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The Ancient Mariner returns with seafood and craft taps 

click to enlarge GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
Manitou’s maritime-themed bar and live music standby, The Ancient Mariner, returned last June under Nelson Ruffrano, owner of Ruffrano’s Hell’s Kitchen Pizza spots. Beyond heavy renovations and fresh paint, Ruffrano added 10 more taps, bringing the total to 14, and added a rum selection and in-house seafood-focused menu to give the whiskey-centric bar a few more nods to its seafaring theme. Diners can also order from adjacent Marilyn’s Pizza.

We bypass tempting vegan tacos for a mess of fried seafood, picking up a poboy ($10) and a plate of fish and chips ($10), both served with a cup of thin, tart house remoulade. The former comes with four fried shrimp slightly overcooked but not bad. The highlight’s the side of fries, soft through and cut in-house. They do better with the fish and chips, two pieces of cod in a substantial and satisfying coating. With a pint of Trinity Brewing Company’s superlative One Ear Saison ($5), it’s a fine bar meal.
Location Details The Ancient Mariner Tavern
962 Manitou Ave.
Manitou Springs/Ute Pass
Manitou Springs, CO
685-5503
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