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Taps: 22 / Bottles: 85
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
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3408 Verdugo Rd
phone: (323) 257-3408
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Reviews by vurt:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
The Verdugo Bar is a fully-restored 1930's bar. It's a beautiful room, with beamed ceilings overhead and a serpentine bar of dark wood up front and pod-booths against the far wall. There's also a separate room in the back with banquette couches and low tables, which I imagine fills up nicely on busy weekend nights. The vibe is hip but not the least bit obnoxious, and completely beer-geek friendly. (They know how to pronounce "Hoegaarden" properly, but won't make you feel like a jerk when you don't.) I've checked the place out on comparably slow weeknights, and I'm happy to keep going back on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until word gets out and the place is packed on those nights too.
Service is knowledgeable and friendly. Gratifyingly so.
There are about 20 regular taps at the moment, which run from Allagash White on the light side to Old Rasputin (nitro-pour) on the heavy side. In-between those two are a well-chosen variety of taps from the expected (Stella, Guinness, Arrogant Bastard) to the intriguing (Green Flash Double Stout, 30-year Ola Dubh, and the awesome Deans Bros. ESB). The 8 rotating taps offer such options as Oskar Blues Gordon, Fullers London Pride, and unique casks from Stone Brewing. There is also a dynamic and dangerous bottle list that goes from Flying Horse Lager on the low end to Hitachino Espresso Stout and Port Brewing 2d Anniversary in the middle to Deus and Alpine Chez Monieux on the high end.
I went on a low-traffic Tuesday night and wound up chatting about good beer with one of the owner/managers for the entire evening. He has excellent beer instincts, and wants to make sure that his bar is regarded as a true Good Beer Destination. There are places with greater numbers of taps, but you'd be hard pressed to find a place with greater range in The Valley. They are also working to set up regular tasting nights each month.
The exterior is pretty non-descript, with only a "Cocktails" sign to indicate that the place is a bar. But walk in the door and you'll soon realize you've found a superior beer location. Ask the knowledgeable staff "What's good?" and they'll give you articulate and informed answers. Go early, go often, and say hi to me once you get there. I'm the beer geek at the bar with the happy grin on his face.
06-25-2008 08:24:04 |
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
From the outside looks like an old cocktail bar - very low key, slightly grungy. Walk in, very dark, long bar, some booths. Go out back and there is a really nice "beer garden": pick-nick tables and shade, very casual. Would love to hang here for hours on the weekend. Food trucks park in the lot next door and there is an opening in the block wall where you can order. I guess they also have bands sometimes. In a bit of a out of the way location.
Visited as Part of LA beer weeks Walkers Wild ride. They were serving FW Lil Opal. Charging $7 for glass - seemed reasonable.
Visited once before, always seem to have a couple of unusual things on tap, plus plenty of other decent stuff. Have a fridge with interesting, somewhat harder to find bottles (didn't seem like a crazy mark up for a bar).
Service is brusk, but no complaints.
Note - must spend minimum of $10 to use CC, might not seem like a problem, but as I had already been to Far Bar and it was 4 in the afternoon, I could only do one drink. Luckily I just had enough.
If your in the area definitely worth a stop.
09-26-2012 04:59:06 |
More by drewone
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Recent visit this past Saturday for the Walker's Wild Ride event (Firestone Walker) was also LA beer week.
Verdugo bar has a Outdoor patio that is filled with Tin beer signs from various breweries, with long picnic tables (almost a German Oktoberfest influence) The Inside has two rooms, one small with 3 booths, another larger one where the bar is, has about 4 booths, all of which were clean & comfortable. (though they sit a little high, my feet didn't touch the floor)
Definite Lounge decor inside. Full bar, though I was here for the beer, and the list was extensive, with a good mixed of seasonal, rare one offs, & solid quality craft beer.
Price to pour size was disappointing however. Cheapest beer was $6, & they go up from there. There was only ONE beer on the whole menu that was actually an honest pint. For certain beers, say Parabola @ 12% abv it is to be expected to get a 5-8 oz pour, and is quite typical of many bars. What is not so typical, & lowers the score for my review, were the 8 oz pour of a 5% abv witbier for the same price. Also, the sizes all listed were in "CL" which is centiliters, which is a odd choice of measurement, since 3 CL = 1 oz. & some pours were as low as 17 CL, which is a 5.5 oz pour, seems a bit unnecessary at best, and downright odd at worst. No qualms with the metric system, but I'd be comfortable in a statement that well over 90% of bars in the country use ounces, OZ as there stated pour size on a menu. They could be vague & say glass, or pint ( but it better be a 12 oz pint, or a 16 honest pint if they use pint at all) so while it may be an attempt to be very precise, even most drinks sold in stores will use either oz, or ml. I for one did not like that designation, since it's easier to make choices when I know I'm getting a 5 oz pour for $9, vs a 12 oz pour for $6.
Second reason for some deductions, was the lack of beer menu's. The Chalkboards only listed some of the newer taps, or feature beers. They had paper menu's listing all the taps, but there were only 3 of them it seemed in the entire place. A bartender even came to our table (after I'd recently taken it to have for use) & just grabbed it off our table without a word or eye contact. Seemed me having a bar menu was an inconvenience to him, as he seemed to make regular patrols to the tables on the hunt for beer menu's. Why can't they print more? None of the booths had a list of cocktails or the tap list on them. If they don't want to print a bunch every time the tap list changes, like Far bar, TDA, instant replay & many other bars do daily, that's fine. They could project the list on the wall, say how the Hermosillo or Blue Palms does, or have a chalkboard large enough to fit the full list. Not that hard, so it's just a lack of effort imo to do so.
Service was good at the bar, quick & cordial. Though it was not that crowded or busy either.
