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Inside Brennan’s, the Westside’s Remodeled Turtle Racing Bar

The Artisanal Brewers Collective shines up a gem

Brennan’s Pub
Brennan’s Pub
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

One of Los Angeles’s most unique bars returns on Tuesday, as Brennan’s will once again light up Lincoln Boulevard with draft beer, casual bar fare, and those famous turtle races.

Back in March, Tony Yanow and the larger Artisanal Brewers Collective made a move to take over the Marina Del Rey property, throwing the future of the nearly 50-year-old bar into jeopardy. Thankfully the ABC has mostly just spiffed up the joint and brought in some craft beer, keeping a similar look and those all important-turtles in the process. Ricki Kline Design + Build revamped the 2,500 square foot space, adding olive trees to the patio and even more rustic pub vibes inside.

For those unfamiliar, Brennan’s has long been known as the home of the turtle race, a fun evening free-for-all where customers can watch actual turtles race to the center of a mat in the parking lot. ABC has vowed to keep the tradition alive, though with an updated living area and reduced racing hours. Fascinated fans can witness the races on opening night December 19, and the third Thursday of every month thereafter, beginning at 9 p.m.

Brennan’s Pub
Throwback seating at Brennan’s

As for the food and drink, expect a full bar under Gerry McCarney (Simms Restaurant Group), with bites from ABC’s overall culinary director Trevor Faris. There will be options like shrimp cocktails, as well as pizzas, and some vegan fare for those who care.

Brennan’s reopens on Tuesday, December 19, keeping daily hours from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Turtle races run on scheduled days, starting at 9 p.m.

Brennan’s Pub
4089 Lincoln Blvd.
Marina Del Rey, CA

Brennan’s Pub
TVs and seating
Brennan’s Pub
Communal tables
A long bar inside of Brennan’s Pub in Marina Del Rey.
The bar
Brennan’s Pub
Stained glass and pool tables
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