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The Daily Pint

Not Rated.
The Daily PintThe Daily Pint

31 Reviews
Reviews: 31
Visits: 45
Avg: 4.1
pDev: n/a
Taps: 36
Bottles: 100
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2310 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, California, 90405-1722
United States
phone: (310) 450-7631

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Reviews: 31 | Visits: 45
Reviews by augustgarage:
Photo of augustgarage
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Been here a few times now - I usually only step in to this establishment in the afternoon, as opposed to later in the evening, so bear in mind I've never had to suffer the crowds (and the declines in atmosphere and service they are likely to engender).

While many would describe this as a dive bar, this is a relative term, especially somewhere as upscale as Santa Monica - let's just say the bar has a lived-in appearance, but the jukebox functions, the pool tables are in decent shape, and the game is on (at a reasonable volume) the tele. If you want to generalize, I'd say even without Phil behind the bar, this place has a British Pub feel to it.

Even the first time I went in here, I was greeted warmly first by one server, and when he left, Phil came in and bumped fists with everyone seated at the bar. Though you may find yourself seated near a group of whisky industry reps in suits, it is nice that they don't receive any special treatment compared to the regular patrons. Service is leisurely but you won't be left with an empty pint for an eternity.

There are generally 3 or 4 offerings on cask - two British, and one or two from California (generally Stone and/or Firestone), and a sizable tap-list, always including some things from out of state (e.g. recently: Alaskan Baltic Porter, Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron, Bitch Creek ESB) alongside some of the more unusual releases from Ballast Point, Green Flash, Alesmith, etc. Usually a couple Belgian, German, and UK offerings and a few more pedestrian taps are available as well. Plenty of good bottles in the fridge too (Unibroue 16 and 17, Cantillon Classic yellow-label Gueuze, some Lost Abbey) though I've never inquired about prices.

Speaking of which this place could do with a happy hour, which is one reason I generally prefer Blue Palms, BoHo, etc. Pints are usually $7 I believe - and though this place takes cards, I'd suggest using cash to facilitate better service.

While the selection is excellent, the quality isn't always top-shelf - if the keg is fresh, then you won't have a problem, but some of them end up resting against the wall with no temperature control (I'm not sure this place even has air conditioning) for who knows how long before getting put on. Turn-over is generally fairly high, so I don't usually worry about it, but I've had a few beers here that were not in top form. I've also heard stories about servers wiping the foam off the top of a pint with their fingers - not something I've experienced first hand though.

No food, though you can order in. Whisky list is happily intimidating (though not as gargantuan as Seven Grand, downtown) - you could have a new (and frequently rare) dram here pretty much every day for a year - and reasonably priced.

Though I may be repeating a lot of what others have said, I'm happy to join the choir praising this place. All in all, I'm very glad to have this unpretentious pub not far from my work - a refreshing change of pace from trendy mad-houses like Father's Office.

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Photo of barflybastard
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Sam-VW
3.61/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Photo of Devman171
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Buzz3d
4.74/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Down the street from school. Love the pint!

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Photo of Micros32
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of LADaveBN
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.1/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mbw314
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of MrHandsome
2.34/5  rDev -42.9%
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.

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Photo of werdnacross
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of kbrown
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of trubeernick
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Alepounder
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
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...

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Photo of kojevergas
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
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.


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Photo of Tad
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Depending on your personal palate for great brew, the pint delivers! A rather wide selection to chose from, as most styles are represented, a quick moving rotation is always up on the chalk board across from the bar.

The most cask ales(4) and bourbon(lots) available to chose from every day of any westside/santa monica stop. A must stop for the beer loving novice or aficionado!... darts, shuffle board, pool, tv's for game days, I always have a good time stopping in here.

Events from time to time,bourbon, whiskey,& single malt tastings, pint nights, etc., a locals favorite pub!
Ask the bartender whats new on tap, you most likely will find something you've been wanting to try available at the pint.


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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I stopped by The Daily Pint today since I was in the area for a tasting. Walking in you get the distinct impression of a dive bar that happens to sell craft beer. I sat at the bar and got good service for the short time I was there. The quality of the beer was great with the beer being served in the proper glassware and at the proper temperature. Selection was good in terms of taps and bottles in the fridge. From what I understand you can order food to be delivered to the bar but there is no food available for purchase. The beers are a bit pricey since they only sell by the pint (no half pint or taster options). I got a Duvel Single for $8.00 just for reference. A good place to check out if you're in the area but be prepared for a bit of a pricey time.

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Photo of VegasBill
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This pub is unique in that it is a dive bar with a great micro selection and the most unusual single malt selection I have ever seen. As for the single malt selection there might be a bigger one on L.A., I dont know but there were so many bottles of scotch that I have never seen anywhere.
As for beer no Pliny so I had a Blind Pig. The bartender was so friendly, I was going to Fathers Office Culver City next and I asked her if my route was correct, she took the time to write down a faster and easier route.
I wish I lived closer to this pub as I would be a regular and broke with all of the single malts.

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Photo of dksl16
4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is my go to spot when I want to get my shuffleboard on (best table in the L.A. area). Then of course there's the whiskey selection ... best in the L.A. area as well.

But we're here to talk about beer. Very good selection. Several taps, always something interesting available (I popped my Younger cherry here a couple of years ago). Standouts tend to be the cask offerings (usually at least two Stone offerings you'll have trouble finding anywhere else). Pours are good but pricey ($7-8 for the quality stuff) and the bartenders are nice enough.

This is a great place to watch the game (or play Jenga). Definitely one of my favorite bars in LA/SM.

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Photo of jmgrub
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Ahhh, the Pint. I had never been to this place before a few months ago, when I decided to venture in to watch a UCLA football game on a Saturday afternoon. The place was totally empty except for me, my buddy, and some guys who had just finished a flag football game at the park across the street. Knowing nothing about it, I was obviously pleasantly surprised at the draft selection. I was able to enjoy my first beer from a hand-pump, a Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla bean. It was fantastic. Given the small number of customers, the service was fantastic, and my buddy and I chatted with the bartender for a while. They have about 20 beers on tap, along with probably 100 bottles (not to mention 100's of varieties of scotch). In fact, the Pint probably has the best scotch selection of any bar I've ever been to. On weekend nights, the place is typically packed with a pretty eclectic crowd. Despite the fantastic selection, there is no shortage of people drinking Coors or PBR. They don't have food, but you can order pizza into the bar, and there is often a food truck outside on weekends. This is one of my regular spots. It may not be the cleanest spot, but it's a great place to live close to!

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.14/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Ventured out to The Daily Pint for the first time yesterday and I was not disappointed.

The Daily Pint is a small dive bar that's big on quality and comfort. Its a place where you can have a couple beers, play some games (pool, darts, shuffleboard,etc...), and meet some friendly people. The atmosphere is very relaxed and the tap selection is broad enough that there is something for everyone.

While they do not serve food, they allow deliveries to the bar, which is a great way to encourage prospecting patrons to frequent this establishment; a definite plus.

There is a fairly large range of demographics, spanning from young twenties to late fifties. However everyone seems to have an amiable attitude; hell its beer and they should!

If you are looking for a non pretentious bar to grab a drink then The Daily Pint is worth checking out.

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The Daily Pint in Santa Monica, CA
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