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Blue Palms Brewhouse

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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(323) 464-2337 | map
bluepalmsbrewhouse.com

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Added by drewmprs on 08-02-2008

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Reviews:
86
Ratings:
123
pDev:
9.82%
 
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Photo of dlaure
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Came down to LA from the Bay Area for UCLA graduation week. Found the Blue Palms (thanks ba!). Very happy to have found this place. The beer selection was quite nice with a mix of belgians, belgian-style, and american beers. There were two Blue Palms beers on the menu; I tasted their IPA and found it to be nicely hopped, but lacking body. Port Brewing 4th Aniversary Imperial IPA (or something like that) was the winning beer for the night. Large selection (24) of taps.

Food was great. Haven't had onion rings like that since my childhood in the midwest (and that was a while ago...) Ribs were tasty but the BBQ sauce was a bit overpowering for the delicate, tender meat. Wild boar and duck sausages were the star of the night (neck & neck with the lobster mac n cheese). Can't wait to experiment with the sauerkraut/serrano pepper combo. Delish! Hope I find a reason to come back so I can try more beers and some of their sandwiches.

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Photo of RichardoEdwardo
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Best "beer bar" in Hollyweird...hands down. Read the reviews, being a complete and utter fan of Beachwood BBQ down in Seal Beach (In Orange County) - Gabe, the owner, recommended this place. I am not disappointed, after his seal of approval I'd entrust that man with the naming of my firstborn.

I digress, with a modest on tap beer list (helpfully displayed on a large TV) Blue Palms boasts a diverse array of beers and the occasional cider.

Their food is to die for although I must - on moral grounds - offer a caution to those with weak stomachs, the food is spicy for the "layman".

Blue Palms is a mecca an should be included within the "maps to the stars".

Do yourself a favor and see this place for yourself!

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Photo of barrelroller
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

finally made it out here...and it was great. The fact that there is a great beer bar down in hollywood is a sign of the times...thank god! The sandwich I got was the Liar's en Fuego? a spicy steak sandwich piled high and my lady got the build you own grilled cheese sandwich which was also delicious. Beers were solid. Had Coronado Idiot IPA, New Belgium La Folie, and Brian the owner opened up some Hansen's Kriek for us, which it is obvious that he cares about the beers. Wish it was closer to my home and will definitely return when in the area.

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Photo of tang3nt
3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

After reading about this place for so long, I finally made it there the other night before I caught a show at the Roxy. It was a bit smaller than I imagined, but inviting nonetheless. It was a Saturday evening and considering, fairly empty. We went as a group of 5 and all tried something different. I ended up getting a velvet murkin and a fogcutter - both of which I had never tried before. The service was great, staff was friendly and knowledgeable. They had a great line up of micros from all over. I didn't order any food, but I tried a little of everything my friends ordered and was pleased. All in all a great spot my only complaint is that I didn't stay there for longer. A must if you find yourself in the area.

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Photo of Retsinis
4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been here twice now, and had a great experience both times. The first time was for when they had Victory at Sea on Cask with Rum chips (yeah, it was GOOD!)

The second was with my wife and few friends. They love beer too, but they came more for the shuffle board, which is probably the best I have personally seen (new, very clean, and shuffleboard is hard to find in LA)

Anyhow, they rotate their taps regularly, the staff are courtesy, attentive, knowledgeable on their beers, but they also don't crowd you. I agree with others parking is a bit of a drawback, but it's in Hollywood, so it's really not their fault, just how it is. It's also next to the Music Box theatre, and close to Hollywood and Vine.

I certainly plan to go back many times, and encourage others to check it out as well.

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Photo of barrelman
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped by in the evening before a Fistful of Dollars/For A Few Dollars More Double at the Egyptian down the street. The place is only 16 months old but looks well-established. High ceilings and open spaces made it very inviting. I won't hold it against them that the owners are Ohio State alums (Go Badgers!), and it was nice to be in a place with a slight Big Ten feel.

The service was EXCEPTIONAL (as seen above). The owner tended bar (always a great sign) and was attentive to all around. His passion was in the beer he was sharing and not the money he was collecting.

Their selection was outstanding. We grabbed a pour of Angel's Share and then a four beer flight consisting of Big Sky IPA, Avery Dugana DIPA, Firestone Velvet Merkin, and La Folie. Lots of other goodies and I get the impression that most of their 30 or so taps are in heavy rotation.

