Thursday, September 27, 2018

Happy Hour: Not your college dorm room Green Dragon

DIONNE ROBERTS
  • Dionne Roberts
As we enjoy the latest installment of our fall ReLeaf cannabis guide, our sights are focused on everything green. Once relegated to musky college dorm rooms, the canna-booze concoction known as Green Dragon is making something of a comeback in our modern "craft" era. Early iterations of the mixture called for crappy brick weed mixed with Everclear, and it was pretty disgusting (shocker). But when we set out to find a palatable version of the taboo cocktail last year, we found it's not very difficult to make a dank drink.
Green Dragon is not liquor or strain specific — just weed and some booze of your choosing — so in an attempt to demonstrate that the green dragon doesn't have to resemble or taste like bong water, we opted to try vodka, gin and tequila as our solvents for some homegrown greens.
The vodka really allows the weed to shine, since it doesn't have a lot of flavor of its own. It can easily be used in a Moscow mule that receives a complementary note from the spicy ginger beer. We really dig the tequila, as the earthy harmony from the sweet agave sets off the bitterness from the bud. We made a straightforward margarita with what we nicknamed "the Latin Lizard" — a shot (or two) with a generous amount of fresh-squeezed lime juice and a splash of simple syrup. (One cup water to one cup sugar, heat until sugar dissolves completely.) The gin was a winner too as the flowery botanicals couple up with the cannabis nicely. A classic gin and tonic yields a deeper profile than anything you're used to ordering at your neighborhood watering hole.
Mixing your Green Dragon cocktails is the easy part; it's the weed-to-booze ratio you should focus on to ensure a pleasurable experience (measure twice).

But if you're one to leaving the experimentation to the pros, here's this week's Happy Hour map:
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Happy Tails Happy Hours are happening at local breweries throughout the summer and $1 of each beer sold goes right back to the homeless pets at HSPPR. Plus, our popular 2018 collectible pint glasses will be available for $10 each! Join us this summer by drinking a beer for a great paw-se!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Brooklyn's on Boulder announces fall menu

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2018 at 10:56 AM

Brooklyn's on Boulder has changed up the menu once more, offering a selection of drinks made for Autumn. Recently, they invited the Indy to sample a few of their new offerings, which turned into quite a few samples indeed. Check out the slideshow below for details, and remember: drink responsibly!
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Happy Belly Tacos opens for business

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2018 at 10:33 AM

Happy Belly Tacos is colorful and decorated in a straightforward fashion.. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • Happy Belly Tacos is colorful and decorated in a straightforward fashion..
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The menu's simple, and Burke plans to keep it pretty consistent year-round. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • The menu's simple, and Burke plans to keep it pretty consistent year-round.
 Belly Tacos has opened for business in the shopping center on the corner of Bijou and Spruce streets. The business is owned by Elevated Carnivore Group, which is the Mark Henry-helmed umbrella company that also owns Rooster's House of Ramen. The kitchen's run by chef Troy Burke, former noodle chef at Rooster's.

We stopped by the spot Tuesday afternoon to sample a few of Burke's signature tacos, and we were impressed overall. Almost everything's available as a taco, tostada or burrito, and the menu also includes sides like borracho beans, rice and elote.

Sticking to a budget, we tried a taco al pastor, a carne asada taco and a calamari taco. The pastor bears great seasonings. Asada chews magically tender. And that calamari's fried in a super-light batter and finished with a flavorful sweet chile sauce. And while we only sample a house red salsa from the salsa bar, it's fresh with tomato and pepper flavors, mildly roasty and delicious.

For info on the spot's hours, check out their Facebook page here.
From left to right: Taco al pastor, carne asada taco, calamari taco. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • From left to right: Taco al pastor, carne asada taco, calamari taco.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Happy Hour: It doesn't get much better than Bar-K's blood orange martini

The Blood Orange Martini - BAR-K
  • Bar-K
  • The Blood Orange Martini
After a long day there's nothing better than finding a comfortable spot in one of the best neighborhood bars and relaxing with familiar flavors. That' exactly what you get with Bark-K and its Blood Orange Martini.

The stupid simple recipe is reason enough to give it a go at home, mixing Breckenridge Vodka, fresh oj, Solerno blood orange liqueur and Bordeaux cherry juice. Pour to taste and you're good to go.

