Downtown Colorado Springs is full of old 19th-century buildings that have been repurposed for modern uses and Jack Quinn's is one of them. High ceilings with the original copper plate, some signs in Gaelic and decorative items all over the walls set the scene. Word on the street is that the private booths were imported from Ireland. There is a small stage past the bar area where musicians perform traditional Irish music on Sunday nights, Irish rock on Saturdays and the night I was there a folk singer with a guitar began performing at 7:30. Oh, and drinks are provided by Guinness Girls, whose qualifications seem to be long dark hair, even longer legs and really short skirts.
OK-- now where was I? Oh yes, the food ... you just HAVE to try the Irish Nachos. House potato crisps and chunks of roasted potato topped with corned beef and cheese. Awesome! You might like the Celtic Ruben, but I decided on the small (2-piece) fish & chips. The fish pieces are pretty big, so two was enough for me. These came with a small side of coleslaw, tartar sauce and Mary Rose sauce -- sort of like Thousand Island without the pickle relish.
It's definitely a unique establishment, very popular with the locals, and the prices are pretty reasonable. It's well worth the visit. But downtown parking can be a problem.
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