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Library Alehouse

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Library AlehouseLibrary Alehouse
BA SCORE
93
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70 Ratings
Ratings: 70
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: n/a
Taps: 20
Bottles: 32
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2911 Main St
Santa Monica, California, 90405-5315
United States
phone: (310) 314-4855

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Ratings: 70 | Reviews: 46
Reviews by Floydster:
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3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

My girlfriend and I were walking up and down Main Street looking for a place to eat and stumbled upon this place, heard how great it is from several different people but had no idea where it was, had a beer before eating at the Mexican restaraunt across the street, atmosphere was pretty cool with a typical Santa Monica crowd, not exactly flowing with beer geeks, place was clean and smaller than expected, bar was long and had several chairs open, sat down and had an Anchor Christmas Ale 2008 on tap, selection was not that impressive after the hype I heard about it, Daily Pint in the same city has a much better draft and bottle lineup, on draft they have a few different Stone brews, as well as Ballast Point, Alesmith, North Coast, Bear Republic, Anchor, and Green Flash, they have some fairly common European and Canadian beers in bottles including Lindemans Framboise, La Fin Du Monde, Piraat, , Maudite, Chimay, Duvel, and a few St. Sebastian brews, service was not bad and the bartender was fairly knowledgable, food looked good but was not in the mood for burgers or sandwiches really, place is not badly priced, around five dollars a pint, a few of the 750 mls might have reached twenty dollars, would go back if I were in the area and in the mood for an Arrogant Bastard or something, probably would not make a special trip to go but worth going to at least once

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Photo of colingaiser
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

A friend and I literally stumbled into the Library to escape a torrential downpour on March 1, and I am so glad we did.

The place immediately overwhelms you with a very particular small-town charm ... the atmosphere is akin to a down-to-earth coffeehouse in my hometown of Bozeman, MT -- the decor is simple and refined, while the lighting is perfectly balanced and inviting.

We sat at the bar and immediately ordered a Smog City coffee porter, an Old Chub Nitro, and the Avery Pump[KY]n imperial porter (6 oz of delicious boozy goodness). If I didn't know any better, I would have thought we were drinking at a brewery taproom ... the beers seemed so fresh, and I didn't detect a single off-flavor (impressive considering two of those were Colorado beers). They were also beautifully poured (particularly the nitro) by our awesome bartender, and I was forced to be THAT insufferable person who takes out his phone to snap a photo of each glass.

(The drinks seem a little overpriced, but you really do get what you pay for.)

Also, props to the bartender. She was everything you want a bartender to be -- she was a generous server (gave me as many tasters as I wanted!) and engaged us in conversation without being intrusive. I hope she's there when I return, which I almost certainly will.

Unfortunately I did not get to try the food ... but sneaking glances at other people's plates, it looked delicious.

Highly recommend this charming little craft-beer pub.

Photo of hoppy_411
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Micros32
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Always has amazing micros on tap but great food selection to go with it. Can get crowded after 7pm.

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4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Stevedore
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Smallish selection of pretty good beers.

Laid back vibe.

Small menu selection; somewhat overpriced; green and health conscious options available.

Indoor and outdoor seating.

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4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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Photo of jwolfe1311
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Great beer. Cool place. Good food.

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4.48/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.61/5  rDev +9.8%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.56/5  rDev +8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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Library Alehouse in Santa Monica, CA
93 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.