ajm (202) Los Angeles, California | October 19, 2011
Made to look like an old Chicago bar where almost everything is in a can and the only food is bad frozen pizza and worse hot dogs. The food here is better but not great. Tony is a man who loves an IPA and always endeavors to have seasonal IPAs on when they are conceivably fresh. In a very quiet neighborhood in Burbank. Always a young, artsy crowd with some elder locals mixed in. There is a small female bartender who is never in a good mood - and not in a cool way like Jane (? black hair...) at Toronado. In general, the barstaff is a bit spaced out. I consistently have to wait for attention on slow weeknights, which I don’t appreciate.
Hophead22 (60) Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California | October 17, 2011
Small place with a really nice beer selection. Very unassuming outside, didn’t even see it at first when we pulled up in the dark. Inside had a bit of a dive bar feel to it, but not in a bad way. There was a pool table that could serve as an eating table for big parties. I only had some disco fries while I was there and they were very tasty. It was a busy night and the beertenders were working hard, but the service was a little slow, but I still enjoyed myself.
Ambiance: It’s clean and well kept, definitely a bar atmosphere, but who really cares about the decorum and lighting when you have a few dozen taps of good beer? Service: order at the bar, staff were friendly enough. Selection: lots of fresh IPAs and other good Cali brews, draft only. Food: sausages are really the only thing on the menu, very tasty though, and the lunch special was a good deal. Decent prices, overall a very nice place.
I visited this past Friday evening with my brother. We sat down at the bar. It was pretty much a dive bar with heavy metal blaring in the background (think Pantera). There were two order here areas at the bar. We sat there while an entire line of people got beer. So I told my brother it looks like we have to get up and order. They don’t serve you if you are sitting at the bar. So he got up and ordered his beer and sausage sandwich. Those are pretty much your options for food. Vegan or sausage sandwich.
After he returned they came and took my order. So that’s the reason for the low rate on service. It was not clearly defined how to order here.
The beer selection was all tap. Half IPA and half everything else. That’s what brought me here. I love IPA’s. And it did not disappoint. The selection was awesome. The sausage sandwich was one of the best I’ve had. It would have been nice to have more options beyond sausage. But it was really really good.
Overall I somewhat enjoyed my experience here. I was a bit annoyed with the service throughout. I felt like more of an outsider than someone who belonged in their fine establishment. But the beer list was worth it I suppose. A Pliny the Elder on tap with a delicious spicy sandwich. Would have been my favorite spot if I had been treated better.
LtDan (65) Los Angeles County, California | June 10, 2011
Ambiance: A faux dive bar for sure. Darkly lit, typical signs, tap handles and stuff behind the bar. Gorgeous tap towers, could use more seating.
Service: When Dave worked there, he was the man. Paige could manage to make my day even if my dog died. She is a sweetheart. Tony is the man as well.
Selection: An amazing, fresh selection of California Craft.
Food: A very focused vegan and sausage menu, the sausage sandwich I had was wonderful.
Value: Typical Los Angeles beer bar prices. Around 6-8 bucks a pop.
Overall: Wish I lived closer, that would be my go to joint.
I don’t hand out 100s to just any bar. Tony’s Darts is not just any bar - this is the top place in the emerging craft beer scene in LA.
The vibe is perfect, the crowd appreciates the care that the staff puts in, and beers are what they should be: the best local beers and lots of them.
Pliny the Elder on tap every day! Beers from little breweries you just don’t see anywhere, and they are all great.15 IPAs and 20+ other beers makes it a hop heads dream while still taking care of other beer style lovers.
I didn’t eat anything, but the food looks good.
Tony’s is pretty cool, If you like IPA’s or some of the other similar California / America styles. Not much variety in the list here. Sausages were pretty good, sweet potato fries a bit too much for some reason. They seem to know there beer pretty well but again the selection is limited to American / hoppy beer. Bartenders were OK I guess. If you happen to be in Burbank this is your best choice.
A well earned reputation as one of the leaders in LA craft beer.
Spent the weekend in LA and visited 3 great bars and I think this is my favorite overall.
i can get behind the all California theme because the beers here are just that good.
2 Barleywines on at the same time - kudos.
14 IPA’s including some rarities.
There a reason why there is so much hype about this little out of the way dive bar: It’s the real deal!
When I frist walked in I felt it could have been any bar in any town but the longer I stay the more I love it.
The beauty is in the details. Generous sized glasses, cheap prices, great food, tons of games and books, chill staff.
If they had beer from Belgium I’d give this place 100 but kept a few points off for that.
Awesome selection, great staff, great food, very comfortable down to earth vibe. This is what a local neighborhood pub is all about! the way the Fathers Office use to be back when Lou owned it before it became a yupafied snob fest.
I can’t say enough about the vibe at Tony’s, the bartender was super friendly and there to take care of your every need.
He was on top of his game, he knew his beer, not one once of attitude and checked back often to make sure we were comfortable. These guys are doing it right! Lets just hope it stays this way.
The best place for California craft beer! They serve about 40 taps of the best stuff. Only downside is they get *busy* come early or late if you want to be sure to find an open table. Their food is good, but selection isn’t huge. The sausages are fantastic and they serve some really nice salads. The sweet potato fries are some of the best!
They also serve a smaller selection California wines which provides a great option for non beer drinkers.