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, 90028, Los Angeles, CA, US
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?
801 N Fairfax Ave, 90046, West Hollywood, CA, US
The Fat Dog is a cool gastropub located on the border of West Hollywood, just barely making the geographical cutoff for this list.
So this spot isn’t going to bring you in for the beer list alone, but it’s a great happy hour or date night option in a central location that has a little something for everyone…including craft beer drinkers like us.
Recent kegs tapped from breweries like Lord Hobo, Offshoot, Figueroa Mountain, Tortuga Brewing, and more. Plus the food menu complements the drink menu very nicely, so it’s worth stopping by when you’re in the area, especially if you’re looking for something dog-friendly!
1400 Vine St, 90028, Hollywood, CA, US
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.
1620 N Cahuenga Blvd, 90028, Los Angeles, CA, US
The Running Goose is a rustic-style restaurant with a very cool outdoor garden patio area in the heart of Hollywood featuring an enticing comfort food menu and a solid lineup of local and regional craft beers.
I wouldn’t call this a beer destination by any means, but in this area, great beer lists are hard to come by and The Running Goose does just enough on their beer list to make the cutoff.
1544 N Cahuenga Blvd, 90028, Los Angeles, CA, US
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, 90046, West Hollywood,, CA, US
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.
With a number of new places opening up all over Los Angeles, there’s a good chance that I missed one that belongs on this list. If so, let me know in the comments below. Additionally, if you want to chat about the Hollywood craft beer scene, drop us a line below or hit us up on Instagram at @HoppedLA. Cheers!