We had a couple of plates of their .25 cent wings which were delicious and not to be missed. The beers were reasonably priced and this will definitely bring me back whenever I am in the area. Thanks guys!

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Photo of mjl21
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped by here on my recent Southern California trip. This is a really good beer bar/restaurant. It is located right next to a few entertainment venues and it seemed like parking could be a bit of a problem. I was dropped off so I have no idea if my parking theory is correct.

The space is fairly large. When you walk in the bar is on your right hand side. They have plenty of table tops. They have 3 flat screens and a projection tv. They also have a shuffleboard table.

They have a large chalkboard above the bar that I suspect has their beer offerings, but when I was there they were advertising the Rose Bowl. The list of beers is on a paper menu. The selection was very good. They had Avery Old Jubilation; Alesmith Speedway Stout and Evil Dead Red; NB La Folie; and various offerings from FW, Victory, Weihestephaner, and a few others. I had a Speedway Stout, Evil Dead Red, FW Velevet Merkin and Oaktoberfest.

The food was very good. Based on the recommendation of the bartender, I had a prime rib sandwich that came with excellent sweet potato fries. They also had plenty of sandos and salads.

The bartender, Barry, was a nice guy who was very helpful. Beer prices and food prices were reasonable.

This was a really good place to hang for a few hours. Good to see a nice beer place in Hollywood. Love the convenience to the freeway. Worth checking out.

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Photo of ArrogantHopHead
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I have been here several times already since moving out to the LA area.

I will first say the only negative thing about this place is the parking. It can get a little frustrating finding a spot on the street or paying for parking, but that's LA for you.

Other than that, this place always has a great selection of craft beer to choose from. They have over two taps on deck and one on cask. They have event nights with select breweries (one of those I got to meet Chuck Silva, brewmaster at Green Flash Brewery).

The time after that, I struck up conversation with the bartender and they had given me the menu of their food pairing on the Firestone Walker 13th anniversary night they had, where their head chef created dishes with the beers themselves from FW. Man did I miss that.

Last thing is that they have great ambience, including tap handles hanging from the walls, and little signs with descriptions of beer styles for beginners. It is a good beer culture here.

Would highly recommend...

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Photo of UncleRev
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

At first, had a difficult time finding the place, but it is right next to the Music Box on Hollywood Blvd, right off Gower. Paid the $7 parking, 20 paces, and i was in the door.

First impression was nice, basic layout, but laid back environment. For a split second, i forgot i was in Hollywood. I went straight to the bar, and there was a bottle/draft list waiting for me, along with a food menu. There must have been 20 beers on Tap ranging from Double Bastard, to Ten Commandments. Our beertender was very helpful, and knowledgeable. Started with a flight, and my buddy has some Firestone from Cask.

After our second beer in, decided to get some food. We went with the wings and onion rings, which i should mention, where made fresh, and with red onions, which means one thing; perfection.

Overall this place is solid, didn't come across anything i didn't like. i will definitely go back, and recommend anyone who is in the area, to stop by

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Photo of AHebel
4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

About a year ago I moved from Chicago to Los Angeles, and this is my favorite place to grab a good craft brew in the city. By now, I've hit up the hot spots: Father's Office (both), Verdugo, Barney's Beanery, Good Microbrew... and Blue Palms is the best. Father's Office comes in second...

They've got a good, primarily West Coast selection of 24 craft brews on tap, and one on cask. And, they do a good job of changing up the selection about once a week. You can check the website for what they've got, and the food that they serve; something the websites for Father's Office and Verdugo foolishly don't do.

Besides the beer (there's also a pretty good selection in the bottles menu), the food is great. I strongly recommend the beer battered onion rings and the wings. Thursday, after 6, until close, wings are 25 cents! Dank!

The decor is meh. I get kind of a sports bar feel, which I could do without. When I'm sipping a good beer, I like to see dark wood and low lighting, which you won't get here. That aside, this place has quickly become my go to place for a few good beers and some tasty food to go with that tasty beverage.

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Photo of 2beernutz
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped by at the recommendation of several BAs while on vacation in Los Angeles. Easy to find, though on street parking was a little difficult to find.

Excellent selection of both draft and bottled beers ... bartender was extremely friendly and helpful in making beer selections. I had an Old Viscosity and husband had a Ballast Point cask .. think it was the Big Eye IPA.

