Lucky Baldwin's Pub
Taps: 63 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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4.4/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This is my favorite bar to haunt and I can't believe that I have not written a review for this place yet. Lucky's is a nice cozy place with lots of beer posters hanging on the wall. The outside patio is nice during the summertime but when it comes wintertime and the weather hits a friged 70 degrees one can find me on the second story indoors. Serivice is usually pretty good, the bartenders know thier beers and can make a good recomendation if they dont have what youre looking for. Belgian aless are the main fortay and that is what I come for. They especially have a great selection of the Belgian winters. The range of the selection is a hit or miss but I have never made a trip and not been satisfied with my time there. The beer fests are great. Locals are great. Lucky's is great. I love myself some Lucky Baldwins.
02-12-2006 00:54:38 | More by chelovek
4.39/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5
My favorite drinking establishment in the L.A area. Fantastic selection, good atmosphere, friendly people. They do a great Belgian and IPA festival each year, and with 26 or so Belgians on tap, what's not to like? They have a nice selection of bottled brews a s well. I always sit inside, usually at the bar because I like to watch the beertender at work, and the service is faster. Can't comment on the grub, as I've never eaten there. Highly recommend stopping in for a pint or two if you're in the area.
09-10-2003 18:28:17 | More by jsmurphy
4.38/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
My first visit to LB's was on a Thursday night (yesterday as of this review) around 8pm. I walked past the tables and chairs both outdoors and indoors, made my way to the bar, and noticed an immediate contrast. On the way in, it looked like a reasonably nice place. Once I reached the bar itself, however, the word that immediately came to mind was "dive." It was tiny, cramped (only about 8-10 people could reasonably fit at the bar), the furniture was battered, and everyone was dressed extremely casually. I loved it!
After squeezing my way to bar, I saw the numerous staggered taps, realized it would take me ten minutes to figure out what I wanted, and then managed to get my hands on a sheet of paper containing the "menu." This menu consisted entirely of IPA's. I soon realized that I had just happened to make it in during their once a year, week-long IPA fest. I pinched myself to make sure I wasn't dreaming.
The down side was that because the IPA's were in force, they had allowed some of the other taps to run dry, including most of their Belgian brews and the few offerings they had from Russian River (damn it! - so much for the "5" on selection). However, they still had an awesome selection of permanent (?) taps, as well as countless bottles of who knows what (I wanted to restrict myself to the taps this time around).
I ended up deciding to diversify my drinking experience. I had a Craftsman Heavenly Hefe (one of several Craftsman offerings), a Stone Ruination IPA (one of several Stone offerings and much better on tap than it was in the bottle), and, on the recommendation of the bartender, a Bière De Miel Biologique, which proved to be a solid recommendation. My girlfriend had a Young's Double Chocolate Stout and a Boddington's. I could have ordered several more pints and not even begun to scratch the surface on what I wanted to try, but I decided to be good to my liver and keep it in moderation.
The bartender was very laid back, attentive, and relatively knowledgeable about what he was serving, and he was more than happy to answer the questions I bombarded him with regarding their selection and their methods.
Prices were, as far as I could tell, reasonable...around $5 per pint.
One interesting side note: there were two televisions going in the background. One was showing "regular" soccer, the other was showing what I came to understand from talking to an old Irish guy as "Gaelic football." It was somewhere between soccer, American football, and rugby. I won't go into too much depth, but it was interesting seeing such a (from my perspective) obscure sport being televised in a bar in Pasadena and observing an old man reminisce about his youth by watching a sport he used to play in his fitter days and to which he hasn't had much exposure since moving to the States. Lucky Baldwin's definitely attracts an interesting crowd (in a good way).
I will be back, and soon. Next time, I'll try the food.
Update: Good, English-style pub food I never would have known about had it not been for this place. I've only scratched the surface on their menu, but they clearly know what they're doing.
Of course, after partaking of a few selections from their "mini" Belgian fest (part II of their "real" fest - this time they *only* had 47 Belgian selections on tap), they could have served dog shit and I would have been satisfied.
Update to the update (August 10, 2006): I went back for round 2 of the Belgian fest. Same beers available (minus 10 or so), but I got to partake of more of their food. The steak and mushroom meat pie was quite tasty. The Indian curry with chicken was not so great; it tasted like they squeezed about half a dozen lemons into that thing.
07-14-2006 20:25:22 | More by instrumentality
4.38/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
So far, the best place I have found to have a beer in the greater Los Angeles area.
Old Town Pasadena is a pain in the ass to get to and drive around in, but there's a parking garage literally next to this place and the price is reasonable. Alternatively, you can take the Metro Gold Line train which has a stop only two blocks away. Be aware that train service in LA only runs until about midnight, so wrap up your night by 10:30pm or so if you're using this method of transportation or you may find yourself stranded part of the way home. Go Metro!
