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Story Tavern Doubles in Size This Thursday

 Story Tavern, the Pre-Prohibition neighborhood gem that has been serving craft beers, wines, hard ciders, spirits and cocktails alongside farm fresh fare for just over a year in Burbank will be doubling their space this Thursday to accommodate a 1,500 square Story Tavern Game Room & 700 square foot patio.

Thanks to the support of its patrons, the Slaught family (4th and 5th generation Los Angelenos) run Tavern, has been empowered to grow! Their game room will officially open on Thursday, February 20th and will feature private dart parlors, shuffleboard, and ping pong tables alongside a Beer Bar, complete with an additional 8 tap handles featuring out of state craft brews. The Game Room will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, all day and all other days starting at 5PM.

( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Their new, super-sized, recessed, all-weather, dog-friendly, 700 square foot patio will hold upwards of 45 seats to meet demand. Altogether, these additions will increase the size of Story Tavern to 4,400 square feet.

The new game room will house an animation wall complete with art that explores the history of animation in Burbank, with the help of the Burbank Historical Society. A massive collage showcasing the work of their talented neighbors including regulars from Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Dreamworks and Disney Animation, will rotate and continually evolve.

( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 To celebrate the expansion, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company will be in the house this Thursday at 6:30PM to shower Story’s patrons with a wealth of delicious rarities, most of which have previously never been available in LA! Flights will be available.

Draft List:

Bag of Cats IPL

San Rafael Red Ale

Magpie Porter

Monkeys with TypeRYEters

Our Belgian Pale

Irish Stout

Wrangler Wheat

CASK: Hoppy Poppy IPA

Fun Facts about Story Tavern

– The restaurant doubles as a museum to Burbank History. Curated by the Burbank Historical Society in exchange for a percentage of restaurant proceeds. The walls of the tavern are adorned with amazing photographs capturing the early days of the neighborhood, aviation and the wonderful entertainers who have graced the city.

 – Their exciting culinary secret: 99% of the food menu is available in Gluten Free form!

– Every piece of furniture in the restaurant is hand-crafted in the United States by the Amish!

– Happy Hour is available for Beer, Wine & Cider from 11:30 AM-7:30 PM, every day of the week.

 – You can often hear the sounds of Traditional Live Irish Music in the tavern on Thursday & Saturday nights.

 – They’re pouring classic cocktails that were mainstays in the Burbank/Los Angeles region from 1900-1950. The Story Tavern Team, which includes Diane Slaught, Brian Slaught, Hans Brestel, Yvonne Slaught & Ted Slaught, researched through the Los Angeles Public Library and the online archives of California through UCLA, to discover which drinks were enjoyed in the Burbank/Los Angeles region from the early 1900’s through 1950.

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150 S. San Fernando Blvd. Burbank CA 91502

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Beautiful Burbank Dishcrawl Highlights Local Cuisine

On Feb. 12, Burbank held its very first Dishcrawl Event. Dishcrawl’s concept is similar to the popular bar crawls, except attendees visit different restaurants in one city, and try the local cuisine. After signing up online, participants are notified of the first meeting location 48 hours before the event. Food is included in the ticket price, which was $45, and any drinks are additional.

Photo by Angela Kao

Photo by Angela Kao

Our first meeting spot was Octopus. When I arrived, I was introduced to Angela, the Dishcrawl LA ambassador. She was friendly and helpful the entire night. I was pleasantly surprised that around 20 people had shown up. It was an eclectic group and was mixed with people of all ages. Some came with big groups, and others came in pairs.

We sat down at Octopus, which has really been transformed into a trendy sushi restaurant. The colors and the décor are really striking and offer a different vibe than most restaurants in Burbank. We were immediately given three small dishes, albacore sashimi with crispy onion, fire cracker spicy tuna dip and lion king shrimp tempura roll.

Photo by Angela Kao

Photo by Angela Kao

I am normally wary of seafood, but I really found the food to be delicious. While I don’t eat sashimi and couldn’t get myself to try it, the other two choices were absolutely delectable.

The fire cracker was essentially like a spicy tuna salsa. It was made with jalapeno, green onion, spicy mayo and Sriracha with flavorful hints of cilantro. It was served with tortilla chips and cucumber slices. The flavor was so powerful and so delightful.

