2013: East night spots 

When darkness falls here, anything can happen

Colorado Springs East Side

Though many businesses on the Powers Boulevard side of things are national chains, there are plenty of other outfits dealing in diversions.

Some are a little more bawdy than others. For instance, though not locally owned, we hear PT's All Nude (5975 Terminal Ave., ptsallnudesprings.com) is a lovely place to set for a spell, as long as you're comfortable with the visuals, which include lots of legs across its four stages of debauchery. Also find "unique table-side bartending," provided you brought your own alcohol.

The be-danced become the dancing ever so easily with quick visits to Latin Quarters (1865 N. Academy Blvd., lqnightlife.com) or Club Q (3430 N. Academy Blvd., clubqonline.com). The trumpeted sounds of outfits like El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico will set that booty poppin' at LQ, while the latter Club captures all the LGBT vibes and pumps them into more than a hundred special events a year.

Meanwhile, Copperhead Road (3330 N. Academy Blvd., copperheadroadbar.com) sort of combines all that into a big, messy, honky-tonk sweatfest. You've got your theme days, like Sexy Saturdays and Wiggle Wednesdays; you've got your bands playing on the Pretty Wild Stage; and you've got your Lipstick Bandits, or cowboy-hatted hotties, doing work.

During the summertime, a similar mood emerges at BooDad's Beach House Grill (5910 Omaha Blvd., boodadsbeachhouse.com), definitely the best place to slap balls, sip shots and eat sand in town. Whether you join a volleyball league, or just pay to play, there are few better ways to kill a bucket of Corona.

And if it's only the latter you're interested in, this here area is dive-bar central in dear Colorado Springs. Kasey's Bar & Grill (1919 E. Boulder St., 635-8128), the Irish House IV Lounge (2001 E. Platte Ave., 520-9930), the Skybox Lounge (2102 E. Bijou St., 634-4815) and the Knob Hill Lounge (2100 E. Platte Ave., 633-5844) are all within about 500 feet of each other. With a reputation for hard-right politics, Maggie Mae's (2405 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 475-1623) may or may not be to your taste, but the Hill Top Lounge (4829 Barnes Road, 574-4288) is likely happy to have you either way.

Holy Cow Pub & Grill (5885 Stetson Hills Blvd., holycowpubandgrill.com) offers a regular home to lovers of cover bands and yard beers, while Rhino's Sports & Spirits (4307 Integrity Center Point, rhinosbar.com) is as suited to hosting your fantasy-football draft party as it is cougar hunting.

Anyone wanting a little deliberation with their drink should check out some of the east-side craft brewers. Rocky Mountain Brewery (625 Paonia St., 528-1651) can be a little hard to find, but with multiple beers winning multiple medals — the Eat a Peach has taken gold at the World Beer Cup — it's often worth the trek. Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery (3316 Cinema Point Drive, rockbottom.com) sports chain ownership, but still brews all its suds on-site at its location in front of the Cinemark movie theater. Finally, Kevin Baity Kraft Beer (3668 E. Bijou St., 229-8405) may or may not be sold in the near future, but representatives assure us its hand-crafted batches aren't going anywhere.


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