5 Best Beer Bars in Pasadena

April 23, 2023 | Posted in Food

With warm weather and sunny, blue skies, it's completely understandable for Pasadena visitors to want to kick back and relax with an ice cold beer.

Luckily, for the beer enthusiasts out there, Pasadena's bar scene includes many wonderful locations that allow you to enjoy a fresh, craft beer. Our guide includes indoor and outdoor venues, the best places for hops and IPAs, and where to go when the big game is on.

Lucky Baldwin's

Lucky Baldwin's is a major hot spot in downtown Pasadena, especially on game day. With two levels, the large bar is able to project spots games on large white screens hanging from the walls. This authentic British pub also includes a full kitchen that serves traditional British meals with vegetarian options. If you're in town around some major European holidays, you definitely want to make this place a spot on your trip. Lucky Baldwin's holds special events for the Belgian Beer Festival, IPA festivals, Oktoberfest, and more.

Barney's Beanery

Not only does Barney's serve up some great beers, but the aesthetic of the bar is a feat in itself. The ceiling is covered with license plates and all things "wheels." There are televisions playing sports and bikes along the wall. The Pasadena location also has a full bus in the back that has been gutted and redesigned to house an array of arcade games. Of course, more classic games, like billiards and foosball, are also on site.

Freddie's 35er Bar

No matter what team you're rooting for, 35ers is the ideal sports bar to watch the game. There are 15 TVs positioned everywhere and anywhere, so no seat is a bad seat. Decked out in flags, jerseys, and other memorabilia, the walls of the bar are a sight to see. The main floor has pool tables in the back area as well as a bar with beers on tap, while the bottom floor includes a second bar along with a dance floor.

Kings Row Gastropub

Kings Row Gastropub is all about good food and craft beer. It's Old Pasadena's first and only gastropub set in a historic landmark. The full patio bar, beer garden, and classic pub cuisine makes it a popular stop for locals looking to watch the big game. They also have live music on Thursdays – Sundays and weekday happy hour from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 pm.

Der Wolfskopf

Der Wolfskopf or "Der Wolf" for short, transports you right to Germany, without the jet lag. At this two story bar, you can enjoy a Bavarian pretzel with authentic beer cheese and wash it down with a stein of fresh, cold beer. The German and German-inspired craft beers will definitely fill you up so pace yourself. Their draft beer menu can also be found online.

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