239 South College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Mon – Thu 4:00 pm-12:00 am
Fri – Sat 4:00 pm – 2:00 am
Sunday 4:00 pm-12:00 am
In a town overflowing with themed bars and college hangouts, Ace Gillett’s brings a very welcome touch of class and swank to Old Town Fort Collins. This easy-to-miss spot is the perfect escape from the tourists and college crowds swarming the streets above.
Atmosphere: The subterranean lounge is tucked away under the historical Armstrong Hotel. The lay out of the lounge is impressive and cozy. There are intimate booths, small tables, and a long and stylish bar. The swanky design is the perfect setting to sip some top-notch cocktails and enjoy the jazz band that plays four nights a week. The music level is perfect for conversation and the sound quality in this small space is amazing. This dim space is strewn with glass dome fixtures and tiny disco ball like lights in the ceiling, making it a perfect date-night spot. The laid back crowd was a mixed bag, but the one common theme between everyone was intimate conversation and libations.
Service: Service at the bar was friendly although a little slow, but considering 4 out of 5 drinks must be muddled, it is understandable. With that being said, the bartender was very busy making drinks for the five cocktail waitresses hustling to and from patrons in a packed house. The waitresses’ seemed to be the only thing out of place in this well thought out environment. Perhaps it was just one of those days for all of them, but the lack of any sort of congruent outfit combined with disheveled appearances just made them all seem like an after thought.
Drinks: The bar staff mixes up an assortment of martinis from classic to cucumber as well as other alcoholic concoctions. The cocktail menu is strewn with ingredients like elderflower and ginger and all drinks are a relative bargain during their daily happy hour. If you’re not in the mood for a fancy cocktail their well rounded selection of ultra premium liquors combined with an equally well rounded selection of local and imported micro brews should be able to quench your thirst.
Food: Ace Gillett’s offers a menu of fine Mediterranean style tapas, appetizers and pizza style flat breads as well as a few desserts, all for about $10 and under.
Amenities: Live music, stage area, hotel access, elevator, piano.
Parking: Parking available any place you can find it in old town.
The Buzz: Live jazz, swing or blues music Wednesday through Saturday night, banquet facilities, gift certificates, free Wi-Fi, Happy hour daily from 4 pm to 6 pm, catering services, take out menu .