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Lucky Baldwin's Pub

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Lucky Baldwin's PubLucky Baldwin's Pub

70 Reviews
Reviews: 70
Visits: 92
Avg: 4.23
pDev: n/a
Taps: 63
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

17 S Raymond Ave
Pasadena, California, 91105-1913
United States
phone: (626) 795-0652

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @luckybaldwinsca

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Photo of dipso123
3.45/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I have liked this place a lot in the past few years. One of the few places I've been to that has had as many as 3-4 Russian River beers on tap at the same time, lots of good events, etc. HOWEVER, things change.

Most ales are served in a shaker glass which IF filled to the rim is 16 oz. but if there is 1/2 to 3/4 inch of head you are getting 12 oz. and at $8 a "pint" there are better places for a session. The selection brings me back for 1 now and then but no longer a place to stay.

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Photo of mrcraft
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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

This location is in an old building in downtown Pasadena. Walking in you immediately get an odd vibe of dive bar/sports bar/pub all wrapped into 1 location. The bar itself is fairly small with about 8 stools although there are tables around the rest of the restaurant. The service when I went was great as the bartenders and I talked beer the entire time. The quality of the beer was great and they had a pretty awesome selection of taps and bottles. When I went I got a full pour and a goblet to keep for $10, with tasters of any other beer on the menu for either $3 or $4 a taster. These tasters were about 7 oz. each and came in the mini Chimay goblets. The glass was good at all 3 locations to get $1 a beer at any time throughout the year, and also good for the taster deals at all 3 locations. Needless to say I took advantage of this deal. Overall, this is a cool little spot and much different than the other 2 locations.

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Photo of Goldstar81
3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Overall a solid "Belgian" beer bar but over the years they have dropped off in their Belgian selection. They have La Chouff, St. Bernardus 12, Lucifer and most of the more easily accessible Belgian kegs. Occasionally they do get some gems in. They have a Hair of the Dog week, a Russian River week with younger and they have a pretty decent bottle selection although its a bit hit or miss. A few months ago I asked them if they had any Cantillon bottles and after about 20 minutes a waitress emerged from their cellar with a 2004 Gueuze. Though it was 65 bucks it was worth every penny. Its definitely a pub atmosphere. The bartenders really do a piss poor job of filling glasses-often they are served half full of foam or are not filled to the top. The servers usually have a decent knowledge of what they have available but most of the time the menu is totally unreliable-I usually am told they are out of the first 2-3 selections I want. But their fish and chips are top notch as is the french dip. I live a few blocks away and I like to visit every 3-4 months.

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Photo of Retsinis
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Recently went to Lucky Baldwin's during their strong ale festival (runs two weeks) was able to try a bottle of 2005 Speedway stout, draft Abacus (or the beer formerly known as Abacus) and Yeti. We had a large group for this visist, probably about 20, and we were forunate in that we were able to take up the full loft above the bar.

Anyhow, been to Lucky's probably about a half dozen times. The bar has a cross between a British style pub, and a Boston style Irish bar. They largely focus on Beglian beers, however, their rotated craft beer selection is over 20 taps, so that's more than ample. Can be standing room only, given the size of the space, or if you get there too late, or on a very busy event night.

Food is your standard Pub fare, though slightly above average. The main focus and draw here is the beer though, and they pride themselves in serving beers in the proper glass ware, and serving you as promptly as is possible. Taps can, do, and did blow even on the night we were there, so if your looking for something special that you saw online, it might be gone when you get there, but it's not just Baldwin's, but Lucky Baldwins, so they will have some great backups to choose from.

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Photo of drewmprs
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

One of the oldest beer bars in so cal. Hadn't been there for almost two years so I decided to take the train up there and check things out. Still smelled the same, food tasted the same, but things just seemed different. Alot of the regular tap selections are gone and now a majority of the taps are dedicated to so cal breweries. There's nothing wrong with that but i prefer the older taplist that focused on belgian and mild english beers.
A bit of snootiness from the bartenders and a general lack of attention from the entire staff.
The bottle list is long with some surpringly well-priced vintages. I went with a saison dupont from 2008.
Mainly English pub food, the fish and chips used to be my favorite but I went with the curry this time and was very happy with my choice.
Parking is tough in the area but the train drops off about a 1/4 mile south of Lucky Baldwins. Their IPA fest is good but alot of the best beers are gone the first day.

