Colors and numbers play an intrinsic role in feng shui. The number one, for instance, symbolizes water, the colors black and blue, and the north direction. This number is also the name of a great place I like to grab a drink called Bar One. Located in North Hollywood, this 1970s-esque establishment disburses a fine selection of beer and wine. In the type of feng shui that I practice, the direction and manner in which a building faces is very important to how prosperous a structure can be. The unassuming facade of Bar One happens to face north. The direction of north and the number one are directly connected. Also, notice the stonework and single potted tree near the entrance. The rock siding adds a beneficial earth and metal element to the walls, while the solitary tree (another example of the number one) brings a lively wood element to the front.
Inside the bar, the vintage swankiness continues. Black and red brocaded walls permeate the environment, while large mirrors help to create the feeling of vastness in the moderate-sized space. Sumptuous lighting throughout cast a fiery glow over the patrons before the warmth of alcohol seeps into their veins.
The hallway above leads to the restrooms (on the left) and the rear entrance to the small parking lot in back. There is also plenty of street parking on Whitsett and Burbank boulevards. And they now serve food!! The new bar menu at Bar One is created and prepared at a nearby offsite kitchen (soon to be Steampunk Restaurant opening later this year). The vittles are then delivered in classic styrofoam take-out containers (another 70’s motif). I had some amazing morsels the other night:
Belgian Fries – I have a deep fondness for potatoes in any form, and these exceeded my expectations. I’m not sure exactly what makes them Belgian, but I do know they are the perfect food for alcohol absorption. The portion size is ideal, and great for sharing (or not). They also come with two of their three delicious dipping sauces. The three to choose from are the HMO Aoili (my favorite), the Currywurst Sauce, or the Chipotle Ketchup.
Currywurst – A Currywurst is a German street food, which consists of sausages cut into pieces and then cloaked thoroughly in a savory curry sauce. I love that they use red curry, rather than the more common yellow and green varieties. It adds a robust fire element to the spicy meal. Of the three offered, I went with the asiago chicken and fennel sausage. The blend of mild and more piquant flavors were the perfect balance of taste. Given the way it was prepared, and the zesty sauce, I would have to say this is a very yang food item. A whole currywurst is available on their menu, but for Happy Hour they also offer a highly impressive option – a half order of the currywurst of your choice with fries for $4.00. While this may be subject to change in the future, I think this is an excellent thing to keep around.
Sweet Potato Flatbread – Pureed sweet potato spreads itself all over as the sauce for this gratifying pizza creation. Gouda, cheddar, pecans and smoked bacon comprise the rest of the dish. According to yin/yang theory, the sweet and savory ingredients here create a well-balanced meal, both in taste and ingredients used. This was devoured quite quickly.
- Grenache – I cannot recall the name, but it was a very middle earth red, that was neither too heavy, nor too spicy. I absolutely loved it!
- Cloverdale Ranch Cabernet – A bold cab that makes a statement. Robust and sophisticated.
- Sliders – Of the three options, I tried the beef ones. Onions, pepperjack cheese, and mushrooms are the supporting cast to the cooked-to-perfection burgers. Two medium-sized sliders come to an order. Rich and refined.
- Sangria – A very strong red sangria, served in a pint glass over ice. Only $4.00 on Happy Hour, this bold libation is the epitome of a summer drink.
As for the best times to visit, I suggest going between 6:00 – 8:00pm. After 10:00, it can get a little loud and crowded – and one can take advantage of Happy Hour! For those of you who drink beer (I do not), they have a weekly event every Monday called Mystery Beer Night. For $3.00, you can have a beer of the bar’s choice all night long. According to friends of mine, it’s always something good quality, but you’ll just have to be surprised as to what it is. For a casually auspicious good time, I suggest dropping into Bar One, the premier place to grab a currywurst.
Bar One Beer and Wine Parlour
12518 Burbank Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91607
Hours: Happy Hour: Daily from 6:00 – 9:00, Bar: Monday – Saturday 6:00 – 2:00, Sunday 6:00 – 1:00.
Update: Sad News! The food menu is no longer being served at Bar One. If one is hungry, they can walk down a couple of doors to Steampunk and order food, but only before 8:00 pm, as that is Steampunk’s closing time.