Jack Quinn’s Irish Alehouse and Pub in Colorado Springs is a classic example of the “public house” concept found throughout the world. Public houses are gathering places for the community, and Jack Quinn’s has established itself as just that. Jack Quinn’s, located in the center of downtown, is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, and offers a variety of Irish and American dishes. Each Sunday, brunch is served from noon to 3 p.m. Monday nights are for Geeks Who Drink trivia; and the second Monday of each month is set aside for Science on Tap sponsored by the Colorado Springs Science Center Project. Wednesday nights feature live blues; Thursday night features Irish music. Fridays and Saturdays, the most popular local bands take the stage and Sunday afternoons are filled with a traditional Irish session (open mic).
What makes it great:
This downtown establishment is best known for its popular running club, which meets every Tuesday night for a 5K run (or walk) and follows it up with dollar tacos, freshly baked pretzels and discounted Odell pints. The club was started in 2006, when 70 people showed up. It is free, and there’s no required commitment. Runners who complete 10 runs are given a Jack Quinn’s Running Club t-shirt; after 100 runs, runners are rewarded with a Century Club t-shirt. Military personnel receive a discount on food every Thursday. The pub features Continental and Irish food – popular items include mussels sautéed in a Guinness stout cream sauce and pretzel and Guinness sausage kabobs (you get the idea….this place likes its Guinness). Daily happy hour features $3 domestics, wines and wells, $1 off bottled beer, and $3.50 for imports.
Who will love it:
Love your pub food? Jack Quinn’s features classic goodies such as Frickles and Fringes - deep-fried pickle chips and beer-battered onion rings; and Irish Toastie, a traditional grilled cheddar cheese sandwich. A classic Ale House fish and chips features Alaskan cod dipped in ale-house beer batter and served with chips, coleslaw, tartar sauce and Mary Rose sauce. The bar menu has a few dozen beers, ales and hard ciders, along with the classic Car Bomb, a half-pint of stout with a layered shot of coffee liquor, Irish Cream and Irish whiskey. There’s also a long list of Irish, single-malt, Scotch and single-malt scotch whiskies; American and Canadian whiskies.
Directions, fees and regulations:
Jack Quinn’s is located at 21 S. Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs. It’s open at 11 a.m. Monday through Sunday, with brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The pub menu is served from 10 p.m. to closing. The running club is open to all ages and all abilities – children can attend, and participants can run or walk the entire route or partway; t-shirts are only awarded to runners after 10 and 100 runs; sign-in is between 5:15 and p.m. each Tuesday at the pub.
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