No matter where your motorcycle journeys take you, bikers often want to know find where they can find the best bars for bikers and restaurants that are “motorcycle friendly.”
This is the first edition of our new series bringing you the ultimate guide to the best bars and food stops in each and every state. This month, we’re starting with the great state of California.
Without further adieu, our picks for the top biker bars in the Golden State:
1. Johnny’s Bar & Grill – Hollister
Affectionately coined “The Birthplace of the American Biker,” Johnny’s is known as a tough – but friendly – place for motorcyclists to gather, eat, drink, and be merry. Between karaoke on Thursday and Friday nights with one of the best MC’s in the area and amazing food- including Sunday brunch- the restaurant and bar is an all-around knockout when it comes to climbing to the top spot in our top ten list. Rallies are happening around Johnny’s regularly, so if you want a place to stop and meet tons of other bikers, this is the place for you.
2. Temecula Wine and Beer Garden – Temecula
Known for as an open-air “garden” style drink stop, live music plays weekly at this constantly hopping locale. A great place to get away from it all and kick up your heels with friendly company and a good drink, Temecula also hosts parties for any gathering you could imagine. Nestled in Old Town, it’s a relaxed but fun place for both locals and traveling riders to meet up.
3. California Club – Auburn
Locally owned with an outdoor patio and pool tables, California Club is one of those places known as ‘where the locals go.” Drawing a healthy crowd on the weekends with music and dancing, the friendly service and enjoyable ambiance makes for an experience like no other, regardless of whether you’re new to the area or just stopping by on your way through
4. Alice’s Restaurant – Woodside
5. Mountain House Bar – Tracey
One of the most laid-back bars around, Mountain House has a great outdoor entertainment section where live music is played by local bands. The location has a Biergarten feel, with swings and horseshoes to keep you entertained. Their outdoor space is also available to rent, so if your group wants to schedule a biker grand gathering, this might be a great place for you. Plus, don’t forget to stop by for Taco Night on Thursdays, where you’ll get tacos for just a buck.
6. Cook’s Corner – Trabuco Canyon
If any place is known for having hundreds of bikes out front throughout the year, it’s this place! Actually founded before prohibition laws were set in stone, Cook’s Corner didn’t become a full-fledged bar until 1933. Having thrived as a mess hall through the wars across the years, a motorcycle enthusiast from Santa Ana bought the bar in 1970, eventually making it what it is today: a good ole’ fashioned roadhouse style biker bar. Be sure to check out their events and specials, and be prepared to meet tons of other bikers when you stop by this classic bar!
7. Crazy Horse Saloon & Grill – Nevada City
Founded in 2012, the 150+ year old, western-style building that houses The Crazy Horse Saloon has actually been around since the turn of the 19th century. Now famed for the incredible live music, the bar is equal parts relaxed and lively, mixing old-fashioned nostalgia with revamped nightclub vibes. The restaurant is also the only place close by showing the NFL Sunday ticket in season. While good drinks and dancing are a constant, you’d be amiss if you didn’t stop for a minute to try their renowned burgers. With ten different varieties of filler (from beef to salmon to veggies), you’ll be sure to find a bite that fits your palate. If you’re a biker ready for a night on the town with a bit of rough and tough western flair, Crazy Horse is where you need to go.
8. Tumbleweeds – Huntington Beach
With live music every weekend, Tumbleweeds is lovingly referred to as “stumbleweeds” by many of the locals, hinting at the restaurant’s infamous ability to provide their customers with incredibly strong, but inexpensive cocktails and beer. Family owned and operated, the atmosphere is relaxed, casual, and friendly during the day, but has a packed dance floor and exciting energy at night. It’s definitely an ideal spot for weary riders to stop in and take a break from their travels.
Cali riders, are these your favorites? Is your top biker bar not listed? Comment and let us know!