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SIP-tember: A Celebration of the Cocktail and the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge are August 15th through September 25th. The four finalist cocktails meet to determine Pasadena’s Favorite Cocktail at the Taste of Pasadena on September 25th at the Rose Bowl. For tickets visit and click on EVENTS.

Pasadena Restaurant Week 2015 is at the end of April. Enjoy the finest Pasadena has to offer with special prix fixe menus, meals and deals.

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SIP-tember: A Celebration of the Cocktail

SIP-tember: a Celebration of the Cocktail

For 2014, SIP-tember returns August 15th for six weeks, culminating in the Taste of Pasadena and SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge Finale on September 25th at the Rose Bowl. Pasadena celebrates the cocktail during SIP-tember, with some of our favorite Pasadena Chamber member restaurants offering some of their favorite cocktails. Trattoria Neapolis, Kings Row Gastroub, Japon Bistro and Vertical Wine Bistro are joined by New York Deli’s Speakeasy, SORRISO and Bar Celona, as well as PUNCH in taking the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge. Drinks being offered for the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge include special margaritas, new interpretations of traditional cocktail and some specially created drinks from some of Pasadena’s premiere mixologists. During SIP-tember, you can taste the Far East Mule or Pear Martini from Sushi Roku. And, you can try the Jala Pina Rita from Ruth’s Chris Steak House or their Strawberry Basil Gimlet. Central Park offers their popular Sangria or you can recover from the work week (or work day) with their Stress Reliever. Revisit your childhood (but with vodka) when you taste the Orange Julius from Clearman’s Galley or refresh with a Pomegranate Martini. That’s not all! A/K/A Bistro has two new drinks on the menu, the Jalopeno and Cucumber and the Fair Trade Tea. Want to try an Exquisite Old Fashioned or maybe a Strawberry Surprise? Stop by New York Deli and try them. Or maybe the Watermelon King or Berry Breeze from the Tap Room at the Langham Huntington Hotel will be your favorites. 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.

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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.
  • Call 626.564.8111 for reservations
  • A/K/A: an American Bistro is at 41 Hugus Alley in Old Pasadena
For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, a/k/a Bistro is offering Fair Trade Tea and the Jalopeno and Cucumber.aka jalopeno cucumber
  • The Jalopeno and Cucumber: Square 1 cucumber vodka, Combier Orange, jalapeno infused simple syrup, fresh lime juice.
  • Fair Trade Tea: Fair Trade quinoa organic vodka, peach liquer, mint infused simple syrup, passion fruit teaaka Fair Trade Tea

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 and 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 Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Bar 1886 at The Raymond offers  Frozen Hot Chocolate- by Chris Hoey & Gregory Gertmenian and the Calypso- by Jesus Gomez & Kelly O'Hare.
  • The Raymond 1886 - Calypso CktlThe Calypso- by Jesus Gomez & Kelly O'Hare: Icy cold rum Manhattan made of fig-infused Hamilton pot-still rum, El Dorado 12 year, Benedictine, Carpano & a blend of Angostura and tobacco bitters.
  • Frozen Hot Chocolate- by Chris Hoey & Gregory Gertmenian: Whole The Raymond 1886 - Frozen Hot Chocolate Cktl-1Mexican Chocolate, dark chocolate & unrefined Mexican sugar cane sugar are chopped & melted together; combined with hot mild & steeped in whole star anise, vanilla beans & cinnamon sticks. Spiced up with reposado tequila, frozen like an ICEE & topped with a homeade whipped cream

Bar Celona

Bar Celona:

Our menus feature not only the popular tapas offerings, but also a full lunchtime menu of salads and sandwiches, and several entree selections, including a variety of paella, for those arriving with a more substantial appetite. Bar Celona's wine list includes a wonderful and reasonably priced selection of popular wines.

