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Thunderbird Goes Heavy With Tex-Mex Pub Fare in Brentwood

The bar opened yesterday, after months of renovation

Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

After a brief delay, Brentwood’s new neighborhood hangout finally opened yesterday. Thunderbird brings a dazzling Southwestern touch to the former Bar Food space featuring a full Tex-Mex menu, weekly karaoke, plenty of quality mezcal and tequila, along with PBR buckets.

With eight TVs, Thunderbird seems like an ideal place to catch a Dodger game, especially since the team has begun its playoff run. Patrons can choose from the bar list and sit in the slightly distressed leather booths among desert landscaped walls, hanging cacti, and adobe tiles.

As expected, the food comes straight from the Four Corners, with chile con queso, puffy tacos, nachos, and chicharones. It’ll develop more in the weeks to come. The Thunderbird’s drink menu goes for classics, some originals, a slushy mint julep, and 14 beers on draft. Hours run 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Thunderbird. 12217 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025.

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Skee-ball at Thunderbird