The 10 Best Bars In Colorado Springs

Photo of Ross Walker
9 February 2017

A night out in Colorado Springs means plenty of craft beer and whisky, a few games of bingo, and live performances of smooth jazz. Keep in mind that most places close early, but the happy hours are hard to beat, so you may want to show up to the bar before dinner, not after. We list some of the best spots to head for.

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Jack Quinn's Pub

Pub, Restaurant, American, Irish, Beer, $$$
Jack Quinn’s Pub offers several beers on tap, but unlike most brewhouses, they mix a lot of their beers together. Try a Black and Tan, a Black and Brown, or a Black and Gold and you’ll reconsider how you’ve been enjoying beer. Jack Quinn’s does more than beer; the bartenders have a wide selection of American and Irish whiskey, and plenty of Scotch to boot.

Underground Bar and Grill

Bar, Gay Bar, American, Beer, $$$
Underground Bar and Grill is all about games and fun. In fact, the bingo and the poker draw more crowds than the awesome nightly specials: on Wednesdays after 10pm, pay $10 and have as many well drinks as you like. Underground is a popular bar for anybody and everybody, and don’t forget that it’s also a gay bar. There are drag shows on Friday with mini-games and great prizes.

Golden Bee

Bar, American, Beer, $$$
A Creative Commons Image: Jazz Musicians
A Creative Commons Image: Jazz Musicians | Peter Stračina/Flickr
The bars in Colorado Springs tend to be straightforward and little lacking in creativity. This is not so at the Golden Bee at the beautiful Broadmoor resort, which has a fully stocked bar with a few quality cocktails and a surprisingly long list of creative shandies. Try the Pomelo Cure, which is made with Fuller’s IPA, Tanqueray, and grapefruit.

Motif Jazz Bar

Bar, American, Beer, $$$
Motif isn’t open often, but while it is, it’s worth going to. Live jazz music every night makes Motif a great date place or simply a relaxing bar to unwind. If you aren’t a jazz fan, perhaps you’ll be drawn in by the craft cocktails. The English Cucumber is refreshing vodka-based drink, and for the sweet tooth in the group, Motif makes a great Crème Brûlée Martini.

The Rabbit Hole

Bar, Restaurant, American, Beer, Vegetarian, $$$
The Rabbit Hole is a trendy little bar and restaurant that serves amazing craft cocktails, offers over 20 beers both draft and bottled (as well as some rare brews), and a full wine list. What’s not to like? Stop by between 4-6pm for the Happy Hour, where every appetizer is 50 per cent off and wines, wells, and drafts are only $3.

Southside Johnny's

Bar, American, $$$
Southside Johnny’s is a big and loud bar for fans of rock and roll. Johnny’s hosts around nine regular bands that play on the weekends. The bar and grill also has several beers on draft and friendly waitstaff who may just pass out free shots if the mood strikes them. If you want a tasty snack, try the sweet potato fries with marshmallow cream; they aren’t your mom’s yams, but they’re darn good.

Back East Bar & Grill

Bar, American, Beer, Pub Grub, $$$
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Back East Bar & Grill is yet another great spot to try some of Colorado’s famed craft beer. They have fine selection of beers on draft that are constantly being updated, and they carry over 20 different varieties bottled. Back East is great place to meet with friends, watch the game, have a few drinks, and share a few snacks.

The Ritz Grill

The Ritz Grill doles out craft cocktails for a measly $8, and they’re worth much more. Look out for classics such as the original ‘007’ martini, as well as some original concoctions. Order the Mingrita if you’re looking for a drink with a kick, but if you like tart beverages, the Sour Apple Martini might be right up your alley. It’d be a oversight not to mention the starters at Ritz, so order the ‘Man Candy’ Sweet and Spicy Bacon Jerky.

15 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 (719) 635-8484

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