Revival Social Club
  • 19 NORTH GEORGE ST. YORK, PA 17401
  • 717.430.2981

Getting Away is a Given at Revival Social Club

Writer Rachel Curry
Photographer Eric Forberger

Their new outdoor space is a staycation in downtown York. What if you could find the respite of a Mexican tiki bar or a Parisian outdoor café without going beyond downtown York?

You can—and it’s at Revival Social Club’s new outdoor space at the corner of George St. and E. Market St.

Owner and manager Jessica Ayala helped design the space, which is chock full of warm lighting, tiki lanterns, eclectic vases, flowers and foliage. Her inspiration? Outdoor bars in Tulum, which she says make you feel “warm and embodied by all of the things around you.”

Just a waltz down the sidewalk from Revival’s indoor restaurant, this staycation space comes at the perfect time.

Social atmospheres are opening back up, and being able to kick back with a great view of York’s most striking intersection feels like a reward for making it through.

While the garden style atmosphere is unbeatable, that’s not even the best part about Revival’s outdoor space. It’s the servers delivering craft cocktails and refreshing meals to your table. Full of clever names like Chartreuse or Dare and Kisses in the Car, the drink menu is teeming with exotic ingredients. Cocktails come in tall glasses and satisfy a spectrum of palates, from fruity to oaky.

“When we’re creating our cocktails, it’s going off of taste and smell and presentation,” says Jessica, likening the creations to an art form. Revival rotates the menu every few months, keeping things exciting like a real staycation adventure.

According to Jessica, Revival’s riskiest cocktail is called El Chapo, born from cilantro-infused tequila, smoked corn puree, Amaro Nonino, lime juice, and agave chipotle syrup.

It doesn’t matter if it’s mid-week lunch amid the busy business district or Friday night dinner as the sun sets. Revival’s outdoor space paired with a delectable cocktail makes for an authentic getaway—without leaving downtown York. For Jessica, that’s everything. She says, “It very much is all about everybody coming together to make York a better place.”

YRK Perspectives

What is your hope for York County in the next five years? “The struggles of the past year have shown us how many people and things are slipping through the cracks not just in the restaurant industry but all over. I hope we continue to find ways to give ourselves some grace, collaborate and lift up each other.”
– Jessica Ayala, Owner & Manager, Revival Social Club

Revival Social Club
  • 19 NORTH GEORGE ST. YORK, PA 17401
  • 717.430.2981