Biker Friendly Bars Northern California You Don’t want to Miss

Biker friendly bars Northern California

There are some great biker friendly bars Northern California, and if you follow the Travels with Harley Blog, you will know that Jim and I love to travel to my home state for biker friendly bars California. This week we head to the northern part of the state for more biker friendly bars Northern California.

Harold’s Dante Hotel-This establishment has been around since 1993 and caters to motorcycle riders. Located on Railroad Ave in Cloverdale, Ca. Harold’s Dante Hotel has the coldest beer in town and is great place to stop for a game of pool. With plenty of bike parking, this is a great little example of biker friendly bars Northern California.

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The Plainfield Station-Woodland is where you will find this awesome little biker friendly bar and grill. With live music on Fridays and Saturdays, an outdoor bar, and an amazing outdoor stage, you will not want to stop anywhere else. County Road 93 in Woodland the Plainfield Station is the place to be if you are craving a Jalapeno Burger and Fries.

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The Buckhorn Bar-Located on Adams Street in Dixon, this is one of the best biker friendly bars Northern California. With live music on Friday and Saturday and Karaoke on Tuesday, the place is hopping all year round. The food is standard pub fare with a great menu. Tuck into a Franchise Rueben Sandwich from the Buckhorn Bar or sink your teeth into the popular Matador Burger.

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River City Saloon-2nd Street in Old Sacramento is where you will find the River City Saloon. Opened in 1871, this perfect example of biker friendly bars Northern California has been remodeled a few times over the years and offers free biker parking on the corner of J and 2nd streets. The saloon is known for its Deli Sandwiches and has a variety to choose from. Sample the Gold Miner and don’t forget to wash it down with a glass of house made sarsaparilla.

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Biker friendly bars Northern California offer something for everyone, and if you are planning a day or weekend trip, stop for a bite and enjoy everything that Northern California has to offer.

Next week, Travels with Harley heads east for more biker friendly bars in Nevada.

4 Secret Motorcycle Friendly Restaurants California

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Motorcycle friendly restaurants are a lot easier to find than they used to be. If you follow the Travels with Harley Blog, you will know that Jim and Demea have already blogged about quite a few motorcycle friendly restaurants. However, there are a few more secret eateries that the pair would like to share.

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Charlie Brown Farms

Located in Littlerock, CA, Charlie Brown Farms is a day trip for sure. The largest gift shop in the Antelope Valley is also home to real Texas style barbecue. You’ll find local honey, more than 60 varieties of Jerky and of course, the farms famous Date Shakes. Stock up on homemade fudge handcrafted on site or splurge and order some deep fried Oreos or Twinkies. With plenty of parking, Charlie Brown Farms is a must if you are looking for motorcycle friendly restaurants.

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The Historic Rock Inn

If you are enjoying a ride around Lake Hughes, CA drop by The Historic Rock Inn for a bite to eat. Catering to bikers, the full bar and restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week. The Inn has a live band every weekend between 1 and 5 so you may want to consider staying the night at the Inn. The historic building has been around since 1929 and is a must if you are searching for motorcycle friendly restaurants in California.

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Mother’s Tavern

If you are riding up or down the Pacific Coast Highway, be sure and stop by the little red house on the beach. Mother’s Tavern has popular bands on Sundays and is extremely biker friendly. You will get a kick out of the dollar bills, panties, and bras that line the walls of this funky vintage honky tonk tavern.

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Thirsty Isle

Located on Carson St. and Lakewood Blvd in Long Beach, CA, the Thirsty Isle is a must if you are looking for motorcycle friendly restaurants. Featuring shareable appetizers and standard pub faire, there is plenty of bike parking at this great little eatery. Try a pastrami burger with fries and wash it down with a 32-ounce schooner.

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When it comes to motorcycle friendly restaurants, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Before you head out do your research. Some restaurants may be permanently closed or could have changed hands. If that is the case, the menu and the food may not be as good as it used to be.

In next week’s blog, Travels with Harley heads to Colorado for more motorcycle friendly restaurants.

