Strategically nestled in the suburban surroundings of Stetson Hills, The Holy Cow Pub and Grill offers an inventive ambiance that includes live music and a rooftop bar to the east side of Colorado Springs. With the latest in nightclub architectural and interior design, along with premier local artists such as Wrestle with Jimmy, 40oz Freedom Fighters and 6035, The Holy Cow provides the Powers corridor with a neighborhood semblance mixed in downtown flavor that was previously non-existent.
The Holy Cow Pub and Grill is located at 5885 Stetson Hills Blvd., serving happy hour from 3:30-730 p.m. daily and promoting fun events all week long: bingo, poker, game show, karaoke and more. Many bars on the east side offer such events, but not one provides all of those forms of entertainment plus jamming with DJs and rocking with live bands on the weekends.
Giant, soft red couches line the walls of The Holy Cow’s main room, integrating plush comfort and style with drinks and live entertainment. Seats fill up fast on the weekends, so there are other innovative seating arrangements for those not there before 7 p.m. A ground floor patio is offered for smokers and outdoorsy folks, and during the shows a garage door is opened providing the bar’s indoor atmosphere and music to the outdoor seats.
A spiral stairwell leading to the rooftop bar also accommodates seating, many of the chairs arranged for a bird’s-eye view of the entire establishment. Making it past the seats to the top of the stairwell is a treat for anyone residing on the east side and is not used to the downtown glitz. Atop the Holy Cow is a bar that serves the same delicious drinks as the main floor, a unique view of the city that has guests gazing for hours and a large fire pit that is perfect to crowd around when chilly — the rooftop elements may cause a quick check of the GPS to make sure there isn’t a Cowboys or Blondie’s around the corner.
With live covers also being a defining element of the downtown scene, three of the best in town trade headlining The Holy Cow almost every week. Anyone attending a Wrestle with Jimmy night will enjoy the band’s ample energy, tight instrumental balance and tunes such as STP’s “Interstate Love Song” and of course, Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So.” Singer Nick Gooch puts on an incredible performance every time, belting from table tops, wooing women and making them grind on their girlfriends.
Those seeking an edgier, more in-your-face alternative sound should try attending a night with the 40oz Freedom Fighters. Offering more obscure but popular 90s titles such as the Toadies “I Come from the Water” and an even funkier version of “I Will Survive” than Cake, 40oz also brings 80s metal from the likes of Metallica and Primus.
Another band that plays The Holy Cow Pub and Grill and was named 2010’s best cover band in the Springs by Colorado Springs.com is 6035. With a focus on 80s classics from the Eagles, Aerosmith and Billy Idol, 6035 combines classic rock with the ever-changing music of today. The band’s versatility and ability to rival the originals they are covering makes them a favorite in the cover world.
Bringing the events, style, music and attitude of the downtown area to the east side, with a stage that can be viewed from almost anywhere in the building, lights that are integrated into the instruments and a sound system that can be heard from Palmer Park, The Holy Cow has ingeniously made their mark on Colorado Springs.