Since it's home to the Rose Bowl, you can bet there are plenty of great sports bars in Pasadena. And on Saturdays in the fall, about ninety percent of them are filled with screaming UCLA fans. Every other day of the week, however, they're great spots to kick back and watch the (insert sport here) game. Here are a few you'll want to check out.
T. Boyle's Tavern: From the outside, T. Boyle's Tavern almost resembles an abandoned brick warehouse. The windows are all barred up and the dingy sign advertising the place has clearly seen better days. But walk inside and you'll immediately see why Boyle's is a favorite among locals. There beer is cheap, the food is great, and the crowd is easy going and friendly. And unlike other sports bars that make you stand during the game, Boyle's has plenty of seating. They've also got pool tables, shuffleboard, and darts, as well as live bands pumping out classic rock cover tunes on the weekends.
37 N. Catalina Ave., 91106; 626-578-0957
72 North: What separates 72 North from the other sports bars in Pasadena? How about three 60-inch TVs and two massive projection screens playing all of your favorite games? Now you'll really know what it's like to see Peyton Manning play up close and personal. Well, not quite, but you get the idea. 72 North also doubles as a supper club; meaning once the lights go down, the dance music goes up. To learn more about 72 North, visit its website at: www.seventytwonorth.com.
72 N. Fair Oaks Ave., 91103; 626-578-9990
Slater's 50/50: Yeah Slater's 50/50 has lots of high-definition TVs for watching sports. That's a given. But let's face it, the real reason people come here is the food. Where else can you find a burger that's 50 percent ground bacon, and 50 percent ground beef? That's right, it's been a long time coming but someone has finally figured out what burger lovers have long since known – bacon is best served in a patty, not on top of it. Slater's also has a huge list of craft, import, and domestic beers on tap and rotated daily. Beer, bacon burgers and sports – it doesn't get much better than that.
61 N. Raymond Ave., 91103; 626-765-9700
Freddie's 35er Bar: Okay let's just get this out of the way. Freddie's 35er is the only sports bar in Pasadena – let alone L.A. – that offers free popcorn to all of its patrons. That should be reason enough to stop in and say hello (at least if you're hungry). What else does Freddie's have to offer? How about stiff well drinks, specials on pitchers, and a pool table – the three essentials of any good dive bar. If you're looking for a low-key night to just kick back a few brews while you watch the Lakers, then Freddie's is the place to go. Aside from that, well… there's always the free popcorn.
12 E. Colorado Blvd., 91105; 626-356-9315
Toro Sushi Bar: When you can lay claim to being the official sushi caterer of the L.A. Angels and San Diego Chargers, you’re already a notch above the other sports bars in the area, as far as credibility goes. So what else does Toro have to offer, aside from just sushi? How about a spacious dining area with a full bar and dozens of LCD screen TVs. Sound great? Good. And be sure to stop in on either Sunday or Monday for their all night happy hour. We’re talking big, fat sushi rolls for $7 and under!
2675 E. Colorado Blvd., 91107; 626-792-8676