Update: Sadly Sardo’s closed July 28th 2017. The owner, Seymour Satin, wrote this emotional note:
Our Last night will be on Friday, July 28th when we close our doors.
It is with great regret that I need to close Sardo’s. The reason you ask, financially I cannot go on. Costs are up and business is down. My rent was raised on January 1st and I am paying $10,000 per month plus the cost of labor, product, insurance and as I stated business has been down for a while. I have tried to sell Sardo’s but with the rent so high, no buyers are interested.
I tried to find another location the past 2 years but Burbank is extremely difficult to move a business, especially a bar! Parking is a major issue, where you need 10 parking spaces for every 1.000 sq. ft. and that doesn’t exist in Burbank!
I truly appreciate everyone that has come to Sardo’s over the years and I am extremely proud of what I’ve seen over the past 14.5 years. People getting married, the close friendships I’ve seen grown and they all met at Sardo’s and seeing the staff (past and present) grow up to have families.
As my staff will tell you, I have referred to many as my daughters as they have become family and that is why I continued Sardo’s over the years when I had the opportunity to sell and I didn’t.
I’d like to think I’ve had a part in developing an atmosphere where people feel relaxed and make friends.
Sardo’s has become a family, bottom line and that is what I’m proud of. Helping the staff and clients over the years either financially or support was never in question and seeing them grow is what I always said, “I was brought into Sardo’s January 1, 2003 for a reason and I have no regrets.”
My future is unknown, I’ll take it day by day.
So, come on out and enjoy for the next few days while we are still open.
Thank you all for your support over the years.
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 Sardo’s.
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:
Below is the Sardos commercial:
If you are staying in the Burbank area, I’d recommend a visit.
Sardo’s Grill and Lounge
259 N. PASS AVE.
BURBANK, CA 91505
Phone: (818) 846-8127
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Entertainment 9:00 p.m. nightly, 7 p.m. on Fridays.