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Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe

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Lucky Baldwin's Delirium CafeLucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

26 Ratings
Ratings: 26
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Taps: 46
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

21 Kersting Ct
Sierra Madre, California, 91024-1929
United States
phone: (626) 355-1140

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @luckybaldwinsca

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2005)
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Reviews by Rumrunner:
Photo of Rumrunner
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

The cleaned up more orderly version of Lucky Baldwin's. I guess we should not compare the two but it is very similar to LB's in everything except the atmosphere and the lack of layers of dust.

The Delirium Cafe is one open room with a medium sized front patio. A good sized bar to the right and tables surrounding the outer walls. Brightly lit this place needs some of that lived in look. Tons of swag on the walls; lighted signs, posters, mirrors and plaques practically cover the walls. A few t.v.s showing sports. The glassware is displayed nicely over the bar. A very clean and comfortable feel. The Deliurium Cafe mirrors the squeaky clean image of the town of Sierra Madre.

Our service was good. The waitress and the bartender were on the ball and our orders were correct and prompt. Even as the place filled up in the early evening the service did not deteriorate.

The menu is pretty much the same as Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena. The food is good, simple well prepared pub grub. I recommend the fish and chips. The vegetable soup was also good.

By the numbers the tap selection is made up mostly of Belgian beers, then English and German beers. American craft beer takes up the least number of taps. I am sure the taps rotate some. The Belgium selection is excellent. Saison Du Pont and Abbey Des Rocs, to name a couple. The English and German selections are good and the American beers were Craftsman, Sierra Nevada, Anchor and one or two others. They also have a quality bottle selection.

For Belgium beers this is the place to come. I hope the Delirium Cafe is a huge success. Highly recommended place to have a few beers.

A quick tip about Sierra Madre: I was told by a local the the Sierra Madre police will ticket people for any infraction. She said be on the alert. They love to write jay walking tickets.

Rumrunner, Oct 25, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of Rollzroyce21
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Rollzroyce21, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of dmquinn
5/5  rDev +21.1%

dmquinn, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of ubiq3000
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

ubiq3000, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

I visited all 3 Lucky Baldwin's locations in the same day so I am going to be brief for each one:

My 3rd and final Lucky Baldwin's stop. This place is sort of a mix between the OG location and the Trappiste. A smaller spot with a more intimate feeling, but lots of beer decorations hang around the walls still. There was no more room inside when I went, so I sat outside and still got good service. Quality and selection were again both great with an impressive selection of taps and the bottle list. Again, I brought in my goblet and got the $3 and $4 tasters all night long. Overall, this is a good spot and second on my list but I think the OG location takes the cake.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

The Sierra Madre chapter of Lucky Baldwins fits in among old town Sierra Madre. A sidewalk sign advertising 46 beers on-tap lets you know that if you're craving beer, this is the place to go. I arrived during lunchtime, and as expected, a couple people sitting at the L shaped bar, another couple at a table, and a few more patrons sitting outside. Lots of Belgian beer signage decorates the walls on the inside. Both the local feel and location in old town Sierra Madre both played a role in making me feel comfortable.

Even more comforting for this beer connoisseur was the beer selection. 46 beers on-tap and perhaps 150-ish bottles. Despite English ownership, UK beer plays third fiddle to the American and Belgian beer available. Lots of beers on-tap had more than 7% alcohol! The draft list includes Fuller's (ESB, London Porter), Anchor (Porter, Old Foghorn), Sierra Nevada (Pale Ale, Celebration), Stone (Porter, Arrogant Bastard), Chocolate Indulgence, Lost Coast DIPA, Affligem Tripel, St. Feuillien, Lucifer, Scaldis, St. Bernardus, Dupont, Delirium Tremens (of course!) Chimay Tripel, and many more. Bottles are available to go, and that list includes Fuller's Vintage Ale, Rogue, Rochefort, Westmalle, Orval, Liefmans, Traquair House. Great lengths are gone through with providing the correct glassware with each beer, certainly one of the better efforts I've seen among LA bars. Even better is a fresh, proper pour with a lovely crown of head, and one that's not too cold.

The bartender was friendly, though she didn't seem like she was in a rush to help. A long beer menu, complete with ABV and price, comes with the food menu, though it's worth nothing that the bottle section is 5 months behind! My reuben sandwich (sans sauerkraut) was more than satisfying with my Affligem Tripel.

