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Library Alehouse

Not Rated.
Library AlehouseLibrary Alehouse
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

55 Ratings
Ratings: 55
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.18%
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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Photo of Kyle_Darr
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%

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 :(

Kyle_Darr, Apr 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

drewone, Feb 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

carmike813, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of JohnCassillo
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%

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 -3.1%

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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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Beer_Trotter, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Resuin
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%

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 27, 2013
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%

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%

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
Photo of beer2day
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

beer2day, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of ChanChan
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%

I have been here a few times. Not the greatest place but I will keep coming back for the brews!

The parking to this place is a nightmare but so is the parking to every place in this very busy part of Santa Monica.

The service is so so. When waiting to be seated one could expect to be awkardly standing inside for quite some time.

The atmosphere is very loud inside louder than at other establishments. The patio is less crowded and has a backyard feeling...well its a backyard basically!

The food is mediocre for a restaurant with so many options to chose from. I have had the NY strip steak, the jerk chicken, and a few of their burgers. The burgers were kind of ok.

The selection of beer is pretty good, they have many california favorites from stone, Pizza port, Russian River etc. I enjoy their daily specials.

Overall: Its a nice place with good beer and bland food!

ChanChan, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of gibby
4/5  rDev -3.4%

I was in Cali for a few days and stayed at the viceroy with a buddy of mine. This place came highly recommended by numerous people on this site. Its a nice little bar located amongst many other retail shops. Nice big windows in the front that let in a lot of light. We actually sat at the front window both times we went b/c it was cool to people watch and enjoy the nice weather. The atmosphere was a bit crowded on a fri night but we still managed to sit down in a few mins. We went back again on sat for lunch and it was much less crowded. I would say the service was ok but not great. We never went without anything but we were never sure who are waitress was while eating and drinking. Great beer selection with a lot of local stuff that I was eager to try. Bear republic cafe 15 was the beer we drank the most, it's a delicious, dank dipa. The food was tasty. We had chips with salsa and guac, fish tacos and burgers on our 2 visits. Great burger for sure. I thought the prices were very reasonable and portions were quite large. I would certainly recommend stopping by if in the area.

gibby, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of Retsinis
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%

Been to Library Alehouse on a number of occasions, and for the most part had a good time, with one minor gripe that I will get too. They do some beer events, or rare keg tapping now and then. Sometimes publicized, sometime not. Was there once during a Laker playoff game, that was pretty insane. The beers here are good, and they do rotate, and the beer are listed on a chalk board, as well as the menu, which is a plus. They have a nice patio in the back, but I've not yet been able to get a table back there though to fully enjoy it.

My only minor gripe is the place is not well suited, space wise, for what it is. It is a very popular bar, I get it, but even when it's slow, (which is not that often) it feels crowded, (i.e. bumping into people coming and going, even while seated) it's just a too tight of a space for me personally. Maybe one day the Salon next door will go up for sale, they will buy it out, knock down the wall, and expand the place, or maybe one day move to a larger location, as I like the theme, the ambiance, the beers, all of which are put together well, and executed pretty good too, but again, it's just a bit too small for how busy it gets. Being as popular as it is, maybe they can start saving up to do just that, in the mean time though, I'll still enjoy the beers there when I go.

Retsinis, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet. This is the place I go to more often than FO now. I know a couple people that work there, but I just like the atmosphere here better. Almost always busy, but in a good way. The quality here is nice. Very clean and in style bar with appropriate décor. The service is always great here - I never have to ask for another beer, the server is always on top of it. The selection is pretty good also. They have their normal staples but they often get some great "special" beers including Jolly Pumpkin's I've never seen on tap around here before, Parabola, Abyss, PtY, Racer X, etc. They essentially get anything special at some point in time. I also really like the food here. Their chicken quesadilla and chicken/steak tacos are legit. In addition, the price is not bad at all. I will continue to come here for years.

SpdKilz, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of keithmurray
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

Went yesterday on a pub crawl with friends in Santa Monica. Library alehouse has narrow passage ways in the front of the place and a bunch of tables in the back.
Their Beer menu is quite phenomenal, they have everything from Bitburger to Yella Pils on Tap, Palo Santo Marron on Tap, Unibroue Terrible, Ommegang Belgian IPA as well as a littany of American, German and Belgian craft and import brews. Staff was decent and let you try a small sample of beer before you purchase something. Nice mixed, unpretentious crowd at this place and reasonable pricing makes this place one that I will re-visit. My Only issue is that the glassware they use might be gipping the consumer out of a few ounces of liquid, the glasses they used seemed kinda small

keithmurray, Feb 06, 2011
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Library Alehouse in Santa Monica, CA
92 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.