The York on York

Ξ October 12th, 2007 | → 6 Comments | ∇ Highland Park, Night Life |

Sitting on the boulevard between Avenues 50 and 51, The York is Highland Park’s newest hip spot. Those who remember The Wild Hare will be hard pressed to recognize anything from the dingy old dive that once resided here. Walls and ceilings have been torn out to open the space to exposed brick and wooden rafters. Dim, Victorian double-loop carbon filament bulbs light up the bar and surrounding tables, while burlap covers the benches in the booths. All the while, black and white French noir films play silently above the heavily mixed crowd. Hipsters, cholos, yuppies, teamsters, even celebraties frequent the York on a regular basis, keeping it busy every night of the week.

Behind the bar, a friendly and expert staff keeps the stiff cocktails and expansive microbrews flowing. The York offers over a dozen quality beers on tap (no Budweiser, thank you very much), some from local breweries like Pasadena’s Craftsman, to other well known imports from across the pond, such as Guiness and Newcastle. Under the counter they stock a good selection of bottles, like Rogue Dead Guy to Chimay. And for those that simply must partake in the macrobrews, you can find Bud and Miller in bottles as well. And while The York is a pub, they do offer a fully stocked bar that includes all the standards, plus many more rare and hard-to-find liquors too. Hendricks Gin is a must for any martini lover. Additionally, The York also offers a wide selection of decent wines too. Finally, not to be overlooked is the food. Chalkboard menus list large and small plates, consisting of Fish & Chips (where you’ll find delicious, fresh, crispy, homemade chips–not fries), Truffled Grilled Cheese and many, many more fantastic dishes. For a restaurant the food would be considered great, for a bar, the food is simply amazing.

And while the food deserves much more praise and detail, ultimately what makes The York so special is the combination of everything above. The atmosphere is unique. It’s a special night out, while homey and comfortable too. It’s cool, but not too-cool. It’s the West Side without the West Side. It’s the hot girl who doesn’t know she’s hot. No attitude, no presumptions, no stigmas.

With places like The York opening up all along York Blvd, it’s clear that Highland Park is pushing past up-and-coming to up-and-come. This is why we love North East L.A.

The York
5018 York Blvd.
(323) 255-9675


6 Responses to ' The York on York '

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  1. dean said,

    on November 2nd, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    i loved the York…then the crowds came. some nights its alright, some nights its unbearable. im also a little bummed out that they installed the giant projector…i was thrilled to be in a nice bar that didnt have the distraction of a sporting event on TV, much less an entire wall.

    plus, Johnny’s had earned some cred for projecting rad old movies and documentaries. i think its kinda lame that The York nicked the idea…

    however, the foodie and interior designer in me just can’t seem to hate the York entirely…they’ve got it down pat in those areas.

  2. Brenna said,

    on December 9th, 2007 at 9:40 am

    The first two times I went to The York the crowds and the service left much to be desired, but the Caesar salad was delicious! The third time must be the charm because the night I went there solo for dinner the staff was ridiculously nice and helpful and the burger was one of the best I’ve had.
    The music is great, I love how diverse the crowd is and I can walk there. So it’s basically perfect.

  3. Douche McFadden said,

    on January 7th, 2008 at 2:34 am

    highland park is so cool

  4. JASON said,

    on February 3rd, 2008 at 11:18 pm


  5. Adrienne said,

    on March 24th, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    I really do love the food & the ambiance. Problem is now that everyone’s found out about it, crowds get worse by the month. The place is to small to service a bunch of people at one time, this impacts the quality of service to a very noticable amount. Maybe an expansion of the place is in the near future? till then I refuse to go there on a weekend. Sometimes even week days are crowded!

  6. Adoring Fan said,

    on September 25th, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    I Like to dance at the York to DJ Corazon…:)
    He’s super cooooool….

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