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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.

Pasadena Restaurant Week 2017 is in April. Enjoy the finest Pasadena has to offer with special prix fixe menus, meals and deals.

Cheeseburger Week returns in January, 2017.

If you want your restaurant to be included in Pasadena Restaurant Week 2017, click on Register My Restaurant to sign up or email for details.

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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 2017 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 and Julio's Passion 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 28th. 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, Celestino's Ristorante, 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, the Pasadena Star-News, Wells Fargo and the Rose Bowl.

Click here to vote in the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge

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Happy dining in Pasadena

Alma de la Rosa
Old Pasadena, Downtown Pasadena
  • American
  • California
  • Full Bar
  • Regional

Alma de la Rosa prides itself on using organic produce and grass fed sustainably raised meat in innovative ways. Listening to Chef Lambrinos and Simon discuss the

menu in minute detail, it becomes apparent how much thought is put into everything from the housemade chicharrones in the Arroz con Pollo’s Chicharron Cream to homemade cinnamon ice cream served with the Kahlua Brownie.

Alma de la Rosa in One Colorado Plaza on Hugus Alley.

In addition to their revamped menu, Alma de la Rosa has a full craft cocktail menu which focuses on tequila, pisco and mezcal. Try the Big Al, which is named after Simon’s father. It has Evan Williams Kentucky Bourbon, Peychaud’s Bitters, ginger and lemon or order the Blood Orange Cosmo with freshly pressed juice.

For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Alma de la Rosa offers:

  • Hibiscus Margarita: Alma Blanco, house made hibiscus syrup, lime juice, splash soda, Lime Twist 
  • Peach Bourbon Smash: 2 oz Burnside bourbon infused with peaches, house-made peach & thyme jam, house-made orange bitters, lemon juice, ginger beer


  • Call 626.564.8111 for reservations
  • Alma de la Rosa is at 41 Hugus Alley in Old Pasadena
Bar 1886 at The Raymond Restaurant
Pasadena Adjacent
  • American
  • California
  • Eclectic

The Raymond Restaurant features an innovative, contemporary menu in a casual-fine dining

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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.

For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, 1886 at The Raymond offers:

  • Tasmanian Devil by Jesus Gomez: Shaken on a large rock: Plantation 3-Star Rum, Mount Gay XO Rum, St.Lucia Syr Rum, Allspice, Fresh Pineapple, Lime and Grapefruit, Honey and Demerara with Aongostura bitters.
  • The Quagmire by Luis Nava: Stirred Old Fashoined with Larceny Bourbon, House Made Fig Syrup and Tiki Bitters
Quagmire at Bar 1886
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  • The Raymond is at 1250 South Fair Oaks Avenue in Pasadena
  • Reservations: (626) 441-3136
Bar Celona
Downtown Pasadena
  • European
  • Spanish


Bar Celona:


For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Bar Celona offers:

  • Ibiza Martini: Grey Goose Le Melon, Cointreau, Grapefruit Juice, Splash of Cranberry Juice
  • SORRISO Martini: Grey Goose La Poor, St. Germain, Lime Juice, Pineapple Juice


Ibiza Summer from SORRISO/Bar Celona
Ibiza Summer from SORRISO/Bar Celona
Bistro 45
Downtown Pasadena
  • American
  • California
  • Eclectic
  • French
  • Full Bar

Welcome to Bistro 45 and welcome to a place where you are the most important person in

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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.

For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Bistro 45 offers:

Basil East Side: Square One Cucumber, Lime, Simple Syrup, Basil, Rosemary, muddled, strained and served straight up

Vieux Carre: Old Overholt Rye, Sweet Vermouth, VS Cognac, Benedictine, Angostura and Peychaud's Bitters, stirred and served in an etched coupe.


East Pasadena
  • American

At 300 Pasadena, we’ve put a unique, upscale spin on our menu. Choose from dozens of delicious dining choices prepared under the direction of our executive chef Steven Koulouvaris and delivered right to your lane.

For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Bowlmor, offers:

  • Pinky Swear Martini:  Deep Eddy Grapefruit Vodka, Triple Sec, Lime Juice, Cranberry Juice
  • Boarding Pass: Bacardi Coconut, Watermelon Puree, Pineapple Juice, Lemon-Lime Soda


Cafe Santorini
Old Pasadena, Downtown Pasadena
  • Mediterranean

In the heart of Old Town Pasadena, Cafe Santorini is the spot to be. Offering a variety ofSantorini logo

delicious Mediterranean dishes, wine and cocktails and a romantic second floor patio that overlooks the lovely One Colorado Courtyard, Cafe Santorini is perfect for a date, a family gathering or a celebration.  With an adjoining banquet hall called The Rococo Room, this venue is perfect for a variety of private parties of  up to 150 guests.


