The Surly Goat | West Hollywood, California
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The Surly Goat
Excellent based on 15 ratings
Type: Bar

7929 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, California United States 90046 [ print map ]
323 650 4628 | facebook | twitter

Hours: opens @6

Mayor: ChinoSkillzian (1) | Taps: 27 | Bottles: 50+

The Surly Goat

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Beer Available At The Surly Goat (arranged by most recent)
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 100, Delirium Nocturnum 92, New Belgium La Folie 100, Russian River Row 2/Hill 56 99, Beachwood Street 3, Block 2 96, Allagash Century Ale 99
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15 reviews for The Surly Goat
 Ambiance  79%
 Service  77%
 Selection  84%
 Food  45%
 Value  68%
 Overall  84%
 Rating  85%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
t0rin0  (1512) Do Not Resuscitate, California | July 28, 2013
Visited on a bar hopping tour through Hollywood starting at Blue Palms. This place was really busy but we were lucky enough to get to the bar right as two people were leaving. The beer list is pretty good and they have some neat bottles too. The service can be good but can also act like they’re too busy to deal with you. The food was pretty good. We split a pizza that had goat cheese and a few other California type ingredients on it. Thin crust of course. This place is also really close to Amoeba which is a big plus.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail  (1171) San Leandro, California | March 6, 2013
Not exactly the most appealing place from the outside: dull, dark, no indication of what’s contained within. Inside, it’s got the typical dark, almost diver bar feel. But the decor and feel is a bit more lounge-like. Pretty solid selection of beers on draft and a quality, but limited bottle selection. Service was quick and moderately friendly. Prices are very Hollywood. A cool place to hang out.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
jrallen34  (500) Chicago, Illinois | July 5, 2014
Really fun spot to hang out. A big bar, vip section, tables, muralled out door bench, and a game room, so many things to do. Lots of surly goats decorations, give it a fun but serious touch. 27 drafts and a cask. Menu updated daily. I like how they list an upcoming keg under certain beers that are running low, lets you know if you need to grab something. Quality of drafts is off the charts. Mostly local stuff that is killer, Hoppy Birthday, PtE, and Haberno Knuckle Sandwhich, are you kidding me? They offer tasters of each beer as well so you can tick the whole menu like I did. Pretty decent bottle list but nothing crazy you must get. Helpful and knowledgable stuff. I’ll be back for sure despite slightly overpriced draft prices.
BMan1113VR  (422) Los Angeles, California | February 16, 2011
Visited on the night of a special event. I don’t really have a desire to go back anytime soon, and well never return on a special event night. I am going to try to keep this review as fair as possible. Parking is street parking a few blocks away. The exterior screams dive bar (a concrete block painted matte black. The inside is really nice look. Good looking bar, dark, nice colors, nice tap wall. Beers are clearly posted (and their website’s tap list is all up to date). No food available. Selection appears to be on par with the best beer bars in LA. Staff wasn’t friendly (to put it nicely), but they were slammed on a busy night. Ryan (the owner) is a good guy and is doing great things for the LA beer scene, but he cannot seem to run a special event to save his life. I won’t go into details, but I ended up waiting from 4:30pm till a 6pm line, and was not able to get the main beer of the event (as they advertised). The staff was actually abrasively rude about it and the owner played favorites (40 servings, 10 ounce servings at that, from a sixtel available to the public?! Come on). Ryan appears to be quite aggressively unapologetic about it on beer advocate. That’s all that I have to say about that. This is by far the fairest review that I can write, I am being very generous.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
ajm  (202) Los Angeles, California | February 21, 2010
Makes for a nice little 1-2 between Golden State and here. "Wanna do the Gold ’n’ Goat?" Prices are exactly what you would expect for the area. Service is too. And so is the clientele. More male-female couples than you might imagine though. Selection is so good that it’s making Verdugo worse. I hate that.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan  (65) Los Angeles County, California | June 10, 2011
Ambiance: A total dive/grandma type bar. Really dark and divey. Most of the time there is music going. The people look really trendy who go there.

Service: I delt with some grumpy bar tenders, but the owners are cool as hell.

Selection: Great mix of popular craft beers.

Value: Decently priced draft beers and bottle list.

Overall: Not quite my cup of tea. I like Verdugo better.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
MattH  (60) California | November 10, 2011
Good tap selection of beers that are hard to find. Plus, their website has an up to date tap list so you know exactly what they have before you go. The bar itself is interesting. In a good way. When I was there they were playing some good 70s songs that I love, including Bobby Womack’s "If You Think You’re Lonely Now", Hall and Oates’ "Sara Smile", and The Floaters’ "Float On". On television, since no sports were going on that day, they were playing a movie, which was pretty cheesy, but funny. The bartenders were pretty nice and they told me that they have to take a beer certification course, so I’m guessing they know about beer. Overall, I’d say this is a place worth checking out.
beersearcher  (26) Glendale, California | February 18, 2010
Great new place serving an under served part of LA. Wide selection. As an IPA lover, great to see Kern River, Pliny and Sculpin together. Plus house beer from local Eagle Rock!
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 18/20
johnbuck100  (23) Lancaster, Pennsylvania | May 13, 2012
Really nice micro tap selection, very laid back - hard to find but worth the search for a true beer freak. A winner.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
Odeed  (15) Bakersfield , California | March 3, 2010
what can i say,this place is awesome.nice atmosphere,the staff is friendly and funny,and the selection is top notch.i think this will be my new hang out in l.a.

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