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Veteran Actor Rudy Reyes Hosting 7th Annual Memorial Day Street Festival & Clothing Drive for Homeless Veterans

On May 27th 2019 Bastards Canteen & Save The Brave 501(c)3 will host their 7th Annual Memorial Day commemoration & clothing drive for homeless Veterans. This is a block party in Downtown Downey, and also a day of remembrance and celebration of those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation. It is also in effort to collect clothes for homeless veterans in Los Angeles county and surrounding communities.

Get patriotic in Downtown Downey at Bastards Canteen. In addition to the clothing drive there will be a diverse lineup of heavy-hitters like Redneck Rodeo, Nico Fresard, and Sure Shot Rockers. There will be Veteran resources and non-profits available to veterans that include East L.A. Vet Center, Save The Brave 501 (C)3, Courage Forward 501 (C)3, Side Action Apparel, Watchthree Apparel, Mex US Mar, Vato-Tactical, plus author USMC Ret. Major Scott A. Huesing. Rudy Reyes, USMC Recon Sniper & Actor will be hosting a series of special programming which we hope will add to festivities.

Save The Brave 501(c)3 encourages giving back to the community and military veterans. Save The Brave request every patron to bring one bag of donations-clothing for homeless veterans in good to excellent condition, folded and bagged. All clothing will be distributed to homeless veterans throughout LA County by our supporting elements.
Collaborating partners;

Save The Brave, Courage Forward, American Legion, Marine Corps League, El Machete Hot Sauce, Watchthree Apparel, Armbar Podcast, VatoTactical, USN Spec War Recruitment, Vet Center, Your Home Realty , American Spartan Apparel , Chew On This Beef Jerky, Chasing Death Apparel

Los Angeles county has the largest population of homeless military veterans in the nation.

The LA Homeless Services Authority estimates that more than 4,000 homeless veterans live on our streets. Many of these men and women suffer from co-occurring disorders, including substance abuse, mental illness and post-traumatic stress problems. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 131,000 veterans are homeless on any given night, and approximately twice that many experience homelessness over the course of a year. Conservatively, one out of every three homeless men who is sleeping in a doorway, alley or box in our cities and rural communities has put on a uniform and served this country.

• Clothing Drive for Homeless Veterans |Save The Brave 501(c)3
Wish List:
New underwear
Men’s & Women’s clothing (All)
Plus-size adult clothing
Children’s clothing
Toddler clothing (boys & girls)
Socks (all sizes; new/gently used)
Shoes (all sizes; new/gently used)

Wherever you are this Memorial Day, participate in Congress’s National Moment of Remembrance at 3PM for a moment of silence. With that in mind–let’s go!

8200 3rd St, Downey, CA 90241

Event venue
11045 Downey Ave Downey CA 90241
(Block Party – 2nd street in between Downey Ave & New Street)

Live Entertainment Begins at 12:00 pm.

Email for vendor application.

Cost: $200 Veteran & Law Enforcement
$500 Non-Veteran Vendor and Sponsors

Best Brunch In Downey

Finding the Best Brunch in Downey might seem like a difficult task, but Bastards Canteen is the place to go where you can find some of our customer favorite exclusive Brunch recipes found on our menu every Saturday and Sunday from open to 2pm. Don’t forget our freshly prepared bottomless Mimosas to enjoy the food with. Below are 3 of our fan favorite items found on our Brunch Menu!

  1. Our famous OD Green Chilaquiles, fresh tortilla chips smothered in home made green salsa until tender, topped with hickory smoked pulled pork, melted mozzarella cheese, and a sunny side up fried egg.

2. Our popular Loaded Breakfast Tacos, 2 home made flour tortillas, scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, cheddar, an tater tots.  Served with a side of freshly made tortilla chips and salsa.

3, Our classic Homestyle Breakfast, 2 eggs any style served with bacon, crispy tater tots, and french toast.


The Los Angeles Veterans Orientation provides new veterans and those new to Los Angeles with what’s needed to be successful in their transition to civilian life–from help navigating resources to expanding their social network. This is a starting point for connections to resources in Los Angeles–in a less intimidating and more comfortable environment. The LAVO promotes peer networking and develops support systems among young and newly transitioning veterans.

