Vertical Wine Bistro is a Hidden Gem in Old Town

The Pasadena establishment is a restaurant, wine bar, and lounge
Credit: Vertical Wine Bistro

The eatery offers seasonal wine flights and dishes in an intimate setting.

Vertical Wine Bistro in Old Town Pasadena is a wine bar, restaurant, and intimate lounge all in one.

Located above a quaint courtyard off of Raymond Avenue, the large space is divided by a tall glass wine cellar. On one side is the romantic lounge with leather stools and chairs, comfortable sofas, soft lighting, and a long bar. The other side houses tables and booths, a roaring fireplace, brick walls, and wooden floors.

Appetizers include calamari, mussels, a charcuterie plate, corn fritters, sliders, and watermelon gazpacho. Main courses are large and meant to be shared, including a duck duo of breast and leg, pappardelle pasta with oxtail, porchetta with pickled beets, dry aged rib-eye, and halibut with lobster nage. Desserts include a salted caramel ice cream sandwich, blueberry crumble, and seasonal sorbets.

The wine and cocktail list is extensive with over 600 bottle choices and seasonal flights of pinot noirs and  cabernets. Whether you are looking for a place to try new wines, share a romantic dinner, or enjoy happy hour appetizers and cocktails, Vertical Wine Bistro is a perfect spot to relax and unwind in Pasadena.

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