Pickle Barrel

Bar, Eatery

122 W Laurel
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80524-3026
United States

(970) 484-0235 | map

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Selbyg from Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +28.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Pickel Barrel is a great little bar to tuck into and get a sandwich or some home fries. The beer selection has gotten better over the years. They normally have all the good stuff from Fort Collins on tap and some good brews from other parts of Colorado. The Bloody Mary's are not to be missed. So have a beer and a drink with your sandwich. Life is always good at the Barrel

Feb 28, 2014
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1/5  rDev -72.6%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

I was in there twice this week for some end of the day drinks.

The first time it was great and i was helped by a brother-sister team of barback and bartenderess in finding some local food to take back to my hotel.

The second time (Saturday night) was great until it was ruined by a short-chubby drunken moron wearing a Yankee's cap and arty glasses who came in at closing acting like a horses you know what. Instead of saying nicely to my friend and me, "Finish up guys, it's time to get out of here" He acted like he owned the place, and made snide comments using foul and threatening language . After I asked the bartenderess if I should take this guy seriously, I had to use my best "people skills" to quell a possible altercation between this guy and my admittedly silly friend. Previous to this, we had a great time chatting it up with many people in the place including the staff, and we had such a good time we decided not to move on.

But, I will not go back, and if someone is reading this who is actually in charge of this bar, tell the guy in the stupid Yankee's cap not to check on "his bar" while he is drunk and out of his mind. It seemed to me like he didn't meet any chicks that night, so he came into this place where he has some authority (I have no idea how) and wanted to show all of us "who is the boss."

How the nice barback (the brother from a few nights before) and the Bartenderesses (a new one who had great taste in music and was superb at making us feel comfortable) deal with this goof is beyond me.

And for the record, in my life the number of times I have been thrown out of a bar= zero. Number of times I've been in a fight= once in 8th grade.

This guy was a lame turkey.

Oct 08, 2012
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NonGoon from Tennessee

4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

If you're looking for your Cheers in Fort Collins, this is the place. It has a relaxing homely environment...except on Friday and Saturday nights when every bar in town is bombarded by backwards hats with the factory stickers still intact. Outside of Choice City this is the best place for a beer and a sandwich, their breakfast is kickass too, which is served all day.
Beer is served in mason jars which outside of the free pickles is the most notable characteristic, these 2 will bring you back for more.
Stone IPA!! Is always on tap. They also have the usual O'dells IPA, 5 Barrel, 90 Schilling, Easy Street, and a seasonal which could also be a limited release. They're one of few places that gets the special release. Also on tap includes a seasonal Avery and Ft Collins Brewery, Coors light and who the fuck gives a shit New Belgium.
To get the best experience of this place I recommend coming late Saturday morning and getting lunch. Saturdays always has a kick ass bar tender and a bloody mary special. To further enjoy yourself stop by Flloyds or is it Lloyds? barbershop next door and get a shave afterwards.

Aug 06, 2009
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SuperWhite92 from Colorado

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Parking is a whore- but that's whats to be expected with it's location. It's nice and dark inside, which thrills me, being a bit of a dive-lover. It's obvious this place hasn't changed a lot since it was first built. Bar area is small and includes a variety of local micros and maybe a few from further away (stone IPA). However, it's mostly unremarkable. At least they're micros. The sandwiches here are great though. Some of the usual (like the french dip) and some pretty odd stuff on the menu. All of it is delicious though. I'm a big fan of the food. It makes sense this place has stayed in business for such a long time- they do a good job!

Dec 24, 2008
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Oxymoron from Colorado

2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Recently revisited after some years. Located right across the street from campus on Laruel, it's easy enough to find but parking can be a bit tricky. There are some parking spots on the streets but you might have to walk a block or two if school is in session. The building it self is pretty small and is shared with a restaurant and book store.