The third dish, the lion king shrimp tempura roll was also really tasty. It was also flavored with spicy mayo, and had a nice, sweet crunch to it.

I decided to order the Octopus special drink, Sake Mosa, which is raspberry sake mixed with champagne. It was the perfect compliment to a delicious meal. They had other fun drinks I would love to try in the future, like the Low Calorie Colada and Sake Sunrise.

Photo by Angela Kao

Photo by Angela Kao

As we left Octopus, all the attendees were trying to guess where we would be traveling next. We crossed the streets of Downtown Burbank in anticipation, waiting to see what flavorful adventure would await.

We arrived at our second stop, Golden Chicken Greek and Mediterranean Cuisine. Golden Chicken is located in the little alleyway next to the candy shop on San Fernando. Oddly enough, I have walked by this restaurant for years and never stopped in, so I was glad to see this was our second stop. We were served thinly sliced lamb with rice and salad. I don’t eat lamb, but the owner was kind enough to substitute chicken. The chicken was absolutely delicious and savory, and the rice and salad were the perfect compliments.

Photo by Angela Kao

Photo by Angela Kao

Walking by the restaurant, I always thought it was more of a quick grab n’ go type place, but the interior is quite quaint with Greek artistic design and a cute, comfortable feel. My only advice for future events would be to add hummus to the Dishcrawl menu. One of the attendees even ordered it separately, because when in Greece…

As we left Golden Chicken full and happy, we wondered how we would ever be able to eat another bite. It turns out, we could.

Our third stop was Burbank Bar & Grille, a Burbank favorite for nightlife and music. What I didn’t expect was really, really good old-fashioned barbecue. We were each given a big plate with a Dr. Pepper braised rib, tater tots and macaroni and cheese.

Photo by Angela Kao

Photo by Angela Kao

Of course, it’s obvious by now that I’m a picky eater and I don’t eat beef, but I really wanted to try the sauce, so I kept it anyway. The sauce was some of the best barbecue sauce I have ever tasted. It was the perfect combination of tangy and sweet, and I would have loved to bottle that up and take it home with me.

The macaroni and cheese is exactly what you would expect from a top-notch barbecue place-cheesy, creamy and oh, so decadent. And who doesn’t love tater tots? I even found myself taking the tots and dipping them in the barbecue sauce. My one problem with Burbank Bar & Grille was that the drinks came well after we had started eating.

After the meal, we were given tasty treats from Burbank Pastry. I chose the chocolate croissant, and even though I was absolutely stuffed, I ate the entire thing. The quality of the chocolate was good and the crust was flavorful and soft.

Photo by Angela Kao

Photo by Angela Ka

While the food was fabulous, the best part of the night was the conversation. I met some really wonderful people. Some had been on other Dishcrawl events, and some hadn’t.

It was a great way to meet people and share conversation over a good meal. Dishcrawl is something I will definitely do again in the future, but next time, I will bring a huge group and try a city we are completely unfamiliar with.

All in all, Beautiful Burbank Dishcrawl was an absolute blast, and I hope others try future events. For more information on Dishcrawl and future events, please visit their website at http://dishcrawl.com/la.

Burning Candle Starts Small Apartment Fire

Burbank Firefighters were called to the 4000 block of Toluca Lake Avenue close to 11:00 p.m. Friday night, February 14, for a reported apartment fire in a bedroom of a fourplex complex. Firefighters arrived on scene and determined that all the residents were safely out of the apartment located on the bottom floor.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Firefighters entered the smokey apartment and found a small fire near a bedroom entrance. Quick action kept the fire from extending into more of the two-bedroom apartment.

The cause was determined to be a candle burning near some combustible materials hanging near the doorway entrance.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The fire response consisted of three engines companies, two truck companies, a paramedic ambulance and a Battalion Chief.

Damage was listed at $7500 of which was $2500 was in contents, including clothes. The fire companies were under the direction of Battalion Chief Jeff Howe and there were no injuries reported.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“On The Money” is a Definite Must See at The Victory Theatre Center

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I recently had the pleasure of seeing the play, “On The Money” at the Victory Theatre Center in Burbank.

“On The Money” is a play that will leave the audience feeling emotionally altered, like they have just witnessed something that was painfully honest and eerily prescient.

