You know Laurel Tavern: That renegade gastropub in the center of Studio City's sushi row with the pretty people and prettier burgers.
You also know craft beer. Maybe not like you used to, but we've got a way to keep up with the latest trends.
Delivering the craft movement downtown, the Laurel Tavern crew introduce Sixth Street Tavern, a new gastropub in the former Urbano Pizza space.
Gone are the pies, replaced by a row of gleaming taps pouring out a list of two dozen brews. There’s Lefebvre Blanche De Bruxelles Witbier, spiced with coriander and dried curacao orange peel, Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA with notes of brandied fruitcake and raisins, and Hitachino Nest White Ale, a clovey, gingery masterpiece.
And the pretty people. They'll be stacked in leather-topped high tables ordering up clams with chorizo and grilled cheese stuffed with aphrodisiacal figs. Greg Bernhardt, who was Church & State’s original chef and a former sous for LudoBites, created the dishes. So go ahead, over-order.
Or skip to dessert. The Vanilla Porter, Cherry Cider, and Raspberry Brown Ale are all lovely.
Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Parking: Valet, metered street or pay lots
Scene: Off-duty bankers, FiDM beauties
Best bets: Hitachino White Ale, grilled cheese, Bistro Burger
Hot seat: Patio-side for the people-watching, tap-side for the convenience
Nearby: MOCA; Library Bar; The Standard