Dining & Nightlife

Well over 100 old favorites mesh with fresh menus and new talent to provide enough culinary options to please any palate. Here’s just a taste of what’s cooking in Aspen:
  • Sushi and pan-Asian restaurant, Kenichi, has recently completed a $1.4. million renovation while also expanding the bar menu and updating the menu.
  • L’Hostaria brings authentic Italian fare and ambiance to the heart of the Rocky Mountains. It offers an extensive list of light appetizers, Carpaccio’s, homemade pastas and sumptuous main dishes.
  • Acquolina Trattoria New for the 2013/2014 season, Acquolina Trattoria offers pizza, pasta, panini’s and  focache with a focus on fresh ingrediants.
  • Cache Cache‘s bar menu is a favorite among Aspen locals and visitors. Cache Cache features French bistro-style cuisine and an elegant yet comfortable ambiance.  
  • Pine Creek Cookhouse, located 12 miles outside Aspen at the base of the Elk Mountain Range,  provides a gourmet dining experience in an authentic mountain atmosphere complete with log cabin and wilderness surroundings. It is best known for creatively prepared, naturally raised game specialties.
  • Jimmy’s American Restaurant & Bar  with a sophisticated, “everybody knows your name” atmosphere and a traditional American surf-and-turf menu, Jimmy’s is a consistent crowd pleaser.  The restaurant also features more than 70 varieties of tequila and mezcal and a lively bar scene.
  • Matsuhisa serves up mouthwatering sushi and Japanese dishes with fine wines and an extensive sake list. A member of the Nobu restaurant family, this establishment is always in demand.  
  • New York Pizza  serves big slices  that start at $3 so this Big Apple-style pizzeria is hard to beat for the budget-conscious and it is open until 2 a.m. to satisfy the late-night crowd. 
  • Hickory House unbeatable hearty breakfasts and famous baby back ribs put this local barbecue joint on Oprah’s infamous list of her favorite things.
  • Big Wrap there is always a hungry crowd at this wrap and smoothie shop. Homemade vegan soups and fresh tacos add to the diverse wrap menu and daily specials. 

After dark when the sun goes down, Aspen’s social scene heats up. Whether you’re looking for intimate live music, a quiet cocktail or exuberant crowds, Aspen’s bars, watering holes and concert venues quench every craving.

 Belly Up Aspen rocks year-round with an eclectic mix of top headliners ranging from Mos Def to ZZ Top and everything in between. Its flawless sound system and intimate setting (accommodating only 450 guests) makes every show one to remember.

• Open-Air Performances. During the summer, Aspen is home to 750 music students participating in the Aspen Music Festival and School. Stroll through town and catch an impromptu performance as the music students practice their compositions. Wander over to the open-air Benedict Music Tent and take in an evening orchestra performance from the lawn.)

• 39 Degrees at The Sky Hotel, home an infamous outdoor pool scene, serves up chic cocktails like the Botox Martini and other creative concoctions. (709 East Durant Ave.; 970.925.6760)

 Eric’s Bar, which spills into Aspen Billiards, The Cigar Bar and Su Casa, is the epicenter of Aspen’s see-and-be-seen commotion. From the hip dance floor to the hazy smokers’ haven, each quadrant offers a different vibe. (315 East Hyman Ave.; 970.920.6707

• Aspen Brewery, owned and operated by young Aspen locals, offers unique beers brewed on-site and served up in its quaint tasting room. (557 North Mill St.; 970.920.2739

• Zane’s Tavern, tucked in a cozy corner of downtown Aspen, offers beers, cocktails, and an approachable bar atmosphere with the TVs all tuned to sports. (308 South Hunter St.; 970.544.9263

• Jimmy’s, An American Restaurant & Bar clears the dining room and hosts sexy salsa dancing on Saturday nights.