About

Our Story

The legendary Tony, of Tony’s Downtown bar, our name sake was a Milwaukee Wisconsin native. This of course means he is a huge Packer fan so opening a Midwestern tavern with a Wisconsin Packer theme was a no brainer for this cheesehead. Tony opened the doors to our beloved tavern December 17, 1999. At that time we were located at 311 North Tejon street in what was formally a small boutique many natives recall as the Lotus Eater. When the tavern first opened it was also the first of it’s kind in downtown Colorado Springs.  The city had so many restaurants that were also microbrews and served large portions of meals with fancy presentations along with equally upscale price tags. Giving us a real advantage to being the firsr true to form burger joint no frills or high class get ups. with cheap beer to match. Who doesn’t love a dive hole in the wall bar? That’s just what have always been.  We all know the saying if it’s not broke don’ t fix it. So that is exactly what we have done over the course of nearly eighteen years much has stayed just as Tony had intended it to be. Our Wisconsin theme still holds strong, we are The official headquarters for any Colorado Springs Packer fan, we even own shares of the team as of five years ago, providing the same classic midwestern menu, and most importantly the cheapest beer selection around the downtown area. Now great things do not come without any change at all. In 2006 Tony sold the tavern to long time employee Eel, as Tony moved on to new business endeavors. They had worked together prior to the bars opening at Colorado Springs one and only Phantom Canyon brewery.  Eel had lived all over the country in his youth due to his father’s career with IBM relocating the family, so he knew the feel Tony wanted to capture from the midwest part of our country. Surprisingly enough Eel is actually a Vikings fan but has made no change to the cheesehead establishment and is always a great sport with the fans during football season.  In 2014 he took a grand leap to relocate our establishment, which not only gave us the footing to go from leasing to owning our building but also provided a larger space. More room for pool tables, a second bartop, more beer taps, and of course more table space for patrons.  We moved from 311 North Tejon street to 326 North Tejon street in what was once Complete Games and Hobbies. Lots of work was put to make our new location as similar to the original as possible.  From ripping up floors to lay new hard wood to stripping all the drywall off the walls to expose the fantastic red brick walls that so many people loved about our old space. Moving our actual bar was quite the accomplishment but that piece is definitely part of what makes us Tony’s.  The center section of the bar is over one hundred years old brought here from some small town in Kansas by Tony himself. A local wood work crafted the outer pieces to match and has always been the most eye catching part of our tavern. Aside from the address changing we still have the same great neighbor feel and wide array of clientele.

 

Our Bar

Any Midwestern new comer to the downtown Colorado Springs area is sure to feel right at home here at Tony’s bar. You will find all of your staples and favorites from the Midwest under our roof. Pabst Blue Ribbon and Leinenkugels pours cold from the taps and decorates the walls. We also have a variety of local beers for someone itching to try authentic Colorado style brew. Good ol’ fashion Wisco style butter burgers, fried white cheddar cheese curds, beer battered Walleye, which comes with any draft beer every Friday, Reubens on marble rye bread and our made from scratch beer cheese soup served open to close. We offer happy hour every day from 4pm-7pm with $2.50 bottles of domestic beers, $4.25 domestic mini pitchers, $6.25 craft mini pitchers and $3.00 hot dogs there’s something for everyone. We are a family friendly establishment from 11am- 8pm daily, any and all minors must be accompanied by a parent at all times. Sorry to burst the bubbles of any nineteen or twenty year olds looking to be out with friends but come in on your twenty- first birthday and we will gladly make it one you wish you could remember. For the last fifteen years we have won best neighborhood bar in the Colorado Springs Indy awards alongside ten years winning best bang for your buck and another four years for best college bar. We do offer the NFL package so every Packer game, every Sunday, every season is on all our t.v.’s. When the Packers aren’t playing it is a first come first serve basis for requesting other games. You’ll also find any hockey game as we provide the NHL package as well. We offer the Big10 network and SEC network so we are you destination for all your sports bar needs. Once a month you’ll find local bands providing the weekend entertainment. Every Monday is meatloaf Monday! Then at 7pm we offer free poker where patrons win bar tabs, Tuesdays are the infamous Geeks Who Drink trivia at 8pm and Tuesday/ Thursday are our also awesome nights snag a tallboy of PBR with a well shot for five bucks or a tallboy of Hamms with a well shot for four bucks. Wednesday is our famous country fried steak with mashed potatoes served all day long. So let us hear a GO PACK GO! We are looking forward to getting to know you down at Tony’s.