Library Alehouse

Library AlehouseLibrary Alehouse
Library AlehouseLibrary Alehouse
Bar, Eatery

2911 Main St
Santa Monica, California, 90405-5315
United States

(310) 314-4855 | map
libraryalehouse.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.22
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
81
pDev:
9.24%
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Jan 18, 2018
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slasich from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

May 16, 2020
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Nrod from Argentina

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Nov 29, 2017
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My wife and I stopped in the Library Alehouse on a pleasant Friday afternoon. There's a bar and high tops as you enter, with a covered patio in the back. On our visit the patio was getting most of the business. Definitely a relaxed, low-key vibe.

There were over 20 beers on tap. A very nice selection. I finally got to try a Pliny the Elder.

We stopped at the Library because they had vegan enchiladas on the menu, and they did not disappoint.

Service was the best we've had in some time.

Definitely a place to revisit.

Apr 05, 2017
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.64/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Vibe: Relaxed vibe. You're a block from the beach, and also on Main St. in Santa Monica. One of the bars in LA that is more wood than metal & concrete. It has a very welcoming feel. Noise level is never too loud. Sports are on TV, but the volume is muted - just the way it should be in this kind of bar. Beer is definitely the focus here

Quality: Top notch. Beer selection is excellent, and always rotating. Tap lines are always clean. They have great tap takeover nights, and get a mix of great national distro as well as some great hidden beers

Service: Again, its really good. Bartenders are all very knowledgable, really enjoy beer (which you don't see everywhere), and are always happy to talk to you and make you feel welcomed

Selection: As mentioned above, the selection is quite good. Great bottle list, taps are rotating and get a good mix of nationally/globally distributed beers as well as some nice local options. Tap takeover nights are always fun, and every once in a while they pull some goodies from their cellar

Food: Much better than you'd expect a beer-focused bar to be. I've never had anything bad from there. It goes well beyond your typical bar food, with some really killer dishes. Each dish has a beer to pair with it as well, which is great

Easily my favorite LA bar.

Mar 18, 2017
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frasergrove from California

4.43/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Jul 31, 2016
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deniserat from California

5/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Jun 15, 2016
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Intlpostman from California

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Excellent place to have a beer and something to eat. The tap selection is always very solid.

May 05, 2016
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Aug 26, 2015
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nathanmiller from New York

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Really good spot with a fantastic beer list and incredible specials. Glad I was able to stop by, especially on a Wednesday afternoon when a ton of very good beers for very cheap. Friendly crowd too.

Jul 15, 2015
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Beervana from Canada (BC)

4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

May 20, 2015
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colingaiser from Colorado

4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

A friend and I literally stumbled into the Library to escape a torrential downpour on March 1, and I am so glad we did.

The place immediately overwhelms you with a very particular small-town charm ... the atmosphere is akin to a down-to-earth coffeehouse in my hometown of Bozeman, MT -- the decor is simple and refined, while the lighting is perfectly balanced and inviting.

We sat at the bar and immediately ordered a Smog City coffee porter, an Old Chub Nitro, and the Avery Pump[KY]n imperial porter (6 oz of delicious boozy goodness). If I didn't know any better, I would have thought we were drinking at a brewery taproom ... the beers seemed so fresh, and I didn't detect a single off-flavor (impressive considering two of those were Colorado beers). They were also beautifully poured (particularly the nitro) by our awesome bartender, and I was forced to be THAT insufferable person who takes out his phone to snap a photo of each glass.

(The drinks seem a little overpriced, but you really do get what you pay for.)

Also, props to the bartender. She was everything you want a bartender to be -- she was a generous server (gave me as many tasters as I wanted!) and engaged us in conversation without being intrusive. I hope she's there when I return, which I almost certainly will.

Unfortunately I did not get to try the food ... but sneaking glances at other people's plates, it looked delicious.

Highly recommend this charming little craft-beer pub.

Mar 05, 2015
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hoppy_411 from California

4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Feb 27, 2015
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Micros32 from Washington

4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Always has amazing micros on tap but great food selection to go with it. Can get crowded after 7pm.

Feb 21, 2015
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Cynic-ale from Texas

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Feb 09, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Dec 19, 2014
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tkdchampxi from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Smallish selection of pretty good beers.

Laid back vibe.

Small menu selection; somewhat overpriced; green and health conscious options available.

Indoor and outdoor seating.

Dec 17, 2014
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loganburgh from Michigan

4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Dec 17, 2014
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LADaveBN from California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

Dec 14, 2014
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DCLAguy11 from California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Nov 14, 2014
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Rado from California

4.7/5  rDev +11.4%

Oct 31, 2014
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jwolfe1311 from California

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Great beer. Cool place. Good food.

Oct 18, 2014
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Owenvig from Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +6.2%

Oct 11, 2014
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stephenjmoore from Maryland

4.61/5  rDev +9.2%

Oct 09, 2014
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mbw314 from California

5/5  rDev +18.5%

Oct 08, 2014
Library Alehouse in Santa Monica, CA
Place rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 81 ratings