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Because you can't have enough Irish bars — let alone Irish bars with plentiful 2-for-1 deals — in Colorado Springs, or anywhere else for that matter. And yes, since you ask, they do have karaoke.
Happy hour: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 3-7 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 3-9; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The goods: Two-for-one wines, wells and drafts
Favorite pour: "Let's go with the Red-Headed Slut."
Bites 2013: Alaskan Burger
Big Mac-esque but better because A) it's not Ronald's monstrosity from a mega-chain B) it features quality Ranch Foods Direct beef C) locals say so. A middle bun and layers of chopped lettuce split two quarter-pound patties cloaked in melted American cheese. A house Thousand Island dressing wets the buns and your chin. ($6.35/$8.85 with fries and a drink)
If the Donut Mill isn't enough to get you out to Woodland Park, the Crystola Roadhouse should be. Great sound and sightlines, plus a formidable lineup of touring blues acts, make this wood-hewn getaway a destination spot for music fans throughout the area. Owner Darryl Maggs used to play professional hockey in Canada, and his love for roots music shines through in the bookings.
IndyPick • Best Of 2011: Caretaker of Colorado Springs History
We're lucky here at the Indy to have the Pioneers Museum right across the street. It's a great building to look at, has lovely grounds to stroll and plenty of nice spots to take lunch. It's even better on the inside. Gorgeously built in 1903, the museum possesses an astounding 60,000-piece collection, ranging from early photos of the Springs, artifacts like rifles, Native American objects, medical equipment and much more. Feel free (literally) to browse an exquisite mural by local artist Eric Bransby, ride the metal cage elevator, and wander through the beautifully restored courtroom upstairs. Many of the exhibits there are interactive, but guests can go a step further, and register for the Museum Experience, a course in which they help design and build an exhibition. — Edie Adelstein
Insider Guide 2010
Colloquially known as "The Indy" or "The Single Most Amazing Piece of Local Print Owned or Not Owned by a Megalith of Publishing" (used interchangeably), the paper boasts 126,000 regular readers and, unlike the local daily, has yet to force-feed a copy of the New Testament to its readers.
Best of 2012: Cultural Attraction/Museum
Best of 2012: Art Exhibition
The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's 75th anniversary has come and gone, but nothing is settling down at the institution. This year, the FAC gave Springs audiences the work of world-famous contemporary artist James Turrell, as well as sure-to-be-world-famous locals Scott Johnson and Floyd Tunson (see p. 64). On the theatrical side, it's debuted a second-stage season and offered more tickets at a lower price. The Bemis School of Art also continues to dish out satisfaction, says FAC president and CEO Sam Gappmayer. "Bemis is like this juggernaut: It does the same thing every year, but it does it exceptionally well," he says, adding, "It's a class of 18 where someone has a profound experience with their own creativity." Whether you view or create there, the FAC provides a holistic approach to art (for all ages, no less) that makes it a well-deserved community flagship. — Edie Adelstein
Source: Barista Espresso and Specialty Roasting
Get the: White Zombie (white espresso, Ghirardelli white chocolate)
Under new ownership with a slightly revamped menu and later hours, the Coffee Exchange serves breakfast sandwiches and drinks like Irish coffees (thanks to its liquor license). Barista coffee products and four beers are available on tap.
Best of 2012: Chinese
Best of 2012: Take-Out
I guess we shouldn't be surprised there are multiple Coal Mine Dragons in Colorado Springs. A quick Google search revealed at least three more in Colorado alone. Still, the fact remains we have no idea which completely separate location you loved best. Is it the small eatery on the west side, with its huge bowls of hot and sour soup, and rich duck dishes? Or the South Eighth Street restaurant, with its impressive variety of lunch and dinner entrées, and sweet Internet discounts? You tell us. Actually, on second thought, maybe we'll just figure it out. — BC
Abundant portions for the right price on lo mein, sesame chicken and all the standards. Go for the spicy hot-and-sour soup, followed by crispy cheese wontons and the tender duck with black mushrooms, bamboo shoots and broccoli in a salty brown sauce.
Best Of 2012: Bang-for-your-Buck Restaurant
Best Of 2012: Power Lunch
Insider Guide 2010
Spelunking, stalactites, stalagmites ... Cave of the Winds offers two tours for those hankering for some Colorado rock: the family-friendly, 45-minute Discovery Tour, and the 90-minute Lantern Tour, where children under 5 are not permitted and it's possible somebody will get lost forever. (Not true.)