In simplicity, the play is purely about money. It is a play that depicts what happens to good people when they are pushed to the extreme and hit a breaking point. It’s tragic, it’s honest, it’s humorous and it’s dramatic.

The sentiment echoes our current economic climate. So many decisions regarding life are based on money. It’s our greatest vice, but it’s almost impossible to live without. “On The Money” serves as a poignant reminder that good and honest people sometimes feel compelled to make difficult decisions regarding money in order to protect their family.

The play focuses on the characters Benny, Jake and Nancy. They work in a busy bar/restaurant and must report to their boss, Candy, the wealthy but frugal owner of The Black River Cafe. Candy quickly becomes a clear representation of white-collar America, and more importantly, the wealthy individuals who get away with tax evasion and fraud, while Benny, Jake and Nancy represent the American majority, the backbone of America. These hardworking individuals seem to be in a place of constant struggle and are doing what they can to support their families.

The play, written by Kos Kostmayer and directed by Tom Ormeny, is remarkably foreboding and beautifully impactful. Kosmayer tells a tale with such important underlying messages about money and America, that regardless of partisan politics, it is impossible not to understand the characters’ plight, because these characters represent ourselves. Kostmayer weaves drama and comedy into one very realistic piece of work. His characters speak like we would speak, and feel like we would feel. The story is authentic, and perhaps, it is so impactful because it could happen to any one of us.

Nancy (Maria Tomas) is a heartbreaking character. She is a courageous and fierce mother, a woman who will truly do anything for her child. However, her plight becomes more complicated when she agrees to go to extraordinary lengths to make money to keep her child safe. Her determination, while a beautiful attribute, is also her biggest flaw.

Jack (Jonathan Kells Phillips) radiates goodness. He is a loving husband and father who, while stressed about not paying back his loans on time, is persistent in his belief in making an honest living, even if it means making a less than desirable wage. His breaking point is what energizes the entire story.

Benny (David Fraioli)  is problematic from the start. A kind and good man at heart, he is tired of being pushed down by the wealthy and is ready to do something about it.  He is extremely critical of capitalism and trickle-down economics, and feels the system is shameful. He doesn’t want to live his life on the edge of financial ruin, and feels he is entitled to a better living. His conviction is the most powerful, because he is the most sure of his actions.

Candy (Vinny Guastaferro) has goodness within him, but it is hidden by his greed. His business is his everything, and he will do whatever it takes to be successful and make money.

Candy’s abrasiveness and unwillingness to pay his employees a higher wage is what ultimately pushes his employees to the edge, causing them to make a decision that could change their lives.

“On The Money” features only 10 characters, and each and every one is important to the story. From the main leads, to Wallace the loan shark, to the chilling Johnny B, to the humorous foreigner and drunk bar patrons who add some comedic relief while building tension, it is clear that everyone has a place.

However, a play is only as strong as its acting, and “On The Money” features superbly talented actors who truly embody their characters. Never have I seen such a strong cast, where every single actor, and character for that matter, really plays an important part in the narrative. The cast portrays their characters with such nuanced acting that their emotions are almost palpable.

Perhaps the most notable of the cast is Jeff Kober, who plays the loony but sagacious T.C. Hopper. Kober commands the stage as soon as he sets foot in the bar. At first, it seems as if he is talking in circles, and at first impression, it seems he has a screw loose; but when you listen closely, it becomes clear that T.C. Hopper is perhaps the wisest person in the room.

The Victory Theatre Center has done a remarkable job with this production. The set is beautiful, the staging is realistic, the script is meaningful and the acting is impactful. But most of all, it is clear the founders and artistic co-directors of The Victory Theatre Center, Maria Gobetti and Tom Ormeny, give all of themselves to the theatre and to its productions. They are passionate about the project and warm and welcoming to the theatre’s patrons, bringing the love of art and storytelling to our community.

NYE 2014 in Burbank

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There are plenty of things to do this New Year’s Eve in Burbank. Most of the local bars are throwing parties to ring in the new year. Listed below are the bars that have promoted their NYE events. Note: Some of these parties may require a cover charge or purchased ticket.

Story Tavern- NYE Beertacular, Doors Open at 5:30 p.m.

Tony’s Darts Away-NYE Party, Doors Open at 8 p.m.

The Office Bar & Grille –NYE Party, Starts at 10 p.m.

