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The Library Bar
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 22
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
630 W 6th St
phone: (213) 614-0053
(Place added by: sloejams on 12-20-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 11 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by drewbage:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Real quick stop for a pint after a friend's wedding celebration. Arrived just after opening on a Saturday evening and the place was quiet with only one other patron. Not sure if this is typical, but man it made for a nice decompression.
Nice high class dark bar feel here with the library theme played with books, leather couches and dark wood everywhere.
Seven taps pouring at least 3 Craftsman beers with the most boring beer flowing, Stella. An improved bottle selection is now awaiting in the fridges thanks to some new blood in the beer management side of the business.
Pretty good place to have a beer/wine or cocktail and take a moment to wander this very small space.
07-08-2007 05:49:35 |
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11-02-2013 14:08:06 |
More by GRG1313
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | $$
I used to visit the Library Bar when I worked in Downtown LA. For folks working downtown and want to spend time after work with co-workers and friends it has a nice atmosphere.
The bar is very small, so it can get crowded quickly, and it may be hard to find a place to sit. I really dig the atmosphere though.
The craft beer selection, however, is average at best. They don't have a lot of taps, and what they have is usually middle of the road stuff you can find at other bars. I don't come here for fantastic craft beer, it's mostly to hang out after work, and get whatever is on tap. More of a social thing.
I don't think it's worth a drive here because you have to deal with downtown traffic and parking in addition to what I mentioned above.
A nice place if you're already in downtown.
05-07-2013 19:47:16 |
More by mrcraft
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$$
Classy downtown LA bar, with hard to find parking. You need to use another garage and they will validate after two drinks. But it was somewhat of a walk on a cold rainy night. Only had up a half dozen craft beer lines, but they were all very good. A bit on the small side, still pretty friendly and cosmopolitan. Room for improvement as a beer bar, but if you are downtown and need a good beer here is the place. Bottle menu not exceptional. Stella and some macros served here. So altogether do not go out of your way.
01-18-2012 06:24:50 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Walked in about 8 on a Sunday night, the place was very quiet, with about seven other people there. By 10 pm or so that number more than doubled, so it eventually felt like a small, private party...not packed, but not dead either. The lighting is low, which I dig, and we snagged one of the couches in what can only be called the "library," a cozy section featuring a wall full of books. But then, shortly after we arrived, an employee came and pulled down a large movie screen that covered the books...and they gave us a showing of 'Airplane,' which only made the evening that much better. (Luckily our group grew in number afterward, which made it easier to block out the next movie, "Con Air"...guess there was an "air" theme)
Beer selection is small, and not quite as amazing as, say, West Hollywood's the Surly Goat (the only other local bar I can use as a reference point, thus far). But Arrogant Bastard and Old Rasputin on tap is nothing to regret. And lots of classic Belgian in bottles (Saison Dupont, the Trappistes Rochefort, Delirium Tremens, others) plus select US bottles, including Racer 5, Three Philosophers and others that I don't quite recall. So, hard to avoid having great beer there, although it seems like they could be offering so much more. Room to grow, then...and definitely worth stopping in for. Didn't have any food, but the menu looked pretty great.
05-10-2010 17:57:04 |
More by Metalmonk
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Appropriately, the Library Bar is a stone's throw away from the LA Public Library in downtown. It is darkly lit and cozy inside, with one of the corners looking like the inside of a library with books, a globe of the world, big comfy sofas, and other library related props. I thought that was pretty cool.
7 beer on draft, plus 25 beers in the bottle. I only saw one glass being used during my time there, a skinny chalice type of glass. My beer was fresh, which I opted from draft. On-tap: Stella Artois, Old Rasputin, Pranqster, Arrogant Bastard, Craftsman 1903, Craftsman Hefeweizen, and Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat. Good pick of Belgians in the bottle...saw Rochefort, Chimay, Delirium, Saison Dupont. Also bottled were Anderson Valley, Three Philosophers, Deschutes, Samuel Smith. Beers will set you back a little more than other places: $6 for drafts, and $6 for domestic craft 12 ounce bottles. The bartender was fun to talk beer with as I drank my Craftsman.
Overall, the Library Bar is a nimble little place serving some good beer near the financial district of LA. Give it a go if you're nearby.
03-20-2009 06:04:42 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by for the first time with a homie the other night.