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Photo of josh80
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Before any of these Johnny come Latelys made it on the LA beer scene Lucky Baldwins was THE PLACE on this side of town and the next decent place was Fathers Office way away in Sanata Monica and there was nothing in between.

Yeah the lines aren't the cleanest and yeah the food isn't the best but the tap list is outrageously good and the vibe is authentic and cool.

Luckys is still one of a handful of top notch beer destinations and should not be missed by anyone passing by or near the Pasadena area.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of JohnnyAngel
2.68/5  rDev -36.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Nice place to drink and watch football but beer prices are expensive.

The service was abominable. After waiting at a table for 15 minutes I decided to go to the bar and ask for service. Eventually we got service but it was poor. The girl behind the bar was just not sensitive at all to customers needs if they were not actually sitting at the bar. The pub seemed very understaffed. Perhaps it's better in the evening, hopefully.

The week I went was supposed to be a beerfest with cask beer available, but there wasn't.

Bottom line: Enjoy the beer and TV if you visit, and I just hope you do better than I did with the service. I won't be going there again in any hurry.

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Photo of zebulon
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Was there for a lunch on a Thursday and was rushed. The weather was chilly so there was no one in the patio, but the inside was also practically empty. the inside has kind of a cluttered feel to it, but is ok, nothing special although lots of beer posters.

Service was great. Whether is was because it was slow the server was really interested in talking about beer. When I asked about one belgian in particular that she wasn't sure of she said "wait I will go in the back and look it up on beeradvocate". How about that.

The beer selection was heavy on Belgians, in past visits they have had more Cal beers. The didn't have much in the way of IPAs that day which disappointed me.

Food was not great, but good. I had a curry dish since I was in the mood for the British experience.

Overall I was OK with the experience I have been there before and I will be back.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of unseenbyyou
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Recently went here during craft beer week. They had 10-10-10 on tap! The crowd is a good mix of beer afficianados, and guys drinking clueless...if you don't ask for the tap list walking in here, you don't know what you are missing...
One of the better jukeboxes for drinking as well. One thing strange though...this was the first time I did not see someone with his kid there
They had great divide beers on tap. I really enjoyed the hibernation. Twas a good balance to the 10-10-10...worked a different part of my palate.

I highly recommend this place during belgian festival that occurs twice a year..man. That's when selection goes to a 5.

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Photo of Lesbrad
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

Lucky Baldwin's seems to have been around forever. So have their tap lines which seem to be less than pristine. I don't know why I am starting with the bad stuff, just went their last night and had a great time. Here are my gripes, the good stuff to follow. The food sucks. Really? C'mon guys put a half decent meal in front of me and I won't complaint. Clean a table - please, I sat on the patio and waited for the table to be cleared. the waitress took the order and never did a thing to clean up from her last patrons. She delivered our beers right in the middle of the mess and never bothered to move a thing. We moved inside to watch the game and sat at a table that has crumbs and liquid on it and another server came and left it too. i had to ask for a rag. Ok, enough ranting.

I love this place. Amazing selection of beer from home and abroad. Nice pours, good pricing, a constantly changing selection. I love Belgians and they have plenty of them in bottles to go with that tap list. In Pasadena this place stands alone. The authentic pub grubbiness is matched by the enthusiasm of the football fans (real football not nfl) who come to cheers and jeer.

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Photo of willbolk
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Great atmosphere if you think being in a british pub is great atmosphere. Almost divey, but in a good way.

Pretty extensive tap list, their website is never up to date. Lots of belgians, not as many u.s. crafts. Always have local Craftsman, Stone, Anchor, few others.

Kick ass place to catch a football (soccer) match. Always full of footie fans for champions league matches, I assume the same for weekend premiere leaguue matches. Seems to attract plenty of liverpool (blech) and united (ugh) fans. Gunners show up in force too - up the Arse!

