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
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 2015: Bar Patio
Best Of 2015: Place to Shoot Pool
Phantom Canyon closed down earlier this year for main-floor restaurant updates and renovations. But it needed no help with its second-floor offerings. The rooftop patio opened in the summer of 2013 with a spectacular view of the Peak, high tables with cool fire pits, and full food and drink service in the open air. The 10-table pool hall also boasts great views of the mountains and city sports-bar atmosphere, with TVs often turned to the game du jour and specials Sunday through Wednesday — including free pool with any food purchase on Mondays. — Carrie Simison
Best Of 2105: Local Venue for Live Music
With the Black Sheep's 10th anniversary fast approaching, the all-ages venue continues to offer the kind of shows that deserve its clientele's hard-earned allowances. "Whether it's Waka Flocka tossing delighted fans into a sold-out crowd after he takes a selfie with their iPhone, or Kongos pumping out eight-foot smoke rings before they hit Red Rocks the night after, we like to think this little place has something for everyone," says general manager Jeremy Grobsmith. Part of the venue's success is that it draws audiences as diverse as its musical offerings, which in the months ahead will include Hieroglyphics co-founder Del the Funky Homosapien, Rough Trade recording artists Houndmouth, glam-rock upstarts The Struts, and punk-rock warhorses Agnostic Front. "It isn't every day that you get to stand inches away from your future favorite rock star," says Grobsmith, "or ogle your former childhood crush." — Bill Forman