Thanksgiving Fun Facts

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As you sit down with family and friends this Thanksgiving take a moment to remember one of America’s most well loved holidays, while you ponder this list of little known fun facts about, “Turkey Day.” The Pilgrims that arrived from the United Kingdom in Plymouth New England on the east coast of America were the very first to celebrate Thanksgiving. The feast itself lasted three days, and according to historians was more about

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celebrating a successful harvest and the ability to stay alive as apparently hundreds of colonists died the first year after arriving on Plymouth Rock. Back then, both the Native Americans and the pilgrims also danced and sang, which makes perfect sense doesn’t it? Who could eat like that for three days straight?

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The Wampanoag Indian tribes were the first to celebrate Thanksgiving with the pilgrims. The tribe also taught the colonists how to cultivate the land and how to use what grew wild in the new land. You may be fond of your turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, Mac and cheese, pumpkin pie and of course stuffing and cranberries, but the pilgrims and the Native Americans most probably said thank-you with a mouth full of lobster. Other first Thanksgiving choices included chicken, rabbit, fish, quail, and duck with sides such as hickory nuts, cabbage, radishes, goat cheese, eggs, onions, beans, squash, leeks, dried fruits, honey, and maple.

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Apparently, somebody forgot to put forks on the Mayflower as the pilgrims ate with their hands, spoons, and knives. One of the founding fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin, urged the United States to make the turkey the national bird of America. Obviously, that didn’t happen. Thanksgiving became official on October 3, 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln issued an official Thanksgiving Proclamation. The national day would be the last Thursday in November.

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Nearly 290 million turkeys are bought and enjoyed for Thanksgiving in the United States, with California being the largest consumers of Thanksgivings favorite bird. Most folks presume that Thanksgiving is an American thing. However, the Canadians also celebrate the day of thanks on the second Monday each October. The average weight of a turkey purchased for Thanksgiving is 15 pounds. A 15-pound turkey will have around 70 percent white meat with 30 percent dark meat.

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The most popular Thanksgiving leftovers are sandwiches, chili, casseroles, soup, and burgers. Not all turkeys gobble. Hens make a clucking sound while the males gobble. This Thanksgiving, Travels with Harley would like to wish everyone a very safe, loving, and happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your family and friends, and don’t forget to say thank-you!

Just Another Motorcycle Friendly Restaurant in California

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When it comes to finding a good motorcycle friendly bar or restaurant in California I like to do my research as both Jim and I have been disappointed after anticipating what we thought would be all that and more.

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If you follow our Travels with Harley Blog you will remember that I haven’t always been happy with my menu selection even though Yelp recommended what I thought would be a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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Finding the perfect Motorcycle Friendly Restaurant is something that Jim and I have always been passionate about, well, then again, maybe it’s just me… Most of you know that Jim is more of a meat and potatoes man where I like to be adventurous and try new things. That is how Travels with Harley started over three years ago.

Although we haven’t started officially filming our adventures, it won’t be long before you follow Jim and I as we eat, drink and sleep our way across the U.S. Of course, when that happens you will be the first to know!

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Travels with Harley is going to spend the next few weeks sharing what we have heard are some of the best places to eat and drink when you are on a motorcycle road trip.

This week we’re going back to my home state of California.

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The Rock Inn

Located in Lake Hughes California, this full restaurant and bar is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is located between Lancaster and Valencia. The Rock Inn is a local favorite that has had several different names including the Harley Rock Inn. The Inn has live bands from one to five on Saturdays and Sundays and best of all you can stay the night. Although the reviews are mixed, I would love to try the Rock Inn just so I can climb up and down the cool rock and iron spiral staircase and order the Saturday night Prime Rib Special.

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Newcomb’s Ranch

Built in 1939, Newcomb’s Ranch was a popular hotel, gas station and Motorcycle Friendly Restaurant. After the building was destroyed by fire back in 1976, it was rebuilt and reopened by Lynn Newcomb Jr. who later sold the ranch to Frederick H. Rundall who continues to run the restaurant, store and Inn. Popular with Harley riders, and everyone else for that matter, the restaurant menu sounds delicious with all kinds of great fare including the Egg McNewcomb for breakfast or the Big Pines Ortega Burger for lunch.

