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Taps: 22 / Bottles: 85
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
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3408 Verdugo Rd
phone: (323) 257-3408
(Place added by: DavidStickel on 05-10-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
What a beer list!?!
Fantastic beer with changing taps and a bunch of bottles. This place is at the very top of the LA class. A lot of California beers and a lot from all over the world. I had a Speedway Stout and a Baltic Porter from Norway last time I was there and both were superb
It gets loud as the night progresses but the back patio if always nice and the decor is very nice. No food, but they get food trucks parked outside on most nights and they let you bring the food in. Also, they have off-sales, so you can pick up a bottle for the road on your way out.
Staff is competent but some are better than others a=in terms of beer knowledge and understand.
Out of the way place worth getting lost for.
09-25-2010 16:07:22 |
More by Lesbrad
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Went to Verdugo Bar for the first time for a launch party for drinkeattravel.com. The bar has about 25 taps, ranging mostly from domestic craft, and a few Belgian, English, European crafts. A bottle cooler also offers some VERY hard to find brews (at the time I went, Mikkeller 1000 ibu, Firestone Parabola, Deschutes Jubel, etc.) Prices are decently reasonable, 6 bucks for most drafts, and a good glass selection (tulips, hefe, etc). Did not see a single person drinking out of shaker glasses. Also some very schmoozy booze. 3 rooms are available, 2 with lounge type seating and a patio in the far back with wood benches. Definitely worth a check.
06-28-2010 00:48:46 |
More by WestValleyIPA
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is hard to find with only a small sign that says "Cocktails" that lets you know where it is. Once you step inside, you enter a dark room that is no bigger than a large den in a house with a few couches lining one wall and a bar on the other. The bartenders are quite attractive, which is always a plus. In addition, they have a selection of about 20 beers on tap and many more in bottles. All of the beers that I saw were of rather high quality and are reasonably priced at about $6 - $8 for a glass. The few beers that I had were all delicious and I think you really can't go wrong with any beer they carry. They don't serve any food, but as I was leaving I think a couple of employees were grilling bacon-wrapped hot dogs outside the entrance that looked appetizing. The crowd seemed like mostly regulars and the atmosphere was very laid-back, so much so that the employees seemed like customers themselves. Plus the odd choice of 1970's "The Artful Penetration of Barbara" playing on the televisions made you feel like you were in on a secret that no else has discovered yet, which was cool. I will definitely be a repeat customer.
05-02-2010 00:21:17 |
More by 3HovsepiansBrews
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
While I do kind of like the "hidden" nature and nearly dive-bar type of vibe, there is something about the atmosphere that doesn't quite click for me...
The main bar is dark with loud music (it was too loud for how many people were in the place, maybe 10), the back room is a sort of lounge set up, and then out the back door is a beer garden type of set up with lots of picnic tables... I think the back has the most potential, but it was empty on my visit. I will need to check this out on a nice day with friends. Anyway, the atmosphere is not bad, just average. I would have dinged more because of the music except for a song each by Frank Black and the Pixies. Service is OK, but not stellar for a slow night.
The selection here is really top notch and nicely curated with 30 taps and one hand pump, plus a pretty extensive bottle selection. Oh yeah, plus full bar.
Available taps on my visit were: Lucifer, Avec les bons Voeus Saison (Christmas), Stella (for the drag-along crowd), Rugbrod (Bruery), Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, Schneider-Brooklyner Hopfen-Weisse, Requiem (Gentleman Scholar), Fox Barrel Black Currant cider, Craftsman Holiday Spruce, Delerium Tremens, Fullers London Porter, Bellhaven Stout, Old Rasputin, Santa's Little Helper (Port), Hacker Pschorr Marzen, St. Feuillien Cuvee de Noel, PTE, Mikkeller Santa's Little Helper, Coronado 13th Anniversary, Sprcher Scotch Ale, Climax Noel (Eel River), St. Louis Fond Tradition. They were tapped out of: Gouden Carolus Christmas, St. Bernardus Christmas, Speakeasy Holiday, Ryan Sullivan's Imperial Stout, Three Philosophers, Solidarity (Eagle Rock Brewery!!!).
Overall a very good place, but really because of the selection. Otherwise, I feel like it doesn't quite know what it wants to be... a hipster dive bar? A place for beer lovers that can also make an apple martini to satisfy the fickle LA crowd? I don't know, but, I do know that I will be back for sure.
12-14-2009 19:49:36 |
More by JTahoe
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
I did not enjoy my experience here. Since moving from Chicago to LA, I've been trying out the popular craft beer joints, and from what I had researched I was more excited than usual to see what this place was all about.
Getting there, I'm intrigued, because the exterior is dark, and only has a sign that says, "Cocktails." It's a hidden, mysterious place. I opened the door, to find maybe 3 people inside the comfortable, dark bar. I take a seat with my cousin, and five minutes later, some girl strolls in the front door, walks behind the bar, and asks if we wanted anything... duh, what the hell do you think we're doing here...
They've got an average selection of maybe 20 beers on tap (Pliny the Elder was the highlight), and a pretty good selection of pricey bottles. No food, besides salt and vinegar Kettle Chips... uh, no thanks...
The beers were tasty (thanks to the breweries), and 2001: A Space Odyssey playing on a TV behind the bar was an interesting touch, Dave. But, the annoying customer/or employee obnoxiously screaming to a baseball playoff game gave this place an annoying, where not worthy vibe as the bartender tended to them while we waited, glasses empty.
Overall: beer selection good; no food, bad; bad service; mediocre decor (they do have a cool outdoor patio area in the back); experience, a letdown. Probably won't venture out to this place again. I'd rather go to Blue Palms Brewhouse or Father's Office....
10-23-2009 03:58:46 |
More by AHebel
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Checked this place out last week while on vacation in LA ... and ended up meeting a few BAs while I was there. Drove by the bar at least 4 times before we figured out where it was. Look for the small neon "Cocktails" sign outside. From the outside, this place looks like it's going to be a total dive, but once we stepped inside, wow ... what a surprise. Very hip vibe, modern decor, and Pulp Fiction on TV. Great beer selection, both on draft in in bottles. They have Pliny on draft, what more do I need?
Staff was very efficient and incredibly friendly and welcoming. From the moment I walked in I felt like I was hanging out in my own neighborhood bar. If you're a beer geek you definitely need to check this place out, and even if you're not a beer geek, I guarantee you'll have a good time.
10-09-2009 16:38:45 |
More by 2beernutz
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Since I would consider myself a regular here, it's time I give it a review. If I'm biased, so what...who isn't?
I remember the first time I came here and thought I found a gem. I still think that.
I'm never disappointed by the amount/selection of amazing beers they have on tap. Everyone has their preference of beer style and there's always something to please everyone.
There is almost every walk of life coming in here from the recently legal 21 year olds, to the grandpa status elderly and they all join together for something they can all share a likeness for.
I'd say about 80% of the bartenders are awesome and very knowledgeable. But you get the recent addition to the team who has a few things to learn, but otherwise you can go in and ask for a style you like and more often than not you'll get something worthy of your taste buds.
Give it a try. Check out the back patio that was recently made bigger. And don't forget to get a "danger dog" on the way out on a weekend night.
09-17-2009 19:09:06 |
More by dealovebeer
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is the third time I've been here and now decided to give the place a review: Simply put, this is one of the great beer bars in LA, if not all of CA. Do not, repeat, DO NOT miss this place. It's an hour and a half drive for me from Ventura, but when they announce that they are serving casked Sculpin, what are you going to do? Ryan, the owner, is not only knowledgeable, but also leans far over to the side of beer geek, not snob. The people here, especially around opening, are all clearly there for the beer and give it the respect that it's due. Every tap is phenomenal, especially the featured beers (I was lucky enough to have 5 Sculpins before leaving). The bottle list is extensive and far cheaper than other beer bars I've been to in the southland. All my beer was served promptly in the correct glass with no spillage - bartenders were friendly, as were the owners. Very friendly patrons who were willing to share their breakfast geek stouts with us. I seriously love this place and will keep making the long trek out here. Also in terms of food, there is some dude right out front of this place who makes a killer sausage, or you could drive down Eagle Rock Blvd. until you find the street taco vendor. You're not going to get cheap food better than this anywhere.
08-14-2009 17:04:56 |
More by raoulduke37
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited the Verdugo Bar on a sunday afternoon with the wife. When we finally found the place we walked in and nearly stumbled over each other. Its a little dark at first coming in from the bright sun. Cool place on the inside, will be back for sure.
Only had time for one beer each. I ordered a belgium, and the wife ordered a pliny. The bartender said "huh", so my wife said pliny the elder and had to point to the menu, at which time the girl turned around to look at the taps. I figure if you are one of the only half dozen places in southern california that are "granted permission" to have it, you sure as hell better know what it is. Not a problem by any means, just thought it was rather funny.
07-15-2009 20:10:18 |
More by schuey1010
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Finally dragged myself out to give this place a try. Frankly, the Sculpin on cask had a real motivating impact.
Atmosphere - Really quite dark. I was there at 7 on a Thursday, so I can't really judge too much. Everyone there was beer geeking it up pretty hardcore. They had the game on which I appreciated. I like a dark bar and all, but it was almost depressing, felt like I was in a cave. Seemed like the kind of joint I'd LOVE to have in my neighborhood, and drop in for a beer or two, but not sure I'd want to hit it on a Friday night w/non beer nerd friends.
Quality - Really excellent stuff. The aforementioned Sculpin on cask, some pretty hard to get beers. No real duds. If anything I'm shortchanging it.
Selection - Very good. A nice variety for any palate. But I'm always happy to have more...
No food, which is kind of a bummer. But you can order in. Still, this is a minus in my book.
I thought the prices were pretty reasonable. Spent like $6-$7 on some very good beers and stuff that's hard to find. They had "to go" beers that were expensive, but pretty much what you'd expect if you're buying it from a bar. I just thought it was cool they had them at all.
This is a pretty cool bar, and I'd love to be able to go more often. Unfortunately it's not the most convenient. I'll probably only head out if I'm in the neighborhood of if they have something special on.
06-23-2009 01:34:03 |
More by callmescraps
Verdugo Bar in Los Angeles, CA
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