Bar-K has this cocktail down to a science and makes a happy hour visit more than worth it (Speaking of Bar-k's happy hour, enjoy $2 Mooseheads/Monday, $2 Tecates/Tuesday, 1/2 price bottles on “Wine Down” Wednesday & $3.50 Jameson on Thirsty Thursday, and free ping pong 24/7).

Here's this week's Happy Hour roundup:


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Happy Tails Happy Hours are happening at local breweries throughout the summer and $1 of each beer sold goes right back to the homeless pets at HSPPR. Plus, our popular 2018 collectible pint glasses will be available for $10 each! Join us this summer by drinking a beer for a great paw-se!

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The Manitou Fall Wine Walk is not a moment too soon

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Manitou Fall Wine Walk, Sept. 20, 5-9 p.m., tinyurl.com/ManitouFallWine.
  • Manitou Fall Wine Walk, Sept. 20, 5-9 p.m., tinyurl.com/ManitouFallWine.
Everyone loves a pub crawl, but there’s a certain appeal in classing up the practice with a little less crawling and a lot more wine. Due to popular demand, Manitou Springs will be hosting its second annual wine walk this Thursday. With three Manitou-based businesses participating, attendees can stroll the streets of Manitou Springs on their way to Swirl Wine Bar, D’Vine Wine and Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant for sophisticated tastes from local sommeliers and wine purveyors. Each location features light bites, three small pours of red or white wine, and a bit of wine education on the side. Swirl Wine Bar’s co-owner and sommelier Sharon Palmer said: “I go into detail of the wine to help the customers decide and make the drinking experience more interesting and educational ... or at least I hope. That’s my end game.” The event has been known to fill up, so be sure to register right away.
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Friday, September 14, 2018

Rocketoberfest set to launch in new space

Posted By on Fri, Sep 14, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Rocketoberfest, Sept. 15, noon to 5 p.m., Space Foundation Discovery Center, spacefoundation.org. - SPACE FOUNDATION
  • Space Foundation
  • Rocketoberfest, Sept. 15, noon to 5 p.m., Space Foundation Discovery Center, spacefoundation.org.
For many years, Bill Layton, the owner of Bite Me Gourmet Sausage, held a fundraising festival in his backyard to raise money for the SADS (Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes) Foundation. Over time, it outgrew Layton’s backyard, and has now moved to a place with more “space,” if you’ll pardon the pun. The result of a new partnership between Bite Me Gourmet Sausage and the Space Foundation, the inaugural Rocketoberfest will raise money for the SADS Foundation, the Space Foundation’s educational programs and the Pikes Peak Club, which contributes to community improvements and nonprofits through fundraising and volunteerism. At the family-friendly fest, expect food trucks (including Bite Me, of course), kids’ activities throughout the center and plentiful beer from breweries like Red Leg, Goat Patch and Smiling Toad. If that’s not enough, there will also be live entertainment by the Charlie Milo Trio, Twelve Valve Diesel and more, going all day. 
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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Happy Hour: Drink your sweets

BRIENNE BORTZ
  • Brienne Bortz
We recently visited Pueblo's Bite Me Cupcake and fell in love with its signature pink champagne cupcake (it's very cute). But while it is an enticing treat, some may prefer to drink their sweets.

Last year, Axe and the Oak shared an interesting Strawberry Black Pepper Sour recipe with us, a guest favorite at the Whiskey House. Further down the sweetness scale from a cupcake, this melding of the flavors makes this drink unforgettable — even if you've had a few. The trick is in the strawberry black pepper simple syrup; fresh strawberries are sweetened further with sugar, while the black peppercorns and jalapeño add a memorable bite.
If you're one to leave the experimenting to experts, though, here's this week's Happy Hour lineup:

South

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Happy Tails Happy Hours are happening at local breweries throughout the summer and $1 of each beer sold goes right back to the homeless pets at HSPPR. Plus, our popular 2018 collectible pint glasses will be available for $10 each! Join us this summer by drinking a beer for a great paw-se!

