The Surly Goat

The Surly GoatThe Surly Goat
The Surly GoatThe Surly Goat
Bar

7929 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, California, 90046-5107
United States

(323) 650-4628 | map
surlygoat.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.45
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
64
pDev:
8.54%
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Reviews by Alpha309:
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Alpha309 from California

4.89/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great and knowledgeable bartenders and very prompt with their service. Constantly checking on customers to make sure that everything is good. Beer selection is top notch. All taps are rotating and you can never be sure what they are going to have when you pop in. They have both very rare beers, and the common but great beers on a regular basis.

Feb 13, 2015
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slasich from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

May 16, 2020
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cratez from Canada

3.65/5  rDev -18%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

Visited with my wife on a recent trip to San Diego and Los Angeles.

Tried the following:
Kern River River Buddy (draft)

Which was drinking great. Large and diverse tap selection; my wife enjoyed her wine. Service was okay, though it took us a while to figure out that you have to order at the bar and nobody said anything to us in the meantime. Slightly divey atmosphere in here, but it seems like they attract a good crowd. Our overall experience was decent, and we would possibly come back.

Apr 04, 2020
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eawolff99 from Minnesota

4.62/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Mar 03, 2020
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psoriasaurus from England

4.36/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Jun 08, 2019
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West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Hollywood without feeling like it. In a good way. The beer selection was out of this world for me. Pliny the Elder, just as number 8 on the draft board? Like, I can just order that and you'll bring me Pliny the Elder? I actually said that to the bartender. He seems surprised that I was so surprised. They had several other beers that most people would line up for hours over. Really cool spot with great vibes. I'm glad I was able to cross it off my list.

Nov 11, 2018
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santig0nzalez from Paraguay

4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Oct 07, 2018
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Definitely one of the better places to stop if you're in the mood for a good beer. I prefer the Surly Goat in Encino, as there is a pool table and shuffle boards. Who doesn't love games with a craft beer? Overall, decent selection - there's usually 2-3 that catch my eye.

Apr 08, 2018
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MtnSoup from Colorado

4.79/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Worldclass? Yes, definitely. They had a veritable cornucopia of bourbon barrel aged goodness the evening I was there...servers are very knowledgeable and friendly. I will be back.

Nov 09, 2016
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fthegiants from California

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Nov 12, 2015
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Absolut from California

4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Trendies craft beer bar. Staff is knowledgable and understands the beer. They will talk beer and strike a fine balance between fans and sellers. Only downside is low foox

Sep 13, 2015
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Mista_Carta from California

4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Really good selection and great specials, guest taps, etc. They even put a few taps on special for "happy hour." One of the best options for this part of town. Fun little "beer passport" program—tick off all the breweries to get discounts and special access to events.

Biggest gripe? No half pours. With almost 30 taps it is inevitable that you will want to try several but several full pours = boozy Suzy. Add to this a couple, how to put it, less than knowledgeable barkeeps. When I asked about "half pours" one actually told me to look at the menu, some of them were smaller pours. Uh... That's because they are higher ABV—yes, Dogfish 120 Minute is going to be a small pour, otherwise people would be crawling out of there. Yes DIPAs are going to be smaller pours... So awesome going to places that will do a 8oz or 6oz or 4oz. Not sure what the downside or hesitation is there. I ended up leaving a lot of beer in glasses. You win, you get my $ but you also lose since someone else that may have really wanted that beer just watched you pour the last of it down a drain.

Aug 19, 2015
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sillyhed8 from California

5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Ooooh....had my bourbon county with vanilla here...couldn't be better

Aug 06, 2015
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SDStoutly

4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Mar 06, 2015
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oldsailor from Connecticut

4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Feb 22, 2015
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d_kizzle from California

4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Dec 29, 2014
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wethorseblanket from California

3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

Nov 27, 2014
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HopHead84 from California

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Nov 26, 2014
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DCLAguy11 from California

4.3/5  rDev -3.4%

Nov 14, 2014
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jwolfe1311 from California

5/5  rDev +12.4%

Pretty much the best. Gets really busy weekend nights. nice and dive-y but not dirty.

Oct 26, 2014
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barflybastard from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Oct 15, 2014
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aoampm from Hawaii

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Sep 11, 2014
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mhksuccess from California

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

One of the best spots in the los angeles area
they always are friendly even when gets crowded
always has a variety of great beers on tap and the bottle service is awesome at a fair price
no cover charge and great dj on saturday night
would definite recommend checking out this spot for sure
A+++

Aug 20, 2014
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tpix from California

3.28/5  rDev -26.3%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25

In my experience I could not describe this as a quiet place. I made the mistake of visiting on Karaoke night, and a constantly painful caterwauling left a slightly unpleasant aftertaste in my Saison. The selection of beers was quite impressive, and the service was quite cordial. It is in a fairly dense part of West Hollywood, so parking can be problematic. I will give this another chance on a night that is not Wednesday.

Aug 07, 2014
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BeerBucks from New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Jul 14, 2014
The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA
Place rating: 4.45 out of 5 with 64 ratings