1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105
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  • Full bar
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining
  • Valet Parking
It's easy to hide in Pasadena, with all of those well-manicured lawns, winding streets and big gates. Perhaps that's why sophisticated cocktail spot Bar 1886 has done so well here. It's tucked into the back of The Raymond on Fair Oaks Avenue, an upscale fish and steak sort of place. The bar is just down a short brick walkway and behind a pane of frosted glass, but the ambiance inside is much more inviting. The low tin roof and backlit bar shelving creates a cozy space for anyone looking to dabble in a spirited evening of creative concoctions. Drinks are seasonal, with fresh herbs and quality plugs of Kentucky bourbon, rye whiskey and warm desert tequila. No matter what the menu reads, you're in good hands with bartender Aidan Demarest, formerly of Seven Grand and The Edison. And should you require a bite to eat, chef Tim Guiltinan from The Raymond next door will be happy to serve up everything from thick, crisp Portobello fries to thick slabs of crispy pork belly. What a find.

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