What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

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That $200,001 tab translates to 1,400,007 francs, or 139,120 pounds...a lot of shekels in any language, to be sure, but, good Lord, you've had the New Year's Eve of a lifetime. Call 303-572-9100 to beat the rush.


You've climbed all of Colorado's Fourteeners (ten times each), you've walked the Colorado Trail, you've biked to Nebraska and back, you've skied from hut to hut. What's left?

Jay Vollmar
Jay Vollmar

A big dip in the Boulder Reservoir on New Year's Day, officially known as the Polar Bear Plunge. The Boulder Polar Bear Club has been getting in the January 1 swim for two decades, and so far, not a single member has turned into an ice cube (although there have been some complaints regarding shrinkage). Last year, several hundred people joined the club -- at one point the world's largest Polar Bear Club chapter -- for the plunge into 36-degree water, and several thousand more watched. But the big chill lasts only seconds. After that, participants get to loll in one of several hot tubs, located near the boat dock that is Plunge Central. You can register at the reservoir; the plunge is free for spectators, $15 for participants.

Another tradition that's almost as adventuresome -- but much more exclusive -- is the New Year's Eve climb up Pikes Peak sponsored by the AdAmAn Club. Since 1922, the club has scaled the fourteener every New Year's Eve, adding a man -- hence the name -- every year. Since 1997, the climb has been open to women, too, but you still need to be invited by one of the club members in order to join in the fun.

And it's all aboard! for the Moonlight New Year's Eve train. The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a spectacular ride at any time, but its December 31 run promises to be a real turn-of-the-century treat. To commemorate the start of the 21st century, revelers are asked to wear the dress of the start of the last century -- which means Victorian attire. The evening's $75 per person (you're on your own getting to Durango); call 888-872-4607.


By now you are sick to death of cheery songs about jingle bells and sleigh rides. If you hear one more chipmunk chirping, you're going to go postal. So here's the good news: While Christmas's good tidings may bring with them the obligatory shmaltzy music, you are free to ring in New Year's Eve with whatever kind of music you like.

And you like rock and roll.

On December 31, Denver's concert clubs will host a marathon of music that should appeal to fans of all kinds of rock fare. If you prefer to stick to homegrown strains and enjoy a sophisticated environment, hit the glorious Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson, where Big Head Todd & the Monsters make another triumphant hometown return and ring in the new year with their rustic, high-elevation stylings (Ticketmaster, 303-830-TIXS). While you're at the Fillmore, don't forget to check out the gallery of rock-and-roll memorabilia on the west wall or scope the free apples that linger, Bill Graham style, in the lobby. Before the show, you can knock down a cold one (or a hot one -- your choice), play some pool and chill with the family at Sancho's Broken Arrow, the Dead-centric good-vibes tavern across the street. And just down the street, the glorious Cramps will present their bad music for bad people, aided by the Jewws, at the slightly less clean but no less endearing Ogden Theatre, 935 East Colfax, 830-2525. A browse through the bins at Independent Records, a new urban record store that adjoins the theater, should kill some time before the big countdown. Or, since you're in the neighborhood, you can simply cruise down Colfax: Hit the Lion's Lair, 2022 East Colfax, 303-320-9200 (where Dim and AWOL are slated), the Bluebird, 3317 East Colfax, 303-830-6700 (for Blister66, Rocket Ajax and Vox Demonna), and Quixote's, 9150 East Colfax, 303-366-6492 (for Stir Fried with Pete Sears).

Remember: An ounce of hangover prevention is worth a pound of Advil in the morning, so you might want to stop for some food during your bar-hopping. Colfax has a slew of choices: The Satire Lounge & Mexican Restaurant, Pete's Kitchen, International House of Pancakes, Famous Pizza and Enzo's End, to name a few. If you're feeling really adamant about this year's New Year's resolutions, you can have them tattooed on your person at the Temple of Being/Bound by Design tattoo and piercing studio, at 1336 East Colfax.

Downtown, the choices are equally plentiful. The 15th Street Tavern, 623 15th Street, 303-572-0822, will host the Crazy Classy New Year's Ball, featuring music from Fast Action Revolver, the Bottle Rockers and DJ Flip. And though you normally wear your jeans and leather to the divey punk bar on Welton Street, tonight you'll need to doll it up just a bit: This event is formal dress only. Also downtown, The Cat, 2334 Welton Street, 303-296-2899, will host a mint-centric evening of live sounds with the Tarmints, the Dinnermints and the Unsound Burst. We suspect good breath will be in abundance. In LoDo, the Soiled Dove, 1949 Market Street, 303-299-0100, will offer a fine package that includes a gourmet dinner buffet, a champagne toast, party favors and live music from Carolyn's Mother and Tinker's Punishment for $50. Don't forget to tip your bartender.

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