“Fresh” and “dogs” (lime margaritas and Flying Dog microbrews, respectively) sail over the carved wood bar to everyone from old-timers in overalls to Aspen’s couture crowd. (this was Hunter S. Thompson’s hangout.) But a no-credit card no-reservations policy evens the field. Try a famous Limousin beef burger and nachos “works,” dripping with cheese, vegetarian chorizo and fresh jalapenos. Located 10 minutes from Aspen. Woody Creek, Colorado | 970.923.4585 | woodycreektavern.com
Because it's never too early for ribs. Or too late for Bloody Marys.
A half-rack of hickory smoked baby-back ribs with two eggs, hash browns and a homemade biscuit topped with gravy. And because it’s never too early for ribs, order a bloody mary with a shot of BBQ sauce. Sit at the counter and dish with the locals. Aspen, Colorado | 970.925.2313 | hickoryhouseribs.com
For après-ski fare, stop by this restaurant at the Sky Hotel, where everyone from ski instructors to the visiting “it” crowd sips Botox martinis (Stoli Raspberry, cranberry juice, and Red Bull) and nibbles mini chile rellenos in the mod but cozy lounge, by the pool, or in the hot tub. Aspen, Colorado | 970.925.6760 | skyhotel.com