Vertical Wine Bistro

70 N. Raymond Ave., upstairs
Pasadena, CA 91103


  • Sun, Tue-Thu 5pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 4pm-1am
  • $$
  • Fireplace, Takeout
  • Dinner, Snack Food
  • Full bar
  • Metered Parking, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
Probably the swankest wine bar in Old Town Pasadena, this high-design joint juts from a hidden courtyard on Raymond’s restaurant row, all subdued lighting and gleaming surfaces and hidden corners. You will never, never feel out of place in an LBD or a pinstriped Thom Browne suit here, or lack for well-heeled admirers. But Vertical is more ambitious than that: It aspires to be nothing less than the Pasadena equivalent of A.O.C., with zillions of wines available by the taste, the glass, the bottle and the flight — three side-by-side Williams Selyem pinot noirs, for example, or New Zealand sauvignon blancs, or Argentine malbecs. Vertical is a showcase of artisanal cheeses and cured meats, Serrano-ham-wrapped date poppers and meaty, grape-friendly small dishes, and duck confit with mustard greens. If you would rather look into the depths of a Barolo-braised brisket than into the eyes of an attractive stranger, at Vertical it can always be arranged.

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