For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge Bar Celona offers the Bar Celona Skies and the Ibiza Nights. Bar Celona SkiesDSC_7512
  • Blue curacao
  • cocoa liqueur
  • pineapple juice
Ibiza Nights
  • vanilla vodkaBar Celona Ibiza Nights
  • Irish Mist
  • crème de cacao

Beckham Grill and Crown Pub

Since 1978 Beckham Grill has been famous for its Roasted Prime Rib. Keeping Beckham logowith the tradition of the Old English Inns, Beckham Grill offers its guests a hospitable place where friends gather for hearty faer. Hand-crafted cocktails, martinis, ales on draft and gastropub selections are available in the Rose and Crown Pub. Steaks, seafood, salads and an extensive wine list are guaranteed to please as you dine in an atmosphere of dark woods, overstuffed chairs, private booths and charming furnishings. The olde English taxicab, red phone booth, cozy rooms and glowing blaze in the fireplace beckon all who enter..."Eat, drink and be merrie." For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Beckham's offers The Aviation and Cool as a Cucumber.
  • The Aviation: Plymouth Gin, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Creme de Violette, fresh lime juice, served in a martini glass with Maraschino Cherry garnish
  • Cool as a Cucumber: Two large cucumber slices, American Harvest Organic Vodka, St. Germain, fresh lime juice, Cock 'n Bull Ginger Beer, shaken and strained over ice in a bucket glass, garnish with a lime wheel.

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.
  • Call (626) 795-2478 for reservations
  • 45 South Mentor Avenue in Pasadena
Bistro 45 Apple JackFor the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Bistro 45 offers the Apple Crisp and the Rosé Cucumber Cooler.
  • Apple Crisp: Bourbon, apple jack, honey, lemon.
  • Bistro 45 RoseRose´ Cucumber Cooler: Rosé, champagne, elderberries, cucumber, St. Germaine

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse

BJ’s wants to be the very definition of “WOW!” for you and your family every time you experience our high-energy, kid-friendly restaurants. We’ve committed to being the best, serving high-quality food and beverages in a fun setting that you’ll want to come back to again and again. It was 1978 when two guys who had a great recipe for deep dish pizza opened the first BJ’s in Santa Ana, California. The pizza was an immediate hit and, as years went by, new BJ’s restaurants were opened in beach cities along Southern California’s coastline. In 1996, with seven restaurants in operation from San Diego to Los Angeles, the first BJ’s brewery began production in our new restaurant in Brea, California. The introduction of fine handcrafted beer was welcomed by guests and the newly renamed BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery concept was launched. New menu items and new beers have been added through the years as the BJ’s brand has expanded across the U.S. Our passionate desire to provide extraordinary value for our guests in a high-energy, fun, child-friendly environment, along with a sincere commitment to support the communities in which we do business, goes to the heart of what differentiates BJ’s from other restaurants. It is because of you, our guests, that we have been able to realize a dream and create the company and culture that thrives today. Thank you for being the biggest and most important part of what keeps our dreams alive! For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, BJ's offers BJ's Watermelon Mojito and Peachy Keen Sangria.
  • BJ's Watermelon Mojito 2014BJ's Watermelon Mojito: BACARDI Dragon Berry Rum, DeKuyper Pucker Watermelon, BJ’s Signature Mojito Mix, Muddled Fresh Watermelon and Mint, Club Soda.
  • Peachy Keen Sangria: Grey Goose L’Orange BJs Peach Keen SangriaVodka, Stoli Razberi Vodka, Beringer White Zinfandel, Monin White Peach, Pineapple and Orange Juice, and Grenadine

Brookside Golf Club

The restaurant at Brookside Golf Club looks out over one of Southern California's loveliest golf courses. Open for breakfast and lunch, Brookside offers a full menu, as well as a full bar. Brookside has a classic cheeseburger on the menu. For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Brookside Golf Club offers the Brookside Bloody Mary and the Cajun Lemonade.
  • Brookside Bloody MaryBrookside Bloody Mary: Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, Fresh Crush Pepper, Brookside Tomato Mix, Absolute Vodka, Fresh Squeezed Lime, Salted Rim, Olive, Celery.
  • Brookside Cajun LemonadeCajun Lemonade: Svedka Citrus Vodka, Pim’s #1, Sweet and Sour, Tabasco , Sprite

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. Download the menu here:

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. Central Park Restaurant offers their Red Sangria and Stress Reliever for the SIP-Central Park sangriatember Cocktail Bracket Challenge.
  • Red Sangria: Pinot Noir red wine, Brandy, Triple Sec Liqueur, Orange Juice, Sugar, and Vanilla Extract.
  • Stress Reliever: Patron Tequila, Gran Marnier Liqueur, Orange Juice, and Cranberry Juice, garnished with an orange Central Park Stress Relieverwedge, cherry and mint sprig

