Arts District frequents now have another watering hole to rival Angel City Brewery and the arcade bar EightyTwo. This brewhouse features nine beers on tap, which will no doubt be expanded, a full cocktail bar for when you want to amp things up, and a full food menu from Neal Fraser's Fritzi kitchen to sober you up. Oh, and there are skee-ball machines.
|Venue name:||Arts District Brewing Co.||Contact:|
828 Traction Ave
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu 4pm-midnight; Fri 4pm-2am; Sat 11:30am-2am; Sun 11:30am-midnight|
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Average User Rating
3.8 / 5
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The scene at this massive space can veer a little towards the bro. It seems to be a popular spot for post-convention team-building-mixer type groups and happy hour packs. However, strategic timing and positioning will result in a positive experience. The real draw here is the food window which turns out really great versions of bar snacks to accompany the rotating house-made and guest beers. The move is to bring a trio, send one person to the food ordering window, one person to the beer ordering bar and dispatch the third to scout out a table away from the arcade bustle (which can get deafeningly loud) and then regroup. I'm sure the games are fun, but I can't say, since over multiple visits I have never caught them without a crowd. Being so large, it's a rare place in the Arts District you can reliably count on to find a seat, even on busy nights.
Arts District Brewing is serving the best beer Downtown at the moment, and while you might have to fight for a pint on a crowded weekend, it's well worth any wait. Skeeball, ping pong, darts and a walk-up food window (connected to Fritzi next door) all add to the space, making this a prime spot for a group hangout.
You had me at skeeball. Seriously. I think I might've spent more money playing skeeball than I did buying drinks! Also, the fact that they have a walk-up restaurant inside the brewery is brilliant.