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9 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

229 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, California, 90266-5314
United States

(310) 546-1201 | map

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of BelgianBeerMe
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of jwolfe1311
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Awesome food. Generally pretty good beer to choose from.

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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -2.4%

A fantastic buzz just up from the pier. The open front makes you feel like you're at an outside bar. The crowd is young, urban and beach going. It made me feel a little old but I still enjoyed myself. The tap selection is solid though favors local LA beers. The service is great and the food looked good but I didn't partake. Well worth a visit!

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Photo of ssimpson89
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of pants678
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

The space is small, admittedly, but open-air helps. At least one of the bartenders could talk beer and they have a superb selection on 20 taps. Mostly Californian or West Coast stuff but high quality none the less. Allagash, Rogue, Kinetic, Oskar, Firestone were all represented. The food's in good sized servings and I'd say matches the price. Cool little spot close the water especially if you're looking for interesting selections.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place is located only 2 blocks from the pier, and with many seats positioned halfway outdoors its a great view. The taplist is solid, and I hear it rotates often. Nothing TOO special on tap when I was there, but Sculpin is always acceptable!

The food is really good at this gastropub, not really fancy but heading in that direction. I tried the BBQ chicken sandwich, good choice. Fries are an extra order but are presented like European frites so I guess that's cool.

20 or so taps, leaning heavily toward west coast beers but including others here and there. My buddy had Pliny last time which is why we stopped here (drank nothing but Pliny the night before and wanted to continue at a new venue), but we were victims of the rotation. No worries as there were lots of good choices.

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Photo of pshue14
5/5  rDev +22%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I've been here a couple dozen times now and this place definitely gets it. The taps rotate so often it's hard to keep up. They're gaining a nice reputation now (think they've been open for a year & a half now), and are able to get a lot of limited offerings. Just the other day they had Craftsman Holiday, Ballast Even Keel, Unibroue Maudite, Abita Vanilla Porter just to name a few. You can tell a lot of thought goes in to what they're tapping. 24 taps in all and about 16 are rotational, with the only "staples" being Allagash white and 5 or 6 Belgians. As great as the beer selection is the food is just as good. Best burger in town by far and all the pub grub seems to have a little twist to it. Small place so be prepared to wait a bit, but with so much good brew the time flies!

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Photo of wd40
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is a bar with great beers that seems to have a lot of customers with little to no idea what they're drinking! I'd rather have that than a snobby atmosphere though so I liked it. It is a small place and it gets really busy so expect to wait if you want to go on Friday or Saturday night for a while to get a table.
The food is good, actually for bar food I guess it would be very good. The chicken sandwich and the shoestring fries are very good, and the burgers are decent. The service is friendly and prompt considering how busy the place gets. It can get just a little cold at night since the bar is very open, so bring a light jacket.

Beer selection is varied and good. From the last couple of times I was there I can remember St. Bernardus Abt 12, Chimay Tripel, Bear Republic Racer 5, Green Flash IPA, Allagash white, Old Rasputin, and Stone IPA on tap.

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Photo of Floydster
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I stopped here on Saturday night at about 7 pm after eating dinner at the Kettle right across the street, this place was super crowded and there was standing room only, still I had to get a beer and check out the only new spot in the area like this in years, second best beer selection in the South Bay I would say but still far from Naja's, decent offerings for the small amount of taps they do have though, somehow had a Magic Hat and Einhorn beer too, first time I have seen either of those in this area, atmosphere lacks a little because it is such a small space but definitely in a cool part of town with the pier just a few blocks away, all two dozen taps are along one wall, the place is very clean and new looking, barely browsed at a food menu because it was so packed I could barely move but it was definitely more expensive than the beer in perspective, you can expect to pay five bucks for an American pint like Racer 5 and seven to eight bucks for the few Belgians they have, other beers I remember seeing were Brother Thelonious, 90 Minute IPA, few different brews from Sierra Nevada and Stone, Green Flash West Coast IPA, Old Rasputin, and St. Bernardus, not enough people working for how many people were there, still good to see them doing this good of business already, I will for sure be going back in the future with it being so close to my house, worth checking out, especially if you are in the area

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