Walking around Old Town you may not notice this hidden gem hiding beneath Tula Boutique. A clock glowing on the sidewalk catches your eye, as you make your way down the stairs you wonder what awaits you at the bottom. Just outside the door you see a stone pineapple (a symbol of hospitality and the main symbol for Social). As you open the door you are greeted with soft lights and the low murmur of folks sparking up conversations with perfect strangers in the style of a speakeasy from yesteryear. From a 21 year old enjoying their first legal drink to a grandma sipping her favorite whiskey you never know who you might meet at Social.
We sat down with Nate and learned a little more about what makes Social tick. Nate grew up in Kremmling, CO and found himself bartending at a country club in Iowa and then later worked at a bank for a time in Minnesota. Family brought him back to Fort Collins and he realized the service industry was calling him back. He saw an open barback position at a new interesting bar here in Fort Collins and quickly climbed the company ladder.
Social has been a part of the Fort Collins food and drink scene for just over 3 ½ years and continues to climb to the top of locals and visitors favorite places to grab a craft cocktail. Head bartender Raffi is a bonafide cocktail and flavor master. Every time you take a sip your tongue is surprised at the wonderful balance of flavors. Social tries to use as much local and Colorado spirits as they can while still keeping their drinks up to the highest quality. Since the opening, over 200 different cocktails have been featured on the menu. Just about every time you go in you can find a new interesting cocktail you haven’t tried before.
Aside from the topnotch cocktails served at Social they have a surprisingly tasty selection of edible treats. It’s quite amazing to see what comes out of the limited kitchen. From the wonderful charcuterie plates to the always go to blistered shishito peppers (a Savoring Fort Collins favorite) you will not be hard pressed to find a great snack to pair with your favorite beverage.
Social has great specials running throughout the week as well. Monday is service industry night. If you are in the industry stop by after 8pm and receive a free small meal on the house. Every week the kitchen staff will whip up a different tasty meal from scratch for your enjoyment. On Tuesday night they have all night happy hour. On Wednesday night they have community punch night. It is only $3 for each glass so if you have a rough day stop by for a little hump day relief. Thursday night is 20% off wine. Stay tuned for the new summer lineup coming soon. There are sure to be some new favorites on the menu.
Social is a wonderful place to celebrate, hang out with old friends or possibly meet a few new friends. So come get “Social” at one of the best-known unknown spots in town.