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Sensory overload is the stock and trade at Rawkus. The massive venue, sporting 13,000 square feet for hundreds of regular-shaped feet to stand in, carries electronic accoutrements that range from a surrealistic laser system to a pro audio system for transcendent evenings out. While sprinkling its schedule with DJs, dance parties, and rock acts, the venue also serves beer and liquor from its bar and snacks from its kitchen.

3506 N Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs,
CO
US

Steve Kuhnau grew up battling allergies and low blood sugar, and in the late 60's, he finally found the perfect solution, and it was delicious. Blending real fruit, proteins, nutrients, and other mix-ins, Steve created Smoothie King to provide nutritious drinks, many of which can be as filling and healthful as a meal. Fiber, probiotics, antioxidants, and other enhancements can boost the health effects of customers, plus skipping added sweeteners can help avoid calories, carbs, and conniving tooth fairies who have a malicious contract with all sugars.

1801 E Cheyenne Mountain Blvd
Colorado Springs,
CO
US

The ominous buzz of a bloody chainsaw. The dead stare of an evil clown. The shocking sight of a feasting cannibal. They'll all feel eerily real at Hell Scream Haunts, and that's because the creators are professionals who work the same magic for film and TV. Of the three spaces—the Screamatorium, VonHellton’s House of Horrors, and The Dungeon of Despair—the Screamatorium carries the spookiest story, as it's the rumored former site of a sinister hospital. But no matter which cutting-edge attraction you brave, each are bound to terrify.

5825 Mark Dabling Boulevard
Colorado Springs,
CO
US

In 1984, against the advice of certain friends and family members, a man named Frankie opened a pub on the East Side of Colorado Springs. He began with little more than a small storefront and a chalkboard on which he scrawled the day's burgers and sandwiches. But over the next three decades, to the surprise of everyone except the people who ate Frankie's food, the bar doubled in size. Frankie opened a patio, installed big-screen TVs, and, with the help of his wife—who was once just one of his patrons—began printing real menus. Today, Frankie keeps his visitors full with burgers, steaks, hand-battered onion rings, and other pub eats—most of which are recipes he's been making for years and some of which were inspired by dreams about storm clouds raining nacho cheese.

But Frankie's isn't just about food and beer, it's also about community. Throughout football season, his TVs broadcast the professional and college-level games in College Tickets, games on Sunday, Monday and Thursday Tickets and ESPN's Gameplan package, ranging from regular-season match-ups to special conference games. And every Saturday, live music draws newly formed friends to the dance floor, keeping them moving long into the night.

945 N Powers Blvd
Colorado Springs,
CO
US