9 Best Bars in Pasadena


Pasadena in California is a great destination for shopping. This charming and lively Old Town is also known for its dining and Victorian buildings. Whatever be your poison-whiskey, wine or beer, Pasadena bars have something to offer for everyone. The drinking scene here is evolving and one mostly known for its music lounges and sports bars, this place is slowly becoming popular as a great drinking hub, with cocktail bars, wine bars, and beer bars aplenty. We have collated this list of some of the best and go-to Pasadena bars. So, next time you’re here, you can use this list as inspiration for your bar adventure!

Nick’s Pasadena

Lovely decor with great hospitality

At Nick’s, they serve some of the most unique cocktails and fine wine from their extensive wine list. The decor of the place is a marvel- lovely balcony, a quaint garden room along with a private wine room, make it a place you would love to drink and dine at. The marble finish, charming woodwork and wrought iron all adds beauty to the decor. The whole place is neat and fresh.

If you come in with an appetite, that’s great because the food is delicious. And don’t miss the butter cake here, it’s delicious! The staff here are very courteous and friendly, going above and beyond to ensure your good time here. They are reputed for their great hospitality.

The ambience is intimate and classy, and it’s a great place for a date or if you want to hang out with a group of friends. There are plenty of vegetarian options and it’s kid-friendly too, so take your little munchkins along!

336 South Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 787-1444
http://nicksrestaurants.com/nicks-pasadena/

The Cellar

A hidden gem in the Old Town

If you are looking for a hidden gem to enjoy a quiet date night or quality time with your group, look no further than the cellar. Tucked away in a basement, the inside looks ravishing. The room is decorated to look like a library filled with books. They have outdoor seating as well.

The ambience is intimate, classy and comfortable and the walls are lined with portraits of renowned pianists. The wine list is well thought-out and extensive. They have great bottle selections and wines by the glass as well. You might want to pair that wine with their delicious cheese platters!

The cellar is an experience that will delight all your senses!

26 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 578-9156

Moxie Lounge & Karaoke

Nice Asian Fusion food with extensive drinks

The ambience at Moxie’s is hip and modern, and the place is trendy, clean and fresh. They serve a large selection of alcohol and delicious Asian fusion food. They keep their menu on rotation, so check it out before you go. They have beer and wine, soju, and a few cocktails as well.

The place has a hipster and casual vibe, and it’s great to hang out as a group. It is brightly lit, with projectors everywhere and has a fun vibe. The music is good too, with good selections. There is outdoor seating as well.

1205 S Baldwin Ave
Unit A
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 382-2025

White Horse Lounge

For the Southern Hospitality and Cocktail Craft

This place takes inspiration from the cocktail craft of yore and makes some of the best cocktails on offer. They have an extensive whiskey selection too, and the whiskeys taste strong and delicious! If you are into the strong stuff, the whiskeys are a must-try! They have a good Scotch selection too. Definitely, one of the best bars in Pasadena.

The decor is warm, inviting and dim, so it is perfect as an intimate setting for a romantic date night. Carved wood, comfortable and plush couches adds character to the decor. The food is delicious too to pair with the drinks. Do try out their truffle fries – they’re yum!

41 S De Lacey Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 583-9013
https://www.whitehorselounge.com/

Foothill

Foothill serves a bar menu that includes handcrafted cocktails, local craft beers on top and exotic wines. With a full bar and plenty of open spaces, it’s great to enjoy as a group. They have 26 selections of wine, including white and red wine. Their beer list includes 15 selections of well crafted, local beer.

Their outdoor patio dining is really enjoyable. The place is kid-friendly. There are plenty of vegetarian options too. The live music is great. The ambience and vibe is simply incredible. The staff are professional, courteous and friendly. You will feel right at home here. The modern decor and intimate atmosphere makes it a great place to go on a date.

2835 E Foothill Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107
(626) 449-2337
https://www.foothill.co/

Stone Brewing Tap Room – Pasadena

Cheers to beers!

Located inside of the train station plaza, they serve great beer that is fresh and tasty! You could also fill a growler to take your beer back home and enjoy. Whether it is IPAs, Hefs, Stouts or Pilsners, Stone is where it’s at! They’re all reasonably priced, incredibly delicious and refreshing. Whether you prefer your drinks, light and fuzzy, or dark and strong, they can cater to how you like your beer.

So go with your tribe to Stone’s to warm your cheeks with some of the best beer you can find in Pasadena. Outdoor patio is a nice place to hang out at night, and chill with some good beer and good company. The indoor is cool and fresh. The tap room has a bunch of rotating taps and seasonal flavors

220 S Raymond Ave
Ste 103
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 440-7243
https://www.stonebrewing.com/visit/outposts/pasadena

GRANVILLE

Breathtaking rooftop establishment

Granville serves a drink menu with a small, but select range of hand-crafted cocktails, extensive wine selection that includes white and red wine, and craft on beers that includes bottles as well. They also serve unpretentious, delicious and quality food to go with the drinks. The menu is kid-friendly too with lots of vegetarian options.

The ambience and vibe is stylish and classy, yet comfortable and clean. You could dine and drink indoors or on the patio, but it is wonderful to dine out on the rooftop. It offers a pleasant view of Lake Avenue traffic and the city. The staff are very polite, attentive and friendly.

270 S Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 360-7633
http://www.granvillecafe.com

Edwin Mills by Equator

Located in the heart of Pasadena, Edwin Mills by the Equator serves a New American Menu, with an original cocktail selection and unique selection of beer on tap. Local, international and draft on beers are served here. The wine list is well crafted and extensive. The ambience is warm and welcoming, so whether you are looking to chill with colleagues after work, or want to hang out with your group of friends or family, or an intimate date night, this is a great place.

The staff are accommodating, personalised and hospitable and the ambience, tasteful and intimate. The outdoor seating is lovely, shaded and cosy. The back patio is open and nice with a secluded feel-very charming indeed. And while you’re here, don’t forget to try out their bottomless mimosa!

22 Mills Pl
Pasadena, CA 91105

Der Rathskeller

Moody basement bar with incredible cocktails

This bar has a very classy, speakeasy vibe that you will love. It’s dimly lit, intimate and the renaissance paintings on the wall adds to the uniqueness of the place. There’s great German beer selection, wine, and wonderfully refreshing and great-tasting cocktails.

The bar has ample seating, it’s spacious, with lots of booths and tables. The cocktails are perfectly crafted and are strong and delicious. Enjoy your sip and the mysterious and chill vibe of the place.

72 N Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 219-6054
http://www.derwolfskopf.com/

Josh

Josh is the Editorial Director here at BARPX. His favorite drank is Baileys (Yassss, he's a light weight!) and counts the days when coronavirus is over so we can all get back to our favorite bars.

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