Six Los Angeles bars are spotlighted in the list of 100 of the country’s best beer venues including some old favorites, a couple glaring omissions, and even a bar we’ve never heard of!
Updating last year’s list of the 100 best beer bars in the country, DRAFT Magazine gives the nod to six Los Angeles bars (up from five in 2012), including two new to this year’s list. El Prado, a bar previously unknown to us, make’s the list on the strength of its staff and the vibe of the room, and Little Bear joins Ryan Sweeny’s other entry on the Top-100 list: The Surly Goat.
Little Bear has been collecting accolades as of late; it was just named the Best Beer Bar in the country in the January/February issue of Imbibe Magazine (unfortunately the list is print-only for now, so no link to the story but here’s a low-res image of the piece:
The combination of a stellar bottle-list overflowing with hard-to-find sours, an obsessively curated tap list, and the amazing food coming out of the Little Bear kitchen make it an unsurprising new addition to the list, but the inclusion of El Prado did surprise us. (Mostly because we hadn’t even heard of the bar before the mention in DRAFT.) It would have to be an amazing beer bar to unseat the likes of Blue Palms (which made the list in 2012, but was dropped this year).
Santa Monica’s The Daily Pint and Father’s Office make the list (though we prefer the larger Culver City location of Father’s Office to the half-pint sized Santa Monica restaurant), and Tony’s Darts Away rounds-out the six LA bars on the list.
The DRAFT crew gets points for having their pulse on the exploding LA beer scene, but we’re puzzled by their dropping of Blue Palms and they missed what has quickly become one of the crown-jewels in LA’s impressive collection of beer bars: K-Town’s Beer Belly. We’ll be heading out to El Prado soon to see if it really does beat-out two of our favorite bars in LA, but we’re pretty sure that Beer Belly will be on this list come 2014.
Looking over the entries for the rest of the country the list seems to strike a good balance of the super-stars of the beer bar world and new-but-exciting joints. Head over to the full list and save it for future reference; it should prove quite helpful if you’re traveling and need a pint.