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The Daily Pint

Not Rated.
The Daily PintThe Daily Pint
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

40 Ratings
Ratings: 40
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
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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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

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

Photo of Floydster
4.47/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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!

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.

Photo of drewbage
4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

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.

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.

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.

Photo of charlzm
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Rumrunner
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of LADaveBN
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of czechsaaz
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of werdnacross
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

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

Finally got a chance to go here last night and was not dissapointed. Great selection of stuff on tap, including the Stone seasonal (Double Bastard at the moment), Leffe, Chimay Blanc, a few Deschutes brews and many others. I saw a keg of YuleSmith hanging out, so I imagine they'll have that on tap sometime in the near future. Plus their bottle selection is amazing, with tons of Belgian stuff and plenty of SoCal and NoCal craft brews as well.
The bartenders are very nice and do good work, and the owner is very chill and easy to talk to. Wanted to ask if they ever had any Russian River (especially based on comments from others on this site) but felt it would be kinda presumtuous.
For Santa Monica this is a very down to earth bar. I wouldn't go as far as calling it a dive, but it's pretty small, with limited seating, a few pool tabels, shuffleboard, and then a big long bar. Music was a little loud for my taste in the game area, but just perfect by the bar. If you're looking for the "Hollywood" trendy place, this is clearly not for you.
My only complaints were that they don't have any bar food (would be nice to have some fries or something) and the pint prices can get pretty high. I think I paid $10 for a Double Bastard and $6 or $7 for a Fuller's London Pride. Not outrageous, but even for LA that seems kinda steep.
Bottom line, this is high quality, easy to find, friendly staff and good atmosphere. Nothing fancy, but it's all about the beer. I highly recommend.

Photo of DogFood11
2.98/5  rDev -27.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

I had to try this since its only 2-3 miles from my house. I figured even if they have a decent selection it could become a staple in my routine.

Not much to get excited about on tap. Fuller's esb, londond pride, was the best thing I could find. Chimay white, Red hook, Pacific Coast, Stella, Guiness, nothing to get excited about. I Had a pale ale that was spoiled ( no need to name the brewery since it was the distributors fault ) The barkeep said she just tapped the keg so it had to be the distributor. Why Me? I get a bad beer about every other time I go to a beer bar. Anyway on to the review. The bartender was great. She would change the channels to the football games we wanted to see and she was hot so that helped. They have hard liquor as well. My wife had a margerita that was strong so they may have a heavy hand. I asked the barkeep if they rotate the kegs at all and she said the taps are pretty standard except for an occasional seasonal brew. The current seasonal was Becks Oktoberfest...I'll pass for now on that since fuller's was available. Beer cooler consists of the usual suspects. Chimay's, Newcastle, some high energy stuff, and one of my favorites Fullers 1845. You've seen and tasted everything they have to offer so this place is more of a "watch a game and look at the barternder" type of place.

$5 bucks a pint, $5 bucks a margerita, Barkeep hot ass, priceless.

This is the type of place that wants to have a reputation of having a good selection of domestics and great imports but it falls short in my opinion.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Brewlore
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

After hearing so much about this place my girlfriend and I finally made it out a few days ago. Surely worth the (short) trip!

We got there early on a Friday afternoon and only had 5-6 other people at the bar so of course, our service was great. The Daily Pint seems like a hole in the wall dive bar but it's not. A great and well stocked bar with really comfortable chairs and a line of numerous taps. Ranging from Old Speckled Hen to Deschutes Black Butte Porter.

Always got to try out their cask ales (which I believe they'll start to have regularly) of a Stone Pale Ale with Coriander and a Stone IPA with Simcoe & Amarillo hops. Great stuff!

This is a top notch place for a pint, I've heard it gets pretty packed on Fri/Sat nights, but go early and enjoy the place! May very well one of the best spots to grab a pint!

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4.1/5  rDev 0%

Photo of KNORDSTROM
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

It sure doesn't look like much on the outside as you pull up. We found easy parking in the rear of the building. We walked in the back and It actually felt like a real bar. bottles and bottles of Scotch everywhere.

I am not a Cask beer drinker at all. But we had to try something that had Vanilla bean in it. it was a colder version of a Cask beers that I have tried before. It was very nice which made me try the Ruination Cask with I believe had Chinook hops. Very tasty.

The gentlemen behind the bar seemed to warm up to us after about 30 Min of hanging out. overall he was a real kick. Made us laugh quite a bit.

beer selection was good but wasn't insane

We will go back

Photo of Bang34
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I have been living down here in LA for almost 10 months now and this place has become my regular local, even though I have to drive a couple of miles over from Mar Vista.

About 23 beers on tap consisting of micros and imports. No bud or Coors on tap though they do have it in bottles if you really want them. They have four casks, usually rotating a selection of Stone specials and other micros. I actually took a Stone tour and saw a cask labeled for the Pint, I thought it was pretty cool.

They also have a large bottle selection in the fridge with a large selection of belgians and micros from Russian River to Chimay.

The scene is very mixed. There are 40-50 something regulars that have been there for years to younger folks from UCLA and SMC. Every now and then a Hollywood type drops by, not to be in the scene but just to have a pint and play some shuffle board or pool. If you come here semi-regularly, you will make friends.

They have a couple pool tables and shuffle board, one of my favorites from my undergrad. They also have darts and a huge projection screen on the back wall.

I good place to get good beer in LA. It is getting more popular. I remember when my brother and I sent there a couple of years ago and it was easy to get a space at the bar, even on a Saturday night. Now it is pretty slammed on the weekends and service can get kinda slow due to the volume of customers.

You can park out back, or on a side street, It is pretty easy to find near the corner of 23rd and Pico in Santa Monica.

In my older review I criticized them for not having enough Hoppy beers on tap, but that has since changed. They now regularly have Stone IPA, Hobgoblin and even Blind Pig on tap.

The staff is very cool and knows their beers. If they don't have something on tap that you like they can probably suggest something comparable.

No food beyond corn nuts and chips but they will let you bring in or have food delivered.

Overall, a great place to spend a night drinking good beer and meeting new people on the Westside.

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!

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.

B+

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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The Daily Pint in Santa Monica, CA
92 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.