Lucky Baldwin's Pub

Lucky Baldwin's PubLucky Baldwin's Pub
Lucky Baldwin's PubLucky Baldwin's Pub
Bar, Eatery

17 S Raymond Ave
Pasadena, California, 91105-1913
United States

(626) 795-0652 | map

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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

A little piece of “all that is good” in sunny California. Where to start? Well Lucky Baldwin’s is probably one of, if not the, best Bar I have been to in California by a long shot.
In old town Pasadena not far from the intersection of Colorado Blvd. and Raymond lies this unobtrusive home from home. This is a superb warm and very welcoming hostelry, which is *the* purveyor of high quality beverages in Pasadena and the surrounding area. I promise, you “will not” want to leave here once settled.
Entrance is either from the street, or the side alleyway. From the Street you will have to walk through the Shop part of the Pub. The Shop serves allsorts of wonderful items including; Birds Custard Powder, proper English Tea Bags, HP Brown Sauce (we’re not worthy!), Heinz Baked Beans, a host of other items from Jolly Blighty and even a small selection of Belgium Beer Glasses. From the side alley entrance you will enter a tall but small entrance room that has another smaller room to your right hand side that leads back through to the shop. The bar is set back to your right hand side in a corner. Above which is an upper wooden deck, access is via a wooden staircase (careful). The upstairs is resplendent with an authentic English Dart Board, from Young’s Brewery, London. This is where we spent most of out BA Pasadena Crawl on 1/25/03. The whole pub is bedecked with a plethora of Adverts, Mirrors and beery paraphernalia from around the world. The bar has many Taps, at least 30 that serve a superb selection of Belgium, English, American, German and other beers. For me the best of each of these are Poperings Hommelbier, Fullers ESB, Alesmith IPA and Aventinus. The draft beers are backed up with an awesome range of bottled beers that frequently change – so ask. On a visit on 1/23 I drank the last two bottles of Oud Beersel Kriek, mixed emotions there. All year round you can sit outside at the small but often well populated Tables by the side alley entrance. Serves a great range of English style food. The Curry is excellent, as are the Fish n’ Chips. Super Owners, management and staff as well as a mixed clientele; ex-Pats, locals and beer lovers – what more do you want?

If you are from England, miss that Old Pub feeling, fancy a game of Darts, want to drink great beers and watch the “footy” then this is indeed a Limeys Paradise. Hey shit, that’s me on all counts!!!!
English or not, you just have to come here!

Jan 27, 2003
More User Reviews:
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slasich from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

May 16, 2020
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Simulatedface from California

2.9/5  rDev -30.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Jan 29, 2017
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DrinkThemAll from California

4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

First time here, as well as the Downtown area of Pasadena. Very Hipster around, but this Place was behind the scenes. Very small inside, but cool layout. Outside seating as well, which is nice. The selection was very nice. Pliny, Blind pig, Rasputin on Nitro, Trappistes 10. That should be enough to back up the statement right there. Service was fast and beer prices were average. Didn't Get a chance to try the food, but someone ordered some fries that smelled delicious. This place is pretty far from where I stay, but I love the inside and atmosphere.

Aug 14, 2016
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deniserat from California

5/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Jun 15, 2016
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IceAce from California

3.11/5  rDev -25.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3.5

May 08, 2016
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dipso123 from Oregon

3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Jun 30, 2015
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Ernie_The_Dude from California

4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Mar 23, 2015
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sillyhed8 from California

4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Jan 29, 2015
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BREWS4LA from California

3.96/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Jan 13, 2015
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Chris7482 from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Jan 01, 2015
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4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Dec 31, 2014
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fthegiants from California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

Oct 31, 2014
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dmquinn from California

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Sep 11, 2014
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ubiq3000 from California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

Aug 20, 2014
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aoampm from Hawaii

4/5  rDev -4.1%

Aug 05, 2014
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gjayb from California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

Jul 11, 2014
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LakerLeith from California

5/5  rDev +19.9%

Jun 26, 2014
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BeerBeast from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Jun 08, 2014
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DarthKostrizer from California

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

May 28, 2014
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jsunj from California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

Apr 21, 2014
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Bnoise11 from California

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Apr 21, 2014
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bigjoe786 from California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Apr 19, 2014
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Hopped_up_Chuck from California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Apr 03, 2014
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jtosch from Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Mar 30, 2014
Lucky Baldwin's Pub in Pasadena, CA
Place rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 97 ratings