Library Alehouse

2911 Main St
Santa Monica, California United States 90405
restaurant  4.55/5.0 49 reviews
Mon - Sat: 11:30 am - 12:00 am; Sun: 10:30 am - 12:00 am

Mayor: ajnepple (1) | Taps: 29 | Bottles: 10
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
GT  (672) Oceanside, 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 I’ve ever been to. Shocking that I’ve never even heard of this place. Deserves a 5-star rating on this site. Maybe they revamped and upgraded recently.
92
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Goetterfunken  (3) Stockholm, | April 19, 2016
Great taplist, great burgers, nice personnel. The best beer-experience on my LA-trip.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
gyllenbock  (283) Stockholm, Sweden | March 25, 2016
Visited on a Saturday afternoon in March 2016. Located in central Santa Monica, around 15 minutes walk from my hotel. The place was not that big. The service was friendly and good. I liked the selection, some interesting beers on tap and bottle. The hamburger that I had was tasty. A pleasant place to visit in Santa Monica.
46
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 1/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 5/20
bulldogops  (115) Edmonton, Alberta | January 23, 2016
Looked like a really cool joint. Came on a Friday night and place was decently busy, service was beyond brutal though. I had one beer and planned to have several more throughout the evening. Server wanted us to get entrees and get us out. Lame because tap list looked great.
88
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie  (734) Denver, Colorado | January 17, 2016
This is a cozy, nicer gastropub. The inside is clean and has a small bookshelf and decorative ladder to hint at the library theme. The blazing hot outdoor heaters were going even though it was 60 degrees outside and sunny. Of course sweater clad Yuppies were gathered around them. Cracks me up. The beer list here is well put together with plenty of local and regional offerings. Beer and food prices, except the oddly inexpensive and tasty chicken wings, are Los Angeles appropriate. Service was good and atmosphere is pleasant.
52
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 2/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 3/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
mandzirm  (40) anchorage, Alaska | January 3, 2016
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Marheb  (376) San Diego, California | December 17, 2015
Un endroit tumultueux et bruyant avec une belle sélection qui peut comporter des surprises, souvent axé sur le local. Ce qui sort de la cuisine est cher et pas tant impressionnant. Je préfère manger chez Ashland Hill et boire chez Library.
90
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
ajm  (202) Los Angeles, California | November 30, 2015
One of the oldest beer bars in the US but doesn’t feel it. No flaws. Great selection of IPAs pretty reliably.
92
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
daknole  (464) Scottsdale, Arizona | May 24, 2015
Great food. Great tap list. Great service. Superb little area it’s in. Go here!
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
devman171  (164) 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.
86
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
brokensail  (1352) Dublin, 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 hadn’t 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. It’s even more notable given a sort of barren LA beer scene. Highly recommend if you’re in West Los Angeles.

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