The Red Lion Tavern

very good

14 Reviews
The Red Lion TavernThe Red Lion Tavern

Type: Bar, Eatery

2366 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90039-3209
United States

(323) 662-5337 | map

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 25
Photo of insomnboy
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I've been here twice. First time I had a good experience, second time I had a lousy experience.

First time was a Sunday afternoon before a Dodger game. Service was decent, food was good, beer was good.

Second time was a Friday Night before going to a rock show at Spaceland. I had been looking forward to getting something to eat before the show and the Red Lion was so crowded and chaotic that it was hardly possible to get a beer, let alone order food. When I did get the barmaid to notice me at the upstairs bar, i ordered beer and food, got the beer and an hour later, still no food. I left, hungry.

So basically, I would recommend avoiding this place on a Friday night unless you get there early and find a place to park yourself.

However, it's a great place to nosh at before a Dodger day game, as it's a 5 minute drive to the stadium.

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Photo of pgroove
4.3/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The red lion is the first bar I went to in LA since moving here from nyc, and it still holds as my fave. The highlight is definitely the open air upstairs beer-garden--spacious, good crowd, creatively decorated, and more than pleasant service. And of course, the beer: an impressive selection of hefe's but the show stopper is the weltenburgur (sp??). Damn, that stuff is good, especially in combination with the sausage platter, which is all I have had to eat there so I can't comment further on the food. word.

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Photo of belgianbeerlover
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This definitley is the best, and possibly the only, real german tavern in Los Angeles. Everything from the waitressess wearing drindle dresses to the cheesy organ player downstairs. They always have a good selection of your German standards on tap and they must go through it quickly because it always tastes incredibly fresh. If your looking for beer beyond those borders though, this isn't the place to go.

They also have pretty good food, very traditional german fare, with brats, kraut and many others, great drinking food, and pretty affordable.

The service really ranges hear. Even when it's not that busy, the older ladies sometimes have serious attitude, but the younger girls are typically really friendly.

Take the stairs on the left to the upper level where there's both an indoor bar and outdoor beer garden. A truly great place to spend a warm afternoon drinking some hefe. The upstairs bar also has an adjoing room with tables. This reminds me of a lot of typical european pubs and bars that have several levels with rooms or tables tucked all over the place.

As noted in the other review they also have Jagermeister on tap if that's your thing.

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Photo of drewbage
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

The Red Lion Tavern is LA's best example of a German Tavern. It is really 3 different places in one. Downstairs through the front door is the traditional front bar with Beer Barrels and taps, a piano, karoke machines on Monday and folks speaking German.

Travel up the little unmarked staircase on the right and you'll a mysterious dark little 7 people wide just beyond a stein cabinet. Truthfully, I've never dared into this little bar as it seems to be bat country.

Just down the hall though is my favorite place to be, the outdoor bier garden. An outdoor bar built into the side of a hill and shielded from the California sun by a large roof, tables and chairs abound out here, although the regulars as always converge at the bar. The one television set is almost always tuned to a soccer match that noone watches.

Two barmaids generally handle the crowd here and though it can take a while to get your beer and food the wait is well worth it. The bars generally have 7 fresh taps of good german beer. Paulaner Hefe, Bit, Spaten Pils, Klosterberg, Kloster Dark, etc. The food is typical hearty german fare, well executed.

Oh and if you want, the bar is full service with a Jager fountain and little bottles of the real German stuff, Underberg.

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The Red Lion Tavern in Los Angeles, CA
3.84 out of 5 based on 25 ratings.
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