Cowboys is the Colorado Springs Gilley’s

We play this game when we’re out in the world: If we see someone who looks like a celebrity, we say, “It’s the Colorado Springs __________.”

Sometimes the celebrities are a little obscure (the guy in the blue hat — it’s the Colorado Springs waiter in that one movie with Tom Cruise with the racecar.) Sometimes the celebrities aren’t even celebrities at all. (OK. Standing by the door, with the boots. It’s the Colorado Springs my girlfriend in the eighth grade.)

The rules to this game are pretty flexible. Why am I telling you this? Because we’ve played this game all over the city, and by far, the best Colorado Springs celebrity-watching is at Tony’s and Cowboys. We’ve written about Tony’s before, but we haven’t said much about Cowboys. (Beware: Their website plays music. Ugh.)

I have a lot of mixed feelings about Cowboys. On the one hand, I can really appreciate a good country bar. On the other hand, Cowboys is only a country bar in name. It’s more like a country-themed regular bar. When Bret Michaels plays at your venue, and rap and dance music are on your playlist, you’re not a true country bar. But whatever. It’s fine. It’s also expensive. Drinks are pricey, and there’s usually a cover charge.

We went to Cowboys a few weeks ago to see the Eli Young Band. I go to these kinds of shows with Adrienne (grudgingly), and she goes to Motorhead and Black Sabbath with me (grudgingly). Relationships are about compromise.

Anyway, the Eli Young Band was enjoyable. High-energy. Personable. I’m a pretty tepid pop-country fan, but live shows are usually a good time.

Lead singer for the Eli Young Band, who played at Cowboys in downtown Colorado Springs

The Eli Young Band singer (the Colorado Springs Wayne Newton!)

Lead guitarist for the Eli Young Band, who played at Cowboys in downtown Colorado Springs

The lead guitarist (or the Colorado Springs Eddie Vedder).

Lead guitarist for the Eli Young Band, who played at Cowboys in downtown Colorado Springs

The bass player (far right) is the Colorado Springs guy from Midnight Oil

There were a lot of “celebrities” in the crowd, too. We saw the Colorado Springs Mickey Rourke, the COS Kendra (reality TV star!), the Colorado Springs Kenny Chesney. I interacted briefly with the Colorado Springs Angie Dickenson, whose view I was blocking. Sorry, Angie. The Colorado Springs Tiger Woods was there. And the COS Git-R-Done guy. All in all, a delightful, star-studded night. The crowd at Cowboys is younger, a lot of GIs from Fort Carson. A decent place overall.

And who are we in this game? Good question.

The Colorado Springs Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Adrienne is probably the Colorado Springs Julia Louis-Dreyfus

The Colorado Springs Bob Saget.

Me, I'm probably the Colorado Springs Bob Saget. Listen, we can't all be the Colorado Springs Brad Pitt.

Five Fun Things To Do This Weekend

Ok, here goes!

Saturday and Sunday Chef’s Catalogue warehouse is having a huge sale.

Chef's Warehouse, Colorado Springs

Chef's Warehouse, Colorado Springs

Chef's Warehouse, Colorado Springs

Chef's Warehouse, Colorado Springs

Drop your lady off there and then go to The Hub Diner and Car Wash and get that crap off your car. What is that stuff anyway??? It might rain this weekend and if so, the car wash won’t be open. But you can still get some breakfast or lunch. We haven’t been there so let us know how it is!

If you’ve got your kids with you (or even if you don’t), head on up to Adventure Golf for some miniature golf. It’s fun! Mini golf starts at $5 per person for one game. You can also get cheaper replays, and packages of two or three games so you can play all three courses. We  played the Wild West course.

Adventure Golf, Colorado Springs

Adventure Golf, Colorado Springs

Adventure Golf, Colorado Springs

Adventure Golf, Colorado Springs

Adventure Golf, Colorado Springs

Adventure Golf, Colorado Springs

Adventure Golf, Colorado Springs

Adventure Golf, Colorado Springs

Adventure Golf, Colorado Springs

Adventure Golf, Colorado Springs

After working up an appetite playing serious golf, you can go over to Squeak Soda Shop for a grilled cheese sandwich and some ice cream.  We went there the other day and thought it was pretty good but is probably a lot better for kids than adults- except for the adults in there that were acting like kids, and not in a good way. Mike is going to post a review of Squeak Soda Shop  pretty soon here, so check back, and if you go, be sure to comment and let us know what you think.

If you’re getting tired and need a drink, with or without the kids, go down to Cowboys- Sunday is family day- they have line dancing lessons from 5:00 to 8:30 and Happy Hour from 4-7. There are small cover charges (different prices depending on age) but it’s not too bad, especially considering the Happy Hour drink prices include $2 bottled domestic beer, 2 for 1 drafts and mixed drinks, and then $3 mini pitchers from 7-midnight. Please be sure to check their website for current prices and specials because they do change a lot.  They also have ok food if you want to have dinner.  We’ve been to Cowboys lots of times but never taken the line dancing lessons so be sure to let us know how they are in the comments!

Have a great weekend!