The Mayor of Old Town

Bar, Eatery

632 S Mason St
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80524-3008
United States

(970) 682-2410 | map

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metter98 from New York

4.05/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Vibe: We stopped in on a late Friday afternoon and the place started getting crowded with lots of college students that were getting an early start to their weekend. Seating options were available both inside and outside.

Quality: Beers were served in glassware at the proper temperature.

Service: Our waitress was friendly and provided prompt service, including giving us an updated beer menu that had been printed minutes before listing the newly tapped beers.

Selection: The place had a total of 100 taps, nearly all of which were occupied by craft beers (there were just a handful of ciders and mead). Most of the beers were from Colorado breweries. Tasters were also available in flights of four or individually.

Food: I tried their "Garlic Cheese Bread Chicken Sandwich", which essentially became a chicken parm sandwich when you dipped it into the accompanying tomato-based sauce. We arrived during happy hour so each drink came with a free pretzel.

Aug 31, 2019
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BigAppLab from Colorado

5/5  rDev +22.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Exceptional selection of beer, delicious food (not your typical bar food). Get one of the burgers - you won't be disappointed. The pretzels are also outstanding (free with the purchase of a beer on Fridays from 3-5!).

May 09, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Really neat bar with retro inspired decorations. Space inside is cavernous, welcoming load talking and cheers. Tap list is available in print with a time stamp. Flights can be made with any four beers allowing easy exploration of local beers. Selection is great, but seems to focus a bit more on IPAs (visited in the heart of summer). Service was friendly offering up free pretzels. Overall, a wonderful bar for craft beer lovers.

Apr 03, 2018
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sfdragoon from Hawaii

5/5  rDev +22.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Tremendous selection of local brews and the prominence of the taps adds a nice touch to the appearance of the place. Read about this place when named it one of the best beer bars in 2015. Well deserved!

Apr 19, 2017
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snaotheus from Washington

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

My family met another family here for dinner on our way to Rapid City from Denver.

Selection was good. I was happy to get Pliny the Elder on tap again for the first time in years. Aside from that, although they had many beers on tap, they didn't have anything that blew me away. But, there was plenty of interesting choices to choose from.

Vibe was kind of college/trendy, music was loud and hindered conversation.

Food was bland, but not bad.

Jun 11, 2016
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akolb from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

An amazing and always changing selection that keeps me coming back. Last night I got Pliny the Elder on tap.
Many beers from obscure Colorado breweries that are fun to try. My only complaint is the terrible music.

Apr 02, 2016
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m_c_zero from Colorado

4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The selection of beers here is mind blowing! Nearly 100 beers on tap plus many many more in bottles. Food is pretty damn good too but the best part is the staff, very friendly and professional. They not only know how to treat people right they also know about what they are pouring.

Dec 02, 2015
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MLDucky from Texas

4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Very aesthetically pleasing old/historic brick type building on the outside and very modern on the inside. Don't know if I quite like that mix, but that's the direction they chose. Back lighting on the bar gave a very hip, modern feel I wasn't quite expecting. Service was a bit rushed despite the fact that it was late on a Sunday night, the bartender seemed more interested in texting on her phone than anything. Variety was outstanding, which is why I was there anyway so I could care less about the other points (that's just icing on the cake). Overall, I enjoyed it and I would go back upon visiting Fort Collins.

Aug 07, 2015
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Moonshae_D from North Carolina

4.79/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Stopped there for lunch today. Great atmosphere, great looking establishment. Friendly staff. The burger was great, and I love the variety of sides options. The beers... They have 100 taps, and a lot of great options. They recently collaborated with New Belgium on a Quad called Dark Side of the Prune, so I ordered that. It was awesome. My wife had Horse and Dragons Sad Panda Coffee Stout, which was great as well. We will definitely be back here.

May 14, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

This is a fairly large eatery with a very long bar. The beers on tap are an impressive array of Colorado beers and national favorites. You can find rare releases and season specials.

Mar 26, 2015
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wapcap from Nebraska

4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

A great place to check out when in Fort Collins. Its not really walkable from the downtown area, but its not that far that its out of the question. Most definitely bikeable.

Tap selection was quite large, and I really appreciated how clean everything looked. The food was good, but I am not sure if they source local or not. I'd say it was family friendly, at least during the day, with a long bar, as well as numerous tables that you could count on waiteresses coming by.

If you have not been here, check it out. It's a craft beer worthy place.

Mar 01, 2015
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Billolick from New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Great place in a great town...we spopped in for a night capper after a day of eating/drinking/merry making in the general area...what a town, what a state...great place to visit...loads of quality brew to sample and enjoy...cozy out door area...

Sep 09, 2014
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JamesMN from Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Atmosphere: Dimly lit and spacious with a huge bar and projector above the bar showing an up-to-date list of all the beer on tap. Looked like a college-age crowd. Usual busy bar volume level.

