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Lucky Baldwin's Pub
Taps: 63 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
17 S Raymond Ave
phone: (626) 795-0652
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Another Pasadena bar, a wonderful visit for me. This place is kind of dark on the inside and there is a lot of dark wood and neon signs that add to this dive feel of the place. Lots of alternative looking people peering out of booths and hightops. I eventually found a seat somewhere, a very cool and chill place.
Lots of beer on the menu, a few dozen drafts and some bottles. I get an Arrogant bastard ale and my guest orders a Chimay, they are currently out of the Chimay so the waitress suggests a few alternatives that are reasonable and demonstrate a clear knowledge of at least that beer style. Call me impressed.
I would definitely go here the next time I'm in Pasadena. Its pretty cool and has good service and decent selection.
12-03-2009 21:09:37 |
More by drabmuh
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
I have been a big fan of LB's for many years--they have increasingly improved and expanded their beer selection offering by far the best selection in Pasadena. Lots in bottles, and an huge selection on tap (more than 50) including the hometown Craftsman Brewing Co., lots of Belgians, a good selection of craft-brews (usually West Coast), and a smattering of British, Irish and German beers. They have a few cask selections as well! Proper glassware is on hand, and usually utilized. As can often be the case in an establishment with such a large tap selection, don't be surprised if they are tapped out on some offerings.
I love the atmosphere, with the tucked away bar, pub room, patio, and loft. While sometimes you have the fight the crowds, a weekend late afternoon can be pleasantly chill. And if there is a big soccer match on, count on the hooligans crashing the place.
The food is average, occasionally pretty good, and mostly of the British pub variety. The service here is the weakest link, though most of the servers are quite pleasant.
11-01-2009 22:35:51 |
More by JTahoe
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$
Just located off the main shopping strip it's tucked only slight away from the action so a great place to go for a beer while the wife shops. They always a great selection of beers at Baldwins and often have little festivals. The last time i was here in mid June they had an IPA feast going on, they had a silly amount of IPA's on tap picking one is like choosing your favorite child. Service is friendly but casual, a little laid back if you are in a rush, but really you should be just kicking back enjoying the day.
07-03-2009 07:42:33 |
More by fbinla
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is a fun place and if you follow international soccer and in the greater Los Angeles area you likely already know about it. Place opens at 6:00 a.m. sometimes for breakfast if an important match is on.
First experience was for breakfast and it great. Went back two days later for dinner and beer and enjoyed a very nice meal (great mussles and they also go great with a variety of beer) and good food in general.
Very nice list of bottles and impressive array on tap. Four of us for dinner each ordered a few different beers and we shared for the best of all experiences. (Then, of course, we ordered a great Belgian and simply drank it with our dinner).
Had so much fun we ended up at the 2009 Belgian Beer Festival; I believe it was their 10th year. A gas! Lots of beer; lots of variety and all (at least most) on tap. All around great place.
05-29-2009 05:52:33 |
More by GRG1313
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Located in downtown Pasadena. Its real easy to miss. Theres a nice outdoor patio area. The place kind of winds through the building and theres a ground level, upstairs, and some kind of storage area downstairs. Granted I've only been there during festivals (barleywine 2008, 12th anniversary, octoberfest 2008, and now belgian fest 2009) and thats always on a weekend. Its crowded and can get noisy but its a nice atmosphere because the patrons are more respectful than your average bar flys.
The food is quite good but expensive. So far I've had a burger, fries, and a leek soup. All good. You pretty much have to go to the bar to oder food but thats alright. Servers are scarce.
The beer list is always impressive and with 50+ taps theres something for everyone. Theres also a fridge full of bottles and I think they have more hiding somewhere. Actually, if you look down the stair case by the projector you can see huge stacks of Bigfoot, Celebration, and Anchor xmas. Their real claim to fame is the belgian selection including a bunch of 1.5L and 3L bottles and occasional 6L.
I'm torn between "$$$ - a bit pricey" and "$$$$ - very expensive" but its a great place and everyone should go at least once.
02-16-2009 22:50:01 |
More by t0rin0
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Been to lucky baldwin's a couple of times, more often when I don't meed the dress code of those snazzy clubs in pasadena ... bastards!
This place is usually pretty happening, finding a table is sometimes difficult, but not impossible, unless you show up with a gang of people.
I must admit, I never tried the food here.
The selection is pretty good, a lot of good stuff on tap. I had Chimay, Boddington, but they ran out of Tetley's! The staff is knowledgeable enough, however, to offer suggestions depending on your beer preferences, which is always a good thing and a good way of trying out other similar brews. You didn't like their suggestion? Well, they'll take it back without charge ... shhh ... don't tell 'em I said that...
Service is pretty decent but sometimes lags because of the amount of people here. Don't expect to be priority number one.
