Party Earth Review Located just a couple blocks from the beach, the Library Alehouse is a laid-back and airy gastropub that attracts a loyal crowd of moneyed regulars less for its prices than for its Ocean Park location, extensive drink... ... read full review
2911 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Santa Monica / Westside, Los Angeles –
Located just a couple blocks from the beach, the Library Alehouse is a laid-back and airy gastropub that attracts a loyal crowd of moneyed regulars less for its prices than for its Ocean Park location, extensive drink menu, and relaxing atmosphere.
During the day, Main Street shoppers and local business people pop into this Santa Monica mainstay to linger over lunch under the skylight and high-beamed ceiling, while later on, couples cozy up at the small pub tables arranged along the photograph-covered wall.
A charming, tree-lined patio out back features long tables perfect for casual groups of creative professionals to mingle with their neighbors, though Alehouse regulars – who definitely know their suds – prefer to belly up to the bar to chat about the game broadcast on the corner TVs or discuss the best Belgian brew to pair with fish.
Anyone in need of a mellow vibe after dealing with the Main Street hordes will find it at Library Alehouse, along with plenty of other outgoing fellow locals lined up to try the latest European microbrew.
Laid-back young professionals, successful creative types, and couples, mid-20s to late 30s.
Pre-programmed adult alternative music played over the speakers. TVs tuned to sports.
Full menu of appetizers and entrées including sesame-seared ahi, papaya-mango quesadillas, grilled fish tacos, and New York steak. Happy Hour M–F 4–6pm. No spirits served.
Appetizers $9–$13, entrées $12–$20. Beer $7+, wine $8–$12/glass or $32+/bottle.
Casual: t-shirts or button-downs and jeans for men and mostly jeans and t-shirts for women. Couples on dates slightly more dressed up.
Fridays and Saturdays from about 8pm when the bar is full and there’s usually a line for tables.
World Café (2820 Main Street) is another great restaurant and bar with more of a lounge vibe.