Feature Stories

Winter 2014
Filed Under: Tam O'Shanter

A Beacon for Los Angeles

The Tam O’Shanter’s new neon sign with a dramatic red lightning bold reflects its rich history and is a beacon on Los Feliz Boulevard in Atwater Village.

The sign symbolizes the new energy and spirit of fun found at today’s Tam. The sign symbolizes the new energy and spirit of fun found at today’s Tam.

THE TAM O’SHANTER BUZZED with anticipation on a hot day in late August. By nightfall that evening, an eye-catching new sign, the three-dimensional version of our landmark restaurant’s logo, was lighting up Los Feliz Blvd. in Atwater Village.

When it opened in 1922, the original hand-painted sign advertising “potato chips and pretzels” attracted the attention of passersby. A large neon lightning bolt, a direct reference to the 1791 Robert Burns poem after which the restaurant is named, made its debut above the Tam in the 1930s.

The 1930s Tam O'Shanter sign provided inspiration for the new Tam sign.

The 1930s Tam O’Shanter sign provided inspiration for the new Tam sign.

In the poem, a farmer named Tam O’Shanter heads home from the pub and narrowly escapes a band of angry witches as “the lightnings flash from pole to pole…near and more near the thunders roll.” The restaurant’s lightning bolt was retired for almost seven decades but now returns as a vivid emblem of the Tam O’Shanter’s 21st-century vitality.

The glowing red sign is certain to become a beacon for Los Angeles.

At the Tam, guests can get lost in history and tradition while enjoying the best in contemporary cuisine. Today’s Tam O Shanter is truly unique, a place where past and present meet.

Tam O'Shanter

2980 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

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Upcoming Events

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Hosting bands like the Plough Boys (pictured) have become a part of the exciting spirit of the Tam O'Shanter

Tam O'Shanter

Los Angeles

Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays

Through December 31
8:00pm – 12:00am

Live Music & Happy Hour

Local bands play live Celtic Music at our Ale & Sandwich Bar. Check to see who’s playing!

Tam O'Shanter

Los Angeles

Thursday

November 23, 2017
10:30am – 9:00pm

Tam O'Shanter

Los Angeles

Thursday

November 23, 2017

Tam O'Shanter

Los Angeles

Saturday

November 25, 2017
1:00pm

Tam O'Shanter

Los Angeles

Monday – Tuesday

November 27 – 28, 2017
6:30pm

Tam O'Shanter

Los Angeles

Saturday

December 2, 2017
1:00pm

Carolers

Tam O'Shanter

Los Angeles

Every Evening

December 1 – 30, 2017

Lawry's The Prime Rib — Beverly Hills

Los Angeles

November 15 – January 2, 2018

Tam O'Shanter

Los Angeles

January 12 – 26, 2018

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