As the popular saying goes, “if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.” The guys at House Beer – an ultra hip beer brand in Los Angeles – have taken it a step further by infusing friendship and beach vibes into the equation which undoubtebly makes a day at their office in Venice Beach feel more like friends sharing a couple cold ones as opposed to an operation looking to capitalize off rapid growth in the craft beer market which reached double-digit (11 percent) volume share of the marketplace for the first time in 2014.
Comprised of three brothers, Brendan, Derek and Isac Sindell – as well as creative director, Keegan Gibbs – who was worked extensively as a photographer for RVCA in the past, they’ve quickly turned House Beer into one of the most popular new offerings in the Los Angeles bar and restaurant scene.
Thus, we caught up with Brendan and Keegan to get the scoop on their favorite places to crack open a cold one given their expertise not only in what makes a good bar, but also, because of their roots in Los Angeles culture itself.
“We grew up in LA, and this is where we launched our premium lager House Beer almost three years ago. Collectively we have visited hundreds of bars both professionally and personally, but the local haunts will always have our heart. The bars and restaurants we frequent with our friends are places that might not turn up on Jonathan Gold’s 101 best list but they all represent the diverse character of the city we call home, Los Angeles. We set out on this journey to create one beer and do it right, something you can drink anywhere, at anytime, in any setting – from a pizza shop to a hotel rooftop and these are just a few of our favorite local spots.”
“Chez Jay is one of the oldest bars in Santa Monica, where you can also get some of the best seafood and steaks around with some classic maritime décor. Decent prices, good hang, and the classic peanut shells on the ground.”
On the Rox
“Upstairs and hidden from the world famous Roxy Theater, On the Rox is an intimate venue, has great cocktails (and beer) and a nice atmosphere. It’s a great place to go and hide out from the nightly rumblings on the Sunset Strip.”
Jumbo’s Clown Room
“No, Jumbos isn’t a strip club. But that’s because you cant have a strip club AND serve alcohol in LA. So Jumbos is the next best bet. There are some great dancers that give the atmosphere a fun tone and it gets pretty loose later in the evening. It’s the perfect place for a change of pace from your normal LA go-to’s.”
“Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Bungalow is just that… a bungalow. The perfect venue for indulging during the day. The buildout and atmosphere screams Southern California.”
“Some of the best pizza in Los Angeles and in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Pizzanista not only offers some of your best staple items but you can also purchase pizza options like the ‘Meat Jesus’ or the ‘Macaroni and Cheese’ Pizza.”
“The Ace is located in the old United Artists Building from the 1920’s. It’s more than just a hotel, but also has a theatre, dining and a roof top bar that overlooks downtown Los Angeles. We personally think its a great place to take in the city from all directions.”
“We have been going here for nearly a decade now. There are lots of games, centrally located for east and westside people to catch up at, the bartenders pour a stiff drink and there are some cheap domestic beers. They used to be cash only until recently, which ups their core-score.”
Cock n’ Bull
“Our office is only a few blocks away, and one of us used to live next door to it. The place has non-pretentious vibes for an area full of them. There is a great mixed crowd, a digital jutebox with every song on the planet, two pool tables in half decent condition, a stage for the occasional random band, and a big projection screen for watching soccer. It’s one of the best places to watch a good soccer match in our area. And to top it off, the best bangers and mash to cure a mean hang over from the night before.”
“With the rise of the cool kid block of Fairfax, Kibitz room holds it down for an easy cheap drink and an atmosphere that keeps everyone on an even playing field. Some great rock bands have also played here over the years.”
“Button Mash is a great new arcade bar in Echo Park on Sunset Blvd. They have a great group of craft beers on draft, incredible asian fusion food, and most importantly, a large selection of some of the best arcade games you have ever seen. Bud Tapper?? Galaga, NBA Jam, Street Fighter and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Send you down nostalgia lane yet?”
- Featured/Main Image: Laure Joliet