5 Pasadena Bars to Celebrate Big, When Social Distancing Ends

By: Maya Richard-Craven

In the coming months, social distancing will (hopefully) come to an end and we will no longer be confined to our homes. With that in mind, Pasadena has so much to offer, especially in terms of upscale dining and drinking. Here’s our short list of where we’ll be heading once the shelter-in-place directive lets up.

The Tap Room

Onsite at The Langham, The Tap Room offers live music, comfortable seating, and an intimate ambience similar to a 1920s speakeasy. Opt for a classic or innovative handmade cocktail while sampling delicious bar bites like tuna tartare, Wagyu sliders, or lobster corn dogs. Stop by on Friday and Saturday nights for live music. 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, 626-585 6218, langhamtaproom.com

Arroyo Chophouse

The Arroyo Chophouse is a classic American steakhouse that offers wine, beer, and spirits from across the world. Enjoy a glass of wine from the Russian River Valley or Paso Robles paired with steak and rich side dishes. Renowned for their top-tier cuts of meat, Arroyo Chophouse has also earned a reputation for their signature handcrafted cocktails including Girl from Lima, Arroyo Camp Fire, and the cheekily-named Grounds for Divorce. 536 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena, 626-577-7463, arroyochophouse.com

Magnolia House 

Magnolia House does not disappoint. Indulge in snacks and plates from around the world paired with unique craft cocktails. Head out to the lounge area with wraparound couches, copper tables, and eclectic artwork. Magnolia House offers a stylishly hip yet intimate setting that is perfect for a first date, cocktail mixer, or friendly gathering. 492 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, 626-584-1126, themaghouse.com

Edwin Mills by Equator

Every day is a different celebration at Edwin Mills by Equator. Located in the heart of Old Town Pasadena, they serve brunch, dinner, small bites, and craft cocktails. Each day of the week brings a different deal for customers. On Tasty Tuesdays, all martinis, mixed drinks, and beers cost $3. On weekends, get bottomless mimosas for $18. Edwin Mills by Equator is a great place to go, especially when you are drinking on a budget. 22 Mills Pl., Pasadena, 626-564-8656, edwinmills.com

White Horse Lounge 

The architecture of White Horse Lounge is reminiscent of a 1950s ballroom. Walk in and see gleaming polished wood, bronze railings, crystal chandeliers, and vintage wallpaper. Known as one of the best whiskey bars in town, they offer a creative take on classic cocktails. From an old-fashioned made with Jalisco tequila to sangria infused with Suntory Haku Vodka, White Horse Lounge offers a diverse array of libations. After ordering drinks, enjoy a fried chicken sando or the Arroyo burger. 41 S. De Lacey Ave., Pasadena, 626-583-9013, whitehorselounge.com

Images  courtesy of Magnolia House

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