Colorado Springs' downtown may be considered small compared to other cities but it is rich with a variety of local shops, restaurants, parks and culture. The neighborhood is especially desirable with homes from the late 1800's featuring Victorian, craftsman, modern new builds and additions, and stunning historic brick apartments still being used today. The old canopy trees border nearly every street and the volunteer maintained landscape reflects the love within the community. It's no wonder happy hour Downtown is booming no matter the day of the week, and with so many places to choose from. In no particular order, here is a list of some of the top local spots for happy hour:
Poor Richards Rico's cafe: This wine bar/coffee shop/bookstore/pizzeria/toy store has been locally owned and operated since 1975, though it started as just a book store and has since grown. Because the owner gives back to the community in more ways than one this happy hour spot gets the first shout out. Rico's Cafe which is the wine bar/coffee shop side, has a daily happy hour from 4-6 and includes half off any 6 oz pour of wine, 50% off wine bottles (all day on Sunday), and $3 Laughing Lab or Fat Tire beer. Visit the website for more information on their values, products, and live music schedule.
Phantom Canyon Brewing Company: Another downtown Colorado Springs staple as it's the oldest brewery in town, Phantom Canyon is a multistory full service restaurant and brewery featuring billiards and several banquet halls. Happy hour is 3-6 daily and 10-close Sunday through Thursday and entails $2.75 pints of house brews, $3 house wines, and $10 pitchers. Check out their website for daily specials specific to the billiard hall.
Shuga's: This trendy restaurant bar specializes in mixed drinks and coffee but the food is worth mentioning too. Shuga's atmosphere may be the biggest draw for locals though. The eclectic restaurant has a paper crane installment gracing the ceiling and unique art along the walls, but it's quaint back patio is a favorite. Happy hour is from 4-6 and specials change frequently.
Nosh: With giant coy fish wall paper and sleek decor, Nosh is a great spot to meet friends for an after work or evening cocktail. The global inspired dishes and high end drinks are just right for intimate gatherings. Happy hour is Monday to Friday 4-6 and includes, small bites, cocktails, wine, and beer. Be sure to visit their website for upcoming events.
Jose Muldoon's: A favorite because of it's courtyard style patio with outdoor bar and string lights, Jose Muldoon's has been downtown for almost forty years. Every Tuesday is Taco Tuesday where customers can get $1.25 tacos with a full price drink. Happy hour is Monday through Saturday 4-7 and a second round 11-close Thursday through Saturday. Specials include house margaritas, cor0nitas, and beer. Visit their website for daily specials.
About the Author: Kelly Conner Young, GRI
Kelly is an Associate Broker with The Platinum Group Realtors. She has over 15 years experience in Real Estate in the Colorado Springs and Front Range region of Colorado. She represents buyers and sellers of real estate buying homes, land for sale and mountain property getaways. Specific areas include: Black Forest, Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Divide, Falcon, Downtown, Manitou Springs, Monument, Old Colorado City, Westside, Woodmen Hills and Woodland Park. You can reach her at 719-226-0126 or by clicking "email the author" above.