8 Craft Beer Bars in the San Fernando Valley + Happy Hour Specials
The glorious San Fernando Valley. Spatially vast, heavily populated, and wildly lacking in proper places to drink. Or so we thought. Today, it's time to put your ignorance to bed and minimize the attitude long enough to see the truth -- that from Burbank to Agoura Hills you can always find a decent beer.
courtesy Tony's Darts Away
From properly sanctioned establishments pushing the envelope of the beer industry, to dusty dives where you can still drink quality beer cheaply, to burger joints that perfect craft beer pairings, there are no excuses for being thirsty. Turn the page for eight reasons why you should stop complaining about being in the Valley, listed from east to west.
8. Tony's Darts Away:
Tony's Darts Away Tony's in Burbank
What: Not far from the Bob Hope (we're told 'Burbank' wasn't good enough) Airport has long lived a stalwart establishment serving cold beer to more than two generations of Burbank residents. Its current incarnation, Tony's Darts Away, from the unstoppable Tony Yanow, continues the tradition of placing a happy buffer between patrons and their sobriety. With 40 California-exclusive draft beer selections to choose from.
Why: While there is no happy hour beer special, there are vegan sausages to entice you. And if meatless meat doesn't suit you, the consistent top beer bar ranking should. 1710 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank; (818) 253-1710.
7. Boneyard Bistro:
Daniel Drennon Barbecue and Beer at Boneyard
What: At this Sherman Oaks house of barbecue and beer you will find more than 40 beers on tap and a generous bottle list. It's a great place for a pulled pork sandwich and a beer. It's an even better place if you haven't had Russian River's 2009 Supplication -- the reserve list is highly seductive. A wise group would join purses for a build-your-own vertical tasting.
Why: Happy hour spans Monday - Friday 4:30-6:30 p.m., with 25% off all draft beers. Not only is the beer reserve list worth a visit, but the whiskey offerings are plentiful -- just how we like it. 13539 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks; (818) 906-7427.
6. Blue Dog Tavern:
Flickr/ Guzzle & Nosh Blue Dog Tavern
What: Offering eight beers on tap and a bottle list of 50 domestic and imported craft selections, you're sure to find something here to your taste. The casual but bustling ambiance sets the appropriate mood for a burger and a beer. Upon entry you'll roll your eyes at the abundant usage of canine imaging, but you'll also probably walk away somehow charmed.
Why: Adjacent to the ungodly 405/ 101 interchange, this a perfect location to avoid road rage. Happy hour, Monday through Friday from 3-6 p.m., supplies you with free fries or bottle caps with the purchase of two beers. 4525 Saugus Ave., Sherman Oaks; (818) 990-2583.
1710 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA