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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

Notes:
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Reviews by charlzm:
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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
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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 05, 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 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
Photo of TheMadJack
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%

Been going to the Delirium Cafe for a couple years now. It's right up the street from the Renaissance Faire when that's in season, and it's become an end-of-the-weekend tradition for myself and some other Renny friends to catch some drinks over there before returning to reality on Monday.

The place is small and can get a bit crowded. There are wooden benches and some small tables and chairs around two walls, and the bar itself dominates a third. The fourth is home to doors leading back to a backroom filled with beer and glassware for retail, or the kitchens, respectively. There is a small covered patio for smokers or claustrophobics and I've often seen people with guitars, violins, accordions, mandolins, banjos - you name it - performing traditional songs outside. There are a few TV screens generally tuned to some British teams' football game.

Beers are served with an eye to style and they are often able to provide the brewer's custom glassware. While they don't serve beers "warm", the beer is never ice cold, and I very rarely see any of the staff pull a sloppy pour (with the foam all going down the drain until they get it right ...bah). So when it comes to beer IQ, these guys rank pretty high.

The selection is constantly rotating. They have a number of festivals over the course of a year, including a Belgian beer fest and one devoted to Barleywines. Showing up within a month of any of their exhibitions will generally reveal an increased assortment of the appropriate style. They do have some standbys that are available year-round, notably some of the big name Belgians (Chimay, Gulden Draak, and of course Delirium Tremens); various English and Irish pub ales (Boddingtons, Guinness); American micro-brews (Several selections from Stone are always present, and Lost Coast is usually represented. The rest rotate); and a few sweet ones to round it out (Pear and Raspberry Ciders, Young's Double Chocolate Stout). The problem with their selection is they do not keep their menus up to date. It was so bad this last season that I would pick out 2 or 3 beers when the waitress came to take our order in the hopes that one would still be available.

Which leads to service. Some of the servers/wait staff/barkeeps are remarkably friendly and attentive, but quite a few are inattentive, irregular, and occassionally rude. I got the impression from one bartender in particular that he was only serving us because he had no reason not to. There have been times where we wait as long as 30 minutes from sit down to the first beer. There was one occassion where they screwed up our payment to the tune of $80. However, the beers always arrive, the food is always hot, and I have never seen them actually screw up an order. The staff knows their beer and can readily recommend something to you based on your mood, preference, or the food you ordered.

The food, by the way, is good. They offer a number of hot and cold dishes and have vegetarian options. The food is traditional pub grub for the most part, but they tossed buffalo wings and jalapeno poppers on the menu as well, obviously as an afterthought concession to an American audience. The fries are chips and they bring you HP Sauce and malt vinegar instead of ketchup. I HIGHLY recommend their Cottage Pie.

Despite it's setbacks, I keep coming back to this place. The food is always good, the atmosphere is comfortable, and I can almost always find a beer I haven't tried. Considering the upscale nature of the beer list, and the home-cooked quality of the meals, you definitely get your money's worth - just make sure they bill you correctly.

You can find me there Sunday evenings while the Renaissance Pleasure Faire is running. I'll be with the group of people in funny clothes.

TheMadJack, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of route66pubs
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%

Overall - This can be a good place to sit back and enjoy your standards with a good atmosphere. It's usually pretty quiet for good conversation and the jukebox selection is quite entertaining at times.

A - This is definitely a favorite of ours. Many patrons are regulars, and it is usually a pretty quiet place, with the ability to sit back and enjoy the beer and a good conversation. Sitting out on the patio area in the evening can be a wonderful experience, too, if the lights are right.

Q - Good selection with rotating taps, and always a couple of Craftsman brews on hand. The selection is slightly less than at their sister location Lucky Baldwin's, but still a great variety of 40-ish taps. Very few unexpected surprises, however. The Craftsman taps especially can be expected to be regularly cleaned and serviced.

SVC - All over the place on service, from non-existent to poor to great, depending on who is working and how crowded it is. Not something worth counting on. (I love Joanna, though! She's a favorite of mine anywhere, and not just because we're both Polish!)

SEL - As mentioned above, their selection is good for its rotations. Not too many surprises, but good, solid selections are always available.

