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Finding the right bar in Pasadena's Old Town

There is no shortage of bars in Pasadena. One needs to look no further than Old Town’s Colorado Boulevard, for evidence of their abundance. Colorado and its cross streets are home to a variety of watering holes for every taste. The trick is deciding which Pasadena hot spot is right for you.

The best part about boozing on Colorado is that it lends itself to the age-old ritual of pup crawling (and crawling home). The bars’ proximity to one another and the frequency of taxi traffic make Old Town a safe and practical spot to have a night on the town. NeoMeze and Ix Tapa are two great spots for kicking things off. They’re trendier so its good to get there before your shirt gets soaked in beer and barbeque sauce. There are plenty of fun cocktails and a solid food menu but both spots are a little pricey for a full night of debauchery so try to hit them up during happy hour, Monday to Friday 5-7 at NeoMeze, and every day 4-7 at the Ix Tapa

Equator Restaurant and Bar offers a similar atmosphere complete with outdoor seating and a great deal on Martinis every Monday night (A dollar for the first and five dollars each after that). It’s located in an alley off Colorado by Fair Oaks and it shares the quaint nook with Wokano – offering Asian cuisine worth checking out – and Jake’s Place, whose more casual atmosphere and pool tables offer a good setting for closing out the evening.

Barney’s Beanery and the 35er are good for a laid back game of billiards as well, plus they have the added charm of lots of stuff hanging on the walls which can help maintain your bearings when the world starts spinning.

Surely Pasadena has more to offer than its Old Town stomps, but the layout there is perfect for hopping around as the mood of the night changes. Last call is usually between 1:00 and 1:30 am, so plan accordingly or make good with the bartender if you want to hang around. Stay tuned for full reviews of these and more Pasadena locations. Cheers! 

For more info:

  • NeoMeze 20 E. Colorado Blvd Ste. 102 626.793.3010
  • Ixtapa 119 East Colorado Boulevard (626) 304-1000‎
  • Equator 22 Mills Pl 626-564-8656
  • Barney's Beanery 99 East Colorado Blvd. (626) 405 - 9777

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