I'm a professional dance instructor originally from the Tampa Bay, Florida area who is now co-owner of 2 Left Feet Dance Studio of Colorado Springs.
How does Rum Bay do it, you ask? Volume. It's got eight nightclubs under one roof and has managed to rack up a half-dozen Best Of awards through the years. Rum Bay is arguably the biggest reason for those Tejon Street traffic slowdowns on weekend nights.
Happy hour: Daily, 4-8 p.m.
The goods: Two-for-one drinks
Come here if you are: "In the mood to groove."
Holding a reputation as the place to dance like a fool is Rum Bay's forte 2008 was the club's third year in a row to win that award, with three additional wins in its history. You'll find eight nightclubs under one roof, including the 109.57-square-foot Sam's World's Smallest Bar.
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."