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Best Of 2012: Place to Two-Step
Of all the Tejon Street establishments owned by Sam and Kathy Guadagnoli — including the Mansion, Blondie's and Gasoline Alley — Cowboys is the best-known and most distinctive. Sure, there's a bowling alley upstairs, but the world-famous magic can be found in the throngs of Western-attired revelers line-dancing to pop country hits and, in a bizarre genre aberration I'll never fully understand, Clarence Carter's suggestive soul hit, "Strokin'." Go for the novelty, stay for the fun. — Bill Forman
Best Of 2010: New Bar (since July 1, 2009)
Where can you find walls of Jack Daniels bottles protected by chicken wire, a Confederate flag proudly bearing the word "Redneck," and a patio lined with whiskey barrel tables? Why, the same place you can find neon palm trees and a purely decorative John Deere tractor: Colorado Springs' favorite new bar, Copperhead Road. In the remodeled old Black Angus Steakhouse restaurant building off North Academy Boulevard, you get not only evenings of live country music, but a staff of beautiful and busty beer-slinging servers who put on Coyote Ugly-style bartop performances. Whether or not you live the country life by day, all you've got to do is head to Copperhead Road for a taste of the country nightlife. — Jill Thomas
Happy hour: Wednesday-Friday, 5-9 p.m.
The goods: Wednesdays: $1 drafts; $2 wells; $3 bombs; Thursday: ladies drink free
Favorite pour: "Our bomb shots are always popular. I would have to say those and Cowboy Cocktails for $3."