Late drinking at Aspen club earns citation |

Late drinking at Aspen club earns citation

A popular downtown nightclub was cited earlier this week for allowing patrons to drink alcohol after 2 a.m. one night during Winter X Games, according to a police report.

An Aspen police sergeant was on routine patrol about 1:45 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29 when he stopped by Bootsy Bellows because he knew it would be busy and another officer had told bouncers the previous night he’d help get people out of the club before closing time at 2 a.m., according to the report.

“I observed that the music was still playing at approximately 1:50 a.m. and the lights were not on (the club was still active and it did not appear to me that the staff was trying to close the club and get people to leave),” Sgt. Rick Magnuson wrote in the report.

At 2 a.m., Magnuson began taking pictures and video of the scene inside the club until 2:10 a.m.

“I observed dozens of people still in the club drinking alcohol and many open containers of alcohol on tables,” Magnuson wrote.

Under Colorado law, it is illegal to sell, serve or consume alcohol after 2 a.m., according to the report. Alcohol sales can begin again at 7 a.m.

Andrew Sandler, Bootsy Bellows co-owner and manager, didn’t return a phone message Wednesday seeking comment.

However, Sandler told Magnuson “he disagreed with the (citation) due to a technical problem he was having with the computer system that processed payments,” the police report states.