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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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 charlzm
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

UPDATE - visited on Thursday night July 1st at 8:00pm; there were no tables and no spots at the bar. Tony's is a victim of its own success. I was in line between people who wanted to know what the best pilsener on tap was. Not really full-on beer geeks, obviously, but I applaud that more and more people are moving into the world of craft beer.

Get a clue, LA entrepreneurs: we need more places to have good beer in the San Fernando Valley, where over ONE MILLION PEOPLE live. That's more than the population of many urban areas with their own thriving craft beer scenes. Besides Tony's, what do we have? A couple of BJ's, a Gordon Biersch, Fox and Hounds, McG's, Laurel Tavern (ack) and Blue Dog. COME ON!

Anyway...
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Tony's, I love you. This is a beer lovers' place, like Father's Office used to be (BEFORE the Office Burger). It compares favorably with other LA area haunts (I'm looking at you, Verdugo).

I can't fault the place in any way except to suggest more bar staff. The wait for a beer can range up to ten minutes at peak times.

But it's beer worth waiting for. While not a menu full of beer pron, the solid and changing lineup is skewed towards local and regional brews.

To sum it up, Tony's is the ideal neighborhood bar: clean, friendly, a good hang spot, average prices, great craft selection (with no PBR style concessions on draft), awesome staff. The crowd when I visited was actually drinking and interested in beer - surprising in a good way based on the their being youngish studio-type employees.

Ample, free street parking and freeway close location are just the icing on this cake.

My new favorite place in greater LA metro for a brew.

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Photo of LakerLeith
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of drewone
3.73/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped by for first time for their IPA fest during LA beer week. Had 20 or so taps dedicated to hoppy varieties. Not a huge place but it wasn't a problem on a Sunday afternoon, got the last seats. Nice and cool inside (small outdoor seating section in front also.) a bit of pub atmosphere - shelf with books and games (kids imediatly started to play with), also a pool table and TV's with football on (but not an overwhelming sports feel).

The taps list was more than decent but nothing that I was blown away by either. They had a pre-made tasting flight or you can make your own with any of the beers they served in pints. Beers served in tulips were only available that way. Pricing on the beer was very reasonable.

All ordering is done at the bar, you get a number and your food is delivered to the table. Whole page of the menu dedicated to sausages - both meat and vegan. Also noticed fries salads and sandwiches. Had a Italian sausage with onion, peppers an mustard. no substitutions allowed other than you can switch out the bun for a bed of lettuce. Pretty tasty. Also had tatter tots - also good.

Pretty dead area of Burbank on a Sunday - not sure if I quite get the location or not, but I don't spend a lot of time in Burbank.

Would definitely stop by again - only 10 minutes from the Zoo / Golden road. Kid friendly place (at least in the day).

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

Had thought I had already reviewed TDA, but apparently not. Will keep this somewhat short, since I agree with pretty much everything in the positive reviews on TDA.

Great Tap Selection, some of them are consistently on Tap. Scrimshaw comes to mind, but there are many others. They also are very good about updating the tap list online, as well as in the bar just about daily.

Prices for flights are good at $8, as they as for pints, and half glasses. The pints, tulips, & snifters are honest, as is the clean rinse of the glass wear prior to the pour. The staff is friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. They also keep a healthy supply of back up kegs in a second cold box, & you never know what they might just bust out when a keg pops ( as an example, Deliverance)

This place is the real deal. The theme of All craft, all draft, and all California is something I personally love, as I support local. The Vegan options are ideal for me, being vegetarian, and I greatly appreciate it. The sweet potato fries are awesome as well. I wish TDA many years of success. I hope they one day are able to expand the Burbank location, or perhaps even open one in the west Valley.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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

Finally what Burbank has been waiting for, it's very own beer bar. Having been to the original Tony's Darts Away, I can say we didn't lose much but we gained a whole hell of a lot. The focus is on beer, fresh beer from California. At first I was a little disappointed by this concept of "limiting" the selection to CA only, but I soon realized the greater goal: focus on having local beer as fresh as possible. And that for sure is not a bad thing. The atmosphere is good and only getting better. The beer books are an awesome touch for the beer lover and noob alike. It's cool to read and learn about beer while you're doing the field research. Pool table is a bonus but it can be hard to play when the place gets a little crowded and you can still run into the old timers from the original Tony's which is always a fun experience. The food, while limited, is great. Although they don't have the wings the original did, they make up for it with their beer selection. Service is good, most of the staff still seems to be learning but the place is only a couple of months old. My favorite part is the half pint. I love it, every bar should have it and I'm glad Tony's does. I'm excited to see how this place will develop over time.