All told, the prices aren't bad. The food prices are more than reasonable (bangers and mash under $9), most bottles prices aren't bad, the draft beers can be a touch expensive, especially the Belgian's ($7-9 a pour).

On the whole, Lucky Baldwins Delirium Cafe is not to be missed. It's not far from I-210, and the charm provided by old town will encourage you to make another trip to this gem.

DoubleJ, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of charlzm
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

Visited on Tuesday, January 25th at 5:00pm.

There is plentiful and free street parking near the place. I strolled up from a block away and heard a gentle folk/bluegrass jam coming from Lucky Baldwin's patio. A guitarist, fiddler, banjo player and a pitcher of darkish beer were holding agreeable court out front.

I went inside and was almost embarrassed by the amazing selection of Belgian beer on tap. There's also a good selection of British and American craft brews.

The Belgians seem a little overpriced, especially considering the smallish pours, but it is so hard to find this many in one place that it's forgivable.

The burger and fries I ordered came quickly and were nominal. The spicy mustard provided on the side went a ways towards making the burger more interesting.

The atmosphere is very local; most of the patrons seemed to know each other and the waitresses.

Speaking of the staff... the sole waitress/bartender when I first arrived was managing to handle over a dozen patrons with accuracy and an unflagging friendliness. Awesome!

There is a bottle shop in the back near the restrooms, but prices seemed a bit higher than I have seen in other shops.

I will visit in the future as many times as I am in that neck of the woods and they are open!

charlzm, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of tjensen3618
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%

I came here to stop for a beer as I was passing by on the 210.
It's situated in a cool little town, with coffes shops, a pizza place, some boutiques, and this craft beer bar. The setting was really enjoyable and very relaxing, we sat outside on the patio area.

The beer list was very nice, complete with a little of everything, regular american crafts, some locals, high quality imports, and some fairly rare craft beers. I ordered the Double Dry hopped Stone IPA, which I have never seen on tap anywhere. Our server was nice, and although I didn't need any help with what to order, I overheard the table over asking some questions and the server had all the answers, she seemed very knowledgeable.

This is definitely a place I will come back to if, and when I get the chance.

tjensen3618, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of SolsticeDreamer
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%

Even though I live in Pasadena I make the trip out the Sierra Madre location over the Pasadena at least once a week. The location is smaller and more intimate then Pasadena, with a "local's vibe". Great atmosphere with a mellow quietness that makes you forgot you still in Los Angeles.

The beer selection is great! Well, that is if they have what you're looking for and it's not out... One of the mangers prints a beer menu daily to keep the list updated but as the day gets later the smaller the list becomes. A lot of Belgian, German, English and Craft brew. They got Craftsman!

They have a great bottle selection. I recommend you give in the back for something hidden and special, you never know what you'll find! Unlike the Pasadena location you can buy bottles to take home. Just like the other Pasadena location you'll find the same Pub Food Fare at the same prices.

Overall a nice close pub feels before 10pm (till the kitchen closes) when a lot of locals come out for dinner. Afterwards you get a small crowd of regulars, the bartender chatting away and the TV's on mute.

SolsticeDreamer, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of JTahoe
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%

I have been a semi-regular here since LB opened replacing the second (and inferior) version of the Sierra Madre Brewing Company, and I have frequented the Pasadena location for many years, starting back at their original smaller location when it leaned more to the British Pub style.

Overall there is a lot to like here. It has a good "locals" vibe and the patio can be pretty fun on a perfect California night. The beer selection is quite good--it leans heavily towards Belgians, mixes in some British, German, and American craft-brews as well. Unfortunately I am often disappointed that they are tapped out on their craft-brew selections.

The service can be hot or miss. Some of the staff are quite knowledgeable, and most are friendly and helpful... though sometimes it seems like they just aren't in the mood to be there (seems to me to be a management issue, though not fatally so). The food is average--sometimes better, sometimes off. I have heard the wait staff complain about the cooks from time to time. I usually stick with the fish and chips which are decent.

Overall a worthwhile destination, and certainly the best in the area.

JTahoe, Nov 01, 2009
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Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe in Sierra Madre, CA
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