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Nightlife in Aspen



Aspen After Hours


ASPEN, Colo. (Jan. 2019) – Aspen’s nightlife is legendary. While a small town, Aspen has more than a great appreciation for wine, beer, live music, and revelry. After the summer sun sets, nightlife in Aspen includes everything from craft beer and craft cocktails to live music and DJs.

For Music Lovers

  • Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) Cafe Performances. In addition to the JAS June and Labor Day Experience, Jazz Aspen Snowmass hosts hosts JAS Café shows, a series of summer and winter jazz performances taking place downstairs at The Little Nell, at the Cooking School of Aspen and on the rooftop of the Aspen Art Museum. The series features top jazz artists from around the world in an intimate nightclub setting. (www.jazzaspensnowmass.org)
  • Belly Up Aspen rocks year-round with an eclectic mix of top headliners ranging from Mos Def to ZZ Top and everything in between. Its flawless sound system and intimate setting (accommodating only 450 guests) makes every show one to remember. (450 S. Galena St., www.bellyupaspen.com)
  • Wheeler Opera House, a historic gem in downtown Aspen, features a diverse summer calendar with film screenings, operas, comedy acts and jamming rock bands. (320 E. Hyman Ave., www.wheeleroperahouse.com)
  • Open-Air Performances. During the summer, Aspen is home to more than 600 music students participating in the Aspen Music Festival and School. Stroll through town and catch an impromptu performance as the music students practice their compositions. Wander over to the open-air Benedict Music Tent and take in an evening orchestra performance from the lawn – at no charge.

Whatever Ales You

  • Aspen Brewing Company’s Aspen Tap, located on Restaurant Row makes it an easy choice for cold beer on a hot afternoon. Owned and operated by young Aspen locals, Aspen Brewing Company offers their selection of unique, locally brewed beers best enjoyed while drinking in the view of Aspen Mountain from the tasting room patio. (121 S. Galena St., www.aspenbrewingcompany.com)   
  • HOPS Culture offers quality comfort food and a selection of more than 200 craft beers, as well as wine by the glass and “mule”-style cocktails. Located on the Hyman Avenue pedestrian mall, the remodeled 3,700-square-foot space features an interior/exterior bar top connecting to the exterior dining area and an outdoor beer garden. (414 E. Hyman Ave., www.hopsculture.com
  • J-Bar in the historic Hotel Jerome has been an Aspen watering hole since 1889 and has kept its saloon ambiance through the times. Today, Aspen locals and visitors alike belly up for a draft or bottle and sophisticated bar fare, and the house is packed during sports events and happy hour. (330 E. Main St., www.hoteljerome.com)


Craft Cocktails

  • Craft cocktail bar Hooch serves up a variety of cocktails and late-night bites from Meat & Cheese (301 E. Hopkins., www.hoochaspen.com)
  • Living Room Lounge at Hotel Jerome and Bad Harriet have chic décor that echoes the hotel’s turn-of-the-century origins and a drink list to satisfy the most advanced connoisseur. Bad Harriet is the newest addition to the town’s social scene. The new bar and lounge, named after the wife of the Hotel Jerome’s original proprietor, Jerome B. Wheeler, serves craft cocktails and small plates. (330 E. Main St., www.hoteljerome.aubergeresorts.com)

Club Kids

  • Bootsy Bellows Aspen is the first outpost to the wildly successful original Hollywood location. The newest space features Scalette’s, a restaurant located upstairs open for brunch, happy hour, and dinner. (515 E. Hopkins Ave., www.bootsybellows.com/aspen)
  • Eric’s Bar, which spills into Aspen Billiards, The Cigar Bar and Su Casa, is the epicenter of Aspen’s late night energy. From the hip dance floor to the hazy smokers’ haven, each quadrant offers a different vibe. (315 E. Hyman Ave., www.sucasaaspen.com)
  • Escobar, where PBR tall boys meet pomegranate martinis sipped alongside a mix of electronic, swing and lounge music. Founded by a group of seven young Aspen entrepreneurs, Escobar launched onto the local nightclub scene in 2011 and remains a late-night favorite for locals and visitors. (426 E. Hyman Ave., www.escobaraspen.com)


For media information and images, visit www.aspenchamber.org/media and contact Promo Communications at

Maureen Poschman • [email protected]

Melissa Wisenbaker • [email protected] 

For visitor information, visit www.aspenchamber.org, or call 1.888.290.1324 or 970.925.1940.

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4th of July Parade Waiver


PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  


  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.


The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).


                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.


                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.  Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.


   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this



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