Looking to get out of the frat house this weekend? Gather up your buddies for some good old-fashioned, dude-appropriate fun. Swing a bat, hit some balls, or have a laugh, take a bite out of L.A.’s best burgers, and kick back with some ice-cold brews at some of the best beer bars in the city.
5746 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
What better way to release some pent up aggression than by smacking some baseballs at the batting cages at Baseball Central? Pick from a variety of bats, buy a bucket of balls, or rent a cage by the hour at this West L.A. sports club. Cages are $32/hour; reservations are recommended.
PLAY SOME PAINTBALL
9030 Somerset Blvd., Bellflower, CA
Choose from seven different paintball fields at this expansive sports park. Bring your own equipment, or rent theirs. Prices range from $15-28.
GET READY TO ROCK (CLIMB)
11866 La Grange Ave., Los Angeles, CA
Experience over 9,000 square feet of indoor rock climbing walls at Rockreation Sports Climbing Center. The expansive space offers something for everyone, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned climber. Adult visitor passes are $17.
Trump National Golf Club
1 Ocean Trails Dr., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
If you’re looking for a taste of the good life, head over to Trump National Golf Club. Noted as the most expensive golf club ever built, the course was named No. 1 golf course in the west by Fairways and Greens magazine. Take in views of the California coast as you put away at this luxurious course nestled in the cliffs. Rates range from $80-150.
LAUGH IT UP
The Comedy Store
8433 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
This Sunset Strip staple offers comedy shows seven nights a week, with performances from up-and-comers as well as the biggest names in the biz –not to mention cheap drinks and bar food galore.
Nothing satisfies a bro quite like a good burger. According to an Eater L.A. reader poll, these are the best places to indulge your carnivorous cravings:
10801 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
This historical burger joint’s hickoryburger is sure to please. Then satisfy your sweet tooth with a slice of their famous apple pie.
500 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA
4655 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
850 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA
The eatery’s namesake burger includes shitake mushrooms, caramelized onions, roasted tomato, Parmesan cheese and umami ketchup. Impress your friends by ordering a side of their cheesy tater tots –they’re not listed on the menu so only those in-the-know can enjoy their bite-sized deliciousness.
2005 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
The Oinkster’s Classic Burger is worth the trip to Eagle Rock. This “fast-casual” restaurant bridges the gap between fine dining and fast food, with reasonably priced food and a good selection of beers.
6268 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
This Hollywood gastropub took the crown for best burger in Eater L.A.’s Burger Week 2011 contest. The Bowery Burger is 8 oz. of grilled sirloin served on a toasted English muffin with your choice of toppings.
800 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA
625 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA
Looking to complete your sausage-fest with, well, sausage? Look no further! With their exotic grilled sausages, Belgian fries with a variety of dipping sauces and 24 beers on tap, Wurstküche is the perfect place to kick back. The surprisingly sprawling venue has locations in Downtown L.A. and in Venice.
No manly get-together is complete without a couple of cool beers. Looking for the best places to imbibe in L.A.? Draft Magazine just released their 2012 list of the 100 Best Beer Bars in America, and the City of Angels is home to five of their picks:
Blue Palms Brewhouse
6124 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Not only does this bar have over 20 beers on tap, they also have nightly specials, including $4 pint nights on Tuesdays, half off all canned craft beer on Wednesdays and 35-cent wing night on Thursdays.
The Daily Pint
2310 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA
This bar serves up craft beer and scotch, and is constantly adding new beers on tap. Play while you drink: The Daily Pint also has shuffleboard and pool tables.
1018 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA
3229 Helms Ave., Los Angeles, CA
Known for their burgers, Father’s Office also offers an impressive variety of craft beers, with 36 seasonally rotating on tap.
The Surly Goat
7929 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA
This dimly-lit West Hollywood bar has 27 beers on tap. Looking to drink on the cheap? The Surly Goat has a daily happy hour from 6-8 p.m., during which all beers and well drinks are $4.
Tony’s Darts Away
1710 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA
Having 40 beers on tap is impressive, and even more so when they are all local, California brews. Such is the case at Tony’s Darts Away, which has a variety of food as well as daily specials.