The Surly Goat

BA SCORE
99
world-class

57 Ratings
The Surly GoatThe Surly Goat
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar

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

(323) 650-4628 | map
surlygoat.com

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Added by verdugobar on 02-08-2010

PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Ratings:
57
Reviews:
35
Avg:
4.6
pDev:
6.74%
 
 
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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 35
Reviews by OlieIPA:
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4.94/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Finally got a chance to go out to Hollywood this past night and visit this fine establishment...and I can say it was worth the drive.

A: Basically a toned down version of Verdugo; Leather seating, dim lighting, and a moderate volume of music playing in the background. Definitely a place to bring a date and/or hang with a few friends.

Q: Ordered a few beers, both IPA's, that were extremely fresh. Nothing to really complain about at all.

S: Prompt and polite. The bartender was great and I even had a chat with a guy who worked at both Verdugo and The Surly Goat. He was even nice enough to open up a bottle of "Hop in the Dark" and share among the customers.

S: 24-32 taps (roughly) of higher-end craft beer. Couldn't ask for much more.

F: Not sure if they serve food.

Overall: It's definitely a trip from Orange County, but well worth it. A must try. Cheers!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MtnSoup
4.79/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Absolut
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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

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Photo of Mista_Carta
4.15/5  rDev -9.8%
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 is 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 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.

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Photo of sillyhed8
5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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

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Photo of SDStoutly
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of oldsailor
4.39/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Alpha309
4.89/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of d_kizzle
4.73/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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3.75/5  rDev -18.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of jwolfe1311
5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of mhksuccess
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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+++

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Photo of tpix
3.28/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -18.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA
4.6 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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