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Echo Park’s Far Sunset Stretch Receives a Classy New Cocktail Bar

Bar Henry takes over for the former El Chubasco

A rendering for Bar Henry in Echo Park
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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.

There’s another new drinking spot coming to Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park soon. It’s called Bar Henry, and it takes over the long-running El Chubasco dive bar address.

For more than three decades, El Chubasco had stood as a beacon for inexpensive pre-Dodger game drinks and late night pours. That all changed in August of last year, when The Eastsider and Eater reported that the bar’s liquor license had expired and the place was suddenly, quietly gone forever.

Now there’s new movement in the form of Bar Henry, a chic-looking cocktail spot set to take up residence by the end of the year. Construction is already underway, and some limited signage has been posted at the front. That said there’s still a ton of work to be done, as Bar Henry looks to become a standalone cocktail operation, with room for 12 drinkers at the bar and a semi-separate lounge area off to one side. As the rendering above shows, the frontage along Sunset is getting a big overhaul as well.

There’s no word on what type of drinks Bar Henry plans on serving, but that will come in time. Tsubaki up the street is still working on its own expansion plan to bring more sake to Echo Park, while further back Bar Calo is set to open in a matter of weeks with a full lineup of food and mezcal to enjoy. Eater reached out to the Bar Henry team for more information multiple times, but so far hasn’t heard back.

Bar Henry. 1228 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles.