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Feb 1, 2007 01:40 PM

Good place for great beers and good food for beer geek's birthday (definitely NOT Father's Office, please!!)

My husband, a leap year baby and beer afficionade (brewer/judge/drinker/grand ydromets of the Maltose Falcons-he likes beer) Has requested for his birthday

"A great meal and time hanging out with my friends at a place with really good beer."

Gimme suggestions, gang! Just NOT Father's office. Sang Yoon is a twit, and the crowd and attitude there is insane. Also, not BJ's. he used to WORK for BJ's. In the brewery. He also goes to their beer appreciation night every month. he's had enough of thier beer and food for a lifetime

The food can be simple, fancy or whatever, but it has to be GOOD- and better tha small plates. The beers have to be a pretty good selection of the better small/microbrewery/imports. Think Nadja's Place with a little more of a restaurant vibe and nice tables.

I was thinking perhaps Lucky Devils or maybe even a place as fancy as the Wine House Upstairs or somewhere in between.


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  1. Lucky Devil's is a good idea. Royal Clayton's downtown has a very nice selection of beers, it skews toward the fancier side, but there's a pool table. The beer list is on their site.
    There's always the Library Alehouse in Santa Monica.

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    1. re: Chowpatty

      Lucky Devil's is perfect. They have at least 12 quality beers on tap and a great selection of bottled ones. The menu is limited, but I haven't had a better burger. Their salads, fries and sandwiches are all top notch.

      1. re: Chowpatty

        I'll have to agree with Lucky Devil's! Love them.

      2. The Other Room in Venice has a very good selection of Belgian and German beers and a decent alternatives for anyone whose not into that. The scene is great... very low key and cool (the anti-Father's Office crowd).

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        1. re: LAcupcake

          Agreed, but the Other Room doesn't serve food; you canhowever order takeout from the various restaurants on Abbott Kinney.

          1. re: cookie monster

            I like the Other Room during Saturday afternoons, when it's not such a fancy crowd. The beer selection is very good. But at night, I just couldn't say that the Other Room is much different than the scene at Father's Office. It's got that uber-cool Venice vibe, which is sometimes OK, but sometimes can be a bit much.

        2. Nook or Beachwood both make my beer-loving partner happy.

          I seem to remember Ford's filling station having a nice beer selection..but I'm fuzzy.

          If I want to make him estatic, I have to take him to Nadja's in Redondo Beach.

          1. The Library is also nice in the Santa Monica/Venice area.

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            1. re: SauceSupreme

              the food at the library ale house isn't the greatest...

              1. re: TravelJack

                No, it's not, but it's still pretty good, especially when you're really there for the beer selection anyway.

            2. How casual are you looking to go? Would the original Barney's Beanery do the trick? Lot of beers, and the food's all bar food but they have a big menu and for bar food it's pretty good.

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