Food was also very good ... we had a french dip and a pulled pork sandwich ... delicious and huge portions.

While we were there we met the owner, Brian. Once he found out we were visting from out of state, he took the time to give us a list of recommendations for bars and breweries to hit. Very nice guy and obviously passionate about beer.

Overall, a great place with good beer, food, friendly staff and patrons. Would definitely return if I'm back in town again.

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Photo of BeachBumC
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Blue Palms Brewhouse: Hollywood's 1st gastropub celebrates successful first year.

Hollywood has long been known for its bright lights, movie stars and tourist attractions like Mann's Chinese theater and Ripley's Believe It or Not. But for just over a year now, Hollywood has also been a destination for craft beer lovers.

The Blue Palms Brewhouse, on Hollywood Boulevard, is the proud inspiration and work of owners Brian Lenzo and girlfriend Katie Scholl. True food and beer lovers, they have worked hard to build Blue Palms into not only a great craft beer bar but a place to enjoy a great meal and entertainment.

Lenzo prides himself on having the best beers on tap along with a wide variety of styles so that there's something for everyone. In order to accomplish this, he often drives to San Diego and San Francisco to pick up kegs of craft beers that are not distributed in Los Angeles. These efforts have made Blue Palms the place to go to enjoy hard-to-find craft beers. "This is my passion," said Lenzo. "I want to do everything I can to see craft beer thrive in Los Angeles."

Read the rest here:

http://www.examiner.com/x-21038-LA-Craft-Beer-Examiner~y2009m9d8-Blue-Palms-Brewhouse--Hollywoods-first-gastropub

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Photo of glid02
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped by here to meet up with a few CA BA's a while back.

Atmosphere is nice. It's a fairly small venue that's just short of classy - and I mean that in a good way. The bar is on the short side in the back right corner and the front right corner has space for a band which started up about halfway through my time there.

Quality is good. Beer was served at the perfect temperature with the proper amount of head.

Service was very good. The waitress certainly knew what she was talking about and we never had to wait on anything.

Selection was solid. A stout from Port Brewing was on cask along with a few offerings from the Bruery and about 10 other fairly rare offerings. The website seems to be updated on a regular basis so take a look for yourself!

Food was good. I had the fish and chips (as I usually do) and was not disappointed.

Value was good. It was a bit on the pricey side but nothing too over the top.

Overall this was my second favorite place I visited while I was there (second only to Beachwood BBQ but I hear Verdugo is quite nice), and it's certainly worth a stop if you're in the area.

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Photo of vacax
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I have been to Blue Palms probably five times or so, most recently for the First Anniversary Party. The location is great, or horrible, depending on your disposition toward Hollywood. It is right smack dab on Hollywood Blvd. in the same building as the Henry Fonda Music Box Theatre. About a block away from the Pantages Theatre, and conveniently the red line Metro Station.

Parking can be a hassle. There is street parking, but I know more than one person who has gotten their car towed in this area. I normally pay the ten bones to park in the lot next door, so I don't have to worry about meters or moving my car. Taking the train is always a good idea, not just due to parking and the obvious alcohol consumption factor, but also to avoid the traffic that oh so often plagues both the 101 and 110 freeways.

The inside of the Blue Palms is classy but not fancy, just as it is not tiny but gets packed on a Friday/Saturday night. There is lots of wood, high ceilings, and instead of cheap trinkets the walls are adorned with things like barley malt bags and signs explaining different styles of beer. My one official complaint is that I consider too-loud music to be a distraction from the experience. Unless, of course, The Firkins or Final Gravity are playing a gig here. Woo!

There is a chalk board above the bar normally listing what is on tap, but there are also daily printed menus with style, ABV, and pour size information. Blue Palms also offers proper glassware to allow proper revelry in its ever rotating draft selections. All quality selections on a bad night here, on a good night owner Brian Lenzo will have gone out of his way to procure some rare and exciting brews. I enjoyed such interesting things as Whiskey Barrel Aged Ten Fidy, Russian River Temptation, Bruery Sour in the Rye, FW Parabola, FW Abacus, FW Double Jack, Alpine Bad Boy, and Alpine Exponential Hoppiness on cask. In the past I have had other interesting brews, such as verticals of Firestone Walker 10, 11, and 12.