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The Public House has been voted “Best Of” South Neighborhood Bar 4 years running (2014-2017)! Happy hour M-F 3-6pm and All day Wednesday. Featuring specials on our always rotating Colorado tap selection, house wines, wells and pizzas. Locally Owned and Operated. Our House is Your House! 
Location Details The Public House
445 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.
Cheyenne Mountain
Colorado Springs, CO
465-3079
Bar Food and Bar/Club

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Smiling Toad Brewery offers IPAs galore and more craft brews Monday - Thursday 4pm-6pm!
Location Details Smiling Toad Brewery
1757 S. 8th St., #100
Cheyenne Mountain
Colorado Springs, Colo.
418-2936
Breweries/Wineries/Distilleries

East

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Single Barrel Craft Burgers & Brews, The Eastside's BEST Happy Hour! Enjoy daily 2 for 1 handcrafted cocktails, beers and wines from 3p-6p. Blistered Shishito peppers, Fresh Oysters and Carolina Nachos make the perfect pairing! Patio & Rooftop Fireplace Lounge are open!
Location Details Single Barrel Craft Burgers & Brews
5885 Stetson Hills Blvd.
Powers
Colorado Springs, CO
465-1704
Bar Food

West

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Jake & Telly's happy Hour 3-6pm Monday-Friday! Come enjoy our Greek happy hour with small plate and drink specials! Sit out on the deck and enjoy beautiful views of Pike’s Peak and the hustle and bustle of Colorado Avenue. Try out some of our Greek specialties and don’t forget to ask for a free shot of OUZO - OPA!
Location Details Jake & Telly's Greek Taverna
2616 W. Colorado Ave.
Old Colorado City
Colorado Springs, CO
633-0406
Mediterranean

Central

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Join La’au’s Taco Shop on the patio Monday-Friday with margaritas and select beers at 2 for $6! Plus for our college age friends under 21, get free chips & salsa with any purchase. Find us in the alley behind Cornerstone Arts Center on the Colorado College campus.
Location Details La'au's Taco Shop
830 N. Tejon St. #110
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
578-5228
Mexican/Tex-Mex/Southwestern

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Peak 31
happy hour all day long 7 days a week, .75 cents off everything! Power Hour Everyday 3-4 & 9-10; $2 Domestic Drafts - $2.50 Specialties & Micro, $2.50 well, $2.50 Wines!
Location Details Peak 31 @ Union Station
2419 N. Union Blvd.
Central
Colorado Springs, CO
227-7168
Bar/Club

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Monday all night and Tuesday-Friday from 3-6pm! Report to the Principal’s Office at the Ivywild School for Detention Hour – Monday all night and Tuesday- Friday from 3-6pm! Try one of our specialty cocktails on our Happy Hour menu for just $7, plus $2 off wine and draft beer.
Location Details The Principal's Office
1604 S. Cascade Ave.
Ivywild
Colorado Springs, CO
Bar/Club

Downtown

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M-F from 4p-6p and from 9p to close! Odyssey Gastropub, your favorite downtown destination and winner of 26 Indy Best Of awards in the last three years with a great happy hour which include both food and drink specials! Can’t wait to see you!
Location Details Odyssey Gastropub
311 N. Tejon St.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
999-5127
11 a.m. to midnight, daily
Bar Food and Bar/Club

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Happy hour daily 4:06-6pm and 9pm-close! The Bench is downtown’s ONLY sports bar and eatery and is the sister restaurant to acclaimed Odyssey Gastropub! Come join us for our happy hour featuring food and drink specials as well as all our game time specials! Football is here! Eat – Drink – Cheer!
Location Details The Bench
424 S. Nevada Ave.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
375-0930
Bar Food

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Brewer’s Republic is a craft beer tap house featuring specialty pizzas & bar bites. We offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Tues: Craft Can Night, Thurs: 8pm Trivia, Fri evenings for special tappings & $1 off full pours every M-F 4pm-7pm. 
Location Details Brewer's Republic
112 N. Nevada Ave.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
633-2105
Bar/Club

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Coquette's happy Hour daily 4-6pm! Dine indoors or on the patio! Specials: $5-$8 Crepe
Bites, Fried Pickles, Beet & Avocado Melange, Thai Chicken Skewers. Popcorn Chicken and Caprese Skewers! $4 house wine, $3 wells & $2 off canned beer/cider. All GF all the time! Cocktails & cupcakes at the bakery!
Location Details Coquette's Bistro and Bakery
616 S. Tejon St.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
685-2420
Café/Sandwich and Bakeries

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Jack Quinn's happy Hour daily 3-6pm! Colorado Springs favorite Irish Pub! $3.50 Colorado
Domestics and well liquors $4 Imports and House Wines, $1 off bottled beers, and ½ off all appetizers. We have drink specials every night of the week! Check out our website for event and special information. Locally Owned.
Location Details Jack Quinn's Irish Pub & Restaurant
21 S. Tejon St.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
385-0766
Bar/Club, Bar Food and Irish/English

