Colorado Springs has nearly 20 colleges and universities, populated by approximately 25,000 students. In addition, local military bases house many young people. So the city's over-18-yet-under-21 crowd is large. Most night clubs cater to people 21 and older; there are a few venues, though, that offer over-18 nights or allow all ages--even though drinking is still for those over 21 only.
Sodo offers the 18-and-older set live music and DJ entertainment Tuesday through Saturday until 4:00 a.m. Special events are common, such as lady’s night, open bar (21 and older), Chippendale dancers, and booty-shakin’ contests. Doors open at 8:00 p.m., with cover charge varying between $10 and $15.
Sodo 527 South Tejon Colorado Springs, CO 80903 719-314-0420 sodonightlife.com
The Golden Bee
A favorite of many college kids, the Golden Bee at the Broadmoor is an authentically reproduced English pub with wood panels and fixtures shipped over from London in 1961. It features a typical English pub menu, along with rousing nightly sing-alongs at the piano bar. The Golden Bee piano bar is open until 1:30 a.m.
The Golden Bee 1 Lake Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80906 719-667-0962 broadmore.com
Cowboys Night Club
Cowboys, founded in 1986, is open Wednesdays and Thursdays 5 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. and Friday through Sunday 4:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. Patrons 18 years and older are welcome. From a karaoke room, live concerts to line dance lessons, Cowboys has a lot to offer. Named “best place to foot stomp” consistently over the years, the club also showcases other genres of music and has featured performers such as Brett Michaels, Winger, and April Wine. Happy hour and two-for-one drink specials are available for the 21-and-over crowd.
Cowboys Night Club 25 North Tejon St. Colorado Springs, CO 80903 719-596-1212 worldfamouscowboys.com
The Underground is an alternative night club, catering to the gay and Gothic crowd. DJs spin a mix of alternative dance and rock, techno-modern, top 40 club mixes, 80s retro, and new wave. Pool tables, karaoke, and card games are offered as well. The Underground is open every night until 2:00 a.m.
The Underground 110 North Nevada Colorado Springs, CO 80903 719-578-7771 undergroundbars.com
The Kings Palace
If you are into the Caribbean music scene, The Kings Palace is the place to go. Playing salsa, merengue, and reggae music so you can dance the night away, the club also provides a good place for people of all ages just to socialize and listen to the beat.
The King's Palace 2815 E. Platte Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80909 719-473-7410
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