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looking for cool beer/ bars in santa monica!!

hello

i am desperate for a cool vibe beer drinking place for tonight.
i have guests coming in from brazil and ready to have to fun!!!
any really cool recomendations????

thanks a bunch!

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  1. Let's start the flame war early -- my rec is FATHER'S OFFICE.

    I also like the LIBRARY. The place is bigger than Father's Office, has a bigger food menu, and comparable beer selection.

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    Father's Office
    1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

    Library Alehouse
    2911 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

    1. Well, someone's bound to say Father's office, which I find crowded, pretentious and not worth it, but some poeple LOVE. A good beer selection and a good burger, which you ar not allowed to alter. A long line to get in.

      In Venice, there is Library Alehouse.

      In West Hollywood, if you're willing to drive, there's Village Idiot.

      In Holywood, also a small drive, there's Lucky Devil's -great beer, good burgers and shakes and right in the hoppin part of town. (that's my best bet for you, as you can take them and show them Hollywierd)

      in the West LA or so area, there is 3rd Stop.

      If you could bear driving to Redondo Beach, I would send you to the pier and Naja's Place, the BEST beer bar in So Cal.
      www.najasplace.com

      1. If you are willing to drive to Hermosa Beach (which really isn't that far...I usually stick to Santa Monica myself, but don't mind driving to Hermosa for this place) I would HIGHLY recommend Cafe Boogaloo! It's got great food, a great bar and often has awesome live music. The chef/owner is a New Orleans transplant who knows good food and how to have a good time.

        http://www.boogaloo.com/

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        1. re: DMojoD

          You could also check out Big Deans on the Santa Monica Pier for Big Beers. It could be a fun place for people from out of town.

          1. re: DMojoD

            I like Big Dean's for simple outdoor beer-drinking. Very casual. Very American.

        2. if you want to go to some real "dives" try The Daily Pint in Santa Monica, or The Tap House in Venice, or Chez Jay' s in Venice.
          If you want more of a scene, James' Beach in Venice is fun, too.

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            1. re: Diana

              We LOVE Chez Jay and visit every time we are in from NY!

          1. Hands down, The Otheroom on Abbot Kinney in Venice. Best crowd, lots on tap (everything, actually), great music.

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              1. re: Foodandwine

                My favorite time to visit The Other Room is during the day when the walls disappear.

            1. I find that The Arsenal on Pico and Bundy has good drinks and a pretty chill vibe.

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              1. Too late now, but I love Renee's Courtyard Cafe on Wilshire. Great vibe, music, and setting, nestled back into the building... kind of New Orleans meets Tuscany.