A Public Plea for More L.A. Beer Gardens

…and three places that are filling the void in the meantime

Fresh air, communal seating, and of course, beer are the prerequisites of traditional biergartens. You see them all over cities like Austin, New York, and Portland. But in L.A. it’s easier to find a yoga studio for dogs than an outdoor spot to sip brews with friends. The closest we have are a few indoor sausage slingers. How can this be? Our high real estate prices are partly to blame. And then there’s the City of Los Angeles’s permitting process, which is byzantine on a good day. About a dozen permits and licenses must be secured before an establishment can serve beer outdoors. Just as most of our breweries have set up shop in Torrance, Long Beach, Inglewood, and El Segundo, so too should our biergartens look beyond the city limits. There’s less red tape, more affordable digs, and convenient access to our best locally made beers. The boon to the region’s Uber industry is merely a bonus. In the meantime, here are three places that fill the void:

Verdugo Bar
3408 Verdugo Rd., Glassell Park
This neighborhood hang rocks a killer tap list of local beer along with copious picnic table seating.

Cha Cha Chicken
1906 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica
You’re the beertender on this beachy patio, which has a BYOB policy. Come packing a peppery tripel for the perfect jerk chicken pairing.

Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie
29281 Agoura Rd., Agoura Hills
The Valley’s premier brewery serves elegant Belgians on a patio with views as fine as the suds.

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