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Lookout Roadhouse

Called a hidden gem by Yelp reviewers, the Lookout Roadhouse is located on the Ortega Highway in Lake Elsinore and is a great place to stop, get off your Harley, and have a bite to eat. Open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm the restaurant bar has amazing views of Lake Elsinore and is a favorite stop if you are craving breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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Andria’s Seafood

If you have a hankering for seafood Andria’s Seafood in Ventura gets some great reviews and is a popular spot for H.O.G. members. Located on the pier on Spinnaker Drive the restaurant fish market is known for its homemade clam chowder and original fish and chips. Voted Best Seafood Restaurant in Ventura, Andria’s has great views and great food to match!

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Next week we’re going to share some more motorcycle friendly restaurants both in the United States and Canada.

Three California Motorcycle Day Trips this Winter

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The weather is wrecking havoc all over the country, and isn’t the best for motorcycle day trips. However, California has the warmest temperatures on record for February, and if you are lucky enough to live in California there are some awesome motorcycle day trips that you can enjoy.

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There is still quite a bit of snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains, so if you are thinking about motorcycle day trips you may want to stick to central and southern California where you can enjoy the twists and turns that California is famous for when it comes to motorcycle day trips.

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The Montezuma Valley Road from Ranchita to Borrego Springs motorcycle ride is a Southern California favorite when it comes to motorcycle day trips. The road has some drop offs and can be very steep reaching to an elevation of just over 3000 feet. The road leads you into the town of Julian where you will find plenty of places to eat including The Miners Diner that has some of the best specialty sandwiches in the area. If you live or plan to visit San Diego this is one of the best motorcycle day trips that you will find.

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Another great example of motorcycle day trips in California is one that you will not want to miss. The CA 121 Napa to Winters ride is for serious enthusiasts. As you take off from Napa, the road takes you up the hills towards Lake Berryessa. With the never-ending curves and smooth pavement the 121 is like an E-ticket ride at Disneyland. Stop for a bite at Cucina Italiana at Lake Berryessa in Napa, which is one of the best Italian restaurants in the area.

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Highway 74 takes you from Hemet to Indian Wells and is an awesome example of motorcycle day trips. As you head towards the top, you will experience lots of twisty corners before straightening out. Once you start descending into the Coachella Valley, you will experience more twists and turns. Although there are not many amenities, make sure you gas up before you go; there are quite a few hiking trails and campsites. If you want to stop for a bite to eat, try the Paradise Valley Café, which is located at the intersection of Highway 371 and Highway 74. This great café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has something for everyone including burgers, sandwiches, soups, and salads. Drop in for breakfast and enjoy a breakfast beer and some of the best biscuits and gravy that you will ever have.

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When it comes to motorcycle day trips, it doesn’t get much better than California. I know if Jim and I were in my home state, we would be enjoying one right now!

Motorcycle Road Trip Eats

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This week we promised to share some Motorcycle Road Trip Eats from California, and if you have been following our blog for over two years now, yes, that’s right two years, you would know that we always keep our promises.

Some of the best places to eat if you are on a Motorcycle Road Trip are those little out of the way places that only other riders know about, and that is surely the case, especially in California.

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Located on Main Street in Locke, Ca and about 60 feet from the river’s edge, Al the Wop’s was originally a Chinese restaurant that was built back in 1915. When Al Adami came into town he was the only non-Chinese establishment in the Chinese section of nearby Walnut Grove. Al bought the building from Lee Bing and brought all kinds of surprises to the patrons including cutting off ties and throwing money on the ceiling. Known for Steak and Pasta, Al the Wop’s is still operating serving up awesome dishes like Steak and Peanut Butter and Stinkey Fries.

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The Bear Republic Brewing Company is where you will want to head if you are on a Motorcycle Road Trip and craving a good brew pub. Healdsburg, Ca is home to what some call the best brews in Northern California including its famous IPA, Racer X. The Republic Brewing Company is located in the heart of Sonoma County and serves up some great food including Brewer’s Mac and Cheese with Dungeness Crab.

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The famous Black and Blue Flamed Grilled Burger and Garlic fries are meant to be out of this world. Oh, and don’t forget to try the Wild Game Chili with Wild Boar, Venison and Antelope Chorizo.

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If you enjoy seafood, you have to stop at Bill and Carols Sea Shanty on your next Motorcycle Road Trip. Bill and Carols Sea Shanty is on Highway 1 in Cayucos, CA and is a local favorite. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Bill and Carols Sea Shanty is a great place to watch the sunset over the ocean.

