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What’s Brewing? K-Town Craft Beer Bars

What’s better than a refreshing, ice cold beer to wash down a savory steak, juicy burger, or zesty plate of wings? Fortunately for residents of The Pearl, Koreatown is a brew lovers haven, home to some of the best craft beer bars in LA. Whether you prefer a comfy casual vibe, a hip destination, or a great night out with a group, you’ll find it all right in your very own neighborhood!

 

BiergartenLA

206 N. Western Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90004

 

Established in 2010, Biergarten was Koreatown’s first craft beer bar. Featured on The Food Network’s Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives titled Indulgent Dishes, this hip gastropub offers Korean and German fusion food, along with other great bar food items. Biergarten’s extensive Draft and Tap List offers a vast selection of beers and ales from Germany, Iceland, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, as well as domestic brands. The eclectic beer-friendly menu includes an assortment of Burgers, Bavarian Pretzel, Tempura Fries, Panko Fried Mushrooms, Kimchi Pancake, Kielbasa Corn Dog, and German platters such as Pork Schnitzel and Wurst.

 

The Southland

740 S Western Ave #112

Los Angeles, CA 90005

 

Located just a few blocks south of the Wiltern in the back corner of the Heyman Center, The Southland is a great pre- or post-concert pit stop. The folks behind The Southland are self-acclaimed craft beer lovers whose dream was to create a bar for patrons to hang out in, featuring rotating taps, knowledgeable and friendly staff, a smartly-curated bottle shop, and cool events. The name Southland celebrates the bounty of great beer in Southern California, but the selection includes beers from around the world. The gastropub offers cheese boards and sausages to pair with your beer, along with small plates featuring spiced popcorn, smoked nuts, and olives, and desserts from Pasta Sisters.

 

Beer Belly

532 S Western Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90020

 

Since opening in 2011, Beer Belly has been the K-Town go-to gastropub for craft beer aficionados, garnering them an appearance on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Beer Belly offers 12 rotating taps serving up a fine choice of local brews; a rotating bottle selection featuring seasonal, domestic and international beers; and the occasional rare bottle from owner Jimmy Han’s personal collection. Nosh on their super-indulgent beer snack–Death by Duck fries, tossed in duck fat, smoked salt and sweet onion sugar, with crispy duck skin cracklins and duck confit on top–while getting an eyeful of the colorful wall murals by artist Yoshi Takahashi.

 

Pocha Moodaepo

3014 W. 7th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90005

 

Customer reviews have rated Pocha Moodaepo as one of the best Korean Bars in LA, with a reputation for a friendly environment where people can share food and culture. The establishment offers a lively beer menu, along with craft sake, and traditional Korean wine. Pocha Moodaepo’s restaurant menu showcases simple ingredients and generous servings of signature dishes such as Short Rib, Prime Ribeye, Sirloin, Brisket, Lobster, Tiger Shrimp, and Scallops. Other highlights include Signature Korean Hot Pot, Hot Stone Bibimbap, and Stir Fries.

 

Korea Town Pizza Company

3881 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90010

 

Koreatown Pizza Company is a sleek pizzeria in the heart of Koreatown, offering specialty pizzas & pastas, and a robust craft beer list of over 40 labels including 6 draft taps. There are also bombers, cans, draft beer pours, and wine and soju to boot. To keep their pizza game going strong, dough is made fresh on-site and always goes through a 24-hour fermentation process. Pizzas are topped with an array of high quality ingredients, served in a family-friendly environment. The establishment also has a private event space for celebrations and corporate events.

 

Nandarang LA

3811 W. 6th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90020

 

When you go to Nandarang LA, come thirsty, my friend. This popular boîte offers an impressive list of internationsl and domestic draft, bottled and canned beers, incuding stout, pale ale, pale lager, pilsner, and fruity Belgian brews, along with a good wine selection. The eclectic food menu features specialties such as Bulgogi Pasta (Bulgogi, Onions, Mushrooms, Bell Peppers, Green Onions, Soy Garlic Aioli), Carbonaran Pasta (Pancetta, Onions, Bell Peppers, Mushrooms, Egg Yolk), Bulgogi Tacos (4 Bulgogi Tacos Served with Green Onions and Salsa), Galbi Sliders served with fries, and Animal Style Fries (Fries Tossed in Homemade Sweet and Spicy Sauce Topped with Bacon, Kimchi, Grilled Onions, Sunny-side Up Egg).