Party Earth Review Fans of specialty sausage and suds purveyor Wurstküche have a tendency to form lines down the sidewalk at the Downtown location, so it’s hardly a surprise that the same thing happens at its sister spot worlds away in Venice... ... read full review
625 Lincoln Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291
Kitchen closes at midnight
Venice, Los Angeles –
Fans of specialty sausage and suds purveyor Wurstküche have a tendency to form lines down the sidewalk at the Downtown location, so it’s hardly a surprise that the same thing happens at its sister spot worlds away in Venice.
And much like at the original, patrons at this “sausage kitchen” feed on everything from traditional bratwurst to alligator, rattlesnake, and buffalo, though the meal usually comes after a solid sampling of the venue’s more than three dozen imported Belgian and German beers.
Both the day and night scenes provide a nice overview of the standard Venice inhabitant, from wayward beach bums and aging hippies to moneyed yuppies, young families, and savvy tourists, who order at the main counter before venturing down the hallway to the dining area.
The entire venue is very simple and even industrial in design, with a central space featuring exposed brick walls, three large communal tables, and a few high-tops and benches where first dates can snuggle over a pint.
Ambient club beats bump beneath the bites during the week, while a house DJ on the 1’s and 2’s spins Euro house, indie, or electronica Thursdays through Saturdays so folks can set aside the andouille for a minute and get down.
A big second bar keeps the beer flowing long after the kitchen has closed, proving Wurstküche has a lot more going for it than just its name.
Hipsters, students, club-goers and barhoppers getting a jump on the night, hippies, the beach-bound, young families, German expats, and savvy tourists, 20s to 30s.
DJs spin mostly Euro house, electronica, indie, and other funky beats Thursdays through Saturdays from 8pm. Similar ambient mix at other times.
Menu of exotic grilled sausage sandwiches with choice of toppings, Belgian fries with homemade dipping sauces, and some vegetarian options. Takeout available. Sausages may be purchased uncooked at a 30% discount.
Sausages $5.75–$7.50, fries $3.50–$5.50, desserts $4.50. Beer $2.50–$11+, non-alcoholic drinks and specialty sodas $2–$5.
Casual: shorts, light t-shirts, jeans, baseball caps, button-downs on the lunch crowd, flowy blouses, sundresses, some trendier wear on the barhopping crowd.
Early in the week to grab a dog to go before hitting the beach, or Thursday through Saturday nights for a bumping scene packed with twenty-somethings.
La Cabaña (738 Rose Avenue) keeps the kitchen and bar humming till 3am, making it a perfect last stop for those still hankering for margaritas and grub after Wurstküche closes.