Barney's Beanery

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Barney's BeaneryBarney's Beanery
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Barney's BeaneryBarney's Beanery

Type: Bar, Eatery

1351 3rd. St. Promenade
Santa Monica, California, 90401
United States

(310) 656-5777 | map

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Reviews by czechsaaz:
Photo of czechsaaz
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

First the place in Santa Monica to watch sports. Hundreds of TV's including individual small sets at the tables. Cheap and pretty good food from a huge menu. Not a good place for a dieter, Beanery refers to their famous chili.

Now the bad. Lots of taps, not much of interest. A few good ones among the PBR, BudMillerCoors, Red Hook, etc... Bottle selection is also huge, but nothing too hard to come by.

More bad, staff and management don't seem to know squat about beer. Menu tells you that Blue Moon is brewed in Belgium and Sierra Nevada is from Chicago. I have been served off beer here and the waitress seemed shocked that I would send it back.

Original location in Hollywood with a much more colorful crowd.

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Photo of LADaveBN
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of JohnCassillo
2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

In the sea of touristy nonsense going on around Santa Monica's 3rd Street Promenade, Barney's stands out as different -- a pure sports bar that has decent food and a well-rounded tap list. While there are no hidden local gems on the draft list and it's certainly gone down in variety and quality overall during the past two years, still a safe haven for beer fans who may be hanging around the area for an afternoon or evening.

The food is decent pub fare (burgers, sandwiches, and their well-regarded chili), and the service is simply okay. It's a crowded spot during sporting events since (as mentioned) it's the area's lone, real sports bar. While it's not the top bar in Santa Monica, it'll do the trick in a pinch.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Resuin
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of SpdKilz
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Have been here once before with my brother-in-law and went last night for "Bar Review" which is a weekly get together at my law school where we go to a different bar each week. The atmosphere was pretty good - lots of people (most law students, heh), but other individuals also. An odd place to be located on the 3rd street promenade in Santa Monica but nonetheless, better than you would expect for where it is located.

The quality is decent - however, it is a bit dirty to be honest and for being on such a high traffic area you'd think it would look a little bit better. It isn't horrible by any means, just not what I would have expected.

Service was also spotty. Took quite a while to get a drink, even when I was hanging over the bar making eye contact. Classic scenario where there were more guy bartenders than girls so the guy bartenders catered to the girls. Oh well. BTW, there was a kind of hot bartender there we nicknamed Missouri since she is from there.

The selection was decent for such a mainstream bar, however, they never have anything special on draft. Got an Arrogant Bastard, Racer 5, and then a PBR tallboy to finish the night out. Everytying is mostly BMC focused but again, if you're on the promenade and need a quick drink, go in. If not, take a 5 minute cab ride to Father's Office or the Library.

Didn't try any of the food, however, the specials that night (which I think were specific to the "Bar Review" since we had so many people come out from law school) was 3 dollar drafts (and cans). A nine dollar tab is not bad at ALL so I can't complain about that. Won't go here again unless I need a quick drink after being dragged shopping on 3rd street all day :D

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Barney's seems out of place with the rest of the 3rd Street Promenade. While the promenade is full of higher end fashion stores, Barney's is an older looking sports restaurant and bar for sports fans and frat boys. I didn't care. In fact, I really dug the extra comfy bar seats and the 1970s propoganda covering the walls of the men's restroom. Having multiple sports channels in front of us at the bar also hit the spot for us too.

Yes, there's beer. Maybe 30-35 taps, with a mix of micros and macros, and a bottle list of around 100. The draft list contained Stone, Paulaner, Firestone, Delirium, Leffe, while the bottle list had some "geeky" options (Orval, Beer Geek Breakfast) to more ordinary crafts (Doggie Style Pale Ale, Coopers, Moa Noir, Anchor Porter), and yes, lots of macro offerings. They only offer chilled down "cheater pints" for most of the beers, but a Chimay chalice is offered for a few Belgian drafts. Still, the two beers I had (Paulaner Hefeweizen, Stone IPA) seemed less than fresh, but drinkable and still good enough.

Barney's claim to fame is their chili, and yes, it's quite good. My friend's calzone was okay; it's got calories, but my chili tasted better.