For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Cafe Santorini offers:

  • Ginger & Maryann: Veev Spirit, Wild Elderflower Liquor, Ginger, and Basil with Fresh Pressed Lime Juice
  • Vermont Sour: Belle Meade Sour Mash Whiskey, Maple Syrup, Egg White Pressed Lemon, Black Walnut Bitters with a Lemon Twist
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Cafe Santorini's Ginger and Maryann
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The Vermont Sour from Cafe Santorini


























Cafe Hours Of Operation:


  • Sunday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Monday-Thursday: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
  • Friday: 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
  • Saturday: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

Happy Hour: 


  • Monday – Thursday: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Friday: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm



California Pizza Kitchen Pasadena
Downtown Pasadena
  • Full Bar
  • Italian
  • Pizza

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 Pizza and more. 

For SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, CPK offers:


Central Park Restaurant
Downtown Pasadena
  • American
  • California

Central Park specializes in mouth watering steaks, fresh fish, hand-crafted pastas and 

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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 the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Central park offers:

  • Cool as a Cucumber: Square One "Organic" Vodka, St. Germaine, Ginger Beer, Lime, muddled cucumber
  • The Rosito: blend of muddled blackberries, lime & mint and Bacardi, topped with spritz of Rose Wine
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The Rosito from Central Park Restaurant












Clearman's Galley
Pasadena Adjacent
  • American
  • Burgers
  • Full Bar


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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.

For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, The Boat offers:

  • White Tropical Sangria: Chardonnay, 3 Olives Orange Vodka, Peach schnapps, and a splash of OJ
  • Clearman's Whiskey Sour: Whiskey, Triple sec, Peach schnapps, and sweet and sour
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White Tropical Sangria from The Boat
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The Whiskey Sour from Clearman's Galley











  • 7215 Rosemead Boulevard (just south of Huntington Drive) in San Gabriel
  • For information call: 626-286-1484
Del Frisco's Grille
Downtown Pasadena, South Lake Avenue
  • American
  • Full Bar

Local flavor fit to be shared. Our diverse and delicious menu has something for everyone.

Industrial and lush elements will create an atmosphere that is stylish, social and relaxed. The energetic bar will create a buzz throughout the restaurant and set the stage for an exciting dining experience that is unlike any other American grill. It’ll be your place to eat with a friend and catch up on the latest or make new friends at the bar. Our food and drinks are built to share, so share the experience with your neighbors – they are just friends you haven’’'t met yet.

For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Del Frisco's offers:

  • The VIP: sweet Hawaiian pineapples soaked in Clementine Vodka for 14 days, hand squeezed into a chilled martini glass with an orange twist
  • Tennessee Peach: Jack Daniels, peaches, honey, peach bitters, and fresh lime juice and a lime

  • 55 South Lake Avenue, Suite 150
  • 626-765-9913
Edwin Mills by Equator
Downtown Pasadena, Old Pasadena
  • Asian
  • Full Bar
  • Fusion

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Great quality food can be hard to come by at your usual franchise restaurants. Edwin Mills by Equator has been family owned and ran for thirty years. We take pride in serving recipes we’ve created in house. For example, our Potato Wrapped Snapper is a favorite: snapper grilled and wrapped in fried potato shavings on top of mashed sweet potato and drizzled with our sweet chili sauce. We also love our Oodles of Noodles which is our version of a Pad Thai dish–we call it “California style”. Our Shepherd’s Pie is made with lamb, beef and potatoes. These are only some of the popular favorites among our regulars. Check out our Menus Page to find out more about what our restaurant offers. Our menu has a variety of options because we’ve had a very long time to perfect each of these recipes. We are constantly adding new menu items, depending on what is in season and what our Master Chef, Arturo, decides to create.

New American Food in Old Pasadena

What does “New American” mean? Let’s break it down. By “New” we mean modern, unconventional and original, reinventing the traditional by improving upon it. By “American” we mean diverse. Our menu offers some Asian cuisine, Latin cuisine, American classics, and even comfort foods. Our goal is to keep it distinct and fresh while utilizing customary ingredients found in the traditional fare. Our choice of ingredients in both our food and drinks was inspired by the location’s history and the neighborhood of Old Pasadena. Visit our About Us page to get a glimpse into the fascinating history of our building which is over a hundred and fifty years old.

