The Burrowing Owl Lounge

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 16 reviews )
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719-434-3864
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1791 S 8th St, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, 80905

Opened Jun 2015, a sustainable neighborhood lounge serving 100% vegan food and drinks. Open Mon-Sun 12:00am-2:00am, Mon-Sun 4:00pm-12:00am.

Category: Vegan, American, Organic, Beer/Wine

Reviews (16)

First Review by Georgeboe

Birthday Treat - Edit

Finally was able to try this place out yesterday. Went with my adult children, one vegetarian and one carnivore. It was my birthday so I got to pick. We got there at 5 on a Saturday night. Not crowded. It's essentially a bar. Nice casual atmosphere inside. Our server was very helpful. The food was good. No one complained which is a miracle. I had the tostrada. Just spicy enough for me. I also had the strawberry fields drink. It was tasty. Not sweet at all. We are sorely lacking good Vegan places in the Springs so I will probably be back.

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Owl Be Back! - Edit

This place is fantastic! The staff is welcoming and friendly and the food is delicious. My hubby and I had some potato soup and nachos and everything was so full of flavor and served beautifully. The atmosphere is casual but the attention to detail in the decor is impressive. Their beer selection is very impressive and I was so grateful that they even had a damn fine gluten-free beer for me. We'll definitely be back when we're down in The Springs. I highly recommend a meal or three here!

Pros: Delicious Food, Friendly Staff, Welcoming Atmosphere

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Top notch food /drinks "burrowed" away in an inconspicuous strip mall - Edit

We stopped at The Burrowing Owl for an early dinner while traveling through Colorado Springs. The woodsy decor was absolutely charming, especially the bar. There was a small patio for outside seating, but we opted for an indoor high top table that fit our family of five. They even provide board games! We started with an appetizer of nachos which were absolutely delicious. The queso in particular was excellent. I ordered the classic Sloppy Joe, which was also great. I'd never had jackfruit as a pork replacement and while it lacks the tenderness of pork, the taste is very similar. I finished the meal off with mint chocolate chip ice cream, which tasted homemade and was an awesome ending to an awesome meal! This was enjoyed by both the vegans and non-vegans alike in our family. Oh, and don't forget the drinks! I'm not a drinker myself, but they have very tasty and very reasonably prices cocktails, as well as beers and some wine. Two thumbs way up! Don't leave Colorado Springs without stopping here!

Pros: Inexpensive, Charming decor, Delicious variety of vegan bar food

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Awesome Food, Great Bar-Restaurant Atmosphere - Edit

I LOVED my nachos from here that I went 30 minutes out of my way to get some to go the next day.
It's a small-ish bar/restaurant with gray walls and kind of an ecclectic decor.
We sat at the bar, the bartenders are really friendly, and scarfed down nachos, soup, sloppy Joe sandwiches and LOVED it all!
If I lived in the area, I'd be getting my drink and vegan food on EVERY weekend!

Pros: Yummy food, Stellar ranch salad, Friendly staff

Cons: Wish it seated more

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Beer and Food - Edit

The Borrowing Owl has one of the best Craft Beer selections in town. Especially if you are a stout drinker. Their food is good...maybe even great if you don't know how to cook. Its Bar food. This is the best place to stop after bar hoping with friends when you want nachos or a House Sloppy at 1:30am. They've also got games. Since word got out its a little more difficult to find seating. I believe they might actually have wait times soon.

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Fantastic food + drinks - Edit

The Owl makes some amazing comfort vegan food to go along with the many cans of craft beer and great cocktails. They also go out of the way to make a difference. We went in there on Christmas (yes, they were open!) and found out they had a free buffet. We ordered drinks and tipped well as we expected to pay for meals for 4.

The cocktails are very affordable, beer selection great, and the food will leave you with that feeling that you just visited your grandma and she stuffed your face with all of your favorites.

Pros: Comfort food, Affordable drinks, Free shuffleboard!

