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A curio hallway connects the new Emporium restaurant to the new Elizabeth Hotel in Old Town Fort Collins
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Tour Fort Collins’ Destination Hotel, Restaurant, and Bars

The new Elizabeth steps up Northern Colorado’s dining and drinking game

It’s no surprise that Sage Hospitality’s first Fort Collins venture, The Elizabeth Hotel, is a game-changer for Northern Colorado. The first hotel to open downtown in decades, The Elizabeth brings with it a restaurant and two bars courtesy Sage Restaurant Group, who also is behind Departure, Urban Farmer, and The Corner Office, to name a few in Denver.

Only the second Old Town hotel option (see also The Armstrong with a basement lounge and restaurant), The Elizabeth and its food and beverage offerings raise the bar for the town of 150,000. The Emporium Kitchen & Wine Market brings an all-day restaurant, grab-and-go food shop, wine store, deli, and bar in one. (Go during daily happy hour for $5 gin and tonics and Manhattans.) And two separate bars — Magic Rat on the ground floor and Sunset Lounge on the rooftop — provide distinct night-time options. All three are worth a stopover in the Northern Colorado capital, as is the hotel itself, or at least the Instagram-worthy lobby.

Photographer Daryl Love captured the hotel lobby, the restaurant, and both bars on a midweek winter morning.

The grand staircase greets guests at The Elizabeth Hotel in Fort Collins
View from the top at The Elizabeth Hotel
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The Elizabeth Hotel lobby in Fort Collins
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The Magic Rat live music venue located just off the hotel’s lobby
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Another view of the Magic Rat
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Plush couches line the walls at Magic Rat in The Elizabeth Hotel
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Cozy winter seating at Magic Rat lounge
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Game tables at Magic Rat
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The outside entrance to The Emporium Kitchen & Wine Market
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Bowerbird Coffee featuring local roaster Peritus
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Bar seating at Emporium
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A table for two at Emporium Kitchen and Wine Market
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Making mules at the Emporium bar
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Cafe seating at Emporium Kitchen and Wine Market
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The dining room at Emporium
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Pick out a bottle for dinner or (corked) takeaway at the wine market
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The Sunset Lounge is a rooftop bar at The Elizabeth
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The bar at Sunset Lounge
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Mountain views at the Sunset Lounge
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Decor at the Sunset Lounge
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The bar offers views over the city and faces the mountains
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Plush lounge seating
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