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Lucky Baldwin's Pub

Not Rated.
Lucky Baldwin's PubLucky Baldwin's Pub
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

87 Ratings
Ratings: 87
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.02%
Taps: 63
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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 Goldstar81
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%

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.

Goldstar81, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of JohnnyAngel
2.68/5  rDev -36%

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.

JohnnyAngel, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of Weedchugger
3.03/5  rDev -27.7%

So, after all I've heard about Lucky Baldwin's, I'm utterly shocked that I just got back from there, with my two best friends, and we had a miserable time. When we walked in, our hopes of "beer heaven" sailed. The place is just right atmosphere-wise; unpretentious and comfortable. I'll just take you through our evening and you make the call. I hate dissing a respected place, so I won't dis, I'll just give you the facts and you can tell me I'm wrong.

We went there to celebrate a huge windfall I had at work, which I only mention to let you know we were all in a really good mood. We looked at the menu online beforehand and noticed they had Aventinus on permanent tap, which just happens to be one of our all time favorite beers. When we sat down and looked at the impressive menu, we notice Aventinus is off the tap list. No sweat. There's plenty where that came from. They have Craftsman on tap! I order a Craftsman IPA and my friends order Craftsman Hefe's. The waitress disappears for a really long time and comes back to tell us the IPA and Hefe are gone. Fine. We spy Bluebird Bitter on the bottle menu and order two of those and a Hopf Dunkel. Hopf isn't that great, but my friend Eric wanted a dunkel and the pickings were slim. We also order some mozzarella sticks to munch on. The waitress disappears for a really long time again and comes back with bad news. No more Bluebird Bitters, but she did have a Hopf for Eric. Of course it wasn't a Dunkel like he ordered, but a Hefe. Still, he was the first of us to see an actual beer, so he grabbed it. My friend Andy asked if they had any White beers of any kind. The waitress said no. He said, "Not even Hoegarten?" and she said they were out of Hoegarten. I, seeing bottled Aventinus on the menu, ordered one of those while Andy looked at the menu again. The waitress disappered forever again. When she came back she was empty handed, "No more Aventinus in bottles". I'm not kidding. So, looking at the menu again, I ordered a Blanche de Chambly, a "white beer" as it so clearly states on the label. We also order dinner. She returns to the table with my bottle of Blanche and Andy said, "Didn't she just look me in the eye and say no white beer at all?" I was so happy that I actually had a beer in my hands - after 25 minutes - I ignored him and he ordered what I got. Shortly thereafter, our dinner arrives. Attentive readers might say "What happened to the mozzarella sticks?" We were saying the same thing. They never showed up. The food was fine and everyone just ordered the same beer they got at first, so as not to fall down the rabbit hole of "We don't have that" insanity again. As we walked out, we noticed a sign that said "Public Notice that establishment is under new owners"

I don't know what the hell happened, but it was a terrible experience. And I really, really wanted to love it. F*ck.

Weedchugger, Apr 18, 2005
Photo of goodheflover1280
3.39/5  rDev -19.1%

The first thing I thought of when I walked in this place was how small and cramped it was. They really tried to pack in as much as possible into the front area of the pub. When I got to the back and sat at the bar I smelled a strange odor, and by strange I don't mean good in any way. The place was more of a dive, with the typical banners/posters on the walls that you would see in any pub/bar. They do have an outdoor patio area to the side, in the alley, but the smell just made a bad first impression. Nevertheless I decided to go back with a buddy for the Barleywine festival a couple months back, thinking maybe it was just that day, but the smell was still there. The bartender was so-so (some but not much knowledge of beer), the beer was good at that time because of the festival, but I don't know how their selection is normally. I must say that when I go back for the IPA festival, I will be sitting outside, and if you decide to go too I would suggest the same.

goodheflover1280, May 28, 2004
Photo of WhatdaHec
3.28/5  rDev -21.7%

I dig this place overall. But someone needs to tell this place to train the staff. I ordered a Belgian brew (bottle) at random and the guy looked at me like I was crazy. Puzzled...I had to point to what I wanted on the menu and he read it as if he had never opened this menu before. Then he told me they didn't have it. I ordered another beer...didn't have it. He then went on to tell me something like, "yeah those bottled beers, we get like a 6-pack of each one and they run out pretty quick." Is he serious? So I ordered a beer on tap. Very good. Service is barely above terrible. Everything else is cool. Above average selection of Tap beers and good ambience. I'll go again, but I'm going straight to the bar, no waiter.

WhatdaHec, Feb 09, 2004
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

belgbeerdrinker, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of mrcraft
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

mrcraft, May 16, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.38/5  rDev +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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of Retsinis
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

Retsinis, Apr 22, 2011
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Lucky Baldwin's Pub in Pasadena, CA
94 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.