Timmy Nolans-NYE Party

Lucy’s 51-NYE Party, Starts at 7 p.m.

Burbank Bar & Grille-NYE Party, cover charge after 9 p.m.

Barney’s Beanery-NYE Party

Flappers Burbank-NYE Lineup at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill- NYE Party with Crown City Bombers

Dimples-NYE Party, 7 p.m.

Sardo’s-NYE Party, 9 p.m.

The Snug-NYE Party

Remember, be safe and drink responsibly. Bring a designated driver or arrange for a taxi service. Happy New Year!

Burbank Announces Holiday Decorating Contest Winners

Several merry attractions and a sense of humor earned Nic and Carrie Nolan first place in the Adult category for the second year in a row in the Burbank Holiday Outdoor Decorating Contest.

First Place Winners being presented their Certificate from Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy,Robert Vincent Chairman of The Civic Pride Committee. ( Photo Courtesy Burbank PIO Office)

First Place Winners being presented their Certificate from Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy,Robert Vincent Chairman of The Civic Pride Committee. ( Photo Courtesy Burbank PIO Office)

Members of the city’s Civic Pride Committee judged 17 entries in three categories on Thursday evening, said Chairman Robert Vincent. All the winners received certificates from the City Council at Tuesday’s meeting, where Carrie Nolan said that after winning two years in a row, they would not be entering next year to give someone else the opportunity.

The Nolans’  yard, which begins at 246 S. Sparks St. and wraps around onto Oak Street, also won second place two years ago, and their festive scenes just keep growing. There are two animated scenes, a teeter-totter with Santa riding on one seat and reindeer on the other, and then Santa and Mrs. Claus on a swing above the porch. A machine blows fresh “snow” at timed intervals from 5 to 10 p.m.

First Place Winner (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

First Place Winner (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We do it because the neighbors love it and it’s so much fun. When kids come by you see the magic in their eyes,” Carrie said.

New this year is a roller coaster that reaches halfway across the front yard. Nic started building it from scratch in November. It’s made of PVC and wood. Other new decorations they came up with this year are a cotton candy machine and Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus making hot chocolate on the barbecue.

“Red lights in the barbecue look like coals and smoke comes out of it,” she said.

First Place Winner. ( Photo b Ross A. Benson)

First Place Winner. ( Photo b Ross A. Benson)

The couple went above and beyond in their style, imagination and beautification of lighting and characters, Vincent said.

“It was obvious they put a lot of attention into the detail, which really evoked your imagination,” he said.

The reward for decorating each year is the reaction she sees from the neighbors and others, Carrie said.

“I just love when people come by they are all happy,” she said. “Everybody in the neighborhood and those who have heard about it thanks us all the time. They get excited when we start to decorate.”

Next year, husband Nic plans to build a Ferris Wheel, but he wants to have it done in time for Halloween, another time of year they decorate, Carrie said.

Carrie’s friends Liz Holt and Evelyn Lopez help her with Santa’s Workshop and other intricate items.

On the Oak Street side of the yard they have all their blow-up characters.

“We put a sign up there that says ‘Macy’s Parade Rejects’ ” she said with a giggle.

There were 13 entries in the Adult category and two each in the Youth and Commercial categories.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Sophia, Miguel, and Phoenix Santa Isabel won for the Residential Youth Category for decorating their home at 1337 N. Whitnall Hwy.

“The amount of lights, the display of lights and color combination sold us all as a first-place winner,” Vincent said.

Director of Operations Erika Hofmann and General Manager Chris Haven were excited to learn that their Holiday Inn won first place in the Commercial category. Hofmann created the ideas and designed the placement of the decorations. The inside of the hotel is decorated as well.

“We’d like to thank the committee for appreciating all our hard work and we are going to do it again next year!” Haven said.

The theme, “A Season to Celebrate”, was reminiscent of an old-fashioned Christmas, Haven said.

Winner of the Business Division The Holiday Inn. (hoto by Ross A. Benson)

Winner of the Business Division The Holiday Inn. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

There are numerous Christmas trees, poinsettias and greens leading to the entrance. And just on Thursday night, machines were blowing snow flurries. The hotel management also added Santa and Mrs. Claus and an elf to greet guests. Employees served hot cocoa and fresh-baked cookies. The Harmony Vocal Ensemble, made up of school students from the cities of La Canada, La Crescenta and Burbank, performed holiday carols.

