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Denver Nuggets: Spend your New Years Eve with Carmelo or at least watching him dribble down the court and shooting against Philadelphia. 6 p.m. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Pl., 303-830-8497,

Downtown Denvers New Years Eve: Fireworks choreographed to a rousing soundtrack explode over downtown at 9 p.m. and again at midnight. Take advantage of free bus and light rail from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. New Years Day. 16th Street Mall, 16th Street, between Broadway and Wynkoop St, 303-534-6161.

Millennium Harvest House New Years Eve Cultural Arts Benefit: More than a dozen local arts organizations worked together to produce this New Years Eve extravaganza benefit with a Mardi Gras/Carnival theme. In the unique venue of the hotels tennis bubble, Cabaret Diosa will entertain along with roving street performers. The event benefits: Blue Moon Dance Company, Boulder Arts Association, Boulder Arts Academy/Boulder Ballet, Colorado MahlerFest, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Dairy Center for the Arts, Open Door Dance Theatre, Tesseract, University of Colorado Theatre and Dance Department, Taps Are Talking, Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Lafayette Community Players, Longmont Theatre Company, The Art Studio and CU Concerts. 8 p.m., $150, Millennium Harvest House Hotel, 1345 28th St., Boulder, 303-443-3850.

New Years Eve Alive 2005!: Celebrate the new year and MOD Productions one-year anniversary of hosting shows at the Oriental Theatre. The all-ages party features music by Half Day, The Winslows, Third World Dogs, Chasing Down Milo, Yukon and Royal Affair. Full bar for those 21 and over. 6 p.m., $5. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave., 303-433-3786,

Noon Years Eve Around the World: Kids can celebrate as the new year arrives in three different countries around the world at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. Children can make party hats, get their faces painted, ride the mini train and take part in classic countdowns. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Childrens Museum of Denver, 2121 Childrens Museum Dr.
(I-25 and 23rd Ave.), 303-433-7444,

Sports Oasis: All-ages party featuring indoor sand volleyball, dodgeball, ping pong and hors doeuvres. Fri., Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m., $20. Sports Oasis, 11575 Main St., Broomfield, 303-469-5656.

Family Friendly

Blossoms of Light: More than 900,000 lights are strung through the Botanic Gardens seventeen acres, making for either a romantic stroll or a jolly walk with your kids. Either way, dont miss the mistletoe kissing spots. David Ricard will be tap dancing and there will cider, roasted nuts and other treats in the tents. Open through January 23. 6-9 p.m., $4-$8. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., 720-865-3500,

Downtown Denvers New Years Eve: Fireworks choreographed to a rousing soundtrack explode over downtown at 9 p.m. and again at midnight. Take advantage of free bus and light rail from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. New Years Day. 303-534-6161. 16th Street Mall, 16th Street, between Broadway and Wynkoop St.

First Night Fort Collins: Join thousands for a non-alcoholic party featuring performing acts and interactive crafts. Kids enter free. $10, 970-484-6500, Downtown Fort Collins.

New Years Eve Alive 2005!: Celebrate the new year and MOD Productions one-year anniversary of hosting shows at the Oriental Theatre. The all-ages party features music by Half Day, The Winslows, Third World Dogs, Chasing Down Milo, Yukon and Royal Affair. Full bar for those 21 and over. 6 p.m., $5. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave., 303-433-3786,

New Years Eve at Fat City: Wrap up the year with bowling, bumper cars, mini golf, laser tag, skating, virtual-reality rides and video games. The Pistol Grips will roam the complex playing music while face painters and caricature artists entertain. Win a trip for four to Mexico. 11 a.m. - 2 a.m., $15-40. Fat City, 9670 Coal Mine Ave., Littleton, 303-972-4344,

Noon Years Eve Around the World: Kids can celebrate as the new year arrives in three different countries around the world at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. Children can make party hats, get their faces painted, ride the mini train and take part in classic countdowns. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Childrens Museum of Denver, 2121 Childrens Museum Dr. (I-25 and 23rd Ave.), 303-433-7444,

Sports Oasis: All-ages party featuring indoor sand volleyball, dodgeball, ping pong and hors d'oeuvre. 7:30 p.m., $20. Sports Oasis, 11575 Main St., Broomfield, 303-469-5656.

