Congregation Ale House

300 S. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105
Congregation, which is part of a mini chain of beer bars with other ?chapters? in Azusa and Long Beach, has a church theme; but it?s done with just enough tongue-in-cheekiness it bypasses blasphemy and becomes nothing more than good-natured satire. A ?collection plate? next to the register is actually the tip jar. Happy Hours are called ?Mass,? with a late-night one called ?Midnight Mass.? But if it?s water you want, you get it yourself at a ?Holy Water? station. Religious kidding aside, Congregation is all business everywhere else. It?s downright liturgical in charging only $7 to $8 for the holy trinity of foods that go well with beer: sausage sandwiches, burgers and pizza. This place understands that people who are willing to queue up to order food in a bar like this aren?t interested in anything fancier than what they can hold in their hands or eat with their fingers.

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