News Flash – Tom Bergin’s to Reopen!

Great news! Tom Bergin’s, which closed last July after a 77-year run, will reopen on December 1st. The new owner (a regular customer in the past) is going to keep the interior as close to the recently restored original as possible (thanks partly to the seller’s stipulations), but make some changes to the menu.


Tom Bergin's


Honestly, it’s very rare for classic restaurants to be sold and not drastically remodeled, especially after a business failure. This is something that could almost only happen in Los Angeles, which has a very strong appreciation for its mid-century (and older) history.

Tom Bergins Has New Ownership, Plans to Reopen Dec 1 – Switcheroos – Eater LA.

Breaking news: 77-year-old Tom Bergin’s in Los Angeles to close this Sunday


Le Continental just heard the news that Tom Bergin’s, a 77-year-old Irish tavern on Fairfax Blvd. in Los Angeles, will close after the end of business this Sunday, July 7th. The restaurant was purchased in 2011, closed for remodeling, and re-opened in 2012.

Tom Bergin bar and grill

From Los Angeles magazine:

The restaurant announced the closure this afternoon on its Facebook page with the following statement: “We are sorry to let everyone know that this Sunday will be Tom Bergin’s last day of business. Please join us in our last few days; we’d love to see as many familiar faces as possible.”


If you are in Los Angeles for the holiday weekend I urge you to visit the atmospheric tavern from 1949 (it opened in 1936 on Wilshire Blvd but moved to its present location in 1949).

Where to get the best corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day (or any day)

Drinking green beer in a phony Irish pub seems to be a popular way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the U.S., but I don’t go for that. Instead I’ll be drinking a Guinness with some Guinness beef stew and capping it off with a dram of Irish whiskey or perhaps a Tom Moore Cocktail (a Manhattan with Irish whiskey).

Corned beef and cabbage is a dish I really love, so I have it year round. Here are a few suggestions of where to enjoy the classic Irish-American dish this Sunday or anytime of the year.

Every Thursday my favorite restaurant in Marin county, Marin Joe’s, serves corned beef and cabbage for lunch as the daily special and it’s a winner. Tender, succulent, and juicy meat, with cabbage that isn’t too soggy, and plenty of food for $14. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are serving it on St. Patrick’s Day as well. It’s not an Irish pub, but I love the original mid-century googie coffee shop-style interior and exterior. I will probably be posting about Marin Joe’s again in the future.




The recently refurbished Tom Bergin’s is the oldest Irish pub in Los Angeles. It started in 1936 on Wilshire Blvd. as “The Old Horseshoe Tavern and Thoroughbred Club” and moved to it’s current location at 840 S.Fairfax Ave. in 1949 and was renamed “Tom Bergin’s Horseshoe Tavern.” I went before the 2012 takeover by the owner of popular Dom’s and Little Dom’s restaurants but from what I’ve read they did not mess with the historic feel of the place. It probably will be packed on St. Paddy’s Day but they serve reportedly good corned beef and cabbage every day.


Tom Bergin bar and grill

Photo by The Jab, 2009


In New York City you can’t go wrong if you head to Neary’s in midtown for corned beef and cabbage, served every day since 1967. The decor appears to have not changed much since that time, except for the addition of many photos of celebrities who have dined there.


Neary's NYC via

Neary’s NYC via


Beannachtam na Feile Padraig! (Happy St. Patrick’s Day!)

Marin Joe’s
1585 Casa Buena Drive, Corte Madera, CA
Phone 415.924.2081
Open Sun 4pm-11:30pm, M-Thurs 11am-11:45pm, Fri 11am-12:45am, Sat 5pm-12:45am


Tom Bergin’s
840 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA
Phone (323) 936-7151
Open 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday


358 E 57th St, New York, NY
Phone (212) 751-1434
Open daily 11:30am – 12:00am