The Hermosillo

The HermosilloThe Hermosillo
The HermosilloThe Hermosillo
Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

5125 York Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90042-1715
United States

(323) 739-6459 | map
thehermosillo.com

Notes: The Hermosillo is a neighborhood beer and wine bar in Highland Park, Los Angeles. Previously a night club with an infamous reputation, The Hermosillo now serves craft beer, 30 wines by the glass, and creative bar food. Home to the original Highland Park Brewery location (production only), too.

See the HPB Chinatown listing for their beers.
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.35
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
78
pDev:
10.11%
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mynie from Maryland

4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Just around the block from my friend's house, in a very nice neighborhood filled with restaurants and record shops. The exterior is rather unassuming, but inside the place is surprisingly huge and unpretentious. The facade is bricky and tavern-like, the bar is large and well-staffed, there's shuffleboard and one of those games where you swing a cable to try to catch a ring onto a hook, and they were playing the Galaxie 500 Pandora station at a reasonable volume. Basically, it was my kind of place.

The prices were good for the west coast. So was the food. The beer tended toward contemporary styles, with lots of fanciful sours and fruit-forward IPAs, but there was still a good amount of stylistic diversity and everything I tried was very good.

We wound up spending like 4 hours here without meaning to, we were having so much fun. Certainly, my impression was somewhat influenced by the joy of hanging out with old friends, but we also went to several other places and none were as enjoyable as Hermosillo. The staff were super cool, the locals were friendly, and the location was great. The place is a must-visit if you're in the area.

Aug 04, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Visited here during their sour beer tap takeover during LA craft beer week. Fairly standard dive bar vibe, especially in the neighborhood it's in. Cool place, with nice servers who are responsive and quick about getting things done. Selection is nice; they had several HPB standards along with a nice selection of CA sours including West Ashley. They also had some Cantillon for on-site drinking as well. Food was good as well, pretty exceptional burger actually. Overall, a nice spot which I enjoyed very much. It was a bit of a pain to get to this place off I-210, though. I will have to visit the Chinatown location next time I am in LA.

Jun 27, 2018
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Frosty11161 from California

4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Great place to drink decent beer, eat spectacular food, and people watch, be it inside the bar or by the windows.

Don't forget to tour the brewery in the back! I always play that joke on friends their first time there. Barrel warehouse is the best.

Jun 05, 2017
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Sev from California

5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

this place is top notch. might be the most well rounded brewery in Los Angeles. They always have plenty of styles to offer and their west coast IPAs are the best I've ever had. The service is great, the location is great - if you haven't been yet, do it. do it now.

Jan 26, 2017
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JayORear from New York

4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

This is a frustrating review to write, in that I so much want it to be even better than my rating, which is pretty damn high. The vibe is perfect: a historic East side L.A. gentlemen's club, with lots of room for sitting and standing, and beer and food copiously flowing. There's a bartender who started calling me by name after my very first time going, and always remembers, no matter how long it's been since my last visit. And the (HPB) beer has steadily improved since they started brewing, to the point where it's probably in the top two L.A. proper breweries. My dings against quality and selection might seem minor, but they're important enough that I end up not going quite as much as I might otherwise.

First, taplist-wise, there's sometimes a strange imbalance between styles; I've been more than once when the majority of beers were saisons/wilds, which I appreciate, but which I rarely eat with pub food. Other times, there are barely any hoppy beers, or some preponderance of beers that I'm really not that into. I think they could learn from Cellarmaker in SF, a brewer that really keeps a balanced, intriguing list at all times. Second, the food: much of it is quite good, but there seems to be a conscious effect to avoid anything resembling "traditional" pub food, and when it comes close, it's either weirdly oversized or undersized. The grilled cheese sandwich could feed a family of four, and the papas nachos (which are awesome) are only served as a "snack size," when they could easily be a bigger entree. Again, I'm comparing to another brewery with food, Tired Hands, which has this aspect nailed. On the one hand, they have the "house-cured charcuterie plates," but they've also got a simple goddamn burger with fries. (BTW, TH also nails the balanced taplist thing.)

If it seems like I'm being hard on the Hermosilio, it's only because they're *this* close to being truly, not almost, great. Balance that taplist and offer more basic grub on the food menu, and I'll be there once a week, instead of once a month.

Jan 06, 2017
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Pretty awesome little brewery, while still pretty new - this brewery turns out some interesting, delicious beers. Inside they have about 10 in-house beers and two outside offerings. The beers are projected onto a wall using one of those old projectors they used to teach math with the dry erase markers. On a sunny day, it's hard to discern the projection. The place can get busy - but the service is chill and attentive.

