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Taps: 22 / Bottles: 24
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 4
1.96/5 rDev -32.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | $$$$
Went to city tavern for the eclipse release tasting and went in with a super happy attitude, if that only held up. For a place that wasn't busy they wouldn't seat us in our reserved booth 20 min early since our whole group wasn't there, whatever. Sat at bar where it took too long to get a $12 pint of an ipa, which was overpriced. Pliney the younger was cheaper on tap last year at other places.
Nice place inside but a total hipster hangout, not really a beer scene type place. They should have been serving gold label pbr. Service sucked! Got $8 eclipse pours which were supposed to be 4oz pours (which is still kind of overpriced) but turned out to range between 2.5-3ounces, lame! Waitress gave us a hard time about it until we made them actually measure it out, we were right.
Crappy overpriced pours ruined the eclipse release and on top of that my bar tab that only should have had one beer on it had extra charges, extra lame.
I don't recommend this place if you are a beer head, but if you are a hipster that doesn't mind overpaying and dealing with shitty service then this is the place for you!
12-14-2013 15:44:13 | More by Rado
2.61/5 rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 1.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$$
I've been here a few times now. When it opened there was a lot of buzz for the new gastropub with and esoteric beer selection of only California beers. It's never established itself as a stand out beer destination for users of this site but on any given visit you will find beers you haven't had and probably never heard of. It's become more of a hipster joint for the downtown Culver City scene. It's a craft beer place for people who like the idea of craft beer and may not notice they were paying $12 for a pour of Sierra Nevada Narwhal. It can get crowded in the evening and if you have 4 or more people you can reserve a booth with self pour beer taps (last I was there they had 3 Bear Republic offerings at the self-pour taps).
On a recent visit they were serving 4 ounce pours of Eclipse for a whopping $8 a pour. Unfortunately we were only getting about 2 1/2 ounces for our $8 and when we called them on it they argued with us. I demanded they bring me a jigger and sure enough when I poured the beer out it measured a little more than 2 ounces. They should never have put themselves in such an embarrassing situation. If you want to charge a lot of money, at least offer quality service. The manager did comp us a couple drinks but the waitress remained rude. I doubt I will ever set foot in this place again.
12-14-2013 05:18:43 | More by Wowcoolman
4/5 rDev +37.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
I visited City Tavern recently since I was in the area and have been meaning to check it out for a while now. Parking can be kind of tricky since there is no dedicated lot. Inside it's a modern looking spot with lots of brick and wood. There are some tables available and bar seating. I sat at the bar and ordered a bunch of tasters. The bartender was very friendly and answered my questions even though it was quite busy. The quality of the beers was good for all my tasters. The selection is good with about 15 taps and around the same number of bottles and cans for sale. They do tasters, pints, and a mini growler option for sharing. Prices can be quite high on some of the beers but they had stuff I haven't seen anywhere else so I was willing to pay for them. Definitely a cool little spot and I will be back for sure in the future.
03-17-2013 23:34:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.08/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$$$
A would describe it as a restaurant with a bar. Dark inside, basic cool design. Fair size outdoor area with high tables, a few booths (with own taps) and a bar. General atmosphere for a Friday night was not really a beer crowd so much, definitely Culver City - not a complaint though).
Decent rotating tap list - you can do tasters of any of the draft offerings (major bonus here in my book). I believe they only serve California beer. Sampled selections from craftsman, Iron Fist, Full Boar, Eagle Rock and Bear Republic (the reason I stopped by - as part of LA beer week they were having a different BA beer on each night - had Tartare this night). Really glad they have the tasters as I didn't care for a few things that I tried - would be bummed to have a whole glass - this along with the decent tap list are the best things about this place.
Even thought the tasters were reasonably priced, the glass of Tartare was $14, over $15 with tax + tip on top of that - yikes, totally didn't even check the cost, came as a bit of surprise - had to check the menu - seems out of line. Other offerings prices were a little on the high end also.
Service was not bad but also seemed a little off - I also suspected that the bartender filled my glass half full from a mistaken pour, than topped it off from the tap - I looked up a little too late to feel confident enough to call her on it - If I would have know what they were charging I would have. I don't think that the staff is necessarily beer educated.
This was my second time here (after almost a year). Unfortunately I found the quality of food to have gone down quite a bit from my first visit - I would like to hope that they were just having an of night. Service also had gone down.
09-26-2012 04:48:32 | More by drewone
City Tavern in Culver City, CA
N/A out of 100 based on 4 user ratings.