Greater Pasadena offers many ways to fulfill every entertainment desire
Pasadena is a veritable playground that caters to citizens and visitors alike with great care and diverse entertainment offerings.
During the day, one can find myriad activities to keep busy: shopping, biking, hiking, as well as world-renowned museums and historical architecture to tour and marvel at. There are also plazas and markets, big and small, farm to flea.
But what many who love Pasadena have also come to appreciate about this magical city is the eclectic night scene.
Whether it’s a blues saloon, a lively stand-up comedy club or family-style entertainment, Pasadena’s thriving nightlife satisfies every taste.
All Star Lanes
4459 N. Eagle Rock Blvd., Eagle Rock
(323) 254-2579│| allstarlanesbowling.com
3545 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 351-8858│| bowlmor.com
Jewel City Bowl
135 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale
(818) 243-1188│| jewelcitybowl.net
Mr. T’s Bowl
5621 N. Figueroa St., Highland Park
(323) 257-2695│| highlandparkbowl.com
2334 Honolulu Ave, Montrose
(818) 249-3895│| montrosepartybowl.com
Coffee & Comedy
99 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena
(626) 405-9777│| barneysbeanery.com
A haven for karaoke and comedy lovers, Barney’s Beanery takes a relaxed approach to entertainment that has enabled it to expand its reach and influence throughout Southern California with several thriving locations.
The Ice House Comedy Club
24 N Mentor Ave, Pasadena
(626) 577-1894│| icehousecomedy.com
The club’s website proudly boasts that “over 4 million people have shared thousands of hours of laughter and song at the Ice House.” Over the years, the beloved establishment has featured performances by virtually every top-name comic in the business.
Jones’ Coffee Roasters
Bitchface Comedy Night
693 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena
(626) 564-9291 |│jonescoffeeroasters.com
695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
In addition to enjoying a perfect cup of sustainably-sourced aromatic gourmet coffee served by knowledgeable baristas, you can also treat yourself to a signature brand of humor at Jones’ Bitchface Comedy Night. There is also a Jones’ Coffee Shop at Vroman’s Bookstore, but the comedy troupe does not perform there.
1003 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 229-9400 | regencymovies.com
300 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 568-9651 | arclightcinemas.com
42 Miller Alley, Pasadena
(626) 639-2260 | Ipictheaters.com
Laemmle Playhouse 7
673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena,
(310) 478-3836 | laemmle.com/theaters
Live Music & Dance
Big Mama’s Rib Shack & Southern Cooking
1453 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena
(626) 797-1792 |│bigmamaspasadena.com
This family-owned establishment features live music with local and regional bands and musicians every Tuesday and Saturday.
California Philharmonic (CalPhil)
111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles
(323) 850-2000 | calphil.com
Led by Maestro Victor Vener, currently the CalPhil performs solely at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. To date, more than 750,000 concertgoers have heard the orchestra live since 1997.
Coffee Gallery Backstage
2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena
(626) 798-6236│| coffeegallery.com
Coffee Gallery Community Stage
2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena
(626) 398-7917│| coffeegallery.com
Often confused for one another, Coffee Gallery Backstage and Coffee Gallery Community Stage are quite different inasmuch as Backstage features top-name musical acts and the Community Stage allows customers to get up in front of an open mic and sing, joke around or recite poetry.
iX Tapa Cantina
119 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 304-1000│| cantinaixtapa.com
iX Tapa’s bartenders and deejays will move you to dance and party in style with superb libations, a one-of-a-kind Mariachi show, multilevel stages and a variety of music genres.
85 E. Holly St., Pasadena
(626) 683-3230 | levittpavilionpasadena.com
The Levitt makes live music accessible to all by producing 10 weeks of free concerts FREE to the public every summer.
Kings Row Gastropub
20 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena
(626) 793-3010│| kingsrowpub.com
Nestled in the heart of Old Pasadena, this trend-setting pub hosts live music ranging from blues to bluegrass in an exciting but casual atmosphere.
