Verdugo Bar Owners Team with Suaya on The Surly Goat

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The Surly Goat stands to serve as a craft beer beacon in West Hollywood.

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.


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i hope hot knives serves some of their excellent vegan food there.

Will there be as many douchebags at surly goat as there are at verdugo?


In my experiences, Verdugo Bar has always been filled with non D-bags looking to relax and enjoy great beer. Have you been since they added the patio? It’s got an even better vibe.

I assume this is at 7929 Santa Monica Blvd. where 24K was supposed to open, Belly & Figs & I Candy all used to be, as Adolfo owns the property and had a for lease sign outside recently.
Good call, meaning just east of Baby Blues BBQ. should do very very well.

What’s the address?

I didn’t even know there was such thing as a “dance license!” Dance, dance, dance!

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