Visited many times since opening. I dont get out to Hollywood as often as I should but when I do I make sure to stop in at Blue Palms. It is a popular LA bar but despite that they have a lot of good taps and some really neat bottles. Brian has some Firestone connections so they often times have some vintage or otherwise interesting Firestone stuff. Also, they usually have the "house beers" (Firestone Hefe and IPA) and a large assortment of other random guest beers. The food is quite good, the service is also good (though it can get pretty busy), parking sucks. Over all a great place.
After my initial visit (detailed below), Iíve returned here several more times. Each time Iíve been more and more impressed with the place and will continue to go back. The service in subsequent trips was definitely improved and the taps are always top notch.
Went here with a friend after spending a day doing random stuff in Hollywood. I forgot to check what time they opened, so we got there around 4:45, and had to kill 15 minutes until they opened at 5.
The biggest bummer about this place is the complete lack of parking. Youíre probably going to end up in the Pantages or Fonda parking lots and pay from $8-$10, or, if you can manage to find a metered spot, it is $2 an hour!
Inside, itís quite a nice place. Good decor and gives a fairly classy feel all around. The place was nice and clean, which was probably helped by the fact that they had just opened. TVs on the walls where we watched the Dodger game.
We werenít too hungry as we had a large lunch, so we just ordered some sweet potato fries to snack on while we had a few beers. They were excellent, and the rest of the menu looked great too. They have wings for $0.25 (minimum of 6) on Thursdays (we were there on a Thursday), but being vegetarian, I did not partake.
Good list of beers, 24 taps and a cask. They also had a decent bottle list, with some impressive choices such as FW10 (for a mere $100 a bottle). I had a Telegraph Reserve Wheat (fairly tasty sour wheat ale), a Bruery Orchard White (will not have this again, it tasted almost medicinal), and a Moylan Hopgarten (not my favorite, but decent).
The service was pretty good in the beginning, but as the place started to fill up, we were ignored for some time (our waitress simply disappeared for about 20 minutes). But that wasnít too terrible.
The prices were pretty good, especially during the happy hour (which was literally one hour--from 5-6). All beers regularly $6.50 and under were $3.
Oakes (805) Vancouver, British Columbia | September 9, 2011
As far as the look and vibe goes, this couldnít be more bland. Generic knock-down place like youíd expect to find in the suburbs, not in the middle of Hollywood. But despite that, the beers are serious, with a long list of quality stuff. I was impressed. I had some sausages, one of which was kind of dull but the other was something really tasty. Iíd return, but Iím not sure how much LA traffic Iím willing to fight to come here, despite the stack of good beers available.
So, youíre walking along Hollywood and you need a great beer and meal. Blue Palms has you covered. The tap list is very respectable with a good mix of regional beers and rare/beer geek wants. The bottle list is purposefully curated. I was impressed with how good the happy hour was, not just by LA standards either. Overall the prices actually arenít that bad, especially considering this is in the middle of Hollywood. I had the fish sandwich with brussel sprouts and some of the ladyís nachos. They clearly take their food menu very seriously. Service was personable and attentive.
Has the feel of an old-time city boozer. Very solid tap list, not huge but top stuff only. Looked like a ton of good bottles as well. Great breakfast buffet for us with lovely sausages and the hugest bagels Iíve ever encountered. I really love the projection tap lists. Good place.
Probably the original craft beer bar in downtown Hollywood just a few blocks from the Chinese Theater. Interior is dark, full of Belgian beer parafernalia. Only a few tables and a medium sized bar. Staff was very friendly and knowledgable. Chatty and good sense of humor. The tap list is on a projection screen and changes on the fly. Good bottle list with stuff like FW11-FW15, Parabola, and more. FW12 was $70. I passed on that, but after trying one the next day, it could be worth that with a big group. Didnít have the normal menu; they did a special brunch for the RBSG group. Smoked salmon, bagels, salad, scrambled eggs, sausages. Yum. Very cool- reminds me of a classic craft beer bar. Speedway on tap, Pliny, Blind Pig, Drie Fonteinen Beersel Lager, local brews, a ton more that was very impressive.
We spent a superb evening at the newish Blue Palms, but lots of the credit must be attributed to the good company of Capín Cougar and Chris Quiroga. Another part of the credit must be given to the bottles they brought! Still, I had the chance to get a feel for the place and there is no doubt that this has to be one of the top destination in a prime LA location. Other good places exist in the suburbs, but on Hollywood Blvd.? I would find it hard to imagine it gets better than that. Still, it keeps a lot of the Hollywood blvd. character. That is, the Blue palms name is justified by the fake palm trees which occupy the main roomís corners. I donít find the place very pretty at all and would probably not spend whole evenings here on my own, but Iím about as far from an LA type of guy as one can get. As far as the service goes though, I was in a bit of a particular situation, but I presume itís very good as the owner seems quite intense about getting a hard to convince LA crowd into beer. The selection can only follow and improve on that, Brian is not the shy type and will certainly contact the best breweries out there to get their stuff in. The Craftsman La Luz I tried on tap was my first chance to discover that brewery I longed for and was in good condition. Besides the Craftsman, they had a very fresh keg of Maharaja which, surprisingly for me, smelled as good as any IPA out there. They may not have had their best selection up on that night, but Iíve browsed through their online menu a few times and there was always a couple of beers in there Iíd gladly be drinking. They also have a broad bottle menu including the likes of Cuvťe de Tomme and Older Viscosity. A good place at the moment and quite likely an excellent place in becoming.
The best beer bar I have been to in LA. You come in, you feel already at home. Good parking next door (late enough it was free). About 95% guys and all efficiently served by Bix. Twenty five taps up electronically on a board, with lots of interesting choices. Great bottle selection too, but Black Tuesday at $90 was something I wanted but not at that price. Some other really rare ones, though prices were steep for those as well. Music was decent and toned down, so you can talk. with some TVs on. they are trying to get their sublease settled to stay in the current location.
A great bar just a short walk from our apartment. Dark wooden interior and a welcoming atmosphere. I visitied twice, first time alone and the second with my wife. The same female bartender both evenings, and she provided good service. 11 beers from Monkey Paw on tap. I had a couple of flights, thats for sure! A flight (4 x 4oz) was $10. Not bad. 24 taps and 17 were new for me. I did them all... Fun fact: one of the speciality cheeses in the menu was "Ekte Geitost", a hard goat cheese from Norway. Not my preferred beer snack, but certainly exotic here in Hollywood. (Visited July 11th and 13rd 2016)
Very busy place on Hollywood Blvd, not far from the super touristic Walk of Fame. The tap list was decent with a lot of Hangar 24 beers at the time we visited. Ice cream portion from their desert menu was huge. Free wi-fi and you can check their updated tap list from their website.