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There's really only one thing you need to understand about Brennan's Pub in Marina del Rey: turtle races. The semi-legendary 1972 dive bar has been racing the lethargic reptiles out back every Thursday night for decades. You can rent the well-taken-care-of little fellas on site, or BYOT (Bring Your Own Turtle), as long as you agree to abide by the rules of play. Inside, Brennan's is a little dusty and crawling with both string lights and beer signs – exactly what you want in a classic Westside dive bar. You may also pine for cheap pitchers of low quality beer or well drinks that won't break your wallet, both of which Brennan's provides. Hot wings emerge from the bar with surprising regularity, as does the Brennan's burger, a simple bar version that is half-priced on Wednesdays. Thankfully, there's no turtle soup on the menu.
When you’re down at the beach around Marina del Rey, take a look around and you’ll see several great dive bars with a sense of history. If you think you know the Westside, you don’t if you haven’t been to Brennan’s Pub on Lincoln, an institution of sorts since 1972. The same owner/proprietor has been offering up cheap eats and generous drinks to whoever happens by: locals, horny college students, out-of-towners and the occasional celebrity. The $8 burgers, well... More »
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