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. 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
Clearman Orange JuliusThe Boat has The Orange Julius and the Pomegranate Martini in the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge.
  • The Orange Julius: Whipped Vodka, Orange juice, Whipped cream
  • Pomegranate Martini: Vodka, Triple sec, Pama Clearman Pomegranate MartiniLiquer

Dog Haus Biergarten

Now there's a 2nd place to enjoy the best of the wurst! Drop by Dog Haus Biergarten for your favorite meal and sample our selection of German and California Craft beers, select wines and classic cocktails, as well as some live music. It's fun for the whole family. And it tastes good, too. For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Dog Haus Biergerten offers the Green Street Spa-Tini and the Spicy Mango Smash.Serving The Absolute Würst daily in Pasadena, CA.
  • Green Street Spa-Tini:
  • Spicy Mango Smash:

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 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.El Cholo Pineapple For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, El Cholo offers the Red Passion Margarita and the Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita.
  • Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita: Premium tequila, Fresh pineapple and Jalapenos muddled together with a fresh squished lime juice and a hint of agave syrup.
  • El Cholo Red PassionRed Passion Margarita: Premium tequila,  Red passion liquor and a blend of fresh raspberries combined  with el Cholo Margarita mix and a hint of guava pure.

Green Street Restaurant

Green Street Restaurant has been a Pasadena tradition and innovation since 1979. Serving California cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Green Street is the place where Pasadenans go to meet old friends, discuss business or just enjoy a fabulous meal. Green Street is still owned and operated by the family that started it as a one room, 18 table cafe.
For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Green Street offers the Vin de Pomplemousse and the Broten Buck:

Vin de Pomplemousse

  • 1 1/2 oz. Vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz. Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc
  • 3/4 oz. Grapefruit Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup
  • 3 Dashes Olive Heights Grapefruit Bitters
Broten Buck
  • 2 oz. Bourbon
  • 3/4 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 1 Barspoon Peach Jam
  • Strain over ice.
  • Top with Ginger Beer

ix-tapa Cantina Grill

IX Tapa brings a touch of class to a time honored cuisine. Featuring the classic, home cooked dishes of the region, ix-tapa offers a wide ranging menu selection, from familiar entrée favorites to a large offering of bar bites. With over 7,000 square feet of space grandly appointed by LA based design firm AKAR Studios, IX Tapa boasts live music, dancing and a complete schedule of entertainment options. For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, ix-tapa offers the ix-tapa Sunriseix-tapa sunrise and the Watermelon Margarita.
  • ix-tapa Sunrise: Jimador Blanco, Sweet & Sour, Mango & Strawberry Puree.
  • Watermelon Margarita: Cazadores Reposado, Fresh muddled watermelon, Basil, Agave ix-tapa Watermelon MargaritaNector, fresh lime juice. Served Up In a Martin Glass with a Tajin Salt Rim

Japon Bistro

Japon Bistro is a Michellin Recommended Restaurant and selected for “Best Sushi Platter” in the July issue of Pasadena Magazine’s “Best of Pasadena”. Japon Bistro is a Japanese Restaurant that has a Sushi Bar, Sake Bar, and a Saketini Bar found in Pasadena. We provide a Certifications for Restaurant Sake Specialists and Sake Event Specialists. Japon Bistro has Japanese Catering, Sushi Catering, Sake Bar Catering for Weddings, Corporate Events, Corporate Catering, Corporate Luncheons, Charitable Events, Fundraisers, and more. Japon Bistro just launched a Customer's Appreciation Day Event to host a 50% discount day for our existing customers and Corporate Customers.
  • Japon Bistro is located at 927 East Colorado in Pasadena.
  • For more information contact call 626-744-1751
Japon Bistro Mango KingFor the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Japon Bistro offers the Mango King and the Japanese Bloody Mary.
  • The Mango King: Shochu with fresh mango juice and garnish
  • Japanese Bloody Mary: Shochu, Clamato & SeasoningsJapon Bistro Bloody Mary

