The Daily Pint
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 31 | Display Reviews Only:
3.82/5 rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$$
Been many times. Can get very crowded on Friday and Saturday nights. Mostly a "dive" bar. Nothing fancy, just lots of Whiskey/Scotch and beer on tap with 3 or 4 cask offerings. Fairly dark interior, long bar, chalkboard lists the beers and specials. Two pool tables, a shuffleboard game, juke box, and foosball game to play. Lots of TV screens, plus a large projector on the wall. Bathrooms are dingy and small. Service can be variable, but normally O.K. Thirty-three taps with about a quarter rotating regularly. Lines not always cleaned between kegs. Cooler with nearly 100 different bottles to purchase. No food, but you can bring your own or order and have it delivered. Sometimes a food truck shows up for a special event. Most beers are $8/pint which is too expensive for me. No happy hour prices. During NFL season on Sundays most beers are a dollar off. Worth a stop if you are in the area. Would be great if they expanded and cleaned the place up a bit.
06-29-2014 01:07:12 | More by wethorseblanket
2.34/5 rDev -42.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$$
I've been here a few times but I'll never go back. They have a great selection of Scotch whiskeys and a better than average beer menu, but that's not enough to overcome how ordinary and drab the place is, and how awful and rude the service is. Maybe I'm overreacting to the one truly terrible bartender I encountered there who tried, three times, to take away my drinks while I was still drinking them. When I asked to be left alone to finish my drink she called me "weird." Okay, did you just call me weird? "You're getting all territorial!" My mistake: I'm not weird, I'm weird and territorial. I had a beer, a Scotch, and a glass of water, and she tried lifting each of them before I was done, and I told her, politely, that I was still drinking them. She fled the scary scene and refused to acknowledge me in my attempt to get another glass of water before leaving forever. Yes, they have good whiskey, but most of the bar staff doesn't know a thing about the 250 Scotches they have, and ultimately it's just another dive with crappy service. They don't train the servers to know that the customer is always right; instead, they allow them to insult the customer by calling them names without any provocation. Pass.
06-14-2014 21:08:37 | More by MrHandsome
3.71/5 rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | $$$
Decent bar with a very good selection of beer and single malt Scotch. Hopefully you won't have the displeasure of meeting the owner. He really is a horrible person...not at all suited to a career in the hospitality industry... Otherwise the place gets a good mix of people and is really the only thing in that neighborhood...
09-15-2013 19:26:18 | More by Alepounder
3.95/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
I used to go to The Daily Pint regularly after a day at the office when I worked in the area. Parking is free at the adjacent smog station after 6 pm. It's usually not too crowded.
The atmosphere is great, especially on weekdays when billiards and shuffleboard are free. I think foozball (kicker for ye Germans) always costs money. On weekends, you have to pay for billiards but shuffleboard is still free - though there's often a line.
It can be difficult to get the bartenders' attention. Ofttimes, the bartender would serve people that approached the bar after me first. Stand up for your order; if you sit at the bar you tend to get ignored.
The selection is good for beer, very good for whiskey, and excellent for whisky. Available beers are written on their blackboard - which also features a notification about upcoming beers. Additionally, you can check their twitter for newly tapped beers. They even have two cask hand-pumps, but usually they only use one. Their bottled selection is also good, but I never bothered to order one on account of the price.
They boast a decent variety of glassware, and for the most part serve beers in roughly the right glass.
Many staff members are of different nationalities. None of them seems to know how to properly pour a Guinness, so don't bother ordering any.
No food is offered, though they freely allow you to bring in your own and even order delivery.
The bathrooms are decent, though one lacks a lock. Examine the scrawling on the wall for some of Los Angeles' more intelligent toilet writing. ("Ulysses=Odysseus" is a highlight).
It's a bit pricey, but normal for Santa Monica I suppose. It could use more seating, and it can often be difficult to manoevre past people in the bar area.
Water is free, if you're wondering.
There's never a cover.
This is probably my favourite bar in Los Angeles, provided I go on weekdays when the games are free.
05-20-2012 22:56:27 | More by kojevergas
The Daily Pint in Santa Monica, CA
91 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.