Aspen Mountain champagne bar pops prematurely |

Aspen Mountain champagne bar pops prematurely

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado

ASPEN – The Little Nell apparently uncorked its pop-up champagne bar on Aspen Mountain a bit prematurely.

The hotel’s traveling bar debuted on Presidents Day weekend outside the Sundeck restaurant atop the mountain, but it is supposed to pop up at various locales on the slopes. Guests were encouraged to follow The Little Nell on Twitter or Facebook for secret clues to track the bar’s location on the slopes, using a new cellphone repeater on top of the mountain to facilitate their search for the bar this weekend. They won’t need to. It doesn’t yet have the OK to move.

The bar, dubbed The Oasis, needs a special liquor license before it can travel around the mountain, serving up flutes of snow-chilled Veuve Clicquot. County commissioners will hold a special meeting Tuesday to consider an application for the “addition of optional premises” to the existing liquor license held for the Sundeck.

Aspen Skiing Co. has indicated the location outside the Sundeck where the bar debuted last weekend is covered by the mountaintop restaurant’s liquor license, according to a county official.

Dave Bellack, an attorney for Skico, has been invited to the commissioners’ meeting. Among the county’s questions how the serving of alcohol at spots on the ski slopes will be controlled.

County staffers are making no recommendation on whether the license should be approved, deferring to commissioners on the matter.

According to the license application, the “champagne sled” will have a walk-up bar and will be towed to new locations during off-hours. The application seeks daily use during daylight hours. Guests must provide a valid ID to be served.

Promotional materials touting the champagne bar, part of Veuve Clicquot’s Clicquot in the Snow celebration, said the pop-up bar also would feature umbrellas and lounge chairs.