Astronomy on Tap

Astronomy on Tap is a nation-wide phenomenon where professional astronomers give informal science talks in local bars with accompanying pub trivia and interactions with the public. We at Caltech are spearheading this effort in Los Angeles and Bishop in collaboration with researchers from Carnegie Observatories, The Planetary Society, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (operated by Caltech for NASA), UCLA, and more.

Each event consists of two 10-15 minute talks on some aspect of astronomy/astrophysics with broad appeal. In the intermission between talks, the scientists present roam around the bar, interacting with members of the public, and answering questions. Additionally, there is an astronomy pub quiz ongoing throughout on the screens, with cool astrophysics and NASA prizes for those interested. To even further sweeten the deal, our host bars have all agreed to offer discounted happy hour prices on drinks and food. So what are you waiting for, come join us for a drink and some science!

Overall, these events last about two hours, but feel free to come and go as you please. Doors open many hours before our starting time, so if you want a good seat, we recommend getting there a little early. No reservations are necessary, you can just show up. Despite these being held at bars, the management have given us the OK for minors to attend.

For updates at our various locations, check back on our main outreach page or follow us on social media on our contacts page. Bring your thirst for beer and your thirst for knowledge, and we'll see you there!

Pasadena Location

We meet one Monday a month at Der Wolfskopf, a German beer bar in Old Town Pasadena. Our semesterly schedule of events in Pasadena can be found below. Directions to Der Wolfskopf

Brentwood Location

By popular demand, we are now hosting events on the West Side of LA at the Thunderbird Bar in Brentwood. These also occur on Monday evenings, and will likely be every two months or so. Keep checking back here for more updates! Directions to Thunderbird

Bishop Location

We have begun holding irregular Astronomy on Tap events in the heart of the Eastern Sierra. These occur in Bishop, California at the Mountain Rambler Brewery. We have had a great turnout for out previous events there, so we hope to make host events more frequently. Stay tuned!Directions to Mountain Rambler