Where to Eat, Drink, and Play in Pasadena

Wondering what to do and where to eat when you’re not at CatCon? We’ve got your top go to’s right here! Eat, drink, and be meowy! CatCon is August 12 & 13 at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, CA. Click here to buy tickets!

Getting Around:

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By Metro:
The Pasadena Convention Center is within walking distance of TWO Metro Gold Line stations — Del Mar Station and Memorial Park Station. Click here to learn more. 


By Car:
If you’re traveling southbound toward East Los Angeles / Union Station, you’ll want to get off at Memorial Park. If you‘re going northbound towards Sierra Madre Villa, hop off at the Del Mar Station. There is limited parking at the Pasadena Convention Center’s underground parking structure, as well as other lots nearby. Click here for more info. 

The following suggestions are all less than a 10 minute walk from the Pasadena Convention Center.

To Eat:

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If you want a (brief!) break from cats, head over to Dog Haus Biergarten where they serve up hot dogs, burgers and sausages. For brunch type foods, try La Grande Orange Café. In a bit of a hurry? Try Lemonade for delicious healthy fare, Roma Market for sandwiches, or grab a slice of pizza at The Luggage Room. For a more leisurely dinner, get some upscale Mexican food at Maestro, gnosh on the tasty Italian eats at Union Pasadena, or hit up Parkway Grill for a menu that’s seasonal and fresh. For a quick pick-me-up, grab a cold brew or latte at the quaint Copa Vida coffee shop!

To Drink:

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Feeling thirsty? Grab a brew at Der Wolfskopf in a spacious beer garden with live music. For a friendly neighborhood Irish pub experience head to Lucky Baldwins. The Blind Donkey is a must-visit for whiskey enthusiasts, while vino-lovers will want to head to the Everson Royce for a truly excellent wine tasting. Craving something a little more spirited? The 1886 Bar has a speakeasy vibe and boasts the best cocktails of all of Pasadena.

To Play:

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If you’re looking for a fun adrenaline rush, visit the Neon Retro Arcade! #nerdalert  It’s got over 50 classic games and pinball machines. Or hit the Playhouse District to catch a FREE jazz concert on Sunday evening from 5 to 7 PM at the courtyard. Fit in a little culture at the Norton Simon Museum where you can find paintings by Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Warhol, and more! Get your nature on by wandering through 150 acres of gorgeous scenery at the Descanso Botanical Gardens. Do some shopping at Old Pasadena where you’ll find tons of shops and boutiques, like Mohawk General Store, Vroman’s Bookstore, and Distant Lands!

Many thanks to our friends at VisitPasadena.com for all the recommendations. With so much to do and see in Pasadena, you’ll want to extend your CatCon weekend by a day or two, or come back to see everything you missed!