Colorful businessman Lucky Baldwin was a central figure in California history during the late 1800’s, founding the Santa Anita Racetrack, hitting pay dirt with a number of speculative mines, and twice surviving assassination attempts at the hands of family members of women he had allegedly wronged by promising marriage and failing to follow through.
In recognition of his contribution to the development of Southern California the Baldwin Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, the city of Baldwin Park, and three pubs bear his name. The pubs are owned by David Farnworth and Peggy Simonia, who founded the first Lucky Baldwin’s pub in Pasadena in 1996.
The British-style pub, which was soon followed by two sister pubs, features 63 beers on tap and is housed in one of the oldest buildings in Old Town Pasadena. Besides serving traditional British food and drink, the pub also hosts special events including a Belgian Beer Festival, IPA festivals, and Octoberfest.