The Daily Pint
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 29 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by charlzm:
4.16/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited on Friday night, June 6th 2008.
Arrived just before 6:00pm. Ample street parking on side streets, a few spaces right out front and a lot across Pico.
I walked in and was surprised to see there wasn't a seat to be had at the bar. I recognized some folks from a local brewing club right away. Everyone was smiling, happy, talking, and drinking craft beer. Nice.
I ordered my first pint from the man behind the bar, who I later took to tbe the owner due to his British accent and the story he told a patron about how he was just back from England and brought back two or three beer engines with him.
That leads us to the selection... my first pint was from a cask of Firestone Double Barrel (far better this way and than bottled or on standard draft). My second was a Firestone Reserve porter. My third was from a cask of Stone Smoked Porter with vanilla bean. My final beer was a bottle of Sprecher Black Bavarian from their cooler. In my party, we also had draft pours of Old Speckled Hen. Ommegang Rare Voss and Stone IPA, and a bottle of Ommegang Witt. There were more, but you get the idea. Oh, and then there's the scotch...
If you like scotch, you must go here and marvel at the sheer selection available: literally hundreds of bottles.
I'm amazed that, as the evening wore on and the place emptied out then filled to the brim by 11:00pm, the bartneders were able to serve everyone with good humor and accuracy. Service was a smidge slow, but it's certainly not a sticking point. After all, there were something like fifty or more patrons and only two staff.
There's no food available, but you can order anything for delivery (we got pizza from the number posted on the wall and it was B+/A- quality from a neighborhood joint) or bring in your own.
A jukebox, two pool tables and a shuffleboard game with metal pucks (come on , you know what I'm taking about even if I don't know the right name for it) round out the entertainment.
The crowd was mixed with young gay and metro men, older beer drinkers, young women, some dating couples, some married couples... and contrary to what a previous reviewer noted, I saw a majority (I'd say 75% or so) with draft pours or good bottles. That means no BMC or Corona. "Worst" beer I saw was a youngish couple drinking Amstel Lights from bottles very early on in the evening.
So... three casks (with plans to feature something on cask every day very soon), a good bottle selection, an ever-improving list of taps and a good vibe of people who want to drink good beer - I'd say we're looking at a real beer bar here.
06-07-2008 17:50:02 | More by charlzm
More User Reviews:
3.71/5 rDev -10.8%
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 -5%
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
4.34/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
05-17-2012 06:25:00 | More by Tad
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
I stopped by The Daily Pint today since I was in the area for a tasting. Walking in you get the distinct impression of a dive bar that happens to sell craft beer. I sat at the bar and got good service for the short time I was there. The quality of the beer was great with the beer being served in the proper glassware and at the proper temperature. Selection was good in terms of taps and bottles in the fridge. From what I understand you can order food to be delivered to the bar but there is no food available for purchase. The beers are a bit pricey since they only sell by the pint (no half pint or taster options). I got a Duvel Single for $8.00 just for reference. A good place to check out if you're in the area but be prepared for a bit of a pricey time.
04-16-2012 06:24:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.44/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
10-01-2011 19:46:15 | More by VegasBill
The Daily Pint in Santa Monica, CA
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