By Christopher Guy Ruiz
Amidst the pop and jive of Old Town Pasadena sits a private and unsuspecting little spot that, upon first glance, evokes visions of late night conviviality and social merrymaking. If the hot spots of Old Town were the Zodiac, Live Mixx would be the Gemini of the lot; at times a rambunctious and vivacious creature of the night, but by day an understated dine-in experience.
Live Mixx has been better known to many as a lounge near the outskirts of Old Town Pasadena — a parlor free of an entrance fee and a full bar mere feet from the door. Taking in the decor — with its blue shifted bar lighting and spacious dance floor — one might never suspect that the cozy establishment serves up an interesting menu that can be had at nearly any hour.
Having never been to the state of Maine, I’ve never had the chance to experience a “genuine” lobster roll. I’ve had some of the “other” lobster rolls in town but Live Mixx sets the standard in terms of value with a genuine lobster roll — the roll and catch shipped straight from the home state of the beloved Lobster Roll staple. And all at a price ($12) that makes it the best lobster roll deal in both Los Angeles and Orange counties — mobile, stationary, or otherwise. You can have it two ways: classic East Coast Style with mayo, or (my favorite) with butter and just a splash of lemon — if you ask for it. They cater to both palates.
Dining with friends? Order up the white cheddar cheese fries; they’re fantastic, warm, and gooey — they take the already scrumptious fried taters and kick them up a notch — and they’re sure to be gobbled up before you realize it.
Accessibility is a breeze and the location provides plenty of street parking, aside from the many parking structures that litter the neighborhood. Plus, it’s located on a corner.
If you decide to show up on a Thursday/Fri/Sat evening, you may want to consider arriving before 9 PM and finish up just in the nick of time — as the lounge opens — to share a few drinks with your chums or strangers — if you’re into making new friends.
Live Mixx is located at 115 E Colorado Blvd between Arroyo and Raymond. Food served all day. Hours are:
Monday closed; Tuesday & Wednesday: 11am to 9pm; Thursday to Saturday: 11am to 1:30am; Sunday: 11am to 8pm. Lounge opens at 9pm. On Thursday/Friday/Saturday: 3pm to 7pm there is a Happy Hour Special: 2 for 1 cocktails, $9 lobster tail, and $2 shrimp tacos. For more information call (626) 793-6544.