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.
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.
|Venue name:||Angel City Brewery|
216 S Alameda St
|Opening hours:||Thu 4-10pm, Fri 4pm-midnight, Sat noon-midnight, Sun 1-8pm|
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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!
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.
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.