A Definitive City Guide for Colorado Springs


By OUTTraveler Editors

It may be home to Focus on the Family, but Colorado Springs is more than meets the eye: gay bars, exotic food, and natural wonders beckon LGBT visitors.

For a city with nearly half a million people, you'd expect Colorado Springs to offer plenty of dining variety, and thankfully, it does. With everything from good coffee to authentic barbeque, Colorado Springs is yours for the eating.

Bird Dog Barbeque: This Oklahoma-style BBQ joint (pictured) may be casual, but as any BBQ fan knows, eating with your fingers should never be fancy. (two locations in Colorado Springs, more info)

The Poor Richard's Complex: This downtown Colorado Springs business contains not only a bookstore, toystore and gift shop, but also a restaurant and cafe. The bookstore was first established in 1975 and each business was gradually added to the lineup, contributing to the complex's celebrated atmosphere and excellence in multiple categories. (320 N. Tejon Street, more info)

Marigold Cafe and Bakery: Owned by a French chef and his wife, this spot serves bistro-inspired cuisine along with freshly baked pastries and an extensive wine list. (4605 Centennial Blvd., more info)

Shuga's: Both comfortably quaint and stylishly vintage, Shuga's has a simple yet eclectic food and drink menu. The Brazilian coconut shrimp soup is their most famous dish, described as a spicy and intriguing mix of flavors. (702 S. Cascade Ave., more info)

Jake & Telly's Greek Taverna: Brothers Jake and Telly Topakas offer home-cooked Greek favorites at their Old Colorado City taverna. Based on family recipes passed down from the Greek island of Chios, the menu also offers vegetarian and gluten-free options. (2616 W. Colorado Ave., more info)