Meetup at Sunset Beer in Echo Park
posted December 9, 2013 8:12 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat January 11 at 6:00 PM, Sunset Beer Company
1498 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA (Map & Directions)
Prompted by a recent askme about meeting people in Los Angeles, let's meet up!
I'm not sure I'm the best one to propose this as I'll be out of town the 17th-1st, but hopefully we'll figure something out. If we do a happy hour Monday-Thursday time there is no corkage fee before 8. And no corkage Wednesday all night, but sometimes it's a bit of a clusterfuck then.

UPDATE: Saturday January 11th at 6pm it is!

Sunset Beer Company
1498 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
posted by mandymanwasregistered to Meetup (127 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

I'm back home for now but I'll be back in LA as of the 31st. So anytime in January works for me!
posted by DeltaForce at 8:15 PM on December 9, 2013


I'm in for January!
posted by Sara C. at 8:27 PM on December 9, 2013


I'm out of town for a few days before and after Xmas, but any other time works for me. So maybe we should aim for that first week of January?
posted by scody at 8:29 PM on December 9, 2013


Sounds good to me! Would a weekend work?
posted by DeltaForce at 8:33 PM on December 9, 2013


Ooo I'm new to LA (living on the westside) and would love to meet up :) be forewarned: I am intimidated by you good people and may be accidentally uber awkward.
posted by samthemander at 8:42 PM on December 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


Awkward's just fine :)
posted by DeltaForce at 8:50 PM on December 9, 2013


One of my favorite things about LA Mefi meetups is that we're all awkward in our own special way. Seriously, everyone is very down to earth and real and just being ourselves.
posted by Sara C. at 9:08 PM on December 9, 2013


Yay! Is there a day of the week people would prefer?
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 9:28 PM on December 9, 2013


I'm down for January. I can bring cats! (But not if I bike there.)
posted by carsonb at 9:28 PM on December 9, 2013


Thursday or Sunday!
posted by carsonb at 9:28 PM on December 9, 2013


I miss you people, by the bye, and am looking forward to seeing you again.

I miss you people that I haven't met before too, but in a more general way. And I look forward to seeing you for the first time (for the last time).
posted by carsonb at 9:29 PM on December 9, 2013


Hm, if carsonb brings his cats I guess I'd better not bring my dog. (I am definitely not bringing my dog to this one. So cats, yeah!)
posted by Sara C. at 9:35 PM on December 9, 2013


Cool, I've been wanting to introduce my cat to some local brews. She has terrible taste in beer.

Thursday or Sunday, or any day that won't be super-crowded, sounds great!
posted by chicainthecity at 9:46 PM on December 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


I'm another Westsider, so I vote for a Sunday.
posted by loulou718 at 9:51 PM on December 9, 2013


I could do this on a Sunday. Also, "Corkage fee?" In Echo Park?
posted by drjimmy11 at 9:57 PM on December 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


I lean toward Sunday mainly because work will be busy after New Years for several weeks, so on weeknights I expect I'll be more inclined just to go home and collapse.
posted by scody at 9:58 PM on December 9, 2013


Seriously, everyone is very down to earth and real and just being ourselves.

Not me, I'm a total Hollywood phony! Park my Maserati, bro industry box office Entourage!
posted by drjimmy11 at 9:59 PM on December 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


I dunno, drjimmy11, me and you did once hang out poolside at The Standard in West Hollywood.

No word on whether you valet parked your Maserati.
posted by Sara C. at 10:08 PM on December 9, 2013


Re corkage fee, apparently the place in question is a beer store that also has bar-style seating. So you buy a bottle of beer for like $2 or whatever the going rate for a single bottle of beer is, and then you pay a "corkage fee" of $2, so now you're drinking a typical bar-priced beer to enjoy the ambiance of their bar. As opposed to the $2/per you'd pay if you just bought a sixer to go.

That said I apparently drive past this place twice a day and have never noticed it or been inside. My only knowledge is based on yelp reviews. Maybe they are truly snooty? Based on the strip mall I'm pretty sure they're located in, I'm guessing it's probably at least somewhat down to earth, corkage fee be damned.

(At first I thought people were talking about a microbrewery that had a BYO wine policy, which makes no sense.)
posted by Sara C. at 10:11 PM on December 9, 2013


They also have either 8 or 12 taps, I forget. And you can bring your own food in should you require nourishment.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 10:24 PM on December 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


I just did google Street View and seriously have no idea where this place is. I drive past there every day, too. Is it behind the Super A grocery or something? Is it flying under the banner of the Patra burger place?
posted by Sara C. at 10:27 PM on December 9, 2013


It's in the strip mall across sunset from the asian grocery store and next to the other strip mall at the corner of laveta and sunset. The sign looks like this.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 10:42 PM on December 9, 2013


Aha. Apparently it wasn't open yet last time the google cars drove by.
posted by Sara C. at 10:49 PM on December 9, 2013


"Seriously, everyone is very down to earth and real and just being ourselves."

