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The Daily Pint
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2310 Pico Blvd
phone: (310) 450-7631
(Place added by: Rumrunner)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Been here a few times now - I usually only step in to this establishment in the afternoon, as opposed to later in the evening, so bear in mind I've never had to suffer the crowds (and the declines in atmosphere and service they are likely to engender).
While many would describe this as a dive bar, this is a relative term, especially somewhere as upscale as Santa Monica - let's just say the bar has a lived-in appearance, but the jukebox functions, the pool tables are in decent shape, and the game is on (at a reasonable volume) the tele. If you want to generalize, I'd say even without Phil behind the bar, this place has a British Pub feel to it.
Even the first time I went in here, I was greeted warmly first by one server, and when he left, Phil came in and bumped fists with everyone seated at the bar. Though you may find yourself seated near a group of whisky industry reps in suits, it is nice that they don't receive any special treatment compared to the regular patrons. Service is leisurely but you won't be left with an empty pint for an eternity.
There are generally 3 or 4 offerings on cask - two British, and one or two from California (generally Stone and/or Firestone), and a sizable tap-list, always including some things from out of state (e.g. recently: Alaskan Baltic Porter, Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron, Bitch Creek ESB) alongside some of the more unusual releases from Ballast Point, Green Flash, Alesmith, etc. Usually a couple Belgian, German, and UK offerings and a few more pedestrian taps are available as well. Plenty of good bottles in the fridge too (Unibroue 16 and 17, Cantillon Classic yellow-label Gueuze, some Lost Abbey) though I've never inquired about prices.
Speaking of which this place could do with a happy hour, which is one reason I generally prefer Blue Palms, BoHo, etc. Pints are usually $7 I believe - and though this place takes cards, I'd suggest using cash to facilitate better service.
While the selection is excellent, the quality isn't always top-shelf - if the keg is fresh, then you won't have a problem, but some of them end up resting against the wall with no temperature control (I'm not sure this place even has air conditioning) for who knows how long before getting put on. Turn-over is generally fairly high, so I don't usually worry about it, but I've had a few beers here that were not in top form. I've also heard stories about servers wiping the foam off the top of a pint with their fingers - not something I've experienced first hand though.
No food, though you can order in. Whisky list is happily intimidating (though not as gargantuan as Seven Grand, downtown) - you could have a new (and frequently rare) dram here pretty much every day for a year - and reasonably priced.
Though I may be repeating a lot of what others have said, I'm happy to join the choir praising this place. All in all, I'm very glad to have this unpretentious pub not far from my work - a refreshing change of pace from trendy mad-houses like Father's Office.
11-16-2009 16:26:34 |
More by augustgarage
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$
You will find quite a mix of people in this hidden gem of a bar that sits right next to Santa Monica College. As you can imagine you get the younger crowd, which usually hoover by the two pool tables and shuffle board on the left side of the divider. On the right side is the bar you find the local production and entertainment guys/gals. I first went here for the scotch selection, over 200 whiskeys which line the walls, but found my staple place to try the latest and rarest brew that are usually on cask. Its a bit pricey because they only pour in 20 ounces although I did persuade Phil, the owner, to pour me a 5 pint flight for $25. It gets hot due to close quarters in the bar. You can frequently meet socal brewery owners hanging out after hours.
10-19-2009 08:07:12 |
More by microbrew52
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited while on vacation in LA last week. Very laid back relaxed place, sort of a dive, but I like that. Locals were extremely friendly and the bartender was helpful. Good selection of beer, husband had a Russian River Damnation and I had a cask Stone IPA. They had a fairly large draft beer selection and 4 cask beers, if my memory serves correctly. HUGE scotch selection, if that's your thing, you'd be crazy to miss this place.
Had a great time and would definitely hit this place again if I'm back in Santa Monica.
10-09-2009 16:22:28 |
More by 2beernutz
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$$
It Definatly has a dive bar feel, but that's kind of bar I like. The place was not the most clean place, but hey it's a dive bar. It has an awsome tap selection and a few on cask. A lot in bottle as well. The stone Porter with vanilla beans is fucking awsome. La folie and black butte xxi was on tap as well. It has a huge wHiskey selection, but I am not a fan. The only down fall is the price; It is a bit pricey. We had 4 beers with a na drink for 40 bucks. Now that I think about it's damn expensive. But I guess it's cool for awsome beers
08-27-2009 05:55:44 |
More by digitalbullet
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
It sure doesn't look like much on the outside as you pull up. We found easy parking in the rear of the building. We walked in the back and It actually felt like a real bar. bottles and bottles of Scotch everywhere.
I am not a Cask beer drinker at all. But we had to try something that had Vanilla bean in it. it was a colder version of a Cask beers that I have tried before. It was very nice which made me try the Ruination Cask with I believe had Chinook hops. Very tasty.
