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Library Alehouse

Not Rated.
Library AlehouseLibrary Alehouse
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

60 Ratings
Ratings: 60
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
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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(Place added by: Myk)
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Reviews by mickeymac:
Photo of mickeymac
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%

The Library Alehouse is on the small side, with an outdoor patio in the back. It has an upscale look and feel, with lots of wood and glass and big skylights that make it pretty bright during the day. The place is dominated by tables, with a limited number of spots at the bar. Nobody will mistake it for a dive bar. Nor will anyone mistake it for a comfortable neighborhood spot.

The number of beers on tap is impressive at close to 30, but nothing very exotic seems to make the cut. On a positive note, nothing by the big US breweries is wasting tap space. On a recent trip selections included Mad River Jamaica Red, Arrogant Bastard, Pranqster, SN Pale Ale, Stella Artois, Lagunitas Pils, and Mad River Steelhead Stout. The bottled choices included several Unibroue ales, Chimay, and La Chouffe.

The food menu is varied and the food is better than average for a pub. However, the prices are higher than average for a pub. The menu varies from burgers and sandwiches to salad and pasta and full-blown entrees. You will be dining with real cloth napkins.

All in all, this is a decent place to stop in for a pint or two, but it's nothing spectacular. The fact that this is one of the best beer bars in LA County is a sad commentary on the state of beer culture here.

mickeymac, Sep 10, 2003
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4.46/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

Few Tv's... i guess hipsters dont like sports :(

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4.53/5  rDev +8.4%

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 -4.1%

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.

metter98, Nov 02, 2013
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Photo of Resuin
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%

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
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%

Visited back in September 2012 on a Sunday evening. The place was pretty packed when I walked in...I wanted a seat at the bar since it was just me, but I had to settle for a spot by the window since all of the seats at the bar were taken (due to the football game in progress at the time), which was OK, allowed me to people watch. The atmosphere was good, given the crowd, although not too loud, but a good vibe. Probably a good place to hang out when the place is not as crowded. By the time that I left, I think that they were actually turning people away. The hostess and wait staff were nice enough, I didn't find the wait staff overly knowledgeable about the beers, but the beers on tap were displayed nicely on a chalk board above the bar. I ordered a Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest; given it was a west coast beer. The beer was served in a proper glass with a proper head on it. I also order the fish and chips, which was nice, nothing outstanding, but good fare. Overall, a good place and one that I will certainly go back to if/when I find myself back in the area.

PhillyStyle, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%

I visited today with my wife as we were in the area and I have had my eye on this place for a while. Right off the bat we were told we couldn't sit at a table if we weren't going to eat. We said that's fine and we could order some appetizers and beer together. Again, we were told we couldn't sit there unless we ordered a full dinner. The hostess was a bit rude about this, especially since there were a bunch of tables in the back section of the place that were empty. Oh well, we were able to find a section right near the front window to sit and people watch for a bit. I like how this place is going for a library theme with the decorations and the menu (burgers/sandwiches are called "stacks"). Lots of cool empty bottles line the bar area and whatnot. They have around 30 taps at any given time. Right now they had a hop fest theme so I was able to get a bunch of hoppy beers. I had to order all the beer at the bar and service was not that great. The quality off the taps was very good and fresh. Prices were pretty reasonable and they offered tasters and flights which I took advantage of. Overall, this is a good place to check out if you are in the area and want some good beers.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 20, 2012
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Library Alehouse in Santa Monica, CA
93 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.