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Behind blacked-out windows and giant black doors, the Colorado is Pasadena's artiest dive, and it's often filled with an amusing mix of seemingly long-time area residents and students from nearby Art Center, meaning blue hair of all sorts is seen here. The bar's been around since '64, and though it's been under different ownership for the past few years, it doesn't look like too many changes were made since its early days, decaying flocked wall-paper being its most prominent décor feature. In the pool room, a wall of classic album art (The Rolling Stones' Black and Blue, The Beatles Abbey Road), mis-matched chairs and pool tables provide a frat-house type feel, and it's all amped up when games get competitive and players get smashed. The jukebox isn't digital like most bars these days, but the limited selection is strong.... as are the cheap drinks.

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