F - I'm honestly not a fan of their fish and chips, but I guess I'm one of the few that isn't. Their lunch-time sandwiches are killer. And that Cobb salad is amazing. The meat pies are wonderful as well.

V - Pretty reasonable and in line with everything else.

route66pubs, Nov 11, 2008
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

A bright, clean pub like atmosphere with a nice front patio eating/drinking area. The problem with the patio for me is they allow smoking.

Service is generally very good. Most servers are knowledgeable, prompt and friendly. They did have one dingbat working there but I haven't seen her in awhile.

23 taps, no Bud, Miller, Coors. Good selection of Belgians, Brittish and local microbrews. Taps rotate frequently and what is printed on the beer list is usually not up to date. Enquire with your server about what they are out of first thing. One time they were out of my first three picks from the beer list.

Food is decent with fish & chips probably the most popular item, and pretty damn good. Also other Brittish pub food, burgers, and sandwiches are available.

Food prices are reasonable, but I feel $8.00 is a pretty damn high price for a Piraat and $5 is pushing it for a pint of Arrogant Bastard. I would sure hate it if all my hangouts raised their prices to that level.

dac, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of beerlassie
3.55/5  rDev -14%

Delirium Cafe is a great place to have a couple of pints. Nestled in the foothills of Sierra Madre, the atmosphere and small town feel make it a fun place to hang out and relax.

Vast selection of beers, including imported and craft beers
ie. Craftsman, a brewery out of Pasadena. However, they are often out, so have a back-up, or two, or three (yes, it does happen!).

Haven't had the food here, though it's just okay at Lucky Baldwins. As for the quality of service, it depends upon who is waiting on you. I've had great servers, as well as ones that left something to be desired.

Overall, definitely a place worth visiting...repeatedly!

beerlassie, Dec 18, 2007
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Delirium Cafe may be my favorite drinking spot in the Los Angeles area. Good beer selection, though you may be forced in going with your third choice as many of the beers listed tend to be out of stock. On the plus side, the staff is usually friendly and seem quite knowledgeable on the libations they have to offer. My main recommendation would be to eat elsewhere, and come here for the drunken happenings, as the food they serve isn't fit for a raccoon with an overactive thyroid.

Tip - You can't go wrong ordering anything by Craftsman.

ReigninAcai, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of Brewlore
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%

Have been to this place twice now and like Lucky Baldwins, it's hit and miss. The location is far better than Lucky's. It's in a beautiful part of town that seems like you're up in the Pacific Northwest.

The atmosphere is good. Seems more mellow than Lucky Baldwins. Sitting outside is nice as it has a great view of the neighborhood. Unfortunately, the service is not all it can be. As I said, its hit and miss. Forgotten beers and lengthy wait times spoil the fun at times.

The food is decent, nothing spectacular. The beer selection I would say is great, if not for the fact that they will be out of the first 4-5 beers you ask for. Last time I was there almost half of the normal taps were unavailable. Fortunately, like many places around Pasadena, they have a great selection of Craftsman brews, which I'm always a fan of.

Overall, a decent place. If you live nearby or are in the neighborhood, surely check it out. To the others, well, it's up to you! Cheers!

Brewlore, May 01, 2007
Photo of MiScusi
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

The location of this place is very cool, in a small town downtown area right up next to the mountains, giving it a home-y feel. There is a roped off section in front of the cafe to the right of the door where you can site outside, and the inside has tables all around wall. The bar spans pretty much the length of the right hand side and I would say there are maybe ~12 spots to sit at the bar. As mentioned, this place is much cleaner and smells much better than the Pasadena location. The layout is also much simpler.

If you are familiar with Lucky Baldwin's, the taps are pretty much the same. A good amount of Belgians, some English, and a bunch of American taps. All beers are served in the appropriate glassware. It's $4 or $5 for most American/English beers and $7 for most Belgians. There is a big bottle selection too with huge markups (at least 2x what you would find it for in a store). The fish and chips are always pretty good, the English breakfast is pretty good, but I usually just stick with the 2 eggs and bangers which come with potatoes and toast which is more than enough for me for $3 less than the full breakfast.

Nice place to watch English football in the morning on a Saturday. Usually only a handful of people in there but they will turn the sound up on the tvs for your game.

