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Library Alehouse

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Library AlehouseLibrary Alehouse

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 beer2day:
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4.45/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

What a small beer pub should be. Put it a block from the beach and it becomes excellent.

29 taps, nice rotation. Printed list details the usual selections, with a chalkboard above the tap selection to highlight new offerings. For an out-of-towner, they offer a nice mix of local offerings. For a local, they seem to have a good mix of beers I'd want to drink if I lived here.

Menu is extensive for such a small place. Sandwich offerings are very good and apps are really good, with asparagus and seared ahi my favorites.

Staff was knowledgable and pleasant. Outdoor seating in the back, sheltered from the wind.

2 tv's in the bar area if you want to catch a game.

My first choice if I'm back in the area.

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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

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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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Photo of jwolfe1311
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Great beer. Cool place. Good food.

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4.56/5  rDev +8.6%

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