Just got back from Ivywild on a Friday. Honestly, what they have here is a gold mine. Great food, great drinks, and an atmosphere that is welcoming, but not fabricated. Being that the school is old, and that the brewery fits in perfectly with the surroundings, the scene doesn't feel pushed on you. It feels very natural. From the bathrooms with the elementary writing on the walls to the brick walls and hardwood floors, to the shuffleboard table, we had one of the best times in years. While the other poster says they've gone away from their original base group, I believe that they've expanded from a small time lounge to a leading contender in the COS nightlife. They may have lost one or two hipsters who only enjoy the original "before it was cool" atmosphere, they have gained 10 other patrons looking for a bar that welcomes dogs on the porch and an amazingly welcoming staff. I feel conflicted in recommending this place as the go to in Colorado Springs, because I don't wanna see it grow into the next unobtainable "Golden Bee" of Colorado, but my experience was flawless, and I wish to see a place that deserves my business flourish.
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