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 the pub and the classy sports bar, but with outrageous menu. Oh and you can get wings. Everything from breakfast to salads to sandwiches. They've got it all, as well as a large variety of beers. I'm a fan of Racer 5 and I usually get that at their Santa Monica and Westwood locations. So in all, if you're coming for food and drink you won't be bummed and I'd say they have reasonable prices.
I've only been to 2 of their locations, the one in Santa Monica and the one in Westwood. If you're going to watch a game, I would highly recommend the Westwood location. They have a huge high def projector screen right above the bar surrounded by a bunch of smaller flat screens. It's the place to go to watch a game. I was able to watch the Laker game while watching soccer, golf, NASCAR, tennis, horse racing, and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Rickey Bobby. Yes, they show movies as well!
The one downside to Barney's Beanery for me was the service. I've been to the Santa Monica location multiple time and the Westwood location once. I've never been happy with their service. It might be that they are mad that our group usually buys drinks only, but hey that's business so I don't know what's their deal. Most of the time when a restaurant has bad service it's just one of the waiters or waitresses, but no, I've yet to have a solid waiter or waitress at Barney's.
Overall, I would recommend Barney's, especially the one in Westwood. Usually filled with UCLA student grabbing a drink and watching a game. Even though their service need work, I can look past it and have a good time!
Pros: Alcoholism on display, massive beer selection, interesting atmosphere Cons: Alcoholism on display, perhaps too many beers, can get rather noisy Effort duplication is a terrible thing. I wrote about Barney's Beanery in passing a relatively long time ago -- see "Drinker's Guide to Los Angeles," http://www.epinions.com/trvl-review-51D0-E58F092-37FAD33B-bd4 This is what I had to say about Barney's at the time: … 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.