Los Angeles has no shortage of bars and clubs for visitors looking for a wild night out, but it’s also home to a burgeoning beer scene. Whether you’re a fan of imports or want a taste of local specialties, these breweries and gastropubs are tried-and-true favorites among Los Angeles beer aficionados. Pick one near your Los Angeles hotel, or make a night of it and hit all five.
1. Angel City Brewery
Angel City Brewery features affordable beers brewed on site. Located in a converted warehouse, their Public House is a spacious casual hangout spot, especially if you’re staying in a hotel in Little Tokyo. Grab a beer and spend some time enjoying their fantastic murals by local artists. Be sure to check out the rotating schedule of food trucks that frequent their parking lot.
2. Mohawk Bend
Far away from the most tourist-heavy areas of LA, Echo Park’s Mohawk Bend is a perfect place to experience Los Angeles’ hipster scene. Mohawk Bend has a wide selection of craft beer, locally-sourced food, and plenty of outdoor seating. Live music venue The Echo is a short drive away, making Mohawk Bend a popular post-show hangout.
Wurstküche is the perfect spot for fans of imported beers. They’ve built a reputation with a menu of sausages that range from classic Polish dogs to crazy concoctions like rabbit and rattlesnake sausages. Their beer list is a veritable “greatest hits” of both draft and bottled brews from Germany and Belgium, and the staff will happily help you pair your beer of choice with a complementary sausage. Take advantage of the beer hall-style seating and get friendly with the locals while you drink up.
4. Spring Street Bar
Spring Street Bar is a casual, dog-friendly watering hole for downtown residents. They have an impressively curated selection of beers on tap and a delicious selection of sandwiches for late-night noshing. If you’re staying in one of the many hotels in downtown Los Angeles such as The Standard, be sure to check out Spring Street Bar during its daily happy hour for even sweeter deals on great beers.
5. Father’s Office
Locals frequent Father’s Office for its huge array of craft beers and laid back atmosphere. The gastropub is famous for its signature “Office Burger,” decadently topped with caramelized onions, Applewood bacon, arugula, Gruyere, and Maytag blue cheese on a brioche bun. Father’s Office’s Mid-City location is about halfway between LAX and downtown LA, making it the perfect final stop to grab some grub before you fly out.