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The Surly Goat

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

34 Reviews
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
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
57
Avg:
4.6
pDev:
6.52%
 
 
Taps:
27
Bottles/Cans:
100
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 57
Reviews by Philousa:
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4.61/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

The Goat is the best beer bar I've found in the greater LA area. A year ago, this might not have held much weight, but there are burgeoning spots that are making themselves known in LA, so I think this is a pretty bold statement. Bear in mind, I haven't been to most every great beer bar in LA, so take it with a grain of salt. each time I've been there, they have local stuff that's either hard to find or is different than what you'd find anywhere but the tasting room from which it was brewed. They also have a great selection of craft beer across the US that you might not find on the west coast, such as slightly rare DFH or Avery beers. Their choice of beer leans heavily towards the US craft beer, but they have a couple taps devoted to the Belgian or German brews.

The only reasons I docked points is the area and the atmosphere. They really go for a clubby feel on the weekends, and the cool atmosphere is just a bit too dark for my preference. It doesn't really lend towards a friendly atmosphere in which you could easily strike up a conversation with a fellow craft beer advocate. The area sucks for parking if you go on a weekend, too. I guess that's Hollywood for you, though.

Despite my minor gripes, I will seek out The Goat in the future and I recommend you do the same.

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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
4.33/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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%

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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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