My friend Katie and I were just lamenting how our wild and crazy nights have made way to dinners with good wine; bed by 11:30pm. A few courses at Bosq, comfort food like pizza at the Limelight, and we’re ready for bed. But sometimes, even at our age, we feel the need to tie one on. Luckily, there are plenty of options for late-night bars in Aspen.
So, you’ve got your dancing shoes on and it’s not going to be a powder day tomorrow? Head on over to Escobar. The subterranean bar with a rotating cast of top DJs is the go-to dance spot for tourists and locals alike. There are tables and bottle service, and if you’re going that route, the only choice that makes sense is Escobar’s own brand of vodka. Of course, popping bottles can be fun too, especially if you “accidentally” shower the dance floor with your Veuve Clicquot.
Looking for a late night scene with a little more variety? Head to Eric’s Bar. Eric’s encompasses multiple spaces: Su Casa (delicious Mexican food), Aspen Billiards (pool AND shuffleboard), The Cigar Bar (one of the only bars where you can smoke indoors in Colorado), and Eric’s Bar (a sleek loungey space with the best playlists in town). Say hi to Wes and Jordan and they might even send a round of shots your way.
The Red Onion
If you want to chill out with locals, The Red Onion is the place to be. Those cute bartenders? The reason that the look familiar is that the are pro skiers. Colter Hinchliffe can be spotted slinging drinks at the “Red O” and also in Powder’s newest ski flick “Monumental: Skiing Our National Parks.” The Red O is not the spot for those wearing fur and sipping specialty martinis, it’s more of a whiskey and beer crowd; embrace it. The young locals there will definitely stick around late, but they’ll also be up for first chair. If you want tips on powder stashes or a local crush for the weekend, pop into the Red Onion which was opened in 1892, making it Aspen’s oldest bar.
Campo de Fiore
Skied from 9:00am until the lifts closed? Maybe it’s time to rest your legs and stick in one spot for the whole night. After a long soak in the hot tub, start with a late dinner at Campo de Fiore. Their pasta is always prepared to perfection, the wine list is extensive with offerings for all price ranges, and the Espresso Martini will kick you into high gear until it’s time to shut it down.
The bar area is small, but it gets lively. General Manager “Campo Dave” will crank the tunes at just the right moment, and you can hang there into the wee hours. Jimmy’s is located just upstairs, and Cache Cache is right next door, so you can also bar hop around those spots without clocking too many steps on your FitBit.
After a late night, be sure to swing by the Limelight Hotel bar— our bartender will fix you a bloody mary so you can get on your way.