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.
Cowboy's Country & Western
Cowboys is the best country music spot in the city. They have a large hard wood dance floor and a stage for their frequent live music. Most weekend nights they have a DJ from one of the local country radio stations. They also have steak dinners, which are OK, pool, and under 21 nights.
Word is that Cowboys moved from Palmer Park/Academy to Tejon Street downtown and now sport a smaller dance floor.
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.
Blondie's Sports Bar and Grill: Blondie's on Tejon
is meant to be a sports bar with blonde waitresses, plasma TVs, pool tables and live music three or four nights a week. It includes 2,900 square feet -- the old Gray Rose women's apparel store before it became a motorcycle shop -- and will have a large deck out the back door that it will share with the Wildcats club inside Rum Bay. The second level is the Red Martini which is a combination martini, wine and cigar bar with an outdoor deck overlooking Tejon Street. First visit, I like the ambience, though the patrons are your typical clubsters, fakesters, and party crowd that you find at every other mainstream club. But the music was good (80's on this friday night) and a small dance floor, with paid beautiful dancers in black bikinis stage dancing, and the drinks were good - waittresses were blonde, and friendly. I'll return. Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5. (For the Springs in of itself, really a 4.50 based on first impressions, since there is not much to speak of in the Springs with an alternative zing ... )
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.
Downtown COS has many...
Downtown COS has many restaurants of different types. Along a street called Tejon, the center of downtown COS, you will find numerous restaurants to fit your taste. A very lively city, COS's downtown is very much a part of the natives' lives. Jack Quinn's is an excellent and authentique Irish pub-style restaurant, and there are various other bars along the same street. Also there are bars and nightclubs scattered about the city. Unfortunately, I have no car so don't know where they are.
Jack Quinn's is a very friendly place, with live music, many time Irish music, and genuine Irish food. Not to mention Guinness and Harp's on tap, plus many others.
Dress Code: Not too skanky. Not to posh. However you want, really.
Tequila's is a great place for...
Tequila's is a great place for the younger old people to go (25-40+). 21's are allowed too, as well as older people.
Live music, dancing, alcohol, smoke... the usual. Never been inside, but get there early because the lines get long.
Dress Code: I don't think they care much. Wear clothes. You know, if you don't want a bunch of guys coming on to you, don't wear transparent clothing. If you're fine with guys drooling, wear what you want, but don't complain.
I was staying at the Sheraton...
I was staying at the Sheraton for a weekend conference. That Friday evening I decided to go see what the city looked like. My Taxi arrived and I asked him 'Where is a good place to go sing?' He took me to this bar with a funny yellow upside-down BAR sign. When I went in, the karaoke was going and it looked like everyone was having a great time. The music sounded great, so I grabbed me a beer and a karaoke book and joined in. Had a Blast, and closed down the bar. I think the place was called Robin Hood or something like that. It was on Nevada Ave.
Would recommend that place to anybody.
Dress Code: very casual
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
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Rocket Room: "Danse Macabre"
* Thursdays * The Rocket Room * 230 Pueblo Avenue * Colorado Springs, Colorado * 719.447.4990
A great new goth/industrial/neo-folk night in the Springs area. Each thursday at the infamous Rocket Room. Free cover, 21+. Medium size venue with a very tiny dancefloor, but excellent drink prices and service. The mesmerizing compilations dj'ed by Blue Girl enchants your soul and puts you at peace. Its a new spin to the Goth/EBM/Industrial club selection in that Blue Girl specializes in new and old school Goth, Dark Wave, Industrial, Neo-Folk, and Pagan music. Its a perfect mixer and evening to start your weekend early or build up your energy for the weekend. My most favorite weekly night in the Springs. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
- Arts and Culture
Bar V: V Bar
Bar V (or V Bar)
19 E Kiowa St * Colorado Springs, CO 80903 * (719) 471-8622
A great low-key bar in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs, off one of the side streets, low light, and tucked in as a cool, dark, art-deco hide-a-way located near 15c and Rubbish Gallery. The bartenders extremely friendly and talented at making drinks, the atmosphere warm and accepting, and everyone friendly. Music during happy hours on fridays until the late night crowd arrives is a fantastic mix of alternative 80's that brings any 80's child down memory lane. This is by far my favorite local hangout. On the weekends they have live dj's with house or hiphop, but rest of the week is alternative selections from the bartenders, such as Ivaldo, with which combination rocks. The martinis as well, especially the Chocolate V, are quite tasty and superbly made. As well, this place has a selection of at least 4 top shelf absinthe to choose from and adds a wonderful ambience to the absinthe experience. This bar could pull off labelling itself a much-needed absinthe bar if they wanted to take that angle. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
Getting Lucid at V Bar
- Wine Tasting
- Food and Dining
- Beer Tasting
Underground Bar: 80's friday night at the Underground Patio
Running for a couple of months now, and growing in popularity, is a night full of dance and frolick upstairs at the Underground on fridays. Downstairs DJ's TJR, LL Bishop, Tony G, Mike Devious, and Hauss spinning in the main room while DJ Gypsy brings back the old favorites of the 80's upstairs. Seems the main populace of the club on fridays go up to the patio for the fun and dance as this night of visiting and dancing on 5/15/2009, the downstairs was empty and the patio was saturated. DJ Gypsy knows how to bring back the 80's. The night is still growing and young, but definitely a hit for the 80's crowd. I can't really comment on the downstairs or the DJ's down below as the dance floor in the lower level on this evening was empty and everyone was upstairs so I didn't spend much time listening to the djs there. But the top level was top-quality. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 for the music & the DJ. 2.5 stars for the location: The patio gets a bit smoky for those with allergies, and the dance space is small. Tip for the Underground - if you move DJ Gypsy downstairs, I think you'd be filling your club night with alot of patrons and a pretty decent bar intake as the dj experience was fabulous and high quality. I'll be back. Overall rating for the night experience: 3 stars out of 5.
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Thunder and Buttons: 80's Thursdays at Thunder and Buttons
A new night in the works getting Colorado Springs back into the 80's flair with the amazing DJ Gypsy enchanting all with some of the best of the era. Definitely a much needed new night for the area. A saloon hosts the night that is named after some local history. In 1888 a Colorado City resident named Prairie Dog O'Byrne had a carriage pulled by two elk he named 'Thunder' and 'Buttons'. His infamous partner from the Red light district Laura Bell would race this carriage up and down the very street where this saloon is located. This saloon was established and named in their honor. Established in 1978 it burnt down 10 years later. It was re-established in 2004 by an Air Force Academy graduate as Thunder and Buttons II. It now hosts a pretty popular bar and grill with various entertainment nights such as this 80's night to mark up its calendar for fun and frolick. DJ Gypsy is definitely providing a good draw of music and charm to spice up everyone's thursday nights. I hope this night continues as it is definitely a blessing for the local scene. Looking forward to more fine evenings having a blast to the past.
Dress Code: 80's dress will get you drink specials
- Food and Dining
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 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.