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Beer Hopping: Three Spots to Drink Beer in La Brea / Mid-Wilshire

Your weekend guide to beer hopping to breweries, beer bars, and bottle shops across SoCal's best neighborhoods.

There’s a stretch of very busy neighborhood from Melrose in Hollywood down to Olympic in Mid-Wilshire that can feel like a bit of a dead zone. The roads are congested. Parking can be difficult. But there’s a reason this part of the city is so crowded: it’s both a great place to live, and it’s also a convenient, in-the-middle area for people coming from all over the city.

So we’re here to let you in on a little secret: this is actually a pretty fantastic place to drink beer, especially if you’re meeting friends from across town. There are three, absolute destination-worthy beer bars here, conveniently located close enough that you can walk the distance between them (or, more realistically, take a short Lyft or two). Here they are.

Bludso's Bar & Que

609 N La Brea Ave | Fairfax

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Bludso’s is a bar and restaurant that’s as deeply committed to beer just as they are to barbecue – and that’s really saying something. This Fairfax restaurant has beautifully charred brisket, smoked hot links, and rib tips I’d drive hours for. But they also have a killer beer list, including local favorites like Paperback (Glendale), Three Weavers (Inglewood), and Smog City (Torrance), plus hard-to-find seasonal options like Lagunitas’ High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout.

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All Season Brewing

800 South La Brea Ave | Miracle Mile

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All Season Brewing is well-known as a gathering spot: giant tables abound for groups, and whether you want to be indoors, outdoors, or parked at the bar to watch sports, you’re always going to find a place to sit. But their beer has really become worth talking about in their year-and-a-half of existence. All Season recently won their first-ever GABF medal for Bullitt, their distinctly malty, crisp, and bitter West Coast IPA. They also have two great seasonal lagers on right now: Festabrüen, their new festbier, and Knobby, their Munich-style dunkel. Plus, they have arcade games, Skeeball, and an in-house taqueria.

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Berkshire House

143 N La Brea Ave | Mid-City

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In a city that chews up sports bars and spits them out, Berkshire House has some serious staying power. This bar near La Brea has been crowded essentially non-stop since opening in 2019. And it’s not just because of their great outdoor space, wings, and plentiful TVs: they also have a serious commitment to local craft beer. The list changes frequently, but you can usually count on multiple offerings from MadeWest (Ventura), Beachwood (Long Beach), and Modern Times (San Diego).

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