Library Alehouse | Santa Monica, California
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Library Alehouse
Excellent based on 41 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 (9) | Taps: 29 | Bottles: 10

Library Alehouse

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Beer Available At Library Alehouse (arranged by most recent)
Monkish Koine , Stillwater Folklore 97, Artifex Dave Imperial Oatmeal Stout , Artifex Small Tree Session IPA , Artifex A.H.A.B. IPA , Modern Times Blazing World 98, El Segundo Mayberry IPA 97, Beachwood Hop Vader 93, Lost Abbey The Angels Share 100, Lost Abbey The Angels Share Grand Cru 100, Craftsman Ursa Major , Ladyface Trois Filles Tripel 72, Lost Abbey Framboise de Amorosa 100, Alpine Beer Company Hoppy Birthday 99, El Segundo Fresh Simcoe IPA , El Segundo Fresh Mosaic IPA , El Segundo Wallet Dropper Imperial Session IPA , El Segundo Power Plant 87, Monkish Saison de Lilah , Craftsman Mesa Verde
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41 reviews for Library Alehouse
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  80%
 Selection  80%
 Food  77%
 Value  71%
 Overall  81%
 Rating  92%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
GT2  (629) San Diego County , 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 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
devman171  (149) Annapolis , Maryland | November 4, 2014
on the main st, parked up the hill a bit at a meter. small empty bar on a monday afternoon, covered patio area in the back. set of 4 samplers available at various prices. Got some alpine hoppy birthday, and a 3 flight sample of BA Lost abbey from an event.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
brokensail  (1002) Orange County, California | October 24, 2014
Fairly small restaurant and bar with a nice, clean, light wooden interior. They also have a cool patio in the background. Just a very pleasant feeling to the place, particularly in the afternoon with the sun shining in.

The service at the bar was very friendly and quick (admittedly I was one of three customers in the place). The beer list was well done with a large variety of styles. A lot of the beers were from El Segundo from some event they were having, which was nice since there were a bunch I hadnít tried.

They serve flights here ($10 for four pours), which is good because $8 seemed to be the going rate for a full glass. Yikes.

Food is quite good and fairly reasonably priced, particularly for Santa Monica/Los Angeles.

I will say that this is a very solid bar/restaurant. Itís even more notable given a sort of barren LA beer scene. Highly recommend if youíre in West Los Angeles.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
mansquito  (97) Nueva York, New York | September 8, 2014
This was a very nice, friendly beer bar with a great selection. The ambiance was pretty standard. The place was pretty old, for craft beer standards. The crowd on a Tuesday was mostly middle-aged men and a crew of fixed-gear biker guys. The guy behind the bar was really pleasant and very talkative (which was fine for me because I came alone). The selection was good, mostly Californian (apparently they consider environmental impact in choosing the beers... even though they had Victory Pilsner as well). If and when I go back to LA, I am sure to stop here. Relatively good prices too.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
CheersMate  (173) Fremont (Seattle), Washington | April 30, 2014
I think this should be the 1st place one stops, while in Santa Monica. Itís more spacious than Fatherís Office, but, in my opinion doesnít have as good of a draught selection. Anyways, my co-worker and I were able to walk right up to the bar, and grab some seats. Bar service was great. They have a lot more seating in the back, which I didnít find out until I had to rock a piss, so if and when you go, if they have open seating, head to the back, if the front is full. I just had a salad to eat, which was good, but I canít comment on the food other than a salad. My co-worker said his wings were really good. Anyways, solid place, with a good vibe. Not the greatest draught selection, but itís certainly not bad in any light.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois  (820) Tourist Town (West), 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  (56) 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  (19) , 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 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Arcanor  (48) 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.

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