La Grande Orange & Otis Bar

Housed in Pasadena’s historic 1935 Del Mar station, La Grande Orange Café is a LGOCafe_logotestament to American cooking done really well. The menu is created each day with fresh and honest ingredients. La Grande Orange has always emphasized, fresh, organic and seasonal even before it became cool to talk about. The menu showcases La Grande Orange Café’s ability to bring together big flavors with the most organic and fresh ingredients. The cooking takes accessible and commonly loved classics and brings them to a new level with a modern point of view. The cooking is fairly simple with a clear direction and done from the heart. Culturally, Bob’s philosophy is to just help great ingredients reach their full potential. HAPPY HOUR in the Otis Bar Monday - Friday: 3:00-7:00pm (1/2 Off of Beer, Housemade LGO GC BurgerSangria, Margaritas, Mojitos & Well Drinks) For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, the Otis Bar at La Grande Orange offers The Negroni and the Goodnight Emily. The NegroniDSC_7351
  • Sipsmith gin
  • Cappelletti
  • Carpano antica
Goodnight Emily
  • Ford's GinDSC_7361
  • Grapefruit
  • Peychaud bitters

Live Mixx Lounge

If you're looking for a deluxe Vegas-style night spot in Pasadena, this is it. Sheer white curtains illuminated with blue backlights give Live Mixx a cozy, exclusive feel. Grab a seat at the bar, or slide into a white leather booth and settle in for an hour of people watching.Happy Hour 3:00-6:00pm - 2-for-1 drink specials $2 Shrimp Tacos $9 Lobster Tails
  • 115 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA   91105 [caption id="attachment_2921" align="alignleft" width="150"]Live Mixx Truffle Martini Live Mixx Truffle Martini[/caption]
  • 626.793.6544
For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Live Mixx offers the Truffle Martini and Harvest Melon Martini. [caption id="attachment_2920" align="alignleft" width="150"]Live Mixx Harvest Melon Martini Live Mixx Harvest Melon Martini[/caption]

Lobsters @ Live Mixx

Set on Pasadena’s famed Colorado Boulevard inside the Lobster@LiveMixx_logobooming Live Mixx nightclub, Lobster@ Live Mixx serves the freshest lobster, east coast style. Serving delicious lobster rolls, tacos, savory soups, and many other seafood favorites. Come enjoy Maine lobster in a casual dining setting and enjoy our daily HAPPY HOUR specials - weekends included:Happy Hour: Everyday 3-7pm (closed Mondays)Extended Happy Hour: Thursday - 8-11pm, Friday - 8-10:30pm, Saturday: 8pm-10pm
  • 115 East Colorado Boulevard in Old Pasadena
  • 626-793-6544 [caption id="attachment_2921" align="alignright" width="150"]Live Mixx Truffle Martini Live Mixx Truffle Martini[/caption]
For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Live Mixx offers the Truffle Martini and Harvest Melon Martini. [caption id="attachment_2920" align="alignright" width="150"]Live Mixx Harvest Melon Martini Live Mixx Harvest Melon Martini[/caption]
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Luggage Room at La Grande Orange

La Grande Orange Cafe now offers another culinary LGO Luggage Room photooption with the opening of the Luggage Room Pizzeria, aptly named for its location in the back room that used to house travelers’ baggage at the Santa Fe Station.The Luggage Room menu features pizzas fired in the wood-burning oven, many of them vegetarian, including the Mushroom Party (crimini, button and oyster mushrooms with sweet onion and fennel) and the farmers market pie (direct from farmers - always this season!). You can also customize your pie with toppings like pepperoni, artichokes and buffalo mozzarella. Onion, egg, lemon zest and “xtra love” are all available at no charge. The oven burns olive wood at approximately 700 degrees. The dough is crafted using the same starter that LGO uses for their signature English muffins.Happy Hour from 5-7pm Monday through Friday and 9pm to close.For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, the Luggage Room offers the Grapefruit Basil Gimlet and Lucy's Spiked Lemonade.DSC_7380Grapefruit Basil Gimlet
  • house-infused grapefruit vodka
  • fresh basil
  • kaffir lime cordial
Lucy's Spiked Lemonade
  • Tito’s vodkaDSC_7374
  • lemonade
  • fresh rosemary
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Melting Pot

Welcome to The Melting Pot in Old Pasadena! We are a fondue restaurant specializing in fondue, wines & spirits and a fun dining experience. Enjoy savory cheese fondues, fresh salads, meat & vegetable entrée fondues cooked tableside and decadent chocolate fondues perfect for a romantic evening together or a large group of friends. Parking for The Melting Pot is available behind the restaurant in the Delacey parking garage (first 90 minutes complimentary) or at any yellow valet umbrella in Old Pasadena ($3 discount on the valet fee from the restaurant). For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, The Melting Pot is offering The Melting Pot Fiery Pineapple MargaritaFiery Pineapple Margarita and the Yin & Yang Martini.
  • Fiery Pineapple Margarita Sauza Tequila and Bacardi Pineapple Fusion Rum shaken with sweet and sour chipotle pineapple-infused syrup, garnished with a pineapple wedge dusted with cayenne pepper and sugar.
  • Yin & Yang MartiniMelting Pot Yin & Yang Martini The perfect balance! Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur and Stoli Vanil Vodka blended with ice cream then topped with chocolate shavings.
  • 88 West Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena
  • Reservations call (626) 792-1941 or click here.