Wildlights: Display of over one million lights and animated light sculptures. Dec. 31-Jan. 2, 5:30-9 p.m., $2-$7. Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St. (City Park), 303-376-4800,

Mountain Celebrations

Durango Torchlight Parade and Fireworks: Take a winter break and head south to Durango for the torchlight parade and fireworks. Therell be plenty of small-town craziness. Durango Mountain Resort, 1 Skier Pl., Durango, 1-800-982-6102,

La Tour: Award-winning chef Paul Ferzacca prepares a multi-course dinner that can be accompanied with specially matched wines. Early seating includes four courses and a champagne toast. Late seating features six courses,music and dancing, designer menu signed by the artist and chef, champagne toast and party favors. Reservations required. Fri., Dec. 31, 4:30 & 8:30 p.m., $125 - $265, 970-476-4403, La Tour, 122 E. Meadow Drive, Vail.

The Lodge at Sunspot New Years Eve: Gourmet dining and champagne toast. Reservations recommended. Winter Park Resort, exit 232 from I-70 onto Hwy. 40, Grand County, 1-800-979-0332,

New Years Eve Gala 2005!: Spend your night tucked away in the mountains of Estes Park at Marys Lake Lodge. Start with cocktails and a four-course meal finished by Wendy Woo and the WooCrew in a black-tie performance or rock, jazz and blues in the ballroom. Stay the night and avoid the highway insanity and DUIs. Plus Wendy Woo will be giving an unplugged performance at 8 p.m. on New Years Day. 6 p.m., $99 (for dinner and the ball only); $415-$535 with hotel accommodations. Reservations recommended. Marys Lake Lodge, 2526 Marys Lake Rd., Estes Park, 970-586-5958.

New Years Eve Torchlight Parade: Celebrate the New Year Breckenridge style! At 6 p.m., skiers and boarders kick off the evening with a dazzling luminary, parading from the top of Peak 9 down American to The Village at Breckenridge. At 9 p.m., watch a brilliant fireworks display. Breckenridge Ski Resort, I-70, Exit 203, 1-970-453-5000,

Sheridan Opera House New Years Gala: Sheridan Opera House New Years Gala featuring the Royal Crown Revue. Dancing, champagne, desserts and party favors. 9 p.m., $100-$500, 970-728-6363, Sheridan Opera House, 110 N. Oak St., Telluride, 1-970-728-6363,

Theaters/Comedy Clubs

DCPA 10th Annual New Years Eve Gala: Ring in 2005 with the Rockettes! This black-tie fundraiser starts with a pre-show celebration of cocktails and hors doeuvers, followed by fabulous seats to Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and then dinner and dancing in the Seawell Grand Ballroom. There is also a traditional New Years Eve countdown and celebration. 7:30 p.m., $275 per person. Denver Center for Performing Arts, 1245 Champa St., 303-446-4812,

Comedy Works: Laugh in the new year with comedian Adam Ferrara. He will be performing three shows: 6 p.m. (13 and older with parent or guardian), 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Must be 21 and over. 10 p.m. showing features a midnight buffet, party favors and champagne toast. $25-$60. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., 303-595-3637,

Colorado Symphony Orchestra: A Night in Vienna II, conducted by Adam Flatt, featuring the most-loved classics from the worlds greatest composers. 7:30 p.m., $15-$63 per person. Boettcher Concert Hall, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100,

Impulse Theater: Laugh your way into 2005 with the Impulse Theater and the Wynkoop Brewing Company. Along with the Impulses special New Years Eve comedy show, a ticket gets you a fat appetizer buffet from the Wynkoop, party favors, midnight mead toast and DJ Wesley Wayne of Soul Expansions after the later performance. Two showings. 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., $60. Impulse Theater, 1634 18th St. (Wynkoop Brewing Co., lower level), 303-297-2111,

Murder Mystery Players: Not everyone will live to see 2005 in this real-life game of Clue. This years comedic performance includes dinner, a midnight champagne toast and tons of prizes. 8 p.m., $130 per couple. Dave & Busters, 10667 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, 303-438-1500.

Bars and Clubs

15th St. Tavern: Celebrate with bands White Dynamite, Red Cloud, Rabid Ragdolls, Ghost Buffalo and special guests. 6 p.m., $6 before 9 p.m.; $10 after 9 p.m. 15th St. Tavern, 623 15th St.,

Andrews Pub and Lounge: Featuring prizes, party favors a champagne toast and balloon drop. Fri., Dec. 31, No cover. Andrews Pub and Lounge, 1434 Blake St., 303-825-1111.

