I expect that we'll be spending most of our time in Old Town Pasadena. Â Where are some good places to go during the day and night there?
It depends on what you like to do. Â For Â eats, there are a number of very good (and also fairly expensive) restaurants in Pasadena as well as humbler fare Â Maison Akira on Green Street serves French/Japanese, and Bistro 45 on Mentor has a pretty decent wine list. Â For more moderately priced meals, I like the Luna Negra, on Green, which serves a Californian take on Spanish Tapas. Â There are also a number of clubs and bars in old Town. Â Expect to wait in line if you arrive after 10:30. Â Luck Baldwin's is a popular watering hole, and you can always go there for some rarer beers if you are not in the mood to stand outside McMurphy's or the Muse, two of the more popular spots. Â There is a dress code at most bars, (usuall just no tennis shoes or t-shirts), but if you have some attractive women with you, you'll probably have fewer problems (it's the same the world over, I guess.) I don't know how popular Boba tea Â is on the East Coast, but it seems that it is the new fancy coffee over here. Â There are a few places (Boba World on Colorado) if you wish to indulge. If you are in the mood for more cultural pursuits, the Huntington Gardens (at the South end of Allen) are a popular place to visit (closes at 4:30, I believe). Â The attached museum is small but impressive. Â The Norton Simon museum at the end of Old Town is also quite nice. Â Post again if you want more specific suggestions.