One of my major peeves in life is restaurants with bad decor (first-world problem). You can have the best food in the world but if your decor sucks, it’s really hard for me to go. Colorado Springs has a LOT of restaurants that look horrible. Luckily, we also have a few that are awesome.
Amuze at The Fine Arts Center- this restaurant is CLOSED is currently on my shit list- I bought a Deal Of The Day from them and of course forgot about it till the last minute. It expires next Tuesday but since they’re not open during the week I wanted to use it next weekend. No dice, no can do, so sorry, we can’t extend it. Whatevs, that is completely lame. So I called Deal Of The Day and got a refund. Take THAT, Amuze. You just lost $12.50. Ha. Anyhow, The Deco Lounge is the bar and Amuze is the restaurant. Both have lovely art- deco style decor. Amuze is insanely expensive, but the Deco Bar has normal bar prices. Really really pretty inside with lots of natural light so try to go in the evening before it gets dark. It was built in 1936 and has a very interesting history. Also, since it’s a museum, the restaurant and bar have lots of neat art in them.
My favorite restaurant in the whole city is Shuga’s just south of downtown on Cascade. It’s a bar, it’s a cafe, it’s a resaurant with very unique and delicious food. They’re open everyday except Sundays, until midnight. That is awesome enough. But it’s also so so so pretty inside. A friend of mine mentioned that it seems to be perfect all the time, no matter what season. It can be the middle of a burning summer or a snow covered winter and their decor manages to be just right always. Plus they have live music some nights and they show movies on a big screen, too.
Another place we really like is Motif in Old Colorado City. It’s open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. They have live jazz every night, lots of wines, fun cocktails and fancy little food. There’s a cozy yet modern indoor space and an outdoor area with a completely different feel. Both are really great places to hang out and have a drink.
There are more nice places around and I’ll post about them soon. Meanwhile, let us know which places are your faves!