Arabian Nights Masquerade: Revel in the Kasbah with live
music from Bhakti Rasa and DJs Yahya and Milk, leaders in truly transcendental dancing delights. Enjoy the gyrations of Sadie as she belly dances and a rare performance-art appearance from Erik Rieger with live metal sculpting. Come dressed as if you just wafted in from the sands of Arabia. 9 p.m., $10-$12. Rock Island, 1614 15th St., 303-572-7625,

Atomic Cowboy: Its a private party at the Cowboy until midnight, but after that stop by and check out the drink specials. Or just make it part of the first Colfax Crawl of 2005. Atomic Cowboy, 3237 E. Colfax Ave., 303-377-9700.

B-52 Billiards: Check out Wyatt Erp and Red Monkey plus the normal drink specials. 2 p.m., $5; no cover before 10 p.m. B-52 Billiards, 1920 Market St., 303-383-1941.

The Bank: Celebrate with $1.50 shots all night and a free champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. 8 p.m., no cover. The Bank Bar and Grill, 2239 E. Colfax Ave., 303-320-9494,

Bare Essence: Usher in 2005 while nude ladies dance on stage. No alcohol. Age 18 and over. 6 p.m. Bare Essence, 8485 Umatilla,

Benders 13th Avenue Tavern: Featuring live performances by The Railbenders and Ten Cent Redemption. 8 p.m., $20. Benders 13th Avenue Tavern, 314 E. 13th Ave., 303-861-7070,

Beyond: KISS 95.7 FM will broadcast live from the club while partiers enjoy DJs, free drinks (from 8-10 p.m.), party favors and a free bottle of champagne at midnight for everyone. 8 p.m. Beyond, 500 16th St. (Denver Pavilions), 303-6BEYOND,

Bluebird Theater: Slim Cessnas Auto Club is in town to celebrate the New Year. With Munly & The Lee Lewis Harlots. 21 and over. 8 p.m., $16. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave., 303-322-2308,

BoBos Bar and Grill: Party with a live band and midnight champagne toast. 8 p.m., $5. BoBos Bar and Grill, 4343 Sheridan Blvd.,

Boulder Theater: Celebrate with the sounds of the Sam Bush Band with Bela Fleck and Uncle Earle. 9 p.m., $43. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303-786-7030,

Broussards Cafe: Featuring live punk, rock, jazz, hip hop and R&B along with a bikini contest and a free champagne toast at 11 p.m. Fri., Dec. 31, 8 p.m. Broussards Cafe, 233 E. Colfax, 303-861-0931.

Buffalo Rose: Celebrate with music by Firefall and special guest Greg Baerns. 7 p.m., $20.05. Buffalo Rose, 1119 Washington Ave., Golden, 303-278-6800,

Bushwackers: Featuring music by Love Rind, champagne at midnight, free food and giveaways. 8 p.m., no cover. Bushwackers, 1967 S. Broadway, 303-722-0280.

Celtic Isle Pub: Celebrate in true Celtic style with live music by Gobs OPhun and a champagne toast at midnight. 7:30 p.m., no cover. Celtic Isle Pub, 22691 E. Aurora Pkwy., Aurora, 303-680-4877.

Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom: Celebrate with the tunes of the Dark Star Orchestra, a Grateful Dead cover band. 9 p.m., $35. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St., 303-297-1772,

Cherry Pit: Featuring the Ooh La La burlesque show with live music by Hemi Cuda and Cherry Bomb Suicide. 8 p.m. Cherry Pit, 60 S. Broadway, 303-777-4200.

The Church: Celebrate the new year with Micro, one of the nations premiere dance music producer/DJ/remixers. $25 in advance; ladies get in free. The Church, 1160 Lincoln St., 303-832-3528,

Club Spice: Party with DJs, bubbly and party favors. 8 p.m., $7. Club Spice, 4470 Peoria.

Cricket on the Hill: Enjoy a Damn Cheap New Years Eve with Denver X Syndicate and Cricket on the Hill present. Three bands for three bucks: Audio Dream Sister, Phantom Trigger and Barstool Messiah. $3. Cricket on the Hill, 1209 E. 13th Ave., 303-830-9020,

Davies Locker: Dance to a DJ, munch on free snacks and enjoy a free champagne toast at midnight. 8 p.m., no cover. Davies Locker, 8845 Lowell Blvd., Westminster, 303-429-0096.

