3229 Helms Avenue
Culver City, CA 90034
At this upscale pub, beer is the main event and there’s plenty of it. Can’t decide? Tell the bartender what kind of beer you like, or what you plan on eating, and she’ll suggest the appropriate brew. Don’t be afraid to ask for a sample. The only drawback at Father’s Office is that you’ll have to fend for seating yourself. Order your drinks and take them to a table on the outdoor deck. The inside seating area is much larger than at the original Father’s Office on Montana.
Hungry? A popular staple is the $12 Office Burger, with arugula, blue cheese, and caramelized onions. Order the sweet potato fries with blue cheese aioli dip – you won’t be sorry. No ketchup here, bring your own if you must.
3408 Verdugo Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90065
Hot summer days in LA always have a silver lining, and this one is sitting on a patio in the evening in Glassell Park, contemplating what beer to order from the astonishing selection at Verdugo. This place has history – it’s been resurrected twice, as a former dive bar, and before that, a hardware store. Seating is plentiful in three distinct areas. Beer is rotated regularly, according to what’s in season or local. Ask the bartender for board games to borrow, or just watch others play beer pong out back. Look for the “cocktails” sign out front, otherwise you may miss it.
800 West Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
The Yard House claims to have the “world’s largest selection of draft beer,” but you can be the judge of that. Head downtown to LA Live, and partake in one of the best late happy hours in town—great variety of half-priced appetizers and draught beer from $3.50-$4.50 (Sun-Wed 10pm-12am). Classic rock music, colorful abstract art and dozens of flat screens create a lively atmosphere.
The center island bar has numerous drafts, ranging from classic lagers to obscure ales. Each is perfectly fresh and chilled, as 5,000 gallons of beer flow from the glass-enclosed keg room through miles of refrigerated beer lines, stretching overhead to the central bar island. Wow. There’s plenty of food as well, with over 130 items on their menu, including: salads, sandwiches, pastas, burgers, pizzas, steaks and seafood.
Factoid: The Yard House name was derived from a 3-foot tall (yard length) glass originally designed in England for stagecoach drivers, back in the day when travel by horse-drawn carriage was common.
– Liz Laing is a writer, Web designer and photographer who lives in Los Angeles. Her latest projects may be followed on LizLaing.com.