Browse Our Recommended Pubs

Here at we don't have complicated rules for choosing the pubs we list. To recommend a pub we have to actually have had a beer there - we don't list pubs which have been recommended by friends of friends, brothers-in-law or some random guy on the the street unless we have checked it out ourselves.  There are two exceptions,  the pubs on the "To Do List" -- they have been recommended by people we trust, but we haven't actually visited them yet. And all brewery tap rooms that are open to public are listed.

Our pubs must serve good beer. We don't care how it is served -- cask, keg, bottled are all fine so long as the pub serves Good Beer from interesting breweries. But the pub also needs to have a little something extra, be it an outstanding selection, stunning architecture, an amazing ambience or excellent food. But first and most of all it must have good beer. 

All the pubs on this guide are worthy of a visit. A few have been singled out for special attention -- those ones are worth a special effort to visit.

Most of listed pubs are on the west side of Los Angeles County -- that is where the author lives and where he drinks beer.

Since one should not drive when enjoying beer, there are links on each pub's pages to nearby bus lines. Or you can see an overview of bus options here. You can also see pubs along the beach bike path.

Choose a region below or browse the alphabetical list or see a map of all pubs . Or search by bus line or Metro stop.

Regions in Los Angeles

Key to Symbols

Here are some symbols you may see in some of our pub listings Click on the symbol to see a list of pubs.

Fred Top Pick
Fred's Honorable Mention
Full menu
Beach/Harbor View
On Beach Bike Path
Live Music
WiFi available
Closed Sunday
Closed Monday
Closed Tuesday
Usually has LA brewed beers.
Open 11am or earlier
New entry in the Guide in 2016
New entry in the Guide in 2019
Brewery tap, may have limited hours
Specializes in Belgian Beers
On the To Do List