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    Best of 2011: Karaoke Bar

    Good food, good service, great atmosphere, lots of regulars and an intriguing beverage list (Knock Me Down and Kiss Me, anyone?) make Good Company worthy of its long-running reign in this category, suggest owners Bob and Nanci Jardon. With a widely appealing menu and a relaxed, fun and safe environment for both men and women, Good Company caters to clientele that's mainly age 25 and up. "It's a great place for date night," says Bob, who adds that for the hardcore karaoke performers, the range of music is endless. The only thing not on the song list? "Silent-movie music," he says with a chuckle. — Suzie Calvin

    Best Of 2010: Karaoke Bar

    Best Of 2010: Neighborhood Bar: North

    While I reserve my Dreamgirls moments for the car or my bathroom mirror, those brave enough to take on the mic have found comfort at Good Company. Theme nights and really pretty servers round out the realized vision of owners Bob and Mary Jardon. (Bob chuckles at people calling him the Hugh Hefner of northern Colorado Springs.) As for the singing, he calls what they do "Three-Beer Karaoke," as in, it takes three beers to get on stage and three beers to listen. A server named Angela reassures, "We have great food, a great environment and we ALL sing." So, if you don't mind a little table dancing and have the courage to take center stage, the Jardons promise good company. — Monika Mitchell Randall

    InSider 2010

    OK, it may not be the same as watching Bill Murray croon Roxy Music's "More Than This" to Scarlett Johansson, but Good Company's karaoke nights have their own kind of special moments. Like when folks climb up on the bar during feverish renditions of Buckcherry's "Crazy Bitch," Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline," Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me," the occasional Pimp & Ho night ... it's all part of what makes Good Company Colorado Springs' reigning Best Karaoke Bar winner.

    2011 Drink Specials

    Happy hour: Daily

    The goods: $2.75 wells and wines; $7.50 domestic pitchers

    Best value: "The company ... the people — it's Good Company."


    Best Of 2014: Place to Shoot Pool

    Best Of 2014: Bar Patio

    Best Of 2014: Restaurant for Tourists

    According to online billiards trivia gathered by "Dr. Dave" Alciatore, the largest pool hall ever built — a place called "The Recreation," in 1920s Detroit — held 103 tables, plus 88 bowling lanes, 20 barber chairs and 14 cigar stands. Yeah, but ... did it have a sweet patio looking down on the streets below, its own slate of brews and lemon Tabasco fried chicken? Then let's give some credit to Phantom Canyon, which does have all of the above, as well as a downtown location and responsive wait staff that help make it your favorite place to bring out-of-town guests. Plus, I'll gladly settle for "just" 13 tables when I also get a lively happy hour (3 to 6, seven days a week) and no rogue hairs from a barber's chair floating in my beer. — Kirk Woundy

    Bites 2013: Blonde Ale & Smoked Gouda Soup

    Like the Iron Throne in Game of Thrones or one of those geek-ass elven blades from The Lord of the Rings, this soup is legend. It's not so much that wars have been fought over it (aside from the personal mental battle of resisting eating it all the time) as the fact that it's pretty much the greatest beer-cheese soup in the known realm. With its Queen's Blonde Ale base and thick cheese, it's so rich it's royal. ($3.25 cup/$5 bowl)

    Click here for Phantom Canyon Brewing Co.'s Pork Green Chili

    Best Of 2013: Local Venue for Live Music

    Perhaps it's just standard stage-speak, but it seems to me that touring acts who play the Black Sheep — and the Sheep excels at bringing them here, from Son Volt to Capital Cities to KRS-One — more often than not take a moment to say how much they've enjoyed visiting not only the Springs, but this particular all-ages, live-music venue. And as funky a sparse, brick-walled location as this is on Platte Avenue, there's something kind of magical about a place where the bands regularly drip as much sweat as their madly gyrating fans. Mad props to general manager Chris Huffine and his whole crew for their eighth consecutive Best Of award. — Kirsten Akens


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