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The Daily Pint

Not Rated.
The Daily PintThe Daily Pint
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

37 Ratings
Ratings: 37
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.74%
Taps: 36
Bottles: 100
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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(Place added by: Rumrunner)
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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%

WOW! This is exactly what I was looking for when I traveled South. Showed up on a SUnday night about 8PM after dinner at PF Changs and I was full so I did not get to drink all that I wanted. We parked on the street directly in front of the bar. Walked in to pool tables on the left and nice cozy bar on the right. Sat down at the bar and saw a MASSIVE scotch selection and a damn good one. The handles were good, better than Fathers Office I thought. Between my wife and I we had: Port 2nd Anvy IIPA, Green Flash IPA, Stone Pale, Oaked AB on cask. Server was really cool, and helpful. My kind of place and reasonably priced for the selection available. No food here but you can order in. Bottle selection was great. Plenty of Stone, Port, RR, Lost Abbey but no Alesmith. More of a dive beer bar but better than FO in my opinion

barleywinefiend, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of Floydster
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%

I have been here a number of times now and this place is top of the line for the Santa Monica or Los Angeles area, cool crowd that is not exactly expected in this neck of the woods, first time I went was like a year ago for a bottle of Firestone 10 with my girlfriend and it was fantastic, still one of the best if not the best beers I have ever had, next visit I had an Evil Dead Red from Alesmith, most pint prices are around seven dollars, great bottle prices in my opinion, they have about a dozen taps that are usually rotated quite a bit and constantly, get some good local stuff along with some other east coast microbrews and occasional imports, cannot wait to see some of the casks that come in now that they have three handpump machines, heard the Firestone Double Barrel they had a few weeks ago was awesome, forgot to mention that this place has some of the nicest bartenders you will ever meet, it is not the cleanest place in the world but it has it charm, shuffleboard tables on the other side of the bar can keep you busy as well, will be going here a lot now that I am back living in the LA area, only real downfall of this joint is the parking situation which can be a pain in the ass at times, do yourself a favor and check this place out, it is well worth it!

Floydster, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of drewbage
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Rum has summarized this place in many different ways...

It's right up about 7 blocks west of the famous McCabe's Guitar Shop (home to many a fine music perfomance, but zero beer.. *sigh*)

Home to about 9 permenant taps and 3-4 jockey box taps, In the refrigerator box lies a fair number of things from Unibroues, Chimays, Browns, etc...

The whiskey, bourbon, tequila and vodka list is absolutely terrifying for the average commuting drinker.

This is definately a neighborhood place, in the sense that alot of folks know each other, but not in the sense of being terribly insular from the joe off the street. It's all good, with probably not the closest care for beer in LA, but a lot more than just about any other place.

drewbage, Mar 18, 2004
Photo of VegasBill
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

VegasBill, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of charlzm
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

charlzm, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of Rumrunner
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

This is a place the locals go to hang out. Make sure you have the address or you could drive right by the place. The Daily Pint is spelled in news print style type. I was told it has been there for about thirty to forty years. I hope the person who told me that is accurate.

There is not much to this establishment. The atmosphere is very pub like. Wooden bar with stools and a wooden ledge against the wall to set drinks down. No tables. The rest of the space is taken up by three pool tables, two foos ball tables and a dartboard. There is an older rundown quality or lack of quality to this establishment. Depending on who you are that means the place has loads of character or it needs to be remodeled. Many beer and alcohol signs and mirrors cover the walls. I noticed they do beer/bus trips to Anahiem Angel games.

The people who frequent the place are most likely locals and their friends. Many seem to know the bartender and there is a lively we all know each other feel to this place. I've even seen people give the bartender a helping hand on busy nights. It gives the pint a very nice feeling of everybody's welcome here. The age level was mid to late twenties to pretty old.

There is no food service. They have a full bar and carry a large variety of scotches.

They have about seventeen taps. They were divided between micros and imports. Some of the brews on tap were: Stella Atrois, Bass, Anderson Valley, Guinness, Firestone, MacTarnahan's, Fuller's, Boddington's, Pyramid and a few others. In the sliding glass door refridgerator there is a nice variety from macro's to micro's to imports. ESB, Fuller's, Samuel Smith's, Duvel, Chimay, Delerium Tremens, Red Stripe, Flying Dog, Young's, Murphy's, Spaten, Anchor Steam and many more. I would bet the refrigerator rotate's some. Here today drank by tomorrow and will return when convienent. They also had a large variety of beer glass styles. Pint style, Belgians, flutes, etc.

There are no waiters or waitresses. The lone bartender was friendly and working very hard. Tip well, she was all alone. It was a weekday. On weekends when the crowds are larger there is more of a staff.

All in all a fine pub to drink a few pints and spirits. Do not expect any frills other than a nice ale and a friendly working class attitude.

Rumrunner, Aug 01, 2003
Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -2.2%

drewone, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of czechsaaz
4.05/5  rDev -1%

When I lived in Santa Monica, the daily pint was pretty much a straight british pub with lots of British beers and a few micros. It was a dingy place and not among my favorites.

5 years can change a lot.

Still kind of a grubby bar but the taps, man, the taps have come so far. Met some friends for the "Life And Limb" release (that tells you a little about the quality of the taps.)

Quality takes a hit though. My first beer was a cask IPA. It was so past fresh that I sent it back. (And got charged for it.) It was sour and heavily oxidized aka spoiled. My other beers were fine.

No food is made on premises but you can bring in.

I definitley like the place but the spoiled beer and the $1 extra on pints on weekends left kind of a negative impression. But it's still a great bar.

czechsaaz, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of wethorseblanket
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

wethorseblanket, Jun 29, 2014
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The Daily Pint in Santa Monica, CA
91 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.