Two of Verdugo Bar’s owners – Ryan Sweeney and Brandon Bradford – are teaming with Adolfo Suaya (BoHo, Osaka Hollywood) on a beer-focused West Hollywood bar called The Surly Goat. Sweeney and Bradford will have full creative control on the 3000-square-foot space, which carries a full liquor license and dance license. They got the keys on Monday and are going full-bore on the demo. Sweeney said he hopes to open in December, at the very soonest,
The new location will allow Sweeney and Bradford to increase their exposure and foot traffic. “Nobody shows up [at Verdugo Bar] unless you know where you’re going,” said Sweeney.” The Surly Goat will also give Sweeney serious buying power for the three beer lists he curates. “I can order pallets at a time if I need to,” he said.
The Surly Goat will feature a 22-foot marble bar and 24-30 tap handles, including two steady casks powered by Glycol and CO2. Sweeney, who oversees the beer selection at Verdugo Bar and BoHo, will house three walk-in coolers, including one that will be kept under lock and key that holds his premium bottles. Bradford said he’s planning to build a “mini long draw” draught system, with lines running only 10 feet from the cooler near the entrance.
The tiered space will feature mostly wood, with a white and grey color scheme and dark red hallways. The walls will be lined with plenty of goat heads, plus a combination of goat and beer photos. The molding might be lined with empty beer bottles. You’ll find two sections of the main room, including a lounge with banquette seating and a TV. A slightly upraised level will hold shuffleboard. In back, you’ll find a tasting room, but since they have a full 48 license and aren’t required to serve food, eating will probably be limited to panini and cheese, courtesy of the Hot Knives. There will be a DJ booth and some outside seating, including some tables facing the street and other tables lining a narrow alley.