Library Alehouse | Santa Monica, California
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Library Alehouse
Excellent based on 37 ratings
Type: Restaurant

2911 Main St
Santa Monica, California United States 90405 [ print map ]
310 314 4855

Hours: Mon - Sat: 11:30 am - 12:00 am; Sun: 10:30 am - 12:00 am

Mayor: DedicatedToFun (7) | Taps: 29 | Bottles: 10

Library Alehouse

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Beer Available At Library Alehouse (arranged by most recent)
Stone Smoked Porter with Coffee and Orange Peel , Anderson Valley Peachy Barl , Stone Smoked Porter 99, The Bruery Saison de Lente 97, Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier 99, Taps California Gold XPA 87, Figueroa Mountain 3rd Anniversary Imperial Stout , Smog City Hoptonic IPA 78, Drakes X-2 IPA , El Segundo Mayberry IPA 95, El Segundo Blue House Pale Ale - Amarillo , Dogfish Head American Beauty 93, Midnight Sun T.R.E.A.T. Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter 99, Craftsman Cirrus 83, Beachwood X-Factor #1 , Lost Abbey Merry Taj IPA 98, Haven F-117 Stout , New Belgium The Trip XVI (Farmhouse Rye Ale) 87, Kinetic Saison Printemps , Epic / DC Brau Fermentation Without Representation 96
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37 reviews for Library Alehouse
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  80%
 Selection  80%
 Food  78%
 Value  71%
 Overall  81%
 Rating  91%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois  (556) The íSham, England | April 17, 2014
Visited for dinner around 6pm on Wednesday 16/04/14. Library Alehouse is a small to medium L-shaped bar, the small part of the íLí being an enclosed outside patio (with heaters) to the rear. We found a table for 2 no problems and the place was pretty packed with a good vibe, the turnover was fairly brisk and I didnít see anyone waiting for a table. At the business end Library Alehouse carries a solid tap list (I didnít even get round to checking the bottle list there were that many new ticks for me on tap, breweries included Stone, Almanac, Mad River, Ladyface, El Segundo and many more. Service here was excellent, very prompt and 100% accurate bearing in mind I was ordering flights of 4 beers (typically $10), think they were 4oz pours? Food was good also, seared Ahi burger with sweet potato fries - excellent stuff. Located 15/20 minutes walk from downtown or a few blocks from Venice beach, Library Alehouse is a solid venue and a must visit if in the area.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
dasdan  (22) , Belgium | October 16, 2013
Very crowded. Very noisy. Nice beer list. A lot of draft beers. Staff knows a lot about beers. Received several free tasters (maybe a little small but ok to decide if you order a large pint). Food was ok. Vegetarian options were a little limited.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
DedicatedToFun  (45) Santa Monica, California | July 26, 2013
Holy cow, amazing! Awesome selection of burgers and beers, amazing!!!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
kryon  (17) , Sweden | July 10, 2013
Lively ambiance in the bar whilst more quite in the back of the restaurant Very good selection on tap and bottle. Consecration and supplication on bottle says it all Food was ok and service was good
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
GT2  (536) Carlsbad, California | June 9, 2013
Wow, what an introduction to Santa Monica from fellow ratebeerian DedicatedToFun. Ambiance was lively, crowded, no wait for an 8pm Saturday dinner. Outside patio. Hand written large chalk board tap list outside and inside. Selection was insane: 8 new Almanac beers including rare sours, Beachwood BBQ, Ladyface, Eagle Rock, BP Sculpin. Really a phenomenal selection. Staff was friendly, quick, and never mismatched our beers or food. Burgers and fries were insanely good. Hell burger was quite intense so be careful. Really one of the best beer bars Iíve ever been to. Shocking that Iíve never even heard of this place. Deserves a 5-star rating on this site. Maybe they revamped and upgraded recently.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Arcanor  (23) Quebec | May 22, 2013
I went there about 8 times during my three weeks in Venice Beach. Finally got friedly with the beer manager and got the chance to taste a couple bottle hidden in the cellar, food is very good lunch in diner. A bit small on the bar and a bit lost on the terrace.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
rickhall28  (228) Denville, New Jersey | April 1, 2013
Recently had some business in Santa Monica and had a free evening in the area. Searched for a great place to visit and from the reviews it was a toss up between this place and The Daily Pint. I wish I had time for both...but no disappointmant whatsover with The Library. I loved the decor and layout of the place. The people that worked there were great the night I went...a Monday no less. The beer selection was excellent. This is a gastropub with some really great come hungry as well as thristy! Iíll catch the other place next time...but I highly recommend The Library Alehouse as a must stop when in the area.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
JCB  (206) Durham, North Carolina | January 14, 2013
Stopped in on a rainy November evening with my fam, and really enjoyed the cozy pub atmosphere, conviviality, and most of all the righteous selection. Service a total home run, not much more to say than that theyíre awesome. Killer selection of mostly Cali craft, but that struck me as just fine. Tried some great hoppy stuff that was new to me, and enjoyed a generous snifter of the Stone Mint Choc stout. Great place, and I actually preferred the atmosphere to FO even if the selection isnít quite on that level.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
bootsjohn  (28) Texas | December 10, 2012
Dropped into Library on the recommendation of some fellow beer lovers. Very glad I followed their words to this awesome stop on Main St. First of all - service was excellent. Alex, the beer guru and a Certified Cicerone, took great care of my cousin and me. He explained beers I hadnít tried and was extremely knowledgeable (to a degree I rarely witness, even from Cicerone level beer snobs) about his barís offerings AND about beer in general. Second - the list they have is really nice, but be sure to ask what they have that they donít have available yet. Alex brought out some primo stuff that was set for a stay on the list, but that there wasnít room to put on there. We iced it down and drank very well thanks to his sharing of hidden offerings. The food is better than average and is reasonable in price. Definitely recommend a burger as theyíre filling and nicely designed.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
Jimmythespoon  (90) , Cyprus | November 14, 2012
Nice clean modern place. Nice tap selection. Friendly staff. Not a great amoun in bottles though. But Also good location. Do check out if you nearby.

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