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Draft Picks Pizza Pub

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4 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

1501 W Whittier Blvd
La Habra, California, 90631
United States

(562) 690-8890 | map

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Added by DoubleJ on 10-13-2008

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by fthegiants:
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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Photo of joecast
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

went here a couple of times during my visit and could see the potential with this place. but right now, it doesnt quite get there. hopefully that changes soon.

pretty big place with some arcade games in front, a bar/tables/tv area in the middle, then pool tables and dart boards in back. some good music playing and plenty of sports on tv which suits me just fine.

some things that bug me about the place:
-the amount of taps that are out. sure they have 100 or so taps, but probably a third have the styrofoam cup turned over the handles. this was over more than a week and they included most of the stone beer and a good portion of the other craft stuff so it makes me wonder what the deal is. are they moving away from serving craft beer? why isnt the bmc stuff "temporarily" out? with their full tap list the selection would easily be 4.0 - 4.5

-would like to see a printed tap list so i dont have to stare over the bar to see what is or isnt on.

-i am not a fan of drinking alaskan ipa from a miller or coors glass. get some unbranded glass ware.

-not sure exactly how long this place has been opened but at times it looks neglected. just little things like cleanliness of the tables and floor. and the glassware issue as well.

ok thats the negative stuff out of the way. as i said, i do see the potential of this place. especially considering there is nothing that comes close to it in the immediate area. anyway, will check on the place again in about two years (fingers crossed). hopefully other reviews will let us know how its progressing.

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Photo of snpub540
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This is my Sunday morning hangout during football season, and the occasional weekday stop in since my Dad lives within walking distance. It is definately worth the stop if you're in the area since you really wont find most of the beers that they serve here within 10 miles or so.

Plenty of TV's to catch sporting events and I love how they have NFL Ticket since I can't catch all my Raider games at home.

The food is your average Pizza place/ bar food. Greasy potato slices, mozzarella sticks, wings etc.

Love the fact that I can get pitchers of Ruination, and Hop Rod Rye. Its a great place to take your Macro drinking friends since they can have their Coors Light while you sip down one of Stone's finest.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.48/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Update: Some of those beers are left on-tap for way too long. Gotta love flat, diacetyl ridden Lil' Devil. Look, I love you guys, but please don't slack with the quality control. Ask for a sample before you buy to tell if the beer is still in good condition.

As a student at Cal State Fullerton, the bars of downtown Fullerton were my hangout between and after class. Now that I've discovered Draft Picks Pizza Pub in nearby La Habra, this is now my first choice among local hangouts whenever I'm near campus and looking for an after-class beer. It's located in the back of a large strip mall where a Tommy's Hamburger stand is, but there's no sign for this establishment, so look for an address number (1501).

Draft Picks is big and roomy on the inside. the light is somewhat dim, but not totally dark. On one side there is a cluster of 20+ TV's on the wall, making you feel like you're at a Vegas sports betting casino. Billiards, air hockey, and dartboards are towards the back. You can order food on the left as you walk in....or head to the bar, which is illuminted in rich dark wood. This is where the adventure for the beer drinker begins.

Perched behind the bar are taps for up to 101 beers, but at this point just 80 of them are in operation. There's plenty to choose from for both breeds of beer drinkers; in additon to having most of "the usual" macro brews, there's plenty of craft beer to be found. The full line of Stone can be found, which is a nice start. They have AleSmith (X, ESB, and Lil' Devil) on-tap, which is a rarity in Orange County. Then there are other less common taps: Shark Bite, Moose Drool, Paulaner, Alaskan Amber, Gordon Biersch, Anchor Porter, Mad River, Firestone Walker. I've seen taps for Red Rocket and Hop Rod Rye, but beer wasn't pouring from them at the moment. All the beers are served the usual US pint glass. Most of the beers are in good condition, (update 12-10-08) but watch out for a couple slow selling beers that may be on-tap for too long.

Expect quick service at the bar and the wait for a food order. I come in on some Tuesday's after class and order from bartender Angelica. She's very friendly and can get into a good conversation with her while you stand at the bar. Gil, the owner of Draft Picks has taken steps to try to improve the experience for the customer. I've had the opportunity to speak with him, and he wants to make a "cheat sheet" for customers of the different beers on-tap and what to expect in flavor. He also listened to some of my recommendations of beer to take up the last 20 taps; he's looking into getting some Russian River beers on-tap, and hopefully getting some locals like The Bruery and other superb beers to fill out the rest of the draft lineup.

The pizza is very good. I've also heard the sub sandwiches are great, but I haven't tried them yet.

I cannot believe how affordable the food and beer is. First off, many of the drafts are $4.50 (the most I've paid is $6 for Ruination). Second, EVERY beer is served in a 16 ounce size. Yes, that includes Old Guardian (and Ruination). You can also get pitchers of any beer. Gil was telling me a customer once finished two pitchers of Old Guardian, and unaware of the strength, started falling when he got up to walk.

This is a very good addition to the OC BeerFly scene, and in a part of the county once deprived of one. Not anymore.

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Draft Picks Pizza Pub in La Habra, CA
Place rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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