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Good "old boy" bars?

My brother is visiting from Pittsburgh for a couple of months and he's looking for some good ole' boy kind of bars, places to get a couple of beers, shoot the breeze and maybe order some good ole' bar kind of food...he's discovered Gladstone's where he orders the crab legs and has his couple of pints of Guiness....any other suggestions? He's driving from Sherman Oaks area. Thanks!

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  1. Chez Jay in Santa Monica is right up his alley.

    1. The Shack, Sonny McClean's, O'Brien's, Hinano...

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      1. re: mollyomormon

        Another vote here for Hinano! Really really wonderful burger.

      2. I'll give you a few where he doesn't have to drive far:

        In Sherman Oaks there's Pineapple Hill in the same center as In 'n' Out, and a bar whose name I don't know which is next door to Carnival on Woodman between Ventura and Moorpark. I've never been to either but I bet they have the vibe your brother wants.

        We also like Oyster House Saloon in Studio City on Moorpark just east of Whitsett. Strong drinks. Food is Italian-ish seafood.

        On Burbank Blvd. just east of Woodman there's Robin Hood which is actually a pub, pretty good fish and chips. There's another pub or bar in the area called Ireland 32 but I can't remember exactly which street it's on, it's one of the east-west streets like Oxnard or Victory.

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        1. re: Debbie W

          Robin Hood has good beer and food!

          1. re: Debbie W

            The bar is called the Chimney Sweep. It's a great dive. plus they deliver food from Carnival and Short Stop next door.

          2. Naja's in Redondo Beach is a huge hit with beer lovers.

            1. I second the Chez Jay nomination. Despite all of the winging from others, I do think Father's Office has very good bar food and great beer.

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              1. re: clairelouise

                but far, far from a "good ol' boy" bar. FO is crowded, pretentious and loud!

              2. I love Chez Jay! Also, Joe Jost's in Long Beach fits the bill!

                1. if you make it to the Long Beach area the House of Hayden is a kind of biker rockabilly good ol' boy kind of place. Beer selection is kinda thin but the do have Guinness and a few others. The juke box is full of Cash and ol' Hank and th owner Dave Hayden transformed the place from an old wedding chapel to a very retro bar, he did it all himself. He tends bar there a couple days a week, if you go ask for a tour of the restrooms, he designed and built them all by hand and is very proud of them as he should be.

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                  1. re: ozbuc

                    Hayden's is cool but hardly an old boy place. Way too hipsterish.

                    1. re: Oh Robin

                      Oh Robin your assesment of HoH is right on the money as far as late nights go, but during the day its a different crowd. Mostley an older and quieter crowd made up of constuction workers, bikers, merchant seamen and just nieghborhood folks.

                  2. If you like dives The Bounty on Wilshire across from the former site of the Ambassador is pretty good.

                    1. The Galley and Rick's Tavern on Main St in Santa Monica

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                      1. re: hrhboo

                        I love The Galley! Also Chez Jay.

                      2. Barney's Beanery, the original in West Hollywood, is as good ol boy as it gets.

                        1. Some other thoughts spread around the Westside

                          Big Deans--Literally under the ramp down to the Santa Monica pier.
                          On the Waterfront--off Speedway in Santa Monica right on Ocean Front Walk
                          Fireside--On Lincon at Manchester in Westchester
                          San Francisco Saloon--Pico just West of the 405

                          1. Chez Jay's is a good bet, they used to have real good clams. That is where Lee Marvin used to hang out for years.