We may be a little biased, but we think Fort Collins is the perfect place to host a gathering. With dozens of spots for local craft beer, hundreds of places to taste unique cuisines, and spaces that show off creative character and views of our foothills home, the party is practically built-in.
Leave the cooking and the decorating to someone else this season and consider hosting your event at a Fort Collins original. We rounded up the restaurants, breweries and hometown favorites that can accommodate your small dinner parties and your huge soirees. The planning may be made easier with this list, but good luck choosing from our top ten — there are just so many great options! Once you narrow it down to your own top picks, let us know where you’re planning to host your friends, family and loved ones in the comments below!
RARE Italian is Instagrammable, romantic, and has a great patio for those warmer Colorado days. With a rotating menu of seasonal, upscale Italian-inspired creations, and a chic atmosphere complete with an open kitchen and in-house dry aging cooler, it’s the perfect setting for your next gathering. Whether you need reservations for a more intimate group or a full space rental, they can accommodate. For inquiries, you can find their contact details here.
The original Rio Grande in Old Town Fort Collins is well-known by locals for its event space — The Agave Room. Paired with Colorado-famous margaritas, a delicious menu of Mexican-inspired fare, and a laidback atmosphere, your regular dinners and your large party celebrations will always stand out as special occasions. Learn about the event space here.
The Farmhouse in historic Jessup Farm Artisan Village ranks number three on our list of The Best Places to Get Dinner in Fort Collins, According to Yelp. Combine that with a 133-year-old building, a quarter acre of land, and a chicken coop, and you have the perfect countryside setting for a cozy holiday party. The restaurant offers both semi-private and private spaces indoors and outdoors with seating for 12 to 180 people. Get all the details and contact Brooke here.
Photo courtesy of Gilded Goat Brewing Company and Mark Darrough
There’s no better place to get a sense of FoCo than at a local craft brewery. At Gilded Goat, one of the city’s newest spots, you can rent the entire upper mezzanine which includes 1,100 square feet of event space, personal beertending, an HD projector, and much more. Get all the details here, and learn more about Gilded Goat in The Ultimate Guide to Fort Collins Craft Breweries.
Fort Collins’ Jax Fish House can bring the party to your house or host you at theirs. Though they don’t have a dedicated event space, they have tables to accommodate parties from one to 30 guests. They can also offer a private brunch and lunch space available from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. with no room rental fee for any parties 20 or more! Get all the details here.
Photo courtesy of CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewing
CooperSmith’s is a favorite Old Town spot for most Fort Collins locals. With a brewery on site, craft pub food, and two separate, fun-filled spaces, it’s easy to see why! Their space can accommodate parties up to 200 people with different custom menus to suit your budget. Request your space using their event contact form.
Cafe Vino keeps their dinner menu simple, concise and indulgent, but still offers something to satisfy every craving — from specialty pizzas to a Rabbit Confit tapas plate. Their space is classy, but comfortable and casual: making it the perfect place for your holiday party! Get details on their event space here.
At Mainline, the motto for their event space is “party of five or a hundred and five, we are ready.” With some of the best cocktails in Fort Collins, an extensive local beer list, delicious food, five indoor spaces and one outdoors, you can customize your event and menu to fit your needs perfectly. Check out all the event spaces and party options here.
It’s a Fort Collins original and one of the most popular craft breweries in the country, so this one is a bit of a no-brainer. Hosting a party at New Belgium means you have three different space options, plenty of brews to choose from, and customizable options to fit every party and gathering. We particularly love The Brewhouse 2, which can accommodate 50 seated guests, for its unique ambiance. While enjoying your meal, you’ll be able to hear the sound of grain raining in and the heat of the kettles simmering in the background. See all the room options here.
Did you know you can rent space in the brand new Colorado State Stadium? From huge events to smaller dinner parties, there’s a setting perfect for your family, friends and co-workers alike. Not only will you get views of Sonny Lubick Field, the CSU campus, Fort Collins, and the Rocky Mountains, but you can also get 30 minutes on the field included in your event! Find all the details, including capacity and pricing, here.
Did we miss your favorite event space in Fort Collins? Let us know in the comments below.