The A$spen Bar fills a need in for fresh, affordable food in downtown Aspen.
Long-time Aspenites and Aspen guests will always think of the downstairs space at 301 East Hopkins as “the place where the Steak Pit used to be.” A couple of other eateries have since occupied it, the newest being the A$pen Dollar Bar, which opened on July 3. The owners, Mark Reece and Vlada Djordjevic, who own the Slopeside Lanes bowling alley in Snowmass Village, have already nicknamed it The Buck.
The downstairs space looks and feels like a dark and intimate sports bar with high-top tables, but food is served there and in part of the patio that it splits with Rustique. whose entrance is around the corner. What makes this a super-affordable option in downtown Aspen is the nightly $6 dinner special. Other entrées are $9-$12. Appetizers, salads, desserts and drinks are relatively more expensive, but still a lot more affordable than most of the neighboring eateries. The menu tends toward American comfort food, with no effort made at elaborate presentation but, more importantly, everything made in-house.
Price check: Appetizers, $7-$9; salads, $8-$12; The Buck Fodder (entrées), $9-$12 (plus nightly $6 special).