OK, made it out to a couple of places yesterday before the shoot rehearsal today.
LOVED Father's Office. Cool vibe, feels like a local place which is a total plus as in Santa Monica there are certainly a lot of people from abroad. Quite a busy place and the seats / tables are a free for all, which can get a bit tricky if you're desperate to sit, but we were able to snag seats at the bar pretty easily. They have a guy at the door metering people coming in and they don't overfill.
Great beer selection on tap, especially Californian which was my top priority. Russian River had Perdition, Damnation and Pliny the Elder all on draught. So was AleSmith ESB. Also some beers from Stone, North Coast and Bear Republic. Various other ones from abroad, including Saison Dupont, Lindemans and Canada represented by a blinking Maudite tap.
Very good food as Stephen mentioned, and as Gary mentioned the mini grocery carts which held the fries were fun. The men's washroom was labelled "Gentleman's Lounge" which made me smile.
Overall a great place, will definitely try to go back or hit the LA location before I leave.
Also was able to check out Library Alehouse for lunch. Great location, Main street runs parallel from the beach in Santa Monica in a nice strip. Nice place, had a glass of Stone's anniversary chocolate stout and some beef tacos, both good. Very good tap selection but not as good as FO. Nice back patio which you'd never know was there. They also had a stack of Beer Advocate mags so I was able to snag one with the FreeOurBeer reference