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Now Arriving: Der Wolfskopf

Hint: There is no sign for the restaurant yet, so keep an eye out for their street address!

Published on Thursday, February 26, 2015 | 6:20 pm

Debuting just two nights ago, Der Wolfskopf is Pasadena’s newest destination for hop heads and barely boosters alike. Designed like a German beer hall with brick walls, dark wooden benches and wooden panels, cozy booths, and of course, well-stocked bars, this place is every beer drinker’s dream. It’s a rustic and laidback atmospherewith that manly kick that makes it the go-to place for after-work shindigs.

The German beer is, of course, the bar’s piece de resistance. The Der Wolfskopf presents the most varied selection of German beers, from Schwarzbier to Berliner Weisse, from Aecht Schlenkarla Helles to Freigeist Bierkultur Abraxxxas. There are even two built-in Jaegermeister dispensers adding to the fun! Oktoberfest the whole year, anyone?

This is where their sign will go.

This incredibly spacious gastropub also serves up snacks and treats to supplement the drinking. Feast on a variety of sausages, tater tots, fries, and sandwiches as you guzzle down your ice cold beer.

We also got wind of a special “regular’s only” section at their second bar. After proving yourself a true Der Wolfskopf regular (we’re not sure how many visits that takes, but they seem like reasonable folk), management plans to award your loyalty with a membership card and exclusive access to their downstairs bar.

The man behind Der Wolfskopf (which means The Wolf Head in German) is beer master Ryan Sweeney who also owns bars and beer halls like Sweeney’s Ale House in Encino and The Blind Donkey in Old Town Pasadena.
Expect a full house and a festive atmosphere in the grand beer hall. Grab friends and toast to your newfound hangout spot, ja? Ja!

Der Wolfskopf is open from 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.  They currently do not have a sign out front, so look out for the old green Pasadena Hotel sign!

Der Wolfskopf is located at 72 N Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 219-6054 or visit


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