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cimero May 30, 2007 12:08 PM

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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    malibumike Jun 2, 2007 10:06 AM

    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.

    1. ellaystingray Jun 1, 2007 04:18 PM

      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

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        Scott the Poet Jun 1, 2007 03:58 PM

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

        1. hrhboo Jun 1, 2007 03:23 PM

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

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            gsw Jun 2, 2007 09:48 AM

            I love The Galley! Also Chez Jay.

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            clairelouise Jun 1, 2007 03:03 PM

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

            1. ozbuc May 30, 2007 02:12 PM

              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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                Oh Robin May 30, 2007 03:10 PM

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

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                  ozbuc May 31, 2007 06:40 AM

                  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. Drehound May 30, 2007 01:54 PM

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

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                  clairelouise May 30, 2007 12:54 PM

                  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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                    Diana May 30, 2007 06:02 PM

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

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                    ElissaInPlaya May 30, 2007 12:37 PM

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

                    1. Debbie W May 30, 2007 12:30 PM

                      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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                        Diana May 30, 2007 12:36 PM

                        Robin Hood has good beer and food!

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                          trojans Jun 1, 2007 03:28 PM

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

                        2. mollyomormon May 30, 2007 12:11 PM

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

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                            hrhboo Jun 1, 2007 03:21 PM

                            Another vote here for Hinano! Really really wonderful burger.

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                            LisaStitch May 30, 2007 12:10 PM

                            Chez Jay in Santa Monica is right up his alley.
                            http://www.chezjays.com/

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