Once inside there are two areas that kind of blend. The lower level is a smaller bar area and up the stairs there is the restaurant/deli. There is a middle seating area as well, but during busy times can be a bit hard to find a seat. Because of the prices, you will see more professionals, but because of the food you will see students as well. Kind of a good mix of people.

The bar itself is limited. A few taps (note sure exactly) and a decent options from bottles. Mostly local beers from New Belgium, Odells, and Fort Collins but some other regulars, Stone IPA specifically. They typically will only have the usual line up beers (versus special releases etc) that you can get anywhere in Ft Fun so the selections are really not that great. The prices are typical to what is around town.

The major draw here are the sandwiches. Mostly an eastern deli like food but some great options for vegan/vegetarians as well. The food is prepared when you ordered and almost right in front of you. They seem to have something new each time. I would say a bit pricy but their location and clientele allows them to be a bit more.

Overall I'm a little surprised that Pickle Barrel is on BA. I actually would suggest to go to Avogadro's Number, which is down a block for a better selection, cheaper prices and same beer options. But if you want to go, have a great time.

Nov 04, 2008
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SaCkErZ9 from South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Had lunch across the street not knowing this place was here. I should have come here in the first place. The atmosphere seemed pretty cool. Its a rather small bar so it was an intimate setting. Few outdoor seats, most were inside. The bar only had a bout 7 stools or so and then four four top high rise tables. There was a restaurant area as well that had about 5 or 6 tables as well.

They had about 10 or 12 quality beers on draft. Odells 90 shilling, 5 barrel, double pilsner, new belgium fat tire, Sunset wheat, and paddleboard pilsner, as well as two macros and Stone IPA.

One draft of the Double Pilsner was 5 bucks which isnt too bad but could be better. Most other beers were priced aroun $3.75 per pint and were available in pints, quarts, or pitchers. The only downside of the whole experience is that the beers are served in Mason Jars; I absolutely HATE that. Even a standard pint glass is better.

Not bad overall. The food seemed pretty good. They had a large variety of sandwiches and of course, everything pickled.

Aug 13, 2007
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BertSugar from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This was the place I was hoping to find after schlepping around some semi-corporate bars in the area (including New Belgium). It's right across the street from CSU so you get a nice mix of college kids, professors, and other locals. The bar is a tribute to vintage hockey jerseys too.

Nice selection of New Belgium beers including their new Springboard (an oddly, but pleasantly, seasoned wheat ale), and the ubiquitous Fat Tire. Odell's is represented well: 90 Shilling, 5 Barrel (a great pale ale), Imperial Stout, and the fabulous Cutthroat Porter. Nothing on nitrogen, thankfully; and nothing super-hoppy, disappointingly.

This is also a good deli. There is a sort of mezzanine that houses the sandwich counter. Go up and order one of their subs and bring it to the bar to eat. Very pleasant.

Feb 25, 2007
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johnyeast from Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

A dive. But a cool dive. Nice and friendlybartender. The kind of place where you end up starting up or joining a conversation with pretty much the whole bar. A small place. Great local brews. By local I mean New Belgium Brewing and Odells. I can remember being here 10 years ago and the atmosphere was the same. Friendly people, a variety of ages and socio-economic backgrounds, et al. The place has character. I would definately make it a stop when in Ft. Collins. But, I'd also suggest to stop at the Town Pump, Avagardo's, the breweries, and Big City Burrito.

Oct 16, 2006
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Fitzy from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Mostly a sandwich place right across from the Colorado State campus. Very popular with locals and students alike. Awesome local beers on tap (and the crappy ones, if you need one) and incredible food to be had. East-coast style hoagies made with fresh ingredients. Fresh cookies, brownies, etc. are also worth trying. Order at the counter...wait in line...tip in the jar...grab a brew...chill on the patio. Beware...lunchtime is insane!!! Give this one a try, you will NOT be disappointed. Stop in for a hockey game, too!

Sep 16, 2005
Pickle Barrel in Fort Collins, CO
Place rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 12 ratings