Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

The Buccaneer's Cute Entry in the Window-Painting Contest
Happy Halloween!

Care for a break from all that trick-or-treating?  How about stopping in for a cocktail at The Buccaneer, on Sierra Madre Boulevard?

The Buccaneer Lounge or The Buc, as it's called affectionately, is a Sierra Madre Institution.  They have a pool table, a dart board, a jukebox, and live music on certain nights.  It's just a relaxing, fun place to hang out. 

The Buc was also the 2012 winner of the Best Dive Bar Art in Los Angeles Award, for its amazing paintings of pirates and their ladies, on ships and in taverns.  (Here is glimpse of a couple of the paintings - I will get more to share with you one day soon...)  The paintings, one of which is a 30-foot, glow-in-the-dark mural that hangs behind the bar, were painted by California artist Frank Bowers, who is rumored to have painted them to settle his bar tab. 

Bowers, who was born in California in 1905, also painted murals for the Federal Art Project, and is thought to have painted sets for Gone With the Wind, as well as for the South Gate City Hall. 

In Sierra Madre, he also painted murals for Sierra Madre's VFW Post 3208.  In one report, he is said to have done his last work in Sierra Madre in 1964, the year of his death.  However, another website states that his last work was the set of murals that he painted for The Embers, a lounge in Whittier, which one Yelper describes as "a great little dive bar."  Hmmm.  I sense a trend.

I think he would have been a fun guy to hang out with. 

16 comments:

  1. sounds like my kind of place, i love a good dive bar! happy halloween!

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    1. It's a great place. Hope you had a great Halloween!

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  2. Wonderful paintings. Happy Halloween.

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    1. They are really great! I need to get some better pictures of them, but I know they can't do the paintings justice. :)

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  3. Danny Burch bought me my first legal beer there on my 21st (unbeknownst to the other denizens of the Canyon House).

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    1. It's a great place for a rite of passage.

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  4. ...and Happy Halloween to you too! I love all the competitions you have to enjoy in Sierra Madre (and I would just love to go into that 'pub' :).

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    1. We do enjoy a competition here. Next time you come... :)

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  5. I would love to be a bar fly in a place like this!! Have you ever looked in the "Frolic Room" next to the Pantages? Wonderful murals on the walls. I spent a few nights in there in the 70's!:)

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    1. I've never been into the Frolic Room, but have looked at it many times. Next time at the Pantages, it's on the list!

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    1. Me too! Hope you had one after trick-or-treating, etc.!

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  7. Bowers and The Buc both sound fun! I really need to hang out in SM. One of these days...

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  8. Dive bars are the best kind! Buc sounds like the best of the best. Hope it was a Happy and Scary Halloween!

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    1. Absolutely. I never even think of it as a dive bar. Just a local bar. A fun one!

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