Lots of pretty young things of both sexes provide eye candy/foot traffic. This is the sort of place where most of the patrons are drinking the good stuff. They have a really good tap selection at all times and lots of vintage, cellared bottles as well. There are also festivals every year; don't miss the Belgian or IPA fests.
The only downside is that they are ALWAYS out of my first choice, no matter what it might be.
The food is top notch Brit pub grub, meaning there is no pretense at being artisnal or exceptional. Just typical dishes made with decent ingredients that will certainly satisfy your need for the fine cuisine that England is renowned for.
That was a joke. The food's fine.
03-11-2008 00:21:52 | More by charlzm
4.38/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
4.38/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Been coming here for about 8 years now and is the primary spot that started me out on my beer adventure beginning with the belgian beers then onto the great craft beer of america. Love there belgian beer fests that include rare selections from cantillon, st. fuellion, hanssens, la chouffe etc. The bottle selection is always good and changes up depending on availability. You will always catch them with some new stuff on tap and in bottle. The feel of the joint is like a british pub but that is located in old town psasdena. I really feel like they stay true to their roots. Service is great for me cause I've gotten to know some of the bartenders that really take great care of me. If you are hungry they're known for their fish and chips and bangors and mash.
05-04-2010 04:46:40 | More by Gobzilla
4.38/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I visited all 3 Lucky Baldwin's locations in the same day so I am going to be brief for each one:
This location is in an old building in downtown Pasadena. Walking in you immediately get an odd vibe of dive bar/sports bar/pub all wrapped into 1 location. The bar itself is fairly small with about 8 stools although there are tables around the rest of the restaurant. The service when I went was great as the bartenders and I talked beer the entire time. The quality of the beer was great and they had a pretty awesome selection of taps and bottles. When I went I got a full pour and a goblet to keep for $10, with tasters of any other beer on the menu for either $3 or $4 a taster. These tasters were about 7 oz. each and came in the mini Chimay goblets. The glass was good at all 3 locations to get $1 a beer at any time throughout the year, and also good for the taster deals at all 3 locations. Needless to say I took advantage of this deal. Overall, this is a cool little spot and much different than the other 2 locations.
07-04-2012 23:45:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.36/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
We stopped by after the UCLA-Oregon St debacle. Lucky Baldwin's was indeed the perfect place to drown our "sorrows". There was some kind of weird anti-Scientology congregation hanging out around the bar (they were protesting outside as well).
The vibe was very chill, enhanced by all the seating options. Bar, bar tables, patio tables with more upstairs. Whatever your mood, social or less so, Baldwin's accommodates. That's the hallmark of a grand ol' pub.
People seemed into their brews, but there were plenty of folks who were there to drink Blue Moon. Our bartender Sarah, who just became a certified cicerone, helped steer the Blue Moon types to quality ales instead. So instead of a Blue Moon, she recommended a Craftsman Wit or Heavenly Hefe (can't remember which one).
She gave me a discount on the Craftsman El Prieto Sour Ale since my order kicked the cask. It was still quaffable. Also tried a Stone 7th on tap, part of their Stone Brewing weeks. I was told the keg was a new batch of the old recipe, rather something from way back when. Tasty. They had run out of Russian River's Salvation and Alesmith's Old Numbskull...unfortunately. My friend had a Avery Imperial Kaiser and then Pliny the Elder for the first time. That was the best tasting Pliny I've had the pleasure of sampling.
The tap selection is great and focuses on West Coast brew, Pasadena's Craftsman and imported goodies like Aventinus and Belgian holiday ales. I love their bottle selection, e.g. a magnum 2005 Anchor Xmas ale and Bigfoots going back to 2003 or so.
Overall, an awesome place worth traveling across LA for. Next time, I intend to dig into their barleywines and considerable number of holiday ales.
11-09-2008 20:43:50 | More by johnnieoz
4.35/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
This is a very fine drinking establishment. I've been here for two BA events and both times I had a good time. The bar has outside seating which is quite nice if it is not raining, but when it is raining it makes the inside a bit cramped. Atmosphere is very much what a pub should be - good quality beer paraphernalia on the walls, a fridge full of Belgian beers, overall very solid.
The selection is about as good a selection I've seen in LA. For the Belgian beer fest, the taps were lined with all sorts of fantastic brews. Visiting on a normal day, you'll have 50 beers on tap of all different variety. They don't waste much space at the taps on inferior beer either, the worst one I remember was Stella Artois.
Service was good, especially considering how busy the place was. The food was also good, nothing fantastic but quite solid as pub grub. I ordered some shrimp croquettes and they were quite tasty. A lot of people ordered the curry dish, and it certainly smelled quite good.
This bar is worth going out of your way to visit. The beer selection alone makes it entirely worthwhile, and the good atmosphere and food make the experience all the better.
02-23-2004 01:53:41 | More by GoCubsMatt
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Lucky Baldwin's Pub in Pasadena, CA
93 out of 100 based on 72 user ratings.