Rowdys: Penny Pitchers wet tshirt and thong contest
Rowdys is located at Philmore and I25 this lil bar comes to life around 10pm on tuesdays and gets so packed you can not walk around the bar. its mostly a 30 and younger crowd and lives up to its name. the owner Debbie (Blonde behind the bar trust me you will notice her) is very friendly and polite. the crowd can be very calm to well rowdy. this is the bar if you want to drink allnight for cheap. pick up on women and pretty much get your butt kicked. the locals here are mostly Combat vets from FT Carson and they enjoy the bar and will help bouncers remove anyone causing problems.
Dress Code: just dress decent for a club no rules but dont look like a Bum
A nice, small bar, perfect for snacks, sports and microbrews. Judge Baldwin's is a little smaller, and a little more dressy than other places in town, but better for casual conversation. They have great beer and it comes in yards.
Phantom Canyon Microbrewery
One of my favorite spots in C-Springs, Phantom Canyon offers a little for everyone. The downstairs offers some very nice dining areas, along with an nice pub for the casual diner. Upstairs is a little more lively with a younger crowd playing pool and throwing darts. The upstairs bar is also more casual than downstairs, often with a military and college crowd.
Of course, the reason you come here is for the beer. Phantom Canyon offers a wide variety of great beers for all tastes. Like most breweries today, they have the standard IPAs, brown ales, ambers, porters and stouts. They also offer great, freshly brewed root beer.
Their food is also good, with a few eclectic choices like "open-faced Mediterranean lamb burger" to go along with traditional 1/2 pound burgers and fish and chips among numerous other great items.
The Underground Bar and Grill: Fridays at the Underground
A thriving nightlife hotspot notorious for its several rooms, friendly staff, great food, potent drinks, and reputation for being the best gay friendly bar in the Springs. Nic, the excellent bartender, was tending later in the evening, and is one of the best bartenders in the Springs. DJ Omega and Tony Garcia were DJ'ing through the night, with some excellent selections and great music. Food is excellent. However, big complaint is that they don't get the night started till much later in the evening, and is a bit boring from 9 pm - 10:30 pm, until the dance floor is activated. Poorly attended the night we went, but we'll be back. Rating: 3 stars out of 5. visited: 9/8/06.
McCabe's: McCabe's Pub
A quaint little Irish Pub on Tejon, in historic downtown Colorado Springs ... they have a hospitable staff and lively patrons. Good drink specials for happy hour, and very good Irish / American food fare. A great spot for hanging with co-workers after work. Will return .... Had the Shepherd's Pie and way too many whiskey n' cokes. A good evening was had by all. Rating: 3 stars out of 5
The Ritz Bar & Grill: Classy bar with music on weekends
The Ritz Bar & Grill has been a favorite of mine for the last 9 years, since I moved to Colorado Springs in 1997. They always have great music, a fun atmosphere and great Cosmoplitan's. The upstairs is a bit small and gets very very packed on the weekends, you can hardly walk through people. They also have a downstairs area, but it seems like most of the life and music is upstairs. They have some of the best chef's in town. I usually go here on my Birthday every year for a meal, however, last year I went and was soooo disappointed that they "down sized" their menu. There are not that many options to choose from anymore, or so it seems for me.
The food at the Ritz is very good, particularily their steaks and pastas. They serve lunch and dinner and I believe they do a Sunday Brunch. Visit their website for information!
I would suggest making Reservations for dinner on weekend nights. The Ritz is a must visit for anyone visiting the Springs.
Dress Code: Business casual, and evening wear. The Ritz is a bar and restaurant, that sometimes is said to have a more upscale crowd that usually hangs out here, not true I say. I've seen all kinds of people from snobby socialites, to the office crowd, to bikers (leather jackets and all). The Ritz is not over pretentious. If you have a pair of jeans and a collared shirt on, that is fine too!! There is not a "specific" dress code to get in.
The Dead Ant: The Dead Ant Tavern
Dead Ant Tavern
(719) 598-9867 * 4348 Montebello Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
A strip-mall hole-in-the-wall sports bar with a decent atmosphere for the sports fan and bar crawler. Good drink specials with mondays being men's night at a reduction of 75 cents off any drink. Usually free cover for many shows and a source for some up-and-coming bands followed by karoake on mondays. Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Rendezvous Martini Bar: Rendezvous Martini Bar
A high priced, but artistically aesthetic, metropolitan, martini bar located downtown Colorado Springs, on Tejon. Good service, and good martinis. However they are a bit over-priced for my tastes - $9 martinis. But if you've got money to blow, this is the place to go. Rating : 3 stars out of 5.