Dazzle: The New Years Eve Hat Party features The Denver School of the Arts Quintet at 5:30 p.m., Teresa Carroll with Pat Bianchi, Dave Corbus and Chris Lee at 8:30 p.m., and Vegas Witchcraft with DJ Bobby Collins at 9:30 p.m. All ages until 9:30 p.m. Reservations recommended. 5:30 p.m., $5-$20. Dazzle, 930 Lincoln St., 303-839-5100,

Deadbeat Club: DJ Gary spins Top 40 and hip hop, DJ Pierre spins old-school hits; DJ Tim spins alternative/retro. Enjoy drink specials ($2 well drinks from 9 p.m. - midnight), party favors and a midnight champagne toast. $10. Deadbeat Club, 4040 E. Evans Ave., 303-758-6853,

Dulcineas 100th Monkey: Party with Mountain of Venus. $8. Dulcineas 100th Monkey, 717 E. Colfax Ave., 303-832-3601,

The Edge: Celebrate as DJ Magic Mike spins Top 40, hip hop, Motown and classic rock. Enjoy drink specials, a buffet and raffles every half hour. VIP package includes a room at the Wingate Hotel, brunch and admission for two. Reservations recommended. 8 p.m., $10 - $99 (VIP package). The Edge, 6585 Greenwood Plaza Blvd. (behind CB & Potts), Greenwood Village, 303-771-7888.

Fados: Party on the heated patio with a Celtic rock band and enjoy many of Fados famous Irish toasts. 5 p.m., $7. Fados, 1735 19th St., 303-297-0066,

Fillmore Auditorium: Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams and Snake Oil Medicine Show. 7:30 p.m., $45. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson St., 303-830-8497,

Fox Theatre: Celebrate New Years - for three nights - with Leftover Salmon. $50, 303-443-3399. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, 303-447-0095,

Funky Buddha Lounge: Get your night started early with the Funky Buddhas New Years Eve Party starting at 4 p.m. DJ Nutmeg will be spinning all night long. Party favors and free champagne toast. No cover. Funky Buddha Lounge, 776 Lincoln Ave., 303-832-5075.

Giggling Grizzly: Stop by the Grizzly, then head to another party, then come back by. Theyre happy to have you pop in and out all night long. DJs will be spinning, and there will be a free champagne toast at midnight. $5. Giggling Grizzly, 1320 20th St., 303-297-8300.

Gold Hill Inn: Dance party featuring Tempa and the Tantrums. Tickets include a light buffet, music and champagne at midnight. 7 p.m., $24. Gold Hill Inn, 401 Main St., Gold Hill, 303-443-6461,

Goosetown Tavern: Celebrate New Years Eve with drink specials and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Goosetown Tavern, 3242 E. Colfax Ave., 303-399-9703.

Gothic Theatre: The Subdudes are back, performing at the Gothic Theater to help usher in 2005. 8 p.m., $25. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway, Englewood, 303-788-0984,

Heartthrob: Enjoy gourmet hors doeuvres, party favors, champagne toast, balloon drop and $10,000 in prizes. 8 p.m. Heartthrob, 10175 E. Hampden Ave., 303-755-3300.

Herbs Hideout: Come celebrate with Laura Newman and AOA. Champagne toast at midnight and one free drink. $10. Herbs Hideout, 2057 Larimer St., 303-299-9555,

Hermans Hideaway: Mercury Project and Savage Henry bring in the new year. Hermans Hideaway, 1578 S. Broadway, 303-777-5840,

hi-dive: Hipster Youth Halfway House presents three bands covering the Velvet Underground with DJs David Kerr and Michael. Plus, psychedelic video installation, platinum balloons, and Rock Star Lounge in the basement. Free champagne toast. 9 p.m., $8. hi-dive, 7 S. Broadway, 720-570-4500,

Hiccups I and II: Enjoy twice the bash at Hiccups I and Hiccups II (10250 Ura Lane) with six bands, champagne and party favors. 5 p.m., $30-$170 packages. Hiccups Bar & Grille, 7980 N. Sheridan Blvd., Arvada, 303-429-9523,

The Hornet: Casino night with blackjack and roulette. Plus drink specials all night long. 8 p.m., no cover. The Hornet, 76 Broadway, 303-777-7676.

House of Rock: Featuring the bands Card Elario, Prayata and Krawl. 9 p.m., no cover. House of Rock, 11140 Irma Dr., Northglenn, 303-451-5044,

Jammin Joes: Rock in the new year with the Brian Hornbuckle Band. Free party favors. 8 p.m., $10. Jammin Joes, 7129 N. Sheridan Blvd., Westminster, 303-428-4597,

Kilimanjaro Night Club: Live DJ spinning Top 40, reggae and world music. Free party favors and champagne toast at midnight. 9 p.m., $10 cover. Kilimanjaro Night Club, 2648 S. Parker Rd., Aurora, 303-696-0016.