Small place right by the downtown L.A. library, really nice looking inside. It's sorta hit and miss with how a place looks like in downtown. Could be a total dive, could be elegant as hell (in which case they prolly wouldn't let my ass in). I like the bookshelves on the corners, gave it nice look like someone's study. My only complaint, no soap in the bathroom!!!
A good crowd of people there but not too packed, was able to order drinks almost immediately and when we were done, the waitress asked us if we wanted another. Wow, most of the time you gotta get their attention. Maybe I brought my "A" game that night...
Selection was pretty decent. I had the Old Rasputin (love this stuff) and Pranqster. My buddy had a Delerium and Three Philosophers. Then we both had a Craftsman. Had a pretty decent bottle list and none of it was exhorbantly expensive.
Didn't try their food (c'mon people, I'm a wino, not a fat ass) but overall I had a good impression of this place and will probably be back.
02-18-2009 16:17:00 |
More by davexisxrabid
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
So from looking at the last post it's been a while since this place was reviewed.
I went in there a yesterday at around 4 after i got off work and was pleasantly surprised by the sign on the door saying that they had a happy hour from 3-8 (couple hours longer than most LA joints.) While the place is very small and could potentially get very crowded at night, the atmosphere was good for an afternoon drink with the dim lighting, marble bartop and living-room-esque lounge area.
so the advertised happy hour was a little less than I had expected. Firstly, it looks like they have added a kitchen and put some tasty fare on it but sadly theres no food until 5 so i didnt get to partake (always eager to check out the newest barely modified version of the Father's office burger) on the plus side, you can order from wolfgang's place next door and they will bring it over if youre starving. There were 4 drink specials and only one of them was for beer. $5 margs, cosmos and washington apples might be a good deal but if youre looking for a cheap flavorful beer a 12oz pour of stella isnt going to get you there (but its $4 if you like it) They had an ok selection on tap (craftsman hef, arrogant bast, stella, leffe, etc) but nothing noteworthy. The bottles were a bit better and i settled on a St. Bernardus prior 8 and a three philosophers in my time there. both were poured well and at 8 bucks a pop not too pricey either. the bartender Carlos was friendly and attentive. I'd say the best thing about this place is the ambiance and the fact that Carlos seemed to know all the regulars names. If you work downtown and are looking for a good after work place check it out.
10-24-2008 17:02:01 |
More by trenten
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The Library bar is a great and casual stop in the middle of Downtown LA. The minute you walk in you're at the bar. If you go when it's busy then you might expect to stand because there really aren't a whole lot places to sit in this bar.
As far as I can tell, their tap list doesn't change a whole lot. It's mainly North Coast Old Rasputin, Craftsman Heavenly Hefe, Stella Artois, Leffe Brown, Chimay White I think, and a couple others I can't think of. There's some good stuff in bottles though like Racer 5 and Black Butte Porter for example.
The bartenders work pretty hard back there and have always served me pretty promptly when I stand at the bar. As for the food, they don't have a kitchen-yet, but you can order from a Wolfgang Puck menu which is located upstairs in the same building and they will deliver it down to the bar.
The main attraction of this place really is the unique atmosphere with the bookcases and books around the wall and low lighting/candles. I usually stop in during the afternoon when people are just getting off work so I'm not sure how busy it gets at night, but the happy hour during the afternoon offers some great deals not only on beers but on cocktails (which will run you around $10 if you don't get the happy hour specials).
05-17-2008 14:30:52 |
More by MiScusi
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Lovely, high-quality darkened bar smack dab in the middle of L.A.'s dreary downtown area. A half-block from the city's historic central library, Library Bar plays to the theme with leather couches, high-backed chairs and shelves of books. There are seven taps, with a handful of decent stuff, some local Craftsman brews, and Stella. The bottles are much better, with everything from Oaked Arrogant Bastard and similiary rare local micros on one side, to Delirum Tremens and a bunch of Belgian ales on the other. Nice selection, runs the gamut.
Staff was OK, but took awhile to even get the bartender to tell us that the waitstaff wasn't in yet and we had to order at the bar -- he only had two patrons up there at the bar, and we five were simply sitting around, waiting. Go figure. Service later on was slowish...they ought to get more bodies in as the rush picks up after 5. On the bright side, the waitstaff was knowledgeable and proper glassware was used.
Didn't try the food, but it seems they get most of it from the Wolfgang Puck Bistro next door. Not necessarily a bad thing, that.
Overall, downtown L.A. rolls up the sidewalks after 6. Library Bar will be my home away from home whenever I'm staying near downtown.
12-09-2007 18:29:25 |
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