“Donnie treats everybody in his life with an overwhelming amount of love and care,” Robison said. “The guy would literally jump in front of a moving train for any of his friends.”
Justice Snow’s offers an excellent and diverse brunch menu with Aspen’s best Bloody Mary bar.
“Most cocktail bars have the luxury of only seating people in how many chairs they have; that’s not the luxury we get here. We often fill to standing room only. We as a bar staff must have incredible depth of knowledge, extremely precise hand work and superb social skills to handle such thirsty crowds.”
“Wheeler Opera House was Aspen’s first bank and library; now it’s home to Justice Snow’s and one of America’s largest cocktail menus. Any drink will do you right, but don’t leave without ordering the King Over Waters: an off-menu mix of Grand Marnier, Ardbeg Ten Years Old scotch, cranberry liquor, chocolate-molé bitters, lemon juice, and five-spice honey.”
Rarely has there been a better occasion for a summer cocktail that is at once sorrowful and celebratory.
Conveniently, we tasted just such a cocktail this week. It is at once crisp, light, smoky and subtle. The Tequila Fresca, a specialty of Justice Snow’s bar in Aspen, Colo., nods both to a consummately American soda and to the major liquor export of our southern neighbors.
This early 1900s–inspired restaurant and bar inside the historic Wheeler Opera House has a comprehensive craft-cocktail list including tableside punch bowls and traditional absinthe foun-tains. Joshua Smith, formerly of TAG and Williams & Graham, is behind the bar.
Their leather-bound bar menu won’t disappoint. Order The Bamboo, made with Lustau cam sherry, dry vermouth, orange liqueur, and orange bitters.
Was it a boyfriend or just a friend who mentioned that Playboy magazine recently named Justice Snow’s (429-8192) the country’s coolest high-altitude bar? We step into the Prohibition-era speakeasy, fingers crossed to find enough seats at the long, lean copper bar for all of us. (If not, the tufted corner banquette will do fine.) Push aside the ninety-five-page, leather-bound cocktail manifesto and describe your mood to our vest-clad host: he’ll whip together a custom concoction beyond imagination.
In a historic former bank next to the Wheeler Opera House, chief “cocktail mechanic” Joshua-Peter Smith and his crew focus on obscure spirits (Amer Picon, yellow chartreuse), historic recipes (the Blood and Sand, the Pegu Club), and a wanton love of experimentation. If you come, they will build it.
November 1, 2013
At speakeasy-style Justice Snow’s, many cocktails begin with custom infusions— spirits steeped with specific ingredients and then strained, retaining only the color and flavor.
“If it can be done on a plate, it can be done in a glass,” Smith says.
September 30, 2013
Next time you’re in Aspen, stop by Chefs Club, Jimmy’s, or Justice Snow’s at 6 p.m. Sip the club creations before moving on to the next stop. Hit up all three bars (Aspen is so small, you can walk from one to the next), compare the different cocktails, and determine a winner.
July 20, 2013
Situated in a former bank in the Wheeler Opera House, this bar has a charming historic feel. Drinks are often served from vintage barware collected by “lead libation liaison” Joshua-Peter Smith, who excels at inventing custom cocktails for guests.
July 12, 2013
June 7, 2013
Hailing from Denver’s TAG and Williams & Graham, maestro of mixology Joshua Peter Smith (J.P.) can shake up some marvelous spirit infusions. Partner that with choice cuisine locally sourced in Aspen, Colorado and we give you Justice Snow’s Restaurant + Bar. A brainchild of Michele Kiley and Marco Chingolani, the restaurant’s 2012 opening brought deserved acclaim to their rustic 1920’s styled interior and impressive menu courtesy of Chef Jonathan Leichliter.
February 15, 2013
Located inside the historic Wheeler Opera House, this gastropub has only been open a year but has already made a big impression. It has a large selection of both original and familiar concoctions, and there is also a wide variety of whiskey, tequila and brandy available by the glass.
It was a landmark decision: Justice Snow’s Restaurant and Bar v. the hunger and boredom of the people. The plaintiffs-restaurateurs Michele Kiley, Marco Cingolani, and chef Jonathan Leichliter, known collectively as Fiercely Local LLC-alleged that Aspenites needed a new establishment in which to gather, have fun, and enjoy delicious repasts.
January 26, 2012
When patrons step into the new Justice Snow’s Restaurant and Bar in Aspen’s iconic Wheeler Opera House on Friday, they might feel as though the establishment has always been there.