The fact that this popular brewery and restaurant sells its own T-shirts at the front entrance is a strong sign that this place is extremely popular. The menu is mostly American cuisine with global influences, featuring everything from burgers to fish and chips to baked ziti. The interior is dominated by hardwood flooring and a wall of windows. Outdoor seating, though limited, is very popular during the warm months. Above the dining area is a huge billiards room. The crowds tend to be of the 30-something kind.
This relatively young brewing company helps solidify Colorado's world claim as being the Napa Valley of microbreweries. What began in 1994 as a "hope-this-works" endeavor has evolved into a rising player in the competitive world of beer making. The company opens its doors to the public daily for tasting, beer to go, and pints in the tasting room. Opt for the Laughing Lab Scottish ale which won the gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival, or the popular Red Rocket.
As the only comedy club in Colorado Springs, it attracts some of the best comics on the circuit. In the past Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen Degeneres and Sam Kinison have graced its stage. The owner likes to mix the acts up so each week changes from straight stand-up to improv to the amazingly popular hypnotist shows. A small kitchen serves finger food such as nachos, chicken wings and cheese sticks. A full bar is available. Reservations are strongly recommended. Check the website for the schedule of shows.
Cowboys is the ideal Saturday night destination if you're looking to boogie down to some country music. If dancing to country music is new to you, don't worry-- they offer dance lessons to give you a primer on line dancing. They serve classic American and Southwestern snacks to quell any appetite that you may work up while you're dancing. Great live music graces the stage here from time to time, so check the website to see if any of your favorite artists will be at the mic.
Brewer's Republic offers a continually changing selection of Colorado craft brews. Enjoy beers from New Belgium, Avery, and Pikes Peak. They also serve great bar food including nachos and mozzarella sticks. Come in for one of their trivia nights and test your knowledge for prizes. Stop in to see what selection they have at the moment. You might be lucky enough to catch some live music!
This popular pub brings Colorado Springs a hint of Ireland. The interior is very "United States-version-of-an-Irish-pub" typical and includes the expected dark wooden booths and brick walls. Nevertheless, it is appealing and offers a nice change from the usual chain look. Pretzel & Guinness sausage kabobs, corned beef and cabbage and bangers and mash are dinner menu highlights, as is the traditional Irish breakfast. Guinness is served on tap, so yes black and tans are available.
With a Midwestern theme, this downtown bar offers up some unconventional menu options, like fried cheese curds and pickled eggs. They have live music sometimes and a jukebox so you can be the DJ for an evening. During the summer, take your drink out onto the back patio and enjoy the beautiful weather. If you're looking for a place to watch the game or relax after work, Tony's has got you covered.
Come revisit your favorite old-school arcade games at Supernova. Have a beer while you're here, too! While you're dusting off your Pac Man skills, you can sip on your favorite drink. They have a great selection of classic games, including Donkey Kong, Pole Position, and Streetfighter. Supernova also offers a menu of burgers and sandwiches. With great happy hour specials, it's a great place to unwind, have some fun, and shoot for that high score!
Part of the Poor Richard's entertainment complex, this bar brings together a most delicious triumvirate - coffee, chocolate and wine. Throw in some live music on the weekends and the opportunity to sip your coffee as you browse the bookshelves and you have a perfect weekend afternoon. For chocolate lovers, the truffles are made right in the shop, and there is a selection of delicious sipping chocolate to try as well. One of Colorado Springs' must-visits.