7 Unexpected Free Meeting Spaces in Fort Collins

If you’re NOT a non-profit, nothing is quite as difficult and nuanced as finding free meeting space in Fort Collins. A simple project I titled, “find all the meeting spaces in Fort Collins” escalated so quickly I had to hire a research assistant to help with the heavy lifting. It took her SIX hours to track all the spaces down and I’m sure we are still missing some meeting rooms in town. I’m now looking at a spreadsheet that is 76 meeting rooms long with FOURTEEN columns of criteria.

I’m starting to understand why no one has tackled this project.

We began our research with the “Mostly Only Helpful To Non-Profits” document from our local United Way. I’ll be honest, that used to be my go-to for people but it’s so infuriatingly focused on non-profits that it’s almost worthless to meetup groups, hobby groups and casual gatherings. The UNITED WAY put that together. It SHOULD be focused on non-profits.

By and large, meeting rooms in Fort Collins cost money. I get it. A small sliver of Cohere’s revenue comes from renting out space but as our rooms sat empty most of the time I had even more irritated emotions. WHY HAVE A ROOM SIT EMPTY WHEN I CAN BE OF USE TO SOME GROUPS THAT NEED IT?!

So I set out to find the Unicorns of meeting rooms. I wanted rooms that have an almost impossible set of criteria. Is it possible that Fort Collins could have meeting rooms that are free, responsive to inquiries, have good availability and few restrictions on use? I found a few and I want everyone to know about them.

And so I reveal to you the Difficult to Find 7 Unexpected Free Meeting Spaces in Fort Collins. Go forth and MEET. Link to ALL meeting spaces in Fort Collins.

Gryphon Games and Comics/Purple Cup Cafe

Capacity: 8, 20, 25, 40 in FOUR different rooms

Location in Fort Collins: Midtown at Drake and Shields

Cost: Free

Fill out this request form

Bonus Points: ample parking

Unicorn Score: 5/5 rainbow sprinkles because I couldn’t find any faults and they seem to have built their business around being useful.

Pour Brothers

Capacity: 2-30

Location in Fort Collins: Old Town on Linden Street

Cost: free

Contact form to reserve time

Bonus Points: Mondays from 4-6pm meetup groups can get 1 free appetizer/4 people

Unicorn Score: 4/5 rainbow sprinkles because it’s not private.

Mulligan’s

Capacity: 30-50

Location in Fort Collins: Midtown at Drake and College

Cost: free

Call to reserve a time: 970-449-6948

Bonus Points: Mulligan’s is the largest free non-church meeting space we could find

Unicorn Score: 5/5 rainbow sprinkles.

Community of Christ Church

Capacity: 75

Location in Fort Collins: Old Town on Oak Street

Cost: free, possible donations needed

Call to reserve a time: 970-692-9922

Bonus Points: this space is well-equipped with mic, podium, projector and screen

Unicorn Score: 3/5 rainbow sprinkles because of their website. I can’t even. Their room calendar is up to date if you can decipher it.

Community Banks of Colorado

Capacity: 12? ish

Location in Fort Collins: South at Harmony/Boardwalk and Midtown at Drake and Shields

Cost: free

Call to reserve a time: 970-229-1140

Bonus Points: a south location!

Unicorn Score: 3/5 rainbow sprinkles for having limited hours of availability.

Cohere Coworking Space

Capacity: 10

Location in Fort Collins: Old Town at Mulberry and Howes

Cost: free after 6pm M-F and anytime on weekends for working meetup groups (after hours access is available to members and people who go through our meet-n-greet process)

Email to find a time

Bonus Points: since this is a coworking space, it is fully equipped with hi-speed wifi, desks with power built-in and comfy rolling chairs.

Unicorn Score: 4/5 rainbow sprinkles because I refuse to the use the phone to field inquiries.

Cohere ConferEssence Room

Capacity: 20

Location in Fort Collins: Old Town at Mulberry and Howes

Cost: free for meetup groups 24/7 (all hours access is available to our members and groups who go through the meet-n-greet process)

Check the calendar and then email to reserve.

Bonus Points: space is private and separate from the rest of the coworking space. Has whiteboard, flat panel display, configurable seating and a window.

Unicorn Score: 5/5 rainbow sprinkles because it’s my business :)

 

Here is a link to every meeting space in Fort Collins we found. Rooms at the top of the list are either totally free, somewhat free or free for particular groups. Other meeting rooms are fee-based.

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