For whatever reason, only recently beer gardens have become a “thing” in Los Angeles. Weather in the city is spectacular all year round so it makes sense that beer gardens would flourish. The Los Angeles Times has deemed these places to be a thing; yet, there aren’t as abundant as they are in other cities. One beer garden in particular has been on everyone’s mind since the beginning of the year: The Standard Downtown Biergarten.
The Standard Downtown has been awaiting the biergarten for a while now, as they seemed poised to open at the beginning of summer. Because of some delays, the biergarten has only opened up recently. The hotel has been opened for about ten years now and the biergarten is something that will attract a new audience to the space.
If you’ve been to The Standard, you have probably gone up to the roof. The biergarten is located on the same roof, which may sound confusing since the roof really isn’t that big. When you exit the elevator on the roof, you usually go to the right. Now, you have a reason to go left as the biergarten is in the space that was previously unoccupied (or, so it felt).
The biergarten area is surrounded by a row of hedges, which enclose guests in. There is a small little hut to the right that sells tickets, which is integral to your biergarten experience. For eight dollars each, you can get a ticket. One ticket is good for one beer or one pretzel or two salads or two bratwursts or a glass of wine: the tickets are your German currency on the rooftop.
The space is such a breath of fresh air, with picnic tables under umbrellas that allow for the sun to poke through during the day. The beers and bratwursts and salads are amazing, all authentic German items that are extremely special here. The glasses are all marked with The Standard logo along with the drink’s logo, unique to the drink you order. The food is served fresh and prepared by an in house chef for your delight.
Everything at the biergarten is spectacular, but a few things are particularly perfect. The pretzel, for one, is divine. Fluffy, large, a little salty, and served with a cheesy pepper dipping sauce that makes the pretzel pop. Similarly the bratwursts are not your typical fair: there is a cheddar filled bratwurst, an LA bacon wrapped bratwurst, a chicken bratwurst, and a few others. There are abundant salads, a few strudels, and wine, in case you’d like it. But why order wine? You have to get the beer. You HAVE to because they are authentic and perfect for warm days on the rooftop.
The Standard Downtown Biergarten is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon and a low key evening Downtown. You can–and should–take the Metro down there, as it’s walking distance to the hotel. Early evening into night, it can be a bit drafty in the biergarten; but, with the heaters they have up there and the jacket you should bring, you’ll be perfect.
As soon as you can, get yourself Downtown to The Standard’s Biergarten and chill out in the sun with some beer–it’s the best place in town to get a cool outdoor drink.