New York Deli / Speakeasy

A Slice of New York in Pasadena Our passionate desire is to provide extraordinary value for our guests in all aspects of a Deli. Here at The New York Deli, authenticity is key, all our produce, meats and breads are handpicked daily to insure our customers the freshest and highest quality of foods. All items on our menus are prepared in house hours before we open, showing our deep dedication in pursuing culinary excellence. It is safe to say that you haven't had a sandwich until you've had a New York Deli sandwich! Fulfilling your needs is our desire, The New York Deli wishes you a beautiful dining experience!
  • Telephone: 626-578-0010
  • New York Deli is at 25 North Raymond Avenue in Old Pasadena
Speakeasy at New York Deli offers the New Old Fashioned and the Strawberry Surprise for the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge.Speakeasy New Old Fashioned
  • New Old Fashioned: Demerara sugar cube, angostura bitters, secret bitters, bourbon, flamed orange peel, cherry.
  • Strawberry Surprise: Lemon/lime house infused organic vodka, homemade rich simple Speakeasy Strawberry Surprisesyrup, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and fresh muddled strawberries

Panda Inn Pasadena

Welcome to Panda Inn, where the art and love for Chinese cuisine thrives. We Panda Inn logoinvite you to join us for an adventure in traditional culinary arts that will be sure to delight your senses. In 1973, Andrew and his father, Master Chef Ming-Tsai Cherng, opened the doors to the first Panda Inn in Pasadena, California. It all began with their vision to create timeless Mandarin and Szechwan dishes mixed with an innovative style. At Panda Inn, the variety of delicious entrees celebrates the remarkable history and authentic taste of China's regional flavors. Panda Inn continues to carry on that tradition by practicing the Chinese art of balancing a mixture of tastes and textures in each entree to delight the senses. For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Panda Inn offers the Panda Inn Panda Inn Signature Mai TaiSignature Mai Tai and the Panda Inn Ginger Long Island.
  • Panda Inn Signature Mai Tai: Light and dark rum combined with our homemade Mai Tai mix which is a blend of lime juice, sweet and sour mix and Orgeat almond syrup.
  • Panda Inn Ginger Long IslandPanda Inn Ginger Long Island: Gin, vodka, tequila, rum, triple sec and fresh ginger juice.

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. 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 the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, POP is offering the Sparkling Hibiscus and the Black Velvet.
  • The Black Velvet: Guinness & sparkling wine
  • The Sparkling Hibiscus: Hibiscus flower & juice in sparkling wine
#18 POP Champagne Sparkling Hibiscus#21 POP Champagne Black Velvet    


Enter Punch, a speakeasy bar that debuted on April 24 behind a discreet red PUNCH logodoor at Picnik. Founded by Robin Chopra andDarwin Manahan, who also man the bar at Corazon y Miel, the concept is simplified for lounge service, with only a diminutive counter for preparing modern takes on punch classics from the 1600s to 1800s.
With ample couch seating, patrons can order from servers and interact with bartenders instead of trying place drink orders from them. In addition to classic punches, there's also aperitifs and digestifs for before or after a meal at Picnik. At the moment, Punch only operates on Thursday and Friday evenings from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m., with reservations highly recommended. Said reservations can be made by texting 626-639-8169. Walk-ins are also welcome, but the place fills up pretty quick. Manahan says that in time Punch will serve throughout the weekend from Thursday to Sunday, and eventually six evenings a week. For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, PUNCH offers El Bombero and PUNCH El Bomberothe Royal City VIce.
  • El Bombero: Mezcal joven, Cherry Herring, French vermouth, cinnamon smoke.
  • Royal City VIce: Gin, pisco, pink grapefruit cordial, cucumber, lemon, caster sugar, sweet PUNCH Royal City Vicebasil, pink peppercorn

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 combines 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.
  • The Raymond is at 1250 South Fair Oaks Avenue in Pasadena
  • Reservations: (626) 441-3136
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Roy’s Restaurant – Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine

