8447 Santa Monica Blvd
Parking: $4 Valet, Limited Metered Street Parking on neighboring steets
Daily, 4-7pm, $2.75/ $3 draft beer, $3.50 well drinks, $12/13 pitchers & limited ½ priced appetizers
Well, thank you, Wikipedia for this interesting story about Barney’s Beanery’s homophobic and storied history. We’ve been frequenting Barney’s for years and didn’t know that BB played host not only to to such icons as Judy Garland and Charles Bukowski, but also to a decades-long gay rights battle that only ended when West Hollywood became incorporated as a city and the new mayor marched in and took down an offending sign!
Politically incorrect history aside, Barney’s sits on the east side of West Hollywood and seems gay-friendly enough now. Gays, am I wrong? The place is indeed sports-y macho, it’s like a sports fan’s dreamland with tons of big screen televisions, arcade games, air hockey, and two pool tables. The vibe is not quite dive with pop culturally relevant collages lining every table-top, vinyl booth seats that sit low so you can scope all the available menfolk in the area. Trouble is, it’s kinda hard to meet a dude here since they all appear to be so invested in that day’s games!
Barney’s daily 4-7 pm happy hour is very happy indeed! Draft beers will run you $2.75-$3.00/glass or $12 or $14/pitcher, well drinks are $3.50 and select appetizers are half-off - Buffalo Wings, Chicken Fingers, Irish Nachos, Mozzarella Sticks, and Zucchini Sticks ($3.50-$5-ish at half price). Those apps are actually rather limited when considering the scope of the HUGE menu, but the menu items are all pretty nicely priced and we’re always apt to try something new (most recently the Veggie Chili with Guacamole and onion rings on the side! YUM!).
In all, Barney’s is a pretty reliable happy hour, you can usually find a seat, there’s always a diverse crowd, and thank goodness, they’ve taken down their damn Jim-Crow-for-gays sign!
Ratings: 4.5 Martinis