Barney's Beanery

Historic Bar / Restaurant / Sports Bar
Barney's Beanery The quintessential Hollywood roadhouse since its opening in 1920 on historic Route 66, Barney's Beanery transformed from a place where travelers could trade in their license plates for a free beer, to a gathering spot for... Los Angeles United States 34.090727 -118.374621
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Barney's Beanery - Historic Bar | Restaurant | Sports Bar in Los Angeles.
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Party Earth Review The quintessential Hollywood roadhouse since its opening in 1920 on historic Route 66, Barney’s Beanery transformed from a place where travelers could trade in their license plates for a free beer, to a gathering spot... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–F 10am–2am, Sa–Su 9am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

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The quintessential Hollywood roadhouse since its opening in 1920 on historic Route 66, Barney's Beanery transformed from a place where travelers could trade in their license plates for a free beer, to a gathering spot for...

The quintessential Hollywood roadhouse since its opening in 1920 on historic Route 66, Barney’s Beanery transformed from a place where travelers could trade in their license plates for a free beer, to a gathering spot for Tinsel Town icons like Clark Gable and Errol Flynn, to a rowdy hangout for rockers like Hendrix, Joplin, and Morrison.

A riot of color, noise, and history – and with a ceiling still covered by those license plates – the place is now a lively sports bar that attracts boisterous crowds of jocks, sports fans, and tattooed bikers.

Rows of candy-colored vinyl booths offer plenty of space for patrons to scarf down a huge selection of bar food as they peruse the kitschy collection of beer signs, flags, road signs, motorcycles, and assorted Americana, while game lovers have a choice of three pool tables, arcade games, pinball, and a host of other distractions.

Former frat boys, sports fanatics, and grizzled regulars generally pack the bar to have a few rounds and watch the game on the forty flat-screen TVs, as smokers take a break on the small front patio.

A mellow all-ages hangout and restaurant during the week, Barney’s turns into an all-day sports venue on the weekends, when a considerably younger and livelier crowd shows up to pound some cold-ones and cheer on their home team – and then stays on for some late-night partying.

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Tip from Lucas:

Keep an eye out for a plaque commemorating the spot where Jim Morrison once urinated on the bar, and a table that was autographed by Janis Joplin.

  • Crowd

    Diverse and down-to-earth mix of jocks, young professionals, and biker types, 20s to 50s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Jukebox features mostly rock. Karaoke on Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays at 10pm, trivia night on Tuesdays at 9pm. Three pool tables, shuffleboard, standup arcade games, air hockey, foosball, and pop-a-shot. Quarter machine available.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Extensive breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. Daily lunch specials and beer specials for football games on Saturdays, Sundays, and Monday nights. Happy Hour daily 4–7pm. Late night Happy Hour M, Su 10pm–2am. Barney’s is also famous for exchanging old license plates for free bowls of chili.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $4.75+, sandwiches $6.25+, entrées $10.50+. Beer $5.50+, wine $6–$7, mixed drinks $6.50+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, t-shirts, tank tops, baseball caps, sneakers.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any night for Happy Hour or when there’s a major televised sporting event, and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights for an especially lively crowd.

