21 Reviews

Type: Bar, Eatery

800 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, California, 90013-1820
United States

(213) 687-4444 | map

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Photo of willbolk
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Space is pretty utilitarian, some tables and some benches.

Mostly belgian and german offerings, plus Allagash White, Old Raspy and PBR(!). Full list is on their website. Beers are a bit pricey.

While they have a pretty eclectic selection of sausages, the quality isn't anything to rave about. They're tasty, but how amazing can sausages be? Sausages start around $6.50, and aren't too big. The fries are good and they have a wide selection of dipping sauces.

We go when we visit friends who live in the area, but probably wouldn't go otherwise.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Place is a Gem.

Really liked the atmosphere when I walked in, friendly service up front. New age German hipster feel, but really liked it. Very clean.

The food was outstanding. There was a huge selection of different sausages and exotics. I ended up with the rattlesnake & rabbit. Ridiculously tasty and I felt the food was reasonably priced 7.50 for my dog witch was the most expensive.

The beer selection was great for the place, large list of German and Belgian's on tap and 2 North Americans (Allagash White, Old Rasputin and PBR). The beer was a little pricey which is not uncommon in craft beer, but it was more then I would expect to pay.

In all I had a wonderful experience and would defenitly make another trip there.

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Photo of acebrigade
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 5

I love the food here...LOVE...My usual is the duck/bacon/Jalapeno with onions and kraut. I've had most of the sausages however, and they are lovely. The fries (with truffle oil glaze) are the best in Los Angeles. And I'm saying that as a lifelong native.

But for the love of god, just because you're in downtown doesn't mean the only american beer you should have on tap is fucking PBR. Get a clue and put some california IPAs on draft. Sausages and IPAs are a combo sent from the heavens. Get with it WorstCoochie!

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Photo of mjl21
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here on my recent Southern California trip. This was about two blocks from my friend's new loft. It is located in downtown LA. I can't speak tor how the parking situation is as I walked here. The area seemed a little rough at night.

When you walk into the space, you immediately hit the counter area. The ordering process is pretty simple: grab a paper menu, place your sausage and/or beer orders, add any sides, and grab your number and wait for your food. When I arrived the line was not bad, but it quickly was out the door. The seating area is down a long hallway. There is a lot of room inside, although the night we went we elected to eat outside. They also have a bar in the dining room area.

The beer selection definitely veers towards Euro offerings, particularly Belgians. The only American drafts they had were Old Rasputin, PBR, and Allagash White. They had a lot of nice Euro beers including Duvel Green, Delerium Nocturnum, Aventinus, St. B Abt 12, and Chimay White. The beer prices were quite expensive. They go anywhere from $2.50 for a PBR to $11 for an Aventinus. They do a good job of updating their current selection and prices on their website. They do use the proper glassware for their beers.

The sausages were very good. They have a lot of different varieties that range in price from $6.00 to $7.75. I had a Duck, Bacon, Jalapeno sausage that was very good. The fries we got were not as good as I expected, but the dipping sauces are very good. I recommend the curry ketchup and chipotle ketchup.

I would describe this as a more expensive version of Rosamunde/Toronado in SF. The food was good, but the beers were very expensive. I would go back due to the proximity to my buddy's loft, but I wouldn't go out of my way to go here.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is simply one of the really cool and neat new places in Los Angeles. Located in a bit of a weird place that's initially hard to find, it's worth the effort.

Beer selections are very good with nice varieties on tap and bottles. A good "beer bar" in and off itself and worthy of a special trip if relatively close by.

However, the sausages are first rate! The Rabbit, Duck and Rattlesnake should not be missed. Fantastic. Don't even bother with a bun or toppings. The sausage itself is the star.

Best french fries you will ever have....period.

This is worthy of a special trip. Take your wife or husband; take a date; this is a fun, cool, hip and nice place. You'll like it and you'll make plans to come back while you're still there eating and drinking!

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Photo of TheMadJack
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I used to hate Los Angeles. With the discovery of this place, I've found that any visit to that accursed town can be mellowed with a hot sausage and a glass of beer from this most remarkable of specialty restaurants.

While a little hard to find (you have to approach from just the right angle to spot the distinctive yellow and red door), the atmosphere is great. The decor is almost industrial, very modern, with few frills. The tables are covered in butcher paper and anything not made out of wood is concrete or molded iron. The center of the room has long tables arranged cafeteria style. There is a long bench along the wall with smaller tables for those who are afraid of high school flashbacks. A small outdoor area is also available. Indie music on the stereo, but kept to a reasonable volume. Otherwise, nothing to distract you from your meal.

The beer selection is mostly Belgian/German, with pilsners and abbey brews dominating. They also threw in a British belgian-style and some American choices, leading to the entertaining incongruity of reading "Old Rasputin, Pabst Blue Ribbon". The selection is not overly extensive and the staff is familiar with it, able to recommend the right beer for your wurst and palate.

The sausages are the real reason I come here, as I'm sure it is for anyone. You can't lose. From the standard bratwursts, kielbasas and hot links to those composed of exotic meats, fruits, and cheeses, there is something there that will please you and the adventurous gourmand is well rewarded. My favorite thus far has been the Rattlesnake & Rabbit with Jalepeno. Fries are heavily breaded and are tasty, and there is a selection of ten - TEN - dipping sauces therefore, in addition to the no less than three mustards on every table.

Be warned, however, that it takes a bit to cook the sausages. Expect to be waiting about 10-15 minutes, even when it's slow. However, you get your beer right away and the food shows up still sizzling, the sausage's skin crispy, the meat juicy and tender, the bread soft and the fries salty and sweet.