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Everything on the menu sounds delicious including Calamari Strips and Thresher Shark. If Jim and I stopped in for breakfast I would definitely have to try the Crab Hash, tomato and Scrambled Eggs that comes served on an English Muffin topped with cheese. If it was for lunch, the charbroiled fish sandwich would be my choice.

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With so many great places to eat on a Motorcycle Road Trip it was tough to narrow it down to one more for this weeks blog, but after much research I decided to go with the one that I would most want to head to.

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The Deer Lodge in Ojai, California is a Motorcycle Road Trip destination for sure. With deer horns everywhere and a rustic feel, the Deer Lodge has been around since 1932 and is located on the Maricopa Highway.

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With such an incredible menu, that serves both lunch and dinner, you will want to have an appetizer, entrée, and of course dessert. For dinner I would start with the Grilled South Carolina Quail followed by the Pan Roasted Day Boat Scallops. For dessert? Well, I must say it would be tough, but I would have to go for the Butterscotch Pudding.

Next week we’re heading to Wyoming for some more Motorcycle Road Trip Eats.

Even More of the best biker bars in the US

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After the massive response that we have received in the last few weeks regarding the best biker bars in the US, we have decided to continue our search. Although it is proving quite difficult at times, as many of the listings contain the best biker bars in the US that have sense closed up shop, we will do our best to keep you up to date and posted if and when any of the best biker bars in the US decide to close their doors.

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If you live in, or are lucky enough to travel to the Aloha State, you will find quite a few of the best biker bars in the US including Bob’s Sports Bar in Kailua on Oahu. The food is not your standard bar fare and includes fantastic menu items such as Cajun Style Shrimp, veggie burgers and fried chicken with white pepper gravy. If you aren’t a local, or are, but don’t have a bike, you can rent a Harley Davidson for an up close and personal of Bob’s Sports Bar.

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Although we have featured a few of the best biker bars in the US located in California, we found one that we missed a few blogs back.

Located in Tracey California, The Mountain House Bar is a great little hangout and another that has made it on to our list of the best biker bars in the US. With a great outdoor venue and live music, the Mountain House Bar is a laid-back biker bar that has an open mic every Sunday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Personally; I can’t wait to try out the mouthwatering BBQ.

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Head northeast to Westchester Idaho and you will find some of the best biker bars in the US like Syls Bar and Grill. Celebrating its 20-year anniversary back in December of 2014, Syls is a great hangout that is walking distance to the lake. Some of the food items on offer include burgers and fries along with other standard bar fare.

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South Dakota is the home of the infamous Sturgis Biker Rally, but there are also some of the best biker bars in the US located in this Midwestern state. The Mangy Moose Saloon is located on Main Street, Hill City and has something for everyone including Karaoke and live music. The menu is pretty awesome as well with jalapeno bottle caps and snakebites to start with. If you can get past the appetizers, you might want to try the smothered burrito or the moose BBQ chicken sandwich.

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Summer is just around the corner, and that means plenty of opportunities to hit the road, not to mention paying a visit to some of the best biker bars in the US. If you do saddle up and venture out, don’t forget to tell the proprietors’ that Travels with Harley sent you.

More Awesome Biker Bars in America

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Last week we promised more Biker Bars in America, and after doing some additional research, discovered that it would take more than one blog to highlight the most awesome Biker Bars in America.

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The name Suck Bang Blow is quite an eye opener when it comes to Biker Bars in America. Located in Murrells Inlet, about 10 miles south of Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, Suck Bang Blow has quite a following when it comes to Biker Bars in America. Opening its doors as the Original Biker Burnout Bar in 1996, it quickly gained a reputation as one of the best Biker Bars in America with great live music, hot bartenders, and a burnout pit. After an expansion with 40,000 square feet indoors and an amazing five acres outdoors, the Original Biker Burnout Bar became Suck Bang Blow in 2002.

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Florida is a great place to party and is home to some pretty awesome Biker Bars in America like the Boot Hill Saloon in Daytona. The Boot Hill Saloon has some of these best events in town including the annual rib fest. This is a great place to go if you want to enjoy some live music while downing some icy cold drinks.