Feedback Where It Counts

If you haven’t been to Edwin Mills by Equator, come and give us a try! We have been around a long time; we know the most important part of a well-run restaurant is making our customers happy. That’s why our reviews all over the web have been positive for years. If a problem ever arises (a rarity, but ultimately we are all human,) we always do our absolute best to make sure you are taken care of while you are at the table. Please communicate with your server or Teddy, the owner, your thoughts regarding your experience. We love fixing our errors! Please check us out on Yelp, Facebook, Google and Foursquare. And if you’ve been to our spot and liked what we have to offer, please review us. We always appreciate the feedback!

For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Edwin Mills offers:

  • The Yappy Chihuahua: Del Maguey Mezcal, Xanté Pear Cognac, homemade spiced apple cider, fresh citrus juices, garnished with fresh Bosc pear & cinnamon stick
  • Summer Breeze: Del Maguey Mezcal, Xanté Pear Cognac, homemade spiced apple cider, fresh citrus juices, garnished with fresh Bosc pear & cinnamon stick

Happy Chihuahua
Edwin Mills' Happy Chihuahua
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Summer Breeze from Edwin Mills











El Cholo Cafe
Downtown Pasadena
  • Full Bar
  • Mexican

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® Margaritas!  El 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 the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, El Cholo offers:

  • Tajimelorita: herradura silver, fresh lime juice , simple syrup, El Cholo margarita mix, dash of Tajin
  • The Pasadena Rose: Patron Barrel Select , Prickly Pear syrup , Pomegranate syrup , fresh lime juice

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The Pasadena Rose from El Cholo
El Cholo's Tajimelorita
The Tajimelorita from El Cholo









 El Cholo is at 260 East Colorado Boulevard (in Paseo Colorado) in Pasadena

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
Downtown Pasadena, Old Pasadena
  • American
  • Steak House

Conveniently located on the corner of Marengo and Colorado Boulevard, you’ll find a place for Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Barlocals and visitors to enjoy an exceptional selection of premium steaks and an expertly curated list of 100 wines by the glass. Stop by after work for a signature cocktail or glass of wine, then stay and indulge in our classic Filet or try something new like our Dry-Aged Prime Ribeye.

For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Fleming's offers:

  • Blueberry Lemon Drop: fresh blueberries, fresh lemon sour, Svedka vodka served in a chilled martini glass with a sugar rim

Enjoy delicious salads and sandwiches, worthy of your lunch hour. Join us for lunch Monday through Friday, 11:30am-2:30pm.

  • 179 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105
  • 626-639-0490
  • Monday – Friday
  • Monday – Thursday
  • Friday – Saturday
  • Sunday
ix-tapa Cantina Grill
Downtown Pasadena, Old Pasadena
  • Full Bar
  • Mexican

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:

  • El Refresco: Muddle Fresh Cucumber, Basil, Hendricks Gin, Splash of Soda
  • Watermelon Margarita: Fresh Watermelon, Muddled Basil, Agave Nectar, Cazadores Reposado, Tajin Rimmed Glass


For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, ix-tapa offers

Lucky Baldwin's Trappiste Pub
Old Pasadena, Downtown Pasadena, East Pasadena, Pasadena Adjacent, Sierra Madre
  • American
  • Full Bar


Lucky Baldwins British Pub & Cafe was opened in July 1996 by English owners DavidFarnworth and Peggy Simonian, who turned a run down business into the beer haven it is today.  it is located in the heart of Old Town Pasadena, in one of the oldest buildings in town. Lucky Baldwins Delirium Pub was opened in 2005, in the quaint village-like town of Sierra Madre up in the foothills.

Like any authentic British pub, Lucky Baldwins offers a friendly family environment and is frequented by many locals. A full kitchen serving breakfast, lunch and dinner makes Lucky Baldwins a perfect place to have a traditional British meal for the whole family. 

For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Lucky Bladwin's Trappiste Pub offers: 

  • Shandena: Stark Rum, lemon juice, simple syrup, orange bitters, Craftsman Heavenly Hef, lemon zest, in an 8oz beer glass
  • PG Tipsey: Beefeater gin, Pimms, St. Germain, PG Tincture, Cucumber bitters in a ricks glass with spanked mint leaf


With 63 beers on tap in Pasadena Old Town and 46 beers on tap in Sierra Madre, the pub offers an array of unique beers, both bottled and tap. Throughout the year Lucky Baldwins also celebrates European drinking festivals, such as our renowned Belgian Beer Festival, IPA festivals, Octoberfest and the list goes on, placing Lucky Baldwins in the top five Belgian beer bars in the US.

