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.