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4 New Craft Beer Bars in LA You Need to Try Right Now

10:10 AM PDT on September 25, 2015

[dropcap size=big]O[/dropcap]ktoberfest is upon us once again and there’s no better time to start indulging in some great beers this season. Although if you're like us, you really don't need an excuse to go get a cold one.  The LA beer scene has only been getting better, and with this hot (hellish) summer weather creeping into the fall months, you’ll want to cool off at some of the best new craft beer bars in LA. No need to try to figure out where to go, and forget Yelp-- we’ve got you covered with the rundown of the best new bars serving up the tastiest craft brews in the city, including locations in the Arts District, Echo Park, Highland Park, and DTLA.

Bar Bandini - Echo Park

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Only one week shy of having its grand opening, this is your go-to bar if you want to take a date or prefer to chill undisturbed in a dimly lit wine and beer bar. Formerly just a wine bar, this revamped secret neighborhood bar now gives equal attention to both libations. 12 are taps devoted to some of the best craft breweries in the nation, with notable suds from The Bruery, Prairie Ales, and Modern Times. There’s no food yet, but soon you’ll be able to select from a variety of beer and wine friendly options. Named after Arturo Bandini, a character in famous LA author John Fante’s Ask the Dust, this bar is set to become Echo Park’s next hot spot. Enjoy it while you can still snag a seat. 2150 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, California 90026.

E.R.B.  (Everson Royce Bar) - Arts District


Another freshly revealed bar, ERB. has got everything you want for a perfect night out. Its location in the rapidly changing Arts District makes it a prime spot to visit after hitting up the art galleries. There are still many factories and warehouses in this area, which is why ERB is such a welcome addition to the scene. They’ve got a kitchen that stays open till 1am to pair beautifully with their expertly curated beer list (draft and bottles), including a superb wine list and a full bar, so you’ll be able to please everyone.

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In addition to the quality drink menu, the food gives most places nearby a run for their money. ERB.’s prime chuck burger may be the Eastside’s answer to the Westside favorite, Father’s Office. Pair this plump, juicy burger with a hoppy IPA like their Drake’s Aroma Coma on draft and you’re good to go. 1936 E 7th St Los Angeles, CA 90021.

Block Party - Highland Park

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Block Party is like your favorite bar, patio, and craft beer store all in one. Walking into an open, bright, and airy space, this Highland Park bar makes you feel welcome right as you come in. Although there’s no shortage of bars down York Blvd, this will be your regular destination in no time for many reasons. There’s a great tap list to try, but don’t rush to order your craft brew just yet. Walk past the bar and you’ll be rewarded with a wall full of craft bottles and cans. Pick one. Pick two. Whatever you pick, you can’t go wrong. The selection is chosen by the staff as some of the best craft beers and ciders available at the moment. If you keep walking to the back, you’ll go outdoors to their popular patio complete with communal tables and probably the biggest shuffleboard you’ll ever see.

The food menu is short, but sweet. Offering an array of sausages, including veggie-friendly options and house-made sides and toppings, everything will match flawlessly with your beer choice. What’s also amazing about Block Party is that you’re also welcome to bring your own food if their menu doesn’t fill you up. 5052 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042.

Barrel Down - Downtown LA

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Barrel Down is just what Downtown LA needed. A large craft beer bar with a seemingly never-ending tap list (40 to be exact), a hearty food menu, and a lot of space. With so many other great bars in walking distance, Barrel Down will be on every downtown bar crawl you join from now on.  Chow down on some of their crispy cauliflower popcorn or ribs if you really want to treat yourself. A beer selection this diverse means there's something that goes with anything on the savory menu.

Soon to be hosting beer events, like the upcoming Barrel-aged Beer Day with The Bruery, you can also get a step up on your beer education while enjoying these craft brews. 525 W 7th St Los Angeles, CA 90014.

So there you have it. Go out and try these new bars while they’ve still got space for you. Any spots we missed? Let us know in the comments.

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