In the past two years, I’ve spent countless hours skimming cocktail menus, listening to local bands, and generally having a fantastic time after dark in Fort Collins. I’ve met some awesome people, tasted delicious drinks (and a few god-awful ones), and reinforced my opinion that I’m the worst dancer in the world. In all those experiences, a few stand out as the best of the best. Here are my favorite people, places, and things in Fort Collins.
This was my first bar review on Late Night Fort Collins. Today they’re twice as big, thanks to a semi-recent expansion, but they still have some of the best beer in town and the most comfortable leather armchairs I’ve ever had the pleasure of sinking my butt into. Oh yeah – and they’re still cash only.
Definitely one of my favorite daytime date ideas in Fort Collins. A nice, private little basement room, some healthy competition, and a lot of day-drinking. Done.
Seriously, WTF? Not a good thing to have in a haunted basement.
Also a great date idea, especially around Halloween. I had no idea how many creepy basements were lurking below my favorite Old Town bars and restaurants. Wear comfortable shoes, dress warmly, and keep a death grip on your honey’s hand.
Bike Prom was awesome! This was such a fun time, thanks to the day-long scavenger hunt and retro prom-wear bash at Cranknstein to benefit the Fort Collins Bike Library.
Ah, Luscious Nectar. I’ve never had more fun dancing like a lunatic, holding an adult Slurpee in a glass room above everyone’s heads. Unfortunately, they’re heading for a change too – by October, they’ll be reinvented as Old Town Distillery. We’ll have to wait and see if this is a change for better or for worse.
Speaking of dancing like a lunatic, I had a surprising amount of fun at this weird, out-of-the-way brick building on Mulberry St. with Indigo Blues. And can I just add…Soul Train!!
Still one of my favorite local bands.
Lots of college memories here. Most people come for their sandwiches, but the after-dinner crowd is worth a trip of its own. A word of advice though – if someone suggests the Cold Cut Combo, DO NOT take them up on it.
Painting astronaut martini glasses while taking swigs from a bottle of Fireball? That’s how we celebrate, Late Night style.
I’m going to miss drinking margaritas and calling it “work.”
One of my favorite summer activities is biking up the Poudre River for a beer and some patio time at the Swing Station.
Thanks to all the sushi restaurants around town who don’t kick me out when I get a little too energetic with my sake bombs (you know who you are).
Love you, Social! Let’s be best friends forever and skip hand-in-hand through fields of lavender.
Still one of the best transportation options in Fort Collins if you’ve had a few too many and don’t want to slog back to Old Town at dawn the next day to retrieve your vehicle.
You gotta love a bar with Hot Pockets on the menu.
Beer flights are for wimps. WHISKEY FLIGHTS RULE.
To this day, the best show I’ve ever been to was in the hotel lounge of a Loveland Best Western. I’m not sure what that says about me.
That’s Fort Collins for you – the best cheap sangria in town can be found in a college pizza joint in Campus West. So weird. So good. So wallet-friendly.
One last time, everybody: What’s on your list of “The Best in Fort Collins”?