MiScusi, Apr 14, 2007
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4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

My wife and I visited here yesterday (Sunday) for the first time after a get together with a number of friends on Saturday for Lucky Baldwin's 8th annual Belgian Beer festival, just in time to enjoy a sample of the 2nd annual Belgian Beer festival here. And I must say, this is a bit of Lucky Baldwin's (and in general, beer) heaven. Maybe because we came in on a quiet Sunday afternoon, and only had a few others to enjoy the place, maybe because it was a beautiful warm sunny afternoon in the San Gabriel Mountains foothills, maybe it was because the place is still fairly new and doesn't reek of decades of stale beer and who knows what else (the original in Pasadena sure does!), but I really enjoyed my time. Attentive service, decent food (reuben was rather on the small size for US portions, but we need to eat less anyway), and incredible beer. The walls, furniture, etc. are all pretty new, and it feels a little sterile because of it, but I liked it a lot. I think I would now rather come here than go to the original.

For the festival. there was a total of 40 some odd beers, probably 25-30 Belgians, plus a nice choice of several Craftsman ales, Stone brews, and some choices from England/Ireland. A decent but pricy bottle selection (for drink in or take out) is also available.

Dukeofearl, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.55/5  rDev -14%

I headed up to Sierra Madre on a lazy Friday with BA Erica to check out the new Lucky Baldwin’s Delirium Café, closely followed by a visit to the original LB’s in Pasadena. I had not been to the LB Delirium Café before & fancied giving it a tryl, out of town guests always inspire my traveling bug so feeling brave Erica & I both decided that a $3 All Day Metro was too fine an offer to pass up. So we started from Long Beach & used the Blue, Red then Gold Line & alighted at the Sierra Madre terminus. You can hitch a bus ride to the Delirium Café from the Gold Line (I think) but we decided to get some exercise & walk it - a reasonably simple 2½ mile walk North up Sierra Madre Villa Avenue, then right and East along Sierra Madre Boulevard until you reach Baldwin, here you’ll find the LB Delirium Café on a short angled road between the two called Kersting Court.

Dark green painted exterior has a Belgium Café feel, accentuated by the “open” frontage which plays host to several tables & chairs as well as a plethora of Breweriana & beer adverts. Basically a single room, the entrance is set back from the sidewalk allowing punters to enjoy a small covered area & drink al fresco should they so desire. The entrance is to the left, once inside the Air Conditioned interior is a welcome relief from the hot & often humid Sierra Madre sunshine. The bar is set in the far right hand corner taking up about two-thirds of the right wall & is surrounded by a dozen or so stools. The tables & chairs inside are neatly arranged. More beery paraphernalia from all over the World litters the walls. An interior wall at the back separates the main bar area from a rear kitchen area that also hosts the usual LB’s shop offering a small range of Britstuff as well the coolers that play host to the bottled beers, all accessed through an open doorway.

Forty-Six (46) Taps in all. Quite the treat for the quiet suburban area but there are many seen before beers. 38 Taps line the back wall, 7 are nestled on a font at the end of the bar facing the windows & a lone Pink Elephant topped Delirium Tap completes the draft selection. A Beer Menu lists many bottles that are available for drinking on premise, or off it. Yes! you can buy beer to go here! (unlike the original LB’s in Pasadena). However, a word of warning, whilst the draft beers are reasonable & the bottled beer range is unparalleled in these parts, the bottles are expensive. Expect to pay $30 for Cantillon if you want it. I stuck with the reasonable priced draft beers - so I give an average $$$ for value ($$-draft & $$$$-bottles). A couple of the brews that I asked for were unavailable & I only had three beers so I am not sure of the availability here, especially as there were only four people in here when Erica & I were here. So dropped selection from 4.5 to 4.0 assuming some are not available at times.

Food was OK, but not as good as the original. I had the Chicken Curry which is a staple for me at the original LB’s so I know a thing or too about that! The rice was undercooked & it arrived with erm…..dry toast - WTF!? Typically it is served with French Bread & some Butter which I like. Bit of a miss for the food, I know it could be better.