Cons: Small space, so tables can be hard to get, Not close enough to my house

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Not terrible but... - Edit

I've been there twice with friends. I am vegan, have been to other vegan restaurants, so I just want to give you (probably also vegan person) a good idea of what you're in for. Keep in mind that they're only a year old at the time of writing this, so there's room to grow.
Pro: the outdoor patio, chess tables, the tables salvaged from the Black Forest fire, the inviting stickers for cyclists, LGBTQ people and of course vegans.
Con: Portions are small, not filling, not worth the money in my opinion. I don't mind paying good money for a meal, but other vegan restaurants I've gone to give you an actual meal. My boyfriend's sloppy joe didn't come with any sides, 8$. My taco salad was supposed to come with ranch but seemed to have the smallest squirt of it possible, also undersized, also 8$. I'm getting hungry thinking about the portions lol. The parfait was probably the most disappointing. 5$ for a baby food jar filled with not very deliciousness. Same with the ice cream, not as good as it sounds on paper, not worth the money.
Pro: They host a 'Vegan Drinks For A Cause', and other vegan stuff here and there. They hire alternative looking people. They want people to socialize so they have no wifi (I guess that's kind of a con too, I work from my laptop so maybe I'd hang out more if they did). They're eco conscious.
All in all, I like some of their food items like their sloppy joes were tasty but I would go there mainly just to support a vegan business. Their menu is limited and has lots of ingredient repeats. I want to see them grow.

Pros: nice vibe

Cons: small portions

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Amazing Vegan Place - Edit

My wife and I came to this place for the first time last week and was blown away by how amazing this place is. If you are vegan or vegetarian you will absolutely love this place. We usually come every week!!! Thanks for opening a place that caters to the best living style on the world!!!

Pros: Vegan everything!!!!, Friendly staff, Comfortable environment

Cons: None

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Best bar ever! - Edit

I fell in love. The food is excellent vegan bar food, the bartenders were super cool & fun to talk to. The decor was unique & awesome! I'll be back for sure!

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Its the first Vegan place in COspgs - Edit

PROS:The food was good. local and intentional food.
CONS: lots of the same ingredients made into different dishes, so no variation. the cheese sauce was spicy, which is fine for the adults at our table but not the kids.

Pros: local vegan, intentional, friendly staff

Cons: not family friendly menu, menu is limited--no variation, tables are tiny

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Our new favourite haunt! - Edit

I was so happy to find a 100% vegan option here in the Springs. We love the loaded nachos and the taco salad. Great place for vegan bar food! Also love the prices!

Pros: Inexpensive , Delicious, 100% Vegan

Cons: Not a ton of food variety

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Best beer coozie ever - Edit

The Burrowing Owl has some awesome vegan bar food. I loved their serious nachos, the burrito, and the sloppy Joe. Our non-vegan friends had never had vegan cheese and were really skeptical, but the LOVED the food. It was a great first vegan experience for them. Best of all is the beer coozie they serve their cans in. It cost $1, but it totally worth it.
Updated from previous review on Monday August 24, 2015

Pros: Vegan food, Environment, Beer coozie

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So happy this place is open:] - Edit

The Burrowing Owl has an awesome environment. It is hip and chill, exactly what I enjoy in a bar. They have a simple menu that is full of the bar food that I desire and can never actually have. Plus, their drinks are superb. I definitely will be visiting often!

Pros: Awesome food., Great and personable staff., Super cool decor.

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casual gem - Edit

We found this place on Happy Cow and couldn't have enjoyed it more! Wonderful people with a mission. The atmosphere is sustainable and handmade, and the owners were warm and welcoming. Inexpensive food and lots of drinks. We only wished we could live nearby to become regulars!

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All vegan in Colorado Springs!! - Edit

The title is really all that needs to be said, but I'll say more, anyway. Great comfort food, unique and varied drink selection including homemade cocktails and Colorado microbeers. The vegan taxidermy above the bar is also a highlight. Prices are fair and the ambience is fun and relaxed. I'll be spending lots of money here.

Pros: All vegan!, Great food/drinks, Fair prices

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oh yes! - Edit

Just had the nachos and a drink called "mother" I'm down with this place for sure!

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