LIVE LIKE A LOCAL
There is no shortage of of unique restaurants, bars, breweries, boutiques, shops, museums and galleries in Downtown Colorado Springs. Online reviews place these spots at the top of the list for great experiences Downtown, and we’ve added some hidden gems you won’t want to miss!
702 S. Cascade Ave.
Established as an early star in the evolving southwest Downtown district, the 1910 building first housed a grocery store, but for the past 16-plus years this restaurant and bar has garnered a strong and loyal local following for their spicy Brazilian shrimp soup, the Lavender Martini and the Adult Juicebox, among many other favorites. While limited seating is available on the busier front porch, the back patio offers a cozy teepee, a private dining greenhouse, and several garden tables with a stunning view of Pikes Peak.
110 N. Tejon St.
One of the city’s most sought after tables every night of the week, whether you are celebrating a special occasion or just looking for drinks and a quick bite. The incredible food, decadent drink menu and moody vibes make the Rabbit Hole one of the best dining experiences in town. Fun fact: the underground space was home to the city’s morgue in the early 1900’s.
311 N. Tejon St.
You know when you visit a new place and find a great local hangout you can’t wait to tell your friends about? That’s Odyssey. No journey through Downtown is complete without a stop into this local pub. You won’t find neon lights or traditional bar food here, the roasted brussels are arguably the best in town and locals rave over the chicken and waffles. Vegan and gluten-free items are plentiful. Owners Tyler & Jenny welcome you with the Odyssey toast, “May your journeys be epic and each destination a homecoming.”
19. E Kiowa
Straight out of a scene from Blade Runner, this cyperpunk sushi and cocktail lounge is one of Downtown’s most unique spots. Take in a silent sci-fi playing on televisions scattered throughout, vibrant ’90’s anime murals, and pumping electronic music as you sip (our favorite) a Neuromancer (cognac, Cointreau, Suze and Leopold absinthe). The drink menu is extensive and the sushi rolls, gyoza and bowls are exceptional.
429 E. Pikes Peak Ave.
One of Downtown’s newest brewpubs is located in the growing east section of Downtown. Founders (and childhood friends) Leif Anderson and Ryan Close started as homebrewers and have nearly perfected the craft with a diverse selection of stouts, IPA’s, ale’s, and even seltzer’s, kombucha and homemade root beer. Join the Mug Club and win Mash merch, you’ll be proud to rep this up-and-coming name.
Best Downtown patios
514 S. Tejon St.
After successfully launching their flagship location in Monument, CO, the owners of Pikes Peak Brewing opened Pikes Peak Lager House in Downtown’s newest destination, the Trolley Block. The extensive beer menu (wine/seltzer also available) is only downplayed by the stunning views you’ll find from the rooftop patio. One satisfied customer raves, “Go up to the brewery’s rooftop bar/patio, drink amazing beer AND overlook the mountains? YES, PLEASE. Thank you for adding this to Colorado Springs, it’s legit. I’m sold.”
402 S. Tejon St.
Take in sweeping views of the Front Range, see fireworks over Weidner Field, and experience the stunning cityscape from Downtown’s newest rooftop patio, Lumen8 Rooftop Social.
Lumen8 is THE place to be in Downtown Colorado Springs right now, for happy hour, a girl’s night out, or a romantic dinner over a bottle of wine. Upscale cuisine and creative craft cocktails pair with stunning views to offer an experience unlike any other Downtown.
123 E. Pikes Peak Ave.
Nestled between the historic Mining Exchange Hotel and Springs Orleans restaurant lies a courtyard patio that might make you think you have stepped into a Parisian cafe. Enjoy a glass of wine or a traditional New Orleans Hurricane and retreat into this cozy outdoor patio to watch the hustle and bustle of the city from this intimate and secluded spot.
Downtown Colorado Springs, a Certified Creative District, boasts an extensive outdoor sculpture and mural gallery which means you’ll find beauty and creativity on nearly every block. Use the free Otocast mobile app to to hear commentary from the artists themselves! Download the free GPS-based app Otocast via App Store or GOOGLE PLAY and tour the Art on the Streets exhibit, as well as works that are part of the city’s permanent public art collection.
