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Old 08-09-2012, 10:01 AM
 
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What part of Colorado Springs has the most concentration of things to do, is there an area of town where there are bars, restaurants, lounges or shopping? What is the more upscale part of Colorado Springs that offers the most to do? Are there any areas in Colorado Springsthat are must see's?
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Old 08-09-2012, 10:22 AM
 
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Garden of the Gods, a must see.
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Old 08-09-2012, 11:11 AM
 
Location: East Colorado Springs
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Totally agree with kbreezy, if this is your first time you should go check out Garden of the Gods. Luckily Colorado Springs isn't too big so you don't really need to focus on only one area to spend time in. For shopping and dining I would check out Old Colorado City or Manitou Springs. Lots of little local shops and great cafe's.
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Old 08-09-2012, 12:19 PM
 
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The shopping, bars, eateries, and "to do" parts can be covered well by three areas:

1. Downtown, centered on Tejon St and Pikes Peak. Two great hotels (Antlers Hilton and Wyndham Grand), tons of eats, small shops, lots of watering holes.

2. Old Colorado City (OCC) on the west side, centered on Colorado Ave and about 25th St, great for eats and drinks plus shopping.

3. Manitou Springs, the mother lode of eating, drinking and shopping. Some historic old hotels and a very concentrated walkable old town with a marvelous vibe.


As far as things to do, you can take the cog train up Pikes Peak, or you can drive up too if you wish.

If you want to play the slots, find your way to Cripple Creek.
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:24 AM
 
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Garden of the Gods
Seven Falls
Cave of the Winds
Pikes Peak Cog Railway
Brunch at the Broadmoor - definitely upscale dining
Also recommend Gertrude's in Old Colorado City and there used to be a really cool pizza place in that area. Can't remember the name but it was a small narrow place where they made the pizzas fresh while you waited.
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:34 AM
 
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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Pikes Peak
Garden of the Gods
upscale = Broadmoor Hotel
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Old 08-10-2012, 01:27 PM
 
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Anyone have suggestions for the best pubs, wine bars and lounges in C.S.? Any fun places anyone can recommend? Is there a particular area of town that has a high concentration of great bars and or nightlife? Thanks for your help!
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Old 08-10-2012, 01:31 PM
 
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Anyone have suggestions for the best pubs, wine bars and lounges in C.S.? Any fun places anyone can recommend? Is there a particular area of town that has a high concentration of great bars and or nightlife? Thanks for your help!
Downtown there's Jack Quinn's Irish Pub and the Phantom Canyon Brew Pub. Antlers Hilton has a nice piano bar and/or smooth jazz combo and it's right across from the Phantom Canyon pub. I'd bet the new Mining Exchange Wyndham Grand has a great one, the owner spent lavishly when he rehabbed that old building.
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Old 08-10-2012, 02:57 PM
 
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The Mining Exchange Wyndham Grand's hotel restaurant is called Springs Orleans. It's got great food (fairly close approximation to authentic Nawlins style, though nothing really compares to the real thing) and their piano player is a former member of the Commodores. He's great.

For a martini bar, try Motif in Old Colorado City. Indoor/outdoor seating with live music, mostly jazz. I recently heard a local group there called Young Austin and the No Difference (blues/rock). Young kid is the lead vocalist and lead guitarist. Should have a future in the biz.

The Famous has a decent bar with a good piano player. Atmosphere is traditional steak house. Imagine the rat pack dropping in for few (If you don't know who the rat pack is, that probably isn't the place for you; you're too young. Bet Mike know who I'm talking about).
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