Founded by local brew maestro Jason Yester, Trinity Brewing serves fresh food and beer amid a people- and environment-friendly atmosphere. Drawing on his years of experience as former brew master at Bristol Brewing Company, Yester personally crafts a variety of staple and seasonal brews, such as the Sunna Belgian Wit or the 12.5% ABV Farmhouse Nocturnum Saison. With a thundering beerfall of more than 30 taps, Trinity Brewing surrounds 6 to 10 original creations with about 27 offerings from signature breweries such as Avery, Dogfish Head, and New Belgium. The kitchen keeps the brew munchies at bay with a full menu that appeals to vegetarians, meatitarians, gluten-free gourmets, and ascetic Antarctic ice temple monks. Juxtapose a well-aged Stop Making Sense eisbock with appetizers such as the authentic belgian fries ($5) and Awaken bison jerky ($5). For heartier hungers, try a mediterranean wrap ($6) or sink your moistened molars into the holy mole enchilada ($9) or the falafel with house-made tzatziki sauce ($9).
Though the façade hasn’t changed much since Drake Hill Sports Bar and Grill moved into the spot formerly occupied by Cafe El Paso, the interior has utterly transformed according to The Gazette. A pool table, seven flat-screen TVs, and walls hung with sports memorabilia subtly hint at the obsessions of the new occupants, and that rousing ambiance is fueled by a menu of wings, grilled sandwiches, and fried appetizers. They’ve even dedicated an entire page of the menu to build-your-own burgers and dogs: diners can top each selection with five types of cheese, grilled jalapeños, fried pickles, or a ketchup sketch of their favorite U.S. president.
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.
Look in any direction at Cleats Bar and Grill, and there's likely to be some kind of competition in sight. HD televisions peer down on visitors, casting football, hockey, and baseball games across their glowing faces. Friendly bouts of pool and darts break out elsewhere, while foosball players spin their miniature players until they vomit LEGO blocks. On the outdoor patio, guests surrounding the fire pit pass subtle bets on which log will be the last to crumble into ash. All the while, these varying gladiators take bites from team-themed burgers and hoist domestic and craft beers.
Garden of the Gods Trading Post was built in the 1920s by trader Charles Strausenback and continues to sell goods today, with an array of updated offerings such as keepsakes, Native American art, and café sandwiches. The Manitou Outpost feathers necks with gold leaf pendants ($12.99+), sheaths feet in soft suede and moosehide Minnetonka moccasins ($38+), and enlivens shelves with keepsakes such as miniature painted ponies ($32.99+), whose neighing registers as soprano squeaks. After walking among the Pueblo pottery ($465+) and Navajo weavings ($310+), guests at the Balanced Rock Grill can indulge in a buffalo burger ($7.50) or unwrap a dried tomato tortilla gorged with spicy chicken and cheddar cheese ($7.95). Patrons can also people-watch at outside tables while sipping from a tap beer ($4.50) and discussing the complications of fashioning mukluks from Yeti hide.
Claudette Hutchinson's passion for traditional Jamaican food is in her DNA. Coming from a large family of Jamaican cooks, she honors both the national dishes and Rastafari staples of her homeland on Spice Island Grill's expansive menu. Her steamy plates of curries and stews have earned her glowing reviews from the Colorado Springs Independent and ColoradoSprings.com.
On many weekends, a dance party sends modern Jamaican DJ sounds to mingle with the whir of blenders as the staff blends slushy tropical cocktails. Bright blue and yellow walls further reflect the restaurant's upbeat vibe, and posters of Bob Marley exhibit its unabashed love for reggae and tropical culture.