Although it's still unofficial, the Rose Bowl could very well be the temporary home of a brand new NFL team. It may be a few years before this is the case, however, but no one will fault you for getting a head start and checking out the dozens of great bars in Pasadena ahead of time. You know, for research purposes. Here is your guide to happy hour in Pasadena.
Dog Haus Biergarten: The name may cause you to chuckle, but there's nothing funny about Dog Haus Biergarten's happy hour. It happens Mondays thru Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and includes draft beer for $3, as well as French fries and sliders for a $1. Now what would be the best name for a restaurant that's known for its gourmet hot dogs and sausages? How about Dog Day Afternoons? It doesn't get much more clever than that.
93 E. Green St., 91105; 626-683-0808
Yard House: At Yard House in Pasadena they take pride in their beer, offering everything from really obscure craft brews, to your classic Millers, Buds and Heinekens. Happy hour is Monday thru Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., then once again every Sunday thru Wednesday from 10 p.m. to close. It features discounts on beer, cocktails and wine, as well as select appetizers and pizza for half price. Just don't get freaked out by the plastic tubes hanging overhead. That's just your beer being transported from a keg room with a controlled temperature of 34 degrees. Did you think I was lying when I said they take pride in their beer?
330 E. Colorado Blvd., 91101; 626-577-9273
Gyu-Kaku: Like the sound of an all day happy hour every Monday and Sunday? You'd be a fool not to! At Gyu-Kaku in Pasadena, Mondays and Sundays mean specials on sake and drinks, as well as half off on most of their appetizers. As far as happy hours go, what mare can you ask for? But when you take into account their various other happy hours – like Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays to Thursday from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 p.m. to midnight – there's even more reason to go and never, ever leave. Why would you, after all? You can download Guy-Kaku's full happy hour menu on their website.
70 W. Green St., 91105; 626-405-4842
300 Pasadena: It's the only place in town where you can drink cheaply, while you knock stuff over. Okay, they may be bowling pins but you get the point. Happy hour is Monday thru Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and includes specials on draft beers and well drinks. And if you happen to venture into 300 Pasadena anytime Sunday thru Thursday, unlimited bowling is $10 all day. Imagine how much stuff you can knock over then?
3545 E. Foothill Blvd., 91107; 626-351-8858
Barney's Beanery: One of the great things about Barney's Beanery is the shear amount of beers they have, both on tap and bottled. Where else can you start off with a Pilsner Urquell from the Czech Republic, and end the night with a bottle of Japanese Asahi? Seriously, walking into Barney's is like walking into a beer lover's heaven. Happy hour is weekdays, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and includes specials on select beers and appetizers. For a full menu of all the beers Barney's Pasadena has to offer, visit www.barneysbeanery.com.
99 E. Colorado Blvd., 91105; 626-405-9777
Congregation Ale House: Beer drinkers will fall in love with a place like Congregation Ale House. They have dozens of rare and exotic beers from all over the world, including the Czech Republic, Belgium, even a little known island called England (perhaps you've heard of it?). Happy hour happens every Monday thru Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., as well as midnight to close every Sunday thru Thursday. Specials include a $1 off all beer and wine, well drinks for $3, as well as discounts on appetizers like their sweet potato fries, sausages, and flatbreads. And if that wasn't enough already, Congregation also features food and drink specials all day on Monday.
300 S. Raymond Ave., 91105; 626-403-2337