Matthew's guidebook for Colorado Springs

Matthew

Matthew's guidebook for Colorado Springs

Drinks & Nightlife
Some of my favorite spots to drink that I've given the most favorable reviews to over the years of my food/drink criticisms for the local alt-weekly paper.
The speakeasy is called Brooklyn's on Boulder Street. All gin cocktails, made by an excellent bar staff.
Lee Spirits Company
110 E Boulder St
The speakeasy is called Brooklyn's on Boulder Street. All gin cocktails, made by an excellent bar staff.
Go do a flight!
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Distillery 291Colorado Whiskey
1647 S Tejon St
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Go do a flight!
Elysium IPA!
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Cerberus Brewing Company
702 W Colorado Ave
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Elysium IPA!
Amazing experimental brews!
Local Relic
320 S Weber St
Amazing experimental brews!
Go for the Donburi bowl. Japanese whiskey cocktails. Very cool cyberpunk vibe.
Chiba Bar
19 E Kiowa St
Go for the Donburi bowl. Japanese whiskey cocktails. Very cool cyberpunk vibe.
The town's co-oldest brewery with a solid flagship lineup and good seasonals. Located at the Ivywild School near The Principal's Office and Axe and the Oak Distillery. Distillery 291 is across the street.
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Bristol Brewing Company
1604 South Cascade Avenue
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The town's co-oldest brewery with a solid flagship lineup and good seasonals. Located at the Ivywild School near The Principal's Office and Axe and the Oak Distillery. Distillery 291 is across the street.
Great hazy IPA and solid beers all around. Usually a food truck on site.
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Goat Patch Brewing Company
2727 N Cascade Ave
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Great hazy IPA and solid beers all around. Usually a food truck on site.
Get the tobacco old fashioned, or really anything.
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Axe and the Oak Whiskey House
1604 S Cascade Ave
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Get the tobacco old fashioned, or really anything.
Good beers, and rosemary truffle fries.
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Manitou Brewing Company
725 Manitou Avenue
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Good beers, and rosemary truffle fries.
Cute hipster bar, lavender martini and Brazilian coconut soup are famous.
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Shuga's
702 South Cascade Avenue
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Cute hipster bar, lavender martini and Brazilian coconut soup are famous.
Take a drive up beautiful Ute Pass and enjoy a gorgeous view of the back side of Pikes Peak and try some truly interesting beers. Paradox specializes in funky barrel-aged blends.
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Paradox Beer Company
10 Buffalo Ct
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Take a drive up beautiful Ute Pass and enjoy a gorgeous view of the back side of Pikes Peak and try some truly interesting beers. Paradox specializes in funky barrel-aged blends.
A cool food hall with six eateries and two bars, attached to Pikes Peak Lager House
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COATI
514 South Tejon Street
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A cool food hall with six eateries and two bars, attached to Pikes Peak Lager House
Downtown’s sole gay bar, started by a couple of Broadway performers who moved to the area. The bartenders break out in song periodically.
ICONS
3 East Bijou Street
Downtown’s sole gay bar, started by a couple of Broadway performers who moved to the area. The bartenders break out in song periodically.
Good beer, cool space, amazing mountain views. Several food options from shipping container pop ups.
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Red Leg Brewing Company
4630 Forge Rd
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Good beer, cool space, amazing mountain views. Several food options from shipping container pop ups.
Arts & Culture
Southewestern Art Deco architecture, very unique. Great traveling exhibits and permanent collection shows.
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Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
30 West Dale Street
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Southewestern Art Deco architecture, very unique. Great traveling exhibits and permanent collection shows.
