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.
This pub has a rich history, and its Colorado roots are apparent in the drink and menu options. The original Thunder and Buttons burned down in 1989, and its current incarnation opened its doors in 2004. Named after the two bull elk belonging to local legend Prairie Dog O'Byrne, the pub stands where one of the town's original 21 saloons once stood. Among the drink options, you'll find an impressive list of Colorado beers.
Rock Bottom is situated close to Springs Ranch Golf Club, making it the ideal place to stop at for a post-game drink. The drinks menu features many an in-house beer, crafted by master brewer Jason Leeman. The seasonal Pumpkin Ale and the Winter Tartan Scottish Ale are two of the innovative beers you can chug down. However, beer is not all this First & Main Town Center brew pub has to offer; there is a complete menu of American cuisine, too. Starters like the brewery platter are perfect for sharing with the group before moving on to the mains. Cajun pasta, chipotle-agave salmon, chicken enchiladas and Tuscan chicken pasta are house favorites. Steaks, burgers, sandwiches and pizzas are also available. The many TV screens ensure you don't have to miss out on the live sporting action while you feast on the delicious food and beers.
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.
Gasoline Alley is a three-level dive bar which is one of the most popular local haunts in the city. If you are looking for cheap drinks, enthusiastic music fans and the best local live rock music gigs. From the nightly happy hour specials to the specially themed nights , there's usually a decent reason to go. The bar offers a wide range of craft beers on the tap and a number of zippy cocktails. There is also an indoor and outdoor grill serving up burgers, fries and other bar staples.