Dive Bars in Fort Collins

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The bartenders at 12 Volt Tavern bolster its dive-bar cred with a daily two-for-one happy hour, pairing suds and spirits with a punk-rock-heavy jukebox that helped earn it Westword's Best Dive Bar in the ‘Burbs award in 2007. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., the daily happy hour lobs beer bottles ($2.75–$4.50) and cans ($2.25–$5.50) to those longing to grip longnecks or crush something other than Pringles cans against their heads. Draft beers ($2.75–$4.50) cascade from foam-flecked taps as imbibers sip to the refrain of rhythmically clacking pool balls and whizzing darts. Mad Dog 20/20 and its 10 electric libations glimmer and gleam over the bar’s pale light, headlining the top shelf of 12 Volt’s library of liquors and spirits ($3.75–$8). On weekends, local punk and rockabilly acts storm the intimate stage, blaring tunes that ricochet off the wall’s aluminum PBR signage and the ceiling’s bottle-cap frescos of Johnny Rotten’s boyhood pony (a cover charge applies to live shows).

7514 Grandview Ave
Arvada,
CO
US

Tunes pour from the jukebox at The Dirty Duck Bar, where bartenders help customers forget their thirsts and hearty grub slakes hunger. At the bar, frothy beers and mixed drinks command attention, with a selection that includes feel-good spirits in terms of their production: the bar proudly serves Idaho’s American Harvest organic spirit, for one, which is produced using sustainable agricultural methods and wind power. While barkeeps dispense drinks and help guests learn the proper knot for a cherry stem, the kitchen churns out classic pub fare from bacon cheeseburgers to pizza.

4780 E Evans Ave
Denver,
CO
US

2721 Larimer St
Denver,
CO
US

For familiar food you're sure to love, head to Candle Light Tavern for American-style cuisine. The menu doesn't include any low-fat items, so set aside some extra calories for your visit. Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from Candle Light Tavern's full bar. Swing by after work for happy hour, featuring a wide range of discounted drinks and appetizers. Big family? Tons of friends? Bring 'em all to Candle Light Tavern — the restaurant has an awesome layout for large parties and groups. Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this restaurant, though, as it can get quite loud.

With its no reservation policy, Candle Light Tavern sees more intense crowds on Fridays and Saturdays, so plan your weekend visit accordingly. Put the suit away when heading to Candle Light Tavern — dress is casual, as are the vibes.

Brush up on your parallel parking skills — the restaurant's S Pearl St location offers nearby street parking.

With prices below $15 per person, you can eat at Candle Light Tavern as often as you like!

383 S Pearl St
Denver,
CO
US

At Squire Lounge, you can snack away on tasty pub grub. Low-fat eaters will need to take care, however, since the menu does not feature any skimmed down fare. Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new. Take advantage of great beer and tasty bites when you stop by for happy hour. Put on your dancing shoes! The restaurant provides plenty of space for those who love to boogie. Loud music and boisterous crowds keep decibel levels ultra high at this restaurant.

The restaurant picks up the most people during the week, so avoid the rush if crowds aren't your thing. Can't get enough of Squire Lounge's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.

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Frugal foodies will especially love the prices at Squire Lounge, with a meal typically hovering under the $15 mark. Head on over to Squire Lounge first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Squire Lounge is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

1800 E Colfax Ave
Denver,
CO
US

Munch on tasty pub grub at Old Curtis Street Bar. Low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free selections are also on the menu at Old Curtis Street Bar. Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here. Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Old Curtis Street Bar's seasonally available outdoor seating. Old Curtis Street Bar also features live music and dancing.

Fridays and Saturdays really bring in the crowds, so make sure there's space for you by calling ahead for a reservation.

In addition to street parking, there is a lot right around the corner, so finding a space shouldn't be an issue for drivers dining at the restaurant.

A mid-priced establishment, Old Curtis Street Bar offers meals that typically cost about $30 or less.

2100 Curtis St
Denver,
CO
US