Northern Colorado drinking and nightlife

Pub in Fort Collins

Crown Pub

All the dark-wood paneling, friendly barkeeps and a dead-center location make this no-nonsense watering hole a good place to cool your heels after walking around downtown. If you’re too pressed for time to hit all t…
Bar in Estes Park

Wheel Bar

Estes Park's favorite dive bar offers a rip-roaring good time, a killer porch out on the riverwalk, plus a mysterious wheel that truly reveals the difference between six drinks and more. Expect lots of flannel, free…
Brewery in Fort Collins

Odell Brewing Company

New Belgium has the best tour, but Odell makes the best brew – not just in Fort Collins but in all of Colorado. The bar is small and comfortable, and the brewers take pride in their work. If you taste but one Colora…
Cocktail Bar in Fort Collins

Elliot’s Martini Bar

Tired of beer? Hit up Elliot’s for an exhaustive list of high-octane cocktails. The ‘Elliot’s’ martini is for classicists, but staff also entertain with way-out drinks – all served up in a martini glass, of course –…
Brewery in Estes Park

Estes Park Brewery

The town's brewpub serves pizza, burgers and wings, and at least eight different house beers, in a big, boxy room resembling a cross between a classroom and a country kitchen. Pool tables and outdoor seating keep th…
Bar in Steamboat Springs

Sunpies Bistro

Overlooking the creek is a big backyard, where locals pack in to drink and swap tales. They can be rowdy, but it’s a slice of the real Steamboat. The Texas Toothpicks (deep-fried jalapeños and onions) are a great sn…
Cafe in Fort Collins

Mug’s Coffee Lounge

Free wi-fi, strong coffee and good sandwiches keep this central, classy little place bustling throughout the day. Flat-bread sandwiches and other savory snacks are available.
Cafe in Fort Collins

Starry Night

Free wi-fi and comfortable seats make this an ideal spot near downtown to take a load off, caffeinate and catch up on email. The baked goods hit the mark as well, especially the delightfully messy whipped-cream laye…
Irish Pub in Fort Collins

Lucky Joe’s

Lots of wood and brick and a nightly singer-songwriter jam make this a warm and welcoming spot in the heart of Old Town. When it snows, warm up with an Irish coffee and enjoy the tunes; in summer, hit the big patio …
Bar in Fort Collins

Town Pump

A bona fide dive bar with a century of boozing under its belt, this is a comfortable place to knock back a couple of cold ones while rubbing elbows with the locals. If you go for the Cherry Bombs, beware: they’re so…