That's the kind of quote TigerBeat runs for boy bands.
posted by klangklangston at 1:11 AM on December 10, 2013 [9 favorites]


…he said, sipping champagne from a gilded ostrich skull while being carried on a litter by trained llamas.
posted by klangklangston at 1:11 AM on December 10, 2013 [4 favorites]


I'm in, as long as it's at least a few days into January. Location sounds great.
posted by univac at 1:13 AM on December 10, 2013


I should be able to make this one.
posted by Hairy Lobster at 1:25 AM on December 10, 2013


I'm in too, although a bit terrified at meeting new people.
posted by viramamunivar at 1:26 AM on December 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


East side is best for me. So Echo Park is nifty.

My best days are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday.
posted by professor plum with a rope at 1:37 AM on December 10, 2013


Personally, I've been a people for quite some time now.

Come to think of it, though, I'd be interested in meeting new people too. This is a beer place though, maybe leave the infant at home.
posted by carsonb at 4:59 AM on December 10, 2013


Any day I can make work, but not until January.
posted by DeltaForce at 6:03 AM on December 10, 2013


I've been hoping- nay, yearning for another east side meet up, specifically at sunset beer. It's so cozy! And they have so many delicious beers!
posted by Aubergine at 6:21 AM on December 10, 2013


Woah. I may actually get to meet Mefites IRL! I don't drink, but I'm happy to join people at the brewery and chat! Yay!
posted by Sophie1 at 6:44 AM on December 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


We have no idea when we're moving - this all depends on the spouse finding a job and us actually finding a place to live - but if it's a weekend we will definitely come up if we're not there yet. A weeknight is iffy, I don't often have to be there for work just yet, but I'd try.

Our target for a rent house is east side, at least assuming he doesn't get a job extremely westside, so I welcome the opportunity to explore your fine neighborhoods and their beer establishments as well as meet most of you since it's been like 3 years since my last LA meetup.
posted by Lyn Never at 6:47 AM on December 10, 2013


I'm on the west side, and out of town 16th-23rd. Therefore, a Weekend in January would be optimal for me. I had fun at the last meetup, love to do it again.
posted by Alterscape at 7:28 AM on December 10, 2013


Hi, this is my favorite bar. Looking forward to meeting you all while being there!
posted by justjess at 7:53 AM on December 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


If I'm not working or rehearsing, I'm in.
posted by ablazingsaddle at 9:18 AM on December 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm in, assuming the scheduling works. It's been way too long since we last met up. I miss you guys.
posted by The World Famous at 9:19 AM on December 10, 2013


I think the last time I made it up north for a Mefi gathering it was at Sunset. I'll try to make this one too.
posted by bswinburn at 9:41 AM on December 10, 2013


How does Saturday January 11th sound? You have a whole month to prepare to meet people from the internet.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 10:10 AM on December 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Jan. 11 works for me.
posted by scody at 10:20 AM on December 10, 2013


Depends on what time.
posted by carsonb at 10:31 AM on December 10, 2013


I've been lurking the Ask that prompted this, as I feel like I'm still in the same boat as you, DeltaForce (2 years in!) and would love a chance to meet everyone. The 11th works for me (although I will need to scoot over to the Largo by 10:00 that night.)

Also... what's the/is there etiquette re: bringing non-MeFite partners to meetups?
posted by Austenite at 11:30 AM on December 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Also... what's the/is there etiquette re: bringing non-MeFite partners to meetups?

The more the merrier, I've always felt. My partner occasionally comes along, as he likes to catch up with my "ChattyWeb" friends (as he calls them) from time to time.
posted by scody at 11:41 AM on December 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Incidentally, my partner is not an 80-year-old grandpa, though I realize now that makes it sound like he is.
posted by scody at 11:42 AM on December 10, 2013 [4 favorites]


6pm?
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 11:46 AM on December 10, 2013


January 11 works for me
posted by DeltaForce at 12:48 PM on December 10, 2013


while we're all in here, I've been thinking of starting a monthy easy bike ride called mefi ridazz (after midnight ridazz). minor amounts of riding and exploration (5-10 miles) and then some sort of food/drink reward.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 2:19 PM on December 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


