Located inside the luxurious Hotel Jerome in Aspen, J-Bar adds a sophisticated spin to the traditional saloon atmosphere, while maintaining all the makings of a casual good time. This establishment, home of the iconic Aspen Crud, has been loyally serving patrons since 1889.
Whether your day is spent in the sun or on the slopes, swing by J-Bar to continue the fun and enjoy some of the best drinks and dishes Aspen has to offer.
Dine and Drink
J-Bar’s menu offers a wide array of options for lunch and dinner, along with a lengthy drink menu available all day. One of their most popular items is the famous J-Bar burger, regarded as one of the best in Aspen. Those seeking lighter snacks or starters can choose from a variety of appetizers and mini desserts as well.
On J-Bar’s drink menu you’ll similarly find an option for all tastes. From signature cocktails with a vintage flair to hand-picked craft beer to a glass of wine to complement each course, one can certainly find a way to quench their thirst.
The Hotel Jerome boasts a robust history that reflects the evolution of Aspen itself into a popular destination for travelers from all corners of the world, offering outdoor adventure with a luxurious twist. The J-Bar has simultaneously established itself as a favorite of locals and lodgers alike.
The hotel was built by Jerome Wheeler, who co-owned Macy’s from 1879 to 1888 amongst a variety of entrepreneurial pursuits. Wheeler’s love for the mountains moved him out west as he poured his vast resources into the development of the towns of Aspen and Leadville – particularly into the mines and budding railway system.
He built several local businesses, including the Hotel Jerome, a bank, and the Wheeler Opera House.
During prohibition, J-Bar became notorious for its forbidden drink, a sweet combination of freshly churned vanilla ice cream and bourbon – the Aspen Crud. The drink quickly became a staple on the J-Bar’s menu and is still served today.
With over a century under its belt, a long list of actors, authors, and rockstars have sat at its maple bar, one of the multiple original fixtures that still remain today. Amongst these familiar faces were John Wayne, Jack Nichelson, Jimmy Buffet, Bill Murray, and Eagle’s frontman Glen Frey.
Hunter S. Thompson, journalist and author, best known for “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” owned property nearby and was an honorary J-Bar regular; such a frequent visitor that his funeral was within the hotel.
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Address: 330 E Main St, Aspen, CO 81611
Hours: Mon-Sat: 11:30 am- 11:00 pm, Sun: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm