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Blue Palms Brewhouse
Taps: 25 / Bottles: 113
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
6124 Hollywood Blvd
phone: (323) 464-2337
(Place added by: drewmprs on 08-02-2008)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Finally Los Angeles has a respectable beer destination, will never go to Father's Office again if I can help it with this place around, I stopped here for the first time yesterday right when they opened after it being recommended by Gabe at Beachwood BBQ, it was kind of pain to park but I found some free parking by the car dealership after searching for a few minutes, in a cool area with the stars on the concrete and all that jazz, anyways I walked in adn went straight to the bar, atmosphere was cool with some old tap handles lining the wall and a somewhat dark backdrop, the place was very clean, the menus were visible, food looked good but I did not try it because I was kind of in a hurry, they had printed wine and bottle lists, great quality, I was stoked to see that Parabola was still around, it was nine dollars for a small snifter, the most expensive beer there but also the best hands down, other tap beer standouts were Lost Coast Java Porter, Moylan's Hopsickle, Rodenbach Grand Cru, Hair of the Dog Fred, Bruery Black Orchard, Victory Fest Bier, Ola Dubh 30, a couple other Firestone brews, and Stone Smoked Porter will Vanilla Bean on cask was very tempting as well, prices ranged from six to nine dollars which is very fair for this area, bottle list consisted of Duvel, St. Bernardus, Delerium Tremens, Orval, Westmalle, Chimay, Firestone, even the 11, Unibroue, Bitburger, Hair of the Dog, Fantome, and Allagash, prices range from five to forty on these, the owner Brian said they plan on tripling their bottle list this year, by the way he is a really cool guy and even offered me a free pint but I was already feeling that Parabola, so I passed and went and grabbed a quick bite to eat down the street, will definitely be going back soon, especially when Firestone sends them that Bravo Brown keg, get to this place as soon as you possibly can
08-22-2008 17:38:33 |
More by Floydster
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I have visited twice now, one during the "soft opening" period and again last night, Wednesday August 20th, 2008.
The bar is more or less hidden from the street with only a brass door and some windows hinting at its existence within the Fonda Theatre building.
Step inside (as I did right at 5:00pm sharp - opening time) and enjoy the decor. Tall tables and chairs in the center of the room, shorter ones around the perimeter. The blue lighting and potted palms evoke old Hollywood without resorting to straight out Art Deco. The two story ceiling is a nice way to diffuse the sound within the space, as are the large and well-executed fabric lighting fixtures hanging from it.
A digital jukebox with near-endless selections awaits near the restrooms, ready to swallow your money, money you will willingly fork over for a chance to hear your faves in this great place.
Sit at the bar and marvel at the best beer selection in LA County (sorry, Naja's and Lucky Baldwin's, but I think it is). You could drink all night (and I did) and never have anything bad or the same thing twice. No macros of any kind. Not even in bottles. Nice. And Brian, the proprieter, is serious about his beer. With little prompting, he took me downstairs to his beer cooler and showed me the high tech system for changing out kegs and keeping the lines clear.
The service is excellent, with the whole staff friendly and into beer to some degree or another. The crowd is equally friendly (at the bar, anyway) and beer-centric.
The food, while prepared with care, doesn't quite pass through the ceiling of "very good" and into "excellent". It may seem nit-picky, but there's been one little thing off with each dish I've had. I'm not dissatisfied at all, just saying the food isn't quite flawless. Still, if you have a non-drinking friend with you, they will probably be happy to go here for the cuisine.
Beer and food prices are in line with the type of establishment and the location. This IS Hollywood, after all. My party had two entrees (admittedly, one was a $28.00 filet mignon), an appetizer and nine beers. The total was $104.24.
This is now my #1 beer destination, a short hop on the Red Line subway train to the beer haven LA has been dying for. Many thanks to Brian (and his buddy Gabe from Beachwood BBQ, who helped out) for opening this place.
08-21-2008 17:09:13 |
More by charlzm
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Had the pleasure of making it to the hard opening (on the eve of my birthday no less!) saturday night. Talk about a great birthday present.
Got there about 7...plenty of people in the bar but not packed, even managed to find enough table space for 7 people. Just a great looking place...everything is very clean, lighting is dim enough to not be disturbing but bright enough that you can still see. My only complaint is the acoustics...the high ceilings make it a pretty noisy place. But then again, it's a bar...so I don't really know what I was expecting. The crowd seemed nice...perhaps everybody was just happy to find some good beer.
Service was top notch. One of the servers seemed to know a lot more about the beer than the others, but both tried there best to answer our questions, and seemed happy to do so. Food came out quickly, drinks as well. Can't speak for the bartenders because I never actually got to the bar...but just based on everything else I have to assume they were good.
