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We were staying in a great AirBnB apartment in Burbank. The local area felt pretty safe and it was only a short walk to a small shopping area with a few restaurants and a bar called Sardos.

The entrance is pretty unassuming, just a door from which it wasn’t possible to see what was happening inside. I could hear some music, singing and cheering and decided to have a look.

I found a lively bar, people signing karaoke, sports on TV and really attractive waitresses. I took a seat at the bar – although there were plenty of tables. A large draft beer was $4.

I was amazed at the quality of the karaoke singing. I guess everyone in LA wants to be a star and wants to show off their talent – just in case some producer is watching. But when someone stepped up with an average performance, they still got the cheers and encouragement from the crowd. The girl running the karaoke machine would also join in and beef up the performance where someone was struggling.

The calendar had various nightly options, although karaoke was a nightly feature. Tuesday night was PSK night – which I later found out was ‘Porn Star Karaoke’. It turns out that on PSK night, the songs are performed by members of the adult movie community – it’s actually just like any other night and turns out some of these porn stars can sing!

They had Sambuca, for I think $7 a good size shot. On each night I was there, I had a few beers and a few sambucas. On my last night, the waitress advised that I’d drunk all the Sambuca – I’m pretty sure the bottle wasn’t new when I started. She showed me the empty bottle and I took this picture:

Sardos Sambuca

Below is the Sardos commercial:

If you are staying in the Burbank area, I’d recommend a visit.

Sardos Grill and Lounge


259 N. PASS AVE.

Phone: (818) 846-8127

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Entertainment 9:00 p.m. nightly, 7 p.m. on Fridays.