Barney's Beanery User Reviews

Average rating:
Amazing Food Selection
torey m. Aug 21, 2013
Barney's is known for it's atmosphere during sports games, but what they fail to tell you is that their selection is HUGE! They have everything from Mexican to American breakfast items. These dishes are hit and miss but I would highly recommend anything with chili on it.
Cannot say enough about this place!
Leah B. Jul 25, 2013
I love sports, and I love having a great place to go and watch those sports...well, Barney's Beanery is my only stop now! The wonderfully tasteful menu and the seemingly endless options of beer makes this spot a cure-all for the avid sports and food lover. The food is absolutely delicious; heads above the average "sports bar food" stigma. And the atmosphere is electric. An overall fun and entertaining spot for everyone! Located in cozy West Hollywood; I easily give Barney's Beanery 4 out of 4 stars!!
Sports, Beer, Food, and Fun
Gerard Nash G. Jun 3, 2013
If you're looking to watch a great game with some crazy fans and a couple of good friends, then this is the place. I remember coming here to watch the Bears face off against the Packers during NFL Sunday, and the experience was incredible. The guys you meet genuinely want to have a good time, and even the staff sometimes joins in on the fun. The food is pretty delectable and if you tell them that you're a student, then they give you a 20% discount; they even set aside a $5 Bruin Menu for those of you who don't want to spend a lot. Definitely a great sports bar where you could relax with some friends, hang with a few friends, get some great service, and have a good time.
Great place to watch a game!
Kathy D. May 12, 2013
This is the best sports bar in LA! Not only does it have the most comfortable bar seats of any bar I have ever been to, (they are seventies car seats, bucket and bench) they have so many screens its unbelievable, there isn't a bad seat in the house, if you can get one during big sporting events and the food is equally awesome! If you live in the neighborhood, they give a 15% discount, 20% to UCLA students and they always have the $5 Bruin menu., As far as watching sports no other place has it covered, the amount of TVs, large, extra large and Gi.-normous, has every game you could think of and you can control the ones at your table, thats right every booth has its own TV. Did I mention the food? An extensive Menu , that has something for everyone, There are only five things that I get there (i've been a lot, I know my favs) but I still have to look over the menu, just for the fun of imagining all the food, I guess. My favorite is the Chili, I am a big fan of Chili and they do it right. They also have a great menu of beers and make your own bloody Mary bar on Sundays, that'll help with you hangover from Saturday night.
Real people. Real food. Real Fun!
James C. Apr 21, 2013
Found on the old Indian road that is Santa Monica Boulevard the bright lights of Barney's are a must see if you're in LA. Decked out in pure Americana and currently a sports bar with 40 flat screen TV's. The weekend crowd is a mixture of sports fans, families and couples. Rowdy at pivotal points of the game you find yourself picking a team and getting behind them. Weeknights I'm told have a more sedate feel, but this is LA and to some every night is a Friday night. The food was excellent, an all day Mexican breakfast with beans and guacamole my highlight. With over two hundred beers to chose from you'd be forgiven for sampling a few with your rather large burger. The pool table and juke box post dinner gave us the best entertainment as we mingled with the locals and shared a joke about how their or a rival's team was progressing this season. The obligatory football/soccer debate and a rather fortuitous run at 'winner stays on' pool and I was ready to walk back to the hotel with a spring my step and a song in my heart. Since 1920 Barney's has been catering to the great and good of Hollywood. Quoted as ' a friendly place where anyone is welcome; movie star, studio owner, cab driver or busker.'. The barmen was quite happy to impart to me a little Barney's history. It's probably better to list any Hollywood glitterati that haven't been through these doors. The ceiling decked out with hundreds of number plates from the cars of travellers who'd decided to make California their new home. Maybe it was the burgers...... or that legendary sunshine.
Solid, Wide-Ranging Sports Bar
fic n. Feb 22, 2013
The best (and most underrated) detail about Barney's is its consistency: You know what kind of night you're getting if you decide to spend a couple hours there, pretty much regardless of the night you go, and that's refreshing in an area otherwise muddled with hit-or-miss bars. Ironic, considering its iconic status in Hollywood history would usually unfairly imply that it's for some and not others. Not the case. Whether you want to sit at the bar by yourself and watch sports, play pool or shuffleboard in the back with strangers, or grab a table and order pitchers with friends, it will never feel awkward at Barney's. The space is huge, with multiple high definition televisions in every area of the bar, making it ideal for football Sundays (it is the BEST place for football Sundays I have ever been to and will ever go to - I couldn't actually prove to myself that fans of the Carolina Panthers existed before hitting up Barney's at 10am on a Sunday in the Fall.) The crowd couldn't be more diverse; there are your typical Hollywood bros and attractive girls, but I've also drank with relatively normal middle-aged dudes at the bar watching basketball in the past. It falls short of four stars for me just because the food is just beneath what you'd expect from a massive sports bar, though the pizza and chili selection do somewhat make up for a disappointing burger. Bonus: Without being a touristy jackass about it, find a way to get Ricardo the bus boy to show you his skills in arcade basketball game in the back. Mind-blowing.
