APRES SEND: Best Places in FOCO after a Mountain Bike Ride.


You were out on the trail at daybreak, rode 30 miles and are ready for some grub, or maybe you just rolled out of bed hungover and confused and are looking for a place to meet your bros at before a quick afternoon ride. You don’t have to look far as Fort Collins has a variety of great restaurants, bars, and breweries to choose from. Below we have listed just a few of our favorites, all of which offer great atmosphere, food, and drink.

Restaurants in Fort Collins

Illegal Pete’s

Illegal Petes Restaurant
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Location: 320 Walnut St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
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Hours: Mon- Wed 7 AM – 12 AM | Thur- Fri 7 AM – 2:30 AM | Sat 9 AM – 2:30 AM | Sun 9 AM – 12 AM

Illegal Pete’s, also known as illegally delicious is a great place to hang out after a ride.  They serve Mexican style food, and are known for their burritos. For $8 you can get a huge burrito loaded with great ingredients. They have a good atmosphere with a bar and an upper patio overlooking Old town Fort Collins.  Illegal Pete’s is a popular place to grab a bite to eat or hang out any day of the week.

Lucky Joe’s Sidewalk Saloon

Lucky Joe's Saloon
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Location: 25 Old Town Square, Fort Collins, CO 80524
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Hours: Everyday 11 AM – 2 AM

Now that you and the bros have finished your ride it’s time to grab some grub to replenish that delicate body of yours. Fort Collins has some of the best restaurants to sit back, enjoy a good meal, and talk about your most recent shred. Lucky Joe’s, located in Old Town Fort Collins offers a great selection of food and beverages, along with a great atmosphere. Lucky Joe’s offers a variety of soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and entrees that will fill up your hungry belly, not to mention all the free peanuts you want. 

Outside Lucky Joe's
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Along with a great selection of grub Lucky Joe’s offers drink specials almost everyday, so if your looking to fuel up, kick back and maybe get a little drunk Lucky Joe’s is the destination for you and the bros. Weekly specials include:

  • Monday: Burgers and Odells
  • Tuesday: $3.50 Guinness Pints
  • Wednesday: Irish Whiskey Wednesday
  • Thursday: $3 Pints and $3 Bombs
  • Friday: $4 Jameson and Ginger
  • Sunday: Sunday Bloody Funday

Road 34 Bar and Bike Shop

Road34 Bar
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Location: 1213 W Elizabeth St, Fort Collins, CO 80521
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Hours: Deli & Tavern Open everyday 11 AM – 2 AM | Bike Shop Open Mon- Sat 10 AM – 7 PM | Sun 11 AM – 6 PM

You just finished a great ride, and are ready for some food and a drink, unfortunately though one of your bros broke his bike and you’re supposed to get sendy again tomorrow morning, big bummer bro. Not a problem, at Road 34 you can get your bike fixed while relaxing, enjoying a great sandwich and some great beer. Perhaps you’ll enjoy the Naked Homeless Man and a Montucky Cold Snack, or maybe you’d prefer a Richard in the Dirt and an Odells IPA, either way Road34 has a great selection of oddly named sandwiches, and great beer that will make the grumpiest of bros smile again. And dudes, they even have a pretty cool Volkswagen bus.

Road34 Bus
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Besides having a great selection of food, beer, and bike service Road34 has a laid back atmosphere with friendly staff and a great selection of seating. Enjoy a game of pool with your bros, or sit outside and enjoy the fantastic Fort Collins weather. It’s close to the CSU campus so it’s a great spot to grab lunch between classes, or meet up before a big ride.

Breweries in Fort Collins

Sometimes after a long and sendy ride you just want to sit back and drink a beer or two, or twelve. Lucky for you Fort Collins has some of the worlds best breweries, big and small, that come with great atmospheres making them a great place to unwind with your boys after a ride. Here’s a list of a few Breweries to check out after a ride in Fort Collins.