In Hawaii, there are two things of equal importance—food and the "aloha" spirit. The blending of these two dynamic principles is how Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion® Cuisine was born. European techniques and Asian cuisine meet Hawaiian hospitality to create a fine dining experience unlike any other. Where the "aloha" style of service comes straight from the heart, and where any occasion becomes an unforgettable evening. In 1988, James Beard Award-winner Roy Yamaguchi opened the first Roy's in Honolulu, Hawaii. Today there are 31 Roy's locations around the world—23 in the continental U.S., six in Hawaii, one in Japan and one in Guam. The restaurant was designed around a unique experience through spacious dining rooms, an expansive lounge and Roy’s signature exhibition kitchen in full view. Nestled in the heart of picturesque and historic Pasadena, we are perfectly placed amid the tree-lined streets of the Playhouse district filled with eclectic antique shops and bookstores. We are conveniently located near the Rose Bowl, Pasadena Convention Center, Huntington Library, Pasadena Playhouse and Vroman's Bookstore. Our decadent menu is ever-changing and our award-winning wine list and cocktails will be sure to delight your guests. Roys Hawaiian MartiniFor the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Roy's offers the Hawaiian Martini and the Peaches and Rye.
  • Hawaiian Martini: Malibu Coconut Rum, Stoli Vanilla Vodka, Skyy Vodka, Marinated with Maui Pineapples.
  • Roys Peaches and RyePeaches and Rye: Templeton Rye Whiskey, St Germain Elderflower Liquer, Fresh Peaches, Agave, Lemon

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 the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Ruth's Chris offers the Ruth Chris Jala-Pena-RitaStrawberry Basil Gimlet and the Jala-Pina-Rita.
  • Jala-Pina-Rita: A blend of fresh grilled pineapple, jalapeno pepper blended with pineapple juice, fresh squeezed lime juice, triple sec and tequila.
  • Strawberry Basil Gimlet: Fresh basil leaves muddled with simple syrup, Ruth Chris Strawberry Basil Gimletfresh squeezed lime juice, strawberry puree and vodka.

Salt at iPic Theaters

Salt is located at Pasadena's iPic Theaters in Old Pasadena. Salt takes the art of mixology to another level. Every cocktail at Salt is crafted from the freshest local ingredients and custom house made infusions. Salt is the perfect intimate setting for conversation, people watching or just meet up with friends before and after a movie. For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Salt is offering:
  • Bangkok Monkey Liquid Nitrogen Cocktail: Passion Fruit, Coconut, Pineapple, Malibu Passion
  • Dirty Salty Savory Martini: Cucumber-Limy-Thyme Infused 50/50, Gin & Vodka, Muddled Kalamata Olives, Luxe iPic Dirty Salty Savory MartiniSour, Blue Cheese Fondue, Spiced Salt, Spanked Rosemary


Villa Sorriso: Our menu will tempt you with popular Italian favorites including salads, pastas, pizzas, roasted and grilled meats.

We also offer well inventive signature appetizers including Caprese, Shrimp Cocktail Martini and our famous SORRISO Crab Cakes. A wonderful selection of grilled meats including melt-in-your-month New Zealand Lamb Chops. The extensive Martini List is fun and includes super martinis such as the Marilyn Monroe, WOK N ROLL, and a sophisticated, pink-tinged martini named the Desperate House Wife! Villa SORRISO's Wine List includes a wonderful and reasonably priced selection of popular California and Italian.
  • Villa Sorriso is at 46 East Colorado Boulevard  Pasadena, CA 91105
  • Telephone: (626) 793-2233
For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, SORRISO offers the CantaloupeSORRISO Cantelope Martini Martini and the What About Jackie?
  • Cantaloupe Martini: Melon vodka, watermelon liqueur, orange juice, squeeze of lemon.
  • What About Jackie: Raspberry liqueur, crème de cacao, splash of cream.SORRISO What About Jackie

SORRISO / Bar Celona

Bar Celona:

Our menus feature not only the popular tapas offerings, but also a full lunchtime menu of salads and sandwiches, and several entree selections, including a variety of paella, for those arriving with a more substantial appetite. Bar Celona's wine list includes a wonderful and reasonably priced selection of popular wines.

