The 5 Best Beer Bars in Los Angeles, CA (2023)

When it’s 6 PM on a Tuesday and only the freshest beer will do, you’ve got quite a few options in Los Angeles, even if it will take you an hour to drive the three miles to get there. The traffic may be a massive pain, but at least you’ll be drinking a sigh of relief once you walk into these craft beer bars (if you actually live within walking distance, we’re very jealous).

Like many of the other amenities a region as giant as L.A.’s metropolitan basin has to offer is a plethora of bars. Though it wasn’t always the case, save for the diviest of dives, it’s now commonplace to find at least one craft beer tap nestled amongst the light lagers at nearly any bar in the City of Angels. Then there are the bars that focus on fresh beer, local options, and highly curated tap takeovers — and they are things of beer beauty. There are so many L.A. beer bars to choose from that we apologize for some beloved neighborhood institutions, like Lucky Baldwin’s Pub in Pasadena, being left off, but these are the five we would highly recommend adding to your must-visit list as well.

Glendale Tap

4227 San Fernando Road, Glendale | (818) 241-4227

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Just over the border from Atwater Village and easy to miss if you’re not looking for the small “GT” sign, this writer may have spent at least a year thinking Glendale Tap was a biker’s bar. Her misunderstanding has been righted, because this is very much a brewer’s bar. Imagine if your favorite uncle turned his auto-body shop into the perfect bar ever for you and your friends, and you’ll begin to understand GT’s old-school appeal. Dimly lit with red lights strung across the ceiling, the walls are decorated with metal beer signs and the seating situation ranges from high-tops to well-worn leather booths. There’s a pool table in the back that’s constantly in use and two TVs regularly playing movies and shows you forgot existed. With 52 taps, you can come here every week for a year and get a brand new beer, but that’s not hard to do on a daily basis either, as the taps change constantly, and the insightful bartenders are happy to make recommendations. GT is also on the pulse of the constantly changing beer world, hosting tap takeovers with breweries like Epic and Modern Times, and they hosted Hopped LA’s inaugural Invitational Hazy IPA Fest, featuring local breweries, during this year’s Los Angeles Beer Week. Most beers come in 5 oz., 8 oz., or 16 oz. options, and if you’re hungry, Ribs Against the Machine sets up shop behind the bar six days a week.

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Blue Palms Brewhouse

6124 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood | (323) 464-2337

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If you move to Los Angeles proper and are friends with beer nerds, the first place you will be taken is Blue Palms, and for good reason. Attached to the Fonda Theater, this brewhouse is the perfect spot to grab a drink before a show or indulging in the shit show known as a night out in Hollywood (thankfully, it’s at the edge of the neighborhood, which means you can sometimes find parking!). The tap list is always highly curated, and the food is not to be missed either — we highly recommend any cheese plate they’re featuring or the pretzel balls, which are buttered and salted to perfection. In business since 2008 and with 24 taps to choose from, these guys know their beer, and the cozy, elevated alehouse experience is worth a visit.

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Southland Beer

740 South Western Avenue, #112, Koreatown | (213) 908-5104

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Bottleshop/taproom hybrids are kind of our thing in L.A., but Southland’s setup is unique for the area, as they have a tightly curated bottle selection in the back corner of their space rather than upfront. The main focus here is on their tap board, which is delightfully written in chalk and gives drinkers plenty of options, as each keg generally features a different type of beer from either a local or well-known brewery. If none of those suit your tastes, you can crack open a can from the fridge with a corkage fee, which is waived during happy hour, and they’ve also got a healthy selection of ciders and natural wines (there’s no corkage fee for wines on Wednesdays). Southland also knows how to entertain, hosting weekly trivia nights and “An Evening With” on select Thursdays that highlights a specific brewery, meadery, or cidery. If you need something to munch on while drinking beer in Koreatown, Southland has a lovely charcuterie plate, but opt for Orchid’s popcorn blend, which is ridiculously spicy in the best way possible and will give you an excellent excuse to get that next beer you were eyeing anyway (don’t worry, they also do half-pours).

