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Taps: 40 / Bottles: 30
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
3229 Helms Ave
phone: (310) 736-2224
(Place added by: drewbage on 04-25-2008)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
i had the pleasure of visiting fathers office 2 while visiting california from michigan. although michigan has a lot of craft breweries, we lack establishments like this. for me the experience was extraordinary, never had i seen so many wonderful and delicious beers in one place. i've also been reading other reviews and i'd like to add that their pricing is right on, and for all you cheap asses complaing about paying top dollar for top shelf beer, let me tell you to stop your quibaling, you big baby.
as a bussiness owner i can appreciate client selection, maybe it was too much because your not the customer they want, get over it.
loved the esteics, loved the outdoor patio, and i especially loved my roucfort trapist 8 man what a beer mmm, i loved every minute of it.
food was a bit pricy but it was very tasty, and very well balanced in both flavor and texture.
great job you guys keep it up i'll be back, you can count on that.
07-12-2008 13:00:57 |
More by HowellVillage
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$$
Decided to finally try out this place after some strong recommendations from fellow beer geeks....and boy, I'm glad I did.
A: A very upscale and "trendy-like" LA bar...but not in a bad way...just something I'm not used to seeing at a well put together craft beer bar. The inside has very contemporary feel to it, but also kind of cozy at the same time...this might be due to the limited amount of space. LOL. Could easily see myself chilling here for several hours with a beer and burger.
Q: Had some beer and food while I'll was there...both were served to highest quality. All the beers seemed to be fresh and free of any off flavors, and the grade of beef used on my burger was something I expect to find from a higher end restaurant.
S: The bartender's were very beer knowledgeable and quick to serve your every beer need. The food service was exceptional as well.
S: About 25-30 taps of higher end craft beer. Don't want to list them all, but some of the beers that I was tempted by included: PtE, Self-Righteous and Mahajara. To be honest, their line-up rivals any other LA beer bar...including Blue Palms and Verdugo.
F: This might have been my favorite part about Father's Office. I ordered their burger with fries....and it was totally awesome! The grade and choice of beef was superb, the cheese (not sure if it was agur cheese, but something similar to it) had a nice bite, and spinach leaves all worked together beautifully. I was almost tempted to order a second one...seriously.
Overall: A little out of the way and expensive for me, but I'll definitely be hitting this place up again soon. I highly recommend it to all beer and non-beer lovers. Cheers!
03-15-2010 00:42:18 |
More by OlieIPA
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$$
After years of seeing "Coming Soon" signs hanging on the Helms' Bakery, Father's Office 2 secretly opened last week. Fittingly, there was a line outside on day one.
This Father's Office features the exact same menu and taps as the original spot. (Well documented elsewhere, so I won't go into details.) I think they may have additional wines and hard liquor, but I was primarily there for the beer. The atmosphere, decor, and clientele are also the same as Santa Monica, for better or worse.
Some big differences: It is twice the size, both the bar and the seating area. At first I thought they had double the taps, but the bar is set up like a mirror. Two sets of the same taps on each side. They were, disappointingly, identical to what Santa Monica had that week. (Not that it's a bad selection: it is outstanding. But I was hoping for some surprises.)
They have outdoor pincic tables. Tons of free parking. There are three cash register lines to make it easier to buy your beer and food. It is much more spacious, and there is plenty of natural light.
It'll be interesting to see if the out of the way location and increased space changes Father's Office into a place you can just drop into without any hassles. Though the hype of Santa Monica was exciting in a way, it'd be cool to just show up, meet friends, and enjoy the beer.
Bottom line: if you like the Santa Monica spot, you'll like this one. Same awesome burger, same great beers. But with shorter lines, more space, and outdoor seats.
If the high prices, techno music, yuppies, and floor manager with a headset turn you off....stick to the Stuffed Sandwich and Naja's.
Personally, I live 5 minutes away, so I'll be there quite a bit!
