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Aspen MountainRestaurants and Nightlife

Written by Jack Lee • Photos by Greg and Heather Burke • Last updated Oct 30, 2017

On the Mountain

There are two restaurants on the mountain and both are serviced by the Ajax Express – Bonnie’s near the bottom and Sundeck at the top. Definitely check out Bonnie's because it provides the most unique atmosphere and food, both set in the theme of an Alps ski lodge. Don’t miss out on the Apple Strudel for desert, philly cheese steak for lunch or pancakes for breakfast! All in all, Bonnie’s is a local favorite and our recommendation.

The menu at Bonnie’s
Yum!

In Town

At the base of the mountain, the whole town opens up with dozens of eateries within a few minutes’ walk from the slopes. Aspen is known for having a fantastic food culture and variety so explore the restaurant scene to find your personal favorite! We’ve put together a list of local favorites to get you started:

CP Burger is a great kids spot with burgers, shakes, and ice skating during the winter months! Located just across from the Ruby Park Transit Center and easy identified by its ice rink.

Shlomo’s offers kosher options and slope side convenience, specializing in Jewish classics for lunch and brunch.

Slightly further out from the slopes, families will love New York Pizza located in downtown Aspen across from Hops Culture. A super laid back, New York pizzeria atmosphere where you can order a whole pie or by the slice! They are cash only so make sure you have that.

If you’re hankering for Japanese fare, Matsuhisa is a very classy place for sushi. Owned by Nobu, expect great seafood and service. Skip Kenichii – we had a terrible experience there with take out which left a sour taste in our mouths.

Apres-Ski / Nightlife

The classic Aspen Après spot is Ajax Tavern at the base of the Gondola. It’s a ski-in bar with a great outdoor setting for scoping out celebrities while you munch on truffle fries and down Clicquot champagne. It’s going to burn a hole in your wallet, but worth the experience! Inside, is the chair 9 bar, with live DJ’s every day of the week.

A more relaxed alternative is the Red Onion – one of the oldest bars in Aspen with cheap drinks, great food, and a friendly local vibe in a classic red brick décor, making this an awesome hangout any time of night, whether you’re just getting started or looking for a nightcap. For some serious drinking, Aspen Brewing Co is another popular watering hole – Aspen made brew is the only thing on the menu but it has a cool small taproom atmosphere and host events and parties throughout the season.

Taste of Aspen!

If you want to party with the locals, start the night at Eric’s Bar, which is actually a complex of four different connected bars – Su Casa, Eric’s, Cigar Bar and Aspen Billiards. Here is where locals and tourists alike to go meet new people, play pool and party all night, every night! After you’re appropriately buzzed, saunter over to the Belly Up Music Hall to tear up the dance floor in a classic brick building with a ski-bum inspired atmosphere. It’s the best venue for live music and well known spot attracting musical talent!

And that’s just one of the many options in Aspen: House beats more your jam? Bootsy Bellows. Best Live DJs? Whiskey Rush. Crazy night out? Escobar. The possibilities are endless.

Annual Events and Festivals

The town is abuzz with activity all winter long but the events and festivals really start kicking into gear after the New Year.

Wintersköl is a laid back family friendly event celebrating the Norse god of snow, and features ice carvings, fireworks, fat-bike races, après ski parties kicking off January 11th to 14th.

This is followed up by the X Games in January 25th to 28th, an event which attracts spectators from around the world to get a glimpse of big air and sweet tricks. Outdoor concerts by big name artists are very much part of this culture, so be prepared to party hard.

Aspen X Games

The World Cup of Skiing comes to town mid-March, bringing with it the biggest names in the sport of downhill skiing.

The party continues with a series of free concerts held in Ruby Park in Aspen and Snowmass Village to close out the season.

Ski Resorts in Aspen Snowmass