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Minnesota is great during the summer and home to another example of great Biker Bars in America. The Whiskey Junction in Minneapolis has a long history and was built to house the Grain Belt and the Minneapolis Brewing Company in 1886. Apparently, the second floor of the bar held several rooms and, although never confirmed, was rumored to be a brothel. Today the Whiskey Junction has live music, serves beer and wine and is great food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Ape Hangers touts itself as one of those Biker Bars in America that is for serious riders only, no wanna be’s allowed. Located in downtown Bel Alton, Southern Maryland on route 301, there is plenty of bike parking out front with pool tables, bar dancing and live bands on the weekends. Ape Hangers also has two full bars, including an outside tiki bar and a full menu loaded with all kinds of things that I would like to try including South Western egg rolls, mac and cheese bites, and a steak and cheese sandwich with, wait for it, potato pretzel bread.

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With all of the great Biker Bars in America it’s hard to leave out No Scum Allowed, yes, you heard that right, No Scum Allowed. Located in White Oaks, New Mexico No Scum Allowed has quite a history that includes Billy the Kid, but I’ll share that with you next week.

While I was doing research, I discovered that over half of the Biker Bars in America that I checked out were closed. With that being sad, every one of the Biker Bars in America that you find on Travels with Harley is open for business, which means we will be featuring a few more to whet your spring and summer motorcycle riding whistle in the next few weeks. If you have a Biker Bars in America suggestion, please let us know, as we would love to feature it on our Travels with Harley blog.

A Few Popular Biker Bars in the United States

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There are so many Popular Biker Bars in the United States, that it is tough to narrow them down, but this week we did manage to highlight a few of the more Popular Biker Bars in the United States. Popular Biker Bars in the United States consist of a place to park your bike, great food, an atmosphere that is fun, cold drinks, and a place that is truly unforgettable.

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The Hideaway Grill in Cave Creek Arizona opened in 1998, and is still going strong. Owner Mark Bradshaw plays host to custom motorcycle builders and famous biker personalities and is a place that was built for bikers to enjoy great food, awesome hospitality, and relaxation. The motto of the Hideaway Grill reads, “There are no strangers here, just friends you haven’t met yet.” One of the most Popular Biker Bars in the United States, the Hideaway Grill is famous for pizza, burgers, hot dogs, and chicken sandwiches.

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Sturgis is one of the most well known motorcycle events in the world and with so many people traveling to Sturgis, even when the rally isn’t on, it comes as no surprise that it is home to one of the best, and most Popular Biker Bars in the United States. Featured on TruTV and known as the largest biker bar on the planet, the Full Throttle Saloon has cold drinks, biker babes and all kinds of motorcycle fun. You can buy gear, see motorcycle stunts, and watch famous bands perform. The Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis, South Dakota even has a burn out pit and a wall of death.

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Popular Biker Bars in the United States are usually one offs, so when the Broken Spoke Saloon opened a chain across America, it really took off. The Broken Spoke Saloon has three locations and also participates in motorcycle rallies all year round. Offering nightly contests and live entertainment, the sexy wait staff serves up homemade bar food and the coldest drinks in town.

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The Busted Shovel Bar and Grill in Meridian, Idaho is a local favorite and just another great example of Popular Biker Bars in the United States. With appetizer and happy hour drink specials, bikers love to come and hang out. Some of the events at the Busted Shovel Bar and Grill include bowling and pool tournaments, wine tasting, and Karaoke.

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Head into Muskegon, MI and you will find another one of the most Popular Biker Bars in the United States. Pat’s Roadhouse is where those in the know, and those who ride a Harley, head for the day or a night out on the town. With two locations, one on Getty Street and the other on E. Laketon Ave, you can shoot pool, play keno, or sit by the bonfire on the patio at the Getty Street location. The menu is awesome with dishes like catfish and chips, Inferno wings and breaded chicken salad wraps. Pats Roadhouse even serves breakfast from 7:00 am until 11:00 am.

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There are so many Popular Biker Bars in the United States that we just might have to fill you in on a few more next week.

More Popular Biker Bars in California

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Last week we talked about the most popular biker bars in California, and because there are so many with such a rich history, I decided to stay in the Golden State and check out some more awesome biker bars in California to add to our list of must do trips on our Road King.

