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Map & Directions 1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105


LA Weekly's Description

It's easy to hide in Pasadena, with all of those well-manicured lawns, winding streets and big gates. Perhaps that's why sophisticated cocktail spot Bar 1886 has done so well here. It's tucked into the back of The Raymond on Fair Oaks Avenue, an upscale fish and steak sort of place. The bar is just down a short brick walkway and behind a pane of frosted glass, but the ambiance inside is much more inviting. The low tin roof and backlit bar shelving creates a cozy space for anyone looking to dabble in a spirited evening of creative concoctions. Drinks are seasonal, with fresh herbs and quality plugs of Kentucky bourbon, rye whiskey and warm desert tequila. No matter what the menu reads, you're in good hands with bartender Aidan Demarest, formerly of Seven Grand and The Edison. And should you require a bite to eat, chef Tim Guiltinan from The Raymond next door will be happy to serve up everything from thick, crisp Portobello fries to thick slabs of crispy pork belly. What a find.

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  • AskMen on 11/19/10

    With its vintage-chic furnishings, communal seating options and inviting wood bar -- sure to be stocked with the finest of spirits -- 1886 will be a crowd pleaser.

  • LA Weekly on 05/04/11

    Featured in '10 Cinco de Mayo Alternatives to the Margarita'

  • LA Weekly on 03/23/11

    Featured in LA Weekly's "L.A.'s Best Cocktails: Our 55 favorites and where to find them." (Click 'More Info')

  • e*starLA on 11/18/12

    You haven't had a true beer cocktail if you haven't had one made by Brady Wiese!

  • Eater on 04/11/13

    It's good that Marcos Tello is still consulting here. There are aged cocktails, spirits served neat and some spectacular presentations. Consider the BBC, a basil-infused collins.

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