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The Library Bar

Not Rated.
The Library BarThe Library Bar
very good

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Taps: 8
Bottles: 22
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

630 W 6th St
Ste 116A
Los Angeles, California, 90017-3259
United States
phone: (213) 614-0053

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(Place added by: sloejams on 12-20-2006)
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Photo of mrcraft
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%

I used to visit the Library Bar when I worked in Downtown LA. For folks working downtown and want to spend time after work with co-workers and friends it has a nice atmosphere.

The bar is very small, so it can get crowded quickly, and it may be hard to find a place to sit. I really dig the atmosphere though.

The craft beer selection, however, is average at best. They don't have a lot of taps, and what they have is usually middle of the road stuff you can find at other bars. I don't come here for fantastic craft beer, it's mostly to hang out after work, and get whatever is on tap. More of a social thing.

I don't think it's worth a drive here because you have to deal with downtown traffic and parking in addition to what I mentioned above.

A nice place if you're already in downtown.

mrcraft, May 07, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%

Classy downtown LA bar, with hard to find parking. You need to use another garage and they will validate after two drinks. But it was somewhat of a walk on a cold rainy night. Only had up a half dozen craft beer lines, but they were all very good. A bit on the small side, still pretty friendly and cosmopolitan. Room for improvement as a beer bar, but if you are downtown and need a good beer here is the place. Bottle menu not exceptional. Stella and some macros served here. So altogether do not go out of your way.

Sammy, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Metalmonk
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%

Walked in about 8 on a Sunday night, the place was very quiet, with about seven other people there. By 10 pm or so that number more than doubled, so it eventually felt like a small, private party...not packed, but not dead either. The lighting is low, which I dig, and we snagged one of the couches in what can only be called the "library," a cozy section featuring a wall full of books. But then, shortly after we arrived, an employee came and pulled down a large movie screen that covered the books...and they gave us a showing of 'Airplane,' which only made the evening that much better. (Luckily our group grew in number afterward, which made it easier to block out the next movie, "Con Air"...guess there was an "air" theme)

Beer selection is small, and not quite as amazing as, say, West Hollywood's the Surly Goat (the only other local bar I can use as a reference point, thus far). But Arrogant Bastard and Old Rasputin on tap is nothing to regret. And lots of classic Belgian in bottles (Saison Dupont, the Trappistes Rochefort, Delirium Tremens, others) plus select US bottles, including Racer 5, Three Philosophers and others that I don't quite recall. So, hard to avoid having great beer there, although it seems like they could be offering so much more. Room to grow, then...and definitely worth stopping in for. Didn't have any food, but the menu looked pretty great.

Metalmonk, May 10, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%

Appropriately, the Library Bar is a stone's throw away from the LA Public Library in downtown. It is darkly lit and cozy inside, with one of the corners looking like the inside of a library with books, a globe of the world, big comfy sofas, and other library related props. I thought that was pretty cool.

7 beer on draft, plus 25 beers in the bottle. I only saw one glass being used during my time there, a skinny chalice type of glass. My beer was fresh, which I opted from draft. On-tap: Stella Artois, Old Rasputin, Pranqster, Arrogant Bastard, Craftsman 1903, Craftsman Hefeweizen, and Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat. Good pick of Belgians in the bottle...saw Rochefort, Chimay, Delirium, Saison Dupont. Also bottled were Anderson Valley, Three Philosophers, Deschutes, Samuel Smith. Beers will set you back a little more than other places: $6 for drafts, and $6 for domestic craft 12 ounce bottles. The bartender was fun to talk beer with as I drank my Craftsman.

Overall, the Library Bar is a nimble little place serving some good beer near the financial district of LA. Give it a go if you're nearby.

DoubleJ, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of davexisxrabid
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%

Stopped by for the first time with a homie the other night.

Small place right by the downtown L.A. library, really nice looking inside. It's sorta hit and miss with how a place looks like in downtown. Could be a total dive, could be elegant as hell (in which case they prolly wouldn't let my ass in). I like the bookshelves on the corners, gave it nice look like someone's study. My only complaint, no soap in the bathroom!!!

A good crowd of people there but not too packed, was able to order drinks almost immediately and when we were done, the waitress asked us if we wanted another. Wow, most of the time you gotta get their attention. Maybe I brought my "A" game that night...

Selection was pretty decent. I had the Old Rasputin (love this stuff) and Pranqster. My buddy had a Delerium and Three Philosophers. Then we both had a Craftsman. Had a pretty decent bottle list and none of it was exhorbantly expensive.

Didn't try their food (c'mon people, I'm a wino, not a fat ass) but overall I had a good impression of this place and will probably be back.

davexisxrabid, Feb 18, 2009
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The Library Bar in Los Angeles, CA
86 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.