Mar 01, 2016
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Goldstar81 from California

4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

This is the best brewery in LA county. Yes you heard me. It's located a medium sized neighborhood bar that isn't the most easily accessible place as its not really near any freeways or metro stops and the parking lot sucks but while it lacks in accessibility it makes up for in vibe as well as quality and variety of styles with their own unique personalities.

Bob Kunz brews some of the best IPAs and sour saisons/Berliner Weiss style beers in all of Southern California. Think a ton of flavor, aroma and drink-ability wrapped up in a neat little 4%-8% ABV package. The DIPAs and stouts are 8%-12% but you get the idea. Each batch he brews is better or at least as good as the previous batch which not all brewers are capable of. Consistency is the name of the HPB game which I believe is vastly under-appreciated. While the space he utilizes is small, he is working some real magic back there. Not to mention he's the nicest most approachable guy you'll meet.

If you're visiting from out of town and want to sample the future of the LA beer scene run, don't walk to HPB. Also, check of the fridge for any bottle offerings for onsite consumption. There's also usually three options for growlers. You won't be disappointed!

Dec 29, 2015
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mookihouse from California

3.56/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

21+ only. Easy to find if you look for the sign as in the profile photo. It has its own tiny parking lot on the side of the building. Got there 4:30pm on a Sunday and the place is full.

Dec 28, 2015
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Beer_Line from California

5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place was a good surprise. A buddy of mine lives in Glendale, so I thought I would poke in. I am glad I did. The beers I had from them were top notch. Stay tuned, I am guessing these guys will blow up

Sep 05, 2015
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mrcraft from California

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

This is a cool brewery/bar/brewpub in the outskirts of Downtown LA in the Highland Park neighborhood.

Once inside you see seats along the windows, large bar area thanks to its unique shape and tables and seats around. Since this is a brewery inside of a bar, they have mostly HPB beers on tap with some guest beers. That's quite okay, since HPB beers are solid. Tonight I came here for the first time after work, and just had one glass. But, it was a very nice glass of Raised Eyebrows, a fruit infused sour. It was one of the best beers I had in a while.

The people around me were having food that looked pretty good too, so I'll try some food and more HPB beers next time. Nice visit.

Aug 31, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The Hermosillo hosts Highland Park Brewing in the same building. I go here for Highland Park stuff, which is one of my favorite breweries in LA. They usually have about 10 of their beers on tap in addition to guest taps. The quality and selection is excellent. Service is good even though it can get quite busy here. Highly recommended.

Jun 23, 2015
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notchucknorris from California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Went to check this place out this weekend and I'm so glad I did. Great atmosphere, not overly crowded or pretentious-feeling. Bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable and Highland Park's beers are absolutely phenomenal. The Hello, LA and Sun-Soaked were the two that really stood out to me. A pretty solid bottle fridge tucked away in the back of the bar as well with some random goodies like BCBBW and a few of Highland Park's beers as well. Also, they have shuffleboard, which is awesome. Highly recommended.

Jun 02, 2015
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alexander_ostrofsky from California

2.37/5  rDev -45.5%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5

I know this place made it onto the list of best new breweries for 2014, but I just don't see it. At the time I went they only had half their taps dedicated to their own beers, so the selection wasn't great. What I had wasn't bad, it just wasn't noteworthy

Feb 16, 2015
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sillyhed8 from California

4.9/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

I really love this spot. I am very intrigued with its dim lighting, and their beers are amazing. I love it's vibe, and how welcomed you feel at the bar.

Jan 29, 2015
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deford from California

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4

A great place to spend a rainy SoCal evening...a few beer geeks, some local folks, a couple young ones looking for fun, a few drunks...pretty mellow. The beers from HPB are fantastic...a little local secret...and the food is pretty cool too...Potato Nachos, need I say more?

I'm gonna go with a five on service because the bartender hooked us up with a special bottle...comp!! We bought a few bottles to go and a few drinks there and he popped a special for us...gotta love that!

We went there for some HPB stuff so we were more than satisfied...not a lot else though...a few things on tap.

Parking was ok...It's just that the place is totally in the middle of the fwys and there's lots of streets to get there. You're gonna need your GPS if you're not local...

Jan 11, 2015
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SirBentham from California

4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5

HPB is making some of the best beer in SoCal. The vibe of this place is great. The food is ok.
The service can be pretty awful at times though. There are at least 2 bartenders there that are just incredibly rude.
I hope some changes are made, because the brewers seem like great people.

