Best Nightlife Resort: Aspen

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Written by Cassidy Barnes posted on Monday, January 25th, 2010

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Shopping in Colorado Northwest's town of Aspen. Photo by Weaver Multimedia Group

Aspen Mountain’s amazing rep is not only for the glitz and glamour of Colorado ski life, the streets also host entertainment suitable for all itching to abandon their hotels and condos for an evening out. With a full calendar of electrifying events and over 100 dining venues Aspen Ski Resort is a Colorado travel attraction for both winter sports and winter nightlife.


The Winter X Games send a wild streak throughout the ski town in late January, filling hotels and slopes with a 50,000-plus party crowd of extreme sport enthusiasts ready to hit the town by nightfall. The Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series and Bud Light Spring Jam Block Party are free outdoor concert festivals running through the year, pulling fans and bands like Blues Traveler and The Offspring. Aspen’s most popular live music venue (indoor) is Belly Up and holds an impressive roster of past performers like B.B. King, Snoop Dogg and ZZ Top.

Live Music and Clubs

Aspen’s live music scene keeps the ski town shaking throughout the year. Belly Up is a classy joint with a variety of artists playing to a group of trendy locals grooving on the dance floor. The best way to dip into high society is to dress to the nines and hit the flashy Caribou Club. With a wine menu boasting a selection in the 5000 range it’s no wonder The New York Post deemed it as the best private club in America.

Cocktail and Lounges

The clanking of margarita glasses creates a lively late-night buzz at Jimmy’s. This Latin bar and restaurant holds around 80 top-shelf tequila selections, plus a sensational soundtrack of Latin tunes and Saturday night salsa dancing. The James Bond type will appreciate creative cocktails at the new Hunter Bar and its posh and cosmopolitan crowd. An added bonus to Aspen’s lounge scene is the fine cigar selection at the chic and sophisticated Cigar Bar.


The Double Dog Pub is offers grub like Guinness stew and is equipped with pub games like shuffleboard. Pool addicts could spend all night at the cozy Zane’s Tavern, a sports bar serving a wide variety of tapped beers from the Rocky Mountains and other microbreweries.

In the end, be sure to slide off the slops and slip into something fun when visiting Aspen. The charm and appeal this ski resort is known for rarely calls it a night.

Comfortable Hotels in Aspen

L’Auberge D Aspen: A cute, cozy cabin cluster where each of the 16 rooms are personalized and resembles a mountain hut paradise. Perfect for couples, and most rooms include a jacuzzi tub and fireplace. Call 1-800-780-5733 or visit L’Auberge D Aspen.

Hotel Aspen: A sophisticated, contemporary hotel with spacious rooms offering a number of amenities. Families will enjoy the heated swimming pool. Perfect for those looking for a classic hotel atmosphere to relax in. Call 1-800-780-5733 or visit Hotel Aspen.

Aspen Meadows Resort: Those looking for a secluded resort hotel will find the 40 acres of Aspen Meadows exactly what they’re looking for. There are 98 large suites equipped with everything one needs to enjoy a night indoors. Call 1-800-780-5733 or visit Aspen Meadows Resort.

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