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Tony’s Darts Away

1710 West Magnolia Boulevard, Burbank | (818) 253-1710

Tony Yanow pretty much owns the L.A. craft beer scene at this point. In addition to his beloved Mohawk Bend in Echo Park, Yanow’s Artisanal Brewers Collective’s goal is to have a brewpub in every neighborhood, and so far, they’ve opened up four gastropubs — 6th and La Brea, Bluebird Brasserie, Broxton, and the Stalking Horse — and run eight other bars. While Mohawk Bend and those ABC brewpubs are all very good, with excellent vegan and non-vegan food options, house-only beers brewed on-site (quite a few nabbed GABF medals), and guest taps, this writer is a sucker for the Golden Road co-founder’s O.G. beer bar in Burbank. Let us persuade you before you start yelling: the tiny space is surrounded by light-hued wood decked out in beer paraphernalia and has a cozy row of table seating or bar options, as well as a couple of chairs on an outdoor patio. Bookshelves are lined with beer tomes and games, there’s one pool table in the back that gets converted into more table space during trivia nights, and there’s a single dartboard in the back because, despite the bar’s name, that’s all the space available for darts at this point. Tony’s Darts Away is not flashy nor cheap, but the bartenders are always happy to see you, the beer menu is listed as “IPA” and “Not IPA,” and the laid-back vibe makes you feel like you’ve always belonged here. It’s a California beer masterpiece, only serving craft brews from the Golden State state on draft — no bottles here. Like Yanow’s other spaces, there’s excellent food here as well, with the highlight being the vegan and non-vegan sausage options, but their fried chickpeas and French fries also make for the perfect bar snacks.

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Naja’s Place

154 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach | (310) 376-9951

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This bar is a South Bay institution that, for many in the area, was a welcome gateway to the craft beer world. Located dockside at the Redondo Beach Pier, this locals hang features 88 taps, regular takeovers, and live music. Far from relegated to the indoors, you can sit at wood tables right alongside boats and contemplate if you should finally get up at 3 AM to see how the fish market really works. Naja’s is a casual, affordable hang, with a good menu to help wash down your beer or wine (the only two libations served), but do know that the staff is firm and direct with patrons who step out of line. This is a neighborhood bar that happens to have an excellent craft beer selection, and that’s just the way the regulars like it.

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Very Honorable Mentions Not Already Mentioned Above: Verdugo Bar (Glassell Park), Hop Merchants Bottle Shop and Taproom (North Hollywood), Empire Tavern (Burbank), The Cellar Bottle Shop (Redondo Beach), The Surly Goat (West Hollywood and Encino), and Uncle Henry’s Deli (Downey)

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What's the number one beer in California? ›

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What is the most popular beer in Los Angeles? ›

Budweiser and Bud Light may have earned the number one and two spots in California, but a local beer was among the state's favorites.

How many breweries are in Los Angeles? ›

According to the Los Angeles Brewers Guild, there are 95 breweries and 111 designated destinations producing more than 5,000 unique beers in 4,751 square miles.

What beer is best for your liver? ›

Long drinks lists can be overwhelming, but if your liver got to choose, it would probably go with something brimming with hops. Yep, just like the majority of craft beer drinkers, it would probably grab an IPA.

What is the best selling beer in California? ›

Top 5 Most Popular Beers In California
  • Budweiser.
  • Bud Light.
  • Heineken.
  • Guinness.
  • Sierra Nevada.
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What is the most popular beer in America 2022? ›

Most well-known beer brands in the United States 2022

Corona and Bud Light are the most well-known beer brands in the United States.

