Tonight: Special Bernal-Only Soft Launch Opening at New “Holy Water” Bar on Cortland




The former Stray Bar is reopening tonight, under new ownership, with an all-new interior, and a brand-new name. Your Bernalwood editor snapped the photos you see above during a speedy drive-by visit last week.

From here on out, the bar shall be known as Holy Water.

Hmm. Yes.

Micheal Goebel, one of the co-owners of the new establishment, has kindly extended an invitation to all Citizens of Bernalwood to stop by this evening for a special Bernal-only soft-launch celebration:

We thought it would be a cool idea to host a neighborhood-only soft opening for everyone. We will do some hosted beer and wine for a couple hours.

For those who are so inclined, you will be pleased to know that Holy Water is already on the Foursquare, for your check-in convenience.

PHOTOS: Telstar Logistics

31 thoughts on “Tonight: Special Bernal-Only Soft Launch Opening at New “Holy Water” Bar on Cortland

  1. It re-opened last night, but it was SUPER loud. Hopefully that’s not gonna be a trend.

  2. Why spend all the time and money on good interior design and ambiance and then totally ruin it by putting a TV in the corner!

    There are plenty of bars with TVs, do we really need another?

  3. I peeked in last night and was a little thrown by the TV, too. Seemed quite out of place.

    Will have to send the husbo down to see if they can mix a decent drink.

  4. I’m going to go and see if they can pour either a good Old Fashioned or a Sazerac. If they can make the whiskey smooth, then they might stand a chance.

    • It looks like they know what they’re doing judging by the rum, gin, and mescal they’ve stocked in that photo. Good choices across the board, and not exclusively at the high end.

      Granted there’s a difference between knowing what to buy and knowing what to do with what you’ve bought, but I’m starting to get my hopes up.

  5. I,myself, was really hopeing for a … nicer… bar – the 2 wine bars we have offer a nice atmosphere and we are really fortunate on Cortland to have 2 really pedestrian, neighborhoody bars, places anyone could go to regularly. I think it would be different, refreshing, if we had something with a little higher tone – it means I don’t have to go outside my ‘hood to drink at a more casually-elegant establishment – something to match our higher quality restaurants on Cortland.

  6. We stopped in last night to see the new digs and the place looks great! Love the ceiling and the lights. Lots of space to move around. Could use another table or two for seating (they have the space for it). Friendly bartenders and patrons! The TV’s fit in just fine…it is expected in a bar like this.

  7. I used to work in that bar when it was called Charlie’s. Helluva lot different back then. It would appear that the plain, old, regular-ass, BAR, that is to say, a dark place to sit with familiar faces and drink the spirit of your choice, and perhaps shoot some pool or watch the game, in an environment free of elitist attitudes or silly affectations, is becoming a threatened species,

  8. Sorry we missed the opening, didn’t receive our Bernalwood blog until after it was over 😦
    Can’t go to a bar with a tv though, sorry! If people want to watch TV they should stay at home!

  9. I think we should all be incredible happy to have this business open in our neighborhood. It looks like this owner has put tremendous thought into creating a beautiful space where we can enjoy a fine cocktail. If you want a plain, old, regular dark ass bar, there’s one just down the street. Let’s support business like this who are actually taking a risk, investing in creating a new space/vibe and not just slapping a new name on an old space!

  10. Went last night. Friendly staff. Made a good Old Fashioned. I pet many cute dogs. Bar is well stocked. That’s about all I could ask from a new bar.

  11. Stopped by tonight – nicely redone interior, spacious, not too loud at all, very good cocktails, dog-friendly. The TVs are on without volume – they were showing the Cardinals/Dodgers game and it wasn’t obtrusive at all.

  12. Popped into Holy Water over the weekend. I love that they’ve kept Stray Bar’s dog-friendly vibe. We had a Moscow Mule and an After The Gold Rush – both delicious. The only criticism at this point is the TVs kill the moody atmosphere, and sort of ‘un-do’ the careful consideration given to the new decor. Otherwise, a nice addition to Cortland.

  13. Pingback: New Happy Hour at Holy Water Happens After the Kids Go to Bed | Bernalwood

  14. Pingback: Violent Tales from Pre-Gentrification Bernal Heights During the Eighties | Bernalwood

  15. Pingback: Saturday: Get Cocktailian at Holy Water’s First Anniversary | Bernalwood

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s