Party Earth Review Although it offers more than twenty draft microbrews and a menu that includes everything from buttermilk-drenched cheesy poofs to pan-seared scallops, what really sets rustic City Tavern apart are the handful of self-serve... ... read full review
9739 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
M–W 11:30am–11pm, Th–F 11:30am–midnight, Sa 3:30pm–midnight, Su 3:30–11pm
Kitchen closes an hour earlier
Culver City, Los Angeles –
Although it offers more than twenty draft microbrews and a menu that includes everything from buttermilk-drenched cheesy poofs to pan-seared scallops, what really sets rustic City Tavern apart are the handful of self-serve tap handles protruding from its walls.
Those smart enough to reserve a seat at one of the three booths surrounding those taps can sample whatever quantity of rotating beers they desire, enabling the hip, artsy regulars to fill their glasses without flagging a server – no easy task during Happy Hour.
While self-serve booths may be in short supply, the sports fans and pub-grub gourmands who file in to catch a game or nab a few squash blossoms and roasted opah will still find space at the tables and long rows of bar stools sandwiched between the exposed brick walls and wooden beams that dress this airy joint.
As the place gets packed with masses of affluent young regulars chatting over tall boys, those who want to mix and mingle in relative calm can step out to the patio, a somewhat quieter environment perfect for enjoying a drink, striking up a conversation, or playing with a friendly pooch.
No matter where they sit, however, City Tavern offers its patrons an upscale menu and lots of frothy brew – even if they can’t always pour it themselves.
Young professionals, relaxed after-work folks, and arty locals, 20s to 40s.
Chill pop and indie rock on the house system. Flat-screens tuned to sports.
Gastropub fare including New York strip steak, pan-seared scallops, several different salads, and buttermilk fried chicken. Happy Hour M–F 3–6pm, Sa–Su 3:30–6pm.
Appetizers and shared plates $8–$16, entrées $8–$17, desserts $7–$9. Beer $3–$28, table taps fifty cents/ounce, wine $9–$14/glass or $29–$98/bottle, cocktails $11–$13.
Casual: t-shirts, jeans, button-downs, blazers, work attire.
Any day for a bustling Happy Hour scene, or Friday and Saturday nights for the largest and liveliest crowds of spiffed-up revelers starting off their evenings with microbrews and gastropub favorites before moving on to late-night spots.
Bigfoot West (10939 Venice Boulevard) has an indie hunting lodge décor with a quirky, welcoming vibe that should fit City Tavern fans like a big hairy glove.