With a rich sports heritage, Colorado has a number of professional and collegiate teams to cheer on. Here’s a list of some of our favorite spots in Northern Colorado.

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C.B. & Potts Restaurant & Brewery

1415 W. Elizabeth Street
Fort Collins, CO 80521

Opened nearly 40 years ago, C.B. & Potts was original The Ram Pub. Located just blocks from the Colorado State University campus this bar plays a significant part in many CSU graduates’ memories. The concept evolved into seven C.B. & Potts restaurants around the state of Colorado, including two in Fort Collins. In 1995 they launched Big Horn Brewing Company, making this one of the original Fort Collins breweries. The Elizabeth location is popular with college students who stop in to watch a game or just hang out with friends. With above average food and beer, a fun atmosphere and lots of game day specials C.B. & Potts deserves to be on this list.

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Jackson’s All American Sports Grill

925 E. Harmony Rd. #100
Fort Collins, CO 80525
(970) 229-0017

This small chain has been a longtime favorite of fantasy football team owners. Before 3G phones this is the place where you would see fantasy footballers huddled over scratch paper doing math to calculate their scores. Today, you’ll see those same fantasy football fanatics browsing scores on their phones, and that’s because Jackson’s is a genuine sports bar with lots of televisions and the Sunday Ticket. Food is typical bar fare, but you won’t miss a minute of any football action at this place. You can watch other sporting events at this bar as well, but on Sunday you’ll need to be early if you want a prime spot to watch the games.

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Old Chicago

Multiple Northern Colorado locations

There are five Old Chicago restaurants in Northern Colorado, including two in Fort Collins, and locations in Greeley, Loveland and Longmont. This large chain specializes in pizza and beer and most locations specialize in being a great place to watch the game. The newest Old Chicago in Northern Colorado is in Loveland’s Centerra area. With top-of-the-line flatscreen HD televisions above the bar and many more situated in the bar and around the restaurant, this place is ideal for sports fans. With more than 100 beers on the menu and their famous World Beer Tour, Old Chicago’s in Loveland is definitely one of the best sports bars in Northern Colorado.

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Red Zone Sports Bar at the Pumphouse Brewery

540 Main Street
Longmont, CO 80501
(303) 702-0881

Open in 2004, Red Zone is popular among Longmont locals, and this 8,000 square foot addition to the Pumphouse Brewery has all the accoutrements of the perfect sports bar. With over 28 large flatscreen DLP and LCD HD televisions and all the major satellite sports subscriptions, pool tables, pinball and arcade games, this is what a sports bar should be. Whether you enjoy football, hockey or basketball, the Red Zone will be showing the game you want to see. In addition, they serve the Pumphouse Brewery’s delicious menu and freshly brewed beers. What more could a sports fan want?

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Road 34

1213 W. Elizabeth Street
Fort Collins, CO 80521
(970) 221-3434

Road 34 is a bar with adjacent bike shop. This is not your average sports bar, but it makes the list because it’s unique and it’s an excellent place to watch alternative sports. The bar has long wooden tables perfect for meeting new people, pool, arcade games and a large stage where bands play every weekend. While not a typical football fan’s sports bar, this place appeals to a different sort of crowd, those who enjoy World Cup, Tour de France and extreme sports. With some of the best beer specials in Northern Colorado and a cool, laid back vibe, Road 34 is a fantastic non-traditional sports bar.

– Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is the Mayor of HeidiTown.com and a freelance writer from Northern Colorado.