Pasadena >Lucky Baldwin's Pub
best place, great cold beer, poor service, like chips, quite pleasant great patio, like fish, great game
Fabulous Irish pub with an extensive draught and bottle list. We were able to do an entire flight of five beers from a local brewery (Craftsman) that isn't open to the public for tours. The waitress knows her stuff! Just make sure you're ready for a rowdy crowd on game days.
Smells like urine. That says it all, doesn't it? If you get there early enough to sit outside you will be fine. It is a good place to have a beer. If you can't get a seat outside go elsewhere, it smells like urine inside. The other thing that turned me off was the fact that I had to hoist my slacks up to use the ladies room because there was so much liquid (I don't know what it was) on the floor. I may be a princess, I don't know, but I expect any place of business to feel and smell clean. I only go there to meet friends that insist on it. I am not a fan!
sit back and have a beer!. lucky baldwin is a very relaxed bar that is all about the beer. they often have an IPA festival or other specials going on. if a pint is too much, order a half-pint. it's a favorite spot for many of us here so it fills up, but if you stick around, a table will usually open up. they also have a wide selection of english bar food-- i really like the fish and chips.
Great beer selection, wine selection and food (corish pasties (order them))
Are you looking to chill with you're girlefrind or bros this is the place. A British pub in an Alley there is Out side and inside seating, also have a thirld level that seats about 10 and bring yer darts. Juke box is cool cassic stuff. Can be romantic on the weekday nights (smaller crowds).
beer lover's heaven.
Great selection of belgians... Great selection from a local brewery (craftsman) which makes a wonderful amber, IPA and a very interesting belgian dubbel style loaded with sage. Also has a great selection of bottles. In theory, they don't offer tastes of taps, but we had one bartender who was very agreeable. He even opened a bottle of a belgian christmas ale they had on tap to make sure the draft was still good (we bought the bottle, but he wouldn't sell us the draft because it had died).
Can't speak to the food.
Best advice... strike up a converstation with the bartender, who won't steer you wrong.
The inside dining area could use an air freshener.
Baldwin Alley. Baldwins has an unique location, off a alley and in a former horse stable. Beer selection is from all over, belgium to ireland (that's all over right). Summertime is sweet with live music in the afternoons and taters and mash. The people who come her are after a respite from the commerce heavy colarado. It's a good place to hoist a pint and be friends.
A beer lovers paradise. If you know beer, this is the best place in L.A. to get one. Unlike most places that carry "imports" like Newcastle, and Heine, LB's carrys the best Belgians. From Piraat to Lucifer the beer here is remarkable. Especially in Feb. when they have their Belgian beer festival. A definate must for someone that appreciates great beer.
good times. I have been to Lucky Baldwins quite a few times. One time it was for my 25th birthday....got a bit loaded and had a great time and even convinced the waitress to slam a chocolate cake in my face (every mans dream). Another time was when Korea was playing Spain in the 2nd or 3rd round of the World Cup back in 2002. Korea cheated but it was still an enjoyable experience. The beers great, the place is chill. What else can you ask for?
Don't Blame Me For Ordering Off Your Menu!. My fiance ordered a cider listed on the menu. The waitress wanders off. We wait. 15 minutes later, another waitress comes over, and in a very rude tone say: "We don't carry that cider. We haven't carried that cider in years." Her tone was so accusatory that we were taken aback. If you're out of something, fine. That's understandable and we'll order something else. But if you basically make it seem like you've never carried that item and we would have to be idiots to ask for it, though it's clearly advertised on your menu, well, that's just rude.
A wee slice o' Britain that's an Old Town favorite..
"Think globally, drink locally" is the motto of this affable Pasadena pub named after E.J. "Lucky" Baldwin, the founder of the Santa Anita racetrack. In this case, "globally" means the U.K., so expect exposed brick, "Lovely day for a Guinness" posters and soccer hooligans on the telly. Enjoy a game of darts in the upstairs loft, tuck into crispy fish and chips or have a smoke on the patio permanently strewn with Christmas lights. Special events run the gamut from Sunday keg parties to the occasional live band.
A mild-mannered mix of students, yuppies, retirees and everyone else who delights in hoisting a pint. Draught beers are the usual suspects, with one local exception: Pasadena's own Craftsman Ale. Those with more eclectic tastes can choose from the vast array of Belgian ales and fruit lambics.
An institution. I've been coming to this place for the last four years (ever since I've moved to LA), and if you want to avoid the crappy dance clubs of Old Town, kick back and enjoy a cold beer, this is the place to go. Incredible beer selection, solid juke box, and Premier League on the tube, you can't go wrong.
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