Little Bear

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Little Bear Little Bear in Downtown Los Angeles is a Belgian gastropub with amazing beer and great grub. Come bathe in some moule goodness with Party Earth LA. Los Angeles United States 34.036016 -118.233054
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Little Bear - Gastropub in Los Angeles.
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Party Earth Review On the outskirts of Downtown, smack dab in the middle of the Arts District, there’s a little slice of Belgium called the Little Bear gastropub. There’s not much down this stretch of the aptly-named Industrial Street... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Daily 11am–2am
    Food service ends at midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Little Bear Review

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Little Bear in Downtown Los Angeles is a Belgian gastropub with amazing beer and great grub. Come bathe in some moule goodness with Party Earth LA.

On the outskirts of Downtown, smack dab in the middle of the Arts District, there’s a little slice of Belgium called the Little Bear gastropub.

There’s not much down this stretch of the aptly-named Industrial Street, although the venue’s towering red doors would make it easy to spot even if there were. Inside, a simple design of bare concrete walls and loft-like ceilings creates a modern ambiance where claustrophobic patrons will feel at ease.

The regular midweek crowd is usually a hybrid of Downtown coworkers trying not to get smoked salmon on their ties and local artists trying not to get paint on the cozy wooden tables, while sports fans duck in to catch a few minutes of the game on the TVs above the bar, trying (and failing) to resist the large assortment of rotating drafts.

Evenings pick up as the central dining area fills with laughing ladies celebrating a girls’ night out over Duvels and moules frites, still-suited businessmen drinking away their stresses with bottles of Chimay Blue, and hipster foodies giving in to the hazelnut shortbreads and chocolate waffles.

That’s how it usually unfolds at Little Bear. Even for patrons who only intend to go for a quick bite, this is the kind of place where dinner turns into drinks, one drink turns into five, and any big plans for tomorrow suddenly don’t seem so important after all.

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Little Bear is always debuting new specialty beers, both on draft and in bottles. Sign up for the newsletter on their website to stay on top of the ever-changing selection.

  • Crowd

    Beer lovers, foodies, area artists, Downtown businessmen, groups of friends exploring Industrial Street, folks priced out of swanky Church & State restaurant across the street, area loft residents, and Belgian expats, mid-20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient background music conducive to conversation. Handful of flat-screens above the bar usually tuned to sports.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Menu of Belgian specialties and American pub food, including moules frites, smoked salmon sandwiches, burgers, farro burgers, duck confit, and hangar steak.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $5–$12, salads $6–$16, sandwiches $10–$15, entrées $16–$20. Beer $6–$20+, wine $9–$11, cocktails and liquor $9–$19+. Valet $4.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    From casual to trendy: business suits, slacks, skinny jeans, button-downs, blazers, flowy blouses, high heels, chic skirts, sexy leather boots.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for a romantic date (or possibly to find one), or any time midday to sample the lunch fare minus the crowds.

  • Close By

    Pour Haus (1820 Industrial Street), located only a few doors down on the opposite side of the street, is to wine what Little Bear is to beer: a chill little haunt with a wine-by-the-glass menu that rotates regularly.

Little Bear User Reviews

Average rating:
Just Right
Gerard Nash G. Jun 3, 2013
If you're looking for some food that is just right, then you've come to a good place. The waffles are to die for and the Rueben and Little Bear burger are terrific; they even have some delicious, fried brussel sprouts for those of you who want to eat a light meal. They also have a great beer selection and a lots of seating so the wait isn't long. The service can be a little lousy, however, with the waiters sometimes messing up orders or being a tad bit rude. The atmosphere somehow makes up for it, and the servers are usually prompt when fixing their mistakes.
Bières du Jour
Matthieu K. Jan 7, 2013
From the ashes of the former Royal Clayton's, rose Little Bear, a hip up and coming gastropub that is in the Industrial District just outside downtown. As with most gastropubs, Little Bear is a lovely little slice of bourgeois, just via Belgium. Though Belgian in spirit, Little Bear comes across as more urban NYC and less Antwerp then you'd think. High ceilings, lots of lights exposed concrete all make for a very modern space that fits well with the overall aesthetic of theToy Lofts complex that houses Little Bear. Beer is typically why one visits a gastropub, and Little Bear does not disappoint in that regard. The beers at Little Bear are on constant rotation, so after enough visits you may have sampled beer from all 178 of Belgium's breweries. There seem to be some perennial favorites on the rotating list: Three Philosophers, Chimay(s), Serpent's Stout, among others and their beer offerings are quite extensive so there will literally be something for everyone. All their draft beers have always been perfect and they've never been flat or tasted off, so whoever is their Keg master, kudos to you sir/madam. They recently started to offer cocktails, which are fine, but because they are "mixology" drinks they come with the requisite steep price. I'd say stick to beer if you're going to drink here. And because you can't drink alcohol without getting hungry, Little Bear supplies you with the necessary grease to absorb up all that beer. Plates once again are Belgian in spirit but adopt a more global flair. The tomato soup + grilled cheese is an affordable and delicious option. Depending on the night, the soup is a butternut squash bisque which was unbelievably good, oddly enough. Belgian fries are delicious and come with a aioli and ketchup, don't you dare ask for Ranch or BBQ sauce though! Of particular note is the Little Bear Burger. I'm not sure if it's the stilton cheese, the cherry gastrique or the fried onions, it may possibly be the mixture of them all but the burger is INCREDIBLE. The desserts were all very, very good. Little Bear is a nice spot because of how low-key it is. It caters to the mommy & daddy supported trust fund babies, artists and professionals that live in the Toy Factory lofts and Biscuit Company Lofts while attracting curious and adventurous diners. Most evenings and afternoons are for lack of a better word, chill. Access to the bar, as well as seats there, is no problem and it's never so loud that you can't here anything. The TVs playing sports may attract some rambunctious people, but in general, the space feels calm, and exactly what you need it to be. You will near hear some top-20 hit single blaring loudly over the sound system. Overall, Little Bear is a competent and reliable spot offering an array of beers that will please the most pretentious of beer lovers and offers delicious food at pretty good prices. Aside from the odd location, Little Bear is definitely a place to check out for an evening drink or a casual date. I recommend finding street parking, don't pay for valet across the street or pay for the lot.
Hidden Gem
Kathleen E. Nov 29, 2012
I love Little Bear! In the Industrial district and right across from Church & State. Little Bear has a great selection of beer and wine and there food is absolutely amazing. My favorites are the brussel sprouts and the chicken. The restaurant has a really cool environment and great customer service. If you haven't had a chance to check this place out, make it a priority!
FRIED OYSTER PO BOY !!
Georgina S. Nov 28, 2012
I love this place. I've gone twice--once on a date Sunday night, and once for a hangover brunch Sunday morning. Def a night spot--don't bother with breakfast here. But I don't mean to knock it by saying that. It's a Belgian Beer Bar, so bring your boyfriend who likes beer. I don't care about beer but that didn't matter either because they had the BEST french fries. Get everything fried here. Don't be on a diet here. I've had the truffled potato chips (SO YUM), a shrimp appetizer (SOSO YUM) and my boyfriend and I split these with another couple. For my dinner, I got a fried oyster po'boy sandwich that was AMAZING. Omg. Best fried oysters and tartar sauce. The bun is also perfectly soft. I absolutely love oysters and of course fried food. My boyfriend had one of their fancy grilled cheeses and loved it. They specialize in grilled cheese, so if you're a grilled cheese kind of person, COME HERE! COME HERE ANYWAYS! love.
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