Icon Night Club: Erotic Exotic Fetish Ball
Enter the world of Hip Hop. Me and a date ventured out to the acclaimed "2nd Annual Fantasy, Flesh, and Fetish Ball" that they were advertising everywhere. I have pretty high standards when it comes to these kind of balls, especially being molded by the famed "Sin City" of Vancouver, B.C. The night was a disappointment when it comes to fetish. It was a disappointment in terms of music. The club was very nice, good staff, good specials. Free drinks till midnight, you couldn't beat that. $10 cover, even beats most other fetish night covers. The place was jammed packed with hundreds in attendance, and quite a lineup to get in. But they didn't care what people wore to get in. No strict dress code. There were lots of hipsters in their jeans and t-shirts and baseball caps. I think for a "Fetish night" - strict dress should be enforced. Any holders of such a night without such, ruins the very concept of the night.
Hell, they could have simply enforced "costume" and it would have been better. There was nothing fetish about the night, except perhaps a few individual costumes involving pvc or leather. Fantasy was covered with a good array of costumes - but hey, it's Halloween. Anything sexual as is a usual feature to "Fetish and Sex Nights"? Nope. It was a hyped up Halloween Costume Party blaring Hip Hop. Not impressed. Rated 2 1/2 stars out of 5. Visited 10/29/2005.
Dress Code: Obviously not.
- Gay and Lesbian
Club Eden: Something's Hot in Here
Entering into the artsy and acclaimed "hottest club in town" - a very fancy, very colorful, and very enlightening night club (and apparently a restaurant too) designed for the elite and the chic ... Professional dancers on the tables, lots of bars, lots of bouncers - a velvet artsy-deco main room, with a neon-white bar room with glowing walls and floors (like something out of the white room in the movie the Matrix), a crowded patio, and Se7en, their large dance floor room ... guest star Brianna Banks hosting activities, a flowing fountain with free coconut-blended mysterious drink, free jello shots, free liquor tasting, I spent a mere $10 on cover and $4 for a tall whiskey and coke. Lots of eye-candy. Guys rest room had a woman in it handing out dry towels. That was a new one. The crowd smelled of money, a mix between the rich computer geek and the ski slope jock, some older big-whigs obviously bleeding money, I enjoyed the club and environment ... just a bit different than what I'm used to in the club scene ... I'm sure I'll be back .... For those of you that watch "Smallville" - it would be the type of club that "Lex Luthor" would run (best analogy I could come up with since I've been watching Smallville all week.) Rated 4 1/2 stars out of 5. Visited 10/28/2005.
Dress Code: Upscale club attire
Jack Quinn's Irish Pub: Irish fun
We ventured over to check out the local Irish bar, no cover, and crowded to the brim. Caught the last act of Brian Clancy (pub sing-a-long), which was really good. Had my Irish Whiskey and Coke and absorbed the fun atmosphere. I definitely will be coming back to this cool bar. Looks like a divine food menu too. Worthy of further investigation. Rated 4 1/2 stars out of 5. Visited 10/27/2005.
- Beer Tasting
- Arts and Culture
Bourbon Street at Rumbay: 8 hot clubs in 1
We ventured into the infamous "club of all clubs" and "Hottest dance club in town", or so many of the locals state. Eight clubs in one, this fantastic mix of rooms suites most attendees desires, though Liz was disappointed there was no C&W for her. There's the Red Martini, Rumbay, Fat City, the Patio, Masquerade, Copycats, Wildcats, and Sam's Smallest Bar. I'm not sure what the name is of every bar we ventured into - but it was really cool. $5 and you're in Bourbon Street and venturing in and out of each room with different flavors and people. Liz was in the mood for Jazz and Blues since there was no C&W, but was disappointed nothing was going on in the Jazz lounge - only some guy snoozin' on the couch and a few people lingering around the bars. We hung out for awhile in the large hiphop room (Wildcats?) which was rockin' (even though I hate hiphop) and the central floor had a balcony area with large-backed chairs with waterfalls circling the room. We sunk our feet into the sand floor of the beach room, which had net-hammock hairs with drink holders, and a hula-hooping cute girl on the bar who was the bartender as well as entertainment. Good music in that room. Then we spent most of the night in "Masquerade" where they were playing Disco and Eighties ... Wishing they had more alternative 80's, but I was satisfied with the room. Liz was bored, so we headed across the street to get some Irish in .... Rated 4 1/2 stars out of 5. Visited 10/27/2005.
- Road Trip
The Squatting Chicken
The Squatting Chicken is a hole-in-the-wall drinking establishment that offers a decent place to watch sports and drink a few beers with the locals. They don't have much food other than pizza and snacks, but occasionally, they have a BBQ on the back deck. Drinks are cheap.
Tejon Street Downtown
Tejon Street in Colorado Springs from Colorado College down to Pikes Peak Avenue has lots of bars and fairly good priced restaurants.
They have two irish pubs and Poor Richards has great pizza and salads. They have a couple dozen restaurants downtown and most are under 10 dollars.
Dress Code: Colorado Springs is a laid-back town in general
- Budget Travel
Tequila's: You like Tequila??
Tequila's is pretty much the same as Rum Bay and it's just across the street. Actually I think the two clubs are owned by the same guy. Music, beer,....the usual. Get there early, the lines can get long. They've got all kinds of Tequila's (who would have guessed?!?)
Dress Code: none
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