Bruins football returns, Pasadena sports bar scene reignites | Feature Articles

For fans without a ticket to UCLA Bruins Football’s home opener at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, Sept. 3, watching the game at a sports bar can serve as a social and bustling alternative to the roaring grandeur of the stadium. Few feelings come close to celebrating a touchdown with friends and strangers cheering in joyful unison, and Pasadena is home to a plethora of bars and restaurants whose walls provide the perfect space for the exuberance of summer days. match.

Barney’s Beanery

A staple of the Los Angeles restaurant scene for over a century, Barney’s Beanery is one of UCLA’s premier gaming destinations in Pasadena. The bar/restaurant chain was born in West Hollywood in 1920 and spread throughout the county, finally landing on Pasadena’s Colorado Boulevard in 2006. Since then, Barney’s has gained a loyal following with its pub-style nights and karaoke at 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. In addition to its menu of draft beers and comfort food like hot wings, pizza and its classic chili, Barney’s is home to pool tables, TVs showing a host of sporting events, including the Bruins home opener against Bowling Green, a speakeasy design and an energetic atmosphere. match.

99 E. Colorado Boulevard, barneysbeanery.com

Lucky Baldwin’s Pub

Founded in 1996 in the quaint lanes and malls of Old Pasadena by business partners David Farnworth and Peggy Simonian, Lucky Baldwin’s Pub has become a favorite spot for traditional English fare such as bangers and mash, fish and chips and Irish bacon, and beers like Fuller, Boddingtons and Guinness. The British pub also serves Belgian and craft beers, offering over 60 beers on tap, and celebrates European festivities throughout the year, such as the Belgian Beer Festival, Oktoberfest, IPA Fest and Sweet & SourFest.

Open until 1:30 a.m. daily, Lucky Baldwin’s Pub is one of Old Pas’ popular late-night spots, featuring a two-story indoor-outdoor layout and plenty of TVs to watch the most big matches.

17 S. Raymond Avenue, luckybaldwins.pub

Slater’s 50/50

Just a five-minute drive from the gates of Rose Bowl Stadium, Slater’s 50/50 is a sports hub for Old Pas. Known for its “50/50 burger,” made with 50% ground bacon and 50% ground beef, Slater’s 50/50 placed in the top three for the “Favorite Innovative Burger” category of Pasadena’s 2022 Cheeseburger Challenge , a contest judged by more than 2,200 burger lovers across the city.

The national “rebel gastropub” opened in Pasadena in 2012, bringing its electric game-day atmosphere and diverse menu of wings, flatbreads, burgers, milkshakes and more to the San Gabriel Valley. Guests at the Pasadena location can also bring their own bottles of wine. Corking charges $20.

61 N Raymond Avenue, slaters5050.com

court house

Named “Best Sports Bar” in the Best of Pasadena 2021 list, Yard House is home to the “world’s largest selection of draft beers” alongside a robust menu of California-inspired dishes like nacho poke, firecracker shrimp and the vampire taco.

The upscale American sports bar is located in the Paseo outdoor mall in downtown Pasadena. With free parking for 90 minutes with validation, a dense list of craft cocktails, and 3,000 gallons of beer flowing from the keg room to over 100 taps at the central island bar at all times, Yard House is a great place for UCLA game action.

300 E. Colorado Boulevard, Suite 220, yardhouse.com

As the emotional roller coaster of another UCLA Bruins football season returns for 2022, so does the agony, ecstasy and camaraderie found in the bustling bar scene. Pasadena sportsmen. The Bruins’ home opener against Bowling Green is a perfect opportunity for fans to come together again and not only celebrate the start of a new season after the summer break, but celebrate the possibility of watching it side by side. after two years of the pandemic.

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