5 Koreatown Beer Joints: Hite Requirement
In a town full of cross-cultural culinary creations, the Germany-meets-Korea beer bar that is Biergarten shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. And yet, it's still amusing to see the bar's name, in large, imposing Olde English font, juxtaposed with nearby Mok Maru Jong's small sign, with its restaurant name written in Korean underneath a keg personified as a cute cowboy holding forth a frothy pint. In any case, Biergarten is a gentle giant, stocking the requisite soju but also, more impressively, a great beer selection. Some 25 beers are on tap, and handles are regularly switched out to feature new suds. The food represents both German and Korean inspirations, sometimes individually (a Wurstplatte with various sausages, Korean fried chicken) and sometimes at the same time (kimchi tofu with German sausages). Prost! 206 N. Western Ave.; (323) 466-4860.
1. Mok Maru Jong
T. Nguyen Beer at Mok Maru Jong
At Mok Maru Jong, the beer often is on the house if the Lakers win and manage to keep the opposing team under 100 points. Sadly, the team's recent less-than-stellar performances have meant less-than-frequent pitchers of free beer, but that doesn't stop Mok Maru Jong from being one of the most popular sports bars in Koreatown. In addition to the Lakers, you can catch everything from NFL games to UFC matchups, with a nice draft list -- including Fat Tire, Arrogant Bastard and Birra Moretti -- to accompany the game. As this is a Koreatown bar after all, there is plenty of soju and, for the undecided, soju and beer combos. 222 N. Western Ave.; (323) 465-6803.