What state drinks the most beer? ›

New Hampshire took the top spot in 2020, outdrinking other states with 41.5 gallons of beer consumed annually per capita.
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American Beer Consumption By State.
Beer Consumption By State (2020)Annual Gallons Per CapitaPreferred Beer
Alabama29.1Budweiser
Alaska26.1
Arizona27.0Dos Equis
Arkansas23.9Budweiser
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29 Apr 2022

Where is Bud Light Most popular? ›

Vermont

What is the #1 craft beer in America? ›

Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies
RankCompanyCity
1D. G. Yuengling and Son IncPottsville
2Boston Beer CoBoston, Milton
3Sierra Nevada Brewing CoChico
4Duvel Moortgat USAPaso Robles, Kansas City, Cooperstown
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6 Apr 2022

What is the oldest brewery in California? ›

Anchor Brewery is the oldest and still running brewery in California. In 1896 German brewer Ernst F. Baruth and his son-in-law, Otto Schinkel, Jr., bought the old brewery on Pacific (the first of six Anchor locations around the City over the years) and named it Anchor.

What city has the most breweries? ›

Asheville, North Carolina

It's the city with the most breweries per capita in America with an average of 28.1 breweries per 100,000 residents. In 1994, Oscar Wong opened Highland Brewing Company, becoming Asheville's first original craft brewery.

Which beer is best for gut health? ›

Lager Beer Could Help Men's Gut Microbes, Reduce Risk of Disease. According to a new study, men can increase the diversity of their gut microbes by drinking either one alcoholic or non-alcoholic lager daily.

Which beer is healthiest? ›

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  • Bud Select 55. Anheuser-Busch. Bud Select 55 was the lowest-calorie beer we could find.
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What is the healthiest alcohol? ›

However, if you are going to drink, having red wine in moderation is a healthier choice than other alcoholic drinks. This is due to its high levels of antioxidants called polyphenols, which have been linked to better heart and gut health.

What is the number 1 beer in the world? ›

Heineken

Although its popularity can rise and fall depending on where you are in the world, it has consistently remained in the top spot overall for beer drinkers, Dutch or not. This alcoholic beverage has an ABV of 5.0%, and its calorie count is 148 per bottle.

What is the easiest beer to drink? ›

Best Beers for People Who Don't Like Beer
  • Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy.
  • Bud Light Lime.
  • Shock Top Lemon Shandy.
  • Landshark Island Style Lager.
  • Blue Moon Belgian White.
  • Abita Strawberry Lager.
  • Miller High Life.
  • Samuel Adams Whitewater IPA.
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What alcohol does not stay on your breath? ›

Alcohol doesn't have any smell. It's the hops, barley and other "stuff" that you can smell on your breath. The answer is to drink a clear spirit (or white spirit! - perhaps not) such as vodka.

What are the top 3 beers in the US? ›

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  • #3 best beer on the list is: Michelob Ultra. ...
  • #4 is Coors Light from the Molson Coors Brewing Company. ...
  • Coming in at #5 is Miller Lite. ...
  • The number 6 top beer is Budweiser. ...
  • #7 is Heineken.
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Which country drinks the most beer? ›

The country that drinks the most beer per capita is the Czech Republic. It has topped the list for almost 30 years straight, since 1993. The Czechs drink on average 181.7L of beer per year per person.

Why is Busch Light so popular? ›

It's not all about the price, though. Anheuser-Busch has also done a good job marketing its top sub-premium brand in ways its competitors haven't matched, analysts said. Influencers promote Busch Light on TikTok and Instagram as a staple of the outdoors, country life and Americana.

Where is the best beer made? ›

Considered by many to be the apex of the best beer countries in the world, Belgium has a huge diversity of original beer styles, and a deeply-embedded heritage of traditional beer production.

What beer do Southerners drink? ›

Southerners are more likely to grab a Corona or a Dos Equis, and Miller Lite lovers live in the Midwest and Great Plains.