Quality: Good beer, if you order what you like to drink.

Service: We ordered flights and some appetizers and they all came without a long wait.

Selection: Here's where this place really outdoes itself, offering 100 or so beers on tap. Was fortunate to try PtE, Enjoy By, and some of the more rare DFH releases.

Food: Standard bar fare.

Value: Don't remember since I wasn't the one who picked up the tab but I don't recall being shocked by the flight price on the menu.

Jul 17, 2014
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AScheele from Colorado

1.33/5  rDev -67.5%
vibe: 1.75 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 1

When I walked in the door, I thought, "Alright, this place is not terrible, definitely not a dive bar." But that thought was quickly followed by, "Not really anything special or different from the other bars around Fort Collins, either."

It was midday, around three in the afternoon on a Friday. The place wasn't very crowded so i expected to be greeted quickly. I was, a man walked up, dropped two menu's and quickly left. I figured he would be back shortly. I waited nearly ten minutes before I was greeted by a short gal. She asked if I'd had time to decide what I wanted, seeming frazzled and like I should hurry so she could get back to other more important things. I had several questions regarding the 100 beers they had on tap, I do not enjoy IPA's or Fruit Beers and I wanted her opinion on their selection of ambers and porters. However, her demeanor made me think asking questions would only put her in a more frazzled state.

I looked down and chose an amber beer at random, picking solely off the name. She asked if I wanted food as well. My first thought was, "If this is your attitude, why would I want to stay for more than one beer?" I said possibly and she retreated without a second glance.

She did deliver my beer quickly, but the beer itself left much to be desired. It just didn't suit my palate and I can't help but wonder if she had been more pleasant if I would have been able to find a beer that hit the spot.

I wandered to the bar after my first beer in hopes of talking with the bartender more about their beers. Instead of being helpful, he made me feel less than welcome and like my questions were a nuisance. Needless to say, I did not order a second beer.

I left feeling like I wore jeans and t-shirt to a black tie event and with a bitter taste in my mouth. I will not be back.

May 04, 2014
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HollyG from Colorado

2.28/5  rDev -44.3%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1

The Mayor of Old Town boasts "the largest beer selection in Fort Collins". While they do have an impressive amount of beers on tap, the wide array of beers can not distract from the terrible service. The wait staff spends the majority of their time standing by the bar, looking at their phones and while I was there, I even heard two of the staff gossiping and bad mouthing their tables. Not to make matters worse, the owners seem more focused on downing drinks with their friends at their special reserved table, than they do on ensuring that their staff are well trained and paying attention to their customers.

I enjoyed the beer selection, but the poor service, terrible food and general disinterest the owners show in their establishment will not have me returning.

May 03, 2014
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FP_Fresh from Illinois

5/5  rDev +22.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Like something straight out of the pages of Architectural Digest, The Major of Old Town is a beautiful building both inside and out. Featuring a bright, spotlessly clean interior and an inviting, relaxing atmosphere, the Feng Shui is strong with this one.

Your eyes are drawn to the left as you enter through the main entrance to behold a line of 100 taps of literally the finest craft beer brewed anywhere on the planet. The quality, diversity and the freshness of their selection is unequaled in my experience.

The staff of the Mayor are friendly and welcoming, well trained and knowledgeable.

The kitchen prepares delicious food, served up in generous portions that is almost as pleasurable to look at as it is to taste.

If a quality experience, service and product are what you are after, look no further than The Mayor of Old Town located in a quaint town in a gorgeous part of the country.

I really can't say enough good things about The Mayor, in my opinion, The Mayor of Old Town is without a doubt, in a League of it's Own.

Mar 10, 2014
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Selbyg from Colorado

4.86/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The Mayor of Old Town is one of the best places in town to find whatever beer you are looking for. The selection cannot be beat in Fort Collins and the staff is great at recommending beers you would like based on your tastes. Common link has put some of the best food in town with the best beers. Try the uncommon burger with Odell IPA cheese spread it'll change your life. It can get a bit loud at night when they get busy so it's not for people that like a quite place to sit and drink. Overall one of the best drinking experiences in town. Oh, and if it's The Walking Dead time of year come on a Sunday and watch one of the best shows on T.V. with and get a beer. Awesome!

Mar 01, 2014
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GoldenMeck from Colorado

1/5  rDev -75.6%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1

Totally overrated. Skip this Vegas-esque bar and head to Choice City or Tap and Handle. Overpriced, overrated, no atmosphere, etc. With all the great beer bars and breweries in Fort Collins, this would be my last choice. The beers are expensive and the glasses are dirty.

