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Sunday Ride - Long Beach Swap Meet to Mother's Tavern

  • A gorgeous Sunny Day in Southern California.  What are you going to do?  Get on your bike and ride, of course!  So that is what Lucky and I did yesterday, (Sunday, Jan 23).  The weather was about 75 degrees and the Santa Ana winds were kicking up a bit. 

    Our first stop was to the Long Beach Motorcycle Swap Meet.  We didn't actually go into the Swap Meet, did that a few weeks ago, Lucky just wanted to talk to the owners about adding some banners on CycleFish.

    Lucky had looked online for a biker bar to ride to that would be in Long Beach.  He found Cowboy Country that just happened to be a mile or so from the Swap Meet.  Now if anyone knows Lucky … when he is hungry, you HAVE to feed him immediately.  Needless to say, we had to stop at McDonald’s before heading over to the bar.  He wasn’t sure if this place had food or not and he did not want to take any chances!  Good thing, too.  We ride over to Cowboy Country and it was pretty much an empty parking lot and a long building that was all closed up (not even sure if they are still open for business?)!  Not only was there no food at this place, there was no place! 

    Now what?  Lucky takes my trusty iPhone and looks up more places to try.  The next one we find is Thirsty Isle which is only a few blocks from us.  We ride over there and see only 1 bike in front.  Now this place is only around the corner from the Swap Meet and you would think, if it was a biker bar, there would be more bikes.  We didn’t even stop.  Not promising.

    Instead, we decide to ride south on Pacific Coast Highway and look for a place that has lots of bikes parked in front.  After about 5 or 6 miles, we find our place in Sunset Beach.  There were plenty of bikes parked out front and the place had a great name:  Mother’s Tavern.

    Step into this bar and right away you feel like a biker that has come home!  Peanut shells on the floor, football games on all three TV’s, and even a patron who is allowed to bring Bruce, his bulldog, inside and sit next to him on a bar stool.

    They serve their draft beers in Mason jars, small or large.  You can order pizza from around the block and they will deliver to the bar.  The place is not very big, but it was big enough to have a two man Blues Band and have us meet some new friends and introduce them to CycleFish.  And of course we put CycleFish stickers on any place we could find for them.

    After a few pitchers of Bud Light, watching Green Bay beat Chicago, seeing the Jets lose, and a few dances with Lucky to the Blues music, it was time to head home to family. 

    A gorgeous day and we took advantage of it.


  • GoFur
    GoFur Sound's like a fun day. I have been to several Taverns named Mother's and they have all been good!
    January 26, 2011
  • BailOut
    BailOut Have seen a few named Mother's myself. Think there is one down in Jax, Florida if I remember correctly. Sounds like you guys had fun and found a new spot, a very successful day!
    January 26, 2011
  • SweetSoftTail
    SweetSoftTail Mother's Tavern is a great little place!!! Been there a few times.
    January 27, 2011
  • jbdesigner51
    jbdesigner51 75 and sunny on January 23. Wow! I'm jealous! I think everyone in California should come to Chicago for the entire month of January to feel what we feel. Everyone then wonders why we have the highest crime rate in the nation.
    January 28, 2011