“All the kids just loved it,” Haven said. “The kids sat on Santa’s lap and a lot of people were taking pictures of Mrs. Claus too. This is the first time we added a Mrs. Claus and she was dancing with Mr. Claus while the Harmony Group was singing. It was fun! We had a good time. I think everybody had a good time.”

They won because of their use of a thousand lights, beautiful displays all the way from the entrance to San Fernando Boulevard and Christmas carolers.

“And everybody was having a joyous, festive time!” Vincent said.

Winners

Residential Adult
First Place — 246 S. Sparks St.
Second Place — 1316 N. Catalina St.
Third Place — 700 E. Harvard Road

Residential Youth
First Place — 1337 N. Whitnall Hwy.
Second Place — 923 W. Angeleno Ave.

Commercial
First Place — Holiday Inn, 150 E. Angeleno Ave.
Second Place — Encore Nouveau, 3322 W. Magnolia Blvd.

Take Your Kids To See This

There are few things these days that you can do with your kids that are entertaining and education, as well as free.  But such as thing does exist at the Village Church in Burbank.

The church is once again presenting their “Journey To Bethlehem” program.  It’s like a giant play where you join with the actors as you travel back in time 2,000 years to the time of Christ.  They church members have transformed their church courtyard into a a replica of what Bethlehem might have been when Jesus was born.

I first learned about “Journey To Bethlehem” two years ago.  I took my then 6 year-old granddaughter, Madison, to see it, and we were both amazed at how interesting it was.   Last year at this time she was asking me about it.  I had to explain that the church only puts on the program every other year.  She started asking me about it again this year, about a month ago.  I reassured her that we would be going.

It was just as interesting this time.  Even my other granddaughter, 2 year-old Savannah, was enthralled.   Using the “shekels” handed to them by the money changer, the kids could buy small handmade toys, carved flowers, and even little knitted caps.   Their favorite thing to do was buy a carrot for one shekel and feed it to the rabbits.  Maybe because we have ordinary pets at home, they were quite interested in the sheep, rabbits, and chickens.  They favorite was the horse that was at the entrance.

The Roman Centurions with their shinny gold-colored armor and long red capes also caught their attention. The real baby in the nativity scene, along with a miniature donkey was also a favorite of the girls.   As we left the nativity scene, we made one last stop at the camel sitting on the grass lawn.  The Three Wise Men were standing nearby.  He wasn’t a real camel, much to the girls’ dismay, but he did make a great place to stop and take a photo.

Even if you don’t have children or grandchildren to take on the “Journey To Bethlehem,” you should go check out this once every other year event.  We went on Friday night.  It will be open again Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15.   The hours are 5-8:30 p.m. Saturday, and 4-7:30 p.m. on Sunday.  The church is located at 3216 W. Victory Blvd.

Take A ‘Journey To Bethlehem’ This Weekend In Burbank

While Santa Claus, decorated trees, twinkling lights, colorfully wrapped presents, carols, and last minute shopping are all part of our modern day observance of Christmas, if you would like to experience what that very first Christmas might have been like now is your chance.

Village Church will be putting on their “Journey To Bethlehem” program this weekend.  It’s not your average Christmas program either.  The church’s courtyard has been transformed into Bethlehem as it may have been at the time Jesus was born.  From the Roman Centurions standing guard over the costumed vendors who are “selling” their wares, to the live animals in the living nativity scene, it immerses you into what Mary and Joseph may have encountered.

Over 60 church members are involved in the productions that has taken many months to put together.  From the sets to the costumes, volunteers have been hard at work getting everything ready for this weekend.   This is the 8th time the church has put on “Journey To Bethlehem.”   The program is only presented every other year.

Your personal journey to Bethlehem begins just as it did for Mary and Joseph over 2,000 years ago, as your register for the “census” under the watchful eye of the Roman guards.  Next you visit the Money Changer, who will present you (free of charge) with your own coins to use in the marketplace.  You then enter the market place which is the church courtyard transformed back in time.

Using the coins you were given, you can purchase all kinds of interesting items, from delicate flowers made by a wood carver from Mulberry branches, to handmade knitted caps, to pita bread with honey.   There is something there for both young and old to enjoy.

