The Daily Pint

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

32 Reviews
The Daily PintThe Daily Pint
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

2310 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, California, 90405-1722
United States

(310) 450-7631 | map
thedailypint.net

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PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
48
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
9.76%
 
 
Taps:
36
Bottles/Cans:
100
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 48
Reviews by charlzm:
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Been rolling to this place for many years and was introduced to a lot of beers. Pretty solid beer menu that usually has a few interesting Stone cask selections. The place has a pretty chill vibe (though a little divey) with shuffleboard and pool tables on the other side of the bar. The place can get packed on a Friday/Saturday night though.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of cryptichead
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of barflybastard
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Sam-VW
3.61/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Photo of Devman171
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Buzz3d
4.74/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Down the street from school. Love the pint!

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Photo of Micros32
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of LADaveBN
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Rado
4.1/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mbw314
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

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Photo of MrHandsome
2.34/5  rDev -42.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 4

I've been here a few times but I'll never go back. They have a great selection of Scotch whiskeys and a better than average beer menu, but that's not enough to overcome how ordinary and drab the place is, and how awful and rude the service is. Maybe I'm overreacting to the one truly terrible bartender I encountered there who tried, three times, to take away my drinks while I was still drinking them. When I asked to be left alone to finish my drink she called me "weird." Okay, did you just call me weird? "You're getting all territorial!" My mistake: I'm not weird, I'm weird and territorial. I had a beer, a Scotch, and a glass of water, and she tried lifting each of them before I was done, and I told her, politely, that I was still drinking them. She fled the scary scene and refused to acknowledge me in my attempt to get another glass of water before leaving forever. Yes, they have good whiskey, but most of the bar staff doesn't know a thing about the 250 Scotches they have, and ultimately it's just another dive with crappy service. They don't train the servers to know that the customer is always right; instead, they allow them to insult the customer by calling them names without any provocation. Pass.

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Photo of werdnacross
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Bnoise11
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of kbrown
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of trubeernick
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of chadski
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Alepounder
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75

Decent bar with a very good selection of beer and single malt Scotch. Hopefully you won't have the displeasure of meeting the owner. He really is a horrible person...not at all suited to a career in the hospitality industry... Otherwise the place gets a good mix of people and is really the only thing in that neighborhood...

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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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Photo of Tad
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Depending on your personal palate for great brew, the pint delivers! A rather wide selection to chose from, as most styles are represented, a quick moving rotation is always up on the chalk board across from the bar.

The most cask ales(4) and bourbon(lots) available to chose from every day of any westside/santa monica stop. A must stop for the beer loving novice or aficionado!... darts, shuffle board, pool, tv's for game days, I always have a good time stopping in here.

Events from time to time,bourbon, whiskey,& single malt tastings, pint nights, etc., a locals favorite pub!
Ask the bartender whats new on tap, you most likely will find something you've been wanting to try available at the pint.

-Cheers

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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.

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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.

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