Can't Stop, Won't Stop Till the Break of Dawn
After the classes and the Grand Tasting the fun doesn’t stop. That is when it heats up with the after parties thrown by private companies wanting to promote to the masses. Each year the parties seem to get bigger and more creative in order to outdo themselves from previous years for bragging rights amongst the patrons. One of my favorite things to do after dinner is to rent a WE-cycle and cruise around town checking out the different after parties. Many are in the West End of Aspen. There is a chance that they are invite only but you can always test your luck. Generally if you find it they are willing to let you come in and enjoy the festivities. A local's favorite after party is the smuggler mine party that transforms the mines into this hip party scene in the mines under the mountain. It is a little off the beaten path but well worth it. Another party scene that always has great parties is the Sky Hotel which hosted the “Last Call Y’All” after party with Zodiac Vodka in 2015. The party had a brunch theme and featured “Kacey’s Biscuit Bar,” dedicated to brand ambassador, Kacey Musgrave’s single “Biscuit” and “Gail’s Bloody Mary Bar” showcasing Gail Simmons’ favorite recipes. Every room was a different, delightful surprise associated with the theme. To burn off those delectable biscuits you devoured there was dancing by the pool till the morning hours.
By Holly Upper, AFAR Local Expert
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