English inspired pub grub, most of what I've had has been average. Go for the beer and the footie, not so much for the food.

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Photo of PStevens
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Whoa there! I have only been here once, but that's about to change partner! I can't miss XMAS IN JULY next weekend! Im so pumped. Just had Lost Coast Double trouble ipa and coronado idiot ipa. Both exceptional! The only thing I can say about this place is GO THERE! I just happened to stop in the area and found it by a recommendation from a gas attendant. You can say I got lucky! beers beers lucky in finding the place that is The food is not to miss very tasty and fairly priced. Too many handles to choose from. Gotta go back!

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I've been around a number of the "new school" beer bars in LA, but Lucky Baldwin's is one from the "old school", and I had not taken the time to visit that type of bar in LA until today. The interior feel like a maze. There isn't much wiggle room, and you better have Vasco da Gama with you, or you may get lost trying to find the bar. Nonetheless, the atmosphere is likeable. Seems like a hybrid of Belgian beer cafe and British pub. Seating is also available outside.

During my visit, the barleywine festval, a period of time which LB hosts many barleywine's on-tap, was happening. I don't remember the bottle count, but there were a lot of good bottles (leaning towards Belgian beers). The tap count is at 64, and nearly every one was a good one. Barleywines from Stone, Avery, Victory, Craftsman, Sierra Nevada (including vintages from 2002, 2003, and 2004!), Anchor, and many more. Among non-BW types, there were Hoegaarden, Bavik, Mardesous, Tetley's, Paradox Isle of Arran, Speedway Stout, Maharaja. Drafts were on the pricey side, usually going around $8. There's even a cask, but nothing was pouring from it. There's lots of different glassware being used, my beer was in good condition, and I even saw the bartender "cutting the head" of a beer. However, there was one case of a customer sending back a glass because of lipstick residue.

Lucky Baldwin's still has it going. My first visit yielded good results, and the tap selection will certainly attract me back for another go.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The place is an English/Irish themed pub, using the Cantillon logo. Doesn't make sense, but oh well...

There are several seating areas: the bar, a downstairs seating area with tables and stools, and upstairs area, and a patio with plenty of seating.

The bar is dimly lit with lots of signage all over the place, perhaps too decorated. It definitely has "character".

The beer list is fairly eclectic and ranges from the typical English/Irish imports that are on every "pub" tap-list to some local beers such as Craftsman, to more obscure Belgian beers. The bottle list is also quite nice too, but like most bars, is a bit pricey.

The service was friendly and helpful, and fairly quick--though it was a somewhat slow night. The prices were a touch high for my taste, but not outrageous, I suppose.

Certainly one of those quintessential beer spots in Southern California, but I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to stop here.

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Photo of snpub540
3.85/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of SolsticeDreamer
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I'm a Pasadena local, and when going out for beer this is probably the best place in town to head over to. They have an amazing selection, great Belgians and local micro-brews (Craftsman! Can't get any more local then that here). There is always a great selection rotating centered around beer styles and breweries, meet the brewer or Belgian, Barleywine week!
The food is your standard pub food fare, not the best nor the worst; but with a side of fish and chips you can face most beer there. At times food is warm at best, and the beer is too; but that's probably because there always busy and there never seems to be enough staff on hand.
It's a fun place to go and try a lot of beers one usually wouldn't find under one roof. I love support local business and you can't get any more local around these parts. Be warned it can get pricy, with everything in the world going up; so has beer and food.

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Photo of ArrogantHopHead
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

LB is a great local joint for the beer enthusiast like myself. I highly recommend this place if you want to experience some worldly beers for a good price and great ambience. There are signs of almost all the major craft breweries you can thinking of posted on their walls, with tvs to watch every known sport in the world, and beers from all over as well.

They keep a darn pretty good selection in their lineup and although they don't have enough for every one, they try to serve each beer in the appropriate glass it is meant to serve it in (often the brewery itself).

