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The Library Alehouse

Gastropub and Bar$$$$
Ocean Park, Santa Monica
  • Manda C.
    "I adore this place - great burgers, beer selection and vibe."(18 Tips)
    Lori P.
    "$5 burger Mondays!! Love love the ahi burger."(5 Tips)
    "i recommend the grass fed bison burger and sit on the back patio"(4 Tips)
    Will C.
    "The 'Hell Burger' will melt your mammary glands, for men only."(3 Tips)
136 Tips and reviews
  • beer
  • burgers
  • outdoor seating
  • happy hour
  • french fries
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  • Sydney M.
    Sydney MJuly 8
    Beer selection
  • Davide C.
    Good (not exceptional tho) beer selection but if I ask for a medium rare burger and you serve it very well done, well, sorry but we have a problem. The waitress was very nice.
  • Lee S.
    Try the onion rings.
  • Jonas F.
    Great burgers!
  • Athena C.
    Athena CeeMarch 27
    Great craft beer selection and friendly staff! The food is quite good as well👍🏽
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MasilionisDecember 10, 2016
    If you make it here for happy hour, try the Lamb Slider.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PoeAugust 19, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Beer and lots of it. The burger is solid, too.
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HartMay 24, 2016
    What even is this place?
  • Rayshawn W.
    Rayshawn WilliamsMay 19, 2016
    I've never had a curry dish without meat until my visit here. The combo of veggies and green apples are awesome. I highly recommend this curry.
  • Rayshawn W.
    Rayshawn WilliamsMay 19, 2016
    The beer braised mussels is a win for $7 during happy hour.
  • David H.
    David HeiserMay 1, 2016
    Great local craft beer list. Nice, chill atmosphere.
  • Ashley
    AshleyMarch 9, 2016
    Don't order the buffalo wings - they came out cold!
  • Emiliy M.
    Emiliy MarinoFebruary 19, 2016
    There's a patio out back if the bar area is too packed. Get the frickles and the hell burger, and pick a beer from the chalkboard.
  • Jon F.
    Jon FerraraNovember 10, 2015
    Great beer, food and atmosphere.
  • Dylan B.
    Dylan BoydAugust 7, 2015
    Hello ales.
  • Greg M.
    Greg MaughanJuly 31, 2015
    Great spot with a huge selection of beers on tap. I really enjoyed their southwest salad.
  • Nathan
    NathanJuly 31, 2015
    Awesome craft beer choices. The real steal is during happy hour 3-6pm M-F. $3 off drafts and great deals on appetizers.
  • Sam W.
    Sam WingJuly 28, 2015
    My favorite post-beach place to grab some craft beer and a bite before heading home.
  • Declan D.
    Declan DurcanJuly 13, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Beers, food, and service is all good!
  • John C.
    John CassilloJuly 11, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorite bar in LA. Friendly bartenders, great beer and food; plus they have Russian River brews a bunch. A must-watch in Santa Monica.
  • Nancy H.
    Nancy HannellJuly 8, 2015
    Asparagus frites are amazing and only $3.50 at happy hour
  • Patrik S.
    Patrik SvenssonJuly 6, 2015
    Bad service from staff with little or no knowledge in beer. Great food and beer saved the night!
  • Tom M.
    Tom McKeeverJune 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great beer selection. Some nice tap takeovers... If you like IPAs you'll love this place
  • Rowan W.
    Rowan WernhamMay 23, 2015
    The ahi tuna burger is pretty damn tasty.
  • Anastasia G.
    Sit out on the outdoor patio. We had asparagus frites with spicy aioli, a juicy medium rare burger with an egg on top, & Tempranillo...Yum! P.S. - Everything coming out of the kitchen looked great!
  • Mehan J.
    Mehan JayasuriyaMarch 26, 2015
    Well-curated selection of California craft beers, nice ambience, friendly servers, pretty quiet in the main room most nights.
  • Jenny L.
    Jenny L.March 14, 2015
    Amazing tap list. Ask for chips & salsa (should be on the house)
  • Jason D.
    Jason DavisDecember 13, 2014
    Phenomenal draft beer selection
  • Tom M.
    Tom McKeeverDecember 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Good selection of craft beers. Small and quaint.
  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PhillipsNovember 14, 2014
    Grab a seat at the patio out the back, order some wings and brussels sprouts and order one of their many beers on tap. Glad to have found this great little spot on Main Street.
  • Dennis M.
    Dennis MurrayOctober 28, 2014
    Back patio is great seating area in the fall. Good selection of top notch salads and burgers.
