Aspen boasts one of North America’s best ski town nightlife scenes. From an off-the-cuff mixology cocktail, glass of wine or Aspen-made brews to rowdy drinks to match rowdy music, or quick shots in between live music sets at the famed Belly Up Aspen concert venue, party-goers and night hawks have a laundry list of unique nightlife options. Aspen offers a beverage and an environment for just about every after-hours preference.
Aspen après-ski + bars
- If your preferred evening activities sway towards a mellower experience, then a cocktail−or two−at Justice Snow’s is in order. Located next to the historical Wheeler Opera House, Justice Snow’s offers a tasty, reasonably priced dinner menu, but it’s the handmade love and care that each mixologist puts into every signature cocktail that makes Justice Snow’s a top Aspen bar.
- To mingle with locals and satiate the need for Colorado-made microbrews, head to the Aspen Brewing Company’s Tasting Room on the corner of Hopkins and Monarch Street. Walk up the stairs and you’ll likely be greeted with a local live band and an assortment of friendly dogs and their owners with brews in hand. The atmosphere is extremely laid-back, but the beer should be taken seriously. The Independence Pass Ale (IPA) is among the strongest, but there are often small batch brews on tap that surpass even the IPA’s high alcohol content.
- If you’re looking to cut up a rug, head to one of Aspen’s late night hot spots: Escobar, Eric’s or Bootsy Bellows. You’ll discover a lively dance party at all three. Eric’s also has a billiards and cigar room, making it a great option for a group who is undecided on their party style.
Belly Up Aspen
World-famous performers make pit stops in Colorado to visit the Belly Up Aspen
, so if you like music you’ll want to spend some time at this celebrated mountain venue. The Belly Up has hosted internationally famed acts from BB King, ZZ Top and Lynrd Skynrd to contemporary bands like Thievery Corporation and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Be sure to check the concert calendar online and purchase tickets in advance so you can see your musical idols perform during your Aspen ski vacation.