Beer gardens are not just places to indulge in imported lager and German-influenced cuisine. Some spots host live classical music and events that honor Germany and the rich culinary culture it shares with Switzerland and Austria. Others offer table tennis, board games or bowling competitions that are played either indoors or in an open environment. Los Angeles has ample supply of biergartens. Here are a few select locations that stand out for top quality, unique style and overall customer satisfaction.
3827 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Located in Silver Lake, this industrial-chic venue offers a towering selection of European beer, along with a menu of treats imbued with the traditional tastes of Berlin. While sampling such thirst-quenchers as Weihenstephaner Vitus on tap or a chilled bottle of Uerige Sticke, you’ll want to sink your teeth into some of the eatery’s delectable array of all-natural food items. These include bratwurst, paprikawurst and tofu-kielbasa. The restaurant’s currywurst is garnished with homemade organic sauce, with original German bread riding side-saddle. The toppings are spicy, so those with sensitive palates may want to start with a milder option.
345 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
This sociable setting is known for hosting soccer viewing parties, annual events like Oktoberfest, and paying homage to the Bavarian culture. The folksy establishment, lined with long wooden dining tables, is recognized for its generous variety of German beer and Austrian wine. After challenging your pals to a ping-pong competition, you’ll be tempted to take your pork schnitzel, cheese-filled sausages, potato pancakes or freshly-baked pretzels outside to its ornate biergarten for a standout experience. The menu also features savory vegetarian choices, alongside appetizing dishes specially crafted for children.
10543 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
A cheerful blend of old-world charm and contemporary appeal is not the only draw that keeps patrons coming back for more. This über-popular gastropub offers a massive selection of imported beer from across the world including Germany, Belgium, Norway, Canada, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy and France. Its sausage selections range from chicken, beef and lamb to such exotic tastes as alligator, wild boar, venison and bison. If these menu items are not your type of game, consider feasting on a flat-iron steak with beer-battered onion rings, seared tuna, gut-pleasing burger or a delectable meatless entrée in its communal room or private garden.
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The Red Lion Tavern
2366 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
For more than seven decades, this Bavarian-themed establishment has been known as a place to over-indulge in many old-country favorites, especially its succulent sausages, served with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes smothered by thick gravy. Within this three-level location, dirndl-clad bartenders are kept busy providing revelers with boots of German beer, including Hofbrau Maibock and the daring Spaten Optimator. The oft-crowded watering hole spreads out onto an inviting open-air space, where celebrants can savor a daily Gasthaus-style lunch and hearty dinner or partake in a champagne brunch on any of the city’s many sun-kissed weekends.
Dog Haus Biergarten
93 E. Green St.
Pasadena, CA 91105
If thoughts of smacking on a juice popping frankfurter or sausage topped with caramelized onions and sauerkraut are enough to make your taste buds dance, this is the place to visit. Located near Pasadena City College, the entertainment center offers a slate of signature wienerwursts, burgers and sliders, with more than 40 creative toppings to choose from. The vibe is always full of pep, especially upstairs. That’s where you’ll find its outdoor biergarten, a lively space featuring a stockpile of collector’s items and German memorabilia. At this modernistic structure, the beer selection is stretched out and the food is prepared righteously.