Super football Sundays in Colorado

Stagestop Saloon in Jefferson Colorado

Playing horseshoes at the Stagestop Saloon in Jefferson, Colorado. (Photo by Ryan Schlaefer, all rights reserved)

If you’ve been following HeidiTown for any length of time, you know I’m a big sports fan – especially football and futbol. My husband and I never miss a Bronco game, even when we’re on the road. Whether we’re in Oregon visiting my folks, on vacation in Mexico or just on the road in Colorado, we will find a place to watch the game. So in honor of Superbowl Sunday coming up on February 5, I’m going to share a few of our favorites that we’ve found over the years.

Lonigans Saloon, Estes Park, Colorado

My husband grew up in Colorado, but we met when he was living in Washington State. While visiting Colorado for Christmas with his family, we spent a weekend in Estes Park, just the two of us. On Sunday, we needed to find a place to watch the game and stumbled into Lonigans.

This is the type of bar where everyone knows your name, no one, however, knew our names, and thankfully, that didn’t seem matter. We cozied up to the bar with a group of happy drinks that may or may not have been there since Friday at 5 p.m. All decked out in Bronco gear, we were soon just one of the regulars. It was definitely a fun Sunday football experience that neither of us has ever forgotten.

The view from Pancho & Lefty's in Grand Lake, Colorado.

The view from Pancho & Lefty's in Grand Lake, Colorado on a rather wet October day. (Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved)

Pancho & Lefty’s, Grand Lake, Colorado

A couple years ago, we spent my birthday in Grand Lake, and despite rainy weather (it was October, after all) we had a rather grand time. In our quest to find a spot to watch the Bronco game several locals recommended Pancho & Lefty’s. This restaurant/bar has a lake view, big flat screen televisions and good drinks and food specials. We would most definitely go back to Pancho & Lefty’s to watch a game, or just grab a beer.

Stagestop Saloon, Jefferson, Colorado

Eight years ago, my in-laws built a home in the Indian Peaks area just outside of Jefferson, Colorado, so we frequent a bar in the area called Stagestop Saloon. It underwent a major remodel directed by the new owner who has really polished up the place. He even added a wood burning stove, so the bar is extra cozy during the winter months.

The Stagestop Saloon is way off the beaten path, located about 20 minutes from Tarryall Reservoir on CR23/Tarryall Road. To my shock, it now has a snazzy  website  and even a  Facebook page. It appears the new ownership wants to put his bar on the map, and it deserves to be. It’s a great little find and we’re willing to share. In addition to fishing on Tarryall this area is excellent for hiking and snowshoeing.

The Mayor of HeidiTown enjyoing beverages at The Princeton Club Bar

The Mayor of HeidiTown enjoying beverages at The Princeton Club Bar at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort. (Photo by Ryan Schlaefer, all rights reserved)

The Princeton Club Bar inside Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort, Nathrop, Colorado

We spent my birthday at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs last October. This wasn’t our first experience at this resort, or at the small bar located at one end of The Princeton Club restaurant inside the main building.

This resort has the nicest bartenders on the face of the earth, and I’m not exaggerating. On both visits we were blown away by the friendliness and attentiveness of all the staff here, but the two bartenders are the very best. The food and drinks here are amazing and it’s worth taking a break from soaking in the springs to indulge in the bar’s sweet happy hour.

Most of these bars have something special planned for the Superbowl game this year, so if you happen to find yourself in any of these place this weekend – or any other time for that matter – stop in and wet your whistle. It will be worth it.

Win 2 tickets to the Oscar Party at The Kress

The Kress is rolling out the red carpet for YOU!

The Kress Cinema & Lounge is located in downtown Greeley, Colorado and it’s a HeidiTown favorite! This is a classy lounge with a well-appointed theater. They have live music in the bar area on the weekends and old and new movies nearly every night of the week. They also have a full lunch and dinner menu. It’s worth the trip to Greeley to check this place out! You can read my previous review of The Kress  HERE.

The Kress is throwing their annual Oscar Party on Sunday, February 27 at 5:30 p.m. The event includes a red carpet, appetizer buffet, Oscar ballot and cash prizes and the 83th Academy Awards on the big screen and the smaller televisions in the lounge. Tickets are $20 each.

You can win 2 tickets to the Oscar Party at The Kress by leaving me a comment here. Tell me which of the ten best picture nominees you think should win. If you haven’t seen any of the best picture nominees (and shame on you!) tell me your favorite movie of the past year.

A winner will be picked randomly on Thursday at 9 a.m. Good luck!

Impressed with the Kress

Kress Cinema & Lounge at 817 8th Avenue, Greeley, Colorado. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer

A couple weeks ago I walked into the Kress Cinema & Lounge in Greeley for the first time, and the  first words out of my mouth were, “How did I not know about this place?”

The truth is, despite being in business for several years, I’d never heard of the Kress until the Greeley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor  Bureau (@GreeleyCVB) tweeted me about them during World Cup. The Kress showed many of the World Cup  matches for free on their big screen, and as soccer nut I applaud them.

After Greeley CVB brought the Kress to my attention I found their Facebook page and discovered that at least once a week they have a free movie. I decided to take my husband to their free showing of “Blade Runner – Final Cut,” and that brings me back to my original exclamation. As soon as I walked in the door I was impressed with the Kress. It’s a trendy sort of retro-looking bar that just so happens to have a nicely appointed movie theater too.