Service level is typically very high. The bar staff has an exceptional level of beer knowledge--they employ some real connoisseurs here. Service is best at the bar, as things can get pretty crazy for the servers when the entire place is elbow to elbow. They do a about as good of a job of snaking through the people to get to the tables as could probably be done.

Food is outstanding with quality ingredients. They serve what might look like bar food at first glance, but when you read the menus it is quickly apparent that everything here is gourmet. A decent sized menu for a bar, and the Burger #2 (kobe beef with braised short rib, caramelized onions, porcini mushrooms, and gruyere) is an example of taking regular grub to the next level of delicious. Unfortunately, appetizers are a bit expensive for my taste. 25 cent wing night on Thursday is a homerun, though.

Beer prices are typical for an LA craft bar, mostly $6-7 for a draft. Food menu is a bit spendy, do not expect to eat for less than ten bucks (it is tasty though).

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I visited the much heralded Blue Palms on August 8, 2009 for their 1st Anniversary Party. Walking in it is very dark, and rather loud making it difficult to talk at points, granted it was rather crowded. I definitely liked the continous stream of classic rock being played.

The tap list for the event was phenomenal, but what I've seen posted for regular days is quite good as well. I was quite happy to be able to drink Alpine north of Oceanside.

The amount of attention I recieved from the bartenders was admirable seeing how much they had to do, quite prompt for how crowded it was.

Prices for beer are reasonable for bars around the Southland, especially LA, but I have to put the value at $$$ since parking was very expensive at the Pantages parking lot ($10), and I don't see how I can get around this if I make it up again.

I didn't have a chance to try the food. All in all, I was quite impressed with this new bar in LA, it's tough to get up there, but if I'm in Hollywood again I'll definitely go back.

Food Edit for 10-17-09 - Had the Ribeye sandwich and it was quite good.

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Photo of teamizm
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I was turning the dreaded 3-0 and I needed a place to gather all my friends to get drunk. I'm an Angelino living in SF, so I wanted to celebrate with friends in LA but I knew nothing about the beer scene in LA. A few Beer Fly searches and I found Blue Palms. I gave my wife the information and she contacted Brian, the owner at the Blue Palms, and gave him all the information for the party. I didn't really know what to expect when arrived this past Friday, but everything was just awesome. Brian, if you read this, thanks for everything. Blue Palms makes me want to move back to LA. The beer selection was great, Brian hooked us up big time, and his back room bottle selection is just phenomenal. Everyone had a blast, I got to drink great beer and watch the Dodgers on TV (a perfect birthday). This will be my go to beer bar when I eventually make my trek back south. It's new (I believe the 1st year anniversary is coming up), so it doesn't have the revere of a Toronado. But to be honest, I think its heading in that direction.

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Photo of GJ40
3.88/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I stopped into the Blue Palms based on the BA listing while in LA on business. It's not much to look at from the outside and the interior isn't a lot better but it is effective. It's got typical bar feel with low light and dark woods. I think the best feature is a great shuffleboard table by the front window. I didn't get to use it but I would have liked to.

The beer selection includes about 24 on tap with many from CA as well as some other US and European beers. They also have one cask which held a Stone PA with Coriander. I'm not big on spiced beer but since it was the cask selection, I went with it. I enjoyed it (although it didn't need the spice). The server we had was outgoing and seemed genuinely into craft beer.

For me, the Blue Palms depends heavily on the tap list. If it's consistent, it's worth a visit. But if it falls off, the atmosphere just isn't enough of a draw.

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Photo of tyanow
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is the closest thing to a beer geek's dream in Hollywood.

I gave a 5 for selection and I need to validate that. They only have 24 taps. What is remarkable about that is the rarity and selection among those 24 is absolutely exceptional.

I gave 4 stars for service. At the bar it's a 5, at the tables it can be spotty.

The owner (I forget his name) loves beer and knows beer and it shows in everything they do there.

They have great cask beer and exceptionally fresh taps.

Food is medium, but I don't go there to eat - I would think that few do. The decor is a little too wannabe for me but whatever, belly up to the bar and enjoy.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

After my initial visit (detailed below), I've returned here several more times. Each time I've been more and more impressed with the place and will continue to go back. The service in subsequent trips was definitely improved and the taps are always top notch.

