The Best Après Ski Bars in Aspen, Colorado

Best Party Bars in Aspen

Aspen and après are essentially interchangeable. If you're looking for a great après bar, a big party, tasty restaurant, or bottomless happy hour, Aspen has it. 

Aspen consistently tops the list of best places to après in the U.S., and from our experience, that’s for good reason. Every winter, Freeskier Magazine hosts their annual ski test at Aspen, and the stories that follow are rarely about the skiing. That’s not to say that Aspen lacks world-class skiing  — quite the contrary — it's just that the après scene is that good. 

Check out our list of favorite après ski bars and restaurants in Aspen.


Best Cocktails: Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar

Cozy, unpretentious speakeasy vibes with top-notch cocktails

Best Apres Bars In Aspen — Hooch

An unassuming speakeasy located near the base of Ajax, Hooch is the perfect place to pull up after a long day on the mountain. Park yourself at the granite countertop bar, or cozy up on one of the many plush chairs and couches sprinkled throughout the bar. Take comfort to the next level by ordering one of the Hooch’s famous Hot Toddies. Great vibes and quiet enough to carry on a conversation.

Address: 301 E Hopkins Ave, Aspen, CO 81611

Phone: (970) 710-7275



Slope-side Après: Ajax Tavern

Slope-side après at its finest

Best Apres Bars In Aspen — Ajax Tavern

We wouldn't pass up a sunny afternoon at Ajax Tavern for the world. Right at the bottom of the Ajax Gondola, you'll be hard-pressed to miss it — and you'd be foolish to deny yourself their famous truffle fries or Wagyu chili. The Tavern really is the melting pot for locals, tourists, and all those “pros” you follow on Instagram. And somehow, Champagne also always seems to be on tap...

Address: 685 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611

Phone: (970) 920-6334



Upscale: Element 47

Swanky wine bar with the largest selection in Aspen (which is saying a lot)

Best Apres Bars In Aspen — Element 47

Nestled at the base of Ajax in the same building as the Little Nell, Element 47 offers refined ambiance and dishes like "Wagyu alpine cheesecake." Not many locals frequent this spot, but you're almost guaranteed to rub shoulders with ski industry titans. More a restaurant than a bar, and we're okay with that.

Address: 675 E Durant Ave Aspen, CO 81611

Phone: (970) 920-6330



Local Vibe: The Red Onion

Perhaps the only truly “local” place in Aspen

Best Apres Bars In Aspen — The Onion

Aspen’s small footprint has made it tough for any establishment to stay local, with one exception: The Red Onion. Only a 3-minute walk from the base of Ajax, The Red Onion serves up classic pub fare and features an old-school brick decor complete with bullet holes and the occasional live music ensemble. Perfect if you're looking for a more easygoing crowd — just be careful when someone starts dancing on the bar...

Address: 420 East Copper Avenue, Aspen, Colorado 81611

Phone: (970) 925-9955



Best Summertime Spot:  Aspen Brewing Company

Open floorplan brewery with great outdoor seating in the summer. Dog friendly.

Best Apres Bars In Aspen — Aspen Brewing Company

Great food selection to complement the local craft brews. With a rotating selection of beers on tap and a lowkey space, this is a great spot to try a range of beers and get away from the main crowds.

Address: 121 S Galena St #A, Aspen, CO 81611

Phone: (970) 710-2461



Après-All-Day: Cloud Nine

If you don't know, now you know...

Best Apres Bars In Aspen — Cloud 9

There's really no other way of putting this: Cloud Nine does everything it can so you leave the establishment on....well... cloud 9. Guaranteed to have a good time, make lots of new friends, and seriously challenge your ability to ski back to the base. Almost impossible to get inside, but absolutely worth the effort. Good luck!

Address: 133 Prospector Rd # 4109A, Aspen, CO 81611

Phone: (970) 920-3747


Cover photo courtesy of The Ski Week



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