Lucky Baldwin's Pub

  • 17 South Raymond Avenue in Old Pasadena
  • Tel: 626-795-0652

Lucky Baldwin's Trappiste

  • 1770 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena
  • 626-844-0447

Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe

  • 21 Kersting Court in Sierra Madre, CA
  • 626-355-1440


For Cheeseburger Week, Lucky Baldwin's has specials and much more. Download the discount coupon here: Lucky Baldwin's Cheeseburger Week 2015 special

Madeline Garden Bistro
  • European

Let us be part of your celebrations. Together we will create a special indoor/outdoor dining

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 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 offers:

  • The Madeline Cocktail: Gin, Passion Fruit Liqueur, Coconut Liqueur, and pineapple juice.

You can reserve for dinner through Open Table by clicking here:



Or you can contact the restaurant directly for reservations.

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.

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  • Madeline Garden Bistro and Venue is at 1030 East Green Street in Pasadena
  • 626-795-5599
  • Open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 9pm
Parkway Grill
Downtown Pasadena, Old Pasadena
  • American
  • California
  • Full Bar
  • Regional

The Trend-Setter in Innovative Regional American Cuisine

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The Parkway Grill continues to define dining in the city and beyond. Its early-Twentieth Century brick structure serves as home to a most inviting dining room and lies at the heart of Parkway Grill’s reverence for heritage—right down to sourcing herbs and other produce from its on-site organic garden.

We invite you to pass through our doors by exploring our site, and look forward to welcoming you in person to our home.

For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Parkway Grill offers:

  • No. 10 Downing Street: Oban single malt scotch, Ginger liquor, Fresh lemon juice, Apple Cinnamon
  • Kyushu's  Barrel Aged: Kikori Whiskey, Lillet Blanc, Bitters, Lemon zest, Lemon Verbena


  • Tel 626.795.1001
  • 510 South Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena
Plate 38
East Pasadena
  • American
  • Burgers
  • California

The chefs of Plate 38 take their creativity to the kitchen developing original distinct flavor Plate 38combinations with local and organic ingredients. From Italian to French, they transform the traditional into new american faire for the local neighborhood crowd. Cultivating a lavish 5-star tasting experience within an industrial yet comfortable atmosphere.

The chalkboard specials vary from chilled soups, foie gras appetizers, fresh wild caught fish, braised short-ribs, filet, lamb, and many more delicacies.


For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Plate 38 offers:

  • Boulou: Rhubarb ganache cider | lemon honey | Martin Millers Gin | Lemon oil
  • Smoke My Fashion: Michters American whiskey | angostura bitters | orange bitters | smoked applewood


  • Plate 38 Restaurant, Bar & Grill
  • 2361 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107
  • t: 626.793.7100 | e:
  • Monday - Thursday 10:30am - 11pm
  • Friday 10:30am - 12am | Saturday 8am - 12am
  • Sunday 8am - 10pm
  • Daily 4pm - 6pm | 9pm - close
  • All Night Monday 4pm - 11pm
Roy's Restaurant - Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine
Downtown Pasadena, Playhouse District
  • Asian
  • Eclectic
  • Full Bar
  • Seafood

In Hawaii, there are two things of equal importance—food and the "aloha" spirit. The Roy's logoblending 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.

For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Roy's offers: 


Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Downtown Pasadena, Playhouse District
  • American
  • Full Bar
  • Steak House
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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:

  • 'Wata' Rita: Patron Silver Tequila, Cointreau, Watermelon and Cucumber, Fresh Lime & Orange Juices garnished with a Cajun Spiced Rim
  • Peach Bourbon Smash: Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Monin Peach Puree, Fresh Lemon Juice and Fee Brothers Rhubarb Bitters garnished with a Turbinado Sugar Rim

Wata Rita from Ruth's Chris
The 'Wata' Rita from Ruth's Chris
Peach Bourbon Smash from Ruth's Chris
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Smitty's Grill
Downtown Pasadena, South Lake Avenue
  • American
  • Full Bar


Considered a dining room away from home by many in Pasadena, Smitty's Grill continues to warmly welcome new- and long-time guests to its comfortable surroundings. Our bustling dining room is ever-abuzz: in the afternoon, with groups of friends catching up and those stepping away from their South Lake District offices, and in the evening with convivial groups enjoying conversation over dinner and close-knit families making time for a meal together.

