Aspen Apres Guide
Aprés skiing can be just as much of a sport as the actual day on the hill. From raging pool parties to champagne showers and mellow hangouts scattered throughout downtown – the fun is endless in Aspen!
So where are the best places to aprés in Aspen before heading home to relax at your vacation rental? And what must you order? Well, let’s see …
Located conveniently at the base of Aspen Mountain, Ajax Tavern’s sun-drenched patio notoriously has a packed après scene almost daily in the winter. Famous for its truffle fries and view of the mountain, you can usually expect a wait at this popular spot. In fact, if you wish to eat aprés skiing – we highly suggest a reservation.
Last minute choice? Not to worry – quench your thirst at a convenient additional outdoor bar in between songs from the DJ and incredible people watching to make you stay until the sun goes down.
It’s a comeback kid this Shlomo’s Deli. The latest rendition of this local’s haunt for decades is housed in the Residences at the Little Nell. It competes every afternoon with Ajax Tavern’s patio scene – and it is a toss up who wins every time. Enjoy a menu of Jewish comfort food like latkes and matzo ball soup, then get ready to dance come 4 o’clock … usually on the bar! Drink anything here. Pat yourself on the back, you had a great day.
Chair 9 at the Little Nell at the base of Ajax opens as the ski day winds down and features DJs daily, snacks (caviar, anyone?), and, of course, cocktails, wine, and beer. Known as one of the best aprés scenes around, the glamorous Chair 9 is THE place to see and be seen. Anyone who loves Veuve Clicquot is sure to love Chair 9!
Located inside the historic Hotel Jerome, the J Bar has been known as Aspen’s favorite watering hole for well over a century. Many familiar faces, such as Hunter S. Thompson, who frequented the J Bar in the 1960s and 70s, loved the authentic saloon ambiance.
If you’re looking to imbibe in classic Jerome style, order the infamous Aspen Crud, a drink steeped in the Hotel Jerome’s history. Like many bars across the country, Prohibition forced the J Bar to convert into a soda fountain. They invented the Aspen Crud, a milkshake with a ‘kick’, around that time for people to covertly enjoy a taste of the good stuff!
For an even cozier afternoon, step into the Jerome’s living room. The dark ambiance is the warmest and sexiest in town. A glass of wine by the fire is the ticket!
Head to the Aspen Brewing Company’s tap room in downtown Aspen to experience the town’s only brewery. You’ll find a room full of locals with their four-legged friends (yes, it’s pet-friendly, as is most of Aspen) and delicious local brew. The Taproom has a killer happy hour daily from 5-7 p.m. with $4 pints and $15 pitchers. They also serve wine, cocktails, and a full gastropub menu!
A bit off the mountain on the Cooper Avenue Pedestrian Mall, the Red Onion offers a comfortable and affordable aprés spot. It’s a locals’ favorite all the time, and aprés skiing is no exception. Grab a $4 Coors on draft or imbibe in a shotski with all your friends!
The lounge at the Limelight has become a major aprés hot spot! It offers fantastic happy hour specials and live music most days of the week. Locals and visitors alike flock daily to the Limelight to enjoy relaxed seating, a lively yet friendly atmosphere, and gourmet comfort food and drinks. Try one of their flights depending on what day you’re visiting: whiskey on Wednesdays, Tequila on Tuesdays, and beer or dessert flights any day! Any one of their wood fired pizzas are definite favorites in our books!
Located at the base of Highlands, the Ale House is the place to be on a sunny Colorado Bluebird Day. Their patio is massive and there is no better place to soak up a few rays after a hard day of skiing. They have amazing snacks and food, a great beer list, and good vibes all around. Get a pitcher of something special from their rotating tap here, and don’t forget a pizza…
And remember, aprés skiing doesn’t have to only apply to skiers and snowboarders. For non-skiers, a happenin’ aprés spot can be a great place to socialize and meet up again with friends that were on the hill all day!
If this isn’t enough aprés for you, come stay with us in March for the annual Aspen Aprés Ski Cocktail Classic! For four days, this event features tastings, craft cocktails, parties and pop-up bars, special dinner pairings, and a Great Aprés Ski Pub Crawl and Cocktail Competition (of course). Oh… and lots of skiing and fun!