So my gf and I walked from downtown to the outskirts of downtown through some shady areas to find this ridiculously overpriced hip sausage bar. Yes, the decor is pretty and hip or whatever, and yes, the sausages were good. I got a rattlesnake and something sausage as well as a knockwurst and was set back $16. Sarah and I had 3 beers each, and nothing fancy--she did get 200mL of Houblon for $9, though. Total tab for the beer was over fifty bucks, and then I had to tip. Weird trendy electro music played the duration. 24 taps, with the exception of 3 US Belgian styled beers, everything was either Belgian or German. I won’t be coming back because this place is way too expensive, especially being in a shady area. The bartender did seem to know his shit, but paid more attention to the suits than us in our beer shirts and jeans. We were there for a few hours from around 3-6:30 on a Monday, so there were definite ebbs and flows, though never got packed. OK overall, I guess.
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.
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.
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.