Lucky Baldwin's Pub
Taps: 63 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 70 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by GoCubsMatt:
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
This is a very fine drinking establishment. I've been here for two BA events and both times I had a good time. The bar has outside seating which is quite nice if it is not raining, but when it is raining it makes the inside a bit cramped. Atmosphere is very much what a pub should be - good quality beer paraphernalia on the walls, a fridge full of Belgian beers, overall very solid.
The selection is about as good a selection I've seen in LA. For the Belgian beer fest, the taps were lined with all sorts of fantastic brews. Visiting on a normal day, you'll have 50 beers on tap of all different variety. They don't waste much space at the taps on inferior beer either, the worst one I remember was Stella Artois.
Service was good, especially considering how busy the place was. The food was also good, nothing fantastic but quite solid as pub grub. I ordered some shrimp croquettes and they were quite tasty. A lot of people ordered the curry dish, and it certainly smelled quite good.
This bar is worth going out of your way to visit. The beer selection alone makes it entirely worthwhile, and the good atmosphere and food make the experience all the better.
02-23-2004 01:53:41 | More by GoCubsMatt
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4.21/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This Lucky Baldwin's is located in Old Town Pasadena in an older building right off Colorado Blvd. The space is divided into several smaller sections divided by walls and hallways. I entered through the front, and eventually made my way towards the bar. My first impression was that this place had more of an authentic English pub feel than other establishments I visited.
They present your typical English pub fare. They have a nice rotating tap list. The day I visited they had 4 or 5 beers from Russian River. Since I didn't have Row 2 before that's what I really wanted to try that day. Unfortunately, the keg kicked in less than a day before my visit. I ended up ordering some bangers and mash with pint of Supplication and half pour of Linderman's Faro. The banger was tasty though a tad bit dry.
There was ample parking in the parking structure a few buildings down the street. I believe the first 90 minutes was free.
I enjoyed my visit and will return again.
05-16-2013 06:59:19 | More by mrcraft
4.38/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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.
07-04-2012 23:45:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.43/5 rDev -17.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Overall a solid "Belgian" beer bar but over the years they have dropped off in their Belgian selection. They have La Chouff, St. Bernardus 12, Lucifer and most of the more easily accessible Belgian kegs. Occasionally they do get some gems in. They have a Hair of the Dog week, a Russian River week with younger and they have a pretty decent bottle selection although its a bit hit or miss. A few months ago I asked them if they had any Cantillon bottles and after about 20 minutes a waitress emerged from their cellar with a 2004 Gueuze. Though it was 65 bucks it was worth every penny. Its definitely a pub atmosphere. The bartenders really do a piss poor job of filling glasses-often they are served half full of foam or are not filled to the top. The servers usually have a decent knowledge of what they have available but most of the time the menu is totally unreliable-I usually am told they are out of the first 2-3 selections I want. But their fish and chips are top notch as is the french dip. I live a few blocks away and I like to visit every 3-4 months.
07-17-2011 07:01:19 | More by Goldstar81
4.18/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
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.
04-22-2011 22:47:14 | More by Retsinis
3.53/5 rDev -15.3%
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
Lucky Baldwin's Pub in Pasadena, CA
93 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.