We understand how hard it is to think of fun and unique places for date night. So, we thought we would help out and give you five places in Fort Collins that stood out in our minds as very unique and original. Please feel free to comment and add to our list so others can find a variety of places when they are stumped when it comes time for their date night in Fort Collins.
This locally-owned speakeasy takes you back in time, giving you the rebellious feeling that our elders once had when they enjoyed drinks at illicit establishments during the prohibition era. One thing you will notice from the start is these bartenders take their craft seriously. It is a show in its own to watch these drink slingers craft their beverages like they are works of art. This highly-knowledgeable bar staff is so dedicated to drink-making that it will amaze even the finest connoisseur. They also offer foodie-friendly dishes like their delightful charcuterie boards. Social also offers “Social Hour”, which is the perfect way to describe this cocktail bar’s always exhilarating Happy Hour. Their Social Hour offerings are always changing to keep things fresh, but drink and food specials are offered each and every night of the week between 4pm-6pm. We highly recommend this unique underground cocktail bar to anyone looking for a unique experience.
1 Old Town Square, Suite 7
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(located underground. Just look for the street clock at the top of the stairs.)
Since we are on the subject of speakeasies, we have to mention the speakeasy that serves as the epitome of elegance and grandeur, Ace Gillette’s. Named and inspired by previous 1950′s Armstrong Hotel owner, Ace Gillette, this lounge personifies the sensation of class and sultry sophistication that enveloped city speakeasies during the years of prohibition. A soft dimly lit atmosphere with dark woods, large circular booths and gently lit candles help shape one of the classiest places in Fort Collins. More than just the atmosphere, Ace Gillette’s serves up some of the finest tapas and cocktails around. The master bartenders make every drink with such precision it will truly leave you in awe, and once you taste it, let’s just say you won’t be disappointed. With plates such as prosciutto wrapped dates and fried potato croquettes, it’s easy to see the precision and passion doesn’t end with the cocktails. If you are looking for a trip back into yesteryear we highly recommend Ace Gillette’s. Stop by for happy hour or go for a night of live jazz, this place is a marvel.
239 S College Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(Underneath the historic Armstrong Hotel)
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The Fox and the Crow is one of only two cheese shops and bistros in Fort Collins. Located in Scotch Pines Village, The Fox and the Crow has a fantastic central, mid-town location right next door to Sprouts. This husband-and-wife owned cheese shop goes all out when it comes to pleasing the palate. Where else will you find a sandwich named the French Kiss that includes thinly sliced French ham with double cream French Brie on a buttered baguette? And, did we mention they love cheese so much that they seek out farmstead and artisan cheeses locally and up to 5,000 miles away from their location in Fort Collins! Now, that’s dedication. The Fox and the Crow serves up meat and cheese boards, gourmet sandwiches and, of course, wine, beer and cider. They also offer a fantastic happy hour menu from 4-6 pm Monday-Friday. If you’ve ever wanted that sophisticated experience where you sip wine and pair it with incredible cheeses, or even if you’re just in the mood for amazing food and drinks, there’s no question you have to stop by The Fox and the Crow.
2601 S Lemay Ave Unit #21
Fort Collins, CO 80525
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When you think unique you think of something that is out of the ordinary, and Otto Pint fits the bill perfectly. Otto Pint is a locally-owned (same owner as Domenic’s Bistro and Vincent Heavenly Pies & Pasta) casual restaurant that serves up pizzas and craft beers, but what sets it apart is the fact it was converted from an old gas station. You would never guess it by looking at it, however. Otto Pint has an industrial feel that includes a large bar serving as a center piece to two very large rooms. The restaurant is also surrounded by garage doors that open, bringing in that natural fresh breeze while you dine. It also includes an overgrown patio that is superb for social gatherings. As afore mentioned Otto Pint specializes in craft beer, as is evidence of their expansive menu of over 40 beers to choose from, including 20 on rotating taps. Beer isn’t the only thing you can get there, however, Otto Pint also has specialty drinks inspired by local spirits from regional distilleries. If you’re looking to have a nice casual night out on the south side of town while enjoying delicious pizza and incredible craft beer with that industrial feel then Otto Pint is the right place for you.
1100 Oakridge Dr
Fort Collins, CO 80525
The Downtown Artery is one of the most unique places Fort Collins has to offer. The Downtown Artery is a lively environment for the arts, playing host to over 40 visual and performing artists while showcasing a state of the art music venue, recording studio, cafe’, and art gallery. If you could sum it up in one word it would probably be ‘eclectic’. So, where to start…First of all, you can find some of the best coffee and pop tarts, baked at an offsite kitchen, Fort Collins has to offer, not bad for a music venue/art studio. Did we mention they also serve beer and wine! Let’s get back on track. The number one reason the Downtown Artery was built was to create a space for the working artist. Whether it is performance or visual, the Downtown Artery's goal is to foster the passion artists have for making it in the profession. There are 16 studio rental spaces provided upstairs, as well as a gallery that includes a bar to go along with three rooms that serve as B&B’s. Downstairs is where the cafe’ is, along with the music venue, a recording studio, band rehearsal space, art classroom and a retail store that showcases locally produced items made by local artists. So, if you truly are looking for the unique on your Date night in Fort Collins, the Downtown Artery is offering a little bit of everything. Whether its live music, art, coffee, alcoholic beverages or food we think you’ll find something to love about this eclectic beauty of an establishment.
252 Linden Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524