Sure, it may not be Boulder or Grand Rapids, but you won’t be short on breweries in Santa Monica. Whether you want something that speaks to the city’s history or an innovative spot on the rise, there’s always a Santa Monica brewery (and a beer) right for you.
Always remember to double-check dates, opening times, and weather conditions before traveling.
Top breweries in Santa Monica
The Dudes’ Brewing Co
- Address: 395 Santa Monica Pl #304, Santa Monica, CA 90401
The first brewery on this list is also one of the best things to do in Santa Monica. A vibe that The Dude himself would be proud of, you can pair Neapolitan pizzas with your beer of choice here.
You’ll find a host of The Dudes’ own beers on tap, from classic ambers to coconut porters.
- Address: 2911 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Beers, books, Battlestar Galactica. That’s the quote, right? If you prefer books to beets, you’ll be right at home. You don’t have to appreciate great literature to enter, but it does help to appreciate fine craft beers.
As you may expect, there’s a host of IPA’s and American pale ales to choose from. If that’s not your style, there are plenty of others to choose from with lots of local craft brews on tap.
Santa Monica Brew Works
- Address: 1920 Colorado Ave Suite c, Santa Monica, CA 90404
If you’re a traveler who likes to eat and drink local, it doesn’t get more local than the Santa Monica Brew Works. Santa Monica’s first brewery invites you to taste what’s on tap and live the “beach brewed lifestyle.”
If you want to try some local craft offerings without feeling like you’ve walked into a room full of Subaru’s and mustaches, this is the place you want to seek out first.
The Daily Pint
- Address: 2310 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Does the concept of endless choices excite you instead of paralyzing you? Then head to the promised land of the Daily Pint. While you have 33 beers on tap, three on cask, and over 100 bottled options at all times, this still has a neighborhood dive feel. However, don’t let that make you think it’s a less than stellar establishment. While you do have the classic big-screen TVs and pool tables, you’ve got a knowledgeable, friendly staff that will make you feel welcome!
- Address: 1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
I don’t know about you, but the name Father’s Office screams craft beer spot. Just me? Maybe. Regardless of how you feel about the name, Father’s Office has been around since 1953, and in this Santa Monica beer place, the mission has always been the same: create a casual space with top-notch beer selections (in quantity and quality).
Prices reflect the casual environment (though you have to remember it’s Santa Monica casual), and the most expensive beer on the main list will only cost you $12, though it’s the exception, not the rule. Notice the word main in main list.
If you’re a real beer aficionado who’s willing to run up a bit of tab, Father’s office has a menu section they call “The Really Good Sh…” and it lives up to the name. If you care strongly about things like medal-winning, aging, and fermenting, you want to check out The Really Good Sh… on their online menu.
- Address: 3021 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
In a sports town, you might not think of beer when someone mentioned LA Draught. Craft beer aficionados and those who give the cold shoulder to professional sports will both be happy to hear that this is a classic bar and grill setup.
There is, however, “California’s best and most exclusive draught brews paired with classic pub grub.” If that doesn’t entice you, I don’t know what will.
- Address: 2914 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
JuneShine is the outlier on this list in that they brew hard kombucha. Hey, we just said breweries; we didn’t say what they were brewing. You might be skeptical at first, but JuneShine is popular enough to have multiple locations for a reason.
If you just can’t be brought to consume more than a half pour of hard kombucha, JuneShine does offer a handful of beers and a few wines and non-alcoholic options.
Stout Burgers and Beers
- Address: 111 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Why use many word when few word do trick? Office reference number two, if you’re playing along at home. Stout Burgers and Beers tells you precisely what it is, and that’s exactly the vibe when you walk in. That doesn’t mean Stout is stripped down by any means.
The theme here is copper and wood, and lots of people enjoy it. The burgers are top-notch and innovative, and many beer choices are offered. Despite the name, they mainly offer ales, though you can get basically anything you want from their extensive tap list.
West 4th and Jane
Address: 1432 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
West 4th and Jane is a New York-style pub in the heart of Los Angeles. If you were curious, there isn’t much going on at the corner of West 4th and Jane in NYC. Luckily, this West 4th and Jane is always a good time with 24 rotating taps.
Where to stay in Santa Monica
- Ocean View Hotel
- Stunning oceanfront condo
- Wyndham Santa Monica at the Pier
- Hotel Shangri-La
- Santa Monica Loews Hotel
When you’re not discovering Santa Monica on your own, we suggest treating yourself to a tour. From private wine tours to kayak and SUP tours, cooking classes classes to tours of celebrity-owned homes, there’s a little something for everyone. Browse all the Santa Monica tours available on Viator by clicking here.
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