Join us for the next LAVO on Monday, March 25th at BASTARDS Canteen in Downey.

Anyone who has served and/or is serving, as well as their families, are welcome.

Come for the food. Stay for the connections.


Best Burgers In Downey

When is comes down to finding the Best Burgers in Downey, Bastards Canteen is the place to go where you can find some of our customer favorites in one place.  Always made with 100% All-American Beef, charbroiled over flames perfectly prepared.  Don’t forget to enjoy them with a cold beer on tap.  Below are 3 of our fan favorites!

  1. Our famous Bastards Burger, 100% all beef patty, romaine lettuce,
    tomato, cheese, bacon, crispy onions and
    our house made BBQ Sauce.
  2. Our popular Breakfast Burger, 100% all beef patty, house aioli, cheese,
    smashed tots, bacon and fried egg.
  3. Our Tex-Mex inspired Chile Relleno Burger, 100% all beef patty, sliced onion, cilantro
    slaw, stuffed pepper and fried egg.

Boys & Girls Club Los Angeles 2-Day Toy Drive Hosted By Save The Brave & Bastards Canteen


12/20 Boys & Girls Club Ramona Gardens Housing Units from 1400 – 1700 | Address: 2830 Lancaster Ave Los Angeles , Ca 90033

12/21 Boys & Girls Club Estrada Courts Housing Units from 1400 – 1700 | Address: 3232 Estrada St Los Angeles, Ca 90023

243rd Marine Corps Birthday Celebration Recap

Check out our recap video from our epic 243rd #USMC Birthday / Veterans Day Festival in Downtown Downey, CA.  We want to thank everybody who was involved in helping us!

• East Los Angeles Veteran Center
• Courage Forward
• Save The Brave Organization
• Side Action Apparel
• Mex U.S. Marines Apparel
• Bastards Merchandise
• Armbar Podcast
• Team RWB Los Angeles
• American Legion – Pacific Palisades
• The Pride Barbershop
• Chasing Death Apparel
• Casually Violent
• Vato Tactical
• Semper Fi Photo Booth
• El Machete Hot Sauce
• Luis’s Butcher Shop
• American Spartan Apparel
• Watch Three Apparel
• Marine Corps League Detachment 1360
• 415 Saints Clothing

Cpl. Calvin B. Spencer Recognized At Staples Center During L.A. Kings Military “Hero Of The Game” 

Cpl. Calvin B. Spencer, co-founder of Bastards American Canteen and a avid fan of the L.A. Kings was recently recognized during a KINGS Military “HERO OF THE GAME” dedication ceremony at Staples Center OCT 18th 2018. 

During the first period of the game, the KINGS recognized Calvin and his accomplishments were noted on the Jumbo-Tron, while fans stood-up and applauded. 

It’s one of the most touching parts of every Kings game that one can’t see on the television broadcast, since it happens during commercial breaks.

Brunch Life Festival In Long Beach, August 4th

Catch Bastards Canteen serving Brunch in Long Beach’s First Ever Brunch Life Festival


Somewhere between breakfast and lunch, we brunch. Brunch Life Fest is a one-day outdoor food and entertainment festival debuting this summer at Long Beach’s Rainbow Lagoon Park on August 4, 2018 from 11AM-4PM. 

The first-ever Brunch Life Fest is bringing together the best restaurants from Long Beach, OC, and LA for local brunch tastings, mimosas, bloody marys, and specialty drinks. 
Experience all things brunch with live entertainment, photo booths, outdoor games, and more exclusives to be announced.

Samples and tastings are while supplies last. Full sized entrees and beverages will be available through selected vendors.

A 21+ event, day drinking and vibes are highly encouraged.  Click here for TICKETS!

242nd Marine Corps Birthday Celebration Recap

Recap of the 242nd Marine Corps Birthday celebration at Bastards Canteen aka the tun-tavern. An establishment where the Marine Corps pride and loyalty continues. Named after the “Magnificent Bastards,” 2nd Battalion 4th Marine Regiment. It is a place where both military active duty and veterans can feel at home.

Bastards Canteen Featured On Los Angeles Eats

Salute to Los Angeles Eats for featuring our homemade Jalapeno Bacon Mac & Cheese.