04-26-2008 20:46:56 |
More by snikki
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$$
I've always liked the original Father's Office but it had 3 things that always kept me from loving it: the crowd - Westside yuppie types, the hassle - having to fight for a table / waiting to get in & distance - I live in Los Feliz. This improved greatly for me in all 3 categories.
It's roughly 3 times the size of the SM location with one long room almost entirely open to the outside. There's an outdoor patio that increases the size even more. The bar runs along the length of the room with the taps behind it. There are 72 taps in total BUT each is duplicated, so actually there are only 36 draught beers available. The beer selection, while quite good, is a bit more pedestrian than the other one. Nothing really stands out as something you couldn't find elsewhere. That said, there's plenty there to enjoy.
The food is exceptional. The sweet potato fries with bleu cheese are unbelievable. Of course, they are known for their hamburger and that will not disappoint. Love it. It's worth looking into some of their other dishes as well, as everything I've tried has been extremely tasty. I kinda went with what I know, so I didn't ask for any pairings; but I guess each dish has a corresponding beer to go with it.
Unlike the previous location, this one has a full liquor license. With that they have an impressive selection of spirits much in the way they pick particular beers. I saw someone order a a drink that came with a dropper full of liquid - a bit pretentious, yes. With all the good beers though, I didn't feel any need to go into the liquor section.
Again, you pay for what you get. A tulip of Delirium Tremens is $8. The food isn't cheap either.
The location is dangerously close to my office, so I'm hoping they will remain open only a few days for lunch so I don't become a poor man.
EDIT 1/24/09: the selection has increased tremendously: Deschutes Abyss and NB La Folie. SO good. The service has improved too. You will never get a bad pour here.
04-29-2008 23:53:11 |
More by sloejams
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
Father's Office II is arguably the most polarizing bar in Los Angeles. Aside from the high prices and the need to lurk/hover for a table, I have no complaints.
When it comes to beer, FO II always has something interesting on tap. Russian Rivers brews are usually on (they're one of the few bars in LA that gets Pliny the Younger). Unfortunately, most of the beers run $8.
I would dare say FO II has one of the most underrated kitchens in the city. Obviously the burger and the no substitution policy have been discussed to death (I happen to be a big fan). But the rest of the menu is just as good if not better. Always check the specials (had some terrific pigs ears during my last visit).
05-19-2011 18:15:59 |
More by dksl16
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$$
We ended up here after trying to go to the original Father's Office in Santa Monica which was absolutely packed and it was obvious we weren't getting a table any time soon.
Located in Culver City it has a modern atmosphere and everything is new. A bunch of tables located in a patio outside. This place must be 5 times bigger than the original location and is therefore much easier to get a table. They still don't help the patrons get tables so you have to hover over tables and then grab one as soon as people leave. This is a minor pain in the ass.
The selection is excellent. Lots of American craft and quite a few Belgians on-tap. Decent bottle list as well. Plenty of stuff on the tap list to get any beer geek excited. I had a Pliny the Elder and a Stone 13th anniversary. Prices are rather steep.
Food was pretty good. I had a very good burger and the sweet potato fries were excellent.
07-26-2009 17:52:40 |
More by willjschmidt
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I like this place a lot... It doesn't blow me away, but it's far past average. I've been here a few times since it's opened, driving past it on my way home from work. They've got a good selection of maybe 25 tap brews and about as many bottles. Every week or two they have 3-5 new ones that'll replace some of the older seasonals.
The food is good, but expensive. The highlight at FO is, of course, the Office Burger. But, I usually just get a side of the fries (tastier than normal fries) to go with the two beers that I'll get.
The service is prompt. But, I always sit at the bar, which is where all ordering is done, so that'd make sense. The bartenders are always friendly, but I feel their explanations of the beers are somewhat generic, making me question whether or not they actually care about what they're talking about, or simply reciting the same descriptions over and over.
The decor does a great job of mixing a sense of modernity with the classic wood furnishings of a comfortable, relaxing bar.
