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SIP-tember: A Celebration of the Cocktail and the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge are August 15th through September 21st. The four finalist cocktails meet to determine Pasadena’s Favorite Cocktail at the Taste of Pasadena on September 21st at the Rose Bowl. For tickets visit and click on EVENTS.

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SIP-tember: A Celebration of the Cocktail

SIP-tember: a Celebration of the Cocktail

Pasadena celebrates the cocktail during SIP-tember, with some of our favorite Pasadena Chamber member restaurants offering some of their favorite cocktails. Will White Horse Lounge be the first to repeat with back-to-back triumphs? Or perhaps someone new this year will put forth the 2016 Cocktail of the Year. Voting began online August 15th. To vote for your favorite, click here. Drinks being offered for the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge include special margaritas, new interpretations of traditional cocktails and some specially created drinks from some of Pasadena’s premiere mixologists. Look for great interpretations of traditional cocktails. Try drinks created especially for the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge. Previous drinks named Pasadena’s Favorite Cocktail include the Broad Street Hurricane from Ruth’s Chris Steak House, the Cucumber Skinny-tini from Toro Sushi, the Vin de Pomplemousse from Green Street Restaurant or White Horse Lounge’s 2015 Forbidden. Once again, SIP-tember: A Celebration of the Cocktail culminates in a grand taste-off at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on September 21st. Everyone attending the Taste of Pasadena that evening will be able to taste the four finalist cocktails and vote for your favorite.
In 2015, more than four hundred people were on hand for the finale of the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge. In addition to the four featured cocktail finalists, guests attendees at the SIP-tember Bracket Challenge Finale tasted culinary treats from The Raymond Restaurant, Green Street Restaurant, California Pizza Kitchen, King’s Row Gastropub, Slater’s 50/50, CitrusX Catering, POP Champagne and Dessert Bar, the Westin Pasadena, Osawa Shabu Shabu Sushi and many more.
The Sip-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge Grand Finale is presented by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce as a Pasadena Restaurant Week event sponsored by The City of Pasadena, Wells Fargo and the Rose Bowl. The SIP-tember cocktail bracket challenge is an annual six week long competition among Pasadena Chamber of Commerce member restaurants and lounges. Competitors served drinks that were paired against each other in a competition. Venues offering cocktails for the 2016 SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge (listed below) include some of Pasadena’s favorite eating and drinking venues. Once again, SIP-tember: A Celebration of the Cocktail culminates in a grand taste-off at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Everyone attending the Taste of Pasadena that evening will be able to taste the four finalist cocktails and vote for your favorite. The Sip-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge Grand Finale is presented by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce as a Pasadena Restaurant Week event sponsored by The City of Pasadena, Wells Fargo and the Rose Bowl. The SIP-tember cocktail bracket challenge is an annual six week long competition among Pasadena Chamber of Commerce member restaurants and lounges. Competitors served drinks that were paired against each other in a competition. Voting for SIP-tember kicks off on August 15, 2016. Once again, we will be holding a citywide cocktail party to celebrate the 103nd  anniversary of the birth of America’s first culinary celebrity -  Pasadena’s own Julia Child. The Julia Child Pasadena Cocktail Party on August 15th takes place in restaurants all over Pasadena, culminating in a citywide happy birthday toast at 7:00pm. Patrons are encouraged to dress for a 1950s, 1960s or 1970s era cocktail party. Many of Pasadena’s restaurants and lounges take part in the friendly bracket competition. SIP-tember: A Celebration of the Cocktail and the Taste of Pasadena provide a terrific opportunity for patrons to visit new places, remember old favorites and see the breadth of excellent offerings found in the Pasadena area. Sponsors of SIP-tember: a celebration of the cocktail include Presenting Sponsor the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. Gold Sponsor of SIP-tember and the Taste of Pasadena are The City of Pasadena and Wells Fargo. The Rose Bowl generously hosts the Taste of Pasadena on September 24, 2015. Dance Syndicate is providing entertainment at the SIP-tember Finale and Taste of Pasadena at the Rose Bowl.  

