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    Drink 2010

    Source: High Rise Coffee Roasters

    Get the: Cucuru Cuban (espresso with steamed cream and organic sugar

    InSider 2010

    With art events, music, alcohol options and tapas, Cucuru is more than just a Cuban-themed coffee shop. But while you're there, be sure to check out High Rise Coffee Roasters-fueled standards.

    Go to a dome in Hollywood, and all you get is big movies. But in the Springs, you'll find the newly opened Stargazers, a large geodesic dome where local and national acts share the stage with the occasional Ben Franklin impersonator. Built 40 years ago by Hollywood Cinerama architect Vincent G. Raney, the venue that's previously served as a theater, opera house and series of churches has found new life (desperate pun intended) yet again.

    Best Of 2010: Neighborhood Bar: East

    "Thank you, thank you, thank you!" says Frankie Patton, to his customers and the voters who launched him to the top of this new category. Patton opened Frankie's Bar and Grill in 1984, and jokes, "I used to be the new kid on the block ... now I'm the old man of Powers Boulevard." In the last 26 years, Frankie's has become the east side's neighborhood "place to meet and eat," and Patton credits that to the burgers, wings, cold beer and camaraderie his loyal and new customers find there. "The economy is killing everyone," Patton says, "but the neighborhood is growing and people still like to have a great place to hang out, eat good food, and meet up with friends."

    InSider 2010

    Surviving a quarter-century in the business, owner Frankie Patton also holds the distinction of having once been sued a few years ago by Led Zeppelin for failure to pay ASCAP fees. Frankie still books cover bands, but don't go there expecting to hear "Stairway to Heaven" anytime soon.

    Best of 2011: Bar Crowd

    Walk into SouthSide Johnny's just once, and you probably wouldn't understand why the place would win this new category. That's because just one visit doesn't begin to tell the story. You have to go back, at different times, to get the full idea. SouthSide Johnny's has its regulars, but it also has its lunch crowd, its happy-hour crowd, its music-loving late-night crowd, its Saturday-Sunday brunch crowd and its "weekend warrior" motorcycle crowd, and they aren't the same people — though they do get along with each other quite well. You might see downtown attorneys, young and not-so-young professionals, or fans of Colorado College hockey (even CC head coach Scott Owens, along with former Tigers still living here). Put it all together, and that's how your bar crowd beats the rest. — Ralph Routon

 

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