The Founding Fathers held their initial meetings in a neighborhood tavern, which explains why the Declaration of Independence's first draft had a long, rambling subsection devoted to how powdered wigs are natural icebreakers. Revolt against the tyranny of boredom with today's Groupon: for $18, you get whiskey and beer flights for two (one flight per person) at The Oaks Tavern in Sherman Oaks (a $36 value). Each whiskey and beer flight includes the following:
- Three half-pint pours of any draft beer less than 8 percent alcohol by volume.
- Three 3/4-ounce pours of any whiskey.
The barkeeps at The Oaks Tavern quench thirsting tongues with an ever-evolving menu of palate-pleasing drafts and a robust variety of bold whiskeys. Behind the tavern's bar, a row of gleaming tap heads draws the gaze of suds-seeking eyes with totems championing the frothy and flavorful charms of Guinness Stout, the German ingenuity of Paulaner Hefe-Weizen, or the agricultural non sequitur of Old Speckled Hen. Parched patrons select three amber-hued ambrosias to imbibe in a tasty trinity of half-pint pours, keeping tongue buds on their toes and providing overzealous jugglers sufficient post-drink ammunition. A trio of whiskey pours—ranging from old staples such as Maker's Mark and Jameson to lesser-known libations—including Eagle Rare and Georgia Moon—accompanies bubbly beers, taking social lubrication to a level only rivaled by a game of charades in a vat of Crisco. Though the three-beer flight is only available for brews with an alcohol content less than 8 percent, each patron may trade triple tipples in for a solitary goblet of a more vigorous draft.
Affecting the ambiance of a friendly neighborhood pub, The Oaks Tavern eases guests into late-night revelry with its leather booths and soft sconces, the latter of which illuminate the exposed-brick walls. A sporting corner featuring a pool and shuffleboard table creates an optimal place to begin an evening of rapidly escalating one-upmanship best concluded with a rousing round of competitive cab-hailing.
13625 Moorpark St.
Sherman Oaks, California 91423Get Directions