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The 20 Nostalgic Aspen Establishments We Hope to See Come Back in the Future

By Shannon Asher | January 7, 2018 | Food & Drink

The Aspen of the future will no doubt be a bold new place, but when it comes to popular traditions, dining establishments and faithful watering holes, some of us have a hard time letting go. Here, we mark the Aspen classics that are sure to see in the year 2037, and those we wish would be resurrected by then.


Cloud Nine, 1963


1. Bastille Day Celebration in Paepcke Park
2. The Village Pantry (popular breakfast and lunch spot in the 1970s and ’80s)
3. Steak Pit (1960-2010)
4. La Cocina & Bert the Bartender (next to where the Square Grouper was)
5. Mother Lode (1968-2005, currently e Aspen Times)
6. The original Sundeck
7. 24 Hours of Aspen (badass skiers lapped Ajax for 24 hours straight, racing at speeds of up to 90 mph)
8. Golden Horn Restaurant (opened in 1949, in time for the FIS World Championships in 1950, located on the corner of Cooper and Mill streets)
9. Guido’s (1953-2002, famous for its fondue and bu╠łndnereisch, aka air-dried beef)
10. Takah Sushi (1981-2015)
11. Little Cli’s Bakery (1960-1992, became Main St. Bakery)
12. Tippler at The Tipple Inn (raucous nightclub commonly known as the Crippler)
13. Poppies Bistro Cafe Restaurant (1981- 2009, a romantic dinner place in a historic Victorian house)
14. Galena St. East (where Ryno’s is moving to)
15. Rocking Horse (a wild, members-only disco dance club under Hotel Jerome)
16. Great Divide Music Store (opened in 1970)
17. Paddy Buggatti’s (1978-2010, The Eagles, Jackson Brown and Stevie Nicks all played there)
18. Jake’s Abbey (music venue in Kemo Sabe’s new location)
19. Christian Endeavor (après-ski bar at Highlands)
20. Shooters Saloon & Dance Hall (country western bar with swing dancing, located in the basement of the Elks building)


1. Wheeler Opera House (opened in April 1889)
2. Hotel Jerome (opened in 1889)
3. J-Bar (opened in 1889)
4. Red Onion (opened in 1892)
5. Jimmy’s (opened in 1997)
6. Theatre Aspen (opened in 1983)
7. Food & Wine Classic in Aspen (founded in 1983)
8. Ruggerfest (founded in 1968)
9. Ducky Derby (founded in 1991)
10. Fraternal Order of the Eagles Lodge (established in 1901)
11. Caribou Club (opened in 1989)
12. Winterskol (established in 1951)
13. Fourth of July traditions (e.g., shooting o a cannon at 6)
14. Woody Creek Tavern (opened in 1980)
15. Belly Up Aspen (opened in 2005)
16. Pinon’s Restaurant (opened in 1988)
17. Casa Tua (opened in 2010)
18. Aspen Elks Lodge (established in 1891)
19. Bonnie’s (opened in 1966 as Gretl’s and in 1980 as Bonnie’s)
20. Cloud Nine (opened as a European bistro around 1998)