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Went here with a friend after spending a day doing random stuff in Hollywood. I forgot to check what time they opened, so we got there around 4:45, and had to kill 15 minutes until they opened at 5.

The biggest bummer about this place is the complete lack of parking. You're probably going to end up in the Pantages or Fonda parking lots and pay from $8-$10, or, if you can manage to find a metered spot, it is $2 an hour!

Inside, it's quite a nice place. Good decor and gives a fairly classy feel all around. The place was nice and clean, which was probably helped by the fact that they had just opened. TVs on the walls where we watched the Dodger game.

We weren't too hungry as we had a large lunch, so we just ordered some sweet potato fries to snack on while we had a few beers. They were excellent, and the rest of the menu looked great too. They have wings for $0.25 (minimum of 6) on Thursdays (we were there on a Thursday), but being vegetarian, I did not partake.

Good list of beers, 24 taps and a cask. They also had a decent bottle list, with some impressive choices such as FW10 (for a mere $100 a bottle). I had a Telegraph Reserve Wheat (fairly tasty sour wheat ale), a Bruery Orchard White (will not have this again, it tasted almost medicinal), and a Moylan Hopgarten (not my favorite, but decent).

The service was pretty good in the beginning, but as the place started to fill up, we were ignored for some time (our waitress simply disappeared for about 20 minutes). But that wasn't too terrible.

The prices were pretty good, especially during the happy hour (which was literally one hour--from 5-6). All beers regularly $6.50 and under were $3.

A nice place and I would stop in again if I am in the area.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place is great. Went here with my buddy Charles last week on a Tuesday. Tuesday here is pretty much the best thing ever, all 24 of their beers on tap for $4 each from 6-10pm. I had the Avery 16th Aniversary Saison, the Pizza Port Double IPA, and the Alesmith Wee Heavy which tasted more like an imperial stout than a scotch ale. Charles got the Lost Abbey Trade Winds Triple and the Oskar Blue's Gordon IPA. Also, I got the BBQ Chicken sandwich with fried Jalapenos and sweet potato fries, and my buddy got the kobe beef cheeseburger. I must say, I was impressed with every beer we got, and equally impressed with the food which was delicious. The service was awesome, our server, Pete, was attentive and quick to take our orders and bring us fresh beers. Also, we both made it out of there for under 30 bucks including a 20% tip. Needless to say, I'm going back tomorrow since it is a Tuesday. Oh! Also, if you're a Cohen brother's fan you'll appreciate this... Wii bowling and $5 white russians (along with $4 cans from Oskar Blues) on Wednesdays. I feel like I'm writing and ad for these guys, but fuck it, Blue Palm's is awesome. If you live in the Hollywood area and are looking for something to do on a Tuesday (or any day really, the most expensive beer on the menu is $7 regular price) Blue Palm's is a must. Also, they have a cask conditioned beer, it was Lost Abbey's Trade Winds Triple w/ Coconut, I didn't try it, but I've been meaning to try a cask conditioned beer. Anyway, Blue Palm's is a must.

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Photo of CJthirty7
3.28/5  rDev -26.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

"I have been to this place three times in the past week, and must say, the beer selection is one of the best in the city. They have some amazing craft brews on tap, including a rotating cask, which I personally love! The beers are not to pricey, either.

I only got a chance to eat there once (more on this below). I had a very special prime rib soaked in Firestone 11/12. It was amazing. The au jus tasted like beer. Man it was good.

Service here sucks. Well, I shouldn't say that. The bartender made tons of effort despite the bar being packed, and I think the manager was even out delivering food and taking drink orders. I'm not sure if they are just understaffed or what, but service was very slow all three times I was there. They even forgot to put in a order of food for me on my last visit, so I waited an hour and a half, had two beers, and left. I was a little pissed.

Parking sucks too. Good luck. Its like a block from the Pantages theatre and theres also another small venue in the same building as Blue Palms. Parking is like $8 during the week, $10 on weekends. Meters are 1 or 2 hour limit, $2/hour, and few and far between.

They have a band on the weekends. Its nice hearing some local bands, but the place is so small, you might wish you had ear plugs. We went there hoping to enjoy some company of our friends, and had to leave because we couldn't hear each other from across the table. I guess we just weren't into the music.

I will be back for some good brews, but don't think I'll be ordering food there or going when there's a band playing."

