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 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)
- 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)
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