Lucky Baldwin's Pub

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94
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71 Reviews
Lucky Baldwin's PubLucky Baldwin's Pub
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(626) 795-0652 | map
www.luckybaldwins.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
95
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
9%
 
 
Taps:
63
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 95
Reviews by augustgarage:
Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.43/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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 he inside and atmosphere, as well as the beer selection!!

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Photo of deniserat
5/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of IceAce
3.11/5  rDev -26.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of dipso123
3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of Ernie_The_Dude
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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4.64/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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4.6/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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Lucky Baldwin's Pub in Pasadena, CA
94 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.
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