Let's go out? Bring $20, it's enough. Happy times do not have to only be during Happy Hour. Bar Celona in Pasadena is one such place. Better yet, it is one such place that has both: a great Happy Hour menu and an even more surprising regular menu. If you do bring more than yourself or plus a date, Bar Celona will promise to serve you modern Spanish tapas dishes, then this writer will promise to stretch your wallet, and we will definitely both deliver.
The $5 happy hour menu gives you Spanish flatbread with basil, mint, and Manchego, Albondigas (meatballs), Spanish sausage, fried calamari, burger sliders, empanadas, and more. But that's not just it, for $10 or less, you can taste other popular tapas plus sandwiches, soup, and even dessert. Try the grilled shrimp or paella cake for a start, follow it up with a grilled chicken and chorizo sandwich, and finish it with a bitter chocolate mousse with Spanish sea salt and extra virgin olive oil. Well if you make it a three-course menu then it might just be more than $20 per person. So if you do want to test this theory let's stick to the tapas please.
Enjoy drinks for four or more with a pitcher of sangria, which is about $12 cheaper during happy hour, or their $5 martini selection.
Mondays: 4pm to close
Tuesday to Friday: 4pm to 7pm
Sunday: 4pm to 7pm
With these many chances to dine and wine out, who would want to miss out on even a weekly opportunity. To top it off, you get the ambiance screaming Modern Spain and a DJ.
So now, let's strengthen that $20 theory just a little bit further (not that you still need convincing by now): if you have four people and order 4 different plates of tapas to share, you get four appertizers plus two martinis for almost $17 with tax. Just don't forget to tip.
Just as an add-on: if you bring another $20, you get inside Menage Lounge next door for $10 for cover, a strong cocktail or two beers, and plenty of dancing.
Bar Celona is located at 46 E Colorado Blvd Pasadena CA 91105. T: (626) 405-1000. They have a full bar and they accept both cash and all major credit cdards. Having a hard time finding parking? They have valet.