ajm (202) Los Angeles, California | October 2, 2009
Great HUGE building in the arts district (maybe the most artistic part of the arts district actually) that is red-bricked and comfortable... like if hell had a beer hall. Food is flavorful, original, and an LA landmark in the making. Beer is primarily German, so not super sensational, but still complimentary and often new-to-you. I will be back over and over and over.
Cool place for Belgians. As someone jaded I’m not too impressed by Belgian-heavy bars, since they all tend to be the more common (not to say that they aren’t fantastic) beers. Kinda disappointing that they don’t even make the one thing they do, sausage, in house. Still a fun hang.
A local introduced me to this place, and I enjoyed it during my visit to LA. Interesting and tasty sausages are the focus of the menu (from standard brats to more exotic offerings like rabbit and rattlesnake), and the fries are superb--maybe the best I’ve ever had. The beer list is mostly German and Belgian--lots of it definitely worth drinking. Nothing super rare or surprising, but a solid beer list with enough variety and quality to keep beer & sausage lovers happy for repeat visits. A little pricey to me, but I’m a stranger to LA, so it might just be normal for the city. Parking seems like it could be an issue, and I hear it gets crowded at peak times, but it was okay when I was there on an early weekday afternoon. Good ambiance--lots of family style tables lend it a beer hall vibe, albeit of an trendy, urban variety. It will be on my list to re-visit if I’m ever back in LA.
German beer isn’t my favorite but I’m into the sausages and fries at Wurst... howeverthehellyousayit.
The beer list is solid and doesn’t change but it doesn’t have any wow beers on it.
ADfan (26) Orange County, California | November 1, 2011
Hideaway tucked in the artist district in downtown. Good selection of Belgian & German beers to go with there wide variety of sausages. I understand that they have to keep up with the theme of the food but I wish they could throw in a few more North American choices. They do have Allagash and some Old Rasputin but few more would be appreciated. I did enjoy a La Trappe on my last visit.
t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | December 16, 2013| Updated December 27, 2013
Visited December 5, 2013.
Finally got to stop in and eat some wurst and drink a Deutches bier. The problem is that one sausage (no sides) and one beer (Weihenstephaner Dunkel Weizen) were $14 before tip. Ugh. German food is supposed to be cheap bulk food, not $8 for a sausage. The setup is interesting, due mostly to the shape of the building (it’s on a corner and the building is in a wedge shape) but you order in the front room and then take your number and find a place to sit in the back room. It’s a dining room and a bar. The servers are all nice and the beer list is pretty good. They have a lot of German beers but they also have plenty of other stuff as well. I counted at least a dozen Blegian beers like Chimay, La Trappe, and St Bernardus. They have two American beers on as well (Old Rasputin, and PBR...).
Parking sucks in this area. I paid $8 to park in a lot for work and walked a mile here but yeah, that’s the cheapest you’ll find for a lot. Street parking is tough. Service is good, selection is good, and the food is good. The prices are awful though.
This was the food stop after Arts District; less than a block away. Front area is tiny, mainly for ordering. A line at 9PM, but really excellent service to help you through. Good selection of interesting sausages, plus a solid beer list in about a 50/50 split between Belgian and German. You order out front and then walk to the beer garden like back which is large, kind of dark but open with communal tables and a smallish back bar with the full tap list available. Food quality good. Beer was nothing whaley, but its a nice distraction from NE IPA's and pastry stouts. Would recommend. Prices are pretty, umm, exorbitant.
Really like this place, wish there was somewhere like this where I live. Great sausage, fantastic beer - sure, it’s a bit hipsterish, but I’ll forgive that for the quality of the experience and menu.
BMan1113VR (424) Los Angeles, California | October 19, 2009| Updated July 10, 2010
Small ordering area, large dinning area. Hole in the wall type of place. Very eclectic sausage meat selection (rattle snake anyone?), and really good food in general. Prices were a bit high, but solid overall. Decent beer selection, mostly german, with a few belgians as well. Good place for lunch if you are in the area.