Located in downtown Pasadena. Its real easy to miss. Theres a nice outdoor patio area. The place kind of winds through the building and theres a ground level, upstairs, and some kind of storage area downstairs. Granted I’ve only been there during festivals (barleywine fest, anniversary, octoberfest, and belgian fest) and thats always on a weekend. Its crowded and can get noisy but its a nice atmosphere because the patrons are more respectful than your average bar flys.
The food is quite good but expensive. So far I’ve had a burger, fries, and a leek soup. All good. You pretty much have to go to the bar to oder food but thats alright. Servers are scarce.
The beer list is always impressive and with 50+ taps theres something for everyone. Theres also a fridge full of bottles and I think they have more hiding somewhere. Actually, if you look down the stair case by the projector you can see huge stacks of Bigfoot, Celebration, and Anchor xmas. Their real claim to fame is the belgian selection including a bunch of 1.5L and 3L bottles and occasional 6L.
The bar is dimly lit with lots of signage all over the place, perhaps too decorated. It definitely has "character". The beer list is fairly eclectic and ranges from the typical English/Irish imports that are on every "pub" tap-list to some local beers such as Craftsman, to more obscure Belgian beers. The service varies in helpfulness. One of the old school stops in Southern California.
Oakes (800) Vancouver, British Columbia | September 9, 2011
Good spot. Pubby vibe, in an American way, and they have a good range of beers. I didn’t notice anything too rare, but they lend support to the local Craftsman stuff and they have a good list of other beers as well. We had a well-priced bottle of relatively old gueuze as well. The service was ok, but the guy had no idea what we were talking about trying to order that lambic, which is funny in this era of educated servers.
Downtown old Pasadena staple that is a cramped English deli (?) when you walk inside. Larger outside patio. Pretty hefty draft list with a focus on Belgian beer, which was odd given the English food. But this bar is really the place to find the elusive Craftsman beers from Pasadena, which tend to be very good. The bar recently had Van Steenberge contract brew for them a custom house beer now added into ratebeer. They offer tasting flights, which was nice. Service was quick and attentive. My only qualm was that when our flight was given to us, the server did not tell us which beer was which and did not know so had to go back and check. Just a tad annoying. Fun, simple, relaxing place. Didn’t try the food. They apparently also do pitchers here if you there for happy hour.
Went here with my girlfriend today. Sat out on the Patio. Beer list is out of date. Drank Craftsman Heavenly Hefe and Triple Sage, as well as Sprecher IPA Squared (all on tap). Waitress was very knowledgable, but a bit too pushy at first, and hard to find about the time to pay up. Food was simple, but good. Too hot to try pub fare, so we both had sandwiches. Great atmosphere inside. Nice selection.
Marheb (376) San Diego, California | December 17, 2015| Updated May 3, 2016
Un pub style Anglais qui fait assez authentique. La sélection de bières européennes est tout simplement incomparable dans ce coin de la Californie. Quelques généralités s’infiltrent mais on y trouve son compte assez facilement. Le staff est majoritairement connaisseur et la cuisine à la hauteur des attentes pour ce genre de pub. Un incontournable à Pasadena.
had some pretty cool, eclectic beers here. slow service even though they weren’t busy. nothing special cept the beers...and the prices reflected that. prefer the LB in Sierra Madre easily.
nbutler11 (356) Cambridge, England | May 13, 2008| Updated December 1, 2008
Every time I go to this place, I get a little jealous of people who live in Pasadena. I mean, it’s just an incredible local pub that somehow manages to approach beer like most fine restaurants treat wine. Proper football on the telly and hearty pub food. Now, if I could just find the wait staff...
Not that big a place which made it very busy when we visited on a Wednesday night - quite late. Interior is wood and stone with lots of beer memorabilias on the walls - a weird mixture of English and Belgian, as if it doesn’t know which direction it wants to go. I had 8 new beers before I had to capitulate because of jetlag - but I could have had more from the bottled card. We had quite attentative service at the table, and the prices were reasonable. Didn’t eat.