Colorado Springs Nightlife

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    Bar V: V Bar

    by leafmcgowan Written Mar 9, 2009
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    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.


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    Underground Bar: 80's friday night at the Underground Patio

    by leafmcgowan Written Jun 22, 2009
    DJ Gypsy

    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

    by leafmcgowan Written Sep 20, 2009

    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

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    Bourbon Street at Rumbay: 8 hot clubs in 1

    by leafmcgowan Written Oct 29, 2005

    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.

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    Jack Quinn's Irish Pub: Irish fun

    by leafmcgowan Written Oct 29, 2005

    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.

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    Club Eden: Something's Hot in Here

    by leafmcgowan Written Oct 29, 2005

    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

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    Icon Night Club: Erotic Exotic Fetish Ball

    by leafmcgowan Written Oct 30, 2005
    Flier

    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.

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    The Underground: Goth Sundays at the Underground

    by leafmcgowan Updated Aug 12, 2007

    Apparently one of Colorado Springs only Goth Nights ... this 3-4 room venue with catwalks, and a couple of bars, pool tables, and dance floor - was quite a welcoming space to a decently crowded Goth scene that is comparable to that of Sanctuary in Vancouver, B.C. $5 cover, good drink specials, and strong drinks ... Excellent DJ and a good time with dancing. Fetish shows, BDSM play, candle dripping, and a little too much smoke. Incredibly good music. I certainly had a good time. Rating: 4 1/2 stars out of 5. Visited 10/30/05.

    This night has changed to "Disco for the Damned". See that review.

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    Rendezvous Martini Bar: Rendezvous Martini Bar

    by leafmcgowan Written Dec 26, 2005

    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.

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    15C Club: Hidden in Middle of Downtown

    by aja28 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Hidden in an alley in downtown Colorado Springs, you'll find a small cozy and very friendly nite spot. I hate to even call it a 'bar.' It's a very hip spot that serves excelent martinis and has a nice cigar menu. Nice place to have some good drinks and visit with friends.

    Dress Code: Casual

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    The Ritz Bar & Grill: Classy bar with music on weekends

    by kimod74 Updated Jun 23, 2006

    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.

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    O'Furry's Bar: Local Favorite for Years

    by kimod74 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    O'Furry's has been around for a longtime. It is a "neighborhood" bar on the old north side of Colorado Springs on East Fillmore Street. It is kind of what I consider a rough and tumble kind of bar, but not too rough and tumble. They have music usually on weekends, a large outdoor area with a volleyball court. They have a couple of pool tables. Gets busy on the weekends. They also have a small food menu, They have THE BEST jalapeno poppers in town!!
    Visit their website, has all the info you need and their menu.

    Dress Code: Casual...jeans and a t-shirt will work here.

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    The Underground: Black Monday's at the Underground

    by leafmcgowan Updated Aug 12, 2007
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    The Underground, corner of Nevada and Kiowa, Colorado Springs, CO

    Colorado Spring's currently ONLY Goth/Industrial/Dark Wave night is hosted every monday night from 10 pm - 2 am at the Underground on the corner of Kiowa and Nevada. DJ Omega delivers a great set list and the dance floor is a very enjoyable space - not too crowded and with a good ambiance. The rest of the club has lost the darker ambience it had under former ownership as the clientele nights have changed. The night is new but growing and shows incredible promise. I've enjoyed myself each time I've gone. Rated: 3 stars out of 5.

    This night has been discontinued until further notice. The only Goth night in the Springs is on Sunday nights called "Disco for the Damned" (update 8/7/07)

    Dress Code: Suggest Dress in Black, Goth, Medieval, Fetish; Dress code not enforced

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    The Dead Ant Tavern: Sons of the Cloth

    by leafmcgowan Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Sons of the Cloth (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
    Band Members: Shick - bass, vocals, lyrics; Gallagher - drums; Kehren - Guitar; Robinson - Keys
    http://www.sonsofthecloth.com/
    719-471-8283 or Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/sonsofthecloth
    Alternative progressive art rock. Based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado; This self proclaimed "post toolian progressive art rock band" are an up and coming talent and sound. Still at the grassroots level, and inspired by otherworldly craziness, the band is starting to creep out of the darkness into the light of the human world, mesmerizing the spirit with their unique enchanting sound. Visiting their May 2006 show at the "Dead Ant Tavern" in Colorado Springs - I was impressed with what I saw and hearn and can see a future being woven for this band in the near future. They have a good outlook and a promising future. While I was simply attracted to their show by the appearance of the mystical and rare image of the Elven Star, I was awarded with a nice evening of good vibes. Rating: 3 1/2 stars out of 5.
    Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

    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.

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    The Dead Ant: The Dead Ant Tavern

    by leafmcgowan Written May 25, 2006

    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.

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