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Best Bar Food in West LA?

Celestial Aug 27, 2004 12:15 AM

I'm wondering where I can find the best bar food on the westside (Santa Monica, Venice, etc.) Even better would be good bar food and good atmosphere/music/etc. The only one I know of is the Arsenal.

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    Kurt Aug 27, 2004 12:29 AM

    The Globe in Venice, see ya' there tomorrow!

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      ipse dixit Aug 27, 2004 12:49 AM

      If you are into ale and draft beer, try the Library Alehouse (2911 Main St., Santa Monica, Phone: (310) 314-4855). Great selection of micros and imports on tap and the food is pretty good with selections ranging from turkey burger to wasabi mashed potatos to buffalo wings.

      So much better than Father's Office for both beer and food.

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      1. re: ipse dixit
        eezerik Jan 14, 2007 07:02 AM

        pretty good...but I liked the food at Father's office better. The only thing good I had at Library alehouse was goat cheese papaya quesadillas. everything else was marginal.

        Good selection of Beer, but imho Father's office was better there, too...


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        McQuaid Aug 27, 2004 12:59 PM

        The San Francisco Saloon on Pico is good solid bar food

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          Jerome Aug 27, 2004 04:05 PM

          Probably too far, but the armadillo eggs at Manhattan Beach Brewing Company are amazing.

          And good beer too.

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            Kristina Aug 29, 2004 10:29 PM

            Father's office, in Santa Monica (on Montana). Great burgers, and awesome sweet potato french fries with ranch dipping sauce. Yummm!

            1. SauceSupreme Jan 14, 2007 07:28 AM

              Let me be yet another to tout Father's Office. Library has the added convenience, though, of having more places to sit since it does have a back patio which is much quieter than the front of the house where the bar area is.

              1. eezerik Jan 14, 2007 08:05 AM

                yeah. both are rather BORING bars unfortunately...

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                1. re: eezerik
                  FrankDux May 11, 2007 09:03 AM

                  Sloppier food, but quick service, crazy small biker bar: The Shack on culver.

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                  LisaStitch May 11, 2007 09:11 AM

                  I love the pizzas at the Bodega Wine Bar.

                  And I love the burger at Rustic Canyon, but this is probably more of a restaurant than a bar, but they do have a small bar area where you can order anything on their menu.

                  Chez Jay is also interesting - great food in a dive bar.

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                  1. re: LisaStitch
                    Wolfgang May 11, 2007 09:53 AM

                    Beechwood, Montana Lounge, FO (no spirits), James Beach (more expensive restaurant type menu but has a good bar scene), Hinano (dive bar that fries up hamburgers behind the bar that are enjoyable after some drinks).

                    I like Chez Jay, but I'd put their food closer to Sizzler than Houston's.

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