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Lucky Baldwin's Pub

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Lucky Baldwin's PubLucky Baldwin's Pub
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

86 Ratings
Ratings: 86
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%
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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Reviews by ithacabaron:
Photo of ithacabaron
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

Taken out here by jonnylieberman and drewbage after a long and fun brewday.

Located in a nice part of town, with ambiently lit cobblestone streets, Lucky's takes up a corner property on a pedestrian promenade, and features an excellent, laid-back biergarden, and an interior full of natural-stained wood, and giant (although tasteful) craft banners and tin signs. High-lofted ceilings and low crowd noise add to the pleasent ambience. Very relaxing, very cool.

Quality was hit and miss. As Jonny predicted, the first beer we all wanted to order was out. Apparently they have problems keeping their tap list up to date, or keeping enough kegs on tap. No problem. We all found good second choices, and all were served at a proper temperature, and in a proper glass. There was a bump later, when one of us ordered a Celebrator Dopplebock that seemed to have turned to vinegar, but it was quickly replaced, with apologies.

Service was pretty good. Apparently it can be very hit or miss, depending on your server. We started out with a serviceable young chap who came by every often, and later in the evening, upgraded to an adorable Italy-born waitress who looked after our ever whim. No complaints here.

Selection was pretty good, a decent palate of styles and choices, and a special concentration on SoCal micros on tap. Delicious choices from Craftsman were found when we tried the Orange Grove and White Sage.

Food was very tasty, and generously proportioned. I had the Cobb Salad, which was well presented. Other people seemed to enjoy theirs as well.

Everything was a little expensive, but not out of range for what you'd usually find in the rest of the Greater Los Angeles area.

All in all, a nice spot for a few pints, and I certainly had a blast with my fellow BA friends. Take a nice cool evening, find yourself an outdoor table, and hang out.

ithacabaron, Jul 16, 2005
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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 04, 2012
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 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
Photo of drewmprs
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%

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.

drewmprs, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of Bankhead
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%

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

Bankhead, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of josh80
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

josh80, Feb 27, 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
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Lucky Baldwin's Pub in Pasadena, CA
93 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.