New openings and trusted favorites make it easy to see why Pasadena is as posh as ever.
Cocktails in a craftsman. The bones of Magnolia House date back more than 100 years—at times housing families, local businesses and even a post-Prohibition liquor store—but today it’s Pasadena’s answer to your neighborhood bar. Inventive craft cocktails are mixed up and served by an expert staff, who are just as likely to remember local’s birthdays as the ingredients to one of Magnolia House’s signature drinks. A small-bites menu is a welcome accompaniment and great for artisanal snacking.
492 S. Lake Avenue, Pasadena; (626) 584-1126
Elevated gastropub dining is what’s on the menu at Union, where Italian traditions get some modern interpretation. The large array of dishes are portioned on the smaller side, ideal for tastings, while an equally diverse wine list allows for perfect pairings. Space runs tight around Union, which evokes a cozy intimacy for dining, and sometimes a bit of a wait. (A recent spot on Bravo’s Best New Restaurant series probably didn’t hurt, either.) But it’s a wait that’s well worth it!
37 E. Union Street, Pasadena; (626) 795-5841
If everything old does in fact become new again, then The Showroom has the best treasures just waiting to be discovered. Many consider The Showroom to be L.A.’s best kept high-end consignment secret, with amazing designer labels and vintage accessories. From Gucci to Balenciaga, bags to Boho-chic necklaces, The Showroom is home to both pre-loved and new fashions for all tastes. Personal styling is also available by appointment.
300 S. Raymond Ave. #14, Pasadena; (626) 844-8884
The classic Langham Huntington Hotel is synonymous with Pasadena—and for good reason. Elegance abounds, service is first class and the property is simply stunning. But one doesn’t need to be a hotel guest to enjoy all that the Langham has to offer. The new Chuan Spa pampers those looking for a little traditional Chinese medicine mixed with cutting-edge relaxation, including peels, body treatments and ginger renewals. A couple’s room and VIP treatment room are available for private bookings, as well. And no trip to the Langham would be complete without a bite at The Royce. The property’s signature restaurant features the finest selection of steaks from around the globe, with dinner service Tuesday-Sunday. Or, for those looking for daytime dining, check out The Royce’s popular Sunday Market Brunch.
1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue, Pasadena; (626) 568-3900
On the hunt for that hard-to-find bottle of vino? Everson Royce, with its great variety of small-production wines, should absolutely be your next stop. Not sure exactly what you’re in the market for? No problem. The boutique wine shop in Old Pasadena hosts frequent tastings, and the knowledgeable staff definitely know their way around a bar. Though wine is certainly the popular pour, Everson Royce isn’t limited to grapes. You can also found a nice selection of imported beers and spirits at Everson Royce.
155 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena; (626) 765-9334