Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Aspen Nightlife – The Caribou Club

According to The New York Post, the Caribou

Club is the absolute best private club in

America. This is a member’s only private club,

and the membership fee is quite high – but the

ambiance is top-notch!

The Caribou Club is located in Aspen,

Colorado on East Hopkins Avenue. The club

is open from 6:30pm until 2am every day, and

you can enjoy dinner and dancing, or lounge in

the Great Room before a roaring fireplace with

a fine cigar. The wine cellar houses over 5000

wines from around the world.

There is more to The Caribou Club than fine

dining and dancing, however. When you enter

the club, you are entering a world of elegance

that can only be experienced here. The walls

are covered with 19th century paintings. There

is a coat room, where your coat will be taken

from you, and you are made to feel like a very

welcome houseguest. You can then go to the

bar, the Great Room, or be seated for dinner

– the choice is yours.

The Caribou Club has only been open for about

ten years, but it has become an integral part of

Aspen nightlife for the rich and famous – and

even for those who are not famous, nor rich,

but who can afford to pay the membership

fees. When you enter the Great Room at The

Caribou Club, you will probably see faces that

you know – even if you don’t know these

famous people on a personal level.

You don’t even have to be in Aspen to enjoy the

cuisine offered by The Caribou Club. Your

event can be catered by the club, no matter

how large or small it is, or where it is located.

You can have your event catered anywhere

in the world! Private parties can also be held

at The Caribou Club.

Again, the cost is fairly high. Lifetime

membership for a couple is $10,000. Individual

membership for two people is $3000 for the

first year, and $1000 for each additional year,

paid annually. Family membership for up to five

people costs $4000 per year. A temporary

membership is available for one week. The cost

is $500 and covers one couple. However, during

Holidays and President’s Weekend, the cost is


As you can see, The Caribou Club is quite

exclusive – but depending on the type of

nightlife you enjoy, the cost of membership is

well worth it – even if you only visit once a year.

Aspen Nightlife – Country & Western Dancing

Believe it or not, there is only one place in

Aspen where you can scoot a boot across the

dance floor to the sounds of George Strait, and

other Country & Western favorites – Shooter’s

Salon. Shooter’s Salon is located on South

Galena Street, and they are open from 6:30pm

to 2am every day, and again, this club has the

distinction of being the only Country & Western

club in the whole town of Aspen, Colorado.

Here, cowboy hats, creased jeans, and boots

are the expected attire. During the week, the

music is provided by a DJ, and on weekends

live bands provide the tunes. If you don’t know

how to do the Texas Two-Step, you can learn

how on any Thursday night which is when

Shooter’s offers free Country dance lessons.

Good beer, good music, great dancing, friendly

games of pool or darts – Shooter’s is a place

where all cowboy’s and cowgirl’s will feel right

at home. If you want to let your hair down,

without having to worry about breaking any of

the rules set by ‘polite society’ in the other fine

establishments located in Aspen, Shooter’s is

Monday, September 23, 2013

Aspen Nightlife – The Sneaker Ball

You may have been to many balls in your

lifetime, such as Christmas Balls, Spring Balls,

and even Debutante Balls – but if you haven’t

been to the Sneaker Ball in Aspen, Colorado,

you are missing out on all the fun! Known as

‘Aspen’s Greatest Party,’ the Sneaker Ball is

held annually at the St. Regis Hotel on East

Dean Street every March.

Back in 1986, the very first Sneaker Ball was

held by Al Gross and David Nauss of Paine

Weber, Inc – in Boston. The party was a

celebration of Reebok shares trading on the

stock market for the very first time. This black

tie event was much like other balls – but

everyone was wearing Reeboks, and the first

Sneaker Ball was born.

