The nihilist in me does not care about the The Big Lebowski-themed bar in a strip center at the intersection of Thousand Oaks and Jones Maltsberger.
The lover of happy hour specials, clean bathrooms and friendly bars, however, does like The Ringer Pub — said Dude-centric bar.
But is it truly a place where The Dude would abide?
Maybe not. Granted, the walls are adorned with all-things Duderino, but that's really as far as it goes, aside from a shuffle board-like bowling game and small bowling table game. The bartender, who was nice and helpful, was dressed regularly — no bowling shirt or anything of that sort. And there weren't any drink specials — aside from the White Russians ($4 every day, and damn good) — that were named after characters (a Walter's Manischewitz could be one) or that had a connection to the legendary movie.
To briefly take you back to the 1998 flick, Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski (played by Jeff Bridges) is mistaken for a millionaire whose porn star wife was "kidnapped" and there's goofy group of nihilists who think The Dude has the money. What follows is a hilarious and — at times — heart-wrenching journey of The Dude and his bowling buddies.
Bringing us back to whether The Dude would abide at The Ringer, maybe. The only real issues would probably be the lack of a bowling alley and that if you aren't from the area, it's hard to spot the bar (Hint: it's in the far corner of the strip center).
For what it is, The Ringer Pub is a solid, though small, bar.
When I visited during a recent Happy Hour, my tab didn't hurt my wallet and my thirst was quenched.
Happy Hour runs from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sundays. Domestics and wells — they have a solid selection — are $2. There are $3 Fireball shots and, again, $4 White Russians all day, every day.
There are several TVs, one was playing the movie. People filtered in and out. Bar-goers were nice, and everyone there was popping in for a drink after work.
So is The Ringer Pub truly worthy of The Dude? Only if the stoner Lebowski can find it and it isn't a league night.
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