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Brennan's Pub

Map & Directions 4089 Lincoln Blvd.
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining
  • Reservations Accepted


LA Weekly's Description

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.

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  • LA Weekly on 12/08/10

    LA Weekly's Best of LA 2010 pick - Best '70s Spot To Get Shell-Shocked!

  • Thrillist on 11/18/13

    Located on Lincoln (right near Washington), Brennan's is an appropriately neon-signed dive bar that's been doing real, live turtle races for 38 years.

  • pinguino k. on 04/14/09

    Race a turtle. Preferably your own.

  • Esquire on 02/01/11

    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. And yes, it's also the best place to race turtles. Order whatever the announcer's having.

  • Alejandro G. on 02/04/10

    Don't point at the turtles!

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