In 1969, residents rejoiced when Fort Collins officially ended its prohibition as a “dry city.” From there on, the city developed and in 1989, CooperSmith’s Pub, Brewing Old Town, and Odell Brewing Co. opened their doors and launched Fort Collins’ love of microbreweries. This set the tone for the future of Fort Collins to become “the Napa of Beer.”
Since then, a Friday night out in Old Town Fort Collins is nothing short of a rowdy good time. The “bar scene” around Fort Collins is super diverse and always intriguing. Whether you’re looking to leisurely hang out in the newly renovated Old Town Square, enjoy a brew on a scenic patio, see a seasonal concert, or just hit the bars, Fort Collins has something for everyone. Here are some of the best spots to hit up on your big night out.
Where To Eat
A great place to stop in for a bite of cheese and a glass of wine to kick off your night is the Welsh Rabbit. Kick back and settle into their bar with its unassuming vibes and small plates.
Looking for something more substantial? Check out the flavorful pancetta-wrapped sausage at Nick’s Italian. You won’t regret it.
And who could forget about The Colorado Room? Their sliders are the stuff of legend and locals love them. On top of that, a portion of sales also goes to a local charity, which directly makes a positive impact on the community.
Where to Get a Great Cocktail
Social in Fort Collins is the reigning champion when it comes to a great cocktail. With over 150 bottles of different spirits, there is something here for every drinker. Belly up to their bar and watch your cocktail be crafted by some of the best bartenders in Colorado. Check out the Dirty South, with sage spirit, lemon, Bloody Mary mix, habanero bitters, and Creole spice for a kick. Or ask your bartender about the seasonal drink special that is always sure to knock your socks off.
Where to Get a Drink With a View
The views of epic, sweeping Colorado sunsets from this new Old Town rooftop bar are unparalleled. Aptly named, the beautiful Sunset Lounge is the perfect place for drinks at dusk. This fantastic patio and bar sits perched atop The Elizabeth Hotel. They boast an extensive cocktail, wine, and beer list that you can peruse while you take in the views. From there, check out the Mainline for a great place to people watch in Old Town and try some delectable pork belly tacos.
Where to Dance
Outlaw Saloon is the place to kick up your heels and do a two-step. They feature a large indoor area with an impressive dance hall. Bring your whole crew because there is room for everyone with their two large bars. Check out the waterfall under the stairs; it’s not to be missed. The band plays your favorite old country classics in addition to a mix of modern pop music and some old classics. Dancing is the perfect way for a more active night out in Old Town Fort Collins.
Where to Get a Delicious Beer
Fort Collins is known for its delicious drafts and well-established breweries. For a historically inclined experience, go check out the oldest major brewery in Fort Collins: Odell. Don’t forget to get a taste of their exceptional rotating food trucks.
Equinox is your Old Town brewery; look for it tucked away behind College Avenue. They have two music stages, experimental brews and malts, and some great jams on the weekends. Their Beer Garden provides an inviting shady space for relaxing with friends.
Where to End the Night
End your night at one of two local dives: Trailhead or Town Pump. The former is a Fort Collins institution. You can play some pool, listen to loud music, and marvel at the list of unappetizing shots you will learn to love over the course of the night. Town Pump is also a great way to round out a long night. This hole-in-the-wall offers moonshine with booze-infused cherries to help all that alcohol go down smoothly.
Whichever route you choose for your night out in Old Town Fort Collins, you can’t go wrong. The classic mix of old Colorado charm, coupled with the casual sophistication of some of its culinary haunts will keep you coming back weekend after weekend. What’s your favorite spot to check out on a Friday in Fort Collins?