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Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
215 South Tejon Street
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UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art
5225 N Nevada Ave
Kreuser Gallery
218 W Colorado Ave
Squash Blossom
2531 W Colorado Ave
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American Numismatic Association
818 North Cascade Avenue
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Opened in 2020, architectural beauty, super tech interactive experience
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Olympic Museum
200 S Sierra Madre St
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Opened in 2020, architectural beauty, super tech interactive experience
Local made gifts
Crafted Colorado Handmade Market
327 North Tejon Street
Local made gifts
Food scene
I've been reviewing food and drink in the Springs for 15+ years for the Colorado Springs Independent. I've eaten almost everywhere in the city, so this is a well-curated list of some of my favorites.
Badass coastal Mexican tacos and great margs.
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Dos Santos
70 E Moreno Ave
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Badass coastal Mexican tacos and great margs.
Get the Samoa Samoa (vegan coconut milk ice cream!)
Frozen Gold
80 E Moreno Ave
Get the Samoa Samoa (vegan coconut milk ice cream!)
Big-ass biscuits and great bottomless coffee.
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Denver Biscuit Company - Colorado Springs
528 S Tejon St
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Big-ass biscuits and great bottomless coffee.
Largely organic, lots of vegetarian and vegan options as well as gluten-free. Great for breakfast lunch or dinner.
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Adam’s Mountain Cafe
26 Manitou Avenue
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Largely organic, lots of vegetarian and vegan options as well as gluten-free. Great for breakfast lunch or dinner.
Eat with your hands. Amazing food, vegan and gluten-free options. Slow food, go when not in a rush.
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Uchenna Ethiopian Restaurant
2501 West Colorado Avenue
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Eat with your hands. Amazing food, vegan and gluten-free options. Slow food, go when not in a rush.
Dumplings, 'nuff said.
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Lucky Dumpling
26 South Wahsatch Avenue
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Dumplings, 'nuff said.
A great spot in Black Forest, excellent coffee and elevated comfort food.
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R and R Coffee Cafe
11424 Black Forest Road
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A great spot in Black Forest, excellent coffee and elevated comfort food.
A tiny house located in Acacia Park downtown. Excellent coffee.
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Story Coffee Company
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A tiny house located in Acacia Park downtown. Excellent coffee.
Located in the cool Lincoln Center (near Goat Patch Brewing and Smorbrod) ... great coffee and good pastries.
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Building Three Coffee
2727 N Cascade Ave
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Located in the cool Lincoln Center (near Goat Patch Brewing and Smorbrod) ... great coffee and good pastries.
Six blocks from my house - hip vibe, great coffee, go for the lavender-honey latte.
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SwitchBack Coffee Roasters
330 N Institute St
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Six blocks from my house - hip vibe, great coffee, go for the lavender-honey latte.
Crazy donuts.
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Amy's Donuts
2704 E Fountain Blvd
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Crazy donuts.
Phenomenal French pastries and breads.
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The French Kitchen
4771 N Academy Blvd
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Phenomenal French pastries and breads.
Awesome Caribbean fusion with good drinks.
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Piglatin Cocina
2825 Dublin Blvd
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Awesome Caribbean fusion with good drinks.
Big beers, authentic German food, amazing pastries too. Great patio in summer.
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Edelweiss German Restaurant
34 E Ramona Ave
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Big beers, authentic German food, amazing pastries too. Great patio in summer.
Best breads in town. Amazing pizzas on Saturdays only at lunch.
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Nightingale Bread
2727 N Cascade Ave
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Best breads in town. Amazing pizzas on Saturdays only at lunch.
This is my good friends’ cooking school. Book as far in advance of your trip as you can. Classes fill up! But they are awesome and fun and you eat what you make at the end!
Gather Food Studio
2011 West Colorado Avenue
This is my good friends’ cooking school. Book as far in advance of your trip as you can. Classes fill up! But they are awesome and fun and you eat what you make at the end!
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Bingo Burger - Colorado Springs
132 North Tejon Street
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Go for the Sloppy Pig and a pint of craft beer.
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Front Range Barbeque
2330 West Colorado Avenue
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Go for the Sloppy Pig and a pint of craft beer.
Excellent fine dining, local food and drink. Great atmosphere.
