Beer Belly

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Type: Bar, Eatery

532 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, California, 90020-4208
United States

(213) 387-2337 | map

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Added by teamizm on 07-10-2011

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Photo of steeb
4.95/5  rDev +19.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is my favorite craft beer bar in LA. Nice rotating tap list that makes sure to cover premium as well as more common and sessionable beers. I would say this bar is one of the best supporters of the LA craft beer scene. Their tap list is almost entirely comprised of local breweries (a few gems from other california breweries at times) and their tap takeovers, allowing patrons to try most of the offerings from a single brewery, . Their food is great, especially their Sunday brunch. The sausage McBelly is to die for.

In short... A great bar, friendly as hell staff, great food, showcasing the finest in local craft beers.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Located a block and a half north of Wilshire and Western is Beer Belly. It's amazing. Their focus is on local beers. As local as possible. Expect to find offerings from Cismontane, Eagle Rock Brewing, The Bruery, Craftsman, and the occasional Lost Abbey/Alesmith/San Diego brewery beer on tap. They also stock some bottles, and the bottle selection is solid, but don't expect anything too crazy. The food is also really fucking bomb. I believe the head chef helped start Grindhaus (might be wrong, if I am please BM me so I can correct it). Also, the owner, Jimmy, and his wife, Yume, are always there. Literally always there, and they are super rad and nice people. Get to know them, because they are awesome, and the food is awesome, and the beer is awesome. So if you are in LA, and anywhere near Korea Town then you should go there.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Jackskeleton
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

The parking area is a bit confusing and the location itself is a bit tight in space. Probably only standing room against the wall at peak times.

But if you brave the crowd and cramped space you're in for a great treat. The beer selection is all craft beer from as local breweries as you can get.

The prices are also great and getting happy hour deals ($1 off drinks) on stuff like Black Butte XXIII and other rare beers is always a plus.

The food quality is also top notch and generally under $10. Add in your 5-8 beer pour and you have a great meal for under $20 that you would expect to pay a lot more for.

The real gem to this place is that they seem to do a lot of Meet the Brewer events. From Lady Face to Craftsman brewery, this place has a lot of beer centric events and back it up with the great use of their taps.

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Photo of sheenisgod
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of teamizm
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A - Open layout, industrial feeling joint right in the middle of LA's famous Koreatown. Parking lot is free (which is HUGE in k-town since parking is next to impossible) and also a block off of the Purple Line Metro.

S - Bit biased here, I know Jimmy (the owner) so I've always had exceptional service.

S - Good selection of very local craft beers (think Bruery, Cismontane, Bootleggers, Eagle Rock, and Ladyface). Not the blowout selection you see at Blue Palms or Surly Goat, but still a very god tap selection and also a decent bottle selection.

F - Former Grindhaus chef is the chef at Beer Belly. Delicious food - I call it elevated stoner food.

V - Decently priced pints and food, it's a LA craft beer must stop, especially if you happen to be near Downtown LA or K-Town.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of barrelroller
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

1st time in. Super easy freeway access from 101. Interior is small but very clean. 12 taps, all craft! Smaller menu but focused with quality beer food, duck fat fries, philly crab fries, smok'd salmon tartar and more. Employees were very nice and prompt. Cool art outside and inside through design. Will DEFINITY be back when in the area. Congrats to another good beer location in LA. Great parking next door at the bank in an area where parking can be tough. Tap list was:
craftsman tripel white sage
Bootleggers black lager
Bruery humulus lager
El segundo ipa, pale
Eaglerock manifesto
And a handful of Ladyface.
Overall an awesome place! Thanks Jimmy.

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Photo of kluless59
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Will definitely visit again. Easy train ride (Red Line/Purple Line) from North Hollywood. Less than a block from station in Koreatown. Food was fantastic. They had a keg of Bourbon Barrel Age O.E. from Smog City Brewing which I loved. Went on a Saturday around 6pm by 7:30 or so no seats were available.

