Must-visit beer spots in Downtown Los Angeles?

Discussion in 'US - West' started by bruindre, Jun 7, 2022.

  1. bruindre

    bruindre Defender (646) Jun 20, 2009 Massachusetts
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    I’m hitting SoCal in a month or so, and will be checking out some El Traffico while I’m there. I was banking on a trip to Modern Times Dojo in downtown LA, but alas, that spot has closed a while back now.

    Any recommendations on other spots near downtown LA/U$C?
     
  2. UnknownKoger

    UnknownKoger Defender (625) Jul 9, 2010 California

    Highland Park Brewing and Homage are on the same street. Hit up both
     
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  3. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,716) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    What @UnknownKoger said. And, as I suggested in Discord, I'd consider swinging by Mumford in Skid Row too.
     
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  4. aventinus

    aventinus Initiate (19) Jan 4, 2022 Oregon

    If you plan on taking the Gold Line to Chinatown to check out the previously mentioned breweries and are interchanging trains at Union Station, I also recommend adding Homebound located within Union Station. I see very little written up on the brewery since it's reopening, but the food is excellent and the various styles of beer they make are all dialed in. IMO the most beautiful brewery and best food in that area.
     
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  5. J-loco

    J-loco Aspirant (213) Jan 23, 2015 California
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    Barbara's @ the brewery
     
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  6. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Poo-Bah (4,633) Dec 11, 2006 California
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    Grab a beef dip at Phillipe’s and, as already stated, head to Highland Park Brewing.
     
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  7. AlexM

    AlexM Zealot (521) Jun 9, 2011 California
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    Didn't know this ... EXCELLENT! Will be definitely hitting this when taking the $10 weekend Metrolink back to OC ... thanks!
     
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  8. erichxedge

    erichxedge Initiate (133) Nov 29, 2009 California

    The Douglas is a little outside of downtown in Echo Park and has good bar food and a great beer selection. Crawfords has some of the best fried chicken in LA, and a decent beer selection and is close toThe Douglas

    Best bar in LA is The Slipper Clutch, inside of Chatterbox. Not the best as far as beer goes, but cheap highball cocktails and loud obnoxious music in a NY bar setting.
     
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  9. bruindre

    bruindre Defender (646) Jun 20, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Thanks to all for the feedback. This helps a lot. I knew about Discord, but as we'll be walking around (to/fro Banc of California stadium), I'm still figuring out the logistics of stumbling around Skid Row.

    Good look - and might pop up there. We'll be taking the Expo Line from Santa Monica out to downtown. As I remember, the Dojo was super close to a station. Heading up to Union Square might require my lazy ass to Uber up there.

    Oh f*** yeah on the Phillipe's! It's been a minute. That settles it: we will be Ubering around the downtown area (maybe even to Discord).
     
  10. skelliott

    skelliott Initiate (78) Jul 2, 2013 California

    You can take the Expo line from the stadium to 7th St/Metro Center and then jump on the Red line to get to Union Station. Phillipe's is right across the street from Union Station, and HPB/Homage are a short walk over to Chinatown (or one stop up from Union Station on the Gold line).
     
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  11. annakarina

    annakarina Aspirant (228) Jul 29, 2016 California

    HPB/Homage is the best spot for beer in LA, definitely don’t skip them.
     
  12. Jesseix

    Jesseix Initiate (38) Mar 18, 2022 California

    Also very close to HPB and Homage is Moo's Craft BBQ right across the 5; killer Texas-style BBQ and they always have a really good tap list (mostly southern CA stuff).
     
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  13. bruindre

    bruindre Defender (646) Jun 20, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Thanks for the background on Moo’s. They were on my radar for the Q - hearing what their beer rotations are like makes this seem like a spot to hit.
     
  14. ISaidDankNotDrank

    ISaidDankNotDrank Initiate (18) Oct 23, 2016 California

    I think Moo's is one of the best BBQ in LA and well-worth visiting, just know that it's about a mile from Highland Park/Homage through not the most pedestrian-friendly area so probably a good situation for Uber - but if you do make the walk, on the way is Angeleno Wine Co. with decent-enough local wines; and if it's during opening hours, Cielito Lindo has first-rate taquitos for take-away, and there's David Chang's restaurant Majordomo
     
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  15. JBogan

    JBogan Savant (917) Jul 15, 2007 California
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    Another thumbs up for Moo's. :+1:
     
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