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A new name, new look for Shooters

Janet Urquhart

Shooting pool is a thing of the past at what was Shooter's, and is now Bar Aspen. (Mark Fox/The Aspen Times)

Regulars at Shooters Night Club will find a new name and look at their old haunt when it reopens later this month ” but no pool tables.

The basement club in the Elks Building is closed for renovations

Owner Bill Venezia expects to reopen the establishment before Christmas with a new name: Bar Aspen.

The old Shooters sign hanging above the outside stairwell off Galena Street is gone, but the red hand pointing the way down the stairs remains on the Elks Building wall.

“I like the red hand,” Venezia said. “And I put it on so well, I couldn’t get it off, so the red hand is staying.”

Inside, however, the foosball and pool tables that had been a staple of the back room at Shooters are gone. In their place, booth-style seating is under construction.

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The bar in front is being enlarged and will wrap around to the dance floor. A new DJ booth, where a small stage used to exist, is also under construction.

It was time to give the place a new, more modern look, Venezia said.

“You came down the stairs and it still looked like 1985 in here,” he said.

The former Shooters Saloon was a country-western bar. Venezia ultimately dropped Saloon from the name, added Night Club, and offered a more diverse selection of dance music. The club will continue to do so, he said.

Though the establishment is getting a face-lift, Bar Aspen will have much the same, comfortable feel that patrons found at Shooters, Venezia promised.

“We’re going to keep the same attitude,” he said.

Bar Aspen will have the same staff, the Monday night drink special that was a hallmark of Shooters, and the ever-popular weekly karaoke night, though it may not be on Wednesdays any longer.

While some may lament the loss of the pool tables, Venezia expects others to embrace the updated club.

“You know how it is. For every person who liked it the old way, there’ll be somebody who likes it the new way,” he said.

With the anticipated closure of the Cooper Street Pier sometime at the end of next summer, Aspen Billiards, located above Eric’s and Su Casa on Hyman Avenue, will be Aspen’s sole pool hall.

Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is janet@aspentimes.com

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