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Dec 14, 2006 11:53 PM

Hang out with friends and family in Pasadena

Next Friday my friends and I are going to Old Town to have a get together. Are ages range from 21 to 31, and we have both sexes going. We need a nice place to eat but also hang out afterwards. Any suggestions? Anything but Sushi, please.

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  1. I don't know your price range but Vertical Wine Bistro which just opened has gotten rave reviews by both LAT and Jonathan Gold. Tapas style small plates and lots of wines.

    1. How about La Maschera Ristorante, you can hang out in the lounge afterwards.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        I second that. Celebrated my 23rd B-day there and will most certainly return.

        Pluses: food was very good-- esp. crispy mini pizzas, lamb sliders; gorgeous, classy decor with moroccan light fixtures and fresh flowers; seating is conducive to chatting and lounging; service is prompt and polite

        Minuses: our waiter was not very knowledgeable about the wine; it was very quiet the night we were there (Tuesday) but I've heard Fridays are bustling, possibly live music too?

      2. Your party could go for lots of meat at Brazilian BBQ, or Yardhouse for a more sporty/beer ambience - at Paseo Colorado. You could probably stay awhile at Yardhouse if you reserve the patio. Or, walk around the shops to hang out afterwards.

        1. Crepevine is lovely and informal. The bar at MiPiace is nice too and you can get Happy Hour specials until 7 p.m. (I think).

          The bar at DeLacey's has a decent Happy Hour too and you can get the ONLY real Caesar salade left on this side of town. They make it at your table if you eat in the dining room, but will just bring it to you at the bar.

          Yardhouse does have the best beer selection in town, but it's HUGE and noisy. It's quieter if you sit outside. This will be a good option if you have beer aficionados in your group. The selection is quite entertaining!

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          1. re: Reeter1

            Mi Piace is an especially nice stop for dessert and coffee.

            And I'd suggest Lucky Baldwin's on Fair Oaks for the beer aficionados, particularly if they love Belgians like I do! Kind of dive-ish but lots of fun if your crowd is on the laid-back side of things.

            1. re: amandine

              FYI, Lucky Baldwin's is on Raymond Ave, just south of Colorado.

          2. La Luna Negra is pretty nice, Spanish tapas and great sangria!