The Daily Pint
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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4.16/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited on Friday night, June 6th 2008.
Arrived just before 6:00pm. Ample street parking on side streets, a few spaces right out front and a lot across Pico.
I walked in and was surprised to see there wasn't a seat to be had at the bar. I recognized some folks from a local brewing club right away. Everyone was smiling, happy, talking, and drinking craft beer. Nice.
I ordered my first pint from the man behind the bar, who I later took to tbe the owner due to his British accent and the story he told a patron about how he was just back from England and brought back two or three beer engines with him.
That leads us to the selection... my first pint was from a cask of Firestone Double Barrel (far better this way and than bottled or on standard draft). My second was a Firestone Reserve porter. My third was from a cask of Stone Smoked Porter with vanilla bean. My final beer was a bottle of Sprecher Black Bavarian from their cooler. In my party, we also had draft pours of Old Speckled Hen. Ommegang Rare Voss and Stone IPA, and a bottle of Ommegang Witt. There were more, but you get the idea. Oh, and then there's the scotch...
If you like scotch, you must go here and marvel at the sheer selection available: literally hundreds of bottles.
I'm amazed that, as the evening wore on and the place emptied out then filled to the brim by 11:00pm, the bartneders were able to serve everyone with good humor and accuracy. Service was a smidge slow, but it's certainly not a sticking point. After all, there were something like fifty or more patrons and only two staff.
There's no food available, but you can order anything for delivery (we got pizza from the number posted on the wall and it was B+/A- quality from a neighborhood joint) or bring in your own.
A jukebox, two pool tables and a shuffleboard game with metal pucks (come on , you know what I'm taking about even if I don't know the right name for it) round out the entertainment.
The crowd was mixed with young gay and metro men, older beer drinkers, young women, some dating couples, some married couples... and contrary to what a previous reviewer noted, I saw a majority (I'd say 75% or so) with draft pours or good bottles. That means no BMC or Corona. "Worst" beer I saw was a youngish couple drinking Amstel Lights from bottles very early on in the evening.
So... three casks (with plans to feature something on cask every day very soon), a good bottle selection, an ever-improving list of taps and a good vibe of people who want to drink good beer - I'd say we're looking at a real beer bar here.
06-07-2008 17:50:02 | More by charlzm
4.41/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Excellent selection of beer on tap with a lot more in bottles along with a large selection of hard liquor including ~150 single malts. The draught beers are not as microbrew centric as I was led to believe, but the selection of English/UK and Belgian beers is quite good.
Prices vary, but I've bought most of their draught beers elsewhere for 1 to 2 dollars less. While I didn't buy any of the bottled beer, it seemed to be priced significantly higher than if you purchased it at a store.
Still, if you are in the area, I recommend that you check it out.
05-04-2008 08:02:07 | More by pinballwhizard
4.44/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Finally got a chance to go here last night and was not dissapointed. Great selection of stuff on tap, including the Stone seasonal (Double Bastard at the moment), Leffe, Chimay Blanc, a few Deschutes brews and many others. I saw a keg of YuleSmith hanging out, so I imagine they'll have that on tap sometime in the near future. Plus their bottle selection is amazing, with tons of Belgian stuff and plenty of SoCal and NoCal craft brews as well.
The bartenders are very nice and do good work, and the owner is very chill and easy to talk to. Wanted to ask if they ever had any Russian River (especially based on comments from others on this site) but felt it would be kinda presumtuous.
For Santa Monica this is a very down to earth bar. I wouldn't go as far as calling it a dive, but it's pretty small, with limited seating, a few pool tabels, shuffleboard, and then a big long bar. Music was a little loud for my taste in the game area, but just perfect by the bar. If you're looking for the "Hollywood" trendy place, this is clearly not for you.
My only complaints were that they don't have any bar food (would be nice to have some fries or something) and the pint prices can get pretty high. I think I paid $10 for a Double Bastard and $6 or $7 for a Fuller's London Pride. Not outrageous, but even for LA that seems kinda steep.