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a/k/a Bistro

Conveniently located in Old Pasadena's stylish One Colorado Plaza, a/k/a is the latest concept by renowned restaurateurs Deborah and Robert Simon, who have also operated Bistro 45 for the last 20 + years in Pasadena, and previously launched the a/k/a concept in St. Helena two and a half years ago to critical acclaim. Drawing flavors and menu focus from California wine country sensibility and from specific, sustainable, and, where ever possible, organic sources is what a/k/a is all about. a/k/a's sophisticated yet comfortable ambiance is highlighted by gracious and abundant hospitality, and a diverse menu featuring choices for every taste. For SIP-tember, a/k/a offers:aka drink
  • Pear Basil Martini: House-infused pear vodka, fresh lemon sour
  • Spiced Mango Mule: unique mango shrub created by our head bartender and featuring Bundaberg ginger beer
  • Call 626.564.8111 for reservations
  • A/K/A: an American Bistro is at 41 Hugus Alley in Old Pasadena

Alondra Hot Wings

Our vision here, at Alondra Hot Wings, is to build a respectable franchise serving qualityalondra logofood for families, with great service in a quality atmosphere. It is an Obligation for any member thereof to hold true and carry out this task. We as a whole want to build a solid reputation for our flagship slogan, “Best Wings in Town!” To ensure that this fine establishment meets its said goal, each member of this unit must conform and deliver their end of the employee agreement. My World Enterprises Incorporated wishes to expand construction of new restaurants in new locales, creating a broad demographic, resulting in customer satisfaction in taste and atmosphere, as well as beautifying the land and city its occupying, making Alondra Hot Wings the preferred choice when dining out. For SIP-tember, Alondra Hot Wings offers: The Appellation from Alondra Hot Wings.
  • Appellation: Honey Jack / Caramel / Sour Apple Pucker / Sweet and Sour / Shaken and strained over ice
  • Alondra’s Michelada: Modelo Especial Beer / Alondra’s dry spice mix / Alondra’s liquid spice mix / Glass dipped in Chamoy and Tajin
  • Alondra Hot Wingds is at 2675 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
  • Phone: (323) 274-1024
  • Website:

Bar 1886 at the Raymond Restaurant

The Raymond Restaurant features an innovative, contemporary menu in a casual-fine dining setting. Chef Tim Guiltinan creates inspired, modernized, classic American cuisine that is global in it's scope. He raymond_logocombines the familiar and exotic using moden and classic cooking techniques. The wine list features a varied selection of domestic and international wines featuring premier and boutique wineries. Join us for brunch, lunch, dinner, or a special occasion – we look forward to serving you. Calling all cocktailians: Contemporary bar culture made a late but entirely fashionable entrance this week in Pasadena with the opening of 1886, the watering hole at The Raymond Restaurant. The Raymond’s management and owners partnered with mixology masters Marcos Tello #18 Drop the Beatand Aidan Demarest of Tello Demarest Liquid Assets to curate the much-anticipated, artisan cocktail bar. Tello’s lengthy CV includes crafting the cocktail selection at The Varnish and The Edison in downtown Los Angeles. Demarest, too, is an Edison alum and also noted for his libations at First & Hope. Appealing to Pasadenans’ sense of tradition, the drink menu at 1886 incorporates sly nods to local history and lore. For the SIP-tember Bracket Challenge, Bar 1886 at The Raymond Offers:
  • Drop the Beet: Dill and cucumber infused Stolichnaya Vodka, fresh lemon juice, #22 La Vie en Rosehomemade pickle juice, garnished with homemade pickled beets.
  • La Vie En Rose: Clement Canne Bleue Agricole Rhum, fresh lime juice, Clement canne sirop, fresh muddled pineapple and strawberry, garnished with dehydrated English rose.

Bistro 45

Welcome to Bistro 45 and welcome to a place where you are the most important person in our world. Pleasing your palate and providing you with a memorable, personalized dining experience is our only objective. In the Bistro's 22nd year we'd like to say an extra "thank you" to you and the readers, writers and editors of the Zagat Survey and Wine Spectator. Here are the Bistro 45 SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket entries:
  • GIN2X: Burnett's Gin & Canton ginger stirred with fresh pressed lime then mixed with soda. Ginger root stirring garnish
  • SUMMER SUN: Campari, St. Germain with a splash of pink grapefruit, stirred & served up with a Prosecco float
  • Call (626) 795-2478 for reservations
  • 45 South Mentor Avenue in Pasadena

California Pizza Kitchen Pasadena

California Pizza Kitchen is a casual-dining restaurant featuring innovative pizzas that are creatively designed on a delicious crust and hearth-baked to perfection, such as The Original BBQ Chicken Pizza and the California Club Pizza. Also served are distinctive pastas, salads, soups, sandwiches, appetizers and desserts, including our Chicken-Tequila Fettuccine, The Original BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad, Tortilla Spring Rolls and Key Lime Pie. For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, California Pizza Kitchen offers:
  • Red Berry Sangria: Red Wine, Remy VSOP, Monin Blackberry, Perfect Purée Raspberry, Cranberry Juice & Lemonade
  • The Citrus Crush: Absolut Citron // Hangar 1 "Mandarin Blossom" Vodka
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Central Park Restaurant

