America's Best Beer Bars
Father's Office, Los Angeles
Named for the place where chef-owner Sang Yoon first tasted good beer (his own father’s office), the upscale pub goes by the motto “Beer Makes You Strong.” Both the original Santa Monica location and the newer—and more spacious—Culver City spot have draught-dominated menus divided by beer style: malty, hoppy and yeasty/spicy, with a separate menu for rare, primarily Belgian beers like the herbaceous Brasserie DuPont Saison Foret (the world’s only certified organic Belgian ale). Deciding what to eat is a much simpler endeavor: Chef Yoon’s dry-aged burger topped with Gruyère and blue cheeses, arugula and applewood-bacon compote is widely regarded as one of the best in the country. fathersoffice.com
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