Bottom line, this is high quality, easy to find, friendly staff and good atmosphere. Nothing fancy, but it's all about the beer. I highly recommend.
12-09-2007 07:39:51 | More by rxdrewthejew
4.71/5 rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Cool place and vibe. the owner behind the bar was very knowledgable and was quick to bring out other selections when my requests were not in stock. When I asked for some Rogue Dead Guy Ale he gave me Russian River Damnation! Hallelujah!!!
I was a little down that some people in such a cool place were drinking "miller lite" Ugh, why? Shooting pool and double fisting junk beers (thankfully) in seperate room all together. I wanted to scream "what are you doing?"
We were lucky to have the westmalle tripel, Leffe (on tap!!), Chimay white and a couple of good Czech beers and of course damnation.
well worth checking out when you are in the LA area.
07-23-2007 20:46:45 | More by Poppypitbull
4.8/5 rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is my new local. The Pint has gone through some changes as of late with some remodeling to make it more of a sports bar than a pub. That said, it still retains its original character. The Draft selection consisting of over 30 taps is one of the best on the west side rivaled only by Fathers Office or Naja's. This includes a number in European brews like Chimay, Fullers, Hogaarden etc. and some Micros like Anderson Valley, Stone IPA, and Hobgoblin. Where the Pint really shines is its Bottle selection. There are over 150 available with a consistent rotation of high quality brews. Overall, I would say that they have the best selection on the west side. This doesn't account for the vast selection of single malt Scotch or Tequila.
Another thing I like about the Pint is its atmosphere and service. The bartenders are friendly and work hard to make sure everyone is served. There is Pool, Foosball, and Shuffleboard behind the bar for those interested, though they have lost the Dartboard with the recent installation of the Projection Bigscreen. Other "upgrades" include cushy lowbacked barstools, bar height tables, and more TV screens with enough tuners to carry every NFL game on Sundays. Regulars are definitely treated well and newcomers are also welcome. The crowd ranges from SMC and UCLA students to older forty somethings that have been there for years.
The vibe is low key and it isn't uncommon to see some Hollywood types trying to get away from it all (I ain't dropping names). Overall the Daily Pint is a friendly neighborhood place with an excellent beer selection and friendly service. Definitely a place worth checking out.
12-20-2006 12:20:53 | More by Anglewood
2.98/5 rDev -28.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
I had to try this since its only 2-3 miles from my house. I figured even if they have a decent selection it could become a staple in my routine.
Not much to get excited about on tap. Fuller's esb, londond pride, was the best thing I could find. Chimay white, Red hook, Pacific Coast, Stella, Guiness, nothing to get excited about. I Had a pale ale that was spoiled ( no need to name the brewery since it was the distributors fault ) The barkeep said she just tapped the keg so it had to be the distributor. Why Me? I get a bad beer about every other time I go to a beer bar. Anyway on to the review. The bartender was great. She would change the channels to the football games we wanted to see and she was hot so that helped. They have hard liquor as well. My wife had a margerita that was strong so they may have a heavy hand. I asked the barkeep if they rotate the kegs at all and she said the taps are pretty standard except for an occasional seasonal brew. The current seasonal was Becks Oktoberfest...I'll pass for now on that since fuller's was available. Beer cooler consists of the usual suspects. Chimay's, Newcastle, some high energy stuff, and one of my favorites Fullers 1845. You've seen and tasted everything they have to offer so this place is more of a "watch a game and look at the barternder" type of place.
$5 bucks a pint, $5 bucks a margerita, Barkeep hot ass, priceless.
This is the type of place that wants to have a reputation of having a good selection of domestics and great imports but it falls short in my opinion.
10-23-2005 18:04:32 | More by DogFood11
4.44/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I have been living down here in LA for almost 10 months now and this place has become my regular local, even though I have to drive a couple of miles over from Mar Vista.
About 23 beers on tap consisting of micros and imports. No bud or Coors on tap though they do have it in bottles if you really want them. They have four casks, usually rotating a selection of Stone specials and other micros. I actually took a Stone tour and saw a cask labeled for the Pint, I thought it was pretty cool.
