The night-life of Irvine just got a new star with the reopening of Y.N.K (You Never Know) at the Irvine Marriott. This modern speakeasy serves over 100 master-crafted cocktails in a cozy and dark room behind the bar of this high-rise hotel. Through the sliding doors, visitors will enter a Mad Men-esque space designed for conversation and enjoying excellent cocktails.

Bar tender man pouring whiskey into flask with smoke

A leather-bound menu awaits guests with stories of each cocktail. The service team can provide a flashlight to read the history behind the Old Fashioned or the tale of making a Ramos Gin Fizz. The chemistry of mixing ingredients to craft a drink are practiced here with a wonderful imagination. The results are drinks that can be sipped slowly to appreciate the depth of flavors. The Red Rum topped with an edible flower was an almost indescribable blend of tart citrus, sweet nectar, and pungent flowers. I highly recommend it! Pair your drink with exceptional food such as fresh oysters from British Columbia, mussels from New Zealand, or fried calamari.

Plate of fried calamari with sauce next to a candle

Plate of mussels with bread crumbs in a dark bar

Plate of fresh oysters on ice with a curved napkin and lemon

Tall crystal glass with a orange red cocktail and white flower

A vintage-style work desk is the platform for the mixologists to create cocktails. Twelve cocktails are on tap which speeds up the process for guests to enjoy more time for conversation and sips. As the bartender garnishes drinks with fresh fruits, oils, and flowers, they can be connecting with the guests, enjoying the conversation that is at the heart of Y.N.K. It is enjoyable to observe the mixologist smoke whiskey, flame an orange peel and release the oils, and shake a cocktail.

Woman pouring cocktail from a tap in a black leather jacket

One taste of the Ramos Gin Fizz and you will thank the bartender for working so hard to make it. This emulsification of gin, lemon and lime, cream, egg, and a few drops of orange blossom water creates a delicious drink that reminds one of a creamsicle milkshake. Delicious!

Bartender man shaking a cocktail mixer in a dark bar

Bartender man pouring soda water into a 13 minute cocktail

A Ramos Gin Fizz cocktail in a crystal glass with orange garnish

This sixteen seat room is popular with locals enjoying an evening with friends. Hotel guests are welcome to come to Y.N.K and enjoy a great drink.

 

Y.N.K

Irvine Marriott

18000 Von Karman Ave, Irvine

(949) 553-0100

 

The creative team at Y.N.K is excited to welcome guests. They are eager to create delicious drinks and food that invite conversation and connection.

All images by Michelle McCoy

Team of 3 people working the bar at Y.N.K at the Irvine Marriott