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WOctober 23, 2014
    One of the only places in SM that occasionally has Pliney the Elder on tap. Worth a visit for that alone. Food is surprisingly good for a bar.
  • Robert Crawford R.
    Robert Crawford REALTOROctober 19, 2014
    Great atmosphere and solid menu. Try one of their craft beers
  • Gordon B.
    Gordon BowmanOctober 2, 2014
    Great beer list
  • Pelly
    PellySeptember 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Brussels sprouts are really really good.
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarSeptember 15, 2014
    Awesome craft beer selection and friendly service make this place a weekend afternoon winner.
  • Anna S.
    Anna SkayaSeptember 8, 2014
    Fried pickles (frickles) are delicious and surprisingly not what we expected - bite sized and just spicy enough.
  • Stephen K.
    Stephen KoontzSeptember 5, 2014
    Very cool and small place. The burgers are surprisingly amazing. So good I don't remember what I had to drink.
  • Valerie B.
    Valerie BarroAugust 13, 2014
    Great fish tacos and consistently good salads. Good happy hour and wines by the glass.
  • Mark W.
    Mark WilliamsJuly 23, 2014
    I will always be fond of the library because I got to try Pliny the Younger.
  • Gman
    GmanJuly 21, 2014
    Waiters were a bit grumpy but good place. Arugula salad & cider!
  • Mona D.
    Mona DApril 5, 2014
    It starts and stops with the beer brined fried chicken. That's all u need to know.
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BootsMarch 25, 2014
    Cute patio in the back for dining.
  • Mike P.
    Mike PenhallMarch 25, 2014
    The frickles (fried pickles), and oxtail poutine are just incredible. Pairs well with their great wine selection.
  • Christopher T.
    Christopher TDecember 17, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    My Yelp review:
  • Paul C.
    Paul CooperNovember 3, 2013
    Try the Long Strange Trapel - Brewed in Kansas 9.2%. Very nice!!
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesOctober 21, 2013
    The comforting Craftsman style décor and secluded back patio helped to turn Library Alehouse into a destination.
  • Ronny
    RonnyOctober 20, 2013
    Good beer & free chips/salsa. Will come back for food!
  • Jo L.
    Jo LamSeptember 25, 2013
    Amazing cute gastro pub with great food! Make sure to sit in the patio in the back
  • Manda C.
    Manda CurrellAugust 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I adore this place - great burgers, beer selection and vibe. The veggie burger is tasty..the patty itself is pretty bland, but the dressings, avocado and bread make up for it
  • Untappd
    UntappdAugust 17, 2013
    Amazing little bar right near pier! Tons of beers on taps, plus an outdoor patio in the back!
  • Angel R.
    Angel RomeroJuly 19, 2013
    Order the fish tacos
  • Pasi T.
    Pasi TurunenJuly 16, 2013
    Burger Mondays, get 3 bucks off!
  • Lori P.
    Lori PolkowskiJuly 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    $5 burger Mondays!! Love love the ahi burger. And of course love the beer selection!
  • Marcia H.
    Marcia HerreraMay 29, 2013
    Love this place!!!
  • Celery J.
    Celery JonesMay 11, 2013
    The bison burger is insaaane!
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KMay 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Ever changing beer list and menu with labeled vegetarian options. Be still my heart.
  • BANCO H.
    BANCO HOLLANDERApril 18, 2013
    Great selection of craft beers. Drink well and get a free glass if the time is right.
  • Lars S.
    Lars SchmidtApril 11, 2013
    Best beer selection on Main St.
  • Jacqueline L.
    Jacqueline L.February 2, 2013
    Happy hour: Mon-Fri 3-6. $3 off wine & select draughts; appetizer specials. Sat-Sun 3-6, entrée specials only.
  • andy m.
    andy mcsherryFebruary 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Good food, better beer, hard to grab a spot if you're just coming for a drink.
  • Allison B.
    Allison B.November 10, 2012
    Excellent rootbeer!
  • Jacqueline L.
    Jacqueline L.October 25, 2012
    Weekday happy hour now starts at 3PM
  • Lisa Jey D.
    Lisa Jey DavisOctober 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the new Main Street salad with organic chicken breast and half balsamic dressing, half coriander vinaigrette. Amazing.
  • Julie F.
    Julie FAugust 29, 2012
    Good beer selection, mediocre food.
  • Drew S.
    Drew StokesAugust 8, 2012
    Start out with the Frickles (fried pickles) with Habanero Aioli and a craft brew.
  • Grin G.
