If you like hitting the open road on your Harley or other motorcycle, then you also enjoy the culture surrounding it. That includes stopping for a beer and maybe some snacks or a meal. Knowing how to find the best biker bars anywhere is a great way to have an idea where to stop on your rides, and possibly even plan a vacation around.
Talk to your fellow bikers. You probably already know a few other bikers around town and likely even ride with them, or just swap parts and help each other with your bikes. Ask them the best biker bar they ever went to and learn if it’s a place you should visit. If they really loved it, they might want to go back and take you along. Ride with other bikers and just see where they stop. Sometimes the best biker bars are the ones that are only known to a few and have yet to gain online or national attention. The people aren’t going there for the menu design
, but because it’s a local hole in the wall.
Visit the Internet. Searching for biker bars online is like searching for anything else. It’s easy enough to come up with a ton of listings and possibilities, but then you have to sift through them to see if they’re any good. Great biker bars are places where fellow enthusiasts congregate. On the other hand, some biker bars might not be welcoming environments for casual riders or anyone not in the hardcore crowd.
Talk to a travel agent. While some biker bars are going to be exclusively patroned by a lone biker gang, others are actually famous landmarks all their own and filled with tourists.
Who are the most famous biker gangs? There are many. Here are a few of them.
1. Outlaws- One of the oldest biker gangs in the world are the Outlaws, which was founded in 1935 in McCook, Illinois. There’s two criteria to join the Outlaws, with one being that you have to be a make and you have to own an American-made motorcycle that is of a certain size. As of now, there are around 2,000 members in the Outlaws and they have 48 chapters in 23 states.
2. The Hells Angles- Perhaps the most famous biker gang of all are the Hells Angels, which was founded in 1948, making them one of the oldest motorcycle gangs in the world. The gang was started in the state of California and today there are around 2,500 members. The gang has a ruthless reputation and are thought to be the most feared motorcycle gang in the world and they have strict membership requirements.
3. The Bandidos- This motorcycle gang is also one of the most famous and it was started by Don Chambers in 1966. There are over 4,000 members in the gang and they are spread out among 210 chapters in 22 countries. Chambers started the gang in Houston, Texas and he named it the Bandidos to honor the Mexican bandits who had their own rules they lived by. Chambers recruited members from local biker bars in Houston, as well as the areas of San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Galveston.
In the early 70’s, the Bandidos had over 100 members. Many of them were Vietnam War veterans. Also, the motorcycle club’s motto is “we’re the people your parents warned you about”.
Those are only a handful of motorcycle gangs, but they are the most famous. They are known around the world. Now you know who the most famous biker gangs are.