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Bar-K, downtown’s best Happy Hour is at Bar-K! Enjoy $2 Mooseheads/Monday, $2 Tecates/Tuesday, 1/2 price bottles on “Wine Down” Wednesday & $3.50 Jameson on Thirsty Thursday. Free ping pong 24/7! Enjoy responsibly!
Location Details Bar-K
124 E. Costilla St.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
358-7788
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Bines and Brews Beer Fest boasts beers and competition

Posted By on Thu, Sep 13, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Bines and Brews Beer Fest and Competition, Sept. 15, 1-5 p.m., Limbach Park, trilakeschamber.com. - COURTESY TRI-LAKES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
  • Courtesy Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce
  • Bines and Brews Beer Fest and Competition, Sept. 15, 1-5 p.m., Limbach Park, trilakeschamber.com.
Beer festivals are fun and all, but it’s always that much better when you toss a
competition into the mix. Attendees at this week’s Bines and Brews Beer Fest get to vote on their favorite brewery of the bunch, and there’s going to be plenty. Local faves Cerberus and Storybook will join new brewery Metric and 10 other breweries, alongside Ice Cave Hard Cider, Lee Spirits Co. and 3 Hundred Days of Shine distillery. It’s meant to be a high-class, intimate experience with opportunities to chat with the brewers, so be sure to register before the limited tickets sell out.
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Monday, September 10, 2018

Cheers to Beers screening at Ivywild toasts PBS' Colorado Experience

Posted By on Mon, Sep 10, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Colorado Experience: Cheers to Beers screening, Sept. 12, happy hour at 5 p.m., screening at 6, Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., rmpbs.org. - COURTESY ROCKY MOUNTAIN PBS
  • Courtesy Rocky Mountain PBS
  • Colorado Experience: Cheers to Beers screening, Sept. 12, happy hour at 5 p.m., screening at 6, Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., rmpbs.org.
The true “Colorado experience” isn’t complete without a mountain view and a cold beer. Rocky Mountain PBS, producers of the Colorado Experience documentary series, recognize that beer has influenced the cultural landscape of Colorado from its role sustaining miners in the 1800s to its current use: giving hipsters a reason to quit their day job and open a craft brewery. (I’m kidding.) In honor of beer’s legacy and lasting cultural impact, the “Cheers to Beers” episode of Colorado Experience traces the beverage’s history in Colorado. It will air on Rocky Mountain PBS on the 27th, but to get a sneak peek at the episode, all you have to do is head to Bristol Brewing Company at the Ivywild School for a special preview screening and happy hour. The first 100 people to register get a commemorative glass and a ticket for a free drink. Seating is limited, so be sure to RSVP. 
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Friday, September 7, 2018

Sakura Speakeasy closes, at least for now

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 4:10 PM

With Dylan Currier now in charge of The Archives, hidden bar Sakura Speakeasy lacks a head bartender to guide it and, as such, co-owner Sean Fitzgerald has decided to close it — for now.

"We are currently discussing our options of whether to continue with it at its current location or if we should move it to its own location," he says via text. Whatever direction he and wife/co-owner Inez decide to take the Japanese inspired bar, that decision will come only after they've selected a new head bartender to direct the space.

To that end, the Indy has removed Sakura Speakeasy from this year's Best Of Colorado Springs ballot. Though you can still vote for the Fitzgeralds' other establishments, the Wobbly Olive, and The Collective.

The garden geisha, early iteration pictured, blends Tanqueray Rangpur gin with Domaine de Canton, apple juice, fennel syrup, and lemon. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • The garden geisha, early iteration pictured, blends Tanqueray Rangpur gin with Domaine de Canton, apple juice, fennel syrup, and lemon.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Happy Hour: Fight fall with fire, and happy hours around town

BRIENNE BOORTZ
  • Brienne Boortz
It's PSL season, which means the summertime vibes will soon make way for more back-to-back-to-back-back corporate holiday trends. But, technically, we still have a couple of weeks before we need to dust off the ol' Ugg boots and freshen up our flannel shirts to complete the classic fall #mood, and there's plenty of time to fight fall with fire.

