Perch (Downtown) Upscale bar with a great view of the city.
La Paella (San Vicente towards Beverly Hills) Spanish tapas and sangria.
Bedford & Burns (Beverly Hills) Pricey but good happy hour menu. They offer a selection of wine, beer, cocktails, and small appetizers.
The Fat Dog (West Hollywood on Fairfax) Gastropub with craft beer, happy hour, and brunch
Village Idiot (West Hollywood on Melrose) High quality meat, good happy hour and beer selection
Wurstküche (Venice and Downtown) Exotic german sausages and beer
Simmzy’s (Venice, Manhattan Beach, and Long Beach) Beachy pub with over 25 craft beers on tap. Beer: Oskar Blues Old Chub
Three Weavers Brewery (Inglewood by LAX) Garage inverted brewery. Very airy and casual. They have a collection of old games. We played Jenga and Uno. Beer: Deep Roots (Amber Ale), Expatriate (my friend’s favorite IPA), Hounslow Porter
Stout (Santa Monica, Studio City, and Hollywood) An upscale Gastropub that serves unique burgers and craft beers. Atmosphere: It has an industrial but trendy LA-feel. Tip: They will sample any of the beers on the menu so be sure to ask if you are unsure on what to order!
Father’s Office (Santa Monica and Culver City) Small Gastropub with 35+ craft beers on tap. Atmosphere: Lively, dark, and small. Tip: Go early to get a table. The Santa Monica location is tiny but the other location is bigger. You must be 21+ to go inside. They also sample their beers.
Stumptown (S. Santa Fe Ave.) High-end coffee shops also sell it.
Intelligentsia (Abbot Kinney in Venice) High-end coffee shops also sell it.