The Daily Pint
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 31 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by charlzm:
4.16/5 rDev +1.7%
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:
3.82/5 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
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