Angel City Brewery

Bars, Breweries Downtown Arts District
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Angel City Brewery
Photograph: Elizabeth Hagwood, courtesy Angel City Brewery

After closing up its Alpine Village storefront in 2010, Angel City Brewery rooted itself in an expansive, century-old John A. Roebling building, the former production site for suspension cables that made their way to the likes of the Brooklyn and Golden Gate bridges. The industrial space has a bare-bones, beer hall feel, with plenty of room to spread out among picnic tables beneath a renovated mezzanine. But the main focus is the well-lit bar with 12 coveted bar stools, clean copper taps and an Art Deco-inspired backdrop.  The building's graffiti art is not to be overlooked: Above the entrance, a work of art from street artist JR's The Wrinkles of the City commissioned by MOCA and a Ronald Regan portrait by Shepard Fairey are on view. This is a city brewery to keep your eye on—just don’t let your beer trickle down in admiration.

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Good for: A beer-and-pretzel end to a lazy weekend stroll in DTLA. If you've never been behind the scenes at a brewery, sign up for a tour (check their website for times), where you’ll get to see and sniff malt, hops and aromatic components like dried orange peel.

The Scene: Nearby beer-loving residents in their 20s and 30s unwind post-work during weeknights and on weekends take advantage of the free board games—Jenga, Checkers, Monopoly—as well as a dog-friendly policy, so don’t be alarmed if a little bark comes with your beer. Locals also stop by to refill their 64-oz. growlers ($16 for the growler + fill and just $11 for a refill). Food trucks park out front quite frequently and come in droves for the brewery’s monthly Food Truck Haven series.

The playlist: Whatever the bartenders feel like playing sets the score for the background music, which accompanied by reverberating sounds of Arts District street-life makes for a chill vibe.

The bartender says: If the food trucks are a no show (which is rare), feel free to bring in sausages from nearby Würstkuche. Oh, and the slide is off limits, but drink your beer and imaging bundles of cable wire rolling down from 4th floor at top speeds, in days gone by.

Drink This: Currently seven craft beers are on tap, available in 8-ounce ($3) or 16-ounce pours ($6) or a flight of five 4.75 oz pours ($8). Our flight included the hoppy and bitter Angeleno IPA, the savory French Sip, the tart Berliner Weisse, the nutty and malty Amber and the White Night, which yielded a serious (and perplexing) espresso nose and coffee finish.

By: Jonathan Cristaldi

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Venue name: Angel City Brewery
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Address: 216 S Alameda St
Los Angeles
90012
Opening hours: Thu 4-10pm, Fri 4pm-midnight, Sat noon-midnight, Sun 1-8pm
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wordofmouthla
tastemaker

I've been to Angel City on many occasions. ACB is in the heart of the Arts District close to cafes, restaurants and other bars - which is great for when you get the drunchies. Angel City doesn't have a kitchen of their own, but they do have different food trucks that park on their patio and if you're not feeling the food you can always hit up one of the many places nearby, like Wurstkuche


ACB is a two level, large, open industrial space - totally vintage-looking. I love it. They have plenty of beers on tap and you can always opt to do a tasting flight. One of my favorite beers is their cream ale: light, foamy with a hint of sweet. It's perfect.


The brewery is also home to indie shops and houses some events on occasion. They have a lot going on so stay on top of their social media if you're interested.

Bryan C
tastemaker

Angel City is a gem within a gem (DTLA Arts District). Parts of Downtown are sometimes written off in passing, but Angel City & the Arts District are great places to grab a beer and gather with friends. The brewery's warehouse space is enormous and they frequently have a food truck in their front lot & cornhole + board games available inside to play. The staff is usually very friendly and the bar features rotating Angel City beers (with flagship beers & seasonal/limited batches). If you want to make an afternoon or evening of your visit to Angel City & the Arts District, there are a handful of additional breweries within walking distance as well as great restaurants for pie, burgers, sausage, and more. Beware of parking in the area though, it can often be tough to find a spot.

janpaolo
tastemaker

Angel City Brewery is a def. hangout for beer! Enjoy the beer and the relaxed Angeleno atmosphere. I've been here a few times. I've enjoyed my beer flight and found a few beers that has now become my favorite, when I go there. They also offer free quick short tours of the brewery, if you're free and looking to do something. Just check out their website for tour times. #TOTastemaker

Bri

Angel City Brewery is a great place to go for group birthday parties or just looking for a day in the sun with some friends. We went here for my fiance's birthday around 2 p.m. on Saturday and it was perfect - food trucks galore, corn hole games and, of course, delicious beer. Highly recommend this place whether you're a beer lover or not! 

Damara P
tastemaker

I don't like beer, but 99% of my friends are obsessed with it, so that's how I ended up at Angel City. It's a great open space, communal tables, board games, and the vibe is very comfortable, not intimidating in the least. On a Saturday night it was PACKED, so much so that it took a good 40 minutes for my group of 6 to find a sit-down table. But that could be expected at any DTLA watering hole on a weekend. Even without enjoying a pint, I appreciated the atmosphere: the warmth, the unobtrusive background music, the free water readily available (I hate having to ask a bartender for water). We brought in our own food, but later I enjoyed a delicious churro/ice cream concoction from one of the food trucks present outside the brewery. I can't speak for the variety and quality of the beer (though my friends seemed more than content with their choices), but I can say that it's definitely a great place to just hang out.

Sara Fay
moderator

One of my favorite hang-outs in the city. Besides the great beer, there's comedy, trivia, game nights, food trucks, music, bingo, a farmers market and art every week. The Shed is a cool place to see live music (and the taps are never too far away). I like going on Thursdays when they tap a mystery cask, which is usually just a side project or experiment the brewing staff threw together. Go early because the cask doesn't last too long.