Bully’s North is a favorite among the thousands of people that visit Del Mar Racetrack every year for the summer racing season. The track holds races daily from mid-July to early September and has live concert events on the weekends as well. Opening day at the track is quite a spectacle, with contests for the most creative ladies’ hats. Bully’s opened two more locations: Bully’s East on Texas Street, and Bully’s Mexican Café on 15th Street in Del Mar. John Dahlen (J.D.) was the first bartender at Bully’s La Jolla, and he went on to become part owner of Bully’s East. On October 25, 1995, Lester Holt passed away, and his adopted daughter Beverly Becker became the owner of the Bully’s in La Jolla and Del Mar.
The famous Keoke Coffee was created, according to Bully’s current owners Beverly and Charlie Becker, by George Bullington himself. The restaurant staff was experimenting with different cocktail recipes after hours, and George put together a tasty coffee drink. The staff called it “George’s Coffee”, and a Hawaiian cook suggested, “Keoke Coffee”(“Keoke” is Hawaiian for “George”). The drink is hand-crafted using: ½ oz Kahlua ½ oz Dark Crème De Cacao ½ oz Brandy 4 oz coffee and topped with real whipped cream. It has been a signature drink at Bully’s for many years.
It is not unusual to see a table filled with small children, their parents, and grandparents, all of whom have grown up on Bully’s great food. We have regular customers that take pride in the fact that they have been customers for 30 plus years. Bully’s has been a tradition for over forty years, and we look forward to serving you and your families for another forty years!