They also have a large bottle selection in the fridge with a large selection of belgians and micros from Russian River to Chimay.
The scene is very mixed. There are 40-50 something regulars that have been there for years to younger folks from UCLA and SMC. Every now and then a Hollywood type drops by, not to be in the scene but just to have a pint and play some shuffle board or pool. If you come here semi-regularly, you will make friends.
They have a couple pool tables and shuffle board, one of my favorites from my undergrad. They also have darts and a huge projection screen on the back wall.
I good place to get good beer in LA. It is getting more popular. I remember when my brother and I sent there a couple of years ago and it was easy to get a space at the bar, even on a Saturday night. Now it is pretty slammed on the weekends and service can get kinda slow due to the volume of customers.
You can park out back, or on a side street, It is pretty easy to find near the corner of 23rd and Pico in Santa Monica.
In my older review I criticized them for not having enough Hoppy beers on tap, but that has since changed. They now regularly have Stone IPA, Hobgoblin and even Blind Pig on tap.
The staff is very cool and knows their beers. If they don't have something on tap that you like they can probably suggest something comparable.
No food beyond corn nuts and chips but they will let you bring in or have food delivered.
Overall, a great place to spend a night drinking good beer and meeting new people on the Westside.
07-04-2005 06:30:31 | More by Bang34
4/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5
Rum has summarized this place in many different ways...
It's right up about 7 blocks west of the famous McCabe's Guitar Shop (home to many a fine music perfomance, but zero beer.. *sigh*)
Home to about 9 permenant taps and 3-4 jockey box taps, In the refrigerator box lies a fair number of things from Unibroues, Chimays, Browns, etc...
The whiskey, bourbon, tequila and vodka list is absolutely terrifying for the average commuting drinker.
This is definately a neighborhood place, in the sense that alot of folks know each other, but not in the sense of being terribly insular from the joe off the street. It's all good, with probably not the closest care for beer in LA, but a lot more than just about any other place.
03-18-2004 08:21:59 | More by drewbage
4.15/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
This is a place the locals go to hang out. Make sure you have the address or you could drive right by the place. The Daily Pint is spelled in news print style type. I was told it has been there for about thirty to forty years. I hope the person who told me that is accurate.
There is not much to this establishment. The atmosphere is very pub like. Wooden bar with stools and a wooden ledge against the wall to set drinks down. No tables. The rest of the space is taken up by three pool tables, two foos ball tables and a dartboard. There is an older rundown quality or lack of quality to this establishment. Depending on who you are that means the place has loads of character or it needs to be remodeled. Many beer and alcohol signs and mirrors cover the walls. I noticed they do beer/bus trips to Anahiem Angel games.
The people who frequent the place are most likely locals and their friends. Many seem to know the bartender and there is a lively we all know each other feel to this place. I've even seen people give the bartender a helping hand on busy nights. It gives the pint a very nice feeling of everybody's welcome here. The age level was mid to late twenties to pretty old.
There is no food service. They have a full bar and carry a large variety of scotches.
They have about seventeen taps. They were divided between micros and imports. Some of the brews on tap were: Stella Atrois, Bass, Anderson Valley, Guinness, Firestone, MacTarnahan's, Fuller's, Boddington's, Pyramid and a few others. In the sliding glass door refridgerator there is a nice variety from macro's to micro's to imports. ESB, Fuller's, Samuel Smith's, Duvel, Chimay, Delerium Tremens, Red Stripe, Flying Dog, Young's, Murphy's, Spaten, Anchor Steam and many more. I would bet the refrigerator rotate's some. Here today drank by tomorrow and will return when convienent. They also had a large variety of beer glass styles. Pint style, Belgians, flutes, etc.
There are no waiters or waitresses. The lone bartender was friendly and working very hard. Tip well, she was all alone. It was a weekday. On weekends when the crowds are larger there is more of a staff.
All in all a fine pub to drink a few pints and spirits. Do not expect any frills other than a nice ale and a friendly working class attitude.
08-01-2003 05:49:25 | More by Rumrunner
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The Daily Pint in Santa Monica, CA
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