There’s no faster (or more fun) way to explore the city center than on one of PikeRide’s electric-assist bikes. With dozens of hubs throughout Downtown, you can pick up a bike for a few minutes or the entire day as you discover Downtown’s neighborhoods, parks and trails, shops, restaurants, galleries and museums.
FACT: a ride on these exhilarating machines is guaranteed to elevate mood and happiness levels, and the fully electric fleet make it easy even for those not used to our altitude.
24 E. Rio Grande St.
Just off the beaten path of Downtown’s burgeoning south end, find A Likely Story, a charming bookstore filled with children’s stories and adult fiction and non-fiction. And, with an abundance of literary knowledge, the staff will help you find just the right read.
Bonus gem: Pop next door into The Living Room Plants and find an oasis of houseplants and pots of every shape and size.
Fun fact: These two shops are owned by a mother-daughter duo, make sure to say hello!
324 N. Tejon St.
Whether you have littles or are just a kid at heart, Little Richard’s Toy Store is filled with engaging and interactive toys, games, puzzles and novelties. It’s easy to see why this local favorite has been voted “Best Toystore” by the Colorado Springs Gazette every year since opening in 1995.
328 ½ N. Nevada Ave.
Tucked between a former VCR repair shop and a brand-new wellness studio, Coralun Vintage is perfectly juxtaposed. You’ll find upcycled shoes and clothing spanning the decades, vintage records, as well as fun and funky gifts. Be sure to take a few moments to explore Coralun Handmade, the owner’s jewelry line inspired by Colorado’s natural surroundings and made from local gemstones.
109 E. Pikes Peak Ave
Hafa Adai (pronounced half a day) means “hello” in Chamorro, the native language of Guam. Locally owned by the Aganon family, they’re popular for authentic Guamanian fare and a welcoming atmosphere. Fresh daily favorites include the Chamorro-style smoked ribs, tinatak and lumpia. One Yelp review remarks, “…if you want a taste of some island food, this is it… super delicious, a must stop.” Truly a hidden gem, you’ll have to venture down a narrow alleyway just west of Kimball’s Peak Three Theatre, near the painted gold feet on the sidewalk.
118 E. Kiowa St.
A fan favorite for business lunches, Med Cafe has consistently won “Best Of” awards for their Mediterranean fare. Traditional dishes, daily specials, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options make this a popular hole-in-the-wall spot for a great meal.
230 1/2 Pueblo Ave.
If you’re looking for the best burger in town, local foodies agree, Green Line Grill is the winner. This is one place you might never find if we hadn’t pointed it out (you’re welcome). Located in an inconspicuous corner of Downtown, Green Line Grill doesn’t need extravagant décor or flashy signs to draw crowds, word of mouth has earned them the Best Burger in the Springs year after year.
220 N. Tejon St.
Located in the back of Mood Tapas Bar, District Elleven is one of Downtown’s newest secret spots. Pass through The Vault into the recesses of this glamourous whiskey lounge, an intimate setting for date night or a night on the town. This spot prides itself as a throwback to Prohibition days when bars were dimly lit and classic cocktails were the main course but if you need a bite with your drink, tapas are also available.
224 N. Tejon St.
The nation’s first lemonade taphouse proudly features organic ingredients and a bouquet of flavors including fresh jalapeño, rose, mint, blackberry, hibiscus and more. Drinks are served in a mason jar, part of the owner’s commitment to sustainability, which also comes with discount when you bring it back for a refill. Simple syrups, cocktail mixers and wine slushie mixes are perfect for summer and their hot cocoa bar hits the spot in colder winter months.
3 E. Bijou St.
The only gay piano bar in Colorado Springs, ICONS features tasty cocktails, Broadway singers and live entertainment. The bartending staff are all singers and with drag queen bingo and other activities, there’s never a dull moment at the small, lively spot.