Oh, that sounds fun.
posted by klangklangston at 2:23 PM on December 10, 2013


mandymanwasregistered, I think that is a fantastic idea. Count me and a plus one in for whenever that goes down.
posted by DeltaForce at 2:23 PM on December 10, 2013


Count me as a strong maybe. I bought a bike for Reasons, ended up not needing the bike as much, and now feel like I might as well actually use the bike going forward.
posted by Sara C. at 2:33 PM on December 10, 2013


Uh-oh. Not sure I can make Jan 11. If that's the best day for people, do not change it only on my account. But would folks be open to other dates? Jan. 10, 12, or 18? Others?
posted by univac at 2:45 PM on December 10, 2013


I can get there eventually on the 11th, but yeah the 12th any time works better for me.
posted by carsonb at 3:19 PM on December 10, 2013


Sunday is fine with me as well. I'll leave it up to the rest of you to hash this out.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 3:37 PM on December 10, 2013


Either the 11th (Sat.) or the 12th (Sun.) works for me.
posted by scody at 3:44 PM on December 10, 2013


I could do the 11th (with the caveat mentioned above) or the 12th.
posted by Austenite at 5:13 PM on December 10, 2013


11th or 12th work for me unless something unexpected comes up. Count me as a strong maybe!
posted by yasaman at 7:12 PM on December 10, 2013


11th is better for me.
posted by professor plum with a rope at 7:26 PM on December 10, 2013


This works for me. Thanks for putting this together!
posted by ljshapiro at 8:41 AM on December 11, 2013


Count me in for a strong maybe as well! I always enjoy a good excuse to leave the west side and head out to the Parque :)

Can someone send out a reminder?
posted by starscream at 10:08 AM on December 11, 2013


Excited about this. I just moved to L.A. in October and I've been looking forward to an L.A. meetup.
posted by jayder at 6:15 PM on December 11, 2013 [2 favorites]


This is happening! Sweet!
posted by samthemander at 11:47 PM on December 11, 2013


I'm down.
posted by culfinglin at 10:35 AM on December 12, 2013


I'm currently between cars, but if I have one by then I'm definitely in. I took the bus from SaMo to Union Station last weekend and it was really easy so I might even be able to bus it.
posted by Room 641-A at 11:31 AM on December 12, 2013


I'll try to see you guys then; I can be all crispy from work and driving down.

How many people would be interested in a goofy/cool sort of perfume shop that's only open on the full moon? I'd been thinking of suggesting a get together on one of the weekend full moons, but I've no idea how many people would be interested.
posted by Deoridhe at 5:01 PM on December 12, 2013


Was hoping to finally make one of these but will be out of state that weekend. Next one!
posted by The Gooch at 6:18 PM on December 12, 2013


How many people would be interested in a goofy/cool sort of perfume shop that's only open on the full moon? I'd been thinking of suggesting a get together on one of the weekend full moons, but I've no idea how many people would be interested.

I go to Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab a few times a year, but it's an in/out experience for me, mostly, as I know which scents I like and need more of.
posted by mykescipark at 12:15 AM on December 13, 2013


I've been ordering from them for years but have never been there. It's on my list of things to do, so I'm definitely interested.
posted by Lyn Never at 8:24 AM on December 13, 2013


Guys, I keep driving past Sunset Beer thinking how awesome this meetup is going to be. Also, I should start going there just to buy beer.
posted by Sara C. at 8:57 AM on December 13, 2013 [3 favorites]


I've been intrigued by BPAL for awhile but have no idea where to start with their scents, so I'd be interested, too.
posted by scody at 10:42 AM on December 13, 2013


I'm not one for perfumes, but in general I endorse MOAR LA MEFI MEETUPS
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 6:04 PM on December 13, 2013 [3 favorites]


It looks like I won't be in moving hell that weekend after all, so I'm in! Would any fellow westsiders be interested in carpooling?
posted by estherbester at 7:55 PM on December 13, 2013


I'd be game for BPAL; I have a few of their imps that I'd like to trade. (They smell great in the bottle and tragic with my body chemistry.)
posted by culfinglin at 9:08 AM on December 17, 2013


Probably won't be able to make this because my mom is in town that weekend.
posted by dhammond at 1:21 PM on December 17, 2013


Moms are welcome.
posted by The World Famous at 3:05 PM on December 17, 2013 [3 favorites]


We'll be there! We love that place. And I'd be interested in BPAL as well. Haven't been in years!
posted by rednikki at 10:38 PM on December 17, 2013


(Uh, by "us" I mean myself and under_petticoat_rule. I have not suddenly grown a second head.)
posted by rednikki at 10:39 PM on December 17, 2013


Put me down as a "maybe": I'm trying to talk Mrs. Scrump into letting me out unsupervised for the weekend, and, hell, it's only a 6-hour drive.
posted by scrump at 4:01 PM on January 3, 2014


"Probably won't be able to make this because my mom is in town that weekend."