On the Friday evening we arrived a musician was playing guitar in the front area of the establishment. It turns out the Kress lounge has live music every Friday and Saturday night. We sidled up to the bar and perused the menu. The food items at the Kress all have fabulous names such as Porky’s Revenge, a pulled pork sandwich, A Fish Taco Called Wanda, a fish taco, a Quesablanca”¦ okay, I think you get it. The drink titles are just as entertaining, but we stuck with beer from Crabtree Brewing Company in Greeley. Beer is $4.50, wine is $7, and mixed drink prices vary.

The Kress bartenders are hip and cool and so are the patrons. I noticed a lot of well-dressed young people drifting in and out through the backdoor. I solved this mystery when I visited the ladies room; a group of hipsters were swing dancing in one of the rooms behind the Kress.

After enjoying our beer we bought soda, popcorn and candy and got our free ticket to the show. The theater snacks are reasonably priced, and to  my delight, the candy comes in retro-packaging. The theater at the Kress is even more impressive than the bar. It’s not large, but not too small. The screen is high quality and the theater itself is well appointed with beautifully restored high ceilings that look original to the building.

There are cozy booths with tables in the back for snuggling or eating.   The room slopes downward towards the screen, and in addition to comfy theater seats, there’s a long, narrow table in the middle of the room where patrons can comfortably sit with their drinks. When the movie started we were happy to discover the sound system was top notch.

The Kress plays new movies as well as classic films. The new movies are often indies, although recently they had the mainstream movie “Get Him to the Greek.” I’m so glad I discovered the Kress Cinema & Lounge. I was impressed and think you will be too.  

The Kress is located at 817 8th Street in downtown Greeley. Find them online at or on Facebook here.

Monroe’s Lounge in Loveland, a Mayor favorite

Photo by H. M. Kerr-Schlaefer.

Monroe's Lounge has a circular bar, great for watching game or chatting with friends. Photo by H. M. Kerr-Schlaefer.

I discovered Monroe’s Lounge this past summer when I was invited to attend a Friday night networking group for people on My husband and I were quite surprised when we found the place to be much more than just a hotel bar.

Located inside the newly remodeled Best Western on the southwest corner of I25 and Eisenhower (Hwy 34), Monroe’s is a classy bar ideally located for networking groups and business meetings. The place has a bit of a retro feel, with funky lights and dark colors.

Since that original visit, Monroe’s has become one of the Mayor’s favorite watering holes.

Let’s talk about happy hour first, because Monroe’s Lounge has one of the best happy hours in Northern Colorado. Running from 4 to 7 p.m., it features 2 for 1 drinks and free, hot appetizers.  

Now let’s talk about food. Much to my husband’s delight, Monroe’s makes an awesome hamburger. As some of you know, Ryan consider himself a connoisseur of the hamburger, so restaurants are under intense scrutiny whenever he orders one.

Not only is Monroe’s burger a half-pound, a prerequisite for a “good” burger, it is always cooked exactly to order, a feat not many restaurants can conquer. Monroe’s has ten specialty burgers to chose from, including their brand new Portobello burger with bleu cheese crumbles. My favorite, Monroe’s Inferno, is marinated in wing sauce and served with fresh jalapenos, crushed red pepper and red pepper aioli ($10).

A cozy little corner at Monroe's Lounge in Loveland, Colorado.  Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer

A cozy little corner at Monroe's Lounge in Loveland, Colorado. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer

Just today Monroe’s released a new menu,  which is introducing some exciting new items as well as favorite standbys. In addition to burgers, Monroe’s has entrée specials, including steaks. A 12-ounce New York Strip with all the fixings is only $20. If you’d like something smaller, they offer an 8-ounce Sirloin with bleu cheese crumbles for $13. There are chicken dishes, like the Chicken Marsala served over fettuccini for only $12, and even lightly battered fish and chips for $10.

Monroe’s Lounge offers a good selection of wines and beers. Seniors get a 10% discount and there’s a menu for the kiddos too. Monroe’s also has an amazing group of bartenders and wait staff who seem to truly care about their customers.

See the entire menu by clicking here.

Monroe’s Lounge often features live music and every Friday is karaoke night (sing a song and get a free shot!). If you’d like to keep informed of all the fun happenings at Monroe’s, become a fan on Facebook by clicking here.  

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The Mayor of HeidiTown shoots up Fort Collins

Six bars, six drinks, one night…
Drunken Monkey
(1st stop, Drunken Monkey at 151 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, C olorado. Photo by Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer)
Today on, a bar-going community for the literate, urban lush.  

Click HERE to read all about the Mayor’s adventures around Fort Collins.

HeidiTown’s FREE tasty Tuesday treat



Today and today only,  HeidiTown  and the Acqua Lounge    are giving away  a little something to make your Tuesday  extra special.   Visit the EAT page to find out how to win one free drink and one free tapas menu item – today only.

The Acqua Lounge is located  at Monaco Trattoria  in downtown Loveland.

Bent Fork Grill serves up more than just great ambiance


I am a fan of the Bent Fork Grill for several reasons. First, it is Colorado-owned and operated and second, the food is dependably good. We’ve been going to the location…

continue reading review here.

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