Iconic Neighborhood Dive Bar Transforms into LA's Coolest Underground Music Venue

The Barrel Tavern looks ahead to the future with new building upgrades and a focus on top-notch entertainment.
CREDIT: The Barrel Tavern
CREDIT: The Barrel Tavern
LOS ANGELES - May 2, 2023 - PRLog -- Inflation, recession chatter and even a pandemic have not stopped one of Los Angeles' historic dive bars from persevering through it all. Nestled in the Sherman Oaks community, The Barrel Tavern has mastered the art of longevity. Now the tavern's two current owners have their eyes set on the future.

"This year, we intend to renovate the front and rear portions of the bar to enhance the overall atmosphere and customer experience. We'll also continue to work on modernizing the bar, but with careful obligations to the core vintage feel of the existing customer base," explained Robert Jayne, who co-owns the bar with his brother, Scott Jacoby.

According to Jayne, he and Jacoby also have plans to add a roof deck to the dive bar sometime next year. In the meantime, establishing The Barrel Tavern as the best (not just the coolest) underground music venue in Los Angeles remains a top priority.

Talented live, local bands are currently featured every weekend. A Grateful Dead tribute band rocks the house on Mondays and 8 to 10 new artists hit the stage during Open Mic Tuesdays.  A plan to launch a blues night possibly on Thursdays is forthcoming.

The friendly bar remains committed to providing good service and fun entertainment to patrons on a budget, Jayne said. Drink prices have purposely remained affordable, with $5 happy hours every day from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. No cover charge is required to enter the bar.

"Almost daily someone walks in and tells us some crazy story about the one time they went here, how much the bar means to them, and how happy they are with its progress," Jayne said. "The best part of its history is the continued loyalty by our customer base, and always seeing familiar faces any day of the week."

Along with its many regular patrons, actor Seth Green of "Austin Powers" fame, David Faustino who starred in "Married with Children," singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb, Hollywood acting couple Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, singer-songwriter Jacob Dylan and various UFC fighters are just some of the famous faces that have set foot inside the iconic dive bar.

The Barrel Tavern is located at 4547 Van Nuys Blvd. in Sherman Oaks. To learn more, visit: https://www.thebarreltavern.com/.

ABOUT THE BARREL TAVERN: Originally two stores, a beer bar and a liquor store, a 1957 renovation project brought the pair together to form THE BARREL. Carl J. Manisco ran it for 40 years and then sold the bar in the late 1980s but kept the building. Brothers Scott Jacoby and Robert Jayne purchased the bar in 2018.
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