La Boheme: Experience some of Denvers topless entertainment. Cover at the door. La Boheme, 1445 Stout St., 303-820-3212.

Larimer Lounge: New Years Eve Rock Detonation with the Omens, the GEDs and the Agency. Happy hour from from 4 p.m to 8 p.m. and $1 PBR drafts. 21 and over. Show starts at 9 p.m. $10. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St., 303-291-1007,

The Little Bear: Ring in the new year in the heart of downtown Evergreen. The event features the Hazel Miller Band, full buffet, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. $30. Little Bear, 28075 Hwy. 74, Evergreen, 303-674-9991,

Lotus: Parisian high-style celebration with a gourmet buffet, DJ Sway spinning house and DJ Jeff Sasakura spinning in the Karma Private Lounge. Dollhouse Review burlesque show, Moulin Rouge swing performance, custom party favors from the Wizards Chest, valet service and red carpet entry. Reservations recommended for V.I.P. and bottle service (303-718-6666). Elegant dress required. Lotus, 1701 Wynkoop St. (Union Station), 303-718-6666,

Lounge: Indulge in a late-night happy hour from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., featuring $1 off all beers and well drinks, $1 Old Style cans and a champagne toast at midnight. 7 p.m., no cover. Lounge, 1509 Marion St., 303-863-8433.

Martini Ranch: Celebrate New Years Eve at Denvers newest bar. Enjoy fifty hand-crafted martinis in The Shaker Room plus three levels of entertainment. Enjoy dancing, a champagne toast and party favors. Reservations required for bottle service and booths. 8 p.m. Martini Ranch, 1317 14th St., 303-534-6100,

Mercury Cafe: Gourmet dinner from 5:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. accompanied by quiet jazz and classical music by Local Color. Annual Erotic Poetry Festival and tribal belly-dancing beginning at 7 p.m. Easy Bill and the Big Beat at 10 p.m. Jungle Room features modern alternative-rock opera for listening and dancing at 11 p.m. Extasis plays Argentine Tango at 1 a.m. $20 for both bands. Dinner reservations recommended. 5:30 p.m., $6-$20. Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St., 303-294-9281 or 303-294-9258,

Mezcal: Head south of the boarder this New Years Eve at Mezcal. Serving the normal menu until 10 p.m., when all the tables will be removed and DJs spinning Latin house will move in. $1 tacos all night long. Ole! No cover. Mezcal, 3230 E. Colfax Ave.,

Minturn Saloon: Business as usual plus drink specials in the heart of the Golden Triangle. Minturn Saloon, 884 Broadway,

Moscow Underground: Get gussied up in your finest white for a White Russian New Years Eve with complimentary buffet and midnight champagne toast. Reservations recommended. 8 p.m., no cover. Moscow Underground, 1800 Glenarm Pl., 303-295-3232.

Mozart Lounge: Celebrate with live music, champagne toast, party favors and raffles. 9:30 p.m., no cover. Mozart Lounge, 1417 Krameria St., 303-388-0701,

Ogden Theatre: Infexious Recordz Showcase featuring Kronow, Aggressive, Persuasion, Trive, Headshop and Afliction. All ages. 8 p.m., $6. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave., 303-831-9448,

On The Rox: Enjoy a live band and a DJ. 8 p.m. On The Rox, 8787 Sheridan Rd., Westminster, 303-428-555-.

Paladium: Featuring dancing, drinks and naked girls. 11 a.m., 303-996-6620. Paladium, 1300 W. 62nd Ave., 303-215-3265,

Patricks Nightclub: Party with The Receders at a special New Years Eve bash. Dinner packages available. $12. Patricks, 1770 S. Buckley Rd., Aurora, 303-745-4120.

