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Jun 7, 2011 02:35 PM

Where is a good place to watch the NBA Playoffs in Pasadena besides the Yardhouse

Hi, I'm looking for a good place to watch the NBA Playoffs in Pasadena. Looking for cheap but good eats and a good beer/wine selection. The only places I can think of are the Yardhouse, Lucky Baldwin's, Barney's Beanery and the 35er. Any other ideas?

35er Bar
12 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105

Lucky Baldwins
17 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

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  1. There's T. Boyle's Tavern-good beer selection but don't know what the food is like!

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    1. re: crystaw

      i like t boyle's a lot. low key. good beers. good crowd. food is just bar food but good place to watch a game.

      1. re: cdub

        We checked it out. Nice beer selection. I wasn't big on the decor or set up of the place, but the beer was very good. They have a nice selection of Belgians and IPAs, including Eagle Rock IPA, which I imagine is made a few miles away at Eagle Rock brewery. Another beer I enjoyed was an amazing blueberry beer. It was a yellow beer with a taste of blueberry at the end. So good. I would like to go back and try another four beer sampler.

        The food was nothing to write home about. We got nachos, which reminded me of nachos you could get at a high school football game. Just the orange-yellow cheese sauce, tortilla chips and jalapenos.

    2. ...was going to mention the 'newer' Lucky Baldwin's (in the old Brit's space), on Colorado - over by PCC. Can't vouch for the food at this location, but it's a nice layout and space for game watching.

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      1. re: The Oracle

        What's that place near PCC, that serves cheesesteaks? It has a nice setting with TV's.

        Found the name, Luigi Ortega's.

        1. re: reality check

          Thanks, reality check. LO's has a vast menu with some tantalizing options, and we might hit it up next time. :) I have watched a game there before. Not sure how I feel about the booths. They have a small space, in my opinion, for someone who wants to linger for a while.

      2. You might consider the new Lucky Baldwin's location on Colorado near Allen. I counted around 12 large flat-panel screens shortly after they opened. The food that I've had there is pretty much the same as at the Old Town location. I think LB's fish and chips are very good but I've had mostly bad luck with other dishes, e.g., cottage pie, steak and mushroom pei.

        EDIT: just noticed The Oracle also mentioned that location. Apologies for the dup.

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        1. re: Peripatetic

          I love the new Lucky Baldwin's! Dare I say, I like it better than the original one in Old Town? It is so nice. New furniture and fixtures. Excellent beer selection, as always. Plenty of flat screen TVs all around. Love this spot and will definitely go back!

          1. re: katkoupai

            I do like the new location better, though I haven't been there at night yet. Unless you sit outside, the Old Town location is pretty oppressive. The acoustics are awful and it feels very run down.

            1. re: Peripatetic

              We went at night. It was busy without being too crowded. Plenty of open tables, good service, great selection of beer and lots of TVs. I think this will be my go to spot for beer and televised sports. Again, loved it! :)

              1. re: katkoupai

                What did you think of the food? Any recs? I've only been there to meet the hubby while he was game watching (which is how I knew it was a nice space for that). He wasn't impressed with the food (but only tried the wings). I'm expecting their drinks to be on par with their other two locations - but was very curious about the food!

                1. re: The Oracle

                  I've had the food at the Old Pas branch, but it has been a while since I've eaten there. The have British style pub food. I've had the shepherd's pie and the fish and chips. Fish and chips seem to be the right thing to get there, or just the chips. They served them with HP sauce (very British, right?).

                  At the new location, I had the cherry lambik beer (think Jolly Rancher/cough syrup), and a latte a couple of hours later. The latte was excellent. They brew Pete's coffee in house, which is very nice. My friend had a very strong beer, forgot the name, triple something. Anyway, I'd definitely go back.

                  Comparing it to T. Boyle's, I think both the food and the ambiance at Lucky Baldwin's (the new one), is much nicer, however, T. Boyle's had some really interesting local and IPA beer choices that I haven't found anywhere else. Again the food at T. Boyle's reminded me of high school snack stand food (nachos with yellow cheese from a can, etc.).

                  Another place we're looking to try is called 72 North in the old Molly Malone's space on Fair Oaks just north of Colorado Blvd.