Barney's has food, beer, and sports, so it can work if you're that type of person. It was workable for me. Don't expect a mecca for craft beer culture, and remember to have fun while your here.

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Photo of Floydster
3.3/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

I stopped here today while shopping on the 3rd Street Promenade, walked in and saw Anchor Christmas 2008, also Chimay which is like nine or ten dollars a pint, and a few other decent beers on tap, the place was loud as can be and filled with college football fans, but what can you do it is a Saturday afternoon, place was big and had a lot of tables as well as a good amount of seats at the bar, place was pretty clean for a joint this crowded, service was decent for how busy they were, other beers on draft I noticed were Shiner Bock, Samuel Adams, Widmer Hefeweizen, Stone Pale Ale, Rogue Hazelnut Brown, Sierra Nevada, Pilsner Urquell, Red Hook, and a couple macros, I am guessing that there were thirty-five to forty beers total, selection was decent for where this is located, actually quite surprising and I would stop in again if I was in the mood for a beer while the girlfriend dragged me out shopping, worth checking out if you are in Santa Monica

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Photo of timmlimestone
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Buying here by LA standards is a good thing. Great selection of mid-range micros and regionals. We were there for New Year's Eve while in LA for a vacation. It was the only time we got away from both kids, and after hitting a few of the more pretentious places on the west side, we found Barney's. This was not our first visit, but we enjoyed it all over again. The beer selection is great. I am from the heartland and not too laligned with the hopsuckler fancy, so some trended a little High on IBU's. My wife ordered a Firestone that turned out to be very hoppy and The staff gladly replaced it with another beer. Cheap place to spend a couple of hourse during the night left after 12 to go home to the kids, but very happy and quite lubricated all the same. This is a great "DIVE" beer bar with a great selection.

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Photo of DaveDLD
3.93/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

Barney's in santa monica is THE place to go if you're at the 3rd street promenade. the beer selection is decent. they have some karl strauss, gordon biersch, stone and a few other locals i think. mostly big name crafts like blue moon, shiner, new belgium etc. euro choices are a little slim. just the basics like guiness, new castle, bass but they do have chimay. now, i am ALWAYS looking for a good happy hour and this place has a nice one. $2.75 for domestic pints, $3.00 for imports. also pretty cheap well drinks for you liquor lovers. they also have half price on a few appetizers. mon-fri 4-7. check it out if you're in the area, don't make a special trip

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Photo of mkraus
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

While it isn't the largest beer selection in Los Angeles, it definitely is the largest menu. If you go to eat, its better to figure out what you want to eat and order it assuming they have it, than to try to figure out what you want by looking at the menu.

But onto the beer... They have a good selection of middle of the road beers with some exotic choices. Most of the beers on tap you can find at one of the other restaurants around the promenade area, but you can't find that many in one place.

The bottle list is long, but filled with a lot of bland lagers from around the world. They tend to run out of some of them at times and the wait staff is not very knowledgable when it comes to the beers. They can't generally describe any of the beers except for the ones that are the top 10 sellers.

It can get loud in there during football season, especially when they are hosting an alumni club. The outside patio can be a lot of fun for people watching on the promenade.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

During football season this is a staple in my Saturday/Sunday routine. This establishment comes through bigtime in the "sports bar" department. Well over 100 Tv's. Each table has their individual set which works out nicely if you are with your family that way you won't have to deal with the craziness up towards the bar. Couple of Big screens, Some intermediate size tv's all with different games on from accross the country.

The atmosphere is either going to rub you the wrong way or you'll love it. It is usually a core group of locals but that makes up a small portion of the crowd as most of it is tourists and weekend shoppers stopping in for some chow. You'll find most of the locals bellied up to the long bar or sitting in the tables facing the big screen. On to the beer. Around 40 taps of domestic and import macro's. I don't touch the taps because there's only a couple I would enjoy and those don't seem to get much attention so the rotation may not be up to date. Sierra nevada, pilsner urquell, and Barney's ale were the only ones that caught my eye although the Barney's ale I have a suspicion is an Bud product contracted out to the beanery. Nothing to back it up but I've seen this around lately. Namely at Shakey's pizza where they have a shakey's brew on tap that turns out to be a Bud Product. Bottle selection is where the Beanery is worth a stop in by fellow BA's. Couple of Stone brews, couple of Rogues (Yum), some other locals along with a Full line of Samuel Smiths, Fullers, Youngs etc. The prices are pretty good if you find the right deal. the 22oz of arrogant are only 6.50$ which is great for a restaraunt.

