5 Best Outdoor Patio Bars in Pasadena for Summer
Looking for a place to enjoy the warm summer weather while sipping a refreshing drink?
What about a shady spot to cool down in the breeze with a fruity cocktail? Maybe you're more of a wine lover, looking for the perfect place to relax while you swirl notes of floral aromas in a glass of chardonnay. Whatever you fancy, Pasadena offers a plethora of outdoor bars and lounges for you to soak up some rays… and a drink.
Granville is a popular modern-casual restaurant that many Southern California locals frequent. The Pasadena location is the only one with a gorgeous rooftop bar and patio that wraps around the entire building. Located in the South Lake Avenue District of Pasadena, it's the perfect spot to take a break and grab a bite. Enjoy lounging on the couches or pop a spot in front of the bar to get the best view of the San Gabriel Mountains as the sun is setting. The cucumber martini is perfect for a hot day and cocktails are only $7 during happy hour.
2. Bodega Wine Bar
Located in the heart of downtown, Bodega Wine Bar is nestled on the second level of the Paseo, a popular shopping area just a block away from the architectural landmark, Pasadena City Hall. Bodega offers small plates to accompany its wine and beer in an open, casual environment. Their motto is "every single empty glass is an opportunity." Why not seize the moment and try a unique Japanese soju or sake?
3. Magnolia House (Currently Unavailable due to COVID-19)
The Magnolia House is both an architectural and culinary feat. The restaurant was designed in a converted 100-year-old craftsman house. Pair your meal with a summery cocktail or check out their boutique wine bar. If you're looking for something classically summer, try a local craft beer while lounging on the homey outdoor patio. Get into a tropical summer mood with their tiki cocktail that is sure to give you a taste of the islands.
4. Cafe Santorini (Currently Unavailable due to COVID-19)
Tucked away in One Colorado, a staple of Old Pasadena, the Mediterranean style Cafe Santorini is the ideal spot for seafood, pizza, and an outdoor wine bar that overlooks the cobblestone charm of one of Pasadena's most iconic alleyways. If a breezy patio isn't up your alley (pun intended), no worries! The bar is indoors as well so you can enjoy happy hour no matter where you sit. Try a mojito, or if you're looking for something sweeter, the sangria is light and refreshing.
5. La Grande Orange Café
A quick hop off the metro at Del Mar Station puts you right in front of the entrance to La Grande Orange Café. The location actually hosts two restaurants in one – La Grande Orange Café and The Luggage Room. The restaurant is extremely convenient for travelers and the patio offers a place to rest their feet and quench their thirst with a refreshing, cold drink from the bar – beer, wine, and cocktails aplenty. Not to mention their Wine Wednesday discounts and Saturday mimosa specials. Try a "Sippin' Pretty" with notes of guava, elderberry, and acai to give your tastebuds a summery sensation.
For more information on Pasadena's great restaurant patios, check out our outdoor dining page.