For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Smitty's serves:

  • The Summer Rose: vodka, gin, st. germain, lemon juice,  maple, muddled strawberry, topped with champagne, mint leaf
  • Peachy Activity: 3 slices of peach, whiskey, apricot liquor, maple syrup, peach bitters, lemon juice


Tel 626.792.9999

  • 110 South Lake Avenue in Pasadena
Sushi Roku
Downtown Pasadena
  • Full Bar
  • Japanese

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.

For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Sushi Roku offers:

  • The Ish: Grey Goose Vodka, Shishito Peppers, Cynar, Passion Fruit, L'Orgeat, Lemon Juice
  • Roku Gin and Tonic: Bulldog Gin, Elderflower Tonic, Juniper Berries, Thyme, Grapefruit Slice & Edible Flower
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The Tap Room at the Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa
Pasadena Adjacent
  • American
  • French
  • Full Bar
  • Regional
The Tap Room

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:

  • Secret Garden: Nikori Japanese Whiskey, Canton Ginger Liqueur, B'lure Butterfly Pea Flower, Simple Syrup, Lemon Juice
  • Berry Breeze: Tito's Vodka, St. Germain, Strawberry Blend, Grapefruit and Line Juice, Fresh Mint

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
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    Rob Royce at the Taproom at the Langham Huntington Pasadena
  • (626) 585-6218
True Food Kitchen
Old Pasadena, Downtown Pasadena
  • Healthy
  • American
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

You don’t have to be a die-hard Yogi to dine at True Food Kitchen. You need only a desire toTrue Food Kitchen give your body nutrients, and your palate something memorable. The basis for the anti-inflammatory diet isn’t meant to deprive a healthy body of great flavors, it’s meant to take popular trends in cuisine and pair them with healthy living.

With a wide, healthy selection of vegan, vegetarian, or gluten free options we offer something for everyone. Try the kale and quinoa, you’ll live longer. Drink the seabuckthorn and acai, you’ll feel better. At True Food Kitchen, we want you to feel better, live longer, and make your mouth happy in the process. It's honest food that tastes really good.

For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, True Food Kitchen offers:

  • Citrus Skinny Margarita: organic tequila, muddled citrus, mint, cucumber 
  • Cherry Bourbon Sour: bourbon, lemon, cherry bitters, pinot noir float
"Cherry Bourbon Sour
Cherry Bourbon Sour from True Food Kitchen
citrus skinny margarita
Citrus Skinny Margarita from True Food Kitchen



Vertical Wine Bistro
Old Pasadena, Downtown Pasadena
  • American
  • California
  • Eclectic
  • Full Bar
  • Regional


Set above the streets of Old Town Pasadena, Vertical Wine Bistro offers a warm, inviting

dining experience with an elegant and comfortable atmosphere. Using inspiration from a vast culinary background, our Chefs utilize only the freshest ingredients when crafting our menu. Owners Rick and Colleen Liss' mission is to provide a culinary experience focused on service and satisfaction while delivering fresh and delicious fare. Every meal is a journey that we value and appreciate the opportunity to be a part of. Vertical offers dining in the "Library" and Lounge as well as private dining and special events in the "Cellar". Whether you are on a night out with friends or celebrating an anniversary. We are here to help make it memorable for all.

Vertical Wine Bistro is only open for dinner. For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, Vertical offers: 

  • Blueberry Lemonade: Stole Blue, Lemon, Simple Syrup,Soda
  • Vertical's Eye Candy: Patron Tequila, Pineapple Juice, Ginger, Egg Whites, Bitters


  • Reservations call 626-795-3999
  • Vertical Wine Bistro is upstairs at 70 North Raymond Avenue (north of Union Street) in Old Pasadena.
White Horse Lounge
Old Pasadena, Downtown Pasadena
  • American
White Horse Lounge



That’s all we hope you get when you spend some time with us. Bring a group of friends or just 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 the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, White Horse offers:

  • No Problemo: Ford's Gin, Ancho Reyes, Green Chartreuse, Lime Juice, Pineapple Juice
  • Romeo & Juliette: Mezcal, Aperol, Grapefruit Juice, Lemon Juice, Turbinado Simple, Peyschaud's Bitters, Aperol Foam

Take the joy of comfort, mix in the freshness of local sourcing, and sit back to enjoy our menu of deliciousness. Small plates, steaks, 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 managed by The PRGRM, including Craft Hill in South Pasadena, Monrovia, and West Covina.

    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.

    Open for Lunch
    Open for Dinner