This post was updated on October 16, 2018 to include current information and recommendations.
We may be a little biased, but we think Fort Collins is the perfect place to host any kind of 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 Colorado 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 both your small dinner parties and your huge soirees. Once you narrow it down to your own top venues, let us know where you’re planning to host your friends, family and loved ones in the comments below!
Ginger and Baker opened its doors in the River District in 2017 and has quickly become a go-to destination for food, drink, coffee, pie, cocktails, home goods, cooking lessons, and just about everything else remotely related to food and drink. Located inside the historic Northern Colorado Feeders Supply building, their huge space boasts reservable private rooms that include The Rooftop, the Wine Cellar, the Teaching Kitchen and the beautifully rustic Mill Top room. Each space offers its own character, history and amenities. For example, an event inside the Teaching Kitchen can include a customized private class!
Available for private events through The Armstrong Hotel, which offers an impressive lineup of event capabilities and spaces, Ace Gillett’s is one of the best places in town for cocktails, shareable bites and live jazz. Located right in Downtown Fort Collins and nestled in the basement of the hotel, it has a speakeasy vibe downstairs and hotel accommodations upstairs for those staying overnight.
RARE Italian is a local favorite for romantic dinners, casual celebrations and seasonal eats year-round. Their chic atmosphere is complete with an open kitchen and in-house dry aging cooler making it the perfect setting for your next dinner or cocktail 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 upstairs event space: The Agave Room. Paired with famous margaritas, a delicious menu of Mexican-inspired fare, and a laidback atmosphere, both your regular dinners and your large party celebrations will always stand out as special occasions at The Rio. 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 150 people. Get all the details and contact their Special Events Coordinator here.
Photo courtesy ofMark Darrough via Gilded Goat Brewing Company
There’s no better place to get a sense of Fort Collins than at a local craft brewery. At Gilded Goat, you can rent the entire upper mezzanine which includes 1,100 square feet of event space, personal beertending, an HD projector and more. Get all the details here, and learn more about Gilded Goat in The Ultimate Guide to Fort Collins Craft Breweries.
Fort Collins’ Jax 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 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with no room rental fee for any parties 20 or more, or you can buy-out the whole restaurant for the evening! 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 private dining space, High Street Lounge, can accommodate 55 seated guests or 80 mingling. Get details on private dining at Cafe Vino 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 Brewhouse—which can accommodate 50 seated guests or 100 mingling—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 Canvas Stadium on the CSU campus? From huge events to intimate dinner parties, there’s a setting perfect for your family, friends and co-workers. The stadium is available throughout the year to companies, organizations and community groups for events from 12 up to 1,200 guests. Find all the details, including contact info, here.
Did we miss your favorite private party space in Fort Collins? Let us know in the comments below.