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Punch Bar, an Old Town Pasadena Speakeasy Inside Picnik

Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

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Picnik, the sausage pub by Eduardo Ruiz of Corazon y Miel, opened quietly in March with hopes of bringing a few more concepts to the expansive space that was 168 Restaurant (and before that, Villa Sorriso). Enter Punch, a speakeasy bar that debuted on April 24 behind a discreet red door at Picnik. Founded by Robin Chopra and Darwin Manahan, who also man the bar at Corazon y Miel, the concept is simplified for lounge service, with only a diminutive counter for preparing modern takes on punch classics from the 1600s to 1800s.

With ample couch seating, patrons can order from servers and interact with bartenders instead of trying place drink orders from them. In addition to classic punches, there's also aperitifs and digestifs for before or after a meal at Picnik. At the moment, Punch only operates on Thursday and Friday evenings from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m., with reservations highly recommended. Said reservations can be made by texting 626-639-8169. Walk-ins are also welcome, but the place fills up pretty quick.

Manahan says that in time Punch will serve throughout the weekend from Thursday to Sunday, and eventually six evenings a week.
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Punch

168 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105