Polly Esthers: Join the Crazy 80s New Years Eve with DJs spinning 70s, 80s, Top 40 and hip hop. Featuring open bar, finger sandwiches, balloon drop, party favors and champagne toast. $60. Polly Esthers, 2301 Blake St., 303-382-1976,

Proof NightClub: Dance the night away to DJs spinning 80s, 90s and Top 40 hits at the Masquerade Ball. Free party favors and a champagne toast. Come early for the dinner buffet. $15 general admission ($10 in advance); $25 with dinner. Proof NightClub, 7800 East Hampden Avenue, 303-694-4898,

Quixotes True Blue: Party with Polytoxic. Quixotes True Blue, 2637 Welton St., 303-297-1772,

The Red Room: Featuring DJs, shot girls, a champagne toast and drink specials. 9 p.m., no cover. The Red Room, 320 E. Colfax Ave.,

Rise: Dance to resident DJs, gape at box dancers and fire performers. Enjoy a champagne toast at midnight and complimentary dessert bar. Free champagne glass for each guest. Send requests for bottle service 9 p.m., $30 presale at; $35 night of event. Rise, 1909 Blake St., 303-383-1909,

RooBar: Champagne toast at midnight; open New Years Day at 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 31, 4 p.m., no cover. RooBar, 158 Fillmore St., 303-322-2525.

Roosters Bar and Patio: Enjoy drink specials and the Ground Pounding Pimps and Hoes Party. Roosters Bar & Patio, 4381 W. 120th Ave., Broomfield, 303-465-2070,

Serengeti: Party with DJ Jazzy Jeff. Upscale attire; no jeans or sportswear. $30 per person; $50 per couple; $100 VIP with open bar at Serengeti plus the Church, Vinyl. Serengeti Nightclub, 1037 Broadway, 303-534-0222,

Sing Sing: New Years Eve package featuring dinner by the Denver Chophouse and Brewery, guaranteed seating, party favors and champagne. $20-$50. Sing Sing, 1735 19th St., 303-291-0880.

Skylark Lounge: Live music with The Jinns and a champagne toast at midnight. 8 p.m., $5. Skylark Lounge, 140 S. Broadway, 303-722-7844,

Sloans: Drink and dinner specials, and a champagne toast. 7 p.m. Sloans, 5850 W. 25th Ave., Edgewater, 303-274-4244.

Soiled Dove: Rock in the new year with Yo Flaco!, Askimbo and an open bar. 8 p.m., $65. Soiled Dove, 1949 Market St., 303-299-0100,

Sports Column: Celebrate with free drinks and champagne toast, party favors, dancing and a trip giveaway. Sports Column, 1930 Blake St., 303-296-1930.

Starline Lounge: Bring in 2005 with Brown Sugas blend of upscale hip hop. Starline Lounge, 1109 Lincoln Street, 303-597-2438.

Tavern at Mile High: A Mile High party with hors doeuvres, party favors, live music and a champagne toast at midnight. 7 p.m., $20 per couple in advance; $30 per couple at the door. Tavern at Mile High, 3240 W. Colfax Ave., 303-830-9210.

Tavern Uptown: Celebrate with an open bar, DJ, buffet and champagne toast. Every guest has a chance to win an iPod. 9 p.m., $75. The Tavern Uptown, 538 E. 17th Ave., 303-830-9210.

Thunderbird Lounge: Enjoy a steak and shrimp dinner along with live piano music by Boogie Bob. Reservations recommended. 8 p.m., $10.95. Thunderbird Lounge, 721 Quebec St., 303-377-5730.

Tryst: Sensual New Years Eve celebration with free champagne toast. Reservations recommended for bottle service to get good seating. 9:30 p.m., no cover. Tryst Lounge, 1512 Larimer St., 303-629-0544,

Velvet Underground: Super Suckers New Years Eve BBQ HooHaw, featuring Super Suckers, Jett Black and King Rat. All you can eat BBQ. 8 p.m., $100. Velvet Underground, 1624 Market St., 720-932-6853.

Vinyl: Charles Feelgood spins in the new year. Vinyl, 1082 Broadway, 303-860-8469,

Whiskey Bar: Forget champagne, toast the new year with the best whiskey in Denver. 5 p.m. Whiskey Bar, 2201 Larimer St., 303-297-0303.

Zephyr Lounge: Enjoy R&B and funk band Back Against the Wall and drink specials. 9 p.m., no cover. Zephyr Lounge, 11940 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, 303-364-8981.


Appaloosa Grill: The Appaloosa takes over The Atrium on the 16th St. Mall for the Second Annual Great Gig in the Sky, featuring five satellite bars, a VIP lounge and music by Oakhurst. Dinner reservations recommended for seatings at 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Free tickets with dinner or $15 cover. Appaloosa Grill, 535 16th St. (16th & Welton), 720-932-1700,

Arvada Ethiopian Restaurant: Features a special Ethiopian dinner for two, including appetizer, two entrees, dessert and a bottle of house wine. 4 p.m., $65. Arvada Ethiopian Restaurant, 3504 East Colfax Avenue, 303-329-3344.

