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“Cool spot, good food”

The J-Bar at the Hotel Jerome
Ranked #3 of 161 Restaurants in Aspen
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $22
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Aspen's iconic J-Bar (short for "Jerome Bar") remains the town's social hot spot, with its lively yet casual dining atmosphere. Ski bums, socialites, cowboys and luminaries - from members of the Tenth Mountain Division to the late Hunter S.Thompson gather at this authentic bar for an hint of the Old West. Sit down, relax, and enjoy a beer, vintage-inspired cocktails and light dining fare for lunch or dinner. And don't pass on Aspen's best burger.
Reviewed October 3, 2011

We wound up at the J-Bar accidentally, as it was pouring out and our first three restaurant visit attempts were all closed. We lucked out, though! The bar is full of history and old photos cover the walls. Make sure to look at the tin ceiling and match the ancient photos to the current bar.

The food was okay; nothing spectacular. The red pepper soup is a great choice as an appetizer, as it was quite tasty. Don't bother with the caesar salad. It was too cold to try the signature drink, but a few fellow patrons gave it a shot and loved it (the "Aspen Crud" I believe it's called).

Don't sit at the tables by the front windows unless it's very hot outside. They blast frigid air at your legs and there's nothing the poor wait staff can do about it -- they try to cover the vents with menus but it's not particularly effective.

Service was great, food was good, and it was a neat place to be.

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Thank cs79
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Reviewed September 19, 2011

We went to J-Bar because we wanted to see the hotel as it is the oldest building in Aspen. The Jerome Hotel is beautiful and worth visiting. We had lunch sitting at the bar in J-Bar. Nothing fancy, their famous cheese burger and fries. It's a really, really good burger.

My wife order their signature drink called Aspen Crud. It's a vanilla milk shake blended with Jim Beam bourbon. Wow! You have to try it.

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Thank sja27
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Reviewed January 8, 2011

The bar is fairly standard for a pub in the area. Food was ok but certainly not great!!!

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Reviewed September 24, 2010

We went here to check out the history at the Hotel Jerome, and ended up staying for a drink at the J-Bar when we saw how cool it was. It has a great atmosphere with the great restoration and the neat decorations. There were lots of TV's with games on, and a lively crowd. There were also lots of specials for happy hour. We had the chips and salsa-simple, but it hit the spot! We saw some burgers and other food came out and it all looked yummy.

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Thank SawtoothClub
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Reviewed December 17, 2009

Great place to go for lunch or late afternoon snack/drink. The food was terrific however the service is lacking.

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