Library Alehouse

BA SCORE
91
outstanding

78 Ratings
Library AlehouseLibrary Alehouse
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(310) 314-4855 | map
libraryalehouse.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Ratings:
78
Reviews:
47
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
7.04%
 
 
Taps:
20
Bottles/Cans:
32
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 47
Reviews by feloniousmonk:
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I had just arrived from LAX, and my friend and I were taken by our native guide on a jaunt along Venice Beach that turned into a meandering stroll along Main Street, Santa Monica. I spied a few nondescript bars, Joe's Bar, Frank's Bar, etcetera, when I saw sandwiched between them a space labeled "library alehouse." Now, those are two things that I enjoy and appreciate on their own, but put them together, and I'm sold! So, we headed in...
I was immediately impressed, though it is a cramped, narrow design, leading out eventually to a beautiful patio and garden, where the beautful people sipped on their Chimay. What makes the place, of course is the attention to the beer. Twenty-nine taps, not a one of them macro or mundane (some may quibble, and call into question stuff like Stella or the featured cider, but phooey on them, I always say.), and the bottle selection is small and strictly good, mostly Belgian and the like. I overheard the bartender tell one customer, "we don't have any REGULAR AMERICAN beers...they're all either local craft beer, or imports."
As my eyes gleaned the many tap handles, trying to decide which to have in my short time there, my attention had competition from the cool collection of antique bottles, cans and glassware...the bookcases were just for show, I think, to fit the theme, and to give the La Chouffe gnome statues something to sit on.
The service was good, the food fine, and the atmosphere okay. It's the incredible beer selection that makes this a must-visit, and I'm still sorry I didn't spend more time sampling other California craft brews I'll never see back home. What I need is an apartment above this place, and I'm set for life!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of deniserat
5/5  rDev +21.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Intlpostman
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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 VABA
4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
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 +11.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of colingaiser
4.49/5  rDev +9%
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 +12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Micros32
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
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 +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Stevedore
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.83/5  rDev -7%
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 +11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of LADaveBN
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Rado
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of jwolfe1311
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Great beer. Cool place. Good food.

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Photo of Owenvig
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of mbw314
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of mig100
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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Library Alehouse in Santa Monica, CA
4.12 out of 5 based on 78 ratings.
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