New Belgium Brewery

New Belgium
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Location: 500 Linden St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
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Hours: Everyday 11 AM – 8 PM

Fort Collins has an endless amount of  mountain biking trails, but its number of Micro-Breweries rivals it. On the top of the list of Micro-Breweries is New Belgium Brewery. With 14 year-around beers and  multiple seasonal beers on tap, it always has something for everyone. It has a large number of seating both inside and outside, but if its a nice day expect it to be crowded.  New Belgium has a great tap room and a great outdoor seating area with fire pits and yard games.

New Belgium Brewery
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You can go on a brewery tour and see how they make their finely crafted brews, there’s no cost for the brewery tour, just reserve a spot on their website. Food trucks are available daily on the patio, so you can grub after your ride. If you brought your 4-legged friend along with you on your ride, New Belgium is dog friendly, so you can pound brewskis with your 4-legged friend.

Odell Brewery

Odell Brewing
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Location: 800 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524
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Hours: Sun – Tues 11 AM – 6 PM | Wed – Sat 11 AM – 8 PM

Odell Brewery is located right down the street from New Belgium and rivals them for the top microbreweries in Fort Collins.  Odell is another great kick back spot with your bros to pound some brews after a hard-sendy ride.

Odell Brewing
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With 11 beers on tap and more seasonal beers, there’s something for every bros taste pallet. Even for that one dude who rides cycle cross and never shuts up about it! With both great sitting inside and outside and added fire pits to keep warm outside. Odell’s creates a great environment to relax and enjoy your beer with your buds. Odell also has daily food trucks located on their patio letting you grub after a ride. Brewery tours are avialbe allowing you to see first hand how they make their beer so bomb.

Horse and Dragon

Horse and Dragon

Location: 124 Racquette Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80524
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Hours: Everyday 12 PM – 6 PM

If the corporate overlords of New Belgium and Odells are too much for you and you’re looking for an environment that is more local and cares about the art of fermentation more than profit margins and shareholders then be sure to hit up Equinox, or Horse and Dragon after your ride. Both of these laid-back breweries are conveniently located near Old Town Fort Collins and are a leisurely ride from Horsetooth, although you could drive your car, but come on, really bro?

Horse and Dragon is a family run brewery whose tap room is open daily from 12-6 PM. This brewery is best known for their Sad Panda Coffee Stout which can be found in many chill restaurants around Fort Collins. Horse and Dragon is located just outside of Old Town and is definitely worth a visit from any chiller who is scared of the word “synergy”.

Equinox

Equinox

Location: 133 Remington St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
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Hours: Mon- Wed 12-8 PM | Thur 12-9 PM | Fri 12–10 PM | Sat 11 AM-10 PM | Sun 12-7 PM

Equinox Brewing claims to focus on “the social aspect of beer”, and promises an environment where you can turn up with your boys, pound some sick crafty brews, and enjoy some dope convos in their laid-back brewery. Bros looking to watch the game may be disappointed because Equinox is so focused on being a welcoming cradle of conversational nurturing that it has tossed out the TV’s and replaced them with free live music every Friday and Saturday to keep you entertained while you try each of their 18 brews on tap.

If you’re a fan of long pointless meetings, suits and ties, and corporate agendas, then be sure to check out New Belgium or Odells after you tear up the trails. But, if you are looking for a chill local spot to kick back with your bros and enjoy some crafty brewskis then Equinox and Horse and Dragon are some must visits.

Mountain Bike Bro
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And there you have it bros, these are some of the best spots to grab some grub and a drink after a hard day on the trail ripping those radical lines. Enjoy the upcoming summer as we know it will bring lots of laughs, crashes, maybe a few broken collarbones, but countless priceless memories. Be sure to take lots of pictures, because your bro might not remember after he hits his head on a rock, or drinks too many, and who doesn’t like the great “bro pose”?

If you missed last weeks blog on basic trail maintenance and first aid click here.