A beer stein-shaped sign greets visitors to the divey street-side bar, but it’s all about the back patio at this Silver Lake institution, a fixture since 1959. Current owner Aidas Mattis and his family still maintain the Bavarian connection with imagery of the Berlin bear and a 3-D mural of old-school, beer-toasting Germans and wall-mounted promotional tins from classic German breweries like Warsteiner and Bitburger, also served on tap. Schnitzel and sausage are series regulars at Red Lion where they'll be pouring Hofbrau Oktoberfest, "the original beer of Bavarian kings" in commemorative steins and featuring live music in the downstairs bar through mid-October.
Red Lion Tavern
|Venue name:||Red Lion Tavern||Contact:|
2366 Glendale Blvd
|Opening hours:||Daily 11-2am|
So granted, this place is a little fratty—it's a beer house, after all. But you've got to hand it to the dudes who drink here—it's a rgeat place to knock back a boot with the sun shining on the patio, some German sausage just an order away if you start feeling a little too drunk. And the kitsch is part of what makes it so fun.