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The Hideout Saloon and Steakhouse is located just off Highway 76 in Santa Ysabel, California. Claiming to be San Diego counties finest backcountry bar, the Hideout Saloon and Steakhouse is perfect if you are on the hunt for the best biker bars in California. With regularly scheduled poker runs and other biking events, this great hangout is what makes it on to our list of the most popular biker bars in California, that and the food of course. The menu you is loaded with hungry diner favorites like the massive ½ pound Angus burger or the BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich. The chili sounds amazing, and will definitely be on my list of must haves when Jim and I start sampling the most popular biker bars in California.

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Bakersfield has a rich history and that is certainly the case when it comes to biker bars in California. Ethel’s Old Corral is located on Alfred Harrel Highway in Bakersfield and caters to both bikers and cowboys. With plenty of parking for motorcycles in the front, and horses in the back, Ethel’s Old Corral has something for everyone including, “No bra Sundays,” with live music from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. One of the greatest biker bars in California also has a good-sized menu with all kinds of down home favorites including infamous buffalo burgers, jalapeno bottle caps the, “Huckleberry Special,” and much more.

PJ’s Roadhouse is located up north in my neck of the woods and calls Mother Lode Drive in Placerville home. With great live music that focuses on blues and classic rock along with excellent drink specials and awesome bar food, it is on our best biker bars in California bucket list.

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The California Club is located in my hometown and is actually owned by a friend of mine who I went to school with. Situated in old town Auburn on Lincoln Way, the California Club has a full bar, an outdoor patio, two pool tables, and live music. Featured in John Travolta’s film, Phenomenon, the California Club is a classic example of good old-fashioned biker bars in California.

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Santa Barbara is a great place to take a ride especially if you stop at the Cold Spring Tavern on Highway 54. The Cold Spring Tavern has been around since 1865, and although it is known for romance, is also a great place to stop for a meal and a drink if you are looking for good biker bars in California.

Three Very Cool Biker Bars in California

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When it comes to a beautiful spring day, there is nothing better than jumping on our Harley Davidson for a weekend road trip to check out biker bars. Riding, playing with our Go Pro and eating at cool biker bars is all part of the experience when we go on a weekend road trip.

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This week I decided to check out some of the best biker bars in the United States, and after doing some research have realized that it will take more than one blog to talk about them all, so this week, I decided to talk about biker bars in California.

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Cook’s Corner in Trabuco Canyon, Southern California is one of the most well known biker bars in California with live music on Saturdays and Sundays and great food. One of the most popular events is Wednesday Bike Night and Spaghetti Wednesdays.

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Cook’s Corner is actually one of the first biker bars in the state and was named after Andrew Jackson Clark. After receiving nearly 190 acres of Aliso Canyon around 1884, he and his son converted a rundown cabin into a restaurant for ranchers and miners. Once prohibition ended, Cooks Corner became a fully-fledged bar. When Cook purchased an old mess hall from an Army Air Base in Santa Ana and converted it into a restaurant and bar, the old-fashioned roadhouse with its rugged exterior became what it still is today, one of the best biker bars on the planet.

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There are quite a few famous biker bars in California including Johnny’s Bar and Grill in Hollister. Serving great food and drinks, Johnny’s Bar and Grill has been around since 1946 and was originally known as the New Deal. Businessmen and farmers alike came to Johnny’s for steaks and cheeseburgers for lunch. The entire town of Hollister was taken off guard on the fourth of July weekend back in 1947 when a biker gang, known as the Boozefighters, rolled into town doing burnouts and wheelies while virtually ignoring the races that were sanctioned in Memorial Park.

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With the locals lining the streets to witness the party, it wasn’t too long before the local police force, all five of them, became overwhelmed. This raucous display was featured in Life Magazine and became the inspiration behind the film, The Wild One with Lee Marvin and Marlon Brando. Ever since 1947, the Boozefighters come back every Fourth of July weekend to celebrate.

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I’m running out of time, but I did want to mention another one of the great biker bars in California that has some interesting history behind it. Apple Jacks Inn is one of those biker bars that riders come to visit from all over the United States. Located just off Highway 84 in La Honda, California, the building was built back in 1879 and originally housed a blacksmith shop. Apple Jacks Inn became a bar in the 1930’s and is one of the most popular biker bars in the San Francisco bay area.

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Another popular stop, Alice’s Restaurant, is one of those California biker bars that is nearly always mentioned, but we’ll talk about that famous establishment next week when we visit a few more famous biker bars in California and Nevada.