The Suck Bang Blow biker bar in Murrell's Inlet, South Carolina
The Suck Bang Blow biker bar in Murrell's Inlet, South Carolina

A biker bar is a bar that is frequented by motorcyclists (bikers). Some are owned or managed by people who are friendly toward motorcyclists.[1] Some bars and restaurants advertise that they are "biker friendly" to attract more bikers and motorcycle (bike) enthusiasts.[1] Biker bars are patronized by people from all walks of life, including bikers, non-bikers, and motorcycle club adherents, including outlaw motorcycle clubs.[2]

Biker socialization

Reno's Chop Shop Bar & Grill in Deep Ellum, Dallas, Texas
Reno's Chop Shop Bar & Grill in Deep Ellum, Dallas, Texas

Biker bars provide a place for people to congregate, socialize, network, eat, drink and celebrate.[2] At times, biker bars may have many motorcycles parked in front of them,[2][3] such as during a motorcycle rally. This provides an opportunity for bikers to socialize, compare their motorcycles, mechanical customizations and modifications, and to discuss aspects of motorcycles and motorcycling.

Many biker bars have rules on whether they allow patrons to wear "colors", many biker bars do not allow "colors" as these are used to define one's position and/or alliance to one club over another. The "No Colors" club rules have become more popular over the years as a way to reduce tension between rival club members and potential security issues.

Motorcycle clubs

Motorcycle clubs may assign a club member to remain outside of a bar to guard their motorcycles from vandalism[2] or theft while the rest of the group congregates inside. Members of outlaw motorcycle clubs have been known to patronize biker bars.[4][5] Some motorcycle clubs, including outlaw motorcycle clubs, adopt public biker bars as their club bar; as a bar that club members regularly frequent.[2][6] This can provide opportunities for motorcycle clubs to meet potential prospects, or recruits, for their clubs.[2][6] Motorcycle clubs may cordon off an area of a bar as reserved for their members and those that they choose to socialize with, such as other select bikers, single females and friends.[2] This may also occur to provide club members with a vantage point to observe activity occurring in a bar and to spot potential threats.[2] Club biker bars also provide a space for members to meet and discuss club matters, and as a means to unify the group through socialization and camaraderie.[2] Sometimes arrangements are made between motorcycle clubs and bar managers or owners regarding the utilization of a bar in relation to the regular presence of club members.[2]

Motorcycle club members have also performed bouncer services at times in biker bars.[2] This can occur for several reasons, such as to protect their members or to prevent various conflicts from occurring or escalating. Sometimes club members work in unison with bouncer staff in bars,[2] and sometimes club members are paid employees as part-time bouncers.[2] Additionally, club members sometimes receive preferential service by bar staff, such as not having to wait in lines to get inside of a crowded bar while non-club members wait outside in a queue.[2]

Examples of biker bars

BSA riders at an Ace Cafe reunion in 2007
BSA riders at an Ace Cafe reunion in 2007
Cook's Corner, circa 2005
Cook's Corner, circa 2005
Motorcycles at Cook's Corner, a biker bar
Motorcycles at Cook's Corner, a biker bar

See also


  1. ^ a b Biker Gangs and Organized Crime – Thomas Barker.. p. 64.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Wolf, Daniel R. (January 1991). Wolf 1991, pp.180-209. ISBN 9780802073631. Retrieved 2015-03-09.
  3. ^ Traveling with Philosophes – Ken Ewell. p. 493.
  4. ^ Gods of Mischief: My Undercover Vendetta to Take Down the Vagos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang – George Rowe.. p. 184.
  5. ^ Deadly Force: In the Streets with the U.S. Marshals – Carsten Stroud. pp. 434-435.
  6. ^ a b Wolf, Daniel R. (January 1991). Wolf 1991, pp. 60-61. ISBN 9780802073631. Retrieved 2015-03-09.
  7. ^ "Squires Bikers Cafe". Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  8. ^ Fair, Erik (February 1991). Dances with hogs. Orange Coast. pp. 83–91. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Best Biker Bars in Orange County". CBS News, Los Angeles. August 2, 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  10. ^ "About Cooks Corner". Cooks Corner. Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  11. ^ Klatell, James (December 2, 2006). "600 Illnesses Linked To New York Biker Bar". CBS News. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  12. ^ Frommer's New York State – Marc Lallanilla, Neil Edward Schlecht, Brian Silverman. p. 368.
  13. ^ Cutbertson, Ian (December 14, 2012). "Full Throttle Saloon". The Australian. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  14. ^ Perigard, Mark A. (November 10, 2009). "Sleazy rider: 'Full Throttle Saloon' serves bikers, beer, babes". Boston Herald. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  15. ^ "Local entrepreneur gets reality series about running world's largest biker bar". Dyersburg State Gazette. November 10, 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  16. ^ "One Man - One Vision: To Create the World's Largest Biker Bar". Full Throttle Saloon. Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  17. ^ "TruTV Gets Sturgis Fever at World's Largest Biker Bar in New Series Full Throttle Saloon". The Futon Critic (Press release). October 28, 2009. Retrieved October 31, 2013.
  18. ^ Stamler, Bernard (June 22, 1997). "Biker Bar Owner's Legacy Is Revelry". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  19. ^ "Hollister police: Hells Angels bikers wanted after brawl at Johnny's Bar". KSBW News. July 10, 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013. Quote: "Johnny's Bar is included in history books about American motorcycles because it was around when the Hollister riot of 1947 happened and inspired the movie "The Wild One," starring Marlon Brando."
  20. ^ "Cruisers".
  21. ^ a b Drawhorn, Aaron (January 11, 2012). "Motorcycle Clubs, Bar Sue Metro Police for Alleged Harassment". CBS News, Channel 8 (Las Vegas). Retrieved 28 December 2013.


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