An Inside Look at The Woody Creek Tavern

Woody Creek Whiskey Maker at the WCT

Spirit of Hunter S. Thompson lingers at his favorite Colorado bar

On most days someone will wander into this rustic little saloon in a lush valley outside Aspen seeking directions to the house of late journalist Hunter S. Thompson.
“I tell them, ‘You know he’s dead, don’t you?'” said Rachael Bannon, a waitress at the Woody Creek Tavern.
These “Hunter hunters” often wear black, smoke cigarettes in slender holders and have “gonzo” tattooed somewhere.
The regulars will smile politely and send them in the wrong direction.
“They’ve even offered me money, but I’ll never tell,” one said.
Ten years after Thompson’s suicide at his nearby Owl Farm home, the bar where he got frightfully drunk, abused drugs and incited mayhem has become a shrine to the writer whose irreverent dispatches on everything from huffing ether outside Vegas to presidential politics created the literary genre known as “gonzo journalism.”

Disciples and fans come to sit where he sat, drink what he drank and revel in a manic life force that lingers a decade later. Walls are adorned with photos of Thompson: He sits in solitary repose over his typewriter or cavorts with actors Johnny Depp and John Cusack. His melancholy portrait hangs near the kitchen, infused with the grease of countless hamburgers.
But while many breeze in on whimsical pilgrimages to commune with some ethereal gonzo spirit, longtime Thompson compatriots remain fiercely protective of their mercurial friend.

Read the rest of the story by David Kelly in the LA Times

Johnny Depp on Dr. Hunter S. Thompson at the Woody Creek Tavern

Johnny Depp recalls his first meeting with the late Dr. Hunter S. Thompson at the Woody Creek Tavern located downstream from Aspen, Colorado.

Needless to say, sparks did fly.

In this clip, Depp describes what happened after the initial meeting with the good doctor.

Pippa Middleton Endorses Woody Creek Tavern

The Powder And The Glory

By Pippa Middleton

With a report that slaloms between Saint-Moritz and Deer Valley, Whistler and Wanaka, one well-equipped skier rates the sweetest slopes on the planet, from their powder quality to their luxury options (Heli-picnics! Ski butlers!), to their apres-ski ambience.

Some ski resorts are renowned for their pristine snow, extreme conditions, and champagne powder, others for their nightlife, wildlife, and charming mountain restaurants. Just in time for peak season, I’ve pulled together what I deem to be the very best of resort skiing in the world — from Europe’s chocolate-box villages, with their authentic alpine traditions, to the powder fields of the western United States. So it’s time to boot up, clip in, and make fresh tracks down the best slopes around the world.

Snowmass has a lot of nice long runs and is quieter than Aspen (15 minutes away); it is out of the hustle and bustle and is known for “champagne” powder. Aspen hosts the annual Winter X Games and is favored by A-list skiers and apres-skiers.

The Big Burn is the most famous ski run at Snowmass. At the Cirque, skiing is in the bowl of the mountain, which is steep and opens after a good dump of snow.

The Woody Creek Tavern was one of Hunter S. Thompson’s favorite haunts. David Burke Kitchen Aspen, above Bungalow 8, opens this season.

The St. Regis Aspen, the Little Nell, and Viceroy Snowmass.

Read Pippa’s full article in Vanity Fair

Best Burger in Aspen?

Woody Creek Tavern Burger places close behind winner Ajax Tavern Burger in Aspen Times’ “Aspen’s Best: Food and Drink” lists.
For the most part, we would have to agree with the ranking, however, most of us would put the WCT Burger at the top of the list.
Come on down to the Tavern to check it out yourself!
Read the rest of the story at the Aspen Times here:…/5271806-113/features-featuresivg