Hollywood Neighborhood Beer Guide
While some may say Hollywood is a craft beer wasteland, well…we might agree. One of LA’s most iconic neighborhoods is really lacking in the craft beer department, registering zero breweries, one quality bottle shop, and just a handful of beer bars. But something is better than nothing. And what Hollywood lacks in quantity, they make up for in quality. Read on to discover the best of the best in Hollywood’s craft beer scene.
6124 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 – Hollywood
Opened in 2008 by Brian Lenzo, Blue Palms is one of LA’s original craft beer destinations. The legendary laid back gastropub is located next door to The Fonda Theater on Hollywood Blvd, so it’s perfect for pre- or post-show beers or a break from an afternoon of people watching. Their beer selection is fantastic, sporting 24 taps, 1 cask engine, and regular tap takeovers from SoCal breweries. With Lenzo’s longstanding connections in the beer industry, you can find some of the more rare and hard to find beers on tap at Blue Palms, including regular appearances by Russian River’s Pliny the Elder, and an annual tapping of Pliny the Younger. The gastropub-style food menu is also one to be reckoned with. Truffle burger with lobster mac n’ cheese, anyone?
1643 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 – Hollywood
Operating out of the former Ball & Chain space on Cahuenga is Cellar 43, a new restaurant and bar featuring 20 taps of craft beer, a selection of bottled beer, and an upscale gastropub style menu that features regular beer taster pairings. It’s a little out of place in Hollywood, but with craft beer options few and far between, it doesn’t take much to get a craft beer drinker passing by to stop in. Once the sun goes down, the spot does turn a little more loungy, with DJ’s spinning some nights. We haven’t visited yet personally, so go at your own risk. And let us know how it is!
776 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038 – Hollywood
While The Oinkster is more a fast food joint than a bar, their beer selection still earns them a mention on this list. They’ve got six taps and a solid bottle selection featuring beers from various locations, but their local selection shines with offerings from breweries like El Segundo, Craftsman, Eagle Rock, King Harbor, Transplants, and more. You can’t go wrong with anything on their food menu, but for me it’s either the Oinkster Pastrami or the Cluckster, depending on my mood. With a fast food style menu, beer served in plastic cups, and a super casual vibe, make The Oinkster your go-to weekend afternoon stop when you’re cruising through Tinseltown.
1544 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 – Hollywood
Stout’s got a serious craft beer + burger reputation in this town, but I think their Hollywood location outshines its sister spots. Stout Hollywood seems to tap the best beers, hold more beer-focused events, and best of all, is open until 4am every day. The best thing about Stout is that their beer selection is incredibly balanced and diverse. You’re going to find beers of all different styles from breweries both locally and internationally sourced. Pair it with one of their awesome burgers, and you can’t go wrong.
7929 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046 – West Hollywood
The Surly Goat is a great spot in the heart of West Hollywood serving up some of the best craft beer in the city. Opened by Ryan Sweeney and co in 2010, The Surly Goat is another early contributor to the LA beer scene, serving up local, regional, national, and international brews on their 26 rotating taps and 1 cask engine. They also have a full bar for your cocktail-loving friends and DJ’s for your weekend dance parties. Or just grab a stool at the bar underneath the goat head and get a front row seat to the craft beer action.
1556 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 – Hollywood
The second outpost for actor Danny Trejo’s taco restaurants is Trejo’s Cantina located right in the heart of Hollywood. Sharing an unassuming strip mall location with Big Wang’s and Stout, Trejo’s Cantina is serving up 34 taps of local and regional brews, including their house brew, Trejo’s Cerveza, a Mexican style lager brewed by Boomtown Brewery in the Arts District. Add in a row of TVs, a killer menu of tacos, bowls, and sides (try the street corn), and you’ve got yourself a legit craft beer spot in a part of town that needs more of them.
1400 Vine St, Hollywood, CA 90028 – Hollywood
The focus at K&L is most definitely the wine, but they’ve got a spirits and beer section that stands out in this part of town. They’ve developed relationships with a lot of breweries and distributors over the years and are able to get beers that not a lot of other stores in LA get. While it’s not the BEST bottle shop you’ll come across in the city, if you’re in Hollywood, it’s your best bet.
Have you been to any of these places mentioned above? Did I miss a good beer spot along the way here? Whatever the case, join the convo in the comments below or on Twitter at @HoppedLA. Thanks for reading.