Who says you have to do all the cooking and cleaning on Christmas? Here’s a list of local restaurants and bars with open doors for the holidays. You’ll find more options on Christmas Eve, but there are some fun, unique options for dining on Christmas Day too. Merry feasting!
Beast & Brews
Open until 8 p.m.
Whether it’s comfort food like rotisserie chicken and shrimp and grits or a feast-worthy filet, there’s plenty at this Northgate standout to put you in the holiday spirit. Chef Noah Siebenaller calls it “a provision of self-pour brews and perfected classic cuisine.”
Open until 10 p.m.
Get to Cerberus Brewing for a smoked brisket grilled cheese or the Colorado lamb sliders, and buy some beer to-go. Crowlers are buy two, get one free until close.
Cork & Cask
3 p.m – 1:30 a.m.
Head for south downtown, slip into a velvet wingback chair and toast the holidays with rare whiskeys and elevated cocktails. Our Christmas Eve recommendation is to pair it with a charcuterie board.
Seating begins at 4 p.m., last seating at 8 p.m.
If you didn’t already get your fresh cuts from the butcher shop, then you can still elevate your Christmas Eve dinner with an aged New York Strip. Or go big with a 40-ounce porterhouse. Hey, it’s Christmas.
Garden of the Gods Market & Till Kitchen Holiday Meal Order
Let the chefs prepare your Christmas feast, with options including herbed prime rib and dried cranberry stuffing. Order here: tillkitchen.com/holiday-meal-order. Then pick up on Dec. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Christmas Eve, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
tillkitchen.com and godsmarketandcafe.com
Good Neighbors Meeting House
7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Patty Jewett neighborhood cafe serves careful coffee, wine, beer, and cocktails alongside a fantastic, intentional food menu.
Happy Belly Tacos EAST
East Location 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. West location closed.
Enjoy tacos and burritos or a variety of margaritas and cocktails at Happy Belly Tacos’ new east location.
Both locations 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Get your caffeine fix, and pick up a new Humble camping mug as of Dec. 20. “People can grab these limited mugs as last minute gifts,” says owner Shelly Mirenda.
Mood Tapas Bar
4 p.m.- 10 p.m
Grab a glass of wine and a plate or three (hey, it’s tapas!) to enjoy before heading back to the family. There’s a mix of options ranging from vegetables to pasta to cuts of meat.
Paravicini’s Italian Bistro
11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
It’s good to spend holidays with an Italian, especially in Old Colorado City. “Our Christmas special is Italian prime rib, slow roasted with Italian herbs … with fettuccine alfredo and roasted garlic,” says Chef Franco Pisani.
Patty Jewett Bar & Grill
Last seating at 4 p.m.
Offering exceptional views from the golf course clubhouse, Patty Jewett Bar and Grill is a great place to relax and enjoy pub-style fare and generous drinks.
The Principal’s Office
Open until 6 p.m.
Stop by the heart of Ivywild for sharable plates and craft beverages, both coffee and cocktails. “Until New Years Eve, buy a P.O. tumbler and a bag of exclusive coffee … for $40 (retail $48),” says manager Jody Otte. “Also, you can purchase a tumbler at Yobel Market that gets you 25% off coffee at P.O. throughout all 2020.”
The Rabbit Hole
May close early, depending on foot traffic
An intimate, subterranean downtown experience that includes some of the most entertaining bartenders and creative plates, from appetizers throughout dessert. The aptly named Rabbit Hole is a surreal world grounded by incredibly knowledgeable staff.
Rooster’s House of Ramen
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Warm your bones and soul with a bowl of ramen. Order one of their specialties by Chef Mark Henry, or build your own bowl of noodles, broth, protein and veggies.
11 a.m. – midnight
Head for the Old North End’s Lincoln Center for a hot toddy with or without your meat and cheese board or housemade meatloaf. Start planning for New Year’s too. “We will have a special on New Year’s Eve, dinner for two: $50, appetizer, two entrees, a glass of sparkling wine or beer, and dessert,” says co-owner Lauren Lea.
Slingers Smokehouse & Saloon
Open until 9 p.m., depending on business
You can order takeout from separate vegan, Nashville hot chicken and Italian menus, but come to the new Powers corridor barbecue joint for smokehouse meats and Christmas Eve drinks specials.
Stir Coffee & Cocktails
7 a.m. – midnight
Stir offers a variety of comfort food, coffee and libations. From pie to drinks named after classic novels, you’ll find all the ingredients for a great time in the Old North End.
You’ll find legit Christmas Eve dinner specials at this south downtown favorite. Choose between prime rib with roasted pomegranate heirloom carrots, fingerling potatoes with pistachio-parsley crumble and an optional shrimp skewer. Or butternut squash ravioli and sage brown butter.
Open until 10 p.m.
This fun breakfast and brunch spot is serving up waffles, as well as it’s usual Taco Tuesday specials all evening.
Wild Goose Meeting House
Open until 2 p.m.
The downtown artisan café serves a trifecta of craft coffee, wine and beer, plus a simple but innovative menu. The Canadian goose sandwich makes for a seasonal selection with it’s ham, Swiss, Dijon and gooseberry relish.
The Wobbly Olive
4 p.m. – 8 p.m., both locations
The Wobbly Olive will be open for dinner service at the east and west locations. Grab one of their many martinis, or order off their diverse menu of burgers, seafood, elevated appetizers and comfort food.
The Antlers, A Wyndham Hotel
The Antlers Grille Breakfast, 6 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Sportivo Primo 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Piccadilly Lounge 4-11 p.m.
The downtown hotel will be serving both Christmas Eve and Day. Choose breakfast at the Grille, wood-fired Duca’s pizzas at Sportivo Primo, and a choice of 50 draft beers at the Piccadilly.
The Broadmoor is serving a Christmas Day buffet, but unless you already have reservations, you’re out of luck for this year.
Mountain View Restaurant, Cheyenne Mountain Resort
Take in the sweeping views of Cheyenne Mountain, and feast like it’s Christmas. Enjoy the Christmas Eve dinner buffet from 5:30 – 9 p.m. And savor Christmas Day Brunch, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Done with the holiday? Piglatin is throwing an Escape the Family Xmas After Party, giving staff the night off and leaving it to leadership. “Watch the owners, management and creative team rise to the occasion or go down in flames!” says Bonnie Singleton, marketing manager. Either way, you get Piglatin’s signature tacos, libations and good times.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
You can make your Christmas dinner a Cajun feast downtown at Springs Orleans’ Christmas Brunch: $46 per person, $15 for children (12 and under). Add bottomless mimosas for $10. Call 719-520-0123 to make reservations.
The Summit Interquest
Christmas Eve 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Christmas Day 1 p.m. – midnight
The Interquest-area funplex will allow you to create some Christmas cheer with competition over laser tag and bowling. Plus, you can enjoy a full-service restaurant and sports bar.