Aspen delivers one of best mountain town nightlife scenes in North America. As the summer sun sets on the mountains, enjoy an al fresco cocktail or beer on one of Aspen’s many patio restaurants.
From a creative, handmade mixology cocktail, glass of wine and Aspen-made brew to rowdy drinks to match rowdy music to quick shots in between live music sets at the famed Belly Up Aspen concert venue, nighttime revelers have a laundry list of unique nightlife options. Aspen offers a beverage and an environment for just about every after-hours preference.
Aspen summer 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.
- If you’re looking to cut up a rug, head to one of Aspen’s after hours hotspots: 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 of varying late-night tastes.
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 summer vacation.