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The Safari Club was a night club in Fort Collins from 1962-1982 that apparently sold liquor under the table during Fort Collins' dry years.

  • Primary source: Owner of the Safari Club Bob Swerer poses with his employees in the decor and costumes that themed the Safari Club.

From 1962 to 1982, Fort Collins musician Bob Swerer was the owner of the Safari Club, a supper club and popular night spot for residents of the city. Live music and dancers played every night, and apparently, the club sold hard liquor “under the table” during Fort Collins’ dry years. The club, in addition to a few other bars including Ace Gillette’s and Ladd’s Covered Wagon served alcohol secretly until the repeal of prohibition in Fort Collins.


1. Laxen, Jacob. "Dining scene history: 7 past restaurants of Fort Collins." Coloradoan. April 2017. 
2. Fleming, Barbara. "History: A look back at when Fort Collins was dry." Coloradoan. May 2018.