What is the most American beer? ›

Yuengling Lager

Branded as “America's oldest brewery,” it was founded in 1829 by David Yuengling during the Andrew Jackson presidency. To survive during the prohibition, the company founded Yuengling Dairy and sold ice cream to their dry customers.

What's the top five selling beers in America? ›

Here are the top 10.
  • Bud Light.
  • Stella Artois.
  • Blue Moon.
  • Miller.
  • Budweiser.
  • Samuel Adams.
  • Corona.
  • Heineken.
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What beer company sells the most beer? ›

AB InBev

What country owns Budweiser? ›

Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., American company that is one of the largest producers of beer in the world. It became a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev in 2008. The headquarters are in St. Louis, Missouri.

Which race drinks the most alcohol? ›

Examining Alcoholism Statistics by Race
  • American Indian and Alaska Native: 14.9%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 11.3%
  • Hispanic: 8.6%
  • Caucasian: 8.4%
  • African American: 7.4%
  • Asian: 4.6%
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What state is the most alcoholic? ›

Per capita alcohol consumption of all beverages in the U.S. by state 2020. New Hampshire is currently the state with the highest per capita alcohol consumption in the United States.

What city drinks the most beer? ›

The drunkest city in the United States is Green Bay, Wisconsin. Approximately 26.5% of adults drink to excess.
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A “drink” is considered to be:
  • 12 ounces of beer.
  • 8 ounces of malt liquor.
  • 5 ounces of wine.
  • 1.5 ounces of 80-proof (40% alcohol content) distilled spirits or liquor.

What is the top 10 beer in the world? ›

The 10 Most Valuable Beer Brands in 2022
  • Budweiser ($5.6 billion)
  • Bud Light ($4.5 billion.
  • Modelo ($3.9 billion)
  • Snow ($3.6 billion)
  • Kirin ($3.2 billion)
  • Miller Lite ($2.9 billion)
  • Coors Light ($2.9 billion)
  • Asahi ($2.5 billion)
28 Jul 2022

What kind of beer would a wine drinker like? ›

Sours are great gateway beers for wine drinkers because of their familiar flavor notes. Wine lovers may appreciate the acidity and dryness that accompanies certain sour styles (think goses or lambics). Or try a sour that's been brewed with fruit for a taste that's mellower and subtly sweet.

Who is the largest producer of beer in the United States? ›

AN AMERICAN CRAFT BREWER IS A SMALL AND INDEPENDENT BREWER. SMALL: ANNUAL PRODUCTION OF 6 MILLION BARRELS OF BEER OR LESS (APPROXIMATELY 3 PERCENT OF U.S. ANNUAL SALES).
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Top 50 Overall U.S. Brewing Companies.
Rank1
CompanyAnheuser-Busch Inc (a)
CitySt. Louis
StateMO
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30 Mar 2021

Whats the oldest beer company in the US? ›

Founded in 1828 in Pottsville, Pa., D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc. was placed on the national and states' registers in 1976 as “America's Oldest Brewery,” a distinction that is an irrefutable part of the brewery's history and part of its tag line.

What is the oldest beer still sold? ›

Here are the 15 oldest American beers still available for purchase today.
  • #4 – Blatz Beer, Pabst Brewing Company, 1846.
  • #3 – Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer, Pabst Brewing Company, 1844.
  • #2 – Schaefer, Pabst Brewing Company, 1842.
  • # 1 – Yuengling Lord Chesterfield Ale & Porter, Yuengling Brewing, 1829.
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Who invented beer? ›

The first solid proof of beer production comes from the period of the Sumerians around 4,000 BCE. During an archeological excavation in Mesopotamia, a tablet was discovered that showed villagers drinking a beverage from a bowl with straws. Archeologists also found an ode to Ninkasi, the patron goddess of brewing.

