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Lucky Baldwin's Pub

Lucky Baldwin's PubLucky Baldwin's Pub

Taps: 63 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

76 Ratings
Ratings: 76
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
$$ - reasonable


[ 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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mrcraft

California

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
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
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

07-04-2012 23:45:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Goldstar81

California

3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

07-17-2011 07:01:19 | More by Goldstar81
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Retsinis

California

4.18/5  rDev 0%
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.

04-22-2011 22:47:14 | More by Retsinis
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drewmprs

California

3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

03-19-2011 00:36:25 | More by drewmprs
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Bankhead

California

4.64/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

had been here a few times before

but today's visit was magical enough to review

my wife and i grabbed a still-sunny spot on the patio, located in one of those charming alleyways a quiet block off the teeming mall that is old town pasadena

huge tap list, with many sours (one gueuze on cask!) and plenty of belgian and american goodness of all kinds

but we skipped it entirely and went for some deep bottles

the 2003 sn bigfoot (a vintage recommended by one of our attentive and knowledgable servers) was deliciously preserved

and then the real treat: a 750 of cantillon gueuze (old seal-like label, i had to ask to see the cork to date it, and when the friendly server dropped it on the table he said "1999!" but in fact, it was 1996)

twas divine and cellared perfectly as well

it was great to feel welcomed and supremely rewarded by an old-school establishment on a beautiful day

cheers

03-14-2011 02:37:14 | More by Bankhead
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josh80

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

02-27-2011 17:12:25 | More by josh80
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JohnnyAngel

California

2.68/5  rDev -35.9%
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.

02-22-2011 22:09:02 | More by JohnnyAngel
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zebulon

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

02-15-2011 20:21:16 | More by zebulon
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augustgarage

California

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
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
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Lucky Baldwin's Pub in Pasadena, CA
93 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.