Wish You Were Beer

Beautiful flower varieties may or may not be found in these traditional outdoor areas, but you will find a wonderful variety of beer and food blooming here. Originating in Munich in the 19th century, beer gardens (biergartens), which were often attached to a brewery, beer hall, pub or restaurant, are al fresco spaces where beer and food are served. Here are a few local establishments that combine the tradition of beer gardens with So Cal’s sunny sparkle.


Ashland Hill

2807 Main Street

Santa Monica, CA 90405




This charming restaurant is just a block from the beach and is located in the spot formerly occupied by Wildflour Pizza. It contains a pet-friendly, wood-lined patio filled with picnic tables. Choose from a variety of local beers and American craft or a selection of wines. The food menu includes shareables like crispy cauliflower or avocado and lox toast. Additionally, there are entrees such as chicken ‘n waffles or arugula shrimp salad.

Malibu Beer & Wine Gardens

23130 Sherman Way

West Hills, CA 91307




The newest concept from the owners of Malibu Wines Tasting Room, this West Hills establishment opened in September 2018. This space transforms a historic Spanish-influenced mansion once owned by 1930s actor Francis Lederer, into an expansive beer and wine tasting oasis. The large garden dotted with umbrella-covered tables and a lush green lawn makes it a perfect setting to sample craft beers as well as Semler and Saddlerock Ranch wines. Weekends feature live music and a food truck operated by Two Doughs Pizza Co., offering pizza, salads and more. 

Blue Dog Beer Tavern

4524 Saugus Avenue

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403




If ever there was a place where easy dining and laughter come together and where everyone feels welcome, it is this local neighborhood, dog-friendly tavern. The Blue Dog covers the world of artisanal beers from numerous states including California and Oregon, plus Europe’s finest breweries. Eight beers on tap are rotated regularly, and up to 20 additional bottles will delight even the most discriminating beer enthusiast. Located in a 1940s bungalow, it offers intimate patio dining of burgers, salads, sandwiches, wings, mac-n-cheese and hand-cut deep-fried jalapeno slices.

Ladyface Ale Companie

29281 Agoura Road

Agoura Hills, CA 91301




In 2009, Agoura Hills residents founded Ladyface. It is known for its award-winning Belgian, French and American-style ales—all brewed onsite. Ladyface is one of Los Angeles County’s first revival craft breweries, and the first in the Conejo Valley. In addition to the extensive choice of beers and ales, it has a full bar, a menu featuring seasonal produce, harvests and locally grown farm products. Above all, you can enjoy sitting on their patio that overlooks the majestic Ladyface Mountain.

Wurstküche DTLA

800 East 3rd Street

Los Angeles, CA 90013




What might be even more amazing than the staggering selection of draft beers, ales, ciders and bottles at Wurstküche DTLA is the menu of grilled sausages (from classics to gourmets to exotics) and their Belgian fries. Since it’s an indoor facility, one of the cousin co-owners designed the share-style, industrial-chic “picnic” tables. Patrons feel as though they are gathered under the stars from the tables that are set among wood beams, brick accents and cement floors. These features can also be found in Wurstküche’s Venice location. 

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