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Photo of peterhermes
4.75/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I recently moved to Los Angeles and wouldn't you know it, I picked Hollywood as my first neighborhood. Ugh. For the first few weeks I was really getting worried that all that my 'hood had to offer were douchy night clubs and over-priced tourist traps. Then one night everything changed.

I discovered the Blue Palms through a friend from "back home," and I can't thank her enough! This place has everything that I look for in a neighborhood bar. A great beer selection, good food, a comfortable atmosphere, a shuffleboard table, and did I mention, a great beer selection? I am there every Thursday evening enjoying unique beers and eating great pub food. They even have a barrel full of shell peanuts for those who only want to spend their drinking money on drinking.

This one bar makes living in Hollywood actually worth the headache!

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Photo of augustgarage
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I arrived at opening time on a Thursday evening. The interior is clean, well layed out, and casual. The beer list was fairly impressive (especially for Los Angeles), though the first three things I ordered were tapped out (including their cask selection, unfortunately).

Lots of special releases from The Bruery, Stone, and Firestone Walker. A couple Belgian ales on tap (even there, not the usual suspects; a flanders red rather than something like Chimay or Duval), and several in bottles (Trappist Rochefort, seasonal Fantome, Delerium Tremens, etc.).

The options for well drinks are decent as well (e.g. bourbons included Old Pappy Van Winkle 10yo 101; tequila selection was adequate; and they even offered fountain absinthe - albeit with "Bohemian" absinthe), though I didn't order a cocktail.

I only ordered sweet potato fries, but they arrived crisp, well seasoned, piping hot, and served with chipotle mayo (or whatever other condiment you request). The food that those around me ordered appeared quickly and seemed well prepared.

Bartenders are friendly, attentive, and chatty. They all seem to enjoy working there. Lots of regular beer-loving customers mingle with people meeting friends or playing bar-games while nursing a macro (Bud Light or Amstel Light are hiding in the fridge apparently).

Excluding the food (a bit expensive but reasonable), value is remarkable especially for the location. Most draught ales are $3 (!) during happy hour. There are also food specials (mostly up-market renditions of traditional bar-food, like Buffalo Wings). Time passes quickly and ale and conversation flows freely. I could see this turning into a regular haunt...

EDIT: October, 2009 - this has turned into my bar of choice in L.A. Brian is very friendly, generous (ask about a beer and you'll usually end up with a sample placed before you), and very in touch with the U.S. beer market, traveling frequently to enrich his knowledge and his (massive) stock of kegs and bottles.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

After waking up at 4:55am and taking the EIT...my buddy and I decided to head down to this establishment to take a gander...and what a gander it was.

A: Got there at about 11:00pm...and was suprised to see this place so dead. I've heard stories of this place being so crowded, that I was sort of taken back by the empty space. To be fair though...my friend and I showed up pretty late.

Q: Pretty darn good...beers served in the right glasses, along with good "beer" input by the bartender.

S: Awesome! David...I believe that was his name, was extremely helpful and friendly to us. We had a chance to talk to him about beer...which eventually led into a scotch conversation. Anyways, couldn't have asked for more.

S: Similar set-up to Beachwood...the beers and amount avaliable were comprable. So basically, I'm trying to tell you that their selection was great.

F: Didn't order any...sorry.

Overall: Want to come here around 8 pm sometime to get the real vibe...but a very pleasant experience. Cheers!

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I visited this place on a Wednesday night while I was working in downtown LA for the week. My girlfriend was visiting me so we ate, I drank, and we played some shuffleboard. I saw that they were tapping a keg of Abacus the next night so I had to make a return visit.

This is in Hollywood, close to where the new W is being built. I have a friend who lives in Hollywood so many times I've stayed at his house when I was seeing a concert at The Avalon. Countless nights I've been drinking before the show at some hole in the wall in Hollywood when I could have been drinking here. Now I know better.

A concise review:

I really liked the menu. I had the pulled chicken sandwich and it was great. I also had some 25 cent wings and they were great, and they were only 25 cents, which was also great. I met Brian, who runs Blue Palms, and he was very friendly and into craft beer. He told me he'd drive up to Pasa Robles the night before at 10PM to pick up the Abacus keg. That'd dedication, and it was much appreciated. The staff is very friendly and the service is great. They print a new beer menu every day. I'll definitely be back here when I'm in the area.

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Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA
Place rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 123 ratings
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