Drink, Drink…and be Merry:
The Top Beer and Alcohol Spots in Woodland Hills
Beer and alcohol in L.A. go together culturally like toned, tanned babes and bikinis…or surfers and their beloved boards. A typical glammed-out night in the City of Angels often includes wickedly high heels, lots of makeup, fast and expensive cars and the trendiest of bars, clubs and lounges – which isn’t to say this doesn’t describe a hundred other major metropolises and their evening indulgences. There’s just something about the way Los Angeles and its neighboring communities strut their stuff on the after-dark circuit that pushes the experience to an elevated level.
For residents of Woodland Hills and its culturally-rich neighborhoods, everything from casual restaurants boasting awesome bar areas to fancy cocktail spots catering to the aforementioned glam crowd (and capable of concocting any alcoholic fantasy you may have) can be found – it’s merely a matter of what you’re in the mood for. So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look at some of our favorite beer and alcohol spots in Woodland Hills:
Eureka! was established in 2009 and features an “elevated” American selection of craft beer, small-batch whiskey, regional wine and locally-sourced ingredients for its menu items. The restaurant offers handpicked house music, televised sports and weekly events such as Steal the Glass and live music, while exceptional hospitality and unique environments create a value-driven experience that Eureka! representatives define as “EATentertainment.” Discover the charm of small-batch distillation and American craft brewing in Eureka!’s unique beer and bourbon bar where innovative, rare and ultra-premium whiskey and craft beer await to be enjoyed and admired by discriminating tongues. In celebration of this quintessential American tradition, Eureka!’s cocktail selection is derived from all-natural fresh fruits and liqueurs.
The Rack is known as Woodland Hills’ most famous bar as well as the most unique dining and entertainment venue in the San Fernando Valley – and these claims are justified. This venue boasts great music, a sports bar, 31 large HDTV screens, 11 pool tables, a large temperature-controlled outdoor patio with fire bar and live entertainment nightly, a craft beer bar and dining selections from a menu created by executive chef Elon Kviatkovsky. A fabulous wine selection compliments the best single malt scotches in the Valley, outstanding tequilas, martinis, 26 beers on draft and more. This is an entertainment and drink lover’s paradise!
Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, while being renowned for their incredibly authentic barbecued menu items, offers quite the beer and cocktail selection too, with a 3 to 7 pm, Monday through Friday happy hour guaranteed to knock your socks off. Draft beer specials combine with by-the-glass wine selections in addition to well cocktails, martinis and featured cocktails including Cuervo Margarita, Jim Beam Mint Julep, Captain & Cokes, Jameson & Ginger, Rhythm & Blues, Long Island, Back Porch Strawberry Lemonade, Crocodile Cooler, Classic Caddy Rita and more. Come for the barbecue…stay for the cocktails!
LUKE is a spot we’ve covered a few times in Woodland Hills Magazine, for good reason: This neighborhood staple where quality food and handcrafted beverages meet excellent guest service that makes everyone feel at home has caught the attention of Los Angelinos up and down the Valley. A thoughtfully curated wine list is also available, proving that at LUKE, drinks are taken just as seriously as the food; keeping with the chef’s commitment to updated classics, the cocktail program offers modern twists on old favorites like Bar Manager Ruben Acosta’s New Fashioned and Cranberry Lime Caipirinha, all crafted using housemade fusions and syrups. Speaking of the aforementioned wine list – the selections range from adventurous to approachable with everything in-between, and features small producers, family-owned wineries and sustainably farmed choices…all made with love and integrity from ground to glass.
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse makes the argument for why we leave the house and go out in the first place – to do, see and experience something special. To hang out with old friends and meet new ones. To experience life. Indeed, this chain of restaurants and breweries makes that experience infinitely better with award-winning handcrafted beer and soda made with the highest-quality ingredients. With roots in the fast-paced, quality-conscious world of Southern California, BJ’s founders have introduced new menu items and new beers through the years as the brand has expanded across the U.S….and if you love the taste of handcrafted brews, you’ll love the selection of suds on tap at BJ’s. Featured are 10 signature beers always on tap as well as rotating seasonal and specialty varieties, so whether you prefer the intensity of the Tatonka Stout or the refreshing drinkability of the LightSwitch Lager, BJ’s will help you find the perfect beer to pair with your meal…or enjoy on its own!
At any of these local cocktail and beer spots, you’ll be welcomed to indulge in an evening that you need and deserve. Full menus of craft beers, unique alcoholic concoctions and friendly staff make it easy to see how these locales are “pursuing amazing” in Woodland Hills.