We first warmed up to Brooklyn's on Boulder's El Fuego Diablo in February 2018. It's a sleek and sexy cocktail with ingredients like Lee Spirits Ginfuego, forbidden fruit, Creme de Cassis and Luxardo cherries, and laughingly simple to make. At the time, Brooklyn's explained El Fuego is a take on the classic "Mexican El Diablo," rumored to have been created by Trader Vic, the godfather of tiki cocktails, but it's the Ginfuego that gives this cocktail a one-of-a-kind spicy finish (You hear me, Starbucks?). 
If you're one to leave the experimenting to experts, though, here's this week's Happy Hour lineup:

South

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Happy Tails Happy Hours are happening at local breweries throughout the summer and $1 of each beer sold goes right back to the homeless pets at HSPPR. Plus, our popular 2018 collectible pint glasses will be available for $10 each! Join us this summer by drinking a beer for a great paw-se!

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The Public House has been voted “Best Of” South Neighborhood Bar 4 years running (2014-2017)! Happy hour M-F 3-6pm and All day Wednesday. Featuring specials on our always rotating Colorado tap selection, house wines, wells and pizzas. Locally Owned and Operated. Our House is Your House! 
Location Details The Public House
445 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.
Cheyenne Mountain
Colorado Springs, CO
465-3079
Bar Food and Bar/Club

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Smiling Toad Brewery offers IPAs galore and more craft brews Monday - Thursday 4pm-6pm!
Location Details Smiling Toad Brewery
1757 S. 8th St., #100
Cheyenne Mountain
Colorado Springs, Colo.
418-2936
Breweries/Wineries/Distilleries

East

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Single Barrel Craft Burgers & Brews, The Eastside's BEST Happy Hour! Enjoy daily 2 for 1 handcrafted cocktails, beers and wines from 3p-6p. Blistered Shishito peppers, Fresh Oysters and Carolina Nachos make the perfect pairing! Patio & Rooftop Fireplace Lounge are open!
Location Details Single Barrel Craft Burgers & Brews
5885 Stetson Hills Blvd.
Powers
Colorado Springs, CO
465-1704
Bar Food

West

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Jake & Telly's happy Hour 3-6pm Monday-Friday! Come enjoy our Greek happy hour with small plate and drink specials! Sit out on the deck and enjoy beautiful views of Pike’s Peak and the hustle and bustle of Colorado Avenue. Try out some of our Greek specialties and don’t forget to ask for a free shot of OUZO - OPA!
Location Details Jake & Telly's Greek Taverna
2616 W. Colorado Ave.
Old Colorado City
Colorado Springs, CO
633-0406
Mediterranean

Central

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Join La’au’s Taco Shop on the patio Monday-Friday with margaritas and select beers at 2 for $6! Plus for our college age friends under 21, get free chips & salsa with any purchase. Find us in the alley behind Cornerstone Arts Center on the Colorado College campus.
Location Details La'au's Taco Shop
830 N. Tejon St. #110
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
578-5228
Mexican/Tex-Mex/Southwestern

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Peak 31
happy hour all day long 7 days a week, .75 cents off everything! Power Hour Everyday 3-4 & 9-10; $2 Domestic Drafts - $2.50 Specialties & Micro, $2.50 well, $2.50 Wines!
Location Details Peak 31 @ Union Station
2419 N. Union Blvd.
Central
Colorado Springs, CO
227-7168
Bar/Club

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Monday all night and Tuesday-Friday from 3-6pm! Report to the Principal’s Office at the Ivywild School for Detention Hour – Monday all night and Tuesday- Friday from 3-6pm! Try one of our specialty cocktails on our Happy Hour menu for just $7, plus $2 off wine and draft beer.
Location Details The Principal's Office
1604 S. Cascade Ave.
Ivywild
Colorado Springs, CO
Bar/Club

Downtown

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M-F from 4p-6p and from 9p to close! Odyssey Gastropub, your favorite downtown destination and winner of 26 Indy Best Of awards in the last three years with a great happy hour which include both food and drink specials! Can’t wait to see you!
Location Details Odyssey Gastropub
311 N. Tejon St.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
999-5127
11 a.m. to midnight, daily
Bar Food and Bar/Club

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Happy hour daily 4:06-6pm and 9pm-close! The Bench is downtown’s ONLY sports bar and eatery and is the sister restaurant to acclaimed Odyssey Gastropub! Come join us for our happy hour featuring food and drink specials as well as all our game time specials! Football is here! Eat – Drink – Cheer!
Location Details The Bench
424 S. Nevada Ave.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
375-0930
Bar Food

