If your first reaction is: “Who’s Edwin Mills?” Do not fret. I asked myself the same question. Turns out Edwin Mills takes its name from the streets intersecting its location – at Edwin Alley and Mills Place, in Old Pasadena.
The structure at 22 Mills Place was built in 1894 and began as the China Palace. Chances are that you’ve been there for a coffee, a hookah, or even to check your email during the time the location was known as the Equator Café. Last week, Equator opened its wings further to become Edwin Mills by Equator, a gastropub with an American tavern-style menu, sophisticated cocktails, art, music, movies, and more.
You can go in for a drink and watch the old movies that are projected on a white screen constantly; or you can go on a Wednesday night to listen to the jazzy blues of a live trio and enjoy a half-priced bottle of wine; or, on Friday and Saturday, you can make it a night by staying until 11 p.m. when the DJ turns up the music and the floor is cleared for dancing.
Whenever it is you visit, you won’t be bored. For starters, it’ll take you a while to observe the paintings on the wall. They make a collection of original work by Michael Hussar, a local artist whose pieces were once available for sale at Equator, but that today form part of Edwin Mills’ permanent ambiance. Second, the bartenders are pro’s. There is a list of fancy martinis to choose from, but you can always ask to be surprised with a specialty off the menu, like this drink you see pictured, created by Jason, out of tequila, pomegranate, and a few other “secrets-of-the-trade” ingredients.
There are daily specials, happy hours, wine nights, dance nights, all sorts of good stuff on their weekly calendar. You can find the details at http://www.edwinmills.com
Great food, great drinks, and great surroundings make Edwin Mills a great place for a night out in town. Recommended!
Photo by Dena Burroughs