Chasing The Blues Away: Bar Henry


Can a guitar influence the design of a restaurant space? Given that the guitar was a 1974 ES-335 and the space was Bar Henry in Echo Park, the answer is a resounding yes. And if it plays great music, so much the better.

Aero Collective and builder Chris Jung worked with owner Brett Rubin to bring his vision to life. Outside a custom-blue wall, traced with vines, welcomes customers inside. 

The interior’s wood tones have their birth in that Guitar. Rubin calls it  “the most beautiful wood tone I’ve ever seen.” It’s paired with a rich navy paint. A rich green covers the booths and seating. A marble checker floor and subtle brass details add an extra layer of sophistication. On the walls, mini galleries feature photography and original art by friends 

The drinks also spin classic cocktails through Rubin’s lens, monikered with names like Suicidal Caveman, Mr. Fix-It, and Robot Sex on the Beach, as well as beer and shot specials. 

“It’s our version of the ideal neighborhood bar,” says Rubin “A welcoming vibe, a cozy but refined setting, a well rounded and accessible bar program, and an awesome soundtrack.” They must be doing something right, it’s already garnered two AIA LA Restaurant Design Awards. 

Bar Henry, 1228 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 213.988-7208