Blue Palms Brewhouse - Happy Hour & Beer
By: Wendy Castellanos-Wolf
February 4th, 2013
Blue Palms Brewhouse, if you can find it, is the epitome of what is typically defined as a Gastropub, high end food, high end beer, but with a surprising twist, affordable prices for the people! It is located on the desolate corner of Hollywood and Gower next to an empty parking lot and hidden by the lit marquee or the immense line of patrons waiting to attend a concert at the Henry Fonda Music Box Theater with which it shares a wall. They have 2 giant screens featuring their ever changing list of craft beers on tap, and a menu able to satisfy the entire spectrum of dietary needs and appetites. There is of course the legendary burger cooked in duck fat that is all the rage amongst my friends, the truffle fries, lobster mac and cheese, the messy but delicious ribs and my favorite, the vegan sausages served over a bed of sauerkraut and dipped in the oh so spicy ghost pepper aioli sauce.
I discovered Blue Palms in 2010 when a friend invited me and my boyfriend to what he called “Grilled Cheese Night.” I have to admit I was a skeptic. What could be so awesome about a grilled cheese sandwich? I kept picturing white bread and Velveeta, after all, our friend was claiming that one could order a sandwich and a bowl of soup for only $4. That fateful Monday night, after eating rosemary infused tomato soup and a gourmet grilled cheese that revolutionized my idea of what a simple cheese sandwich could be I became a fan and a regular of Blue Palms. Much to our disappointment, management discontinued Grilled Cheese night a year or so later, but they replaced it with four consecutive days of themed Happy Hours that start at 6pm and end at 10pm. (Note, these Happy Hour specials are not available on days that the Music Box has an event, so call ahead.)
Monday night is Build You Own Burger, Tuesday is $4 Pint Night, Wednesday is all about ½ off Canned Craft Beers, and Thursday is for the wing lovers with .35 cent Wing Night.
Photo from Blue Palms website
I went to Blue Palms recently with a group of beer drinking Classical and Flamenco Guitarists. It was a Tuesday night and Ivy, our favorite server informed us that we were right on time for $4 Pint night. That particular evening they were pouring Sierra Nevada’s roster of beers which included Celebration Ale, Northern Hemisphere Harvest and the Hoptimum to name a few. For beer aficionados, Blue Palms’ rotating roster of 24 specialty craft beers at affordable prices is a big draw. As I looked around the crowded bar and at my own table even, I noticed that the beer list also tends to attract mostly groups of late 20 to 40 something men. How had I not noticed this before? I was always one of the only women at Blue Palms.
After some very unscientific, beer induced research I concluded that one can tell a great deal about a man by the type of beer he drinks. For example, and I am generalizing of course, craft beer attracts men with a more refined palate, who live by the motto that life is too short to drink bad beer, they can afford to spend a little extra on what is important to them, are not particularly interested in sports and are tech savvy. This last observation was confirmed when I noticed that the table I was sitting at kept passing around the iPhone with the Blue Palms app open for when one cannot quite see the beer screen on the wall. If I was single I would come to this bar not just for the quality food and rotating beer list, but also because I would be one of the only women at the bar and the male patrons would automatically think I was perfect because I drank beer, even the high calorie Belgium ones.
6124 Hollywood Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90028
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