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: 3/5 Price: 3/5 Staff: 4/5 Food: 4/5
A bastion of real craft beers and from-scratch foods among the tourist-traps of Hollywood Blvd, Lucky Devils has been serving kobe burgers, wood-fired pizzas, and beer with a focus on California craft breweries since 2009. We overlooked this spot for years before finally visiting it for a Stone tap-takeover, and we are sure glad we did!
Lucky Devils, on Hollywood Blvd between Cahuenga and Highland, bills itself as a “tavern” that focuses on elevating bar-food with organic, locally sourced ingredients and no-shortcuts preparations. The bar is anchored with 14 craft brew taps and another 16 taps of wines. House-smoked ribs, wood-fired pizzas and flatbreads, and a signature kobe burger are the highlights of the menu, and the tap-list is curated by the owner to showcase a mix of American craft breweries and traditional Belgian beers.
The space is cozy and stylish with a spacious bar and a slim patio for watching the crowds on the boulevard. Service has always been spot-on for us, and even when the space fills up on weekends the staff has been attentive and jovial. It’s a little touch that goes a long way, and it helps Lucky Devils dispel the perception of a “sceney” spot and gives the tavern a neighborhood vibe.
The beer list is interesting as it seems to always feature a large number of Craftsman Brewery beers. I don’t think I’ve ever seen less than four beers from the seminal LA brewery pouring at Lucky Devils, and this is big draw. Craftsman beers are nearly always fantastic, but they are often tough to find. Apart from the tap handles seemingly devoted to Craftsman, the rotating beer list, selected by owner Lucky Vanous, covers IPA, German and Belgian classics, and occasionally some nice harder-to-find brews. Glasses range from $6-$9, and tasting flights are available if you ask.
The menu is full of fresh, tasty, and inventive-but-approchable dishes. One of my new favorites from Lucky Devils is their Tandori Chicken Pizza. The spicy and rich flatbread features cooling goat cheese and goes with a IPA or Belgian golden ale wonderfully. Their BBQ dishes are house-smoked and the pulled chicken flatbread is another good choice. Of course the burger is a big draw for the restaurant, and for good reason. The burgers are big, juicy, and (optionally) made with kobe/wagyu beef. A variety of versions are available, and they are some of the better burgers Hollywood has to offer.
It took us too many years to give Luck Devils a try, but once we discovered that they are a down-to-earth joint with a neighborhood feel, a well curated tap-list (featuring lots of the great brews from Craftsman) and some killer grub we were hooked. Hollywood, especially the tourist mecca of Hollywood Blvd, often gets mistaken for nothing but shitty clubs, souvenir shops, and tourist-trap eateries. The truth is there are some great finds if you look. Blue Palms is an obvious examples, and we would add Lucky Devils to the list of gems scattered among Hollywood’s rough.