list.

Quality- Quality is top notch here with the people behind and in front of the bar knowing what they are doing.

Service- Quick, clean, always there if you need a fill or asking a question. Great staff here.

Selection- So many beers on tap, always rotating. So many bottles in the cooler that just blow you away.

Food- The mac N cheese. Enough said. Super good.

Value- Not bad at all. Food is good and cheap, beer is cold, in the right glass, from clean tap lines. Go if you are ever close!

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Photo of ChanChan
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I come here every chance I get; this is my home away from home! The tap list changes often and it has featured beers such as Speedway stout, Parabola, abacus, as well as lot of brews from Deschutes, and Russian River. In fact, Pliny the Elder is almost always available on tap here. The bottle list is equally impressive with Wild ales from Russian River (Consecration, Temptation and Supplication) to brews from Firestone (Parabola, Abacus, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th Anniversary ale). Well I will say though that the food here is………fantastic! The best appetizer for me would be the beet salad with tons of nuts and goat cheese! The best entree, in my opinion, is the truffle burger cooked in duck fat! This is the best Gastro-Pub in Los Angeles!!

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I died and took a glimpse of heaven last night...and it was the Blue Palms Brewhouse.

This place had so many incredible beers on tap, with a tap list that was up to the minute, not to mention hundreds of bottles, including about a 50-75 bottle reserve label.

Russian River and The Bruery were predominately featured the night I went, but you have to check their tap list before you go, as their website is amongst the most comprehensive in the business.

Prices were great, usually $5-6.50 per pint. 5 ounce pours of four beers were $9. Food looked great but didn't try it.

But seriously, so many great beers. It was everything I would hope would be.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

What is there to say about BP that hasn't already been said?

I live near here and this is a staple for out of towners and I love showing people their bottle list and watching their mouths drop. The bottle list doesn't pull a huge premium either and allows non-traders to get some rare stuff that they might not otherwise be able to try.

For example, I recently split a bottle of Consecration, Dogfish Sahti, and Marron Acidife and each bottle was marked up by maybe $4, a huge value. Service is always impeccable, very knowledgeable staff and almost all are BA's that I have seen at events.

Just go there, check it out, tip your bartenders well.

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Photo of dksl16
4.75/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

My favorite bar in Los Angeles. Selection is the best in the city and they always seem to have some sort of great specialty event each week. Love the Brown Bag nights (amazing bottle shares each month) and the Firestone anniversary verticals have thankfully become an annual tradition.

Beer prices are mostly in the $6-7 range but there are plenty of amazing deals from $3 happy hour to $4 Thursdays and Sundays to $.35 wing night to the $9 beer sampler.

Food is the weak point but the sausages are interesting and Liars Fuego Melt is a solid sandwich.

If you're visiting from out of town, this is definitely a must stop when you're in LA.

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Photo of DearthVader
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I've been frequenting Blue Palms for these past couple months so I decided it's time for a review.

A very fun bar to go to. Always a decent crowd whenever I come, with plenty of TV's to watch the games I came to see, plus some good music playing.

Quality is great. Everything you could ask for. Proper glassware, clean lines, 24 taps with 1 cask is more than enough options.

Bartenders and servers are very knowledgable and attentive. I've always had phenomenal service. Whether I brought my girlfriend in for somewhat of a date or a group of coworkers for some after work drinks, they handled both very well.

The selection is very good. Always plenty of west coast offerings and a a few out of staters too. They have a good bottle list, although I'll probably never order off it since most of what they have I can get at my bottle shop for 1/4 the price.

Had the food once. It's good, but nothing to right home about.

Very reasonable bar, especially for the location. The only thing I hate about this place is the fact I have to pay for parking. You either pay $10 to park right next to it in the parking lot, or you park around the corner and have to keep coming back every 2 hours to add money to the meter. Regardless, I will continue to visit.

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Photo of werdnacross
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Atmosphere is great. Never been there when it's been too crowded but there's always a nice mix of people and always pretty busy.

Quality is outstanding. Some great food and huge list of beer. Seasonal food and daily specials are great.

Service has always been great. waitresses are usually helpful and knowledgable.

Selection is outstanding. One of the largest tap lists I've seen at an establishment before.

Food is great. I have trouble staying away from the truffle burger. One of the best I've ever had. Especially when paired with the great beer.

Can't beat all those good things for that price. Always worth the visit.

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Photo of drewmprs
4.95/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Mostly California beers on tap with IPA's and DIPA's well represented. Brian keeps everything fresh and makes personal trips up and down the coast to get the kegs as fresh as possible. He often drives out to Kern just to pick up a fresh keg of Citra.

The food is great - I recommend the lobster mac and cheese or the fuego melt (so good you remember it twice :)

Many special events and tastings here. In the past two years at Blue Palms i've seen Greg Koch from Stone, Matt Brnyldson from FW, Ken Grossman from Siera Nevada, Patrick Rue from the Bruery, and Sam Calagione from DogfishHead. The bottle list is superb with many vintage selections.

The servers are friendly and knowledgeable. It can get quite busy when there is a show next door but the crowds often vanish once the show starts.

My go to bar in the Hollywood area.

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Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA
4.4 out of 5 based on 122 ratings.
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