When we talk about the liquid arts in Fort Collins, beer often takes the spotlight – and that’s not at all to be discounted as we are proudly wearing the hat of the nation’s craft beer capital. Without throwing any shade on the love for beer, the demand for zero-proof artfully crafted beverages is growing in its own right and Fort Collins restaurants and bars are leaning in to listen. We’re sharing our list of 8 Fort Collins restaurants and bars that are taking these demands to heart, opening up the creative gateways to delectably booze-free beverages.
1. The EmporiumAddress: 378 Walnut St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Found inside of the impeccable Elizabeth Hotel in Downtown Fort Collins, The Emporium offers a dedicated zero-proof beverages menu that stands out as especially fanciful and fun. Refreshing beverages like the salted grapefruit spritzer and tropical patio punch will have you feeling like you’re on island time. We can see this menu coming in clutch during the dog days of summer – whether you’re needing a break in-between the cocktails or just want to cool down with a beverage, The Emporium has you covered.
You wouldn't typically expect to find zero-proof beverages at a distillery, but Old Elkisn’t about closing the door to catering to all customers and their customized needs. And catering to custom drinks is exactly what Old Elk is doing. We were thoroughly impressed by the staff’s enthusiasm to creatively craft the drinks of our dreams. They’ll ask about your taste preferences, go-to ingredients, and whip up an impressive concoction that you had no idea you were terribly missing in your life.
For casual drinks with friends, family, and colleagues, Union is a fantastic meeting spot with a beautifully modern, open floorplan space and an equally contemporary menu of food and drinks. Their simple zero-proof options fit the bill for when you’re needing to chill, beverage in hand socializing. Their drink options are fun and bubbly, light-spirited, and playful.
4. The RegionalAddress: 130 S Mason St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
The Regional’s fully decked-out kitchen and bar produce a tasteful variety of options only limited by your imagination. While of course carrying the classic options like Fort Collins’ Turtle Mountain Fermentary kombucha and Rocky Mountain Soda, their mocktail option is open to your preferences and desires. From zero-proof classic margaritas to herbal and sweet infusions, you can take advantage of their fresh ingredient sourcing to make your own mocktail.
The Blind Pig is taking zero proof to a new level with their dedicated alcohol-free beverage menu. All of their classic offerings can now be ordered sans alcohol, which is great news for those craving the real deal but looking for it buzz-free. Their vast selection of alcohol-free mixers behind the bar indicates a serious commitment to ensuring there are delicious beverage choices for all.
Address: 234 Linden St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Who doesn’t love a martini bar? OK - perhaps a better question: who’s ever been out enjoying nightlife and couldn’t handle another boozy beverage, though still wanted to order a drink and continue the festivities? Elliot’s gets it. And Elliot’s comes to the rescue in these situations with their no-frills mocktails menu. Delicious mocktail options like The Mexican Martini, Golden Delicious, and Strawberry Grooves will have you feeling fine and refreshed – without alcohol.
How does a rosemary lavender lemonade sound right now? Or maybe you’re feeling a farmhouse bloody mary sans alcohol during your Sunday brunch? The Farmhouse at Jessup Farm curates zero-proof options in their beverage menu that cover the gamut of cravings, though you’re always free to talk to your bartender and customize your drink to your preferences. We love this choice for daytime drinks with friends followed up by an exploration of the shops at Jessup.
8. The AtriumAddress: 120 W Laurel St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
When we mention The Atrium, we often find heads turn out of curiosity for this relatively new Fort Collins bar and music venue. Perhaps this is one of Fort Collins’ best-kept secrets as it is a bit hidden, nestled by DGT (Dam Good Tacos) underneath The Alley Cat Cafe. We don’t think it’s right to keep this gloriously plant-decorated space with a dedicated kombucha bar and positively unique zero-proof menu a secret though. Zero proof cocktails, kombuchas, and even non-alcoholic IPA’s await.