The best bars to watch Colorado State games in Fort Collins, Denver
While CSU fans have been able to watch the Rams at home at Canvas Stadium so far this season, the team hits the road this weekend with a game in Toledo and will follow with a game in Iowa on September 25.
After a 2020 season affected by COVID, the cheers from the stands and often from the bars too, even fans can be a bit lacking in practice to know where to watch the games.
CSU football is playing six of its last 10 games in 2021 on the road. The Rams’ 2021-22 basketball seasons are fast approaching, and the men’s team are already a Mountain West favorite and a preseason contender for the NCAA tournament.
So if you’re looking to watch the Rams, here are your top bets in Fort Collins, Denver, and northern Colorado:
To note: Some of these places host official CSU alumni watch nights, while others are popular sports bars that typically broadcast Rams games.
In Fort Collins:
CB & Potts (Collindale)
Sometimes you just have to go with a classic.
While the Rams mainstay doesn’t have such a big presence in Fort Collins these days, it’s still a favorite spot for CSU fans.
The restaurant, located in the clubhouse of the Collindale golf course, is owned by former CSU wrestling and football star Kevin Sheesley and even Hosts Steve Addazio’s Weekly Coach Show every Monday.
The walls also feature many CSU memorabilia, as well as a plethora of TVs to watch from anywhere in restaurants and bars.
Ryan’s Sporty Grill
A sports bar par excellence to watch a match. That’s the allure of Ryan’s (formerly Jackson’s), a long-standing staple for sports fans in Fort Collins.
The sports bar will also host a Reunion launch event on October 6 ahead of the San Jose State game, with CSU-themed trivia and giveaways to get into the spirit of the Homecoming weekend.
Ryan’s (925 E. Harmony Road) proudly boasts that its 42 HDTVs are tuned to college football on Saturdays in the fall. You can bet a good chunk of those screens will be on the CSU game whenever the Rams play, especially since Ryan’s is open after midnight on weekends for those late night games.
Route 34 Deli & Tavern
Virtually in the shadow of Canvas Stadium, Route 34 (1213 W. Elizabeth St.) is a must-see for watching Colorado sports, and CSU games are no different.
With a large projection screen through the front window, plenty of seating, and a great selection of food and drink, Road 34 is truly a place to watch together.
With two locations in Fort Collins (1335 W. Elizabeth St., Suite 125 at West Campus and 2909 E. Harmony Road, Suite 100 along Harmony) as well as large menus of inexpensive tacos and margaritas, it’s already a popular place to watch sports.
For a more student vibe, head to Campus West, but there are dozens of big-screen TVs in both locations, which means you won’t have a problem watching the CSU game wherever you sit. .
Speaking of big screens, they’re in abundance here. Blind Pig (214 Linden St.) is also probably your best bet if you’re in the Old Town and looking to sneak into a bar on game day.
With a large brunch menu to match a party atmosphere, this is your Old Town spot for CSU games, whether it’s an early start or a late kick-off. dreaded.
X-Golf Fort Collins
Maybe you don’t associate a golf simulator with a place to watch a game. But while X-Golf (351 E. Foothills Pkwy., Suite 110) is a newcomer to the nightclub scene, it’s a prime place to work on your golf game while you watch the Rams.
Colorado State University Alumni Association hosts free lifeguarding nights at X-Golf Fort Collins for most CSU road football games, with $ 1 off drink specials on New Belgium and Coors Light, as well as CSU giveaways during events.
The Sportsbook Bar & Grille (DTC)
This is arguably the go-to bar and grill for CSU games in Denver. The location of the Greenwood Village / Denver Tech Center (9660 E. Arapahoe Road) has it all for CSU and sports fans even when the game is at halftime, with darts, pool tables and a shuffleboard to pass the time until the Rams are back onscreen.
The Sportsbook DTC is also where the CSU Alumni Association hosts lookout nights in the Denver area for all Rams football games.. You will certainly find your dose of CSU fans here.
Pro Tip: The Sportsbook is aimed at sports fans far beyond soccer, so it’s also one of your best bets for watching CSU basketball games.
Fiddlesticks Bar & Grill (Lakewood)
This is another quintessential sports bar that caters to CSU fans on most football game days. The The CSU Alumni Association will host watch nights here for several 2021 football games, including the Border War game against Wyoming. November 6.
Fiddlesticks (10815 W. Jewell Ave.) is full of huge TVs, so it’s a great place to watch sports whether you’re looking for the Rams or the Broncos, the Buffs or the Nuggets.
Don’s Club Tavern
This has been a staple of the CSU Rams in Denver, the dive bar often hosting official watch nights in previous years. While there are none currently scheduled for the 2021 season, Don’s is still a place to go for CSU games.
With neighborhood bar style / lighting and fewer large TVs, consider Don’s (723 E. Sixth Ave.) a more social place to watch the Rams, AKA a fun place for the casual fan.
Warning: by Sunday, the Don’s will become the Chiefs’ bar in Denver.
To Loveland and Greeley:
American Grill Sports Station
It is definitely one of the most unique places to watch CSU in northern Colorado. The Sports Station (409 N. Railroad Ave., Loveland) is located in a renovated 1902 train station, along with a game room and shaded patio.
While not a CSU-specific spot, the TVs here are still on sports and especially on CSU when the Rams are playing. Display a burger and a beer, and you’ll often see other CSU fans doing the same.
There are plenty of Old Chicago locations in the area, but the Centerra Old Chicago mall looks especially heavy on big-screen TVs and hearty seating. It may look like an Italian / pizza alternative to Buffalo Wild Wings, which adjoins this location (BWW is also never a bad save option for sports fans).
Located just off Interstate 25 and US Highway 34 at 1436 Hahns Peak Drive, it’s as central as it gets in the area if you get a group of CSU fans together.
GOAT sports bar
A new addition to the scene is great news for CSU fans. Matt Larson (owner of Kenny’s Steak House in Greeley, himself a longtime Rams games hotspot) and his son Alex opened GOAT Sports Bar (2514 46th Ave., Greeley) last spring.
The GOAT (perhaps hoping to live up to the greatest moniker of all time) has a 360-degree bar and 36 TVs, so there’s no bad place in the house for games.
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