Library Alehouse

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

45 Reviews
Library AlehouseLibrary Alehouse
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(310) 314-4855 | map
www.libraryalehouse.com

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
92
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
76
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
6.81%
 
 
Taps:
20
Bottles/Cans:
32
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 76
Reviews by SpdKilz:
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4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet. This is the place I go to more often than FO now. I know a couple people that work there, but I just like the atmosphere here better. Almost always busy, but in a good way. The quality here is nice. Very clean and in style bar with appropriate d├ęcor. The service is always great here - I never have to ask for another beer, the server is always on top of it. The selection is pretty good also. They have their normal staples but they often get some great "special" beers including Jolly Pumpkin's I've never seen on tap around here before, Parabola, Abyss, PtY, Racer X, etc. They essentially get anything special at some point in time. I also really like the food here. Their chicken quesadilla and chicken/steak tacos are legit. In addition, the price is not bad at all. I will continue to come here for years.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of frasergrove
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of deniserat
5/5  rDev +21.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Intlpostman
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Barracudas
4/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Beervana
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of colingaiser
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of hoppy_411
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Micros32
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Stevedore
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of loganburgh
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of LADaveBN
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Rado
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of jwolfe1311
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Great beer. Cool place. Good food.

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Photo of Owenvig
4.48/5  rDev +9%

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.61/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of mbw314
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of smb
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of smithdc33
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of ubiq3000
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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Library Alehouse in Santa Monica, CA
92 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.
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