The gentlemen behind the bar seemed to warm up to us after about 30 Min of hanging out. overall he was a real kick. Made us laugh quite a bit.
beer selection was good but wasn't insane
We will go back
07-16-2009 01:16:08 |
More by KNORDSTROM
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I wish everyone was as lucky as I and had as fine a beer (and Scotch if you're so inclined!) establishment as this just a few blocks from work. Great selection and the staff is very helpful - tell them what you like and they'll gladly point you to something in their selection that will please. (For me this was Victory Golden Monkey.) There are over a dozen taps with a rotating selection of imports and craft brews. They even have a few casks - Oaked Double Bastard FTW! They also have a vast supply of bottles but I haven't ventured past the taps yet.
The decor is nothing to write home about unless the folks at home like a simple bar with a great selection and knowledgeable staff. No food either but food would only get in the way of the drinking.
Did I mention that I love this place? If you find yourself in Santa Monica and want a quality beer-drinking experience you can't go wrong with The Daily Pint.
01-18-2009 02:03:49 |
More by TheRegular
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
WOW! This is exactly what I was looking for when I traveled South. Showed up on a SUnday night about 8PM after dinner at PF Changs and I was full so I did not get to drink all that I wanted. We parked on the street directly in front of the bar. Walked in to pool tables on the left and nice cozy bar on the right. Sat down at the bar and saw a MASSIVE scotch selection and a damn good one. The handles were good, better than Fathers Office I thought. Between my wife and I we had: Port 2nd Anvy IIPA, Green Flash IPA, Stone Pale, Oaked AB on cask. Server was really cool, and helpful. My kind of place and reasonably priced for the selection available. No food here but you can order in. Bottle selection was great. Plenty of Stone, Port, RR, Lost Abbey but no Alesmith. More of a dive beer bar but better than FO in my opinion
09-17-2008 18:05:35 |
More by barleywinefiend
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I have been here a number of times now and this place is top of the line for the Santa Monica or Los Angeles area, cool crowd that is not exactly expected in this neck of the woods, first time I went was like a year ago for a bottle of Firestone 10 with my girlfriend and it was fantastic, still one of the best if not the best beers I have ever had, next visit I had an Evil Dead Red from Alesmith, most pint prices are around seven dollars, great bottle prices in my opinion, they have about a dozen taps that are usually rotated quite a bit and constantly, get some good local stuff along with some other east coast microbrews and occasional imports, cannot wait to see some of the casks that come in now that they have three handpump machines, heard the Firestone Double Barrel they had a few weeks ago was awesome, forgot to mention that this place has some of the nicest bartenders you will ever meet, it is not the cleanest place in the world but it has it charm, shuffleboard tables on the other side of the bar can keep you busy as well, will be going here a lot now that I am back living in the LA area, only real downfall of this joint is the parking situation which can be a pain in the ass at times, do yourself a favor and check this place out, it is well worth it!
07-22-2008 06:27:06 |
More by Floydster
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited The Daily Pint on the 4th of July. Was somewhat worried it might be too crowded, but at 2PM there were only about 6 other people there besides me and my bf.
Great atmosphere. Totally feels like a hole in-the-wall neighborhood bar, but with an exceptional tap list. Sat at the bar and got great service. The bartender was friendly and attentive. I have heard that this place gets crowded on the weekends, so I cannot argue for the service or atmosphere at these times.
Over twelve beers on tap to choose from, ranging from more common beers like Boddington's, to two different Stone beers on cask.
I had a pint of Stone IPA with Simcoe & Amarillo hops on cask, which was quite tasty. Also had a pint of Chimay Blonde on tap, which I've never seen before, very delicious. Each of my pints was decently priced at $7.
Unfortunately this place does not serve food, but only sells snacks like corn nuts and bags of chips.
Overall, definitely a bar I'd go back to for both the beer selection and the atmosphere.
07-08-2008 18:36:18 |
More by beerlassie
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
After hearing so much about this place my girlfriend and I finally made it out a few days ago. Surely worth the (short) trip!
We got there early on a Friday afternoon and only had 5-6 other people at the bar so of course, our service was great. The Daily Pint seems like a hole in the wall dive bar but it's not. A great and well stocked bar with really comfortable chairs and a line of numerous taps. Ranging from Old Speckled Hen to Deschutes Black Butte Porter.
Always got to try out their cask ales (which I believe they'll start to have regularly) of a Stone Pale Ale with Coriander and a Stone IPA with Simcoe & Amarillo hops. Great stuff!
This is a top notch place for a pint, I've heard it gets pretty packed on Fri/Sat nights, but go early and enjoy the place! May very well one of the best spots to grab a pint!
07-07-2008 15:32:23 |
More by Brewlore
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