Fort Collins is home to a very diverse population, from college students to families to retirees. It's no surprise, then, that the dozens upon dozens of restaurants and bars strive to have a signature; that one quality that people will come back for again and again. In the nearly eight years I've lived in Fort Collins (half of which were college years), I've definitely narrowed down my favorite places to grab beverages that I just can't find anywhere else.

Check out my top five picks, then tell me which place is your favorite at the bottom of the page!

Note: I'm referring to adult beverages.  Not for kids! ;)

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    Luscious Nectar Juice Lounge

    The wall behind the bar at Luscious Nectar (at 253  Linden Street) is lined with frozen drink machines. What sets this place apart is the fact that those machines are churning cocktails, not just slushies. Add a huge variety of flavor-infused spirits, and the drinks you can get here are quite unique indeed! I don't know anywhere else in town where I can order a frozen rum n' coke, or a Bloody Mary made with horseradish, pepperoncini, red pepper, chipotle and habanero-infused vodkas! Also, if you're too young for (or just not in the mood for) alcohol, Luscious Nectar has tons of tasty non-alcoholic smoothies to enjoy.

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    Funkwerks Brewery

    Fort Collins is basically the Napa Valley of beer. New breweries seem to pop up every few months, and Funkwerks is one of the newest additions to the Fort Collins brewing scene. Rather than a traditional wheat, porter, or IPA, Funkwerk's flagship ale is a saison; which is interesting, because amongst all the other breweries in Fort Collins, you don't hear about this style of beer very often. With a complex, dry, slightly sour flavor, the Funkwerks Saison is definitely a unique beer that you can't find just anywhere. You can find the Funkwerks brewery and tasting room at 1900 East Lincoln Avenue.

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    Elliot's Martini Bar

    If you were to offer me a traditional martini, I'd probably turn it down.  I don't really like vodka or gin, and I like olives even less.  So I was a little skeptical the first time I walked into Elliot's, at 234 Linden Street.  Then I saw the menu.  It's chock-full of drinks that completely break the mold of the traditional martini.  The one that caught my eye was called the "Go Away or I Shall Taunt You a Second Time."  (bonus points if you get the reference) Yes, it's made with vodka, but it's also made with hazelnut liqueur; and instead of an olive (this is my favorite part), it's garnished with a Junior Mint!

    This martini just scratches the surface of what's on the menu at Elliot's.  They have something for everyone, most of which you can't get anywhere else.

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    Equinox Brewing

    The other brewery to make my list is a place I literally stumbled upon one day.  I was walking down Montezuma Fuller Alley in Old Town, and suddenly I came upon this elaborate gate emblazoned with the words "Equinox Brewing" , which I noticed led into a beer garden.  I walked around the building to the front entrance at 133 Remington Street, and knew immediately that I had to check this place out.  Inside, the tasting room area has a very warm, earthy, cabin-like feel; perfect for enjoying their unique brews.  Being somewhat of a nerd, I immediately noticed the outer-space-themed names for their beers.  Names like Worm Whole Wheat, Borealis Winter Ale, and O'Rion Irish Red all tasted wonderful, and like nothing I've ever tasted before.  Needless to say, I've been back there a couple times.

    Sometimes, all beer starts to taste the same, no matter where it's made.  Equinox does not have this problem.  Each brew I tried tasted better and more unique than the last.

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    Fuzzy's Taco Shop

    My girlfriend Robyn went to Fuzzy's at 1335 West Elizabeth Street, with some friends shortly after it opened.  She came home raving about  drink that I had to see to believe.  She said something about a beer turned upside down into a margarita, which I couldn't even wrap my head around.  As soon as we got a chance, she took me back there.  When we got to the counter, she ordered us two "Ram Horns."  It was exactly what she described.  Frozen margarita is poured into a giant goblet, and then they open a bottle of beer and stick it into the margarita upside down!  The best part is that the beer doesn't spill; it just mixes with the margarita and refills your glass when it gets low.  

    My mind was blown.  I had never seen anything like this before in my life, and that's why Fuzzy's gets the number one spot on the list!

    Drew, 99.9 The Point