Situated in a side entrance of the historic Hotel Jerome, J-Bar has been a popular local hangout for years (Hunter S. Thompson famously made it his campaign headquarters when he ran for town sheriff). When Auberge bought the hotel back in 2011, it gave the space the expected makeover, but it’s largely retained its charm. It remains cozy and dimly-lit, and its proximity to the base of Ajax and the rest of downtown Aspen makes it an ideal location for spiked hot chocolate after a long day on the mountain.

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