The following year, Al Gross decided that this

was the kind of party that people really liked –

but instead of being limited to white Reeboks,

the idea would be for the guests to wear formal

gowns and tuxedos, with decorated tennis

shoes. The party was moved to Aspen, where

people know how to party – and thousands of

people from all over the world fly into Aspen to


One of the nicest things guests like about the

Sneaker Ball is that it is for a good cause. All

of the proceeds go to Grass Roots, which is a

program designed to help inner-city kids. These

kids are brought to Aspen to experience what

life outside the city is. Many of these kids don’t

even realize that places like Aspen really exist.

Tickets cost $125 per person, which isn’t too

bad considering that the money is for a good


People from diverse backgrounds attend the

Sneaker Ball each year. Famous people are

there, infamous people, and people who are

neither famous nor infamous attend – and

every one has a fantastic time. The party gets

started at about 9:30pm and ends around

1:30am – followed by many ‘after parties’ in

various locations throughout Aspen.

If you’ve ever wanted to attend one of those

glitzy ‘Hollywood type’ parties, here is your

chance! You will rub elbows with the famous,

show off your custom designed sneakers

along with your formal wear, and dance the

night away – and all for a very good cause.

This is an event that sells out fast. Contact the

Chamber of Commerce in Aspen to find out

when the Sneaker Ball is scheduled, and

purchase your tickets right away. Also check

with the various hotels and lodges to inquire

about package deals and get your

reservations set before everything is sold out!

Aspen Nightlife – The Ultimate Taxi

This isn’t your ordinary taxi ride! The Ultimate Taxi

is actually entertainment that is not to be missed.

This is a thirty to forty minute musical ride around

Aspen – but it’s not like any other ride you will take

in your lifetime.

The taxi you will be riding in is a 1978 Checker cab.

It has been greatly modified and boasts four red

lasers, a laser projector, black light effects, light

washers, light orbs, mini-strobes, color changing fiber

optics, a sound system, stage lights, a mirror ball, a

fog machine, a keyboard, digital drums, a digital

camera, a DV cam, a notebook computer, a printer,

and much, much more.

Your driver will be Jon Barnes, and he has been

driving tourists around Aspen since 1984. He throws

in a pair of 3-D glasses, so you can view Aspen as

you never have before. Featured online, in radio

interviews, magazines, and newspapers, the Ultimate

Taxi has become very popular. Many famous people

have taken this cab ride as well, including Clint

Eastwood and Jerry Seinfeld.

Get ready for a wild ride! Jon plays the keyboard

and the horn while driving! With your 3-D glasses

and the other toys that are included in the ride,

combined with the psychedelic lighting effects, this

is one ride that you will never forget! In fact, Jon

makes sure of it, because there will be pictures to

help you remember the event.

Make sure you buy some souvenirs before you leave.

The Ultimate Taxi gift store is located right outside

the doors, in the trunk. You will also have a web page

memory of your ride in the Ultimate Taxi hosted on

Jon’s server for all time. Take your toys and 3-D

glasses home with you as well.

The Ultimate Taxi is not a ‘normal’ taxi ride. You

don’t call Jon Barnes to take you where you want to

go. The Ultimate Taxi is more of a musical show

and adventure. It has been called the world’s

smallest recording studio.

Make sure that you get your Ultimate Taxi ride while

you are in Aspen, and join the ranks of Ivana, Kevin

Costner, George Hamilton, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dudley

Moore, the Beatles, Clint Eastwood, Jerry Seinfeld,

and even Regis Philbin! Due to the popularity of the

Ultimate Taxi, it is probably best to call in advance

for a reservation. The Ultimate Taxi is in operation

from 7pm to 10pm most nights.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Aspen Nightlife – Syzygy

Syzygy, which is located on East Hyman Avenue in

Aspen, Colorado, has repeatedly won awards for

being one of the best restaurants in this ski town.

Featuring outstanding jazz music and food that is

out of this world, Syzygy is the place to be when it

comes to Aspen nightlife and fine dining. This is an

Aspen landmark that is not to be missed.