Central Park specializes in mouth watering steaks, fresh fish, hand-crafted pastas and gourmet pizza. To complement your meal, we have an extensive wine list hand-picked by our in-house Sommelier. Central Park is located just three blocks south of Colorado Boulevard and "Old Town" on Fair Oaks Avenue. The restaurant occupies a 100 year old flower warehouse featuring original exposed brick walls and high rafter ceilings. Stop in for a dining experience you won't soon forget. For SIP-tember, Central Park offers:#5 Cucumber Collins
  • CUCUMBER COLLINS: Square One "Organic" Cucumber Vodka, fresh Mint leaves,  Sweet & Sour mix, Simple Syrup, fresh lime wedge
  • KENTUCKY CITRUS COOLER: Buffalo Trace Bourbon. House made Ginger syrup, Pink Grapefruit Juice, squeeze of fresh lime

Clearman’s Galley


Why grab a bite in a cookie-cutter restaurant when you can take a cruise on land at
our historic San Gabriel landmark, Clearman's Galley? "The Boat" was originally launched in 1913 as a mail-service vessel between San Francisco and Alaska. John Clearman brought it to San Gabriel in 1968, where it became a hamburger stand with patio seating. For SIP-tember, Clearman's Galley offers:#17 & #18 Wild Berry Sangria
  • Wild Berry Sangria: Malbec wine, Black Wild Berry Pucker, OJ, Pineapple, Simple syrup
Now, 40 years after serving its first hamburger, Clearman’s Galley is now open – a larger version of “The Boat” that seats almost 300 guests (and that patio is larger too, big enough for 90). And there’s a new full-service bar serving up to two dozen beers.
  • 7215 Rosemead Boulevard (just south of Huntington Drive) in San Gabriel
  • For information call: 626-286-1484
For Pasadena Restaurant Week® The Boat offers:Galley burger 2016
  • A charbroiled burger topped with pepper jack cheese, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato,and sweet chipotle sauce. Served with choice of one side, a small soda, and an oreo churro served with vanilla frosting for $15.00

El Cholo Cafe

It was a landmark year in 1927. Babe Ruth hit sixty home runs, Charles Lindbergh made his historic flight across the Atlantic and a young couple named George and Aurelia Salisbury opened up a little Mexican restaurant on the outskirts of a small town named Los Angeles. That was the historic beginning to the rich tradition that is El Cholo®. All of the El Cholo® restaurants feature authentic and traditional Mexican dishes, many of which have come from family recipes dating back to 1923.  Our distinctive menu offers classics such as our famous green corn tamales, enchiladas, and sizzling fajitas.  Our combination plates along with newer comidas especiales and fresh grilled chicken tostadita and tostada compuesta salads have made El Cholo famous along with our irresistible nachos, which were introduced back in the 50’s by a young server named [caption id="attachment_3320" align="alignright" width="225"]The Habanero Martini from El Cholo The Habanero Martini from El Cholo[/caption] Carmen Rocha. But there is one thing that El Cholo® is especially known for and that is our famous El Cholo® MargaritasEl Cholo® pioneered the now renown Cuervo 1800 into their secret El Cholo® Margarita Recipe and it has become a "must taste” for visitors to Southern California. For Pasadena Restaurant Week, El Cholo offers: reserveatable Open table logoClick here to reserve for lunch through Open Table reserveatable Open table logoClick here to reserve for dinner through Open Table   El Cholo is at 260 East Colorado Boulevard (in Paseo Colorado) in Pasadena

Madeline Garden Bistro

Let us be part of your celebrations. Together we will create a special indoor/outdoor diningPrint experience or private celebration. Madeline Garden is here for you to enjoy offering a variety of dining and entertainment experiences. Our unique location was once a special development occupied by Albert Einstein. Some say they can feel the intelligence and energy he left here when he sought to reach higher levels of the quantum energy. This building has a very intriguing and mysterious history that we seek to preserve and share with our visitors. Along with charming brick construction; Madeline Garden is a hidden gem in an exclusive area. For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Madeline Garden Bistro offers: [caption id="attachment_3645" align="alignright" width="224"]Madeline Garden Bistro's Madeline Cocktail Madeline Garden Bistro's Madeline Cocktail[/caption]
  • Madeline Cocktail: gin, passion fruit liqueur, coconut liqueur, pineapple juice.
  •  Passion Fruit Rum Fizz: rum, passion fruit puree, lime juice, coconut cream, club soda.
The old Caltech French building is open to serve brunch, high tea, French-Italian cuisine, small tapes and Isakaya, excellent wine pairing and fun spirits, along with talented artists to perform for you. Madeline Garden offers a modern European touch infused with Eastern old culture. We also bring the enjoyment of seasonal, farm fresh ingredients, to delight a wide range of tastes: including sea food lovers as well as vegetarians. We bring the culinary arts together. It is every chef's dream to serve you the greatest food. Madeline Garden gives you service that is from each staff's caring heart. We want to share amazing experiences for you that will become cherished memories. For the Pasadena Restaurant Week menus please contact Madeline Garden Bistro.