Overall, this place is very good, and ranks as my number two place for beer in Los Angeles. My # 1 is Blue Palms Brewhouse.
10-23-2009 04:59:06 |
More by AHebel
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
We walked in on a Tuesday night around 8:30 pm, and it was packed. The place features low lighting with classy and comfy interior. It's basically just a long room parallel with the long bar (all...those...taps!!), with indentions on either side, making for a kind of shallow "U" shape. And there's a large patio out front, with long wooden tables and bench-style seating. Music playing was Radiohead, which is always fine by me, and the service seemed knowledgable, friendly and quick, despite the fact that they were slammed when we got there.
Beer selection was incredible. Anyone that bitches about the selection is either a jaded beer-snob or someone who doesn't really like good beer. Served in appropriate glassware and (this is key) not too cold, there was really nothing not to like here. Sure, you could complain about the hipster/upscale sort of crowd, but anyone we bumped into and chatted with seemed cool enough. And you can't blame a bar for its clientele, can you? We were there for good beer, and we got it: Great Divide Ruffian, St. Bernardus Tripel, Avery Pilsner, Russian River Perdition, Pliny the Elder, AleSmith Anvil ESB.
The girl waiting the bar that night knew her beer. This was evidenced by two guys who walked in, asked her something like "what can you recommend that's going to blow our expectations about beer, what can you serve us that's going to shift the beer paradigm?" They were literally that specific and driven...probably new to good beer but obviously willing to learn. So I watched as she went to the taps and poured the dudes a Russian River Perdition and St. Bernardus Tripel. Like I said, not much to NOT like about this place...
12-23-2010 19:01:52 |
More by Metalmonk
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Selection was pretty good - some hammers include Rochefort 10 and 8, Gouden Carolus Tripel, The Abyss, Ten Fidy, and Ommegang Hennepin Saison. Would have liked to see more Belgian style ales, but that's just me. Atmosphere is awesome, with big wooden tables, friendly servers, and knowledgeable. Service was quick and friendly (4-5 pm is a good time to be there). The food selection was small - I didn't get to try the burger, that probably would have kicked the food score up a bit, did have an AWESOME cheese plate, that goes really well with lots of the beers there. Plus, there's this lady that sells grass-fed hotdogs out front, which are bomb-diggity. OK, the only reason I know that phrase is because of Sifl and Olly, so lay off. This place is what it claims to be - an upscale beer pub. Good stuff! Don't miss it if you're in the area, or within a 100 mile radius.
01-25-2009 22:14:09 |
More by raoulduke37
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I went here a few weeks ago and have been meaning to review it since.
I went on a Saturday night with my fiancée (who graciously agreed to go - she is not into craft beer at all nor does she understand my infatuation with it). It was busy and took a while to find a place to sit which, whatever, it was better than a crowded "club". There was, however, a sort of "hip" atmosphere which led me to believe some of the people present were not there for the beer (mind you I'm a 25 year old who a year ago probably would have been one of the beer posers there). Overall though, it was lively and fast paced.
I have not been to the original FO in Santa Monica, which I will be visiting next week, but I can say FO2 is very nicely done and the presentation is excellent. Seeing all those amazing taps as I walked in gave me goosebumps.
The service was actually quite good for how busy it was - the bar tender we dealt was very informative and was quick to give suggestions to my fiancée about what beers they had that were "comparable" to ones she may drink elsewhere.
The selection was great. I had a Green Flash Imperial IPA, Pliny the Elder, and Black Butte XXI to finish up the night. Oh so good...I can't wait to go back!
While there I ordered a burger and fries. People complain about the "as is" rule but I thought the burger was pretty damn tasty how it came, though I do wish they had ketchup for my fries...god I love my ketchup!
At the end of the night it was not overly expensive but not overly cheap. However, I gave it the "reasonable" value for the fact the beers I was ordering were twice the ABV as say a bud light which would have been damn near the same price the beers I ordered were at.
Consensus - Would definitely go back again.
09-05-2009 23:42:36 |
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