The Patrons of the Canyon Inn Like Their Pussy Shaven

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Taylor Hamby / OC Weekly
[Editor's Note: We all know local music and dive bars go hand-in-hand. So in the interest of merging the two together on Heard Mentality, we bring you our weekly nightlife column Dive, Dive, My Darling. Read as our bold web editor, Taylor "Hellcat" Hamby, stumbles into the dive bar scene every week to find crazy stories, meet random weirdos and guzzle good booze.]

You may know Canyon Inn as that bar from Bar Rescue in 2011. Or as the only neighborhood bar in Yorba Linda, a Quaker town that until relatively recently, historically speaking, allowed no alcohol to be served within city limits. I know Canyon Inn as that place I never want to go to again.

It's not the dirtiest dive bar in Orange County. It's not the only place you'll get hit on by someone you're not interested in (though we did name it the best place for such an occurrence to happen in our 2012 Best Of issue). Or the only place with bartenders who will give you 'tude. But it's a combination of the first bad experience I had there and the failures of the second and third chances I've given the bar that make me say, "Never again."

The first time I went was with the Weekly's LP "Danger" Hastings sometime in August 2012, post-Bar Rescue. I hadn't seen the show or the 48-year-old bar before, so I had no expectations.

It's a spacious room with brick walls and several towering flat-screens. There are two pool tables and a stage for live music (read: middle-aged cover bands). There's liquor, six beers on tap and a good selection of about 40 bottled beers. There's also an extensive menu of traditional bar finger foods, salads, even steak and shrimp.

The bartender was a ditzy blonde but nice enough. There were just a few other people in the bar with us that Monday night. LP and I were playing pool when we were approached by a group of young guys. "Do you guys want to play pool with us?" they asked.


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tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

Who goes to Yorba Linda? It's way outta the way. Westside.

Where'd they get that city name from?

Jamie Vedder
Jamie Vedder

Wow u sound like an idiot ... Canyon inn is a great bar . And Paulie is far from a douche bag .. Seriously I hate people who try to bring others down . Keep ur negative thoughts to urself .. And ps ur a horrible writer

Jennifer Conklin
Jennifer Conklin

random.... This has nothing to do with Slidebar or Kelly Thomas

Jessica Jones
Jessica Jones

This is an article? Shit. I could be a journalist. This is a fucking yelp review. Wah wah wah.

Cheryl Lynn
Cheryl Lynn

There aren't many bar choices in this area, so that's why this shithole survives. The bros & skanks are too dumb to realize they're drinking watered down drinks & leftover beer foam. Pauly the owner is an aging douche bag, with a bad attitude. Why anyone would go to this trashy place is beyond me.

Aimee Engebretson
Aimee Engebretson

I thought this article was going to be about whether it was still anything like it was on Bar Rescue. If I wanted to hear about "adult" men barely out of high school talking about disgusting things I would just go to Patsy's.

Matthew Acosta
Matthew Acosta

Cassandra AcostaWingman! Never a predator. Glad you left this scene though, it would have ruined you.

Rory Murray
Rory Murray

The Slide Bar should be ashamed. They are responsible for Kelly Thomas' death as much as the asshole cops that killed him.

Cassandra Acosta
Cassandra Acosta

Well Matthew Acosta I wasn't looking to meet or hook up with any one at the canyon so that's your bad. I was friends with the bartenders and bouncers.

Matthew Acosta
Matthew Acosta

I went here a couple of times and it blew. Old hags, douchebags and water in their whiskey! Boooooo

Phil Maurer
Phil Maurer

You go on a Monday Night, and you down check a bar for some idiots in the bar? Huh... great reporting there, how is the food. spirits list etc???? Hard hitting reporting again from the OC Weekly! Are you kids in a race to the bottom with OCR?

Jacquie Pastore
Jacquie Pastore

Poor Yorba Linda! We really do need a GOOD bar here! :(

DiveBar Culture
DiveBar Culture

We been to quite a few bars, sure some of the patrons are rude as hell, but the majority are "working class people" out to relax and not act like douchebags. We have not written our own review of this place, but the one time we were in here after it "got rescued", this review by OC Weekly is spot on!

