The Daily Pint

BA SCORE
91
outstanding

48 Ratings
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
Ratings:
48
Reviews:
32
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
9.76%
 
 
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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 DogFood11
2.98/5  rDev -27.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

I had to try this since its only 2-3 miles from my house. I figured even if they have a decent selection it could become a staple in my routine.

Not much to get excited about on tap. Fuller's esb, londond pride, was the best thing I could find. Chimay white, Red hook, Pacific Coast, Stella, Guiness, nothing to get excited about. I Had a pale ale that was spoiled ( no need to name the brewery since it was the distributors fault ) The barkeep said she just tapped the keg so it had to be the distributor. Why Me? I get a bad beer about every other time I go to a beer bar. Anyway on to the review. The bartender was great. She would change the channels to the football games we wanted to see and she was hot so that helped. They have hard liquor as well. My wife had a margerita that was strong so they may have a heavy hand. I asked the barkeep if they rotate the kegs at all and she said the taps are pretty standard except for an occasional seasonal brew. The current seasonal was Becks Oktoberfest...I'll pass for now on that since fuller's was available. Beer cooler consists of the usual suspects. Chimay's, Newcastle, some high energy stuff, and one of my favorites Fullers 1845. You've seen and tasted everything they have to offer so this place is more of a "watch a game and look at the barternder" type of place.

$5 bucks a pint, $5 bucks a margerita, Barkeep hot ass, priceless.

This is the type of place that wants to have a reputation of having a good selection of domestics and great imports but it falls short in my opinion.

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Photo of trubeernick
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of microbrew52
3.61/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 5

You will find quite a mix of people in this hidden gem of a bar that sits right next to Santa Monica College. As you can imagine you get the younger crowd, which usually hoover by the two pool tables and shuffle board on the left side of the divider. On the right side is the bar you find the local production and entertainment guys/gals. I first went here for the scotch selection, over 200 whiskeys which line the walls, but found my staple place to try the latest and rarest brew that are usually on cask. Its a bit pricey because they only pour in 20 ounces although I did persuade Phil, the owner, to pour me a 5 pint flight for $25. It gets hot due to close quarters in the bar. You can frequently meet socal brewery owners hanging out after hours.

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Photo of Sam-VW
3.61/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 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 Bnoise11
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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 KNORDSTROM
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

It sure doesn't look like much on the outside as you pull up. We found easy parking in the rear of the building. We walked in the back and It actually felt like a real bar. bottles and bottles of Scotch everywhere.

I am not a Cask beer drinker at all. But we had to try something that had Vanilla bean in it. it was a colder version of a Cask beers that I have tried before. It was very nice which made me try the Ruination Cask with I believe had Chinook hops. Very tasty.

The gentlemen behind the bar seemed to warm up to us after about 30 Min of hanging out. overall he was a real kick. Made us laugh quite a bit.

beer selection was good but wasn't insane

We will go back

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Photo of augustgarage
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Been here a few times now - I usually only step in to this establishment in the afternoon, as opposed to later in the evening, so bear in mind I've never had to suffer the crowds (and the declines in atmosphere and service they are likely to engender).

While many would describe this as a dive bar, this is a relative term, especially somewhere as upscale as Santa Monica - let's just say the bar has a lived-in appearance, but the jukebox functions, the pool tables are in decent shape, and the game is on (at a reasonable volume) the tele. If you want to generalize, I'd say even without Phil behind the bar, this place has a British Pub feel to it.

Even the first time I went in here, I was greeted warmly first by one server, and when he left, Phil came in and bumped fists with everyone seated at the bar. Though you may find yourself seated near a group of whisky industry reps in suits, it is nice that they don't receive any special treatment compared to the regular patrons. Service is leisurely but you won't be left with an empty pint for an eternity.

There are generally 3 or 4 offerings on cask - two British, and one or two from California (generally Stone and/or Firestone), and a sizable tap-list, always including some things from out of state (e.g. recently: Alaskan Baltic Porter, Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron, Bitch Creek ESB) alongside some of the more unusual releases from Ballast Point, Green Flash, Alesmith, etc. Usually a couple Belgian, German, and UK offerings and a few more pedestrian taps are available as well. Plenty of good bottles in the fridge too (Unibroue 16 and 17, Cantillon Classic yellow-label Gueuze, some Lost Abbey) though I've never inquired about prices.