The food is pretty darn good too. It's not going to win tons of awards, but I sure don't want fancy, small portioned junk when I am enjoying craft beers. Give me some wings and their combo pizza anyday.

Last, they do a good job of supporting local craftsman beer to and keep that readily on tap. Overall good place. Other places have some more specialty beers, which I hope they can procure more of in the future.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Another Pasadena bar, a wonderful visit for me. This place is kind of dark on the inside and there is a lot of dark wood and neon signs that add to this dive feel of the place. Lots of alternative looking people peering out of booths and hightops. I eventually found a seat somewhere, a very cool and chill place.

Lots of beer on the menu, a few dozen drafts and some bottles. I get an Arrogant bastard ale and my guest orders a Chimay, they are currently out of the Chimay so the waitress suggests a few alternatives that are reasonable and demonstrate a clear knowledge of at least that beer style. Call me impressed.

I would definitely go here the next time I'm in Pasadena. Its pretty cool and has good service and decent selection.

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Photo of JTahoe
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I have been a big fan of LB's for many years--they have increasingly improved and expanded their beer selection offering by far the best selection in Pasadena. Lots in bottles, and an huge selection on tap (more than 50) including the hometown Craftsman Brewing Co., lots of Belgians, a good selection of craft-brews (usually West Coast), and a smattering of British, Irish and German beers. They have a few cask selections as well! Proper glassware is on hand, and usually utilized. As can often be the case in an establishment with such a large tap selection, don't be surprised if they are tapped out on some offerings.

I love the atmosphere, with the tucked away bar, pub room, patio, and loft. While sometimes you have the fight the crowds, a weekend late afternoon can be pleasantly chill. And if there is a big soccer match on, count on the hooligans crashing the place.

The food is average, occasionally pretty good, and mostly of the British pub variety. The service here is the weakest link, though most of the servers are quite pleasant.

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Photo of fbinla
4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Just located off the main shopping strip it's tucked only slight away from the action so a great place to go for a beer while the wife shops. They always a great selection of beers at Baldwins and often have little festivals. The last time i was here in mid June they had an IPA feast going on, they had a silly amount of IPA's on tap picking one is like choosing your favorite child. Service is friendly but casual, a little laid back if you are in a rush, but really you should be just kicking back enjoying the day.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is a fun place and if you follow international soccer and in the greater Los Angeles area you likely already know about it. Place opens at 6:00 a.m. sometimes for breakfast if an important match is on.

First experience was for breakfast and it great. Went back two days later for dinner and beer and enjoyed a very nice meal (great mussles and they also go great with a variety of beer) and good food in general.

Very nice list of bottles and impressive array on tap. Four of us for dinner each ordered a few different beers and we shared for the best of all experiences. (Then, of course, we ordered a great Belgian and simply drank it with our dinner).

Had so much fun we ended up at the 2009 Belgian Beer Festival; I believe it was their 10th year. A gas! Lots of beer; lots of variety and all (at least most) on tap. All around great place.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Located in downtown Pasadena. Its real easy to miss. Theres a nice outdoor patio area. The place kind of winds through the building and theres a ground level, upstairs, and some kind of storage area downstairs. Granted I've only been there during festivals (barleywine 2008, 12th anniversary, octoberfest 2008, and now belgian fest 2009) and thats always on a weekend. Its crowded and can get noisy but its a nice atmosphere because the patrons are more respectful than your average bar flys.

The food is quite good but expensive. So far I've had a burger, fries, and a leek soup. All good. You pretty much have to go to the bar to oder food but thats alright. Servers are scarce.

The beer list is always impressive and with 50+ taps theres something for everyone. Theres also a fridge full of bottles and I think they have more hiding somewhere. Actually, if you look down the stair case by the projector you can see huge stacks of Bigfoot, Celebration, and Anchor xmas. Their real claim to fame is the belgian selection including a bunch of 1.5L and 3L bottles and occasional 6L.

I'm torn between "$$$ - a bit pricey" and "$$$$ - very expensive" but its a great place and everyone should go at least once.

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Lucky Baldwin's Pub in Pasadena, CA
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