Bars in South Pasadena

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The owners of 38 Degrees aren't strangers to pressure: they opened their alehouse and grill just in time to participate in the 2009 Los Angeles Beer Week. Since that hurried opening, they've had the chance to take their time curating the restaurant's rotating list of 38 domestic and international draft and cask beers. Owner Clay Harding tries out at least 25 new brews each week for possible introduction into that list, always striving to represent a range of styles from brewers such as Epic Brewing Company, Full Sail Brewing, and Ballast Point Brewing Company. Chefs complement this draft roster with a menu of gourmet pub dishes inspired by several ethnic cuisines and a week spent spying on a UN ambassador. In the kitchen, they assemble calabaza and Korean short-rib tacos, curry-seasoned salmon cakes, duck burgers, and pork schnitzel.

100 W Main St
Alhambra,
CA
US

Thanks to the 8’x10’ jumbo screen and 13 flat-screen TVs, the biggest games never get lost inside this airy two-story tavern. The NFL Sunday Ticket package provides the live backdrop, while microbrews, ballpark nachos, and smoked pulled pork provide the nourishment.

37 N Catalina Ave.
Pasadena,
CA
US

Bowling isn’t just a hobby at 300 New York—it’s a vibrant social experience worthy of luxurious flourishes. That’s why cushioned lounge seats flank each of the 32 mood-lit lanes in the main concourse area. Each of these lanes faces a large screen that flashes music videos and tutorials on how to remove stuck fingers from bowling balls. Up in The Loft, bowlers can lounge and take in views of the concourse while sipping cocktails from the full-service bar. A dedicated wait staff connects them to offerings from the onsite bar and restaurant—an eatery known for serving dishes from executive chef Chad Bowser’s menu. Some of Chad’s creations include two-bite chicken or beef sliders and hand-battered fried calamari that can be paired with anything from beer to specialty martinis.

3545 E Foothill Blvd
Pasadena,
CA
US

For more than 50 side-splitting years, The Ice House?s stage has been propping up comedy heavyweights and future legends by the likes of Robin Williams, Lily Tomlin, George Carlin, George Lopez, and Jerry Seinfeld. Each week, the club continues its tradition of inverting frowns with an ever-growing lineup of up-and-coming jokesters, as well as occasional drop-ins by stars that have included Rob Schneider, Tom Green, and Nick Cannon. No seat within the intimate club is further than seven rows from the stage or 30 feet from the inflatable slides that serve as emergency exits.

24 N Mentor Ave
Pasadena,
CA
US

Providing an urbane setting for late-night tête-à-tetes and fine martini concoctions, Esquire Bar & Lounge sets imbibers within a warmly hued lounge, offset by elegant chandeliers and ensconced lighting. Make a toast with draft selections such as Stella Artois and Newcastle ($6 each). Fine spirits for neat-leaning tipplers include Patrón Añejo ($11) and MacCallan 18 ($18), with mixed drinks such as long island iced teas also available to sip or use to transport fish in ($11). DJs spin on the weekends, soundtracking warm conversations and dance moves.

3772 E Foothill Blvd
Pasadena,
CA
US

The atmosphere alone is enough to make Babylon Mediterranean Restaurant & Lounge a popular hangout. The fragrant scent of hookah smoke fills the air in the lounge, with flavors such as melon blue and mint chocolate color. A wall of fogged glass cordons the outdoor lounge from the rest the place, creating a private setting where guests can recline on cushioned benches beside a rustic stone fireplace. Inside, there's the same sandy color palette, as well as crisp white tablecloths that make elegant improvised bibs. At night, the bar area opens up its dance floor, which shimmers with red, green, and blue lights. Belly dancers often make appearances, too. In between entertainment and hookah, you can enjoy upscale Mediterranean and Greek cuisine including lamb chops, gyros, kebabs, and octopus.

162 North Sierra Madre Boulevard
Pasadena,
CA
US