Hermosillo's Transforms From Dive Bar Past

Aside from the sign out front, the Hermosillo bears little resemblance to its past as the Hermosillo Club.

After undergoing a dramatic transformation from dive bar to high end brew-pub, Hermosillo at 5125 York Boulevard opened its doors in May to mostly positive reviews.

Formerly home to the , the interior of the Cape-Cod style building bears little resemblance to its past. Gone are paintings on the wall and the black lights, replaced with dark woods and exposed ceilings.

One vestige of the Hermosillo's past that remains is the iconic green lady that adorns the glowing sign outside the bar.

The menu has changed drastically as well. Hermosillo currently offers a dozen IPAs, brown and Scotch ales and other craft beers, which all range in price from $6 to $7. Hermosillo offers a small wine list, curated by Owner Ross Stephenson. The beer and wine list will likely rotate, Stephenson said. 

He said patrons should also expect food to be served at Hermosillo at some point in the future. As of now, customers will be allowed to order-in.

Like the owners of nearby , Stephenson has also installed a new window in the building's facade, allowing more light into the bar.

Stephenson said reviews of the bar have been mostly positive, with first time customers taking well to its carefully curated menu. However, Stephenson admitted that some patrons of the former Hermosillo Club have balked at the new establishment's menu and prices.

What They're Saying:

Beer Search Party:

I like the outward street view stools and the old school banquette seating and most importantly, the 12 tap beer list is pretty solid with Eagle Rock, Green Flash and Port (I had the 6th anniversary DIPA) pouring. And in a cool touch the list is beamed onto the wall via the overhead projector making for a cool twist on the beer list.

Tasting Table  

The crew from Covell is behind the overhaul of York Boulevard’s Hermosillo Club. You can still enjoy the neon-green bathing-suit-clad blonde who watched over the entry from the Club’s sign, but inside the bar wears a fresh new-old patina, replete with Mexploitation film posters and a list of excellent California craft beers projected onto the wall. The Mexican Bordeaux-style blend we tried smelled oddly of molasses, but we found a friend in the 2010 Louis Tete Brouilly Beaujolais ($10).

Culturevator June 21, 2012 at 04:05 PM
A great place with a great new force of energy to the neighborhood. Thank you for leaving the iconic sign. HP is known for our sign preservation and restoral.(BTW, What happened to the Lil Cave bat signage?) Cheers to the revival.
RK June 21, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Good to know! Noticed the windows the other day... Also, please research the brew pubs of Chicago that serve amazing pub grub at a reasonable price. Us neighborhood folk do not appreciate spending $60 on a brunch, or a couple drinks and some wings. Hook us up!
Armez June 26, 2012 at 06:34 PM
When I was about 10 years old, in the mid-70's, the bar was called "TOP HAT". It featured a black exterior(shingles in black), Muted Hot Pink shutters above, Small cypress trees in front, and a neon pink "Top Hat" against a black background which was mesmerizing to see at night....loved it. I think there was a white neon cigarette that lay just below the Top Hat. The sign was placed exactly where the Hermosillo sign was, one being able to see when traveling east or west on York. I wonder if it's on the premises somewhere. I'd like to see the old look return.


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