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Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Steve_Gonz
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I came here before a concert at The Wiltern, I had never heard of this place. I just yelped it and it was decided. The parking was easy for LA so that says something. Walked up to the bar and only waited about 2 minutes to get my brew. The wait for a table was moderate for a Friday night, maybe around 20-30 minutes. The food was AMAZING, my buddy and I ordered an appetizer of Pork Belly chips which were awesome. We also decided to split our meals so we could sample a little of everything. Mac and cheese was spectacular and deep fried cat fish with duck fat fries were seriously good. If your from out of town I definitely recommend a trip here. They have rotating handles daily, hard to find stuff that goes quick, as well as a nice selection of craft bottles and cans.

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Photo of Beervana
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of mrcraft
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

I finally got a chance to visit Beer Belly after hearing about them for awhile. I had to put in some hours at work in Downtown LA, so I hopped on the purple line and got off a block from this place. From the street you might miss it since the building is in the back of the parking lot. There seemed to be enough spaces here and in the parking lot next door. Once you find the building, you can't miss it since there's vibrant colors painted on the wall.

They had two outdoor patio area, one by the front entrance and another at the far end towards the small bar they have.

I sat at the bar and had a glass of King Harbor Brown Ale and duck fat fries with duck confit. I know the fries weren't healthy, but dang they were delicious. I wanted to try the grilled cheese sandwich, but they didn't offer it during weekend brunch.

I do appreciate that they support local breweries, but unfortunately, we don't really have high-end breweries around here in Downtown LA, so the tap list wasn't impressive.

My server was really nice and cool. My food came out pretty quickly even though they were moderately busy.

I did like the food a lot. If I'm in the area again, I'll try to swing by.

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Photo of J_K
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of drewone
4.1/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Visited on a Friday night at 7:30ish, easy parking, busy but able to get a table.

Very cool design and overall vibe. A place that I would definitely want to go back to.

Beers seemed to be served in appropriate glass ware. Also appreciate that they had flights of 4 beers (3-4oz) pours for $9.

2 people plus background support working, very busy at times but seemed to handle it well. For my second order they had ran out of my first 2 choices but than comped me what I ordered.

A small but decent selection of 12 beers on tap (all from CA) - at least half of which I had never tried, including a few not listed on BA. Plus another 15 or so in bottles (1/2 from CA, the others from western US plus one from Belgium.

Ordered duck fat fries with death by duck,
Brussels spouts and Jidori chicken hot winds: All were excellent - Would have skipped the death by duck addition next time on a cost to substance ratio, but other wise was very happy.

Overall really enjoyed my self, and felt was not cheep but definitely with in the realm of reasonable. Plan on going back.

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Photo of Mista_Carta
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Not a super huge tap list and most of the beers are local (LA area) with exceptions usually still from within California. Bottle list is a little more diverse but not much. Honestly a bit strange since you could probably just as easily head to the breweries that they serve... Catering to the Koreatown lunch crowd that can't make those treks?

Food was aaiight but fairly basic pub fare with rich (bacon, duck confit, etc.) beer sopping tendencies.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I visited Beer Belly today on a small bar hopping trip. There is plenty of parking on the street (meters) and in the parking lot. Walking in, it's a pretty small place with a decent number of tables and some tiny wall spots around the perimeter. There are also 4 or so seats at the actual bar. This place has around 10 or so beers on tap as well as a bottle list and an elusive rare bottle list that I didn't get to see. They sell beer by the pint and also offer taster flights for the tickers out there. The quality of the beer was good but one of them came out really turbid and ugly and I'm not sure why. Service was pretty good as you order at the bar and they bring stuff to you via a number system. The selection of beer on tap was good and the bottles were also good but nothing you can't find locally for most of them. I had the grilled cheese sandwich with applewood smoked bacon and maple syrup and it was one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches I have ever had. Prices are reasonable but it would be easy to drop a lot of dough here. Recommended for sure.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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