Speaking of which this place could do with a happy hour, which is one reason I generally prefer Blue Palms, BoHo, etc. Pints are usually $7 I believe - and though this place takes cards, I'd suggest using cash to facilitate better service.

While the selection is excellent, the quality isn't always top-shelf - if the keg is fresh, then you won't have a problem, but some of them end up resting against the wall with no temperature control (I'm not sure this place even has air conditioning) for who knows how long before getting put on. Turn-over is generally fairly high, so I don't usually worry about it, but I've had a few beers here that were not in top form. I've also heard stories about servers wiping the foam off the top of a pint with their fingers - not something I've experienced first hand though.

No food, though you can order in. Whisky list is happily intimidating (though not as gargantuan as Seven Grand, downtown) - you could have a new (and frequently rare) dram here pretty much every day for a year - and reasonably priced.

Though I may be repeating a lot of what others have said, I'm happy to join the choir praising this place. All in all, I'm very glad to have this unpretentious pub not far from my work - a refreshing change of pace from trendy mad-houses like Father's Office.

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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 dksl16
4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is my go to spot when I want to get my shuffleboard on (best table in the L.A. area). Then of course there's the whiskey selection ... best in the L.A. area as well.

But we're here to talk about beer. Very good selection. Several taps, always something interesting available (I popped my Younger cherry here a couple of years ago). Standouts tend to be the cask offerings (usually at least two Stone offerings you'll have trouble finding anywhere else). Pours are good but pricey ($7-8 for the quality stuff) and the bartenders are nice enough.

This is a great place to watch the game (or play Jenga). Definitely one of my favorite bars in LA/SM.

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Photo of chadski
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of drewbage
4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Rum has summarized this place in many different ways...

It's right up about 7 blocks west of the famous McCabe's Guitar Shop (home to many a fine music perfomance, but zero beer.. *sigh*)

Home to about 9 permenant taps and 3-4 jockey box taps, In the refrigerator box lies a fair number of things from Unibroues, Chimays, Browns, etc...

The whiskey, bourbon, tequila and vodka list is absolutely terrifying for the average commuting drinker.

This is definately a neighborhood place, in the sense that alot of folks know each other, but not in the sense of being terribly insular from the joe off the street. It's all good, with probably not the closest care for beer in LA, but a lot more than just about any other place.

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Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

WOW! This is exactly what I was looking for when I traveled South. Showed up on a SUnday night about 8PM after dinner at PF Changs and I was full so I did not get to drink all that I wanted. We parked on the street directly in front of the bar. Walked in to pool tables on the left and nice cozy bar on the right. Sat down at the bar and saw a MASSIVE scotch selection and a damn good one. The handles were good, better than Fathers Office I thought. Between my wife and I we had: Port 2nd Anvy IIPA, Green Flash IPA, Stone Pale, Oaked AB on cask. Server was really cool, and helpful. My kind of place and reasonably priced for the selection available. No food here but you can order in. Bottle selection was great. Plenty of Stone, Port, RR, Lost Abbey but no Alesmith. More of a dive beer bar but better than FO in my opinion

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Photo of jmgrub
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Ahhh, the Pint. I had never been to this place before a few months ago, when I decided to venture in to watch a UCLA football game on a Saturday afternoon. The place was totally empty except for me, my buddy, and some guys who had just finished a flag football game at the park across the street. Knowing nothing about it, I was obviously pleasantly surprised at the draft selection. I was able to enjoy my first beer from a hand-pump, a Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla bean. It was fantastic. Given the small number of customers, the service was fantastic, and my buddy and I chatted with the bartender for a while. They have about 20 beers on tap, along with probably 100 bottles (not to mention 100's of varieties of scotch). In fact, the Pint probably has the best scotch selection of any bar I've ever been to. On weekend nights, the place is typically packed with a pretty eclectic crowd. Despite the fantastic selection, there is no shortage of people drinking Coors or PBR. They don't have food, but you can order pizza into the bar, and there is often a food truck outside on weekends. This is one of my regular spots. It may not be the cleanest spot, but it's a great place to live close to!