Nov 09, 2014
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4/5  rDev -8%

First, damn Los Angeles, why do you guys tolerate the 5PM opening that seems to be the standard for many breweries in your city? I question your devotion to drinking. Seriously.

I arrived to Highland Park, or what I thought was Highland Park, only to find a shuttered establishment called Hermosillo. I was confused. Was the address wrong? Why am I not seeing a sign reading "Highland Park" or "Highland Park Brewery"? With a little research on my phone I was able to discover that HIGHLAND PARK BREWERY IS IN FACT HERMOSILLO. THEY ARE ONE AND THE SAME. Or something like that. HP brews their beers in the back of Hermosillo, according to the server I chatted with, but for whatever reason they haven't settled on just one name for this place. Silliness as far as I'm concerned.

Anyway, let's talk the beer. I was facing down a good number of IPAs on the menu, that was a bummer. I live in IPA-obsessed New Mexico, so I'm always looking to find respite from the style when traveling elsewhere. Don't get me wrong, I'll still have one or two or five, but these are fit between the 80-100 other beers and styles I'm looking to sip on.

Thankfully, in the sea of IPA options I saw the type of beer I'm a sucker for: a beer with coffee added. It had a great name too, Wake Up. The beer was big on coffee flavor and lighter in body with a low ABV, which, you know, means you shouldn't feel any shame drinking it for breakfast. Right? Right?

I would have stuck around for more than one Wake Up or given the IPAs a shot but unfortunately I had a meter running low and had wasted more than an hour sitting at a wannabe beer bar up the road waiting for this place to open. One could blame me for not doing my research and confirming what time the brewery opened, but I'm blaming HP and all these other breweries for opening so ridiculously late.

Either we're really spoiled or over-the-top alcoholics but in New Mexico we EXPECT our breweries open by noon if not earlier. LA get your shit together.

But beyond the time issue, I was impressed with Highland Park and think they'll continue pumping out some good beer.

Oct 29, 2014
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Bankhead from California

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Already great neighborhood spot made even better by the presence of Bob's unique and refreshing beers on tap.

Tasty food options, often bustling but never so packed you have to wait for anything, super personable.

Proud to call it my local.

Aug 21, 2014
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errantnight from District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Hermosillo is now my go-to spot in LA. That may have something to do with the fact that it's a mile from the house, but when Verdugo Bar is only a couple more (and plenty of options in Pasadena, Glendale, etc.), it says something.

The bar is recently renovated, open, and inviting. The horseshoe bar in the center of the room dominates the space, but it helps divvy up the room into sections in what would otherwise be one, wide-open place.

The beer list is ever-changing, and has been consistently improving in quality as the months roll along. A dozen+ taps of excellent quality, and increasingly, unique and harder to find. Ross does an excellent job curating the list, which has a heavy emphasis on local brews.

They've recently added a small bottle list, which is dominated by geuze and other sours, farmhouse ales and ciders, and usually has a few in-demand beers available.

A small kitchen has also been added which is turning out very good to excellent small plates, sandwiches, cheese and charcuterie. The quality is excellent, and if the vibe doesn't necessarily invite sit-down-meal, the food itself does.

And of course, Highland Park Brewery has finally opened its doors in this space, and Bob is already churning out some superb beers.

Highly recommended.

Jun 12, 2014
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Retsinis from California

4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The Hermosillo. While the bar building, & name have a long past in the area, they are just that, far in the past. The only thing of concern, is what it is today. So if you haven't been there in a while, it deserves a visit & fresh perspective.

The bar was purchased by new owners a few months ago, and after some renovation, the place has really opened up (litterally with more windows, and a spacious open floor plan, & a very large bar in the middle) The space is slightly retro, a cross between perhaps early sixties with the dark wood, with a bit of roaring 30's flair with some of the posters & color schemes, but there really is a really nice amount of space here. They also have this hook game in the back, quite original, to me at least, addicting, simple, & fun.

The focus in on qualtiy craft beer & wine. The taps & featured wines rotate, & the beer list is projected on the back wall with one of those old projectors from math class in High School. They offer wine flights, as well as some specials. One such recent example was side by side pours of regular Black Butte Porter & Black Butte XXIV.

The tap list has been evolving, but they have had some great stuff so far from Deschutes, Drakes, Lost Abbey, Stone, Flying Dog, North Coast, Stone, etc. just to name a few. I've been there twice (or was it three times, hehe) & have enjoyed the beers & the times equally.

Overall, the bar is a fresh start to an old bar (kept the name, but really it's a new place) and based on the crowds so far, it brought back some much needed personality & a cool hangout that this local community needed.

Aug 28, 2012
The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA
Place rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 78 ratings