The menu is annoyingly long and detailed to the point of redundancy. Food is good but nothing to write home about. Its as good as anything you'll get at your typical gourmet burger joints.

Besides the Tv's, and Bottle beer selection, this place really shines in the service department. They have a full staff of waitresses and bussers buzzing around at all times. Typical Santa Monica looking chicks do a fine job of keeping you busy during commercials. Attentive and flirty at times its a 5.

This is the best "sports bar" in LA in my opinion. If you want to see a game they have it on somewhere. Get there early if you want a good seat as the turnover is slow for the bar.

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Photo of rowew
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Located in a pedestrian mall in Santa Monica. Nice patio area, with quite a bit of seating inside and a long bar. The beer selection was very nice - many of the taps were standard pub fare, but there were quite a few of them. The bottle selection is what really makes the place shine. I ordered a Rogue Red. Bartenders were helpful and attentive. The food menu looked great - with a very large selection and a nice breakfast menu. We didn't actually try any, but may make another trip back later to give it a try. Nice place to take a break from wandering around Santa Monica.

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Photo of Rumrunner
2.54/5  rDev -27.6%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.25 | food: 3

This establishment is new as of the writing of this review. I am sure some of the problems will be worked out in the future.

The new Barney's is located on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. For those who have never been, this is a closed off portion of third street. It is lined with plenty of shops, typical corporate stores, street vendors, street performers, restaurants, clubs and bars. There is also an indoor mall on Broadway St.

A sports bar feel with plenty of swag covering the walls. The bar is good sized. Plenty of tables and chairs and booths. The decor mimics the Barney's located in West Los Angeles. Plenty of color and news paper clippings under the plastic table coverings. A plethora of t.v.s above the bar and along the walls which show sports. There is one pool table upstairs. A medium sized patio outside for people watching. The decor is pretty standard but not unappealing.

The service we received that night was average in some regards and poor in others. Our waitress was friendly and did not make us wait upon sitting down. Now the problems. We ordered our beer. My first order from the menu was not available. I then ordered a Rogue Dead Guy Ale. I was brought a Rogue Oregon Golden Ale. I returned it. I was then brought a Rogue Oregon Golden Ale. Wrong again. Third try. I got my Rogue Dead Guy Ale. We then ordered food. An appetizer before the meal. I even specified to the waitress that I wanted the appetizer first, then our main courses. The main courses came first. I cancelled the appetizer. Isn't the point of an appetizer to have it before the meal? The problem may lie in the fact that the waitresses or waiters take the order and then a server brings the drink or the food. No communication. Or maybe the restaurant is trying to get the food out as quick as possible. I don't know. I do know when I sit down to a meal and a couple of pints I am not in a hurry. Double check your order before you partake to make sure it is correct.

The food is good. Same menu as the other Barney's. Burgers, fish n' chips, mexican, pizza, salads, breakfast(served all day) and a supremely large selection of food. Items are well made but nothing spectacular. Prices are fair. We enjoyed our food. They also have a full bar and wine.

Almost fifty taps of beer. I wish I could get excited about this but I cannot. Primarily macros, import macros and a few craft beers. Sierra Nevada may be the best beer on tap. There is Paulaner and Pilsner Urquel. Beer lovers need to get on them about this. I know they are catering to the masses but with that many taps, some intervention is a must. The bottle selection provides a much more creative selection. Rogue, Stone, Drakes, Full Sail, and plenty of others. The import selection is very large as well. Some quality Belgians, plenty from England, Germany, France, Canada and many other countries are represented.

I think this establishment is best visited with a group of friends to watch a sporting event or just to gab. I am sure the bugs with the service will be worked out soon and the servers hopefully will learn more about the beer they are selling. I certainly hope the taps get some better beers. Third Street Promenade is very touristy and therefore the taps may not get any better.

I will give this place another chance in the future and I may update my review if it has gotten better.

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Barney's Beanery in Santa Monica, CA
Place rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 16 ratings
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