Perry’s bluRoom at the Hotel Constance

With a modern, sophisticated design and furnishings, handcrafted cocktails, the intimate dusit hotel-logo-pasadenaPerry's bluRoom cocktail lounge offers an eclectic wine list, premium artisanal beers, and unique presentations of bar bites and small plates. For SIP-tember, Perry's bluRoom offers:
  • Smokey and the Bandit: Buffalo trace infused with Apple, Angostura bitters, Orange bitters, Honey syrup, Laphroig spritz, Candy apple slice.
  • Fun in the Sun: Buffalo trace, Kumquat simple syrup, Lemon juice, Fresh kumquats, Shiso leaves.
Open daily:
  • Sunday – Thursday: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm (serving food until 10 pm)
  • Friday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 1:00 am (serving food until 11 pm)
  • Happy Hour now nightly 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Contact number: (626) 486 2950

Pitfire Artisan Pizza

Pitfire ( 1. An ancient wood-fired kiln lined with stone that reaches temperatures pitfire-logoover 900 degrees. 2. A Los Angeles based restaurant company producing rustic, fire singed pizzas and handcrafted cuisine from simple, fresh ingredients. Pitfire Artisan Pizza, Paul Hibler's flagship brand and concept, has successfully taken over the massive Sizzler on Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena, creating what might be one of the most useful all-day eateries in the 626. Opening today, the popular pizza concept exterior's was designed by Reed Architecture and interior by John Colter of Colter & Co, instilling a fun, colorful ambiance without taking out any of the social aspect of the large dining room. A large red wood-fired pizza helms the main part of the kitchen, adding plenty of warmth to a place that's ideal for group dinners and celebrations. For SIP-tember, Pitfire Artisan Pizza offers:#3 Pitfire Pizza Street Corn
  • Street Corn: Organic Vodka distilled from corn and apples, fresh corn, strawberry, lemon, dehydrated corn kernels, and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
  • Tres Brooklyn: Riff on the classic recipe for a Brooklyn. House infused apricot bourbon, dry vermouth, and fortified cherry wine. Pickled peach garnish.
As for the menu, there's the signature burrata pie, a nice selection of salads like a house-chopped salad, and some pastas like a classic spaghetti and meatballs. Here is the Pasadena Restaurant Week menu from Pitfire Artisan Pizza: Pitfire Pizza Burrata PiePasadena Restaurant Week menu 2016
  • PHONE: (626) 376-9005
  • HOURS: SUN-THURS: 11-10 FRI-SAT: 11-11

POP Champagne and Dessert Bar

POP Champagne & Dessert Bar is a sexy place for first dates, social gatherings, after-work drinks, or any night out on the town. Our simple yet elegant décor complements the historical architecture and culture of Old Town Pasadena.Indulge yourself in our extensive selection of Champagnes, sparkling wines, dessert wines and artisanal beers, to be enjoyed with our full savory menu of delectable entrees, small plates, gourmet cheeses, caviar, charcuterie, and of course our house made desserts that will tantalize your taste buds. You can reserve for dinner through Open Table: opentable_logo_reg At POP there is no need to feel intimidated by an endless list of wines when you can speak with our on-site certified sommelier. We are here to help you find the perfect pairing for your food or point you towards a new wine that may soon become your favorite.With over fifty wines by the glass, ever-changing flights, and a growing bottle list, POP is the perfect place for novices and connoisseurs alike, to explore and play in the alluring world of Champagne and desserts. For Pasadena Restaurant Week, POP offers:
  • Telephone: (626) 795-1295
reserveatable Open table logoClick here to reserve for dinner through Open Table.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

