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Modern Spanish tapas at Bar Celona in Pasadena

A stew with mussels, clams, bass with a hint of saffron.
A stew with mussels, clams, bass with a hint of saffron.

Spanish Restaurant


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.

One of the best Happy Hour deals in Pasadena.

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.

Happy Hour:

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.