SORRISO: Our menu will tempt you with popular Italian favorites including salads, pastas, pizzas, roasted and grilled meats. We also offer well inventive signature appetizers including Caprese, Shrimp Cocktail Martini and our famous SORRISO Crab Cakes. A wonderful selection of grilled meats including melt-in-your-month New Zealand Lamb Chops. The extensive Martini List is fun and includes super martinis such as the Marilyn Monroe, WOK N ROLL, and a sophisticated, pink-tinged martini named the Desperate House Wife! SORRISO's Wine List includes a wonderful and reasonably priced selection of popular California and Italian wines.   

Sushi Roku

The standard for forward-thinking sushi in town, Sushi Roku is as stylish as its patrons. Start with edamame or cucumber sunomono, move on to the salmon tempura roll with spicy ponzu cream, and choose from dozens of sushi selections or main courses like eight-hour braised kurobuta pork. Extensive sake and signature cocktail selection. Sushi Roku offers the Far East Mule and the Pear Martini for the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge.
  • Far East Mule: Muddled fresh cucumber and thai basil with Bombay Sapphire East Gin,  fresh lime juice,  splash of simple syrup,  topped off with Bundaberg gingerbeer.
  • Pear Martini: Grey goose pear vodka,  homemade pear puree from pear halves,  splash of simple syurp and soda water.  Garnished with shaved parmesan cheese

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: Langham Tap Room Watermelon King
  • Watermelon King - Partida Blanco, Fresh Watermelon, Pressed Basil, Lime
  • Berry Breeze - St. Germain Liqueur, Hangar One Vodka, Hand Pressed Langham Tap Room Berry BreezeMint, Fresh Lime, Grapefruit Juice, Strawberry
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

Trattoria Neapolis Italian Restaurant and Bar

Modern American Italian 

New to the Pasadena restaurant scene, Trattoria Neapolis was named one of Zagat's "Top 12 Hottest New Restaurants in LA." 

The restaurant presents a full menu of antipasta, pasta, pizza from a wood burning oven, main courses, salads and desserts. Pasta, bread and salumi are house made and the menu is updated to take advantage of the freshest ingredients each season has to offer.

The wine program is vast with signature selections from Italy and California. The bar Neapolis insideboasts 14 craft beers on tap from some of the finest artisanal brewers plus innovative cocktails have been developed by Vincenzo Marianella, nominee for American Bartender of the Year.

Open seven days a week serving lunch, dinner and brunch on the weekends plus late night service on Fridays and Saturdays.

For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Trattoria Neapolis offers The Easton and the Pomegranate Smash. Trattoria Neapolis Pomegranate Smash Pomegranate Smash
  • Vodka
  • Pomegranate
  • Lemon
  • Green Chartreuse
The Easton
  • House-infused Cucumber VodkaTrattoria Neapolis Easton-R
  • Fresh Lime
  • Mint

Vertical Wine Bistro

Ascend a flight of stairs from a quaint Old Pasadena courtyard and you'll find a new approach to the good life at Vertical Wine Bistro, where bistro fare is paired with a dazzling array of wines from around the world.  Film producer, and local resident, Gale Anne Hurd has created this warm and welcoming setting where inventive dishes created by Chef Laurent Quenioux (Bistro K, Bistro LQ) are presented alongside wine selections by Wine Director and General Manager Manuel Mesta.  Experts and novices alike are invited to peruse the eclectic wine list of over 400 domestic and international labels, many of which are available by the glass or as part of regional flights, with the help of the discerning staff.  The restaurant features a sleek wine bar and lounge separated from a contemporary dining room by a custom floor-to-ceiling glass wine cellar.  The refined cuisine, relaxed setting, and convivial atmosphere at Vertical Wine Bistro have combined to make it a local Vertical Lolitafavorite since 2008. For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Vertical Wine Bistro offers The Lolita and the Wild Vitamin C.
  • The Lolita: Blueberry, agave, orange bitters, prosecco.
Vertical Wild Vitamin C
  • Wild Vitamin C: Titos, strawberrys, basil, lime.
  • Reservations call 626-795-3999
  • Vertical Wine Bistro is upstairs at 70 North Raymond Avenue (north of Union Street) in Old Pasadena.

Pasadena Restaurant Week pricing:
($) = $15 lunch and/or $26 dinner
($$) = $20 lunch and/or $35 dinner
($$$) = $25 lunch and/or $44 dinner
Price excludes tax, tip and alcoholic beverages. Some prices may vary.