|The Buccaneer's Cute Entry in the Window-Painting Contest|
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.