What beer is made in California? ›

TOP BEER FROM CALIFORNIA, USA
Brewer
1Modern Times Monster TonesModern Times Beer
2Russian River Pliny the ElderRussian River Brewing Company
3Russian River Pliny the YoungerRussian River Brewing Company
4Lost Abbey Yellow BusPort Brewing Company / The Lost Abbey
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What is the best beer city in America? ›

Chicago Named Best Beer City, Followed By Portland, Oregon.

What city in California has the most breweries? ›

There isn't a town in America with a larger number of highly respected breweries than San Diego.

What state is the beer capital of the US? ›

It's official. C+R Research has named the Craft Beer Capital of America and it's Vermont, home to 11.5 craft breweries for every 100,000 of-age adults. Here's how to do an epic craft beer road trip across the Green Mountain State.

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What is the #1 beer in the world? ›

Heineken

Although its popularity can rise and fall depending on where you are in the world, it has consistently remained in the top spot overall for beer drinkers, Dutch or not. This alcoholic beverage has an ABV of 5.0%, and its calorie count is 148 per bottle.

What is the #1 beer? ›

Budweiser. Budweiser beer is an American lager brewed by Anheuser-Busch. With the unofficial title of “The King of Beers,” it is no wonder why Budweiser tops this list of America's most popular beers.

What beer is most popular? ›

Here are the top 10.
  • Bud Light.
  • Stella Artois.
  • Blue Moon.
  • Miller.
  • Budweiser.
  • Samuel Adams.
  • Corona.
  • Heineken.
31 Jul 2022

What is the most popular beer in America 2022? ›

Most well-known beer brands in the United States 2022

Corona and Bud Light are the most well-known beer brands in the United States.

What country drinks the most alcohol? ›

Belarus, a country that drinks the most liters of pure alcohol than any other country in the world, was also classified as having one the riskiest pattern of drinking.

Which country drinks the most beer? ›

The country that drinks the most beer per capita is the Czech Republic. It has topped the list for almost 30 years straight, since 1993. The Czechs drink on average 181.7L of beer per year per person.

What is the top 10 beer? ›

10 Most Popular Beer Brands
  • Miller Lite Lager Beer. ...
  • Corona Extra. ...
  • Michelob ULTRA. Pale Lager, Lager, American-Style Lager. ...
  • Stella Artois. Pale Lager, Lager. ...
  • Modelo Especial. Pale Lager, Lager, American-Style Lager. ...
  • Guinness Draught. Stout, Dry Stout, ALE. ...
  • Blue Moon Belgian White Wheat Beer. Witbier, Wheat Ale, ALE. ...
  • Heineken Lager.

What are the top 3 beers in the US? ›

  • What are the top selling beer formats? ...
  • The top selling beer of 2020 is Bud Light: ...
  • The number 2 best selling beer: Corona Extra. ...
  • #3 best beer on the list is: Michelob Ultra. ...
  • #4 is Coors Light from the Molson Coors Brewing Company. ...
  • Coming in at #5 is Miller Lite. ...
  • The number 6 top beer is Budweiser. ...
  • #7 is Heineken.
2 Sept 2022

What state drinks the most beer? ›

New Hampshire took the top spot in 2020, outdrinking other states with 41.5 gallons of beer consumed annually per capita.
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American Beer Consumption By State.
Beer Consumption By State (2020)Annual Gallons Per CapitaPreferred Beer
Alabama29.1Budweiser
Alaska26.1
Arizona27.0Dos Equis
Arkansas23.9Budweiser
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29 Apr 2022

What is the best tasting beer in America? ›

Here is a list of the best American beers to drink right now.
  • Best Overall: Alchemist Heady Topper. ...
  • Best IPA: Brouwerij West Picnic Lightning IPA. ...
  • Best Pale Ale: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. ...
  • Best Stout: Bell's Expedition Stout. ...
  • Best Porter: Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald. ...
  • Best Brown Ale: Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale.
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Which alcohol is good for high blood pressure? ›

American Heart Association: “Drink Wine to Reduce HighBlood Pressure -- JustLeave OuttheAlcohol.”

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