As your journey continues, you visit the inn that was too full to accommodate Mary and Joseph.  Like them you proceed to the stable, which this year has been designed to be more in keeping with what Biblical scholars believe was in a cave.  There you will find Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus lying in a manger, all portrayed by real people.

“We have several babies portraying Jesus,” said Mary Anderson-Harris, a spokes person for the church, “As well as rescue animals in the nativity scene.

The “Three Wise Men” are also there, and as you get to the end of your journey, you see where they have parked one of their camels.  The camel is not real, but it does offer a great place for a photo opportunity.

“Journey To Bethlehem will be open Dec. 13, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Dec. 14, from 5-8:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 15, from 4-7:30 p.m. Admission is free.  Village Church is located at 3216 W. Victory Blvd., at California St.  Parking is across the street at Ralph Foy Park, or on surface streets.

Bethleham has come to Burbank, as the courtyard of Village Church goes back to the time of Jesus's birth.

Bethlehem has come to Burbank, as the courtyard of Village Church goes back to the time of Jesus’s birth.

Wokcano Happy Hour Hits the Spot

One of my favorite spots in Burbank for a delicious dinner and a good drink is Wokcano. Not your typical restaurant, this Asian fusion restaurant has normal seating and bar seating, making it the perfect combination of restaurant and nightlife.

I went just before 7 p.m. on a Saturday, so it was still Happy Hour. Happy Hour at Wokcano is really worth it. I had the $4 house Cabernet to drink, and my group picked a few different appetizers, like vegetable egg rolls and garlic brussel sprouts.

Let me start by saying I never used to eat brussel sprouts. Ever. However, since I tried the garlic brussel sprouts at Wokcano, they’ve been a staple at my house. We make them all the time. I try and recreate what Wokcano does, but it is impossible. Wokcano’s brussel sprouts are just so crispy and bursting with flavor.

I never used to think of Wokcano as a typical nightlife spot. However, the last few times I’ve been, the bar has been packed with young clientele. The bar area is always bustling with people, and the drinks are always good. Wokcano is also open until 2 a.m., so that may be the reason for the younger crowd.

Something that really stands out to me is the friendliness of the waiters and waitresses. I’ve only ever sat in the bar area, but the staff is really incredible and they always love to strike up a conversation with the patrons.

As my search for Burbank nightlife continues, I think Wokcano definitely stands out. The food, drinks and friendly conversation make it a nightlife favorite.

For information on their Happy Hour, check out Wokcano at http://www.wokcanorestaurant.com/happy-hour/burbank/.

Story Tavern Brightens Up Downtown Burbank

I’ve been saying for a long time that San Fernando Road could use a makeover.  There never seemed to be enough places for young Burbankians to hang out, unlike other parts of the city. Lately, to my excitement, I have noticed that San Fernando has made some additions. The other night, my friend and I decided to go on a hunt for new downtown nightlife.

That is when we walked into Story Tavern. A great little bar situated in the heart of downtown Burbank, Story Tavern is exactly what I’d been looking for. I walked in thinking it would be more of a restaurant than a bar, but pretty soon, the place filled up in time for happy hour and the talking and laughter became contagious. The inside of the tavern has a really cool vibe, with a sort of sophisticated, woodsy feel. The tables are long picnic-style and the walls are adorned with historic pictures of Burbank. The bartenders and waitresses were friendly and energetic, really adding to ambiance.

Looking around the bar, my friend and I (both in our early twenties) noticed the clientele was youthful, but not exclusively so. I was pleasantly surprised, thinking since we went early for happy hour, we would find an older crowd. I really liked the fact that the tables are picnic-style. It adds to the community feel, and in past experiences, usually helps to initiate conversation between patrons.

Given the fact that I was at a tavern, I ordered a beer. I like lighter beers, so I went with the hacker pschorr hefeweizen. I was happy with the beer, but needed some bar nosh to go with it. I ordered the totchos, or tater tot nachos, and was not disappointed.  The tots were covered in cheese, sour cream and green onions. Probably not the best choice for the night after Thanksgiving, but when in Rome, right?

The Burbank nightlife scene has been improved with the addition of Story Tavern. I’m really excited to see what is in store for their future, as they will soon be expanding to add a game room.

Story Tavern has an incredible amount of beer and food choices, so I know I will be returning soon to check each one off my list…

Cheers!