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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 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4
After ordering a SN Celebration, I ordered a drink off the on-tap menu (old rasputin), which they did not have, I then attempted another drink off the on-tap menu (bernardus 12) which they also did not have. I then ordered what the waitress recommended (engine oil), but she came back and informed that they did not have it. That is unacceptable. You need to keep updated daily menus. Especially as early as 7:30 pm. And you need to keep you staff knowledgeble. I do not go to restaraunts to have my time wasted.
12-07-2003 07:29:46 |
More by Naerhu
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
The main stop for the SoCal BA gathering on 11 October, Lucky Baldwin's is a small, unobtrusive beer bar tucked discreetly into a building just south of Colorado Blvd on S. Raymond. If you're not paying attention, you could blow right past one of the best bars around.
LB's is small and British-themed, down to the footie on the TV's. The beer list is simply mind-boggling, especially the list of Belgian beers. While the list of draft IPA's and stouts/porters/imperial stouts was only about ten, the list of draft belgian beer was a full page. Bottled belgian beers took up an additional two pages. Unless you hate Belgian beers, you can't miss here. If you do, LB's had Sierra Nevada's Rauch and O'fest, Stone's AB and Smoked Porter, Craftsman's IPA, and a large lineup of bottled English brews. They even have Franziskaner hefe, Schneider weisse, and Aventinus. So, you still can't miss.
The service and hospitality was outstanding. All beers were served using the appropriate glassware. Our waitress, on her first day working there, did a capable job keeping up with a large number of beer enthusiasts all ordering and paying separately. The owner, David Farnsworth, was quite gracious by allowing us to share a brought bottle of Sawyer's Triple and was even more generous in donating a 3L bottle of Corsendonk brown ale to the gathering.
The food was pretty standard pub fare. I had the fish and chips and thought they were quite good.
If you get to L.A., Lucky Baldwin's is definitely worth stopping into for a pint or two.
10-13-2003 17:56:41 |
More by Boilermaker88
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
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3
Nice but very small place. Staff wasn't very knowledgeable about beers but were friendly and nice. Prices were typical for Los Angeles. I have noticed that you pay more for good beer in the big cities. Food was typical British pub fare, nothing remarkable. If visiting LA I suggest you check out Fathers Office in Brentwood for a better selection.
07-10-2003 09:01:27 |
More by bigbelcher
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
This is one of those establishments that appeals to many different people for many different reasons, but ultimately is heaven for beer nerds more than anything else. Like many British-themed pubs, the bar has soccer and cricket matches playing most of the time, and you an usually find a diverse crop of Brits there for the show during important moments in the season. On the weekends, you run into a lot of college kids and twenty-somethings who are there because it's a bar. But in the afternoons and evenings on weekdays or slow weekends, you might find beer nerds a plenty, including some famous professionals and local homebrew celebrities. They are there for the enormous variety of domestic microbrews and rare imported beers in bottle and on tap. The proprieters get very good beer, and when they get something special, they buy it in bulk, so you can expect to find it on multple visits. Food is fine, and you can buy some nostalgic British snacks like Crunchies and Baked Beans (the UK version) at the counter.
Be warned that the bar tucked in the back of the establishment is staffed by a single bar-maid, who usually takes orders only for those sitting at the bar. If you want to sit at a table outside, ask the waitress for a menu with all the different kinds of beers. Otherwise, if you go and buy your beers at the bar and then sit outside, someone gets jilted out of a tip and the service gets pissed. Having worked in and managed bars, I can say that this is basic ettiquette in the industry, but for some reason at Lucky Baldwin's, people get so excited by the range of beers in back that they get confused.
07-04-2003 20:18:58 |
More by altadenabrou
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This is a great pub. It feels pub like. The architecture is a little strange. It makes one wonder what the building was originally designed for. It looks like they built a building in a building. They have a few tv's and show plenty of futbol (soccer, footie). Anyway, I went for the first time during the IPA festival. If I lived closer this pub would be my hangout. I loved the atmoshphere.
The variety of beers is exceptional. A healthy amount of taps. They have Craftsman, Sierra Nevada's Rauch(on occasion), North Coast Pyramid and quite a few other craft beers mostly from California. The Belgian selection is very large with plenty of obscure finds in the fridge. There is a good selection of English and German beers. The fridge may have some beers in it that are not on the menu. Take a look for yourself. The beer menu is a little confusing but there is plenty of selections for the beer lover. The owner also loves beer and likes to talk beer and this is a big plus.
As for the food overall I can only comment on a few dishes. My friends and I all had the fish and chips. We were all happy with our choice. It is a quality selection. The buffalo wings are heavily covered in BBQ sauce and not spicy. The vegetable curry was quite good.
At the end of the night we settled outside. A few tables and chairs and two long tables for larger groups.
All were made happy by the employees who ran this enjoyable pub. The bartender that night was very friendly. The waitress who served us worked hard, was extremely cute and made our stay that much better.
