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Guidebook for Colorado Springs

Matthew

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.
Best option for the Powers corridor out east. Fantastic cocktails and bar items. Very creative food menu. Right next to the IMAX and a theater.
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The Wobbly Olive
3317 Cinema Point
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Best option for the Powers corridor out east. Fantastic cocktails and bar items. Very creative food menu. Right next to the IMAX and a theater.
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!
Kick-ass self-serve beer, great food. Get the knuckle sandwich. Awesome atmosphere.
Beasts and Brews
7 Spectrum Loop
Kick-ass self-serve beer, great food. Get the knuckle sandwich. Awesome atmosphere.
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.
Subterranean cocktail bar located under Colorado Craft Social downtown.
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The Archives
15 S Tejon St
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Subterranean cocktail bar located under Colorado Craft Social downtown.
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.
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
American Numismatic Association
818 North Cascade Avenue
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.
100 % gluten-free menu
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Coquette's Bistro & Bakery
616 South Tejon Street
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100 % gluten-free menu
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.
Lucky Dumpling
26 South Wahsatch Avenue
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.
Great coffee and donuts.
blank coffee | food
600 S 21st St
Great coffee and donuts.
One of top 3 cocktail bars in town, easy. Also good coffee. Next to Bristol Brewing.
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Principal's Office
1604 S Cascade Ave
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One of top 3 cocktail bars in town, easy. Also good coffee. Next to Bristol Brewing.
Crazy donuts.
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Amy's Donuts
2704 E Fountain Blvd
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Crazy donuts.
Phenomenal French pastries and breads.
The French Kitchen
4771 N Academy Blvd
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.
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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