Tony's Darts Away

BA SCORE
98
world-class

82 Ratings
Tony's Darts AwayTony's Darts Away
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

1710 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, California, 91506-1873
United States

(818) 253-1710 | map
tonysburbank.com

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Added by tyanow on 04-13-2010

PLACE STATS
Score:
98
Ratings:
82
Reviews:
52
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
7.13%
 
 
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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 52
Reviews by augustgarage:
Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The localvore concept applied to California's ample beer selection. No bottles, so less waste. Even the wine is on-tap. Taplist is kept up to date online, though the few times I've been there, much of what was on the menu had kicked. They have two cask engines I think, though they frequently don't have anything on.

The main focus is on the venerable IPA, so this is a great place to take hop-heads visiting from out of state who want to try some things not widely available. Their "not IPA" list is decent as well, with more of a focus on Belgian styles, stouts, and even lighter fruit beers and the like...again pretty much all from California brewers. On any given night, you'll find offerings from Stone, The Bruery, Russian River, Alpine, Green Flash, Ballast Point, Bear Republic, Moylan's, Lagunitas, North Coast, Alesmith, Hangar 24, Drake's, Port, etc. Paige used to work at Blue Palms Brewhouse, and I know Brian has sent kegs over to Tony's on occasion (I suspect he has a lot more storage space than they do).

The food is well made and creative. There are plenty of vegan options (indeed Tony's hosted the first vegan beer festival this year), though usually in the form of fake meat. Their specials vary, but the main focus is on sausages (much like Wurstk├╝che, The Fifth Amendment/Broadway Alehouse, etc...again, no surprise as Paige has worked at the former and is acquainted with the people behind the latter) and their unique twists on appetizers/sides (maple glazed sweet potato fries; thinly sliced deep fried onion fries; house made potato chips).

A pool table, plenty of board games and a quiet TV with the game on are all there to keep boredom at bay...I think the staff controls the jukebox, but I'm not positive. No live music as far as I know. I actually haven't noticed a dart board despite the name of the establishment...if they have one it wasn't in use when I was visiting. Former dive-bar customers intermingle with a young hipster crowd which makes for some interesting eavesdropping. The decor reflects the clientele, straddling the line between earnest and ironic embrace of the "dive bar" aesthetic.

Service is rather mixed - friendly for the most part, but simultaneously too relaxed (misplaced orders, sometimes a long wait just to order a beer) and too regimented (from the way you order to the way the foam is scraped off the top of your pint with a sterile wooden paddle). That said, they will ensure you leave happy.

All in all, Burbank (and the valley) is very lucky to have a place with this good a beer selection (and decent food as well). Not just another trend-chasing Father's Office imposter, this is a proper destination for the beer advocate.

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Photo of socon67
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Solid craft bar in the shadow of Hollywood. Very relaxed place that s serious with 38 craft taps dedicated to local beer. They do flights which allowed me to sample. Service was great and very informative. Had a salad that was really good for a pub. I will be back.

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Photo of JuiceMan818
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of eawolff99
4.81/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of ChaseBoat77
4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

If you're ever in the area or flying into Bob Hope Airport, this place is worth a visit. Exceptional tap list, great staff, awesome atmosphere. One of my all time favorites. The quintessential beer bar.

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Photo of cryptichead
4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mayorQuimby
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of kdlsantos
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Mista_Carta
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of mrcraft
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I flew back home to Burbank Airport, so it was the perfect excuse to check this place out. It's a fairly small bar tucked in Burbank. It's your traditional neighborhood bar with games, monitors with sports on. It has that grungy vibe (in a good way).

The servers were nice and friendly and even warned me the beer I selected was tart which was totally fine with me. I love sours.

The tap list was mostly local stuff, but a quality list.

I had their brat with the sour. It was solid.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Really cool spot, glad I got to stop by. Had three beers from local breweries, lines were clean and glasses were reasonably filled. The service was only at the bar (weekday lunchtime) but both bartenders were friendly and helpful. And the food was incredible. Had a sausage with fried egg on top and I want more.

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Photo of sillyhed8
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of diamond_mind
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of markgugs
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of deford
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Pretty much the place to be in Burbank. Great, friendly staff with the right knowledge of craft beer. Great connections with local brewers and tap take overs. Everything you could want in a local place...and of course theres Pliny...

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Pliny the Elder on tap. That will get some people through the door.

But there are so many other good beers to be found here. The selection is restricted to California beer, which I suppose is cool, but the problem with that is that Cali (like my home state of New Mexico) loves their IPAs and that can skew the tap list.

What results is a whole page devoted to IPAs, session IPAs and Double IPAs, and then a second page for the other 100+ plus styles of beer in existence. As someone with major IPA-fatigue, this is a bit of a drag. Tony's redeems itself, however, by having that second page chock-full of gems.

My first visit I got a snifter (such a lovely vessel) of Tart of Darkness from The Bruery. I've been wanting to try the beer forever so I was happy to find it on tap. I followed this by getting a pour of Stone's Sublimely Righteous Black IPA, a beer I've never had before because I can never seem to find fresh bottles in New Mexico (and it's never been on tap anywhere). Two scores for me.

I returned on a Sunday with my cousin as I hipped him to the fact that Tony's has football on and wouldn't be too crowded (a complaint my cousin has with many of his local NOHO/Burbank locales). We got there right at 10 and ordered food and beers. It was on this occasion that Pliny was on tap, so of course I started my day with a DIPA. The combo of some decent (not great) food, football, and superb beer is a splendid combo.

In the end, Tony's should be a must-hit if you're in the area.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA
4.49 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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