Taprooms and Pubs

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Here is a condensed listing of the tap rooms and pubs in the Fort Collins area.

More details on each, including hours, beers, wine, cocktails, food menus, and their websites can be found at: http://fortcollinsbreweryguide.com/taprooms.aspx

Fort Collins

The Forge Publick House

The Forge is a really cozy tap room that is located in downtown Fort Collins with a quality selection of beer. Bring cash because this place doesn’t take plastic, but they do have an ATM so you can get cash. This place is somewhat hard to find and is located down the Firehouse Alley. They don’t open until 4:00 and they’ve recently expanded where there are two separate bars to sit at, and the back bar is only open on weekends.

The Moot House

The Moot House has been a mainstay in Fort Collins since the 1970s. Right off of College Avenue in south Fort Collins, this place started serving Odell “Golden Ale” back in 1988, which was the first beer that Doug Odell of Odell Brewing made. After recently finishing a remodel of their bar, beer has become more of a focus here. A great selection of 30 different craft beer taps with a new menu, and still has the great English pub look. The patio here is a great spot to enjoy your favorite craft beer!

Choice City Butcher and Deli

Choice City has really great food paired with great beer in a casual atmosphere with a really cool beer tap handle collection. This spot is usually hoppin’ for breakfast, lunch and sometimes dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. On Wednesday nights starting at 4pm, go in and enjoy their sliders and beer special. Ranked by ratebeer.com as among the top ten places worldwide for beer selection, Choice City offers microbrews from around the United States and the world. We particularly enjoyed their Reuben sandwiches on one of our earlier trips to the area.

Black Bottle Brewery

This is a great little, hidden gem that made both our brewery and tap room lists because they brew their own beer and serve other beers as well. Not too far from Waterford Inn, and near the Spring Creek trail, it’s an easy bike ride. Black Bottle Brewery brews their own beer, out of sight in the basement, just below where you sit.  BBB has 40 taps, a full-service bar with wine and liquor and an excellent menu. Along with rotating selections of their own beer, they feature guest taps from other breweries in Colorado and from around the world.

Tap N Handle

The Tap N Handle is a great pub (just across the street from Choice City Butcher & Deli) in downtown Fort Collins where beer is truly the focus. They are one of two Fort Collins own named to America’s 100 best beer bars, 2015 by Draft Magazine; no brewpubs, no breweries, just 100 fantastic bars that do craft beer better than anywhere else.  If you’re eclectic in your beer choices, the Tap N Handle offers you local, national and international flavors! A really sweet little food menu with tasty food at reasonable prices. The Honey Sriracha wings are a really good pairing with beer. Head to the back and downstairs for Pinball, a foosball table, darts and video games.

The Mayor of Old Town

The Mayor of Old Town is a fantastic place for beer lovers, where they have 100 taps flowing! Yes, that’s right…100 TAPS of awesome choices! Once you walk in the front entrance you’re taken aback by a huge digital menu with all the beers they have on tap. They are one of two Fort Collins own named to America’s 100 best beer bars, 2015 by Draft Magazine; no brewpubs, no breweries, just 100 fantastic bars that do craft beer better than anywhere else.  Upscale bar food is available. This beer oasis is very close to Colorado State University campus and is in downtown Fort Collins area.

Ace Gillett’s

Downtown, in the basement of a boutique hotel, this is a throwback treasure.  A classic cocktail lounge setting, they have the best selection of Belgian beers in town.  With delightful dishes and classy cocktails, Ace Gillett’s offers delicious food and drinks that are sure to satisfy!  We had the most amazing duck confit with polenta and pork cheeks with orecchiette. Be sure to check out the bar manager’s videos!

William Oliver’s Publick House

The nearest taproom to the Waterford Inn, William Oliver’s began as Fort Collins first dedicated whiskey bar and quickly transformed into a beloved neighborhood pub.  They feature plenty of local beers, darts, and a kitchen where their menu is dominated by bacon and pork dishes. They have the largest selection of whiskey in the area and offer varying sizes of whiskey flights.

Otto Pint

Otto Pint is the next closest tap room and eatery to us. It is less than a mile and we can bike to it. The pizza is very thin crust and my favorite is the Schezuan spicy chicken honey pizza. Otto Pint donates 100% of its charitable contributions to www.mantherapy.org. 

Blind Pig

Fort Collins Brewery – Gravity 1020

We have eaten at Gravity twice and both times it was excellent. Situated within the Fort Collins Brewery site, it offers a full menu and of course, FCB beer. This is a super place to go as brewery destination followed by an excellent meal.


This cidery took the place of our favorite haunt – Crankensteins. We loved Cranks – a bike shop turned coffee shop, pub, hangout for the young hip/cool. Ah well. With that said, our friends who love cider will love this place. Great cider and sandwiches! Live music on the weekend!



I loved Social! It’s a super cocktail bar with a fabulous cocktail and wine list. Their claim to fame are throwback drinks, sommelier-selected wines and a charcuterie serving innovative cheese and meat boards. On a first trip, four of us split the Marble Rye. The salmon pate was outstanding as well as the empanadas. Situated in underground Fort Collins, it has a great ambience of Parisien art nouveau meets 21st century industrial. Cozy. A bit loud but a cool place for visitors to see what is happening under the streets of downtown.



In downtown Loveland, featuring 70 beers on tap, large menu with recipes from around the world, a full bar, and of course live music four nights a week without ever having a cover charge.



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