Ryan Boling
Ryan Boling

@Annie Mcqueen believes everything she reads on the internet... Lol

Kelly Kaye Grimm
Kelly Kaye Grimm

I havent been in a long time but when I went it sucked !

vancarson
vancarson

Wow! I have been going to the Canyon Inn for quite some time and we ALWAYS have a great! Great food and drinks the staff is awesome always smiling laughing and joking around.Pauly is great! Just because some young drunk perverts rubbed You the wrong way is No reason the slannder the CI. Thats funny you say that now because i belive they were in one of the OC Weekly Best of OC Bars not to long ago.Take your panties out of a bunch lady! We love the Canyon Inn!!!!!

Josh Burch
Josh Burch

Lol! @OC weekly. Im with you on this one. That bar is full of Dbags, owner and all.

David DesForges
David DesForges

Bullshit I have a great time there. But I guess that's because I can fight and was popular in high school. And the owners awesome. He kept me from getting arrested. Twice!! This is a working class bar. May be in YL (actually it's in Anaheim) but it surrounded by condos and apartments. Yes "rich" YL kids (like me) come there but where else can you go? I have way too many good memories there. Hope one of my homies little bros chin checks him upon return.

Jennifer Conklin
Jennifer Conklin

I've been to Canyon Inn many times and it is still one of my least favorite dive bars. The bar is disgusting, the food is disgusting & most of the people there are disgusting. The owner is a total dick who actually refused to help me when my friend was attacked in her car outside his bar. His bouncers have been the people starting fights in the bar. Instead of protecting the patrons the owners & Security would throw you to the dogs for entertainment purposes. I would not be sad to see this bar fail.

Annie McQueen
Annie McQueen

Ryan Boling, exotic dancer from thunder from down under, misses the days of credible journalism lol.

Thai Tran
Thai Tran

If your looking for night life in Yorba Linda then Denny's is where it's cracking!

Ryan Boling
Ryan Boling

Wow this has to be the worst writer and written review I have ever scene on OC weekly. The bartender was rude bc she was a ditzy blonde? You called a monday night a girls drinking night? You played pool with guys you didnt want to talk to and then made fun of them for trying to talk to you and found a way to trash downtown HB in the same article? Then you complain about Del taco not being open as the final straw of your kindergarden grade thesis of an establisment? Clearly they are just handing every idiot a writing job out of Devry at OC weekly. I miss the days of credible journalism from the OC weekly and not some mindless twit with a hidden agenda against men, orange county, and a lust for fast food. Canyon Inn

Nick Morris
Nick Morris

That owner is a jerkoff. Hope he loses everything

Joshua Ryan
Joshua Ryan

People forget that reviews are someone's opinion. Their point of view. Ignorance is bliss.

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

Uh, the week before, our critic was in Stanton. Yorba Linda is as "working class" as Coto.

Jordan Mastagni
Jordan Mastagni

Because some d-bags asked if you shave, the bar gets a bad review? I've never been there, nor do I have the desire, but your critiques don't seem very fair to the bar itself.

Tim Nelson
Tim Nelson

I like how she said she woulda gone down to main street Huntington if she wanted a convo about that stuff...

Joe Smith
Joe Smith

I was expecting you to at least give it a comparison to how it is holding up compared to the show. Did you even watch the show?

Tony Montanha
Tony Montanha

I went there once. I'll give it my review. My buddy lives right down the street and me a couple of friends went there to check it out (since it was on Bar Rescue). I've been to a shit ton of dive bars in my life so this is not a shot in the dark here. I actually really like dive bars. Anyways, definitely felt a little bit of the bro element, edgier type of people. It felt like you could randomly find yourself in a fight at any moment (solicited or not). The few girls there were skanks pretty much and relatively unattractive. I thought the owner was pretty cool (to me anyway). If I was in the neighborhood again I wouldn't mind going back for a drink, but it's definitely not a place I would go out of my way to visit. Taffer would definitely not approve.... as a little side note, I checked in at the Canyon Inn on Facebook, and people were literally asking me why I was staying at a hotel in Yorba Linda....

Luke Vafiades
Luke Vafiades

Worst review ever. It's like the writer has never been to a dive bar or something.

rawbz714
rawbz714

Anaheim.city where s is at

rawbz714
rawbz714

Yorba Linda full off boring old white folks

Steve Stanton
Steve Stanton

I think it's hilarious you go into a "dive bar" in Yorba Linda and get offended and/or disappointed. Exactly what were you expecting?...

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