The brews aren't too expensive, I would definitely say reasonable, but you could find cheaper fare elsewhere. The only problem is, you wouldn't find the great selection Lucky Badlwin's has.
12-11-2008 01:57:12 |
More by davexisxrabid
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
We stopped by after the UCLA-Oregon St debacle. Lucky Baldwin's was indeed the perfect place to drown our "sorrows". There was some kind of weird anti-Scientology congregation hanging out around the bar (they were protesting outside as well).
The vibe was very chill, enhanced by all the seating options. Bar, bar tables, patio tables with more upstairs. Whatever your mood, social or less so, Baldwin's accommodates. That's the hallmark of a grand ol' pub.
People seemed into their brews, but there were plenty of folks who were there to drink Blue Moon. Our bartender Sarah, who just became a certified cicerone, helped steer the Blue Moon types to quality ales instead. So instead of a Blue Moon, she recommended a Craftsman Wit or Heavenly Hefe (can't remember which one).
She gave me a discount on the Craftsman El Prieto Sour Ale since my order kicked the cask. It was still quaffable. Also tried a Stone 7th on tap, part of their Stone Brewing weeks. I was told the keg was a new batch of the old recipe, rather something from way back when. Tasty. They had run out of Russian River's Salvation and Alesmith's Old Numbskull...unfortunately. My friend had a Avery Imperial Kaiser and then Pliny the Elder for the first time. That was the best tasting Pliny I've had the pleasure of sampling.
The tap selection is great and focuses on West Coast brew, Pasadena's Craftsman and imported goodies like Aventinus and Belgian holiday ales. I love their bottle selection, e.g. a magnum 2005 Anchor Xmas ale and Bigfoots going back to 2003 or so.
Overall, an awesome place worth traveling across LA for. Next time, I intend to dig into their barleywines and considerable number of holiday ales.
11-09-2008 20:43:50 |
More by johnnieoz
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I finally made it up here today around noon, it was not too hard to park, thankfully I found a spot right on Colorado Blvd., walk in and see a very nice selection of glassware, and the kitchen and counter right across the way from it, place is cool with an outdoor patio, upstairs, etc., although I can see it getting very crowded if there was already close to forty people there around this time, food smelled good but I was not really hungry so I did not have any, I saw some glasses I had never seen before like some Cantillon, local favorite Craftsman, Chapeau, and Trappistes Rochefort, made my way into the back and boy was it loud, there was a European soccer game on and there was tons of fans barking at the television while enjoying a pint, I scoped out the tap selection first and saw about fifty in total, unfortunately they were out of the Lucky Baldwin Abbey 10th Anniversary that Craftsman brewed for them, but they did have a lot beers left over from their Stone Anniversary week, they still had on 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12, always seem to miss 6th Anniversary no matter what, other interesting things on tap were five different Craftsman including Edgar's Ale, Heavenly Hefewezien, 1903 Lager, Harvest, and a new seasonal Dunkelweizen, other draft beers were Cherish Raspberry, Sierra Nevada Harvest, Russian River IPA, Delerium Noel, Alesmith Old Numbskull, and a fair amount of other easier to find Belgians, quite an impressive list, after that I looked over the bottle list and saw some local Lost Abbey and Stone stuff, four different Cantillons including 2004 Lou Pepe Kriek and Grand Cru, they had some magnums of Chimay and Samichlaus too, people who worked there were real cool and helpful, no cplaints about the quality of the place, it looked like a fairly old building but it was kept clean, most pints are five dollars while higher alcohol and rarer beers can upwards of eight bucks, would go back but I want to check out the other location first, it would be cool to come back when they have another festival, worth checking out and one of the better Los Angeles spots to have a beer
11-04-2008 23:18:27 |
More by Floydster
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Just went back to L. Baldwins for their 12th anniversary, they had decided to have the stone 12th ann. on tap as well as 7-11, along with crafstman 12, numbskull and a bunch of other high powered tasty brews. Sitting upstairs making a bunch of noise with friends we had a great time. Everything is fairly priced (not cheap by any means but well priced for what it is). I was pretty happy with my bbq chicken sandwhich (no complaints really).
Overall a place I should really go more often, and probably will in the future for any of their numerous special events.
11-01-2008 04:57:37 |
More by SShelly
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Lucky Baldwin's is a wonderful place to have a drink when you are in the lovely town of Pasadena. I was attracted to Lucky Baldwin's because of the beer selection. After all, it's not like you can get a Pliny just anywhere in Southern California. I've been here a few times. The last time was for their Strong Ale Festival. I'm going back a few times this summer, since I noticed that they have some fun festivals coming up. For example, I look forward to the IPA festival in June and the Belgian Festival in August.
I'm an Anglophile, so I loved the British pub feel. I did wish that this establishment was a bit cleaner. Nevertheless, I will be back.
05-25-2008 03:12:04 |
More by Mnemosyne
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