This brings me to Service. In short it was plain inattentive & sub-par. One other person was in here when we arrived, but it seemed like the chap behind the bar seemed far too busy clearing up & generally avoiding eye contact, it took a short while to get the first beer, too long really. He didn’t seem to know too much about the beers when he was there & disappeared for long periods of time, often as Erica or I just finished a brew. Annoying! This was compounded with the typical American problem of servers finishing their shift. I hate this!!! Is it my problem that our server is leaving? - NO!!! So why check us out before we are finished? Bad, Bad, Bad & utterly Selfish, you would NEVER get that in Belgium or the UK. After I ended up paying the tab so we could keep drinking, the new replacement server saw the folder with the receipt in front of us & immediately assumed that we had checked out, promptly ignored us & thought we didn’t want anymore beer! Duh! That is SO f’in annoying. Despite the original plan to stay a bit longer & have more beer, thanks firmly & squarely to being checked out early without asking just so the original server could get his tip, we decided to leave. Not impressed with the Service.

I’m sure we had an “off” visit, but I have had plenty of those at Lucky Baldwin’s too. Despite the server’s lack of attention & the high bottle prices, if you’re in the area & fancy a freshly tapped beer at a more reasonable price then you wouldn’t go too far wrong to stop by here. Have to say though, honestly, that I probably would not go out of my way to head back up here on the Gold Line, as I frequently do to get to Lucky Baldwin’s, & as it is further North for me, I would more than likely stay at LB's Pasadena.

Last Visit: Friday 28th July, 2006.

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 02, 2006
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4.7/5  rDev +13.8%

This is my new favorite pub in Los Angeles County. Great atmosphere and great brews to go with it. Went with a group of 10-15 friends last night and had a blast.

Great place to find Belgian beers. I had an amazingly rich Rochefort 10 and a St. Bernardus Tripel, but I should have stopped there. I topped those off with a Craftsman "Heavenly" Heffy which tasted like banana peels. Should have gone for another trappist.

This place rivals the average pub in Belgium. Not quite Beerhuis Kulminator or Het Biercircus, but hey, at least there's no smoking inside! If you are in the LA area, go to this place. You won't be disappointed.

biercircus, Apr 17, 2006
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4.9/5  rDev +18.6%

Nirvana. Simply the best beer experience I have ever had anywhere in the world. A fortuitous rendesvous with business associates landed me in this west coast enclave. I am forever grateful.

38 taps. Beautiful decor, outside cafe and good food. It simply doesn't get better than this, and the town of Sierra Madre is elegant and quaint.

Service was as close to perfect as it comes. Bartender was semi-knowlegeable, but oh was she efficient. If our glasses approached emptiness, she was upon them. I highly recommend the pub grub, it was also very well done. this place is wonderful.

ChowHound, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of SwillinBrew
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%

Came here with OCBrewfish after we finished at the Stuffed Sandwich. Driving to this place had me feeling like I was driving up the mountains. Nice and serene.

This LB's had a good clean down to earth bar feel to it. A small patio in front looking out at old towne Sierra Madre. The 38 tap bar is to the right as you walk in with tables throughout. We were quickly greeted by the bartendress and helped right then. (the LB's in Pasadena needs to learn about service from this one). There were many xmas belgians and domestics on tap... which was fine by me. They also had some craftsman and many bottles in several coolers.

There was also a small english store per se in the very back. You can buy bottles to go from here but i didnt so i dont know what they cost. I also didnt try the food as i was full from the Stuffed Sandwich.

The bartendress was very polite, quick and was learning about beer and rather eager about it. We talked about the various styles and other geek stuff. Very nice.

I'd go here more often if it were closer to Tustin. Check it out. It's pretty cool.

SwillinBrew, Dec 21, 2005
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4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

