Old Colorado City: New and improved?

A few weeks ago, we strolled over to Old Colorado City for some coffee at the newish Jives Coffee Lounge, and they were closed. Of course they were closed, I thought. Local businesses hate money. Closed on a Sunday, when people are out in the world. I was going to write an Oinkety post about how Jives hates money and blah, blah, blah.

But after checking out their hours, I had to reevaluate. Yes, they’re closed on Sundays, but they’re open every other day 8 a.m. to midnight and 8 to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Hard to complain about that. And that Sunday thing? They’re not closed. There’s some sort of church thing going on in there, so technically, I guess they’re not closed.

We’ve been menaced by mixed feelings over Old Colorado City, but apparently, there’s a revival under way.

“Have you been to the sexy new jazz club?”; “Have you seen that cool new coffee shop?” The Gazette’s Warren Epstein wrote in a story that posted today.

What a coincidence, Warren. Those are exactly the two places we went tonight.

Jives is fun and cozy. Pick your mug and relax at any of the huge selection of tables or cubbies. Feel like playing cards? Checkers? Grab a deck or board and let the games begin. Excellent service, too. And the only way they could have better hours would be to open 24 hours, which, as a night person, I would fully support.

After coffee, we stopped by Motif for a drink. We didn’t stay for the music, which is OK with me since I am not a big fan of jazz. It’s possible that I’m not sophisticated enough for jazz. We also didn’t have any food since we gorged ourselves earlier on barbecue. I’m definitely interested in going back to try the desserts, specifically the cobbler, which sounded delicious on the menu.

And on a whim, we stepped into Nice N Naughty because they happened to be open. Adrienne found an awesome long sweater that she loved. Maybe local businesses don’t hate money after all. Especially Old Colorado City.

A brisk fall day in Old Colorado City at dusk.

A brisk fall day in Old Colorado City at dusk.

Jives Coffee Lounge, Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Jives Coffee Lounge, Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The very spacious and cozy Jives Coffee Lounge in Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs, Colorado

The very spacious and cozy Jives Coffee Lounge in Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Adrienne's pink Winnie the Pooh mug at Jives, Old Colorado City.

At Jives, you can pick your own mug. Adrienne enjoyed her latte from this pink Winnie the Pooh mug.

Get your game on at Jives Coffee Lounge in Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

I am a gin rummy master, and cannot be defeated. I displayed my skills at Jives Coffee Lounge. Other patrons were terrified of my power.

Jives Coffee Lounge, Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Since you get to choose your own mug, I picked the one that said Red Hot Lover on it. Then I made my pervy face.

The outdoor seating area at Jives Coffee Lounge, Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The outdoor seating area at Jives Coffee Lounge, Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Motif jazz bar, Old Colorado City.

Motif jazz bar, Old Colorado City. The main entrance is a huge garage door. Very cool.

Motif jazz bar, Old Colorado City.

The garage door opening out onto the courtyard at Motif jazz bar, Old Colorado City.


Drinks at Motif jazz bar, Old Colorado City.

Adrienne had a red wine, and I had a 5-barrel pale ale from Odell Brewing.

The bar at Motif, Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The bar at Motif, Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs, Colorado.