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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: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
I did some research before my trip out to Los Angeles and knew this was a place I needed to visit. After going to Anaheim to witness my beloved Red Sox get beat by the home team I decided to head up to Pasadena to check this place out.
Getting to Pasadena was easy...finding this place...much harder than it should have been. I must have driven past it 3 times before I found it.
I went around the side as the front entrance was closed and walked in through the patio tables into the bar. A few high, round tables across from the bar, plenty of throwback beer memorobilia and half dozen or so seats at the bar. For all intents and purposes it looked like a dive...the most beautiful dive I have ever seen.
The bar, and everything behind the bar looked like controled chaos. A fridge full of beer to the left, tap handles to the right, trophies and keepsakes lined the back of the bar.
I pulled up to the bar and struck up a conversation with the bartender who had been there since the place opened, or just after. He was a great guy who really knew his beer, the bartender's bartender if you will, and it bothers me greatly that I do not remember his name because for the three hours I was there he took very good care of me, introduced me to some local Pasadena beers and even pulled out his only bottle of 120 out of the fridge and gave it to me.
The selection was outstanding, the perfect mix of local brews and national micros, as well as the Belgians any respectable establishment should carry. I didn't think any place else could rival Anam Cara back home, but I have to be honest, this place did.
Aside from two semi-pro baseball players who were drinking away their injuries and making fools of themselves, the rest of the patrons were quite down with the beer scene and I had great beer conversation for the entire night, was given plenty of pointers, tips and told where to find the best beer for the best prices nearby my hotel in Woodland Hills.
Folks who live near this bar are quite lucky indeed. It will be a stop for all my future visits to Los Angeles.
08-10-2004 01:37:56 |
More by fdrich29
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Taken out here by jonnylieberman and drewbage after a long and fun brewday.
Located in a nice part of town, with ambiently lit cobblestone streets, Lucky's takes up a corner property on a pedestrian promenade, and features an excellent, laid-back biergarden, and an interior full of natural-stained wood, and giant (although tasteful) craft banners and tin signs. High-lofted ceilings and low crowd noise add to the pleasent ambience. Very relaxing, very cool.
Quality was hit and miss. As Jonny predicted, the first beer we all wanted to order was out. Apparently they have problems keeping their tap list up to date, or keeping enough kegs on tap. No problem. We all found good second choices, and all were served at a proper temperature, and in a proper glass. There was a bump later, when one of us ordered a Celebrator Dopplebock that seemed to have turned to vinegar, but it was quickly replaced, with apologies.
Service was pretty good. Apparently it can be very hit or miss, depending on your server. We started out with a serviceable young chap who came by every often, and later in the evening, upgraded to an adorable Italy-born waitress who looked after our ever whim. No complaints here.
Selection was pretty good, a decent palate of styles and choices, and a special concentration on SoCal micros on tap. Delicious choices from Craftsman were found when we tried the Orange Grove and White Sage.
Food was very tasty, and generously proportioned. I had the Cobb Salad, which was well presented. Other people seemed to enjoy theirs as well.
Everything was a little expensive, but not out of range for what you'd usually find in the rest of the Greater Los Angeles area.
All in all, a nice spot for a few pints, and I certainly had a blast with my fellow BA friends. Take a nice cool evening, find yourself an outdoor table, and hang out.
07-16-2005 06:02:54 |
More by ithacabaron
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
where to start??? hmm, perhaps from the beginning...
small frontage on raymond a few shops south(?) of colorado. some street parking and a parking garage about 50m further south.
walked in under the sign (ala the pic) and wasnt sure i was in the right place. walked through the front room and enter to the side of the bar which is on your right. took a seat at a table in front of the bar (which was empty, looked like they just opened?) and had a look over the taps.
waitress was helpful and handed me a book with the tap and bottle list. picked out a craftsman poppy fields while having a more thoughtful look. good beer. fresh, not too cold, just right.
walked up to the bar to check out the tap handles and spy a few more behind the bar. maybe 20 or more? anyway, their website has a copy of the taplist. it may not be 100% right, but what they do have is good. for instance, my second choice? stone old guardian 2002. and with that, they had 5 years of sierra nevada bigfoot.
would love to get back to the place at a more reasonable hour and see what its like but i have nothing from this visit that would turn me off.
05-30-2007 00:15:47 |
More by joecast
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4
After ordering a SN Celebration, I ordered a drink off the on-tap menu (old rasputin), which they did not have, I then attempted another drink off the on-tap menu (bernardus 12) which they also did not have. I then ordered what the waitress recommended (engine oil), but she came back and informed that they did not have it. That is unacceptable. You need to keep updated daily menus. Especially as early as 7:30 pm. And you need to keep you staff knowledgeble. I do not go to restaraunts to have my time wasted.
12-07-2003 07:29:46 |
More by Naerhu
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Crusty British pub atmosphere in the heart of upscale Pasadena. The entry area features a shop full of English goods, while the bar is vaguely divided into several seating areas (one at the bar, one down the hall, one around the corner, one upstairs, one on the patio).
