Eight-hour Gastropub Happy Hour at Mad Bull's Tavern

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As the gastropub movement explodes throughout Los Angeles, the 818 is just starting to move into the scene. The latest newbie is Mad Bull’s Tavern in Sherman Oaks which replaced the longstanding Amazon Bar and Grill — and what a welcome change it is.

The Mad Bull's Burger is piled high with crispy onions, bacon and manchego cheese with fries. Photo: Karen Young

Restaurateur Richard Disisto (Lucy’s 51 in Toluca Lake) has made the space completely unrecognizable — it’s a sleek, open design with indoor/outdoor seating, floor to ceiling exposed brick walls, iron lamp embellishments, “mad bull” paintings, high tables and backed chairs, booths and inlaid flat screen TVs to root on your favorite team.

The drink menu is extensive with over 70 beers, including craft, foreign and domestic (with 20 on tap). Exciting for the 818 is a custom cocktail menu, which includes some mixology muddled gems such as the Gold Rush with Eagle Rare bourbon, fresh lemon juice, and honey; the Pisco Sour with Pisco, fresh lemon juice, egg whites, bitters; and the Eastside mixed with Tru Organic Gin, fresh lime juice, muddled fresh cucumbers and mint.

Mad Bulls Tavern has inside seating with high tables and booths. There's also a sidewalk patio. Photo courtesy Mad Bulls Tavern.

The food selections are an eclectic mix of gourmet comfort food with specialties that include Mad Bull’s Burger piled high with crispy onions, bacon and  manchego cheese $12; Pulled Pork Tacos with pineapple and cilantro coleslaw $12; Pancetta Mac & Cheese mixed with romano, blue and cheddar cheeses and pancetta bacon $9. On the lighter side, check out the Avocado & Grapefruit Salad with baby arugula, slivered red onion and lightly dressed with asian mustard vinaigrette $11; or the Jalapeno Miso marinated Chilean Sea Bass with sticky rice and sake fired vegetables $24.

The real deal here is the happy hour that runs daily from 11 to 7 pm. It’s $2 off all cocktails (regularly $10), wine and draft beer, $5 Cadillac margaritas and half off appetizers ($4.50-$5.50).

Mad Bulls Tavern 14649 Ventura Boulevard Sherman Oaks, CA 91403-3617 - (818) 379-9511  Open 11am to 2am daily. Free parking in back.

Karen Young is the Founder/Editor of My Daily Find. Email: karen@mydailyfind.com

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