My second stop at the Lucky Baldwin's Sierra Madre branch. To echo Rumrunner's comments about the SMPD; it's very true. They'll ticket you for the smallest thing, like rolling through stop signs, parking, etc. It's almost like being in Singapore, minus getting whacked with a rattan cane for your transgression. So, be on your best behavior.
That being said, parking can be a challenge to find. My buddy Kirk and I stopped in at 4:00pm on a Thursday and had to risk parking across the street behind the Taylor's Meats store. Luckily we weren't ticketed. LB's is situated near a Starbucks and Coldstone in a town square set-up that's definitely small-town and rather Rockwellian.
Outside is a small patio area. Once inside, the bar dominates the right side of the interior with a row of 38 taps available. Lots of signs, flags and other stuff adorned the walls and a few TV's are strategically situated above the bar. The place is so new they're still fixing up the kitchen area. A couple reefers hold the supply of top quality bottled beers. Bottles of note were Hannsens Oulde Gueuze and Kriek, AdR Triple Imperiale, Fantome Chocolat, and Russian River Damnation, to name just a few. A dozen taps were off-line as a switching of beers was scheduled so some stellar stuff like Saison Dupont, Avec Les Bons Voeux, Affligem Blonde, and AdR Grand Cru weren't available. Still, a nice selection of Belgian German and English brews were there for the asking. American brews were rather limited but still quite good with Craftsman heading the list with their hefe and IPA. Sierra Nevada's Harvest Ale was a dead tap, unfortunately. For German beer, Aventinus and Ayinger Oktoberfest were up. I opted for a glass of Aventinus and Het Kapittel Abt.
Service was prompt and courteous and the beers served in the appropriate glassware. The food was typical Lucky Baldwin's fare - fish and chips, soups, etc - but you could also make your own sandwich and I noted they served grilled salmon. Valerie, the bartender, was nice but lacked some beer knowledge. She admitted this, saying she was learning as she went. Good; at least she's willing to learn.
I waffled between whether LB's is reasonably priced or a bit pricey. The reason is that you can get beer to go but the prices will really bite your wallet. Prices for tap beer are quite reasonable and that's what I ended up weighing most heavily.
I'm quite happy to see that David has expanded Lucky Baldwin's and put another quality pub down a lot closer to my place. It's dangerously close to "on the way home". A great place in a nice little town. Just watch for the police.

Boilermaker88, Oct 28, 2005
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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
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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

Finally made it down to Mecca 2.0 -- i mean to the new Lucky Baldwin's spot.

First of all, the town of Sierra Madre is so quaint that I felt uncomfortable. I kept looking over my shoulder for Norman Rockwell's easel.

However, once inside it does not matter. BEER! The Delirium Cafe feels even more beer-centric than does its predecessor, the OG LB. 38 Taps of mostly Belgian brews (including all the great stuff -- Avec les Bon Voeux, de Rocs Triple Imperial, etc). and some fantastic California offerings like Sierra Nevada Harvest and a full lineup from Craftsman. Naturally, on a Saturday night, half the beers that I ordered off the menu were gone. This is Lucky Baldwins after all. Made me feel right at home.

Service: Whoa... is this Lucky Baldwins? Never for an instant were any one of our glasses or plates empty. Not once did we have to gesture frantically for a waitress or devise a plan to get their attention. These facts are made even odder because they are the same wait-folks from Pasadena. Huge improvement. Again five of us were there on a Saturday night and we were waited on hand and foot. To me, the quality service is worth the extra five miles, redacted menu and odd surroundings (the town, not the joint).

However, like the original Lucky Baldwins, the staff knows exactly nothing about the product they are serving. Which is too bad. I mean, at least learn the contents of the cooler, even if you don't know what they taste like.

The Delirium cafe also sells beer offsale, which sounds better than it is. Why? Because they charge bar prices.

I purchased three 750 mls and was charged $56. I was drunk, so it didn't matter until the next day.

Despite my gripes, the Delirium Cafe is highly recommended.

jonnylieberman, Oct 24, 2005
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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

Brand spanking new.. So brand spanking new that the paint still seems a little wet. At least in the places where you can see the paint as it's hidden behind the multitude of beer signs and mirrors that Dave has no doubt collected in his years running a place like the original Lucky Baldwin's.

Big bright, one open spot with a long bar running down one side of the facility. The whole space has a more spacious feeling than LB's proper. (This is not to say I like this better than the original.. I like warrens).

The staff here is composed of several folks from Lucky Baldwin's and here in this small space the staff excel. Menu is basically the Lucky Baldwin's menu. 38 taps of beer with 2 fridges of bottles, mimicking Lucky Baldwin's.

All in all it's a good place nad we'll have to see how this location develops in the sleepy strange little Raymond Chandleresque burg.

drewbage, Oct 24, 2005
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Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe in Sierra Madre, CA
92 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.