This was my 2nd attempt to visit Verdugo bar. First attempt was about 2 years ago, showed up on a Thursday afternoon around 4 p.m. on the way back from San Manuel, but they were not open until 6 p.m. (guess I'm use to bars opening just a bit earlier than that, so we headed to Tony's Darts Away that time instead) and overall, the place is cool, though a bit pricey to be a regular stop for me. Also since it's not my local, I will likely only be here where there is a rare event such as today.
09-24-2012 16:06:55 |
More by Retsinis
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I visited Verdugo Bar for the first time today. From the outside it looks like a dive bar but inside it's a pretty intimate spot with the bar, tables, and some outside seating. The service was pretty good even with lots of people there for the Firestone sour tapping. The quality of the beer was great and was served in the appropriate glasware. The selection is good with a wide variety of beers available. The only negative is that full beer pours are a bit pricey in my opinion. Definitely a gem in this area of town.
09-23-2012 07:16:16 |
More by UCLABrewN84
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Can I say thanks to Verdugo bar for having great beer, great music and some smoking hot babes behind the bar?
How could anyone not love that combination.
We live in LA afterall, we should have great looking ladies tending every bar. Okay enough about the girls.
The beer menu is nicely crafted with a great variety of imports and domestic crafts.
Lounge style indoor seating and a cool back patio make for a great variety of seating options. They don't have a kitchen but they often have food trucks out front which is good because there isn't muck to eat in Glassell Park at night.
If I have to knit pick something it's that there aren't that many beer options and the prices aren't that great especially considering the neighborhood.
PS. I finally got to try a Just Outstanding IPA and what can I say, it was just outstanding!
12-19-2011 05:39:00 |
More by RexF
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Atmosphere: not just a dive bar, but a dive bar straight out of the 70's. the thing that i didn't like the most was that this place seems to attract some colorful locals that will creep out your company.
Selection: not large, but beautiful. I was able to find Life & Limb on draft here, which pleased me. Russian River brews rotate on draft. Has the -tion beers in the bottle.
Service: occasionally snappy, yet patient
Value: very, very expensive. this place put a dent in my budget. i had 3 beers that led to a bill of almost $40...that was not fun to see.
08-20-2011 20:48:56 |
More by AdamBear
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Verdugo Bar is probably my favorite bar. It is what a beer bar should be. Great tap list, great bottle list, knowledgable bar tenders ( and probably the most beautiful looking women who work at a beer bar), and great atmosphere. I would also highly recommend going their on a Thursday night because it's not too packed but you'll still have a fantastic time. It's the type of place where you go once and you just keep wanting to go back.
They also have a to go license and the prices for their amazing bottle list are extremely reasonable.
08-09-2011 07:30:02 |
More by JivanN
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Ok, this is a bold statement, but this is my favorite bar of all time. Honestly, for almost 4 years, I have been a devout patron here, and the staff really acknowledges anyone who goes there regularly. If you're new, they'll be super chill and offer you tastes of beers you're curious about on tap. You get some ridiculous taps on over here (I had PtY here for 3 consecutive years), and any rarity. Ryan Sweeney really brought a great place to LA, where all your beer dreams can really come true.
The staff is awesome (I can't say it enough). Sometimes they would crack open a beer from their refrigerator to taste with all the patrons if they hadn't tried it before.
The place always has food trucks outside (Grill 'Em All, and many others).
The patio is the selling point. It's the coolest vibe outside. The ideal time to go is on Thursdays. Good crowd and not too packed.
Oh, and you can buy bottles to go! At a reasonable price!
Great music, great crowd, great staff, and a great time!
08-04-2011 22:37:55 |
More by PlinyTheKid
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
This place is a bit off the beaten path as I don't often wander into Eagle Rock but my friends from East LA see this as a compromise to my invitations to Surly Goat and Blue Palms, so, fair's fair. The setup is very similar to Surly Goat and the offerings from the 25(?) taps always has at least 4 or 5 impressive offerings i.e. Abyss, etc.
The people are a mixed bag, some hipster detritus, some Pasadena kids, some rum and coke misplaced characters, tough scene to peg. This place is dark dark dark and fills up pretty quickly. The bottle list always has a solid stable of good bottles, albeit pretty pricey, I think I paid $25 for a 335 ml of Consecration batch 5, which is a 100% markup to most BAs.
Still better than most of the Blue Moon/Stella-esque offering bars in LA, some minor pecayunes shouldn't deter.
05-31-2011 04:46:42 |
More by SubpoenaDeuces
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I decided to try this place after reading some of the BA reviews and I can't say I was impressed. The neighborhood was somewhat shady (which has never stopped me from trying a new place before). Street parking was a pain.
Inside the atmosphere was really great. Tall wood ceilings and lightly lit and a long curvy bar. For atmosphere, it looked awesome.
I asked if they offer beer flights or tasters, rather then ordering full beers. I was told no.
Decided to order a Pliny the Elder. When served I noticed the beer did not have any head at all (I was a bit disappointed in the serve, maybe they were using the wrong cup?). I commented it to the bartender and she replied that at least I get for beer for my $. I decided not to pursue the conversation.
Needless to say the beer tasted weird. I don't think it was the beer's regular taste but the beer seemed bad (skunky maybe).
After just one sip, I mentioned my problem to the bartender and she suggested another beer. I moved on to Lagunitas Brown Shugga (which had great head and even better taste) . Yet once the bill came she had charged me for both of the beers. I asked and she said that she couldn't do anything about it. I ended paying full price for the two beers (although I only had a beer and a sip)
Should they offer tasters, I would have avoided this unpleasant visit. I don't think I would ever go back.
11-21-2010 03:43:28 |
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