Bridgewater Grill: Enjoy hors doeuvres, a five-course dinner, DJ and dancing, a champagne toast and a balloon drop. Reservations required. $89. Bridgewater Grill at the Golden Hotel, 800 11th St., Golden, 303-279-2010.

Buffalo Boyds: Enjoy a surf-n-turf meal, live entertainment and a free champagne toast. Hotel rooms available for $44.10. Reservations recommended. 8 p.m., $29.95 for dinner; no cover for club, 303-841-6782 (for dinner info), 720-851-2644 (for hotel info). Buffalo Boyds, 12543 N. Hwy. 83, Parker, 303-841-6782.

Chinook Tavern: Enjoy the Chinook Taverns New Years Eve menu featuring a delicious selection of Chinook Tavern favorites along with special entrees. A minimum order of entre plus two courses per person is required (dinner consisting of salad/entre/dessert). Seatings are available from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dancing begins at 9 p.m. Reservations recommended. Chinook Tavern, 265 Detroit St., 303-394-0044.

Gumbos: Special five-course menu, including wine. Champagne toast. Regular menu also available. First seating at 5 p.m., $135 per couple, 720-956-1490. Gumbos Louisiana Style Cafe, 1530 16th St., 303-871-2694.

Indias Restaurant: The New Years Eve dinner special features four courses, including appetizers and a selection of some of the most popular entrees and desserts. Reservations suggested. First seating at 5:30 p.m., $25 per person. Indias Restaurant, 3333 S. Tamarac Dr., 303-755-4284.

Lime Cantina: Open for dinner. Enjoy a free bottle of champagne at midnight, party hats and favors. Lime, 1424 Larimer St.,

Little India: Serving their regular menu of Indian fare. Little India, 330 E. 6th Ave., 303-871-9777.

Mataam Fez: Enjoy the belly-dancing while eating a special feast, including your choice of twenty entrees, soup, honey wheat bread and fresh mint tea. Mataam Fez, 4609 E. Colfax Ave., 303-399-9282.

Opal: Tuck into a five-course meal and then finish it off with a free glass of champagne. The restaurant is serving from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., but the bar is open until 2 a.m. Party favors and champagne toast at midnight. 21 and over. $49. Reservations required. Opal, 100 E. 9th Ave., 303-861-7999.

Piscos: Bottomless champagne accompanies the prix fixe and a la carte menus. Piscos, 1120 E. 6th Ave., 303-777-8222,

Randolphs Restaurant and Bar: Feast on a six-course dinner and enjoy live jazz with Barbara Paris, Joe Bonner and Vincent Wiggins. Reservations recommended. $59. Complimentary parking and midnight toast. Randolphs, 1776 Grant Street, 303-861-2090,

Rhapsodys at Clear Creek: Six-course dinner and Vuelve Cliquot champagne toast. $99. Rhapsodys at Clear Creek, 1027 Washington Avenue, Golden, 303-279-6671.

Rhino Restaurant: Feast on a special prime rib dinner. Reservations recommended. Seatings at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., $14.95-$18.95. Rhino Restaurant, 1700 Vine St., 303-399-1700.

Rio Grande: Enjoy Mexican food and margaritas until 12:30 a.m. Watch the fireworks and enjoy a free champagne toast at midnight. 6 p.m., The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, 1525 Blake St., 303-623-5432,

Samba Room: Larimer Squares latin-fusion restaurant is serving up a four-course prix fixe meal with a complementary champagne toast. Three seatings: 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Call about the Night to Remember package, which includes a ten-course tasting menu and wine pairing. $35 at 5:30; $45 at 7:30; $75 at 9:30. Samba Room, 1460 Larimer St. (Larimer Square), 720-956-1701.

Saverino: Enjoy a special four-course meal designed by chef Pino Saverino and jazz by the Bobb Trujillo Quartet. 9 p.m.-1 a.m., $66 per person. Saverino, 2191 Arapahoe, 303-308-0764.

Something Else: Open late for casual New Years Eve dining. Something Else, 1313 E. 6th Ave., 303-831-1992.

