Barney’s: Popular Hollywood Beanery Since 1920s

My recent unposed foto captured a moment that just begged for a scatological, biological caption. Cop: I’m ticketing you for excessive gas emissions.

Seriously, Barney’s Beanery has always been the place where famed movie and music stars came to mix, relax and hang out. And they still do, while enjoying today’s extensive food and drink menu that goes far beyond basic bean platters.

There are now six branches of Barney’s gastropubs throughout the Los Angeles area. This one on Route 66 and Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood is the original with a colorful history that goes back to the Jazz Age.

Included in the famous silver screen faces that once beamed over a platter of Barney’s beans are Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Errol Flynn, Clark Gable and James Dean.

Later, rock legends Janis Joplin, Bono, John Lennon and Jim Morrison cavorted at the famed gastropub. Rumors are that Janis died one morning in 1970, just hours after spending a druggy evening with pals at Barney’s.

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