Feb 21, 2014
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SideShowAnnie from Colorado

1/5  rDev -75.6%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1

Have you ever been to a bar that you can't help but feel like it thinks it's better than you? That's the Mayor in a nutshell. Overpriced, snooty, and with spotty service (especially during the day), this bar is well worth missing. Ft Collins has so many amazing beer bars, and bars in general, that do things FAR better than The Mayor. The atmosphere is sterile, unwelcoming, and cold....especially for the city, and especially since there are so many better bars so don't waste your time or money on this place. Ew.

Feb 21, 2014
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JordanBHOP from Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -38.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 1.5

I've been here twice. The first time I was blown away at how very little the staff knew about the beer. I'd heard about this place before I moved here and had very high expectations based on reviews and articles, but there are a couple dozen places I would recommend before The Mayor if you're visiting FC. I tried giving them a second chance and experienced the same disappointment.

You're gonna pay more than you expect. If you have a question about a beer they have, just google it, because the staff, though possibly nice to look at, probably won't be able to tell you the most basic thing about the style, let alone the beer itself. They'll "have to ask the bartender" and then bring you the beer you asked about without confirming that obnoxiously floral is what you wanted.

Seems like just another spot that has hopped on the beer bandwagon without really being a part of it.
Also the food was disappointing--sadly, as a general rule, this goes for most of FC.

Bottomline: If you're visiting and want something local hit Tap N Handle, O'Dell while the food trucks are out, or Choice City and get the Colorado Ruben; skip this joint.

Feb 21, 2014
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TalkingHeadedTones from Colorado

2/5  rDev -51.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1.25 | selection: 2.75

I have tried to like this place and I just cannot enjoy it. Sure having 100 tap handles is cool and everything but I think we all know it's not about the size but how you use it. If you're looking to hand your money to people who really don't care about the beer this is a place for you. If you enjoy being talked down to this is a place for you. I cannot say my entire experience there was negative, walking outside into the fresh air was the best. There is an excellent deli with an amazing beer selection about 2 blocks away. Cheers!

Feb 15, 2014
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twoodward101 from Wyoming

4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 3

- Have been to the Mayor a couple times, and have always had a great time. Food is very unimpressive, but sheer number and degree of rare and delicious brews is extremely impressive. Would suggest coming here for anyone that enjoys Colorado craft and beyond...


Sep 23, 2013
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denver10 from New Mexico

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.25

A nice place to grab a drink. The atmosphere is kinda stale and polished but not bad or offensive. If the servers were more beer geeks and less generic college students, that would go a long way in improving the vibe here, imo. The beer selection is awesome though and certainly makes up for any shortcoming in atmosphere. Tons and tons of beers on tap, lots of great choices.. Service was fine on this slow weekday lunch trip though I could see during a busy rush things being slow and choppy. I didn't get that though. Food here is definitely decent, wouldn't go here for the food but also wouldn't feel the need to eat elsewhere beforehand. Overall, a a very nice place to go if the focus is solely on the beer. I will be back and I look forward to it.

Aug 07, 2012
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SuperWhite92 from Colorado

2.9/5  rDev -29.1%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Now that they've been open a year, it's time for a re-review.

I no longer patronize the mayor. Over the last year or so, the quality of service has taken a dive. Last few trips in, it took nearly 20 minutes to get beer to the table. Considered ordering my next beer as the first was delivered.

Servers make educated choices, but not great ones. Sometimes it's downright impossible to flag a server down.

Selection is still mostly good. Some breweries have gone missing, such as Russian River (there's a story behind it.) Limited releases at the mayor are becoming more and more scarce.

Crowd is less and less beer people, and more the frat pack crowd. Room is still terribly noisy, and any day of the week after work will require yelling to communicate. Still very much a sterile clean room, for better or worse.

They do a good job keeping beer fresh and cool. Pricing is all over the place, but never truly unreasonable. No complaints in this department.

The owner I simply can't deal with. Between getting into playboy, and the aforementioned distribution issues, it seems that he has enough money to throw around that he won't miss me. I still wish him the best. A lot of people still like this place.

Aug 03, 2012
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bump8628 from Oklahoma

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Along with Odell and New Belgium, this was a must stop place on my 24 hour stay in Fort Collins. It was pretty crowded for an early afternoon but we managed to snag a couple seats at the long bar. I was a bit surprised to find that they were checking IDs at the door so early in the day, but I guess with the close proximity to Colorado State this might be a necessity. The place has a pretty sleek/modern/trendy feel, but they definitely know their beer. The selection is huge with plenty of Colorado brews, a few odd imports, and a well-picked selection of west coast beers (Russian River, The Bruery, etc.). Beer is fresh, prices are reasonable. The only food I had was a pretzel to soak up some of the booze, which was also quality. The rest of the menu sounded awesome. Worth a stop.

Jun 09, 2012
The Mayor of Old Town in Fort Collins, CO
Place rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 74 ratings