Bottom line, LB's is a great place for all to enjoy.
Update: Lucky Baldwin's has many tastings throughout the year. Or they may dedicate their taps to a specific set of beers. IPA's or imports and seasonals for example. They are supposed to be creating a website which will give a date for such events. Until then call frequently and ask what is going on next.
Update: LB's now has a hand pump (cask). The selection rotates.
06-27-2003 01:20:35 |
More by Rumrunner
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
Let me tell you that this place is a whole reason to move to Pasadena. As it is I live just a little bit more than around the corner in LA terms (17.4miles) and this place is every bit worth the drive.
David always has an amazing selection of beers on tap or bottles. Things can vary widely since it seems like every month is another festival. During the Belgian Beer Festival almost every tap in the joint is tapped onto lots of different Belgian beers. Outside of Belgium have you ever been to a bar with 4 different varieties of Cantillion on draft? The Barleywine and IPA Festivals are equally amazing with selections of all the big names and some odd smaller names as well. Another great example of random events at Lucky Baldwin's, a few weeks ago it was Sierra Nevada week with about 10 different SN brews on tap including the SN Rauchbier!
As a rule.. always, always check the fridges. Dave hids some amazing products in there.
Oh and have a plate of fish and chips, you'll need it when you see all the beer waiting for you.
ETA: David is a great sport. He was gracious in service of the October 2003 BA gathering, even giving the group a 3L bottle of Corsendonk and a 750 of Cochonne.
05-29-2003 18:07:03 |
More by drewbage
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
one of the stops on a pasadena pub crawl. really, really liked this joint. all wood interior with great service and a nice small upstairs area with darts, which i sucked at, but had fun. great variety of beers in both bottles and on tap. good belgian selection on tap, which is great because it isnt the easiest thing to find, especially in LA. they even serve pitchers of a bunch of locals, such as alesmith. go to this place, i will definately be back.
01-29-2003 15:40:53 |
More by Myk
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
A little piece of all that is good in sunny California. Where to start? Well Lucky Baldwins is probably one of, if not the, best Bar I have been to in California by a long shot.
In old town Pasadena not far from the intersection of Colorado Blvd. and Raymond lies this unobtrusive home from home. This is a superb warm and very welcoming hostelry, which is *the* purveyor of high quality beverages in Pasadena and the surrounding area. I promise, you will not want to leave here once settled.
Entrance is either from the street, or the side alleyway. From the Street you will have to walk through the Shop part of the Pub. The Shop serves allsorts of wonderful items including; Birds Custard Powder, proper English Tea Bags, HP Brown Sauce (were not worthy!), Heinz Baked Beans, a host of other items from Jolly Blighty and even a small selection of Belgium Beer Glasses. From the side alley entrance you will enter a tall but small entrance room that has another smaller room to your right hand side that leads back through to the shop. The bar is set back to your right hand side in a corner. Above which is an upper wooden deck, access is via a wooden staircase (careful). The upstairs is resplendent with an authentic English Dart Board, from Youngs Brewery, London. This is where we spent most of out BA Pasadena Crawl on 1/25/03. The whole pub is bedecked with a plethora of Adverts, Mirrors and beery paraphernalia from around the world. The bar has many Taps, at least 30 that serve a superb selection of Belgium, English, American, German and other beers. For me the best of each of these are Poperings Hommelbier, Fullers ESB, Alesmith IPA and Aventinus. The draft beers are backed up with an awesome range of bottled beers that frequently change so ask. On a visit on 1/23 I drank the last two bottles of Oud Beersel Kriek, mixed emotions there. All year round you can sit outside at the small but often well populated Tables by the side alley entrance. Serves a great range of English style food. The Curry is excellent, as are the Fish n Chips. Super Owners, management and staff as well as a mixed clientele; ex-Pats, locals and beer lovers what more do you want?
If you are from England, miss that Old Pub feeling, fancy a game of Darts, want to drink great beers and watch the footy then this is indeed a Limeys Paradise. Hey shit, thats me on all counts!!!!
English or not, you just have to come here!
01-27-2003 22:11:56 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
My first time to Lucky Baldwin's was as part of the BA pub crawl. This is my kind of place. It's small, dimly lit, and just plain made for drinking. It's in an older Pasadena with a lot of wood and little space. Belgian Ales abound, in addition to top notch stuff on tap from various spots around the world. The waitresses were terrific and I can't think of anything bad to say about the place. I didn't try the food, but the LongBeachBum said the curry was good.
Upon another visit for another BA gathering, I've amended my review up on selection and have given LB's thumbs up for food. Dave Farnsworth broke out some special goodies for us at our gathering, making the impressive selection of beers on the menu even more spectacular. The chicken curry was one of the best I've had in the LA area. For such a small place, Lucky Baldwin's has a lot going for it. Long live Lucky Baldwin's.
01-26-2003 20:37:54 |
More by mickeymac
Lucky Baldwin's Pub in Pasadena, CA
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