Kinfolks is a bar, disguised as a gear store, fronting as a music venue. Originally starting as a outdoor store that focused on climbing and hiking, Kinfolks has shed most of its gear store identity and has morphed into one of Manitou’s most popular bars. Close to some of Manitou’s best trails, including the Intemann Trail and the Incline, Kinfolks is one of our favorite spots to recharge with a great beer. Long and cozy, the bar area is surprisingly spacious, especially considering the fact that the front part of the store/bar is still dominated by gear racks. Kinfolks has the best microbrew tap in the town; providing a revolving selection of micros from around Colorado and the West Coast.
Kinfolk’s small stage, which hosts small shows throughout the year, fits cozily near the back of the bar and provides enough space to host about 30 to 40 seats with additional standing room. The shows here are generally small bands and solo acts which tend to focus on folk music. Not exactly rockin’, but still a fun place to see some good local acts.
Each bar in town has its own little following. Kinfolks is the Patagonia/Columbia/up scale mountain hippie crew, which provides for an interesting mix and a good respite from some of the more drinker intensive watering holes in town. The best part about this bar, besides the beer, is that dogs are definitely welcome.
Location: 950 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Hours: Sunday 12PM to 8PM, Monday and Tuesday 3PM to 1oPM, Wednesday and Thursday 11AM to 10PM, Friday and Saturday 11AM to 11PM
Contact: 719-685-4433, firstname.lastname@example.org
Heading up to Aspen today so I’m in a rush to pack and get some last minute things together. I’m so excited to get into the mountains for the weekend that the usual butterflies of careening through a race course are somewhat subdued. I’m sure they’ll be back in full force by Saturday morning when my legs realize what my brain is trying to get them to do. I’m hoping they don’t bitch out and try and sabotage me. These things are tricky bastards. The Feed:
The Federal Government is suing the North Face. Over North Face’s claim that some of their insoles prevent fungal and bacterial growth. Because in our current state of environmental peril the EPA should definitely focus their time and resources on shoe inserts.
Portland Food and Drink has a new review up of Beaker and Flask, a new bar/restaurant run by one of Portland’s most admired drink chefs. From the sound of it, the food is just as good as the drinks (Beaker and Flask is at 727 SE Washington St. Portland, OR 97214).
LiveStrong has a partnership going with Shutterfly that will allow you to design greeting cards. 10% of the sale price goes to Livestrong. A cool idea and good cause.
The Men’s Journal Guide to the perfect weekend for this weekend, with events in Boulder and the Catalina Islands.
I love Malcom Gladwell, who is a huge sports fan and has applied a lot of his work to athletes. Anyway, the Daily Beast has an awesome article looking at how Gladwell is a statistical outlier when it comes to women; huge dork, weird hair but apparently pulls in some of New York’s most attractive girls. “I’ll give you the tipping point sweetheart.” Ahh, love.
Alright, I’m off to Aspen for the weekend. Hopefully I’ll be able to post some pictures from the race and of Aspen’s fall scenery. Hope everyone has a good weekend. To the races!