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I'll never really get over the fact that Wobbly Olive manager and mixologist Phil Arana doesn't drink. Because the man creates crazy awesome cocktails with layers of interesting depth, somehow never sampling a straw-full — instead, just thinking on elemental terms and collaborating with owner Sean "Hunky Pants But Not Sexiest Bartender" Fitzgerald. Go ask for a Dragon's Breath and see what happens. (Hint: fire!) But you won't be disappointed ordering on-list either, or grabbing a daily special. Current fall drinks include a pumpkin pie martini, cranberry mojito and hard cider sangria. Go now. — Matthew Schniper

Best Of 2015: Neighborhood Restaurant: East

Say what you will about Colorado Springs' chain-heavy east side, but you can no longer say that there's no good (actually, great) high-end dining and drinking option. Wobbly Olive plates are gorgeously presented, and follow through with full flavor. Examples include rabbit enchiladas garnished with white chocolate molé, or sea scallops with smoked seaweed beurre blanc. As for the drinks, you can go classic with a gin fizz or Negroni, or try fun, new-wave mixes like the Black Pearl Old Fashioned, featuring bacon-infused Larceny Bourbon with Earl Grey tea demerara syrup. East side reprezent! — Matthew Schniper

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