A Silver Lake favorite since 1959, the Red Lion Tavern was opened by Ted Mandekic and Edward Pagliano (then-owners of Cole’s Pacific Electric Buffet in Downtown LA) as an “Olde English” pub. New owners took over in 1963 and changed it to a German bar. In 1981, Uwe Backen bought the Lion, remodeled and expanded the bar to three levels, and added the outdoor beer garden in the 90s. The current owners are longtime patrons and friends of the Red Lion, Aidas Mattis and family.
Gather your friends, order boots of beer (2L or 4L available) and nosh on authentic German fare. The Sausage Platter is a must - three whole German sausages (bratwurst, knackwurst, smoked bockwurst) are cut into bite-sized pieces and served with pickles, peppers, and mustard. Another popular starter, the Pretzel Platter features a 14-inch pretzel topped with German sliced ham, salami, landjäger (spiced beef), bierknacker (smoked pork), cheese, pickles, German mustard and obazda. Entrees include the massive Eisbein (boiled pork shank) with sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and gravy, speared with a steak knife; and the Schweinebraten - roast pork loin smothered in gravy, served with red cabbage and mashed potatoes. Veg-friendly options include the Field Roast Veggie Burger in the beer garden; Flammkuchen (traditional German pizza with a white sauce, spinach, onions), and a Vegetarian Bratwurst with mashed potatoes, coleslaw, and German mustard.
There's always something happening at the Lion, from Monday night trivia and Thursday night karaoke to a packed sports schedule. The generous Happy Hour runs Monday through Friday from noon to 6pm.