Are you embarrassed about your internet friends?
posted by klangklangston at 6:05 PM on January 3, 2014 [1 favorite]


Winter storms trapped me in the midwest for a few extra days (much to my parents delight!), but I am now extra looking forward to this! If even only a fraction of you show up, that will be a+++.

I really hope I get to buy dhammond's mother a beer. I mean if she's cool with that.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 7:46 PM on January 3, 2014 [1 favorite]


mandymanwasregistered, I will personally offer you the use of my sunglasses and flip flops when you get here. (I hope you like purple and wear a woman's 8.5!)
posted by Sara C. at 7:47 PM on January 3, 2014


I really , REALLY want to meet you guys, but I'm working until 9 PM next Saturday! :(
posted by suburbanbeatnik at 8:04 PM on January 5, 2014


I have got to admit that I am totally nervous about meeting MeFites IRL...
posted by Sophie1 at 11:56 AM on January 6, 2014 [2 favorites]


Sophie1, once you get through the mandatory, volunteer ultra fun shot, it's all good. ;)

No, seriously, everyone is really cool.
posted by Deoridhe at 12:50 PM on January 7, 2014


But not, like, too cool, you know?
posted by carsonb at 10:20 PM on January 8, 2014


My first LA meetup was at an Ethiopian restaurant and I remember thinking, "Ohgodohgodohgod I nervous about even being here and we have to share plates?"
posted by carsonb at 10:22 PM on January 8, 2014


So I'm now in the "maybe" column, as deadline craziness just amped up and I may have to work Saturday (oh, the highs and lows of art publishing!). But I hope to see you all, even if just for a quick drink.

And I can confirm that we are all very much cool in a way that is welcoming to newcomers, but not at all cool in a James Franco too-cool-for-school way.
posted by scody at 11:22 AM on January 9, 2014


Definitely won't be making this as I have swine flu (really) and an ear infection. My mom has also rescheduled her trip. But y'all have fun. Let me know how having two dozen people meet at Sunset Beer on a Saturday night works out.
posted by dhammond at 1:02 PM on January 9, 2014 [1 favorite]


Shit, dhammond, hope you get better quickly.
posted by carsonb at 9:10 PM on January 9, 2014 [1 favorite]


Damn dhammond! If you need any soup deliveries or anything, let me know. Get better so I can share some of my midwest stash with you!
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 8:59 AM on January 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


Thank God! We're all back from Michigan now!
posted by klangklangston at 9:52 AM on January 10, 2014 [3 favorites]


omg, hope you get better soon, dhammond!
posted by estherbester at 10:01 AM on January 10, 2014


I'm not gonna make it I'm afraid. Playing for a WSOP seat!

Get better dhammond.
posted by Hairy Lobster at 10:31 AM on January 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


I am happy to be on soup duty for you, too, dhammond. Just say the word if you need anything!
posted by scody at 10:43 AM on January 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


Thanks for the warm wishes, everyone! Went to the doctor the other day for some meds and it looks like the worst is behind me at this point. Just going to rest up this weekend to be safe :)
posted by dhammond at 12:38 PM on January 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


Think I can officially put myself in the Yes column now. Looks like a lot of people will be there, is there going to be room for everyone?
posted by yasaman at 12:41 PM on January 10, 2014


We will definitely take over sunset beer if everyone shows up at the same time. But I'm not sure what I can do about that at this point other that see what happens.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 1:27 PM on January 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


Hey folks, really looking forward to my first MeFi meetup. Trying to plan ahead a little. So, anyone that's been there before, is there a parking lot or is it just street parking?
posted by FJT at 8:32 PM on January 10, 2014


There is a parking lot, but it is really tight.

