The Playhouse District of the Crown City of Pasadena may have been known for decades as the entertainment/theatrical heart of the city but that may be changing in this new decade & new century here in this new year of 2020.
With the official opening today (Monday February 10th – FINALLY!) of The 1894 wine bar – in Vroman’s bookshop – we can count at least 7 bars within a block radius of each other!
(Actually, The 1894 is experienceing a “soft” opening. An official, “GRAND” opening is expected in a month or two. But, until then, you can certainly visit the newest bar and give their bartenders some practice.)
- Anaya’s Mexican Restaurant
- El Portal Mexican Restaurant
- Monopole Wine
- Roy’s Restaurant
- Total Wine & More (for tastings, classes & private events only)
- Fit Bar (for the health conscious!)
- The 1894 (opening 2/20/2020. The name I would’ve chosen for this bar is “Books & Booze”!)
One can say the business of the Playhouse district, at least in the heart of the district, has turned into creating food and making drinks!
Here are just a few quick snapshots of each bar. Visit each one yourself to discover which best fits your standards for drinks, comfort, bartender, people, schedule, pricing, non-drink offerings, and most importantly: which bar prepares your favorite drink the best!
Anaya’s (Georgina bartender)
El Portal (bartender Manny)
Monopole Wine (bartender Joe)
Roy’s (bartender Kathleen)
Total Wine & More
The 1894 (The newest bar on the block. Bentley Hale, bar manager)
So, those are a few snapshots of the bars in the Pasadena Bar Village just steps of each other in the heart of Pasadena. Please visit each, take a look and a drink, and let us know which tastes like your favorite!
Come to play or for the plays, stay to eat & drink in The Pasadena Bar Village aka Playhouse District.