    Grin GrinJuly 22, 2012
    The best kept secret here is the pork chop. To. Die. For.
  • Amanda A.
    Amanda AguilarJuly 11, 2012
    Margherita burger and sweet potato fries!
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HondoleroJuly 6, 2012
    Get the carnitas taco with corn tortilla.
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthJune 27, 2012
    The descriptions on the beer menu are really confusing. If you can’t figure them out, just tell the bartender your favorite beer, and he or she will recommend one that’s even better. Read more
  • Demeter Interactive
    Demeter InteractiveJune 13, 2012
    The back patio is a great place to enjoy one of the Library's many fine beers.
  • Alf L.
    Alf LaMontJune 9, 2012
    This is the only place that has Chouffe on tap. High alco content makes this Belgian beer a certified panty dropper. Ladies...
  • D. Ryan R.
    D. Ryan ReebJune 8, 2012
    Talk about film and vfx really loud with sunglasses on if you want to blend in with the locals.
  • Steve C.
    Steve CurryJune 3, 2012
    try the beer, it's great!
  • Love C.
    Love C.May 14, 2012
    Cobb Salad is prepared with turkey instead of chicken (yay!) and is delicious!
  • Eoghan G.
    Eoghan GeogheganApril 26, 2012
    The most idiotic seating policy I've ever heard of.
  • KCRW
    KCRWApril 17, 2012
    Free chips and salsa? YES. Amazing specialty beers? YES. Beautiful outdoor patio? YES. KCRW Fringe Benefits Provider? YES YES YES!!! What are you waiting for?
  • Jean-Christophe P.
    Jean-Christophe PopeApril 17, 2012
    Amazing fish tacos. Worth the review.
  • Madeline C.
    Madeline ChalabanMarch 17, 2012
    Free chips and salsa!
  • Mac M.
    Mac McintoshFebruary 28, 2012
    Great beers & beer cocktails. Pick the cod fish & chips.
  • Green Light Districts Santa Monica
    Santa Monica's best choice for draught beer, great food and friendly service.
  • Will C.
    Will CampbellJanuary 19, 2012
    The 'Hell Burger' will melt your mammary glands, for men only.
  • Charles E.
    Charles EdgeJanuary 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Hmmmm, do I want the fish and chips or just a stout?!?!?
  • Jason B.
    Jason BowersJanuary 2, 2012
    Every Monday is BURGER MONDAY! Burger and other specials every Monday except holidays.
  • Hemang
    HemangDecember 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Beers galore!
  • Isaac N.
    Isaac NDecember 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The beer menu is larger than the food menu w/~30 beers on draft! The food is consistently amazing & reservations are not accepted. Use the patio in back for lunch or dinner, or grab a beer at the bar.
  • Christina C.
    Christina CaldwellNovember 17, 2011
    Bummed they took the seared ahi salad off the menu. Boo
  • Trey L.
    Trey LatimerNovember 11, 2011
    Don't "Shhhh" people here. It's not a real library.
  • Emily T.
    Emily TseAugust 20, 2011
    It's a great beer bar.... But do not go there and try to order a bud lite or miller lite. Seriously. Come here to drink good beer.
  • Chris W.
    Chris WrightAugust 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Must haves: salmon fish and chips, salmon enchiladas, ahi burger, sweet potato fries.
  • James B.
    James B.August 18, 2011
    Get the salmon salad with fried salmon and a bunch of good beer!
  • Chris L.
    Chris LoRussoAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't fear a sometimes crowded wait. Put your name in and head next door to Rick's Tavern for a drink. The hostess will come get you when your table is ready.
  • Amber R.
    Amber RichaneJuly 18, 2011
    Do not order Thaemert Cajun pasta. Worst things on the menu. Says the server.
  • Rob C.
    Rob CJune 19, 2011
    Fried pickles were tasty.
  • Mike M.
    Mike MalteseMay 25, 2011
    The Hell Burger is serious business.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DutcherApril 9, 2011
    Try liefmans belgium
  • Lu M.
    Lu M.March 31, 2011
    Gotta try the sticky toffee pudding!
  • Nina
    NinaMarch 7, 2011
    i recommend the grass fed bison burger and sit on the back patio
  • Shantel
    ShantelMarch 1, 2011
    If your gluten free, check out the cider Cheers!
  • Fernando C.
    Fernando ChavezFebruary 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Last night I told the bartender, "Don sent me." and I got a glass of Pliny the Younger. Thank you twitter!
  • Margie P.
    Margie PereiraMay 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
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