From our humble beginnings on Broad Street in New Orleans to our current position as the world's largest fine dining company, Ruth's Chris Steak House has come quite a long way in its first four decades. In 2010, we celebrated our 45th anniversary, and we consider it a celebration of the life of a woman who broke the mold - our founder, Ruth Fertel. Visit Ruth's Chris Steak House in Pasadena, California. Whether it's a romantic steak dinner for two, an important business meeting, or a private party, Ruth's Chris Steak House can accommodate your needs. Our Pasadena steakhouse provides guests with a warm, comfortable atmosphere. For SIP-tember, Ruth's Chris offers:#7 Julio's Passion
  • White Sangria: Day Before infuse: Moscato, diced apple, Essence Reisling, diced mango, St. Supery Sauv Blanc, lemon sliced, Peach Schnapps, pineapple, Peach Puree, Triple sec. To Finish: Prosecco float, Sliced Strawberry garnish
  •  Julio's Passion: Pom Wonderful, lime juice, sour mix, Don Julio Silver, Passionfruit Syrup, Garnish: Lime Twist

Speakeasy Pasadena

The Speakeasy gains inspiration from speakeasy bars during prohibition in the 1920's. speakeasy logo The only difference is... it's not prohibition anymore! We offer over 200 craft beers, as well as about 40 wines by the bottle as well as many by the glass, and a very, very full bar. Dress to impress. Our dress code is strictly enforced. -No baseball caps -No shorts -No baggy attire -No tennis shoes -No athletic wear -No bandanas For SIP-tember, Speakeasy offers:
  • Capone Old Fashioned: Smoked Maple Wood, Bitters 2 way, Bourbon
  • Strawberry Surprise: Fresh Muddled Strawberries, Sage, House Lemon Juice, House Infused Strawberry Lemon Vodka
If you have any questions or comments feel free to give us a call or shoot us a message. So you would like to gain entry to a secret bar in Pasadena? .....Well you will need a password for that. So you would like to find the entrance to this amaziing bar? ......Well you will need to know where the hidden entrance is. So you want to know all about it? .....Well you will have to email us at ( and let us know why you would like to visit.

The Tap Room at the Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa

The Tap Room at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena is one of our most enticing lounges. With views from the bar's patio out across the expansive grounds and San Marino to the south,you can enjoy the finest cocktails in an unmatched setting. For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, the Tap Room has entered:
  • Cool, Calm and Client: Mezcal, tequila, jalapenos, lime juice, simple syrup
  • TR Trouble: Templeton Rye Whiskey, Lemon Juice, Red Pear and Sage#19 Cool, Calm and Caliente
To dine at The Langham, Pasadena is to savor extraordinary dishes passionately prepared by a team of chefs, each determined to outdo their fellows with creativity and culinary flair. The Terrace - casual dining in refined surroundings
The Terrace serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The comforting bistro style menu, created by Chef Erik Schuster, is comprised of seasonal and sustainable California cuisine, offering a variety of choices that will delight both the discerning and casual diner. The outdoor patio offers guests alfresco dining with a view of the Picture Bridge and pool, and provides the perfect setting for a business lunch or relaxing dinner.The venue also includes a private dining room with seating for up to 16, for small intimate gatherings
  • The Tap Room at the Langham is at 1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue in Pasadena [caption id="attachment_3324" align="alignright" width="200"]Rob Royce at the Taproom at the Langham Huntington Pasadena Rob Royce at the Taproom at the Langham Huntington Pasadena[/caption]
  • (626) 585-6218

White Horse Lounge


That’s all we hope you get when you spend some time with us. Bring a group of friends or WhiteHorselogo_310x401just pop in and we’ll be your company.  We’re here for the great conversation, complemented by the food and drink that it pairs best with.  Throughout history the “White Horse” has always represented something unique, exciting…and at times even majestic. We’re here to follow that lead. With a bar program developed by some of LA’s most exciting mixologists, a kitchen run by a fearless team of chefs, and entertainment that makes every night a new experience – we hope to provide every one of you a place where you can truly appreciate how great life can be. For SIP-tember, reigning champ White Horse Lounge offers:#9 KillingThyme
  • Killing Thyme: Ford's Gin, Aperol, St. Germain, Lavender Extract, Smoked Thyme
  • Rye-P-A: IPA Foam, Rye Whiskey, Grapefruit Juice, Cardamom Infused Honey
Take the joy of comfort, mix in the freshness of local sourcing, and sit back to enjoy Chef Ryan Maguire’s menu of deliciousness. Burgers, salads, truffle fries…check the full menu here
Made from fresh ingredients, no refined sugars, with an ode to the craft of true cocktail making. Our whiskey selection is strong, and so are the drinks! Cheers!
White Horse is part of a family of great Los Angeles restaurants, including the Derby, Caffe Opera, Carmine’s and the soon-to-open Bar Rx.

Pasadena Restaurant Week pricing:
($) = $15 lunch and/or $27 dinner
($$) = $20 lunch and/or $36 dinner
($$$) = $25 lunch and/or $45 dinner
Price excludes tax, tip and alcoholic beverages. Some prices may vary.