This is what I had to say about Barney's at the time:
Barney's Beanery [Hollywood]: An "institution," albeit one that needs to clean their beer dispensing equipment more often. Wildly large selection of beers, bottled and on tap, available. Entertainment includes karaoke and lingerie shows, yet still manages to attract a moderately respectable clientele. Food is hit and miss but mostly hit for bar food. Ditto service. Last report is that staff tells you about the no-smoking law while handing you an ashtray.
More detailed notes are called for here:
The current smoking practice seems to be to passively allow it in the bar area only, or to ban it entirely. Depends on what phase the moon is in...
The food is classic sop-up-the-alcohol stuff: it's not a place to eat while sober, unless you're big into weird chilis and various forms of grease. That said, they do do a bang-up job with American bar food. For once, the menu isn't limited to wings, burgers and fries.
Beer selection: huge. Beer: hrm. Apart from the aforementioned issues with dispensing -- perhaps inevitable with that much beer -- the bottled beers are a bit suspect. They stock Canadian beers even I have never heard of, which is...astounding. The problem here is that there's probably me, and six other people in the city, who want to try obscure Albertan beers. Just how fresh is this dusty bottle...?
That said, the service, while sometimes more than a bit slow, is usually polite and I have no doubt that they'd replace your beer if it was skunky.
Patrons are invariably drunk -- very much so -- and run the gamut from skanky Hollywood hipsters to old rummies to regular folk. Women can wear sweatsuits and get hit on here, so beware.
All in all a grand old time, albeit not a fancy one. An excellent place to take people visiting the city, too.
I'm a big fan of sports bars. All types. Over my extensive years of sports bar education I've found that really the only thing that differentiates sports bars is the type of food they serve. You got the pub, which is typically fried foods, the Irish pub which give you the sandwiches and burgers, the wing house, the classy sports bar with overpriced food and then there's Barney's Beanery. Barney's to me would fall somewhere between … more
Barney's is now in five locations: the original West Hollywood location which was was once the final destination for westbound travelers on Route 66, our Santa Monica location on the 3rd st.Promenade, our Old Town Pasadena location on Colorado Boulevard, and our location at 250 N. 1st Street in Burbank, and our new location at 1037 Broxton Avenue in Westwood.