United States > California > Pasadena
ajm (192) Los Angeles, California | November 12, 2007| Updated December 1, 2008
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
This place is just boss. Dave is an outstanding owner - an Englishman with a world-class education in beer, a particular fondness for Belgians, and very beneficial relationships with many of the more prominent breweries in the BeNeLux area. Not afraid of brew festivals, unusually sized bottles, or maintaining a vintage menu. Very few places put this kind of effort into everyday restaurants/bars, especially in the greater LA area.
carlivar (1) | August 18, 2007
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Basically one of the few "real British pubs" in SoCal. Nothing much matters beyond that.
Charlzm (35) Los Angeles, California | August 18, 2007| Updated February 24, 2008
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
So far, the best place to have a beer in the greater Los Angeles area. Old Town Pasadena is a pain in the ass to get to and drive around in, but there’s a parking garage literally next to this place and the price is reasonable. Lots of pretty young things of both sexes provide eye candy/foot traffic and this is really the sort of place where most of the patrons are drinking the good stuff. Only downside is that they are ALWAYS out of my first choice, no matter what it might be.
NickVega (29) Eugene, Oregon | August 17, 2007
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Best selection of unusual taps in LA. I’ve seen more than 10 Barley Wine’s at a time. Don’t drive out here from the beach though - it’s an expensive cab ride and you are sure to drink more than you intend.
badlizard (141) Berkeley , California | July 26, 2007
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
A good beer list and an awesome selection of Craftsman. Good service and good food. Patio seating a plus. A great place overall.
mds (100) Toronto, Ontario | April 1, 2007
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Solid tap list ranging from uninteresting macros like Interbrew to Craftsman, Sierra Nevada, Aventinus, Youngs, Stone, and also some Belgians that you don’t often see on tap. The prices were a bit higher on average than other places that I visited in California.
The staff was friendly and attentive, some didn’t really know what was available though which seems like a common problem as a number of beers that I asked for weren’t available.
The food was fairly typical English stuff that I don’t often care for. I went with a curry dish that was pretty solid though and paired it with the Craftsman IPA.
They also had a wide range of glassware for sale in the front.
madcanon (4) Fairhope, Alabama | January 12, 2007
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Great Irish Food. Small but enjoyable and good people!
BückDich (215) McCall, Idaho | December 12, 2006
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Came down here on a Sunday night. Fairly nice little place. Drove from Anaheim, which was a haul, but easy to find this place. Nice neighborhood and good parking. Inside is fairly big with many different seating sections to tickle your fancy. Quite a wide selection of tap and bottled beers. Nothing really special though. Most everything is widely available in bottles or belgian (which is pretty nice). They had a ton of craftsman taps, but they were 90% out, so that did me no good. The service was scetchy but overall I could certainly jive here with a couple beers. Food was GG-rreat. Pasties and pie.
Walt (189) Austin, Texas | December 10, 2006
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
The inside is too bright....too brightly lit I mean...service at the bar was good, not great though...selection was awesome though!!! Nice pub vibe going on...
marcus (159) Sacramento, California | August 18, 2006
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
The beer menu is fairly extensive for a place like Pasadena, but not like the classic beer bars (i.e. Toronado, Hopleaf, Map Room). They were out of some of the better beers on their menu. The servers are very helpful, but don’t know the beers very well . The barkeep on duty was fairly knowledgeable, but not very friendly. I loved the patio, which is next to a pedestrian-only alley, especially when the weather is good (most of the time in Pasadena). The fish & chips were good, and so were the mussels, but the rest of the menu seemed rather ho-hum.
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