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Ace Hi Tavern is a Golden institution: Residents of the sleepy foothills town have been living it up at this Washington Street bar for half a century. The cushy booths are just the thing for sinking into if you don't feel like perching on a bar stool, and the tavern has plenty of distractions for drinkers, including a pool table and television. There are bound to be several other people in the bar no matter when you walk in -- but on weekends, during happy hours and on beer pong nights, expect it to be packed. Ace Hi serves hot dogs out of a wire rotisserie for $1, plus the usual array of chips to help balance out the booze. The decor is Western-themed and Colorado-proud, with maps of the state and "Native" signs adorning the walls, and old-fashioned steer horns fancied up with Mardi Gras beads stationed above the cash register. The tavern features DJs on Fridays and karaoke on Saturdays, and when there's no live entertainment to be had, you'll find plenty of hard rock on the jukebox.
It's never been about slumming. Or kitsch. Or camp. No, Barbara Middlebrook drinks at the Ace-Hi Tavern — a dive bar right down to its shag carpet and cash-only policy — for the same reason that she looks forward to walks down Main Street during... More »
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