Where to Drink

Neighborhood focus: Where to drink in LA’s Sherman Oaks

Wind down at one of Sherman Oaks’ many prime drinking spots.

Popular amongst many groups of people, Sherman Oaks, over the years, has inhabited many bars and pubs. Whether you’re looking for a top-of-the-list cocktail or a chilled pint, this neck of the woods always delivers. From school-themed bars to cocktail havens, here’s where to drink in Sherman Oaks.

The Woodman

The Woodman

The Woodman, Source: Facebook

Pull yourself a tree trunk stool and order a Mermaid’s Red Ale, Anthem Pear Cider, or Grapefruit Sculpin IPA at the woody bar of The Woodman. Facing Ventura Boulevard, the unusual gastropub has various cocktails in the offering such as the Jalisco Margarita made with tequila, St. Germaine, grapefruit juice, and lime juice which you can enjoy with a belly-filling bacon burger. If you arrive during the happy hours, $5 wines, well cocktails, and selected craft beers will welcome you with TV screens that are always covering a sports event.

Happy hours - 4.30 pm to 8 pm (Monday to Sunday)

Location - 13615 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423.

Timings - 4.30 pm to 1.30 am (Monday to Friday)
                12 pm to 1.30 am (Saturday to Sunday)

Public School 818

Public School 818

Public School 818, Source: Instagram

This school-themed bar on Ventura Boulevard is a great place to reminisce about your younger self while treating your adult self to a delicious concoction. Public School 818 is the ideal place to enjoy a libation during the day. Dip into one of their many school-themed cocktails; we recommend the Study Hall made with Old Forester bourbon, apricot, earl grey tea, and cinnamon. You can also pick from a wide range of bottled and draft beer, wine, and a few flavors of tropical punch. If you get peckish you can go for one of the small plates served like the burger, fish tacos, and more.

Ahh, we almost forgot to mention recess time a.k.a happy hours when drinks and food are cheaper than usual.

Happy hours - 3 pm to 7 pm

Location - 15300 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403.

Timings - 12 pm to 9 pm (Monday to Friday)
                11 am to 9 pm (Saturday to Sunday)

The Sherman

The Sherman

Cocktails on the bar at The Sherman, Source: Facebook

Named in the honor of the neighborhood, The Sherman is located in the heart of Sherman Oaks. The upscale eatery and bar welcomes patrons with well-decorated dishes. 

Try the popular Sherman burger or Enegren Amber Batter Fish & Chips with one of the tequila cocktails like the Addison made with Herradura Blanco, aperol, fresh lime, and pineapple. The rustic urban decor is a treat to look at, and we highly recommend pairing the delicious desserts at this spot with your favorite cocktail. Our winter favorite is the warm peach cobbler. 

Happy hours - 3 pm to 6 pm

Location - 14633 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403.

Timings - 11 am to 11 pm (Monday to Friday)
                11 am to 12 pm (Saturday to Sunday)

On The Thirty

On The Thirty

Pizza and cocktails at On The Thirty, Source: Facebook

Known for their signature pizza and overflowing mimosas during brunch, On The Thirty is a great place to be both during the day and at night. Their long list of cocktails includes classics like the Lily Martini, Tobacco Old-Fashioned, and pitchers of sangria. You will also find bubbly and reserve wine options such as the 2019 Rombauer (Chardonnay), 2019 Red Schooner (Malbec), and 2018 Rombauer (Zinfandel). The full bar is always stocked up on spirits. For beer lovers, IPAs, Czech pilsners, and imperial stouts are readily available in pints.

Location - 14622 Ventura Blvd #112, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403.

Timings - Closed (Monday)
                4 pm to 11 pm (Tuesday to Wednesday)
                12 pm to 11 pm (Thursday)
                12 pm to 12 am (Friday)
                11 am to 12 am (Saturday)
                9.45 am to 9 am (Sunday)

Mr. Furley’s Bar

Mr Furley's Bar

Mr. Furley’s Bar counter, Source: Instagram

With a new outdoor patio, Mr.Furley’s Bar attracts homebodies to have a drink in Sherman Oaks. Treat yourself with classic cocktails like the Old Fashioned, Whiskey Sour, and Moscow Mule, or switch on the beer game with craft beers types like amber ale, Belgium ale, blonde ale, sour ale, cider, pale ale, IPA, fruit beer, pilsner, stout, red ale, and porter. Phew! We thought the list would never end. The bar also serves sumptuous small bites such as skewers, burgers, and fries that make flushing down the drinks a lot easier.

Happy hours - 5 pm to 9 pm 

Location - 14649 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403.

Timings - 5 pm to 2 am (Monday to Sunday)

The One Up

The One Up

The One Up entrance, Source: Facebook

Bring your A-game to the arcade bar which offers more than 100 video games. The One Up will deliver whether you are looking for a fun date or a competitive brawl with your friends. From retro arcades like the Pac-Man to modern street fighters like Mortal Kombat, the bar will keep you entertained. 

For drinking, you can opt for a house cocktail like the Bladerunner made with rum, Campari, lime, and falernum. Look out for draft beer options like Scrimshaw Pilsner, Rogue Hazelnut Brown, Elysian Space Dust, and more. There are a few virgin cocktails available too, in case you are looking to cut down on the ABV. It is time you one-up your friends when it comes to gaming rivalries.

Location - 13625 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423.

Timings - Closed (Monday to Tuesday)
                6 pm to 2 am (Wednesday to Sunday)

The Oak’s Tavern

The Oak's Tavern

The Oak’s Tavern, Source: Facebook

Located one block north of Ventura Boulevard on Woodman Avenue, The Oak’s is an old school tavern by day and a karaoke bar by night. Engage yourself in trivia nights, lively parties, birthday and bachelorette bashes, a game on the shuffleboards, ball knocking shots on the pool table, and more. And while you’re at it, the tavern will keep you occupied with over 16 beers on tap and 30 bottled beer varieties. Whether it is a hoppy IPA, a subtle pale ale, bold stouts and porters, bourbon barrel-aged beers, peanut butter stouts, or chili pepper IPAs, you are sure to find whatever you look for in the world of hops. And it is an extra bonus if you like the NFL, especially Philadelphia Eagles because this is where you will find some like-minded company and an opportunity to make new friends. The full bar is home to an array of spirits that are used in crafting specialty house cocktails you can try for yourself.

Location - 13625 Moorpark St, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423.

Timings - 5 pm to 2 am (Monday to Friday)
                1 pm to 2 am (Saturday)
                9.30 am to 2 am (Sunday)

The Attic

The Attic

The Attic, Source: Facebook

The Attic has a friendly vibe with an Edison bulb studded brick archway above the bar covered with dim lights and mirrored walls that reflect the ever-present red leather couches. 

Find a range of custom-made craft cocktails at the bar which suits the libation-loving Angelenos in the vicinity. Try the Choppy Waters cocktail made with Amaro di Angostura, pineapple, homemade grenadine, and lime juice with bar munchies such as fried chicken sliders and bone marrow as you lounge at the speakeasy-inspired intimate space.

Location - 14633 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403.

Timings - Closed (Sunday to Tuesday)
                6 pm to 11 pm (Wednesday to Thursday)
                6 pm to 12 am (Friday to Saturday)

Header image - The One Up, Source: Facebook

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