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

When I lived in Santa Monica, the daily pint was pretty much a straight british pub with lots of British beers and a few micros. It was a dingy place and not among my favorites.

5 years can change a lot.

Still kind of a grubby bar but the taps, man, the taps have come so far. Met some friends for the "Life And Limb" release (that tells you a little about the quality of the taps.)

Quality takes a hit though. My first beer was a cask IPA. It was so past fresh that I sent it back. (And got charged for it.) It was sour and heavily oxidized aka spoiled. My other beers were fine.

No food is made on premises but you can bring in.

I definitley like the place but the spoiled beer and the $1 extra on pints on weekends left kind of a negative impression. But it's still a great bar.

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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 Rado
4.1/5  rDev 0%

Photo of 2beernutz
4.14/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Visited while on vacation in LA last week. Very laid back relaxed place, sort of a dive, but I like that. Locals were extremely friendly and the bartender was helpful. Good selection of beer, husband had a Russian River Damnation and I had a cask Stone IPA. They had a fairly large draft beer selection and 4 cask beers, if my memory serves correctly. HUGE scotch selection, if that's your thing, you'd be crazy to miss this place.

Had a great time and would definitely hit this place again if I'm back in Santa Monica.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.14/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Ventured out to The Daily Pint for the first time yesterday and I was not disappointed.

The Daily Pint is a small dive bar that's big on quality and comfort. Its a place where you can have a couple beers, play some games (pool, darts, shuffleboard,etc...), and meet some friendly people. The atmosphere is very relaxed and the tap selection is broad enough that there is something for everyone.

While they do not serve food, they allow deliveries to the bar, which is a great way to encourage prospecting patrons to frequent this establishment; a definite plus.

There is a fairly large range of demographics, spanning from young twenties to late fifties. However everyone seems to have an amiable attitude; hell its beer and they should!

If you are looking for a non pretentious bar to grab a drink then The Daily Pint is worth checking out.

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is a place the locals go to hang out. Make sure you have the address or you could drive right by the place. The Daily Pint is spelled in news print style type. I was told it has been there for about thirty to forty years. I hope the person who told me that is accurate.

There is not much to this establishment. The atmosphere is very pub like. Wooden bar with stools and a wooden ledge against the wall to set drinks down. No tables. The rest of the space is taken up by three pool tables, two foos ball tables and a dartboard. There is an older rundown quality or lack of quality to this establishment. Depending on who you are that means the place has loads of character or it needs to be remodeled. Many beer and alcohol signs and mirrors cover the walls. I noticed they do beer/bus trips to Anahiem Angel games.

The people who frequent the place are most likely locals and their friends. Many seem to know the bartender and there is a lively we all know each other feel to this place. I've even seen people give the bartender a helping hand on busy nights. It gives the pint a very nice feeling of everybody's welcome here. The age level was mid to late twenties to pretty old.

There is no food service. They have a full bar and carry a large variety of scotches.

They have about seventeen taps. They were divided between micros and imports. Some of the brews on tap were: Stella Atrois, Bass, Anderson Valley, Guinness, Firestone, MacTarnahan's, Fuller's, Boddington's, Pyramid and a few others. In the sliding glass door refridgerator there is a nice variety from macro's to micro's to imports. ESB, Fuller's, Samuel Smith's, Duvel, Chimay, Delerium Tremens, Red Stripe, Flying Dog, Young's, Murphy's, Spaten, Anchor Steam and many more. I would bet the refrigerator rotate's some. Here today drank by tomorrow and will return when convienent. They also had a large variety of beer glass styles. Pint style, Belgians, flutes, etc.

There are no waiters or waitresses. The lone bartender was friendly and working very hard. Tip well, she was all alone. It was a weekday. On weekends when the crowds are larger there is more of a staff.

All in all a fine pub to drink a few pints and spirits. Do not expect any frills other than a nice ale and a friendly working class attitude.

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The Daily Pint in Santa Monica, CA
4.1 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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