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.

Related Stories (2)

  • 5 Best Happy Hours for Craft Beer
    Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 4 p.m. by Sarah Bennett

    For many bars, happy hour means rock-bottom prices for stiff well drinks that could peel paint off the walls. But plastic-bottle vodka isn't for everyone. Besides, any two-for-one deal on Kentucky Gentleman is likely to leave you st...

  • Congregation Ale House: A Sip at the Gastropub's New Pasadena Altar
    Monday, May 14, 2012 at 8 a.m. by Jenn Garbee

    Much as we are Beer Church believers, our drive-by impression of Congregation Ale House's latest branch, across from Pasadena's Central Park, was hardly revelatory. The freestanding building is boxy and rather shiny, a little too ca...

View All

More Brewery Restaurants in Pasadena and vicinity

View All

More Brewery Restaurants in Los Angeles


All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories