The Library Bar
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 22
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by drewbage:
3.93/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Real quick stop for a pint after a friend's wedding celebration. Arrived just after opening on a Saturday evening and the place was quiet with only one other patron. Not sure if this is typical, but man it made for a nice decompression.
Nice high class dark bar feel here with the library theme played with books, leather couches and dark wood everywhere.
Seven taps pouring at least 3 Craftsman beers with the most boring beer flowing, Stella. An improved bottle selection is now awaiting in the fridges thanks to some new blood in the beer management side of the business.
Pretty good place to have a beer/wine or cocktail and take a moment to wander this very small space.
07-08-2007 05:49:35 | More by drewbage
More User Reviews:
3.68/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | $$
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.
05-07-2013 19:47:16 | More by mrcraft
3.73/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$$
Classy downtown LA bar, with hard to find parking. You need to use another garage and they will validate after two drinks. But it was somewhat of a walk on a cold rainy night. Only had up a half dozen craft beer lines, but they were all very good. A bit on the small side, still pretty friendly and cosmopolitan. Room for improvement as a beer bar, but if you are downtown and need a good beer here is the place. Bottle menu not exceptional. Stella and some macros served here. So altogether do not go out of your way.
01-18-2012 06:24:50 | More by Sammy
3.93/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
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.
05-10-2010 17:57:04 | More by Metalmonk
3.76/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
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.
03-20-2009 06:04:42 | More by DoubleJ
The Library Bar in Los Angeles, CA
86 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.