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Aspen Nightlife

39 Degrees Lounge
Sky Hotel
709 E. Durant Avenue
Aspen , Colorado
Tel: 970 429 7860

Though it's named after the latitude of Aspen, come 3 o'clock in the afternoon, 39 Degrees feels like it's the center of the universe. Located inside the Sky Hotel, this is the most happening après scene in town for the youngish crowd. The lounge is retro, with spiky silver Sputnik chandeliers, low-slung sofas, and a fireplace. For après eats, try the Italian meatball sliders or the bruschetta with spinach and fontina cheese. Don't miss a peek at the pool area out the window—and bring your swimsuit if you'd like a piece of the action. The hotel hot tubs are open to all those with a 39 Degrees tab.

Open daily noon to 1:30 am.

Belly Up
450 S. Galena Street
Aspen , Colorado
Tel: 970 544 9800

The place to go for live music, period. With long lines that sometime wind around the block, the club can seem like a scene from another city. But once you get inside the large, tiered room, with rich wood chairs lined up along the low bars overlooking the stage and round bar tables huddled into cozy booths, you'll know you're far from a dingy city club. And the acoustics are amazing, too. Go to the Web site for upcoming shows.

Opens nightly at 8 pm.

Elevation Bar
304 East Hopkins Avenue
Aspen , Colorado
Tel: 970 544 5166

Snag a seat in the lounge and peruse the lengthy list of hard-to-find wines, selection of creative cocktails and late-night menu—slow-roasted rum-and-coke pork tacos, ahi pizza, and more—served till 11:30 nightly.—by Samantha Berman

J Bar
330 East Main Street
Aspen , Colorado
Tel: 800 331 7213 (toll-free)

This bar is quintessential Aspen. The Victorian woodwork and authentic pressed-tin ceiling tiles at the 1889 bar inside the historic Hotel Jerome will make you feel like you are calling at a Wild West saloon. Even with the heavy history, the vibe is bustling and fun, though. Order a J Bar burger and a signature Aspen Crud (a boozy milkshake made with bourbon and vanilla ice cream) and enjoy the local buzz.—by Samantha Berman

304 E. Hopkins Avenue
Aspen , Colorado
Tel: 970 925 9700

If Austin Powers were in town, there's one place you'd find him here, pinky in the air, at the Lucite bar. Opened in 2007, Social restaurant and lounge has candy-colored chairs and funky flowered wallpaper stuck to every flat surface. The menu is global tapas and the cocktail list reads like a pretentious travel guide, from the San Tropez (with absinthe, cognac, champagne) to the Hong Kong (iced green tea with Chivas). When it gets late and the restaurant clears, head upstairs to the cozy wine bar.

Woody Creek Tavern
2858 Upper River Road
Woody Creek , Colorado
Tel: 970 923 4585

Located about six miles outside of Aspen, this iconic old hangout of Hunter S. Thompson is frequented as often for its local color as for its food and drink. The walls are plastered with little snippets of history—including newspaper clippings, posters, stickers, and photos of celebs who frequented the joint. There are Colorado beers on tap, or try the house special: margaritas made with fresh-squeezed lime juice.—by Samantha Berman

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.