You can order from the bartender or from a server - they generally know their beer and are reasonably attentive and friendly even when it gets busy (like on the weekends). Busy yet relaxed atmosphere, a mix of regulars, families, and people chatting one another up. Proper football on the tele is a nice alternative to the standard sports-fare.
The tap-list is almost always impressive, though never quite up to date so you may have to order a few beers before you find one they haven't run out of yet tonight! You'll always find a nice Belgian selection as well as choice CA beers (fresh Russian River, vintage Stone, Odd Craftsman, etc). They have multiple cask engines, though the firkin has been empty the last few times I've stopped in (a common problem with L.A. area brew-pubs). Doubt they clean their lines after each keg...keg storage itself seems a bit haphazard as well - I get the feeling quality isn't at the apex of concerns here, but then I've never had a bad/dull beer yet (e.g. PTE tastes as fresh here as it did at the brewery). The bottle list features some nice vintages and generally excellent prices.
Fish and chips are above average, and some of the non-alcoholic drinks are great (e.g. the hot chocolate). The other food is nothing to write home about (I usually go to a taco truck nearby instead).
Along with The Daily Pint and Father's Office in Santa Monica - Lucky Baldwin's is one of the "old guard" of L.A. beer bars - and ratings aside, is probably my favorite of the three.
12-13-2010 17:29:58 |
More by augustgarage
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3
Luckt Baldwin's has become a regular Tuesday night place for me in the past few months. The atmosphere is nice, just a few drunkards shy of a true English pub. And of course in CA there's no smoking in bars so the air is actually clear and not smoky.
The bar keep has a pretty good knowledge of beers and doesn't try to pawn second rate beers off just to get rid of them. Toni (a girl) is a great waitress and takes good care of her tables. The strength of LB has to be the beer festivals. I've attended the Belgian Beer Fest and the IPA Fest. Both saw kegs of 50+ different beers of their style brought in for tasting pleasures. And the festival lasts a week so you can't miss it.
I am very pleased to live within 5 minute of LB. The food is so so. Nothing great. They are in business for their great selection of beers, not their food. The outside patio is a nice place to sit on a warm summer evening. Check out the upstairs loft seating area above the bar.
08-05-2004 19:12:55 |
More by BrewMaster
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This Lucky Baldwin's is located in Old Town Pasadena in an older building right off Colorado Blvd. The space is divided into several smaller sections divided by walls and hallways. I entered through the front, and eventually made my way towards the bar. My first impression was that this place had more of an authentic English pub feel than other establishments I visited.
They present your typical English pub fare. They have a nice rotating tap list. The day I visited they had 4 or 5 beers from Russian River. Since I didn't have Row 2 before that's what I really wanted to try that day. Unfortunately, the keg kicked in less than a day before my visit. I ended up ordering some bangers and mash with pint of Supplication and half pour of Linderman's Faro. The banger was tasty though a tad bit dry.
There was ample parking in the parking structure a few buildings down the street. I believe the first 90 minutes was free.
I enjoyed my visit and will return again.
05-16-2013 06:59:19 |
More by mrcraft
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Stopped in here for my first time even though I've been in the area many times before.
Great selection of beers and I was surprised at how many taps they had. I happened to stop in during their Belgian fest and tried some beers I don't think I normally would have tried. I like that they do their themed festivals and have different brewers visiting.
Atmosphere was alright. Kind of smelled like a gym locker room and it was getting pretty crowded during lunch with a bunch of guys with accents watchin soccer but I didn't mind too much.
Food is basic bar grub and I don't think I will come here to eat again, but I will be back to try some more beers.
All in all its a great local place to grab some beers.
03-10-2010 22:43:21 |
More by snpub540
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
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5
Ahhhh Lucky's. My favorite local bar. If only I didn't live in Orange County I would be there every night. What can I say about the place that hasn't been said? I love the atmosphere. A great artistic local crowd with a few in-the-know european tourists love to frequent this place. Decor is awesome with a nice seating area upstairs, several leather booths downstairs, a beautiful patio heated with lamps makes it fairly easy to find a seat, even when it is crowded. Beer paraphenelia from around the world don every corner of this local watering hole. Beer selection is exceptional, whatever beer you are in the mood for, Lucky's will provide. Belgians, lambics, IPAs, barleywines, take your pick, there is a great selection of almost everything. They boast 58 beers on tap, with a large amount always rotating. Rare belgians on draft can be found here including beers I've only seen on the east coast like Leffe dark and leffe blonde. About 40 other rare belgians completed the Belgian beer festival that I attended recently to much enthusiasm. Even when the Belgian beer is not in season, the permanent taps keep me coming back. With some of the best selections from the Craftsmen brewery I've seen anywhere, Lucky's does not disappoint. Craftsmen's solid Barleywine, Pale Ale, IPA, Orange Grove and many others are always on tap. There are even two rotating cask taps for those of you who like me think that the hand pump adds a little something extra to the beer. Food is pretty good as well, I ordered fish and chips, not the best fish I chips I ever ate, but appetizing none the less. A must-see if you are visiting Southern California!
03-04-2005 11:45:12 |
More by paulyrimz
Lucky Baldwin's Pub in Pasadena, CA
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