The chef at Syzygy combines European and Asian

dishes, and presents them in a modern American

way. These combinations are what set the cuisine

at Syzygy apart from the food you find at most

restaurants. Along with this outstanding fare, you

can select wine from a list of over 300 Italian,

American, and French wines. If you aren’t sure

which wine will work with the fine food you have

ordered – simply ask your waiter. They always

seem to know exactly which wine will enhance the

flavor of the food the best.

One of the nice touches about the service at

Syzygy’s is that the Chef likes to send gifts to the

table, such as goat cheese, potato crisps, and

osemary bread. Syzygy is famous for their

atmosphere as well. The glass enclosed waterfalls

inside the restaurant are talked about all over the

world – and they are really something to see! Every

part of the interior of this Aspen landmark works

well together to create a mood that makes the

food, the wine, the music, and the company

absolutely enjoyable.

You may be overwhelmed with all of the wonderful

menu choices, and all of the delicious smells

coming from nearby tables. You may not be able to

make a choice! Syzygy’s has you covered. Simply

order the Tasting Menu, and sample everything.

Enjoy the music while you are eating – and after

your meal as well. Some of the finest jazz artists in

the world have performed at Syzygy’s. Call ahead

to find out who will be performing – you will be glad

that you did.

Syzygy’s is closed on Monday’s and Tuesdays

during the off-season. During the season, they are

open from 6pm to 10pm each day, and you should

definitely call ahead for a reservation. Remember,

this is an integral part of experiencing Aspen

nightlife, so make sure you get by Syzygy’s at

least once while you are in Aspen – the chances

are very good that your first visit will not be your

last! If possible, try to make it to the Sunday Jazz

Aspen Nightlife – Aspen Center for

Environmental Studies

Aspen Nightlife isn’t always about music and

dancing. The Aspen Center for Environmental

Studies is a great place to go at night! There

are many planned activities related to

environmental studies, and you shouldn’t miss

the weekly Potbelly Perspective Series.

The Potbelly Perspective Series takes place

one night each week, usually starting about 7pm.

This is a lecture series presented by local

people, as well as visiting guests. Adventures,

pictures and stories are presented that are very

interesting to anyone who has a love of nature

or the environment. This series is not only

interesting; it is also a very inexpensive way to

spend an evening. Admission for adults is only


Naturalist’s nights are also offered once each

week. Here, you will learn facts about the

natural world, and issues concerning the

natural world. With expert speakers, many

topics are covered, and these nights are planned

in advance. This is a wonderful learning

experience, and a great way to spend an evening

in Aspen.

Many daytime programs are also offered

through the Aspen Center for Environmental

Studies, including ski tours and snowshoe tours.

Call ahead to find out what events are planned,

and to make reservations as necessary.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Christmas In Aspen – Aspen Nightlife

Aspen, Colorado is a great place to spend your

Christmas vacation. You can spend your days

on the slopes, and your nights taking advantage

of all of the planned Christmas activities, as

well as the usual Aspen nightlife. No matter

what your interests are, there is always

something to do in Aspen.

During the Christmas season,

“Its A Wonderful Life” is presented at the

Wheeler Opera House. Santa’s Village can be

found in Snowmass Village and you will hear

carolers there as well. White Elephant Parties

are common Christmas activities, and you can

even enjoy the Aspen Film festival.

The Holiday Torchlight Parade in Snowmass

village is a sight to behold. Make sure that you

don’t miss this! You can even participate in

this parade! There are many Christmas arts

and crafts programs offered around Aspen

that your children will love to participate in as

well. Make plans to attend the Winter

Wonderland Christmas Party at the Aspen

Recreation Center also.

For the ultimate Christmas adventure, make

sure that you get in on the sledding and hot

chocolate festivities and go for a sleigh ride as

well. Christmas in Aspen is a very magical time

of the year, and you should plan to spend at

least one Christmas vacation here. Plan to