Nightlife in Pasadena


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  • Street Food Cinema
    Spanning spring through the fall, Street Food Cinema rolls out more than fifty events in eleven different locations over 27 weeks. This showcase highlights the greatest hits of the silver screen and the LA food-truck scene, as well as music from emerging music artists such as The Rebel Light. When the gates open, guests spread blankets on the grass and pop open coolers. Live bands play until dusk, when crowd-pleasing movies such as Fight Club and The Sandlot light up the big screen. Meanwhile, a rotating food-truck schedule assembles a diverse curbside lineup, which might include fresh seafood from Cousins Maine Lobster or the gooey delights of The Grilled Cheese Truck. Their events also feature movie-themed games projected on the big screen for audience participation. Street Food Cinema's eclectic assemblage of food, music, and films has picked up attention beyond the park's bounds, snagging mentions on NBC4, We Like LA, and The Washington Post. Other videos of the events in action can be seen here. It's also become known for its philanthropic work: each year the organization supports several charities.
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    Rose Bowl Dr
    Pasadena, CA US
  • Jake's of Pasadena
    Not much has changed at Jake's of Pasadena since 1947, the year the diner first opened its doors along historic Route 66 in Old Town Pasadena. The eatery recalls Southern California's golden era of surf music, hot rods, and drive-ins through its nostalgic decor and classic diner grub. Feel free to build your own burger ($5.99+) or outsource the decision-making to the cooks by ordering one of Jake's signature menu items, such as the BBQ cheeseburger ($7.99). You can complement any sandwich with chili fries or onion rings or sip a shake while you gossip about which mailman is stealing the football team's letterman jackets. There's also a billiards room downstairs that is open nightly.
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    38 W Colorado Blvd.
    Pasadena, CA US
  • Eat|See|Hear
    Eat|See|Hear offers an unparalleled outdoor movie experience by screening new and classic films in HD on an inflatable, wrinkle-free projection screen standing 3.5 stories tall and 52 feet wide. Using a 30,000-watt sound system, each venue is custom-calibrated to ensure a decibel-appropriate listening experience for audiences lounging on blankets or in lawn chairs. Local food trucks remain onsite during events to dish out cuisine, and pre-film performances by up-and-coming bands get audiences pumped up and help loosen any cobwebs built up inside the ears.
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    100 Garfield Avenue
    Pasadena, CA US
  • Eden Garden Bar and Grill
    Eden Garden Bar & Grill sprinkles blooming hunger pangs with a host of traditional Mediterranean dishes served in a warm, intimate setting. Guests lamentably unable to stick round pegs into square holes can comfortably stick a soft pita into the hummus ($7) or sink recently sharpened incisors into four pieces of falafel, which come flanked by sesame seed sauce ($8). The chicken shawarma, served with hummus and salad ($13), stokes the fires of the poultry partial, and the crispy prawns represent the underwater contingent by enlisting seaweed salad as its running mate ($18).
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    175 E Holly St
    Pasadena, CA US
  • Equator
    For a tasty mix of Asian flavors and a laid-back vibe, Pasadena's Equator is the place to go. Healthy food is in, as it should be, come here for a tasty, low-fat and gluten-free bite. Catch the game at Equator, a local restaurant with TVs. Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to Equator — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks. Equator is a prime location to dine with a group. For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Equator's patio. Access the Internet free of charge via Equator's complimentary wifi. Canine companions are invited to tag along to Equator as well. The after-work crowd can fill the place up, so be sure to take advantage of reservations at Equator. Keep it casual at Equator — the bar is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly. Getting your food to go is also an option. Throwing a big party? Count on Equator to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love. For those who can't find a spot on the street, Equator provides access to a nearby garage. You won't break the bank at Equator, with a meal typically hovering below the $15 mark. Equator offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
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    22 Mills Pl
    Pasadena, CA US
  • Margarita Jones
    Margarita Jones is a great spot to scoop up a quick burrito. Whether rocking a gluten-free lifestyle or looking for something low-fat, this place will serve you just what you need. The drink list at Margarita Jones has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out). Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — Margarita Jones has kid-friendly food and seating. Happy hour at Margarita Jones is filled with deals and steals. The patio tables outside of Margarita Jones are the perfect spot for a summer meal. Dining at Margarita Jones comes with dancing and a DJ, so make sure to wear your party shoes. If you're hoping to snag a table on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to ring the restaurant for a reservation first. Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Margarita Jones is come-as-you-are. Margarita Jones can also cater your next party; call today for details. You can also grab your grub to go. Store your car in a nearby lot or pass it off to the valet service at Margarita Jones. Margarita Jones provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes. The average check at Margarita Jones will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
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    541 S Arroyo Pkwy
    Pasadena, CA US

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