The Commons Ale House

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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 2/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Goetterfunken  (3) Stockholm, | April 19, 2016
Selection of around twelve pretty good draftbeers, but the bartender was absolutely unfriendly and the place was dirty and not very comfortable.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
gyllenbock  (260) Stockholm, Sweden | March 25, 2016
Visited on a lazy Sunday in March 2016. Located close to the Santa Monica Pier. A rather small place with a decent selection. The bartender looked a bit tired but the service was ok. Nothing spectacular with this place but itís an ok bar to visit.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 3/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
bulldogops  (98) Edmonton, Alberta | January 24, 2016
Rated service low as the staff are more interested in hanging with the family. The lowly Canadian waits 20 minutes at the bar for two pints when thereís maybe 7 people in the bar. Really cool joint otherwise, board games, decent beer list, and a no bs atmosphere.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie  (717) Denver, Colorado | January 17, 2016
The Commons Ale House is my favorite bar in Santa Monica. Itís unassuming, nestled in the midst of highbrow and large-chain establishments. Itís very close to the pier. The inside is small and cozy with a couple TVís and a small bar. A few tables are around too. The owner was working during our visit. She was absolutely a pleasure. The tap list is well put together, she goes out of her way to get some of the more intriguing offerings available. At this time there were 5 Bourbon County variants on, which would certainly be exciting for a large number of people. A good amount of local and regional beers were on too. Prices will obviously seem high to the out-of-towner, but not insane. Itís Santa Monica. It blows my mind how some of these guys can even pay rent here. If youíre looking for a small, local bar to get a great beer in a comfortable environment, this is gonna be the one.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois  (1006) Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns., England | April 17, 2014
Located just a block in from Ocean Drive, the Commons Ale House is well placed in terms of easy access to where most of the hotels are in SM. I visited around 4pm on the afternoon of Wednesday 16/04/14 and the place was ticking over, most of the dozen or so bar stools were taken and a few of the 8 or so tables were also occupied. A fairly small venue with 20 solid taps (19 were on) offering largely local(ish) CA micros from the likes of El Segundo, High Water, Modern Times, Hangar 24 et al, plus a couple from Europe and other states. The 20 beers are clearly displayed on wooden boards behind the bar, 4 beers across and 5 deep. Donít make the same mistake as I did on the ícoming sooní beer(s) which was 2nd down from the top on the right hand side. I presumed that the 3 beers displayed below this sign were not available yet, then I saw someone being served one. Turns out it was just the 17th tap that was ícoming sooní ! Service was prompt and friendly and the guy new his stuff. I thought this placed was a little pricey, maybe just the loaction in SM as prices were more reasonable in Library Alehouse 15/20 minutes walk from downtown. A 12oz pour of a locally produced 6% IPA was $6 - NYC is cheaper !!! The tickers friend, tasting flights, also available $12 for 4 beers 3oz beers, again very pricey for what you get but when you are conducting business at the bar without a wimgman or two, flights are a big help. Overall a solid venue.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
DedicatedToFun  (60) Santa Monica, California | December 12, 2013
Overall pretty good spot, my local go-to in Santa Monica
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
GT  (672) Oceanside, California | August 29, 2013
New craft beer centric bar in Santa Monica. Great opening hours, friendly staff, and a solid craft beer and craft cider list. Had a Ninkasi tap takeover when I was there. All beers are served in mason jars which is fun, but could be annoying to some hardcore purists. Prices were low, $5-7 it seemed for even high abv stuff. They had Deschutes XXV Black Butte Anniversary on tap as just Black Butte. One is 11.5% and the other is 5.5%. It was still $5 per mason jar. Great deal, but someone in the group that was watching calories was not happy about that. They have board games and host cool events like stand up comedy and scavenger hunts. Trendy, hip place. Small interior with only a few tables and a small bar to sit at. But fun, cheap, and one of the better beer bars if not the best that is in the dead center of Santa Monica in the shopping district/Promenade area.

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