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Tap and Handle

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Type: Bar, Eatery

307 S College Ave
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80524-2801
United States

(970) 484-1116 | map

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Added by Grundlepaste on 03-05-2012

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by fcbrew:
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3.08/5  rDev -28.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The Tap and Handle is a former travel agency converted to a bar. The conversion was clearly done on the cheap. The atmosphere is dark and a little musty. There is an outdoor seating area with wooden picnic tables. The beer selection is pretty good with around 75 beers on tap. A friendly server informed us that a taste of any beer is $1. For $1 you get a half shot glass taste of their beers. We ordered a Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA and an Odell IPA. Both were poured short with a BIG head. Neither tasted remotely like the beers that we ordered. Both were essentially devoid of any hop aroma and both had a similarly unpleasant aftertaste. It tasted like VERY old beer. We politely advised the server that something was amiss and were referred to the manager who informed us that we were just unfamiliar with the way our beers should taste and she assured us that nothing was wrong with our beers. She made no offer to refund our money or to replace our beers with another selection. Needless to say, we will never return to the Tap and Handle.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DuaneL
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This bar has 74 taps. We were lucky to visit on a Saturday afternoon when there was hardly anyone there, so got lots of attention from the knowledgeable bartender. Tried many wonderful beers from Colorado. Did not eat here, just imbibed.

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Photo of akolb
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of krdhawk
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of ManBearPat
5/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is definitely my favorite bar ever.

V- Great home-like vibe with lots of wood and overall cozy feel.

Q- These guys literally have the best selection of beer in Fort Collins (and probably anywhere really). They always keep sure things on like Melvin Hubert and Zwei Pilsner, but also have a never-ending stream of rare, one-off, and vintage beers that you don't see at other beer bars. They seem to get all the goodies in all the styles too- hoppy, malty, crisp/light, sour/funky, etc. With 74 taps, they have something for everyone.... don't get me started on their insane bottle list!

Service- great... really nice, knowledgeable folks in every part of the operation

Selection- I kind of went through this with the 'Quality' section. 74 taps, endless bottles. Tons of variety in every aspect of beer (including some ciders/meads)

F- Big fan of the food here... definitely not a fine dining experience, but this is a bar after all. Can't get enough of the chicken fingers- hand battered and not greasy at all. Lots of other great comfort food-type options here as well as salads, burgers, and delicious appetizers.

I'm a fan.

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Photo of aussiebeer
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Beervana
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Bitterbill
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Chucker17
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of spacebear09
4.13/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of South2NW
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of WildDalby18
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of wapcap
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of cbcrunch
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Skagnetti
4/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Mlkluther
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

I loved this place. It was my first place I visited in Ft. Collins and I truly enjoyed it. Great beer, cool staff, good food.

If I ever get back to Ft Collins it will be my first place to visit.

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Photo of johnyeast
4/5  rDev -7%

I've only been to Tap an Handle a few times. The last time I was there was the Odell tap takeover. Great idea. 56 beers from Odells, so the selection was fantastic. Service was good, much better than in previous visits. I love the bar. Very unique and a great look. The overall feel of the place is average. It kinda gives a college bar vibe. But, I have to admit, that they always have a good selection of beers. Haven't connected with the bartenders as I have with the other places in town. Good place I would recommend a try to decide for yourself.

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Photo of Selbyg
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Food could use a little improvement. Everything is a bit greasy and not well seasoned. The beer selection is pretty good but the amount of different breweries is often lacking. If your heading this way don't be in a hurry! The service is laid back and slow. If you're looking for a place to find some good beers and chill out for a bit, this is the spot for you.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Spider_Jerusalem
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Tap and Handle is the most enjoyable place in Fort Collins for my money. It's less pretentious than the Mayor of Old Town while still having an excellent rotating selection of beers. The food is very good without being either too gourmet or predictable. I just love how it feels like a regular old local hang that just happens to have world class beer selections. Plus, happy hour is every day and all day on Sunday!

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of bikesnbeerFtc
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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Tap and Handle in Fort Collins, CO
Place rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 32 ratings
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