5 of the Best Bars and Pubs in Aspen

Many, many years ago when I was only 19-years of age, I left home to earn my degree at Manchester University (England). At this time, the city was undeveloped and still had a plethora of abandoned buildings. However, during the mid to late 1980s, Manchester had one of the most exciting music scenes in the United Kingdom. Iconic bands like the Happy Monday’s, New Order, The Stone Roses, and the Smiths were regularly performing at the legendary Hacienda club. Certainly, this was a very enjoyable time in my life, although these days I desire something glitzier.

For anyone who has ever visited Aspen (either for skiing activities or a summer vacation) nightlife has to be an integral part of the holiday. This vibrant city offers privileged tourists the ultimate five-star experience. There is always the chance that you might run into a Hollywood movie star, as many own luxurious vacation homes in this region. Here are five of the most popular bars and pubs that are definitely worth frequenting.

Ajax Tavern

Situated at the base of Aspen Mountain, Ajax Tavern is the ultimate destination for glamorous occasions. With a spectacular outside terraced area overlooking the mountain, this is the ideal venue to sip cocktails and people watch. The establishment also serves a variety of gourmet food.

Hops Culture

For those who love the liquid amber nectar, Hops Culture is a natural choice. This exciting venue offers discerning clients an impressive variety of craft beers from around the world. In fact, for those who enjoy new stimulating experiences, they offer 30 draft beers and over 200 bottled beers.

Zane’s Tavern

Sometimes when you’re on vacation it is great to visit a bar to get a real local experience. Zane’s Tavern prides itself on offering the client a friendly and unpretentious atmosphere. At this bar, you can kick back, relax, and enjoy a pitcher of beer served with wings, burgers, or fish tacos at a reasonable price.

Element 47

Element 47 is situated in the heart of Aspen on Durant Avenue, within The Little Nell Hotel. This amazing bar/restaurant is renowned for its five-star fine wine/dining and relaxed atmosphere. Fortunately, there is no dress code and all food allergies are catered for.

Red Onion

If you like historic Landmarks, then Red Onion on East Cooper Avenue is an absolute must. This iconic Victorian establishment (1892) was built by Tom Latta in the height of the Silver Boom. Today, this saloon-style bar serves a variety of craft beers, pub food, and occasional live music performances.