Food, Beer, Sports and Fun
Marie C. Jan 31, 2013
An extensive menu. Nearly 200 beers to choose from. High-def sports on every TV. Barney’s Beanery in West Hollywood is a casual restaurant-bar with enough space to maneuver past the person standing next to you without spilling your drink. Sure it gets crowded, but with a large bar area, huge seating area and game room in the back, plus a smoking porch out front, it’s not difficult to find a spot to chill and mingle with friends. The food is beyond what you’d expect from a bar. In my hunt for Los Angeles’ best calamari, Barney’s (surprisingly?) tops the list thanks to its salty, crispy, deep-friend batter. The Mama’s Nachos with chicken deserves an honorable mention. You can also get breakfast 24 hours a day. Barney’s has pitchers, which is great for groups. There are dozens of beers on tap, so feel free to migrate from the typical light/domestic option. For the beer connoisseur, there are more than 150 bottled varieties to choose from. You could come here every day for months and get a different beer with each visit. But what ties Barney’s great food and extensive beer selection together? Sports. With flat panel TVs mounted throughout the establishment, every game available on cable is playing. No matter where you are sitting or standing, you’ll have a clear view of the day’s top matches (with an emphasis on local favorites, of course). Barney’s Beanery has a casual, sports-loving atmosphere with food and drinks at a reasonable price. There are five different Barney’s locations in the Greater Los Angeles area, but the West Hollywood spot is the original. It’s definitely worth a visit.
Great for NFL Sundays
Billy K. Dec 17, 2012
I went here to catch the Bears/Packers game last week and couldn't have been happier with the environment. If you're a diehard NFL fan of any team, this is the place to go. Thick skin is required. There are a lot of Giants and Patriots fans that are more than happy to let you know if your team is having a bad year. Food and service are pretty good. You can't beat the menu... it's got everything! The best thing about this place is that the crowd is so diverse. It's not just a dude's bar. Bring your girlfriend and let her borrow your jersey if she wants. She'll fit right in. I haven't been there on any other day besides Sunday, but I can imagine it's still pretty fun. The decor is really cool and you definitely feel like you could be at a bar in any one of the U.S.'s big cities. If you get tired of trendy LA places, this is a good place to change things up!
Cheery Sports Bar with Personality
Natasha C. Dec 14, 2012
Just around the corner from WeHo’s lively gay club scene on Santa Monica Blvd., Barney’s Beanery is a welcoming restaurant/bar where you’ll find patrons from all walks of life and even the occasional celebrity (recently spotted: Brody Jenner). A few girlfriends and I have turned stumbling over to Barney’s for weekend brunch into a tradition, and if the night before was an especially late one, I usually go with the Mexican Breakfast (cheese enchiladas, eggs, rice, beans and guacamole) with a side of mac and cheese and several Bloody Marys. If you get bored while waiting for your food and drinks to arrive, taking in the venue’s loud, interesting decor may be enough to keep you occupied. Star photo collages cover the brightly colored booths, and the walls are packed with paraphernalia such as license plates, road signs and Hollywood-theme art. Patrons can choose to park themselves at one of many booths, the crowded bar or front patio, which fills up quickly with smokers. With multiple TVs, pool tables and an arcade game area, Barney’s attracts throngs of beer guzzling sports fans, but you’re also likely to see the older couple enjoying a quiet meal or the fashionista hanging by the bar. Whether you’re in need of a hangover meal or a casual dinner as a prequel to a night out, or if you just want to kick back and mingle with a friendly crowd, Barney’s Beanery’s can do the trick.
Let the Good Times Roll
Nicholette D. Dec 7, 2012
If you are looking for a classic bar to grab some cold ones, watch the game (which ever one it may be), and eat a ridiculous amount of food that’s reasonably priced….then make your way down Rout 66 to Barney’s Beanery. The Barney’s Beanery located in West Hollywood isn’t your typical WeHo bar scene. It’s better. It’s one of the few popular scenes in LA where patrons actually eat in public with an eclectic mix of bar goers that mainly consist of sports fans, cool bikers and average Joes ‘n’ Jills the pack the bar week after week. If the historic location of Route 66 isn’t inviting of enough perhaps the ginormous menu, decent booze selection and jukebox tunes are enough. It’s impossible to have a bad time at this bar, even when the bar is packed with random but evil fans from the opposing team. The audacity. It’s okay because you can still bet a round of drinks over an intense game of foosball – that you victoriously win! Yes, it truly is impossible to have a bad time at Barney’s Beanery at one of WeHo’s gems.
Walk here & stumble out
Justin O. Dec 7, 2012