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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 colonelforbin
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Tony's Darts Away is a fantastic pub in Burbank, about a half mile off I-5. Long bar with comfortable seating and tables off to the side. Darts in the back and a few TVs on the wall. I was here during lunchtime, so it wasn't too crowded (though it was getting more crowded as we stayed). Very nice atmosphere.

Beer selection was excellent. I was very impressed. On the beer menu, they have one page for IPAs and one page for everything else. Must have been at least 30 (probably more) beers on tap, all carefully selected. Lots of local (LA and SD) selections, and some great stuff from up north as well. Prices were reasonable, not too cheap but not too bad. I have not been to too many beer bars in LA but this has to be one of the better selections in the area. Very impressive.

Service was great when I was there. The food was outstanding. They have lots of vegan options and they specify that all the vegan food is cooked in separate cookware, which is a great thing to see, particularly at a craft beer bar! Many thanks to them for doing this. The food was great, I had a vegan chili dog with the house potato chips.

Can't say enough good things about this place. Highly recommended. Not far from the freeway if you are traveling on I-5. Check this place out.

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Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of werdnacross
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.5/5  rDev -22%

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

Photo of Bnoise11
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Fern13
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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

Photo of errantnight
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Ahh Tony's. Thank you for existing.

A wonderful concept that I love and embrace... a no-frills bar dedicated to local brew with quality food in a relaxed atmosphere.

As you probably know, there's 30 odd taps (and pretty soon a couple casks and a few nitro taps) of all-California beer.... and that's it (there's some California root beer on tap as well). No bottles. Food, at least currently, consists of sausages, salads, and a few fried items (sweet potato fries, onion "strings" and homemade chips). Sausages are served with a myriad of side options. Extremely solid. Prices are great (topping off at around $6 for a real 16oz pint of beer, glasses only for the truly strong stuff). Bar pool table and a dart board (with honest to goodness nice darts) round it out. Selection tilts heavily towards IPAs (no problem there) but could stand for a bit of evening out on the back end (although it was already superior in terms of range of selection on my second visit).

I'm a bit biased knowing (well, knowing might be a bit strong, but at least a passing acquiantance) with the GM and friends with one of the bartenders, but I love the vibe of the place. There seemed to have been a couple early growing pains but there's always a crowd of staff around so it stands to reason that any bumps in the road will smooth out before long.

Good food, comfortable atmosphere, great beer, awesome concept, excellent people... not sure what more you could ask for? Certainly making my life difficult as I have increasingly less time to spend out at beer bars as more great places keep opening in the LA area. Hats off.

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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 EB1
3.5/5  rDev -22%

Photo of ralphw56
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of LBittman
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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 route66pubs
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Nice, casual place. I have been here enough to have staff know me by face if not by name. Very low-key at lunch been can be crazy busy at other times. Do not go when you expect them to be busy if that is not your scene.

Beer list is exceptional and all California. It rotates regularly and is always enjoyable and reasonably priced.

Good, knowledgeable staff. It is nice to walk into a place and not feel obligated to provide beer answers for other patrons, as I frequently feel obligated to do. Here, the staff can frequently know MORE than I do.

This place prides themselves on being green and local (and vegan friendly). All are true. Sometimes only having California beers can become boring. But Tony's keeps the style and brewery varieties rotating at all times. They do a fantastic job with that.

The food - well, sausages, because that is 90% of their menu- are good and reasonably priced. But their lack of options keeps me from frequenting this place even more.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Its location emphasized by a large TONY'S sign on a stretch of Magnolia Blvd before the 5 freeway. This place is easy to find and the ensuing parking concern is equally remedied by ample residential space.

Once inside of Tonys', the layout is surprisingly uncluttered. Large windows near the front along with a few wooden tables that are adjacent to a large bar that spans nearly half the distance of the rectangle shaped space. Wooden tables line the perimeter, and towards the back of there is a pool table and a couple of televisions for your viewing pleasure. The walls are adorned with craft brewery advertisements; a nice touch.

A big plus is the number of things there are to do at Tony's. There is a rather extensive beer library that you can peruse through while enjoying one of over twenty different tap selections (most being served in 16oz true pints) for a very inexpensive price range of between $4.50- $6. There is billiards, also there are a few additional games (gotta have darts right?) that I can not comment on because I didn't check them out (I brought my own games).

Food is good but not something to go out of your way for. Sausages and fries, not bad, rather keeping it simple, but hey beer doesn't need to be complex all of the time!

The crowd is mainly hipsters in their late twenties to a hodgepodge of people in their early forties. Everyone seemed to be friendly (hey at least there weren't any angry drunks), and as the sun set a few rays illuminated the bar through the windows which was a pleasant surprise.

Tony's is everything a neighborhood beer bar should be in my opinion.

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