Just in time for the weekend, Filling Stations is a weekly post that highlights one of Los Angeles’ destinations for craft beer, be it a bottle-shop with a great selection, a restaurant with great food to go with their beer list, or a bar serving excellent beers.
- Neighborhood: Hollywood View Larger Map
- Type: Restaurant and Bar
- Yelp Page
- Selection: 4/5 Price: 3/5 Staff: 4/5 Food: 4/5
Hollywood has no shortage of beer-centered gastropubs, but there is just something about this funky spot in the Cahuenga corridor that keeps us coming back.
District 13 is a bit of an odd-duckling on one of the most restaurant-dense streets in the city. With an eclectic mix of a white formica and garish street-art adorning the walls, it has that over-designed feel that is common to many of the establishments that line Cahuenga and Sunset boulevards, but the vibe of the sausage-focused pub is closer to a neighborhood bar than a trendy night-life spot. It’s the well-curated 22-taps and versatile menu of sausages and pub-faire that keep us going back.
The “punky gastropub”, named for the LA City Council District that encompasses Hollywood, somehow manages to tread a fine line between douche-y and hip. The decor feels like it is trying too hard, the crowd is young, cliquey, and hard to peg, and the service can occasionally be spotty. But the vibe is very laid-back, the music is usually right in my sweet-spot (alt-rock from the 90s anyone?), and (unlike a lot of the restaurant) food and beer is more about substance than style.
The beer selection rotates regularly and ranges from decent to compelling. The 22 taps cover most styles, and there is a focus on locally produced beers. There is also a nice bottle-list to fill-out any holes, and there are occasionally some nice gems to be found on it. Bar staff is knowledgable and helpful, and they’ll hook you up with a little tasting pour to help you with your decision. The beer list is well laid out with all the important info about the beers that you could want, and prices are average for Hollywood.
Food is centered on 20 varieties of sausage that you can get on a platter, as a sandwich, or (our favorite) in a breakfast burrito on the weekend. They also have variety of snacks, burgers, and salads, and everything we’ve sampled has been delicious. Table-service can be slow and less-than-attentive, but we’ve taken ordering everything from – or just sitting at – the bar, and we haven’t had a complaint since starting that practice.
There are half-a-dozen televisions scattered around the large dining room, and D13 shows college and pro football on the weekend, and the rest of the LA sports events as well. They also hold special events, like a weekly pub trivia night, but we’ve never seen the restaurant be packed or over-crowded. We always seem to have our -pick of tables throughout the eclectic space.
In a lot of ways D13 feels like Blue Palms Brewhouse’s hipper little cousin. It’s maybe a little awkward, it tries a little too hard, but at its core it’s a great spot to grab a couple of beers, watch the game (or The Walking Dead on Sundays), and nosh on an excellent custom breakfast burrito! And whomever is putting together the tap-list is doing a great job. Maybe I am partial to the gastropub because it is one of the closest craft beer bars to our home, but there is something about District 13 – beyond the beer list and jukebox – that has made it one of my go-to spots when I can’t make up my mind about where to eat.
Stop in for a sausage and a beer and see if you feel the same way! I’m curious to hear your opinions.