Pricing is reasonable. Perhaps a bit high, but you definitely feel better for paying $7.50 for a single sausage once you eat it.

Go, and be happy.

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Photo of joedon
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This place is a bit hard to find for a tourist; in a sort of run-down "artsy" neighborhood away from downtown. The exterior is a non-descript industrial building and the interior is rather stark exposed rafters, picnic tables, outdoor steel cafe tables and chairs. The bar in the main dining room is pretty cool with a row of giant Chimay bottles lined up on the back bar.

Excellent beer and food. The menu is nothing but sausage with various toppings and sauces and "Belgian" fries. I had the bratwurst with kraut and onions which was near perfection. The fries were also outstanding and available with a variety of dipping sauces.

The beer menu is also noteworthy. On draft, they have 12 Belgians and 10 Germans. Three American beers on tap: Rasputin, Allagash and PBR! Several more choices in bottles; mostly Belgian. I had a 500ml Optimator for $6.00.

Service was kind of a weak point. You order your food and beer at the front door and then your meal is delivered to a table that you have selected. I was there on a weekday at lunch with only 3 other tables occupied. It seemed to take about 15 minutes for the (rather simple) food to arrive. I hate to think what it would be like on a busy weekend night.

Overall, I enjoyed the beer and food but this place isn't really my style. If it were relocated to an old neighborhood in St. Paul I might become a regular.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Eating sausages with beer is a delight, but eating gourmet sausage with gourmet beer is enough to fullfill anyone's culinary fantasy. The place is a little hole in the wall south of Union Station. the interior is small, with seating for 12 in eye-catching red seats. Bright colored wood make a great contrast with the faded brick which made up the upper half of the walls. Loud, but mellow music with quality speakers helped make this place to unwind as a waited for and ate/drank my order.

Over 20 taps behind the counter, with the focus on German and Belgian beers. A printed beer menu shows you what type of beer, the ABV, and the serving size of a given beer. Goodies on draft include Aventinus, Reissdorf Kolsch, Gouden Carolus, Delirium Nocturum, Allagash White, and Tripel Karmeliet. There were a handful of bottled offerings, but I went for a draft of Reissdorf Kolsch. The beers were served in an amazing manner. They were fresh, served in proper glassware, and served at a cool, but not cold temperature. (update: I've even gotten La Trappe Quadrupel in its own glass here!) There is one major downside to the beer, and it is the price per pour on most. $11 for draft Aventinus?! Most will be in the $6-8 range.

Now the highlight...the food. Oh dear science, they did it right. The bratwurst I had had a phenominal flavor and rivals the best brats I've ever tasted. It comes served with two toppings of your choice. It brats aren't for you, they have over 20 varieties of sausage to choose from tradtional ones to more exotic flavors. Oh, and get an order of fries...truly awesome stuff. The best fries I ever tasted, period! Freshly cut pomme frites, never frozen, and served with your choice of unique dipping sauce.

There are enough good taps to excite a beer geek, but when you can add on great presentation of the beer with awesome....that makes for a destination which is not to be missed.

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Photo of efisch
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A new beer haunt in Los Angeles proper. They keep popping up - love it. LA's slowly losing the "wasteland" reputation.

Had dinner here with a friend tonight. Really nice atmosphere - ordering is a little clumsy, but the selection of food, Belgian and German beer is outstanding. Plenty of taps, and a good solid selection. I had a Leffe Brune and between us we knocked back a couple of Erdinger Dunkelweizens. The beer was perfect and cold (which for me is a biggie).

But the food is the real deal. It's all about the sausages. Really great, unique beer food. I highly recommend this new spot.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I consider this place more of a restaurant than a beer bar because of the way it's arranged and the crowd that goes there.

Clean wooden tables alonside sooty looking red brick walls. The bathrooms were pretty clean though.

Service was quick and attentive and they have examples of all the type of sausage you can have by the ordering counter. I had the rattlesnake and rabbit (which was good) and the alligator (or crocodile, I always get the too confused) and pork which was tasty but a bit dry.

They had a pretty good selection of German and Belgian beer, a bit on the pricey side though. My bro ended up getting a Kostrizker and because they had Chimay, I decided to stick with that. I saw some damn hipster drinking a PBR. Why do all the LA yuppies and hipster drink PBR? I feel like I'm stuck in the movie Blue Velvet and have to listen to Dennis Hopper talk abotu PBR.

All in all, the food is pretty good, the beer is good, and definitely worth checking out. The place is rather small though and narrow.

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Photo of Abrahammer
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

a good place to have a sausage and a brew. they specialize in Belgian beers and have a couple german and domestic (remember Old Rasputin and PBR).

really chill atmosphere, decent sized back room, crowd was mellow, and parking is pretty easy (the place is in the artist district, 2 blocks east of little tokyo).

the staff is great--they let me try samples of different beers and humored my appeal to vary their tap list (they have 26 taps in the front entrance and want the same beers on the 26 taps in the back).

prices are pretty average for belgian beer in la ($8-10), but what pushed me to select "a bit pricey" were their sausages. they have a variety of gourmet sausages ranging from brats to rattlesnake+rabbit. very yummy, but a bit pricey.

nonetheless, looking forward to my next visit. Trying to have a meeting there since its pretty spacious and not too loud. and good belgian brew doesn't hurt.

new notes for 02/09:
the line for ordering food/beer can get pretty long and since there is only one cashier, it can take a while . . . felt like i was in line 30 min to only put my order in, then i had to wait to be served. staff is still super cool and try to put a beer in your hand asap, but the setup should be rethought or expanded.

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