Father's Office

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Father's OfficeFather's Office

Type: Bar, Eatery

1018 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, California, 90403-1604
United States

(310) 393-2337 | map

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Reviews by RidiculedDisplay:
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

My girlfriend wanted to make a trip to Santa Monica, and the thought popped into my head that that Father's Office place was somewhere around there. So I decided to drop in. ; )

Father's Office is tucked away off Montana Ave., about two miles from the pier. There are virtually no other bars to speak of on Montana, and a neon sign that looks about as old as Father's Office itself is the building's only marker. Below the words "Father's Office" was a lit up red "BEER." : )

Upon walking in I was surprised, with so few other establishments open in the immediate vicinity, at how crowded it was. Packed to the brim. About 90% of the patrons were drinking beer (some were also eating). The crowd seemed to be dominated by the 30's and up crowd, the bartenders being the exception. Wilco and Radiohead played over the PA. Very hip. The inside is a narrow affair, running fairly deep with five or six dining tables lining either wall, and the bar with a concealed kitchen in the back. The decor was pleasant despite the crowd - low-lighting with some interesting artsy light fixtures, a lot of wood finishing. There are a few flat-screen TV's over the bar showing sports.

The taps line a large metallic wall near the registers over the bar. The selection was certainly impressive. I counted three Russian River beers (Damnation, Perdition, and Pliny the Elder), two Bear Republic offerings (Hop Rod Rye and Racer 5), Rogue Dead Guy Ale and something else, three AleSmith (Horny Devil, Pale Ale, an unknown third), Maudite from Unibroue, Marsedous 8, Craftsman Holiday Spruce, North Coast brews, etc. I found it a little aggravating that their menu listed all their beers, but was not a current list, rather just a catch-all for what they may or may not have on-tap at any given time. They also have some bottled offerings, but I didn't bother. Above the taps are some chalkboards detailing some beers they wish to highlight with some tasting notes (they were all Winter/Holiday beers at the time I was there). There's also a chalkboard detailing some reccomended wines for the non-beer drinker. Glassware was all appropriate to style. The bartenders were all beer knowledgable.

Despite being a little cramped and crowded, the place, one could tell, was one which was all about beer. Wine was an afterthought, and if they were serving mixed drinks I didn't notice any. I didn't try any of the food, but the specials they had listed sounded very tasty, and smelled wonderful. They even reccomended a beer pairing under each special listing. The tap selection is top-notch as well. Worth a swing by if you're in the area.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of TylerKing
5/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of evanwoertz
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Intlpostman
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Good Selection, but the staff are a bit pretentious.

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4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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4.19/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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3.94/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of orangesol
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here for dinner last night, I have wanted to check this place out for years now glad I could finally stop in. Atmosphere is pretty laid back but busy at the same time. Tables are shared amongst groups so they are hard to come by. We got lucky and two people left the bar so we snagged the seats right away. Service was solid. They were always around to get me a beer but they weren't the most approachable people either. Quality was top notch. My food was high quality and my beers were all served in the proper glasses so no complaints there. Selection was killer. Abyss, §ucaba etc. on-tap were all pleasant surprises that I was able to partake in. I had heard nothing but amazing thing about the burgers so I knew what I was getting when we walked in and I was not let down, it was cooked perfectly and tasted amazing. Prices were a touch high but I was expecting that going in. Overall an awesome place to stop in Santa Monica, I would return in a heartbeat.

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Photo of g_jenkins
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Visited on a Tuesday or Wednesday night for one of the game of the World Series and arrived 7:30 – 8pm and the place was crazy packed. I managed to talk a guy out of his seat at the bar, which probably only accommodated 15-20 people. The place had a great vibe to it; it was pretty loud, but not so much that it lessened the experience. They had a ton of good beer options on tap, different breweries and different styles, with the day’s specials on a chalk board above the wall-o-taps. I ordered a Weizenbock and an ESB to go with my burger and frites. The burger was very good, as were the frites. The staff was very knowledgeable about the beers and their service was good all the way around. After finishing my meal and I was about ready to order, I spot a tap on the wall that I did not believe was on the menu and asked for the beer menu back. Sure enough, they had Pliny the Elder on tap and were not advertising it. I asked the bartender if that tap was just for show and she replied “Nope, there is beer behind that tap.” I had to order one, as I had only had one a few years back while visiting Denver. Overall, a great experience. I can’t believe that I had been to Santa Monica/L.A. a few times before and did not hit the place up. You can bet that the next time that I am, I will be at the Father’s Office. A must try for any BA.

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Photo of GentlemanQuan27
4.61/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I LLLOOOVVVEEE (deep breath) this place! The whole atmosphere and how they have things set up is great. This place is great for one on one dates or any type of dates. If you have crazy friends, don't bring them to this place. This place won't tolerate that shit. But, this is a great place for great beers, wines, and everything. Limited menu, but for what's on the menu, its great

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Father's Office in Santa Monica, CA
Place rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 86 ratings