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    259 S. College Ave
    Fort Collins, CO 80524
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Best Patios & Rooftops in Fort Collins

There's no shortage of sunshine-love here in Fort Collins...After all, we're smack-dab in the middle of Colorado where 300 days of sunshine is the norm! Check out the best places to eat outside in Fort Collins, Colorado. | The Armstrong Hotel

There’s no shortage of sunshine-love here in Fort Collins…After all, we’re smack-dab in the middle of Colorado where 300 days of sunshine is the norm! Since the sun is coming soon (come on spring!) we’re looking ahead to soakin’ up that sunshine on our favorite rooftops, patios, and outdoor restaurants. Here’s a list of some of our favorite spots around town!

Best Places to Eat Outside in Fort Collins

Coopersmith’s Pub

Who says you can’t spend an entire afternoon at your favorite spot? Coopersmith’s has not one, not two, but three outdoor seating areas, one of which faces directly into the Downtown Square! Grab your friends, pick a spot, and get ready for an evening of good food, beer, and music as you relax on this wonderful patio. Since the seating is so close to one of the best music stages in town, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better spot.


A recent addition to our roster of wonderful rooftop patios, Tony’s has an absolutely groove-worthy rooftop. Set with beautiful string lights, hightop tables, and tons of great people, Tony’s is definitely the place to be past dusk. Tony’s serves beverages on the rooftop and provides plenty of music to fuel your night, so come ready for a ton of fun at this place.

The Kitchen

So you’re looking for something a bit more classy? No problem. The Kitchen is where you want to be. This artesian restaurant is so decadent you’ll think you stepped into a New York eatery! Their patio sits right along one of the most populous streets in Downtown which is perfect for people-watching and night-time adventures. Be sure to ask for the house wine when you go – it’s top notch!

Illegal Pete’s

Sunglasses, best friends, and beer are needed for this spot. Illegal Pete’s is a fantastic artesian Mexican restaurant with delicious tacos, salad bowls, and make-your-own burritos. Top that with a rooftop terrace that’s a sun-lovers dream and you’ve got yourself the perfect lunch spot. Dinner-goers are welcome as well, as this joint is in the perfect location for Downtown people watching, and star gazing.

Crown Pub

Small but mighty, The Crown Pub boasts one of the most intimate outdoor spaces we’ve seen yet. With large, medium, and two-top tables, a hospitable staff and absolutely delicious pub-inspired eats, there’s no reason not to love the Crown Pub. Check out their onion rings or rueben while you’re there, and say hello to the staff for us!

The Boot

For our guests who’d love to try something a little more hip, try The Boot! This rooftop grill is a fantastic night-out spot, complete with weekly shows, comedian performances, and tons of great music. They even have a dance floor for you and your friends to enjoy! Just a short walk from the hotel, this place is definitely one to explore, and possibly adopt as “your bar”.

Mugs Coffee Lounge

One of our favorite local patios is actually so close, you can get there in just 10 seconds! Located in our lower lobby level, Mugs Coffee Lounge has a wonderful patio situated right beneath those big, beautiful trees on College and Olive Street. Take a book, grab your favorite cup-o-joe and soak up some rays on their patio and you’ll create a perfect start to any perfect day.

Looking for even more things to do? Check out our guide to What to Experience in Fort Collins, then book your stay with us! We can’t wait to share the sunshine with you.

There’s a lot more to see and do in Fort Collins, and we’d love to help you make your next visit the best it can be. Come experience an authentic stay with us – call 970-484-3883 for more information about the area or to book a room. Visit our 45 individually unique rooms and suites via our Rooms and Suites page, or book a room for your stay today!