MEOWMEOWZ! Retro ‘80s Thrift Shop
2423 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 798-6969│| facebook.com/meowmeowz
A colorful storefront shop that buys and sells new and vintage clothes, MEOWMEOWZ! also features live entertainment Fridays and Saturdays. All ages are welcome to join in the fun.
300 E. Green St., Pasadena
MUS/IQUE’s programming is designed and led by the singular vision and talents of Rachael Worby — a critically acclaimed conductor and preeminent leader in arts education.
Old Towne Pub
22 E. Holly St., Pasadena
(626) 577-6583│| theoldtownepub.com
The Old Towne Pub has made a name for itself as a platform for talented new bands and musicians.
Pasadena Symphony and POPS
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia
(626) 821-3222│| pasadenasymphony-pops.org
Over the past 80 years, the Pasadena Symphony has artistically matured into one of the top performing symphonic ensembles in Southern California.
245 E. Green St., Pasadena
Find a good seat, plant yourself and be prepared to be wowed. The Rose’s innovative approach to concerts makes it the perfect venue for enjoying live music while feasting on fabulous cuisine.
Museums & Galleries
Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino
(626) 405.2100 | huntington.org
Voted Best Art Gallery in PW’s annual Best of Pasadena readers’ poll last year, this former home of railroad magnate Henry Huntington today is a research facility that boasts one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of 18th- and 19th-century British and French art.
Kidspace Children’s Museum
480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 449-9144 | kidspacemuseum.org
Kidspace Children’s Museum, voted Best Family Fun Spot in last year’s Best of Pasadena balloting, helps children become active learners by teaching them the importance of respect, integrity, safety and experiential learning.
Norton Simon Museum
411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 449-6840 | nortonsimon.org
The Norton Simon Museum, voted Best Museum in last year’s Best of Pasadena polling, features one the country’s most extensive and rarest art collections, with some pieces dating back two millennia.
Pasadena Museum of California Art
490 E. Union St., Pasadena
(626) 568-3665 | pmcaonline.org
The Pasadena Museum of California Art, according to its website, presents “the breadth of California art and design through exhibitions that explore the cultural dynamics and influences that are unique to California.”
Pasadena Museum of History
470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena
(626) 577-1660 | pasadenahistory.org
The Pasadena Museum of History, located in the former Fenyes mansion, is the only museum and research library dedicated solely to preserving and sharing the history, art and culture of Pasadena and the west San Gabriel Valley, according to its website.
USC Pacific Asian Museum
46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena
(626) 449-2742 | pacificasiamuseum.org
The USC Pacific Asia Museum is committed to furthering intercultural understanding through the arts of Asia and the Pacific Islands.
A Noise Within
3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena
(626) 356-3100 | anoisewithin.org
A Noise Within celebrated its 25th anniversary during the 2016-17 season basking in the praise of the Huffington Post, which recently named the theater “one of the nation’s premier classical repertory companies.”.
216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale
(818) 243-2539 | alextheatre.org
For decades, Glendale’s Alex Theatre has been the centerpiece of the city’s arts, culture and community programming. The theater’s schedule attracts more than 130,000 patrons per year.
Boston Court Performing Arts Center
70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena
(626) 683-6883 |│bostoncourt.com
This beloved nonprofit institution prides itself on innovative, creative shows in an intimate setting. Guests to Boston Court rave about the spoken-word and experimental productions, but also the high quality of the talent from performances, such as the 13th annual New Play Reading Festival, and the Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre.
Fremont Centre Theatre
1000 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena
(626) 441-5977 |│fremontcentretheatre.com
Located in a historic building in South Pasadena, the Fremont Centre Theatre is a nonprofit, professional theater whose mission, according to their website, is to “discover and rediscover plays of value to produce in an artistic atmosphere that nurtures creativity, originality and excellence.”
39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena
(626) 356-7529 |│pasadenaplayhouse.org
The Pasadena Playhouse has been honored with the title of “The Official State Theater of California,” and this world-famous venue takes their commitment to the arts seriously. n