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The Springs' secret spots for bites and beverages

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Wanna know a secret? Many secrets, actually — hidden places where you can find the offbeat and intimate. They may not be the bright-signed, well-lit spots along the main drag, but these small eat-and-drink places offer a lot of charm. Sometimes the best part of a secret is sharing it. So, just between us, enjoy!

Sakura Speakeasy

Sakura Speakeasy - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • Sakura Speakeasy
Ask for speakeasy seating at Rooster’s House of Ramen, and you’ll find yourself whisked past a hidden door marked with a cherry blossom into a quiet, tastefully decorated bar, complete with hot towels and welcome drinks. Enjoy a few appetizers and maybe a signature cocktail or two, or go straight for the selection of high-end spirits, including hard-to-find Japanese whiskies.
Location Details Sakura Speakeasy
323 N. Tejon St.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
Bar Food

Upstairs at La Baguette

Come for the selection of absinthe, served in the French style with a sugar cube and fountain of ice-cold water. Stay for the massive wine list (including flights), cocktails, small plates and desserts, including baked goods from downstairs. Watch the long summer nights fade, or warm up by the fire in winter.
Location Details Upstairs at La Baguette
2417 W. Colorado Ave.
Old Colorado City
Colorado Springs, Colorado
471-4209
Bar/Club and Bakeries

La Cava Fine Mexican Cuisine

Designed to resemble a wine cellar, this atmospheric spot serves genuine higher-end Mexican fare like Sonoran rib-eye and Chile en Nogada, available with a selection of wines and spirits, including fun margarita variations. Co-owner Miguel Castrejon compares it to Sonora, Mexico, saying “on the tucked-away streets is where you find the best food.”
Location Details La Cava Fine Mexican
1755 S. Eighth St.
West side
Colorado Springs, Colorado
203-4297
Mexican/Tex-Mex/Southwestern

Motif Jazz Café

Motif Jazz Café - RILEY BRATZLER
  • Riley Bratzler
  • Motif Jazz Café
With helping hands from an acoustic engineer, the new Motif is designed first and foremost as a spot to catch live jazz, and for that, this dark and stylish club is excellent (thanks also to a list of excellent musicians who stock our city). That they don’t charge a cover only sweetens the deal. Pair the music with a few drinks and selections from a rotating menu.
Location Details Motif Jazz Cafe
182 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.
Cheyenne Mountain
Colorado Springs, CO
896-1254
Event Center, Bar/Club and Gourmet/eclectic

Manitou Brewing Company

Less hidden and more just easy to miss, Manitou Springs’ brewery has been expanding into its main-drag location for the last year. They’ve recently expanded their offerings on tap. Plans are to start a barrel aging program by late 2018. In the meantime, their kitchen does amazing work with pork belly.
Location Details Manitou Brewing Company
725 Manitou Ave.
Manitou Springs/Ute Pass
Manitou Springs, CO
282-7709
Breweries/Wineries/Distilleries

Enoteca Rustica

Enoteca Rustica - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Enoteca Rustica
Located upstairs from Jay Gust’s Pizzeria Rustica, Enoteca (rough translation: “wine library”) offers small plates and a spectrum of fancy beers, wines, spirits and cocktails for the discerning diner. It’s also a fine place to grab a drink and wait for a seat downstairs to open up.
Location Details Pizzeria Rustica
2527 W. Colorado Ave.
Old Colorado City
Colorado Springs, CO
632-8121
Pizza and Italian

Sopra Antipasto & Wine Bar

With a gorgeous view of the mountains, this year-old spot, located above Paravicini’s Italian Bistro, wows with not-so-small small plates. The polenta is particularly satisfying, and it’s even better paired with one of a hundred wines, with additional port, grappa and cocktail offerings. Great for dinner, drinks or both.
Location Details Sopra Antipasto & Wine Bar
4 S. 28th St.
Old Colorado City
Colorado Springs, CO
344-8119
Open 4-10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays; until 11 p.m.Fridays and Saturdays
Italian

Brooklyn’s on Boulder

The haberdashery front and its 1920s prices are a thin façade, but this speakeasy, the tasting room for Lee Spirits Company, is no joke, serving small plates and some next-level cocktails, all gin-based and all the more affordable for the house-made components. Many a local gin skeptic has here learned the versatility of the spirit and met its wonders anew.
Location Details Brooklyn's on Boulder Street
110 E. Boulder St.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
415-3115
Bar/Club

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