I’ll take anyone in pool, I swear – just give me a stick and rack ‘em up. If you’re the kind of cat who enjoys watching sports, gaming, reading a newspaper menu with a thousand greasy options all while sipping on a pitcher, then Barney’s is your pad. I’ve had the privilege of living a stone’s throw away from this gem for the past two years and I’ll admit, I’ve stumbled out a few times and found myself singing harmonies with the guitar fiddling mad man on the corner. He plays the same chords over and over again, but for some reason he finds a way to sing a wide array of classics, which always gets my dollar in the bucket. Wait, what happened to my dollar? Good question – I’m sure I stuck it in the coin machine, so I could re-rack another game of pool. If not, I’m sure it was spent on another game like foosball, shuffle board or pop a shot. If truth be told, it’s a date spot. If you find yourself puzzled on where to go for the night, just take them here. The crowd can be a bit rowdy at times, but I doubt Morrison or Joplin would of had a problem with it. To me, it’s better than waiting in line at a mediocre club or spending cash on a fancy dinner. The prices vary, however it won’t break the piggy bank even if you’re jobless like the majority of our population. If I had to pick a word to describe Barney’s Beanery in West Hollywood – I’d say…entertaining. It may not tickle everyone’s fancy, however I see it as a place where a crew can gather, play games, eat, drink and yell at the tube as you watch your favorite team win or lose. No matter how you look at it, I know one thing is for sure - I’m going to win. Eight ball, corner pocket!
Love!
Brittney B. Dec 3, 2012
Barney's Beanery is one of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles. The decor is a little overwhelming, but it's magazine sized menu has hundreds of options, all delicious. This is the perfect place to go hungover on a Sunday afternoon and just pig out on some fried pickles with ranch followed by some chilli cheese sweet potato fries. Or if you are on your Los Angeles diet you can enjoy the summer salad with strawberries and goat cheese. Delicious
Fun
Sarah B. Nov 28, 2012
Great menu, the best food and a great crowd to watch sporting events with. The menu is extensive and I have not had anything that wasn't delicious! Go, go, go!
Super Casual, Pretty Good
Georgina S. Nov 28, 2012
The menu is HUGE! Don't come here on a diet. I've gone here a bunch of times because it's cheap, convenient, and reliable. It's not necessarily the BEST food, but I also know that I can have a good time while enjoying some pretty good food. I've had so much on the menu....but I'd say my favorites are the create-your-own-burger, and the chicken salad sandwich. That may sound silly, but they have amazing chicken salad. YUM! You can also get gravy fries here, and I'm a sucker for that kind of stuff haha. You can pretty much get anything you want here, but it's no trendy hot spot. It's low maintenance, and sporty, but all around pretty good. Come here when you can't decide what you're hungry for!
Eat anything you want....
Nicole J. Nov 19, 2012
Barney's Beanery has the most extensive menu you'll ever see in your life. You name it they got it: salads, burgers, pizzas, pastas... everything. It's set up like a casual sports bar with trays as plates, newspapers covering the wall, and loud music playing as well as the day's biggest game broadcasted on TV. It's definitely a good, fun place for lunch or dinner, but make sure you come hungry, as portion sizes are huge. There are Barney's Beanery's in really great locations like right on 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, and in the middle of Westwood. In fact I spotted Lauren Conrad eating there one day!
Even great when the big game isn't on...
Caroline S. Nov 14, 2012
While I am a sports fan, I went to the beanery in Santa Monica on an evening that was lacking a huge sports game. The place was still packed, but less rowdy than the other reviews suggest. The food was great if you're looking for a casual meal, but the best part was sitting on the patio and watching the street performers on the Promenade. I'm sure the West Hollywood location is equally as great, but for people watching, the Santa Monica location is hard to beat. Definitely recommend!
The Crowds Don't Lie
Tony L. Nov 4, 2012
The Original Barney's Beanery in downtown West Hollywood is oft a raucous affair on weekends as the bar/restaurant fills rapidly with jersey wearing, flag waving sports fanatics itching for giant T.V., rabble rousing, and greasy bar fare that's sure to delight the taste buds and churn the stomach. As popular as Barney's is, the extensive menu is very reasonably priced and offers some unique offerings (Fried Pickles and Smores!... not together of course, but one could combine the two if one so chose) The bar has a truly massive selection, and one would be hard pressed to find a beer or cocktail not offered (unless you're one of those picky types who only drinks beer imported from the distant forest moon of Endor, which they probably also have). Cool Tip: Bring in an old license plate and receive a free bowl of their famous chili (I tried the vegetarian, hearty and scrumptious) The atmosphere is usually quite loud, not an ideal place for a quiet conversation, but ideal night life and sporting events. The walls and ceiling are completely covered in license plates, quirky pictures, and various other items of mismatched Americana that makes T.G.I. Friday's look like the cheap knock off that it is. When not scarfing massive helpings of calorie rich goodness, look to play one of the many classic video games, grab a pool table, or plop down in front of one of many televisions. Beware the rowdier crowd as the night draws on especially as certain local teams begin to fall behind on the scorecard, as occasional confrontations can occur that put an uneasy damper on the evening. You're better off traveling in a small group, although Barney's crowd is usually FAR tamer than most sports bars. As far as
