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Library Alehouse

Not Rated.
Library AlehouseLibrary Alehouse
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

62 Ratings
Ratings: 62
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
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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Reviews by feloniousmonk:
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

I had just arrived from LAX, and my friend and I were taken by our native guide on a jaunt along Venice Beach that turned into a meandering stroll along Main Street, Santa Monica. I spied a few nondescript bars, Joe's Bar, Frank's Bar, etcetera, when I saw sandwiched between them a space labeled "library alehouse." Now, those are two things that I enjoy and appreciate on their own, but put them together, and I'm sold! So, we headed in...
I was immediately impressed, though it is a cramped, narrow design, leading out eventually to a beautiful patio and garden, where the beautful people sipped on their Chimay. What makes the place, of course is the attention to the beer. Twenty-nine taps, not a one of them macro or mundane (some may quibble, and call into question stuff like Stella or the featured cider, but phooey on them, I always say.), and the bottle selection is small and strictly good, mostly Belgian and the like. I overheard the bartender tell one customer, "we don't have any REGULAR AMERICAN beers...they're all either local craft beer, or imports."
As my eyes gleaned the many tap handles, trying to decide which to have in my short time there, my attention had competition from the cool collection of antique bottles, cans and glassware...the bookcases were just for show, I think, to fit the theme, and to give the La Chouffe gnome statues something to sit on.
The service was good, the food fine, and the atmosphere okay. It's the incredible beer selection that makes this a must-visit, and I'm still sorry I didn't spend more time sampling other California craft brews I'll never see back home. What I need is an apartment above this place, and I'm set for life!

feloniousmonk, Dec 11, 2004
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I think this is the best beer bar in the Venice/South Santa Monica Area.

Awesome portions of food for what youre paying for.

Knowledgeable staff, bartender will chat you up about beer if time allows him to do so.

Only like 18 handles but still all craft and their beer buyer is on point.

Sitting at a table servers can be slow, but on a busy night that is to be expected.

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4.53/5  rDev +8.1%

There are two different atmospheres at Library, depending on whether you're at the bar or there for dinner. Up front near the bar, things may appear crowded, but you're close to the excellent tap list and the friendly and knowledgeable bartenders. If you can grab a seat at the bar, you're golden. The back area is for diners only, and has a much more open aesthetic. Limited seating but they can accommodate groups of virtually any size. Only drawback is wait staff takes a bit longer to take new beer orders back there.

Selection is among the best on the west side, with a rotating list of drafts from all over the country (though there's typically a California bend). There are flights available, however they're a bit higher-priced than your normal $10-12 range (still largely worth it). Food is excellent pub fare that's filling and delicious, yet still reasonably priced.

Whether you're a Santa Monica resident or not, it's worth a stop. The earlier you can get down to busy Main Street though, the better, in terms of parking.

JohnCassillo, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%

Vibe: This place has a bar and some seats up front and a larger "patio" area in the back that is actually an enclosed room that looks out on tree trunks decorated with lights and a wall with plants climbing up it.

Quality: Beers were served at the proper temperature using a variety of different glasses such as narrow pint glasses and snifters.

Service: Our waiter provided prompt service but didn't seem that knowledgeable about the beers.

Selection: They had 20 different craft beers on-tap, which were listed on three chalkboards around the place. Flights of four were available.

Food: I went in the afternoon so they had a cute menu called "Afternoon Recess" with categories such as "Light Reading", " Short Stories" and "Stacks". I tried the frickles (fried pickles) and the ahi tuna tatare, both of which were pretty good.

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4.29/5  rDev +2.4%

Came here at around 3 pm on a Friday. The place wasn't too crowded inside but was told the patio in the back was full. They had a great variety of beers, most of which were local and there were many I hadn't had which was nice. I had a local pale ale followed by a local double ipa - both were recommended to me by the bartender, and both were tasty.

To eat I had the poutine which is one of my favorite foods - it was decent, but a little on the cold side - piping hot I imagine it would be great.

The service was very friendly and good. I would definitely come back again. Good vibe to the place.

Resuin, Jun 28, 2013
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Library Alehouse in Santa Monica, CA
93 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.