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Pasadena celebrates Happy Hour Week 20137 Mar 2013 12:35 PM
Whether for a quick drink on the way home from work or an early date night, happy hours can be the perfect way to unwind and sample a few special cocktails. Of course, there's only one problem: they're too short. Luckily, owners of Pasadena real estate are in luck, because the city is in the midst of its annual Happy Hour Week (which is in fact more like Happy Hour Fortnight, as it runs from March 1-15). The tradition has become a popular one, and this year's festivities are likely to to raise the bar even higher - nearly two dozen restaurants are participating, not just by selling reduced-price drinks, but also offering up food specials and special menus.
Here are three Pasadena Happy Hour Week participants you won't want to miss.
The Blind Donkey
Whiskey lovers are likely already quite familiar with this Pasadena staple, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth a special trip during Happy Hour Week. In addition to its hefty list of small-batch whiskeys, which is nearly a hundred entries long, the Blind Donkey - located at 53 E. Union St. - will be offering special deals on craft beers and appetizers. However, the real draw might be the events that this establishment has scheduled, which include an all-American whiskey tasting and demonstration.
In keeping with its Greek theme, this restaurant will pair its wine and beer with special appetizer offerings on items like falafel, Mediterranean olives and tapas. This vegetarian-friendly destination will likely be one of the livelier Happy Hour havens, so head to 43 E. Colorado Blvd. if you're looking for Mediterranean-inspired food and free-flowing wine and beer.
Another Middle Eastern-inflected eatery, Cafe Santorini at 64 W. Union St. has plenty of special appetizers and sharing plates for you to snack on alongside the venue's thorough wine and sangria list. Grilled calamari, curried shrimp and stuffed grape leaves will ensure that your happy hour drinks aren't poured into an empty stomach. Of course, even if they were, it might not be such a bad thing - the restaurant's wine list includes some of the most coveted and famous European reds and whites available in the Pasadena area.