A REAL BAR
fin k. Oct 31, 2012
Barney's Beanery is considered a REAL BAR to most of us transplants. It's environment is incomparable to my other favorite nearby hot spots such as Matsuhisa or BOA, as its screams casual, and is very unpretentious. There's some history attached too (Janis Joplin's last hang-out). The Beanery is definitely less trendy than most places on the West side of Los Angeles. For one thing, I can wear a baseball cap and blend right in. It's my go-to place for a generous beer selection, wide variety of food, and simple conversation. And if I prefer, I may tune into a sports games playing on any one of their tv's (If i feel like watching, that is...).
Sports, Friends & Fun!
Arpineh A. Oct 22, 2012
This is definitely a spot to watch your favorite sports team(s)! Always busy and crowed, great beer selection and yummy finger food to munch on before ordering a nice juicy burger. When you walk in you don't want to stop looking around...pictures of people and events that bring back memories. Barney's Beanery is a great bar to just hang with your buddies and enjoy time!
FUN!
Ross S. Oct 19, 2012
Fun atmosphere! The have video games in the back area & karaoke on Monday nights. Drinks are affordable and you are usually able to find a table (but get here early because it can get packed). They have TV for your sports lovers and great music for you music lovers!
Solid place with decent food but fun vibe.
Stacy F. Oct 5, 2012
Super low key, fun, bar perfect for Football and day drinking! The food's not amazing but it's not bad either. The menu is pretty huge. For breakfast, i recommend the Huevos Rancheros or Chilaquiles. (these are not light meals, by the way.) They've also got a pretty decent Lox platter. There are tons of omelets/scrambles, and sweet breakfasts like pancakes and waffles. Basically, great hangover food. Decent bar food for snacks like nachos, fries, wings, multiple kinds of potato skins and/or baked potatoes. A thousand kinds of burgers (exaggeration) and you can't forget their "world famous chili". I put that in quotes because i really don't believe that random foodies in Paris (or San diego, for that matter) have ever heard of Barney's Beanery's chili. But whatever. Anyway, they do have a wide variety of chili and it's all good. Again perfect for a hangover cure or a cold day.
Much fun
Rubie M. Oct 5, 2012
I must say I was a bit skeptical about this place the first time my husband brought me here. I did not expect much I mean he’s always trying to go to places where he can watch the game and consider it a “date” I figured it be your typical “sports bar” type of place but it was much more than that. It was much fun. They have a pool table; plenty of televisions to keep him entertained while I pranced off to play wii with my sister and sang along to some of our favorite tunes. Not to mention it was Sunday and that meant ½ hour appetizers HELLO with gas prices rising and economy failing I definitely scored. In fact I scored more than his team that day but let’s not go there LOL. I definitely recommend this place it can get a bit crowded and getting a table can be tedious but time flies by when you are having fun.
Great vibe and nothing pretentious~
Michelle H. Oct 4, 2012
Barney's Beanery makes you forget that you had a really crappy day. It's like Cheers but with more personalities. nothing fancy about this place, parking is okay, and it is always crowded but they are all happy folks which is kind of nice when you have to deal with nasty people at work all day long. It's a place where you can put your hair down, kick up your feet, catch up with people you actually like being around. Their menu is ridiculous...so many choices! My favorites are their nachos, potato skins, and fish tacos! I know, fish tacos...like how? But they do it and they do it well. Their beer selection is quite amazing and not overpriced which is always a high score in my book. And of course, people watching at Barney's is the most awesome of all.
Morrison Pissed Here...
Brent L. Oct 4, 2012
Should be all you need to know. Same bar top...im not sure if its been cleaned since. One of the only places in Hollywood where you can say it is exactly what you think and hope it will be in a dive bar. The right mix of old school locals that have been drinking there for decades, and Road Rules cast members working the bar. Fried food, rock music, cheap beer--its a MUST in the area. A MUST! But, for the love of god--can you please do the rest of us a favor and NOT play pool when there are more than 10 people in the seating area. Who these people are and why they dont know they are annoying, is beyond me.
Overrated sports bar
Jenny J. Oct 2, 2012
I’ve been here a few times because that’s where my Tracking Group has their monthly drinks and I don’t understand why we have to meet there when there are better bars/restaurants nearby. Parking is annoying. It’s really difficult finding street parking because it’s pretty much a permit only area, and if you’re lucky to find a metered parking lot you have to go back and forth to feed it. I believe parking is $7? The porch is tiny with all the smokers packed in. Supposedly they are known for their burgers, but honestly their food is generic. The only perk about this place is that I can invite my gay boyfriends and straight friends ---action for everyone.
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