Browse Our Recommended Pubs
Here at LABeer.com 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.
- Antelope Valley / High Desert
- Arts District / Little Tokyo
- Central LA/Koreatown
- Century City/Westwood
- Culver City
- Downey/South Gate and around
- Downtown LA
- El Segundo/Hawthorne and around
- Glendale/Montrose and around
- Hollywood/West Hollywood
- Long Beach and around
- Mid City
- Northeast LA
- Pasadena and around
- Playa del Rey/Westchester/LAX (Airport)
- San Fernando Valley
- San Gabriel Valley
- Santa Clarita and around
- Santa Monica
- Silver Lake/Echo Park/Los Feliz
- South Bay Beach Cities
- Union Station/Chinatown/Mission Junction and around
- Venice/Marina del Rey
- West Los Angeles/Palms/Mar Vista
Key to Symbols
Here are some symbols you may see in some of our pub listings.