The Trailhead Tavern is a dive-bar-gem, nestled on a side street just west of College in old town Fort Collins. The mix of local drinkers and sports fans, all looking for a no-nonsense good time, makes Trailhead a great place to catch a game or just relax and grab a couple of drinks.
Atmosphere: The dimly lit ambiance doesn’t do justice to one of the largest and most popular dive bars in Fort Collins. When walking through the front door, we were assaulted by a collection of beer, art-work and outdoorsy memorabilia strewn from the ceiling and covering the walls. They have a great projection TV set-up, combined with Flat screens all in good viewing angles, so we could catch any big game. The bar and kitchen dominate and bottle neck the central part of the bar, but open into an expansive gaming area filled with pool tables, video games, and pinball machines.
Service: We experienced good old fashioned bar service with a random cocktail waitress here and there.
Drinks: With a fully stocked bar and 14 beers on tap, Trailhead had us covered. If you prefer a girly drink with fruit and swords, you may be in the wrong place. The chalkboards and signs around the bar area should answer all your questions on pricing as well as present daily drink specials.
Food: Trailhead offersmostly average bar fair, but at a great price. When we’re eating out and on a budget, we usually give the daily special a go. When the special doesn’t fit our mood, we order the Mountain Fries which are a heaping platter of beer-battered fries smothered in cheese. Seriously? How can you go wrong with that?
Amenities: Large Projection TV, lots of flat screens, 3 pool tables, pinball, video games, patio in front.
Parking: Parking available in old town where you can find it.
The Buzz: Daily happy hour from 11 to 7 pm, Wednesday trivia night.