Top 10 Events & Nightlife in Aspen

10. J-Bar

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If you think of the Wild West when you think of Colorado, you’ll want to hit up this old-time western saloon preserving the charm of the old west with a modern twist. Serving specialty cocktails and “elevated” food, you can put up your weary cowboy boots, rest those barking dogs, and soak up some Top 10 Aspen nightlife. Remember travelers, a cowboy costume is the best ranch dressing. Open Mon – Sat 11:30 AM – 2 AM and Sun 11 AM – 2 AM. 

9. Aspen Music Festival and School

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Regarded as one of the top music festivals in the United States, we decided the Aspen Music Festival and School was a worthy contender for our Top 10 Aspen events! The eight-week summer season features over 300 classical music events that will keep you feeling sharp. Offering lessons to students and music expertise to the community, this festival simply oozes with culture. Just make sure to plan ahead for parking, otherwise you might be in treble. 

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8. Escobar Nightclub

The perfect combination of drinks, dancing, and fun, this après-ski style joint comes to life at night. Providing the Aspen village with uninhibited entertainment and a place to let loose, it’s the perfect getaway after a long day of adventuring in the Colorado wilderness. Come have a radical time, get your freak on, and party like a Coloradoan—after all, dancing in the Top 10 Aspen club puts the RAD in ColoRADo. Open daily 9 PM – 2 AM. 

7. Bootsy Bellows

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Alright you classy cats, get ready for this celeb-owned gem hiding in an Aspen basement. Bootsy Bellows takes the cabaret club idea to a whole new level. Offering a gathering place for the elite of Aspen, this swanky joint has hidden access and requires a little finesse to get in—but once you’re in, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience (unless you drink a little too much local microbrew). With dark, chic décor and a hip atmosphere, you’ll want to rage all night at this top 10 Aspen nightclub. Open Wed – Sat 9 PM – 2 AM. 

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6. HOPS Culture

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Hopping on to our Top Ten Aspen microbreweries is a joint that will make you jump for joy! HOPS Culture is a hipster happening treasure located in downtown Aspen. Serving up delicious food, unique brews, and friendly service, you’ll feel right at home in this welcoming place. A gastro-pub offering outdoor seating, you can take in the culture of the city from every corner of the restaurant. Open daily 11:30 AM – 10 PM. 

5. Zane’s Tavern

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Sometimes, you just want a comforting pub with great beer and good food. You want low lights and good tunes. Zane’s tavern provides just that—the perfect place to grab a beer after a day of skiing along with some drool-worthy appetizers, you won’t regret a pit stop here. The best part? They have a bomb happy hour from 4 PM – 6 PM daily. You won’t break the bank while filling up the tank. Open daily 11 AM – 2 AM. 

4. Casa Tua

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A restaurant, a nightclub, an art gallery—this amazing place fits in so many categories we don’t even know which is the coolest. Offering modern cocktails in a refined space, this place will fool you into thinking it doesn’t turn into a hopping club. A great place to dance the night away, you can get your groove on at Casa Tua (that is, if your legs aren’t dead from snowboarding all day). Remember travelers, their casa es su casa (or something) at this Top 10 Aspen nightclub. Open daily 12 PM – 10 PM. 

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3. Aspen Brewing Co.

We couldn’t keep the signature microbrew of the city off our Top Ten Aspen bars! Aspen Brewing Company creates innovative brews and combines them with killer mountain views—what could be better than that? This boutiquey-brew pub gives off a cozy vibe that makes you want to nuzzle up and watch the snow fall. Grab a brewsky and let that liquid courage run through your soul—you can totally climb that mountain. Open daily 12 PM – 12 AM. 

2. Belly Up, Aspen

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Looking for some sweet tunes to go along with your sweet brews? Belly Up, Aspen has been bringing big name artists into a small size venue—but the intimacy makes this venue something special. Attracting locals and travelers from all over, this Top 10 Aspen venue bumps with life and even turns Tuesday nights into raging parties. With amazing acoustics and great customer service, you’ll be singing the sweet tune of Belly Up. Open daily 10 AM – 12 AM. 

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1. Wheeler Opera House

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Claiming the number one spot for our Top Ten Aspen events and nightlife is the Wheeler Opera House, the single most famous venue in Aspen. Hosting everything from community theater to children’s theater to opera to jazz to anything else wonderful you can imagine, it’s definitely worth it to check out what shows are being performed during your travels. Take in the stunning stage and watch in admiration as talented performers blow you away. Show times vary by performance. 

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