Tap selection was fantastic. I had a Craftsman Sour Black, Hopsickle (even better on tap!) and finished with the FW Parabola. And there was so much more great stuff on tap...I wish I coulda stayed and drank more. Nice variation in the selections as well...there was stuff from Stone, Port/TLA, FW, Oskar Blues, Victory, a few Belgians, a few Germans beers...I was extremely impressed. Of the bars I've been to in LA, this was the best selection...more stuff than FO and better stuff than Naja's. Not sure what to make of the bottle selection...it was mostly Belgian plus a few rarer American micros. I was more impressed with the stuff on tap though.
Food was quite tasty...I had a burger with sweet potato fries. Burger was cooked nice a rare, didn't even really need any sauce. Fries were solid. Everybody else seemed to like their food...even my sister (who is very picky) had a lot of good things to say about it.
It is a bit pricey, but comparable to other similar places like FO and The Library. Sandwiches were 10-12 bucks...entrees got as high as like 25 or 30, but that was for fish or steak. Pours were about what you'd expect...6-10 dollars depending on the brew.
Overall I was extremely impressed with this place. Location is great for anybody who lives near a subway station. I do wonder what it'll be like as word gets around about it...it's not particularly big so it could end up being pretty crazy peak hours. Bottom line...I will be back here...and frequently. Top notch.
08-19-2008 01:58:12 |
More by rxdrewthejew
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
One word - FINALLY! Los Angeles has always felt like a bastard child when it comes to good places for beer. I've always had to drive out to Stuffed Sandwich or down to Naja's for a decent beer selection on tap. And don't say Lucky Devil's - nice try - putting something on your beer menu and actually HAVING it are two very different things. LA finally has a great (and I mean GREAT) place to eat tasty food and drink even tastier beer! Kudos to Brian and his staff for a clean, comfortable, beer-friendly environment! It's great to walk into a place and KNOW that a beer lover runs the place. I've been there four times already, and they just opened officially two days ago! The burgers are phenomenal (Kobe beef), the Nachos and Beer Nuts are killer, and the Spinach Salad was amazing! Everything I've eaten there has been solid to exceptional. And the beer! Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean on cask! Parabola on tap! Firestone's Union Jack IPA on cask! Craftsman Black Lager! And on and on and on! And Brian is constantly on the hunt for great kegs. If you live even remotely within driving distance of The Blue Palms, GO THERE IMMEDIATELY! Only open evenings now, but I heard a rumor they'll be opening for lunch at some point (soon, I hope!). Los Angeles beer lovers rejoice!!
08-18-2008 19:36:51 |
More by fischface
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Look, I am as much a misanthrope as all ...or more, but I have no complaints of this place. This is a place that featured Stones Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean on Cask and Parabola on tap. Sign me up. Plus, the damn fish and chips were AMAZING. And I got to meet Matt Brynildson,and his champion friends. He was a great guy, who's attitude represents this place. Humble but aware of what potential they have in the business. They work hard to provide a great product. Mission accomplished. Good people great food. You should be going. Please bring me with you.
08-17-2008 04:43:39 |
More by supermanjace
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
My beer nerd friends and I have already been to The Blue Palm twice before its official opening this coming Sat the 16th. It's finally starting to be a great time to be a beer fanatic in LA. Right on "beautiful" Hollywood Blvd. Brian (the owner) has done a fantastic job. As with anything Hollywood parking is a consideration but that's the breaks. A really comfortable interior and a friendly knowledgeable staff means we'll be back quite a bit. The food is very good, and they've obviously put some thought into it. I'm sure as time goes on the menu will get better and expand (some desserts would be a great addition).
But it's the beer the Blue Palms is about. I won't get too specific but everything we had was hard to get, and a treat. Gotta love having featured beers on cask and like any great beer locale the taps will rotate some I'm sure. Let's support this new joint! Well worth the trip.
08-14-2008 21:42:13 |
More by efisch
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Blue Palms is a welcome addtion to the Los Angeles area. They are sincerely beer oriented and are committed to maintaining an excellent beer list in excellent condition. Altho it doesn't officially open for another week, they were functioning professionally when we visited and I can't foresee any startling changes. There is almost an embarassment of riches as the taps tends towards big beers with no real session beers except for the Berliner Weisse and Guiness. I am wildly impressed that there are no macros or hipster beers, evrything is top choice. I had the Bruery's Berliner Weisse, the Vertical Epic 8 and Rodenbach. I also tasted Geoff 's Union Jack on hand pull, Fred and Old Dubh. Everything was spectacular, I mean c'mon, the lines are pristine and Brian the owner loves his system. I also liked the pricing policy which reflects the rareness/value of the beer. Foodwise, we split a Reuben and a salad. The sandwich seemed salty to me and the salad was good. I'm interested in exploring more of the menu options. This is in an area with really good public transportation so you can take the subway and there are a passle of bus lines that go by. If you're willing to walk a few blocks, there is some street parking in the area. Otherwises, there is a lot right next door and you can pay for that convenience--make sure you get some kind of receipt fom them. Anyway, if you have any interest in good beer and you are in the TMZ, come here.
08-10-2008 18:09:40 |
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