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10 great eco-bars

By: Jessica Knoblauch on Feb. 23, 2010, 5:24 a.m.
The Library Alehouse, Santa Monica, Calif.

Photo: Courtesy Library Alehouse

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The Library Alehouse

Santa Monica, Calif.

Since opening this spot in 1995, Alehouse owner David Lackman has whole-heartedly demonstrated a commitment to running an environmentally sound business by implementing such eco-measures as purchasing sustainably certified restaurant equipment and FSC-rated wood for the dining furniture, composting its kitchen waste, recycling its used fryer oil into biodiesel and eschewing Styrofoam long before the city outlawed it. Patrons can dine on a menu filled with dishes made from seasonal and local organic ingredients while sipping on a variety of local California beers and organic wines.