By: Doug Usher
Photos By: Daryl Love Photography
Through a signless, vivid blue door inside Blind Pig’s patio on Linden Street, a staircase leads upwards to a hidden lounge, Blue Door. Fort Collins’ newest hot spot, this trendy craft cocktail bar provides patrons with an experience that’s strikingly different from its sister restaurant downstairs.
Almost immediately you’ll feel you’ve been transported somewhere else entirely. A blue glow tints the space with a hip and high-energy vibe. Cozy nooks, filled with comfy couches promise intimacy, while the glowing bar invites you to pull up a chair and eagerly peer through the glass case at their edible cocktails. These upscale jello shots are an entirely different experience than what you remember from college. Like the Strawberry Champagne, sprinkled with pop rock sugar (to replicate the bubbles) or the sweet and spicy Fire Breathing Dragon. Boozy and delicious, the flavors change frequently and offer a unique way to get your evening started.
Craft cocktails are the focus here, with the menu laid out by base spirit. Each section provides a variety of options to suit a variety of palates. We sampled a couple (ok more than a couple) of choices, including tequila drinks, vodka drinks, and even absinthe drinks. For those interested but inexperienced with the green fairy, try their Absinthe Frappe for a balanced, slightly sweet intro to the spirit. For a unique tequila cocktail, I recommend the Ginger-Tumeric, a sweet and spicy drink with an almost Tang-like finish. If you’re looking for a true experience, try the traditional absinthe service, complete with an authentic fountain and flaming sugar cubes. They also offer comprehensive wine and beer lists, which offer excellent selections to pair with the delectable food offerings.
Chef Cameron’s menu is broad, ranging from simple snacks to filling entree options. The Fried Goat Cheese Balls are a must. Drizzled with citrus honey and bits of pistachio, these funky and sweet morsels will disappear so quickly you’ll probably need to order another round. The Fat Tire Beer Cheese Fondue, a skillet of melted cheese accompanied by a pile of toasted bread, is reminiscent of a deconstructed grilled cheese and will provide a filling option to share. The Cauliflower Serrano Flat Bread, smothered with their homemade Alfredo sauce, is rich, creamy, spicy and extremely satisfying. When you’ve had your fill, someone next to you will probably order one of their lavish desserts and you’ll immediately realize you have just enough room left for a Crème Brûlée. A citrus take on the classic, it includes a candied basil leaf and a dollop of lemon curd, for a balanced, clean finish to your meal.
Having only been open a short time, Blue Door is already offering a highly polished experience to customers. The family-owned establishment is spring- boarding off their proven success downstairs with Blind Pig, and they bring the same customer-focused experience upstairs. The staff are obviously passionate about what they are doing, and it shows in the details. Blue Door has immediately found a place on my list of “go-to’s” for a night out in Fort Collins.
Open Wednesday thru Saturday, from 4pm-1am. Full menu available until 10pm, with snacks until close. Happy Hour from 4pm-6pm. Available for private functions Sunday through Tuesday.
Information: bluedoorfortcollins.com, 970.689.1590, 214 Linden Street.