Barney's Beanery: Jim Morrison peed here (on the bar)
You have to be really, really famous -- no, legendary -- to make a restaurant want to put up a memorial plaque marking the exact spot on its bar where you peed in the 1960s. You'd have to be the kind of guy who Val Kilmer played in a movie, the kind of guy who needs guards stationed to this very day -- at your grave -- to protect it from being completely covered in joints, urine and whiskey. The kind of guy whose filthy leather pants (that you never took off and probably wore without underwear) are enshrined at the Hard Rock Cafe.
In short, you'd have to be Jim Morrison, and the place that wants to make a shrine to something arguably really uncool that you did (like peeing on its bar) would have to be West Hollywood's equally legendary (well, sort of) Barney's Beanery.
Consider Barney's the ultimate L.A. roadhouse (with a menu of greasy offerings so lengthy that it shames "War and Peace") and consider this forthcoming plaque a birthday present to Morrison, who would have turned 65 on Dec. 8.
To mark the event Barney's is throwing a birthday bash for the Lizard King. The czar of classic rock DJs, KLOS's Jim Ladd, will host and broadcast live from the event. Morrison's bandmates Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger will attend, and lead Barney's owner David Houston to the spot where Morrison allegedly marked his beeritory.
"I'm hoping Ray's incredibly sharp memory will help us locate it," said Houston in a news release. "Wherever he says it happened, that's where we'll put it up."
Barney's Beanery, 8447 Santa Monica Blvd., (310) 654-2287.
In other Barney's news, the owners are opening two new locations: One in Burbank later this month, and one in Westwood next year.
-- Jessica Gelt
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