The oldest Irish establishment in Los Angeles is now celebrating its 75th Anniversary. Founded in 1936 by Tom Begin, a former lawyer turned publican. Since 1949 The Tavern has been located just east of Beverly Hills in a quaint Irish style cottage.
Tom Bergin’s Tavern is one of Los Angeles’ most popular watering holes, and is so rated in Zagat 2011 L.A. Nightlife guide, and their 201 1 L.A/So. California Restaurant Guide because first it is a saloon and secondly a great restaurant. And for the fifth year in a row, The Tavern has garnered even more prestigious awards when it was named, by Tom Koran’s Top Ten Clubs…as one of the 10 Best Irish Establishments in America for 2011!
When you walk through the “Kelly Green” oak wood doors you will see the renowned “Horse Shoe Bar”, the inspiration for the television series “Cheers”. Here you can slide onto one of the 17 bar benches all attached to the railing, and order anything from a pint of Guinness to a shot of Jameson 12, a dry martini or one of our world famous Irish Coffees, which on a St. Patrick’s weekend, over 5,000 of them have been served.
While enjoying your libation, poured by one of The Tavern’s five professional bartenders, some who have been here over 30 years, you can peruse the walls where the original Los Angeles Rams 1951 Championship banner (the forerunner of the Super Bowl Lombardi Trophy) hangs with many more sports and Irish memorabilia, along with thousands of Shamrocks, all embellished with names of faithful customers from the present to way back when Bing Crosby, Pat O’Brien and Cary Grant were regulars.
If you are in the spirit for some great food, order at the bar or hove lunch or dinner in the seven booth alcove, or continue onto the gem of The Tavern…a cathedral ceiling, fireplace, candlelit, white table clothed dining room paneled in rich wood decor with curtained windows…and order one of our original Irish entrees such as Gaelic Beef or Chicken Erin or from our mesquite charcoal grill, a U.S.D.A. Prime New York Steak or the best 8 oz. burger in town.
In 1973 at the age of 79, Tom Bergin sold The Tavern to T.K. (“K” is for Kelly) Vodrey, former newspaper and magazine publisher, who as the current proprietor along with his wife Margaret Kathleen (Peggy) O’Hara has kept alive for the past 38 years the camaraderie of the Bergin tradition, where grand people enjoy great spirits, delicious food and fun times! And one of our most fun times comes every December, when The Tavern is all decked out in festive Christmas decorations and our patrons enjoy our holiday fare, while listening to Dickens-Dressed Carolers sing!