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Brewer’s Republic is a craft beer tap house featuring specialty pizzas & bar bites. We offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Tues: Craft Can Night, Thurs: 8pm Trivia, Fri evenings for special tappings & $1 off full pours every M-F 4pm-7pm. 
Location Details Brewer's Republic
112 N. Nevada Ave.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
633-2105
Bar/Club

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Coquette's happy Hour daily 4-6pm! Dine indoors or on the patio! Specials: $5-$8 Crepe
Bites, Fried Pickles, Beet & Avocado Melange, Thai Chicken Skewers. Popcorn Chicken and Caprese Skewers! $4 house wine, $3 wells & $2 off canned beer/cider. All GF all the time! Cocktails & cupcakes at the bakery!
Location Details Coquette's Bistro and Bakery
616 S. Tejon St.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
685-2420
Café/Sandwich and Bakeries

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Jack Quinn's happy Hour daily 3-6pm! Colorado Springs favorite Irish Pub! $3.50 Colorado
Domestics and well liquors $4 Imports and House Wines, $1 off bottled beers, and ½ off all appetizers. We have drink specials every night of the week! Check out our website for event and special information. Locally Owned.
Location Details Jack Quinn's Irish Pub & Restaurant
21 S. Tejon St.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
385-0766
Bar/Club, Bar Food and Irish/English

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Bar-K, downtown’s best Happy Hour is at Bar-K! Enjoy $2 Mooseheads/Monday, $2 Tecates/Tuesday, 1/2 price bottles on “Wine Down” Wednesday & $3.50 Jameson on Thirsty Thursday. Free ping pong 24/7! Enjoy responsibly!
Location Details Bar-K
124 E. Costilla St.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
358-7788
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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Atomic Cowboy/Denver Biscuit Company/Fat Sully's imminently opening, set to impress

Posted By on Sat, Sep 1, 2018 at 5:30 PM

The Franklin biscuit sandwich is the best-seller, with buttermilk fried chicken, Tender Belly bacon and cheddar with sausage gravy. The Atomic Bloody Mary is composed of Family Jones Vodka, house mix and Left Hand's milk stout nitro. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • The Franklin biscuit sandwich is the best-seller, with buttermilk fried chicken, Tender Belly bacon and cheddar with sausage gravy. The Atomic Bloody Mary is composed of Family Jones Vodka, house mix and Left Hand's milk stout nitro.

Things are about to go Atomic in downtown Colorado Springs — not in the constant nuclear threat NORAD kinda way, to be clear. But in the Atomic Cowboy/Denver Biscuit Company/Fat Sully's kinda way.

As the Indy recently reported, the eatery/drink trifecta (all under one roof) is opening its fifth location in state, in downtown Colorado Springs in the former Southside johnny's location at 528 S. Tejon Street. Doors officially open to the public on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 8 a.m.

The initial four locations are in Denver. The city's Westword newspaper is fond of the spots, nostalgic even, in a recent write-up; and the overall outfit has been no stranger to TV either.
Based on our limited media preview Friday, Aug. 31, we were pretty impressed by the comfort food items and a couple quality cocktails. See the slideshow below for a tour through items like enormous biscuit sandwiches.

Founder Drew Shader, who shared some backstory with us while we sampled, noted this new location is his biggest, at around 10,000 square feet, which includes a year-round, 2,500-square-foot rooftop deck/patio. He said he'd been searching for the right spot here over the course of three years, as he loves older, historic buildings like this former Trolley Building.

He's outwardly trying to invest in the Springs, not just with partnerships locally with the likes of Loyal Coffee, Lee Spirits Gin and Red Leg Brewing (specifically with whom beer sales will go to the area nonprofit Angels of America's Fallen), but also by investing in his staff. He tells us 18 different managers and staffers opted to make the move to the Springs, some for the reason of wanting to get out of Denver's hustle and bustle. He says he likes to develop people, and so far 180 folks have been hired, with a plan to hit 215 when an ice cream shop called Frozen Gold opens soon on the west side of the complex. (There's more to come, including a Dos Santos expansion from Denver, too.)

Given how many folks he sees in Denver, who drive up for the town's culinary culture, he's confident the Springs is more than ready to embrace his concepts. And again, based on our enjoyment of the comfort-items set before us, we're pretty certain that embrace they will, especially during weekend late-night hours.

Full hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, with New York-style pizza slices (they're awesome) available at Fat Sully’s walk-up window until 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Denver Biscuit Company will serve from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (3 p.m./weekends), while Atomic Cowboy, the spirits arm, will serve throughout all operating hours.
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