I would definitely plan on street parking.
posted by Sara C. at 8:41 PM on January 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


I am currently a maybe depending on if I get far enough on this stupid work project that keeps being uncooperative.
posted by Lyn Never at 12:40 AM on January 11, 2014


Shit, I thought this was next weekend. Have fun!
posted by Room 641-A at 12:01 PM on January 11, 2014


For those of you of a less drinky inclination, check out their awesome soda fridge as well.
posted by mykescipark at 2:54 PM on January 11, 2014 [5 favorites]


Eek. See you all there, likely closer to 6:30. I need to be back in the westside by 9, so I can really only stay for a drink or so, but I will be there! (I'll be the blondish person in the neon teal Sasquatch hoodie.)
posted by samthemander at 5:00 PM on January 11, 2014


I will be along at some point and also probably stick around for a drink or two.
posted by Sara C. at 5:08 PM on January 11, 2014


I'm here already, in a striped hoodie and LEGO t-shirt.
posted by FJT at 5:38 PM on January 11, 2014


I'm here in the Pliny the Younger button up over the WtNV shirt.
posted by Punkey at 6:12 PM on January 11, 2014


Is someone here? I am here with a beard wearing a grey jacket and see 10 groups who could be "it"
posted by drjimmy11 at 6:55 PM on January 11, 2014


Hi I found it
posted by drjimmy11 at 7:00 PM on January 11, 2014


Had a great time. Good to meet everyone! Was happy that I went. Great place too. :)
posted by FJT at 10:45 PM on January 11, 2014


Great to meet you guys - only wish I could've stayed to meet everyone.
posted by univac at 11:20 PM on January 11, 2014


I had a great time. I had to leave at 7:30 which was a bummer because I really wanted to meet more of you. Let's do another LA meet up soon!
posted by jayder at 11:21 PM on January 11, 2014 [2 favorites]


That was fun. Too bad I didn't get to talk to everyone, but that was kind of a sign of a successful meetup, in that there were too many people to talk to.
posted by klangklangston at 11:22 PM on January 11, 2014


Nice to meet all you new people! Come out again! :-)
posted by mykescipark at 11:30 PM on January 11, 2014


I consider any night that ends at King Taco a good night. Great coming out and meeting all you folks.
posted by Punkey at 11:42 PM on January 11, 2014


yay! let's do this more often!
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 11:47 PM on January 11, 2014 [3 favorites]


I had an awesome time as usual and am a little sad I split before people went to King Taco. Nice meeting everybody!
posted by Sara C. at 11:53 PM on January 11, 2014


Is someone here? I am here with a beard wearing a grey jacket and see 10 groups who could be "it"

I looked around the place when I saw this post, and there were about 10 people matching that description.

You people are beautiful, it was good seeing you!
posted by carsonb at 7:46 AM on January 12, 2014 [4 favorites]


Hello new friends! I took a few photos with my iPhone; nothing fancy about the photos except the lovely people in them. Wanted to share. It was great meeting new folks; I'd love to have another meetup!

Klangklangston, FJT, Univac
Tim, Betweenthebars, Nadja
Holyrood
chicainthecity, bswinburg
austenite (and mr. Austenite)
troupe of trained rats, mandymanwasregistered
dog!
two very nice people whose usernames I did not catch
posted by samthemander at 3:27 PM on January 12, 2014 [3 favorites]


Nadja, I'm really sorry about calling you nacho. Shows where my head's at. Sigh
posted by samthemander at 3:29 PM on January 12, 2014


The meetup was rad. Nice to meet the few of you I did(i was not so into socializing; my problem,not yours). We should do more saturday night meetups!
posted by holyrood at 3:53 PM on January 12, 2014 [1 favorite]


samthemander, of the two very nice people whose usernames you did not catch, that's yasaman on the right. (the gentleman on the left was very generous with his fancy beer but I can't recall his name)
posted by univac at 4:39 PM on January 12, 2014


Sorry I had to miss it -- let's plan another one soon!
posted by scody at 4:46 PM on January 12, 2014


It's OK. It's not an LA meetup if someone doesn't flake.

(And I hadn't finished the mix I wanted to give you, so you should come out soon.)
posted by klangklangston at 5:35 PM on January 12, 2014 [1 favorite]


Punkey is on my left in that picture, and he was indeed generous with his fancy beer! I had a great time, it was lovely to meet all of you! We should definitely do this more often.
posted by yasaman at 5:51 PM on January 12, 2014


So great to meet all of you fine--and fun--people (and one very sweet dog brought along by his human)! Bummed that I skipped out before King Taco happened, though.

Thanks to bswinburn for being generous with the cider, too!
posted by chicainthecity at 8:42 PM on January 12, 2014


Yes, thanks both carsonb and bswinburn for the delicious impromptu Basque cider tasting!
posted by Sara C. at 9:01 PM on January 12, 2014


I suck. I completely forgot about it until 4 p.m. that afternoon and bailed.

Once again, I suck. Can we do this again so that I can not suck....?
posted by Sophie1 at 1:42 PM on January 14, 2014 [2 favorites]



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