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The San Fernando Bar Reimagines the Far Reaches of Glendale

A new drink stop comes across the way from Golden Road

The future home of The San Fernando
Farley Elliott
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Though the exterior may not look like much at the moment, soon the former Big Fish Bar in Glendale will operate under a new name: The San Fernando. Big Fish closed back in 2015, and with its demise the corner location sat dormant for some time. Now there’s new life inside, with a bunch of finishing construction seeking to open the joint up (it’s been in process for more than a year) and make it a bit more presentable.

Along with the new look — think a relaxed 1940s aesthetic — the bar should carry some live music and a full slate of drinks, including craft beer and wine. There will be food as well, in the form of everything from burgers and sandwiches to bar snacks and charcuterie.

There has been a modern renaissance for the casual bar of late, with places like Bar Angeles in Silver Lake opting for a decent food menu alongside a full run of beverage and a hip environment. Others like Tabula Rasa in Thai Town offer much the same, including one seriously delicious burger. If all goes well, The San Fernando will join that list by late March or early April.

Update: An earlier version of this story listed the bar as being in Atwater Village, but it is in Glendale.

The San Fernando
5230 San Fernando Rd.
Glendale, CA