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The Margarita at Pine Creek
7350 Pine Creek Rd
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Excellent fine dining, local food and drink. Great atmosphere.
Great Italian fine dining. Or hit Paravicini's downstairs.
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Sopra Antipasto and Wine bar
4 S 28th St
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Great Italian fine dining. Or hit Paravicini's downstairs.
Great crepes, gluten-free options. Vegan ice creams.
Paris Crepe
1019 South Tejon Street
Great crepes, gluten-free options. Vegan ice creams.
Authentic Mexican treats including house-made paletas and ice creams.
Viva La Vida Mexican Snacks
1728 South Circle Drive
Authentic Mexican treats including house-made paletas and ice creams.
Amazing Cuban food.
"Lucy I'm Home" The Flavor of Cuba
390 North Circle Drive
Amazing Cuban food.
Awesome all around
Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar - Colorado Springs
11 South Tejon Street
Awesome all around
Great pizza with a cool story behind it. Not your average stoner fare.
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Slice420
2501 W Colorado Ave
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Great pizza with a cool story behind it. Not your average stoner fare.
Great Salvadoran food, all gluten-free and mostly organic. Full bar of tropical drinks. Vegan options and desserts.
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Monse's Pupuseria
115 S 25th St
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Great Salvadoran food, all gluten-free and mostly organic. Full bar of tropical drinks. Vegan options and desserts.
Quality local ingredients used and one or better chefs in town
Mood Tapas Bar
218 North Tejon Street
Quality local ingredients used and one or better chefs in town
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T Byrds Tacos & Tequila
26 E Kiowa St
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Sightseeing
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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd
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Manitou Springs Penny Arcade
930 Manitou Ave
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Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel Visitor Parking
2302 Cadet Dr
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The Broadmoor Seven Falls
Lake Avenue
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Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
4218 Co Rd 3A
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Bishop Castle
12705 CO-165
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Pro Rodeo Hall Of Fame
101 Pro Rodeo Drive
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Jardim dos Deuses
1805 N 30th St
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Pikes Peak - America's Mountain
5069 Pikes Peak Hwy
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Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
4729 Twin Rocks Road
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Beautiful by night, with good restaurants, bars and a fine brewery located along the waterside. A 40 minute drive from C. Springs, worth a visit.
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Historic Arkansas Riverwalk
101 North Union Avenue
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Beautiful by night, with good restaurants, bars and a fine brewery located along the waterside. A 40 minute drive from C. Springs, worth a visit.
Hiking trails
Many options here. Mt. Cutler is a good quick one that overlooks Seven Falls and Mt. Muscoco from the same trailhead is longer with a great overlook.
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North Cheyenne Cañon Park
2120 South Cheyenne Canyon Road
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Great rock formations and less trafficked that Garden of the Gods and others.
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Palmer Park Trailhead
3650 Maizeland Rd
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Great rock formations and less trafficked that Garden of the Gods and others.
Cool Manitou Springs overlook.
Red Mountain
Cool Manitou Springs overlook.
Basically an extension of Garden of the Gods
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Red Rock Canyon Open Space
3550 West High Street
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Basically an extension of Garden of the Gods
Several ways to reach but one good way is thru Green Mountain Falls trailheads.
North Catamount Reservoir
Several ways to reach but one good way is thru Green Mountain Falls trailheads.
Hot Springs
Two are within an hour’s drive. Many more are 2+ hours drive.
Closest to C Springs. Rustic with good hot water. Clothing optional most days.
Dakota Hot Springs
1 Malibu Boulevard
Closest to C Springs. Rustic with good hot water. Clothing optional most days.
Only about 10 minutes more drive away than Dakota, this has a cool greenhouse feature and a little more landscaping for charm.
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Desert Reef Hot Spring
1194 County Road 110
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Only about 10 minutes more drive away than Dakota, this has a cool greenhouse feature and a little more landscaping for charm.