Sonodas: Watch the fireworks display from the comfort and warmth of Sonodas downtown or hit one of their three other locations. The regular menu is being served along with complimentary champagne. Open for dinner on New Years Day only at the Aurora and Sixth Avenue locations. Reservations required. Sonodas, 1620 Market St., 303-595-9500,

Sparrow: Celebrate the new year with a prix fixe dinner, complimentary champagne toast, party favors, a DJ and dancing. The early seating features a three-course meal; the late seating offers four courses. 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., $55-$85. Sparrow, 410 E. 7th Ave., 303-831-1003.

Spitfire Grill: Steak and lobster dinner with live piano music by Boogie Bob. Reservations recommended. 8 p.m.-midnight, $10.95. Spitfire Grill, 721 Quebec St., 303-377-5730.

Swimclub 32: Feast on a menu specially designed by chef Joel Holland featuring entrees paired with delicious artisan wines to help ease you into 2005. Dancing starts at 10 p.m. with DJ Love. 5 p.m. Swimclub 32, 3628 W. 32nd Ave., 720-889-7946.

Tailgate Tavern & Grill: Tuck into a prime rib buffet, and then enjoy music by the Trippen Griswolds and a champagne toast. Reservations required. 8 p.m., $24.95. Tailgate Tavern & Grill, 19552 E. Main St., Parker, 303-841-7179.

Taj of India: Enjoy the regular menu with a free champagne toast. Reservations recommended. 5 p.m., $19.99. Taj of India, 6750 S. Pierce St., Littleton, 303-973-2234.


Adams Mark Hotel: Jakarta, Max Wagner, Paul Galaxy and Wide Open are all playing in the plaza restaurants. Stay for the night and avoid those DUIs with packages that range from just the room and festivities to that plus dinner. $179-$450. Adams Mark Hotel, 1550 Court Pl., 303-893-3333,

Brown Palace: Ring in 2005 at the Brown Palace Hotel. There will be a five-course gourmet dinner plus dancing in the atrium lobby to the sounds of Lannie Garrett and her big band Any Swing Goes and Platforms and Polyester Disco Review. There is also a six-course tasting menu prepared by chef Wade Hageman. $350 per couple for dinner and dancing; $395 with the tasting menu; starting at $545 with accommodations. Brown Palace Hotel, 321 17th St., 303-297-3111,

Embassy Suites: Special package includes two-room suite, evening reception from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. and a four-course dinner for two in the Foothills restaurant. Enjoy complimentary champagne and strawberries delivered to your suite. Sleep in and enjoy a late complimentary full breakfast in the Foothills restaurant. $329 for double occupancy; $120 for additional person. Embassy Suites, 1881 Curtis St., 303-297-8888.

Hyatt Regency Denver: Enjoy an open bar, hot and cold hors doeuvres, a champagne toast at midnight, party hats and favors, non-stop dancing and balloon drops. The Nacho Men will be rocking the Imperial Ballroom with hits of the 50s and 60s; the Legendary Nikators will be playing rock and roll in the Grand Ballroom; and Discotheque 2005 in the Moulin Rouge. $75-$299 (includes hotel room), Hyatt Regency Denver, 1750 Welton St., 303-295-1234.

Oxford Hotel: Make some history of your own at this historic hotel with accommodations for two, chocolate-covered strawberries, champagne, party favors, rose petal turn-down and overnight valet parking. $320 per couple for art deco classic; $350 for parlour rooms; $370 for Victorian deluxe, Oxford Hotel, 1600 17th St., 303-628-5400,

Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast: The special 11th Annual Jazzy Affair package includes music and dancing with Dotsero in the Grand Ballroom and Nelson Rangell in the Colorado Room, deluxe room for two, dinner hors doeuvre buffet and open bar, party favors, champagne toast, late-night snacks and a New Years Day breakfast buffet. 8 p.m., $289 per couple/$200 single. Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast, 3200 S. Parker Rd., Aurora, 303-695-1700, ext. 2064,

Sheraton Denver West Hotel: Party in style to benefit the Childrens Hospital. The New Years Eve 2004 package includes a four-course dinner for two, live music by Decades, midnight champagne toast, hotel room, and breakfast buffet and late check out on New Years Day. $225 per couple. Sheraton Denver West Hotel, 360 Union Blvd., Lakewood, 1-800-525-3966.

Ramada Continental Hotel: Check out the newly refurbished Ramada Continental and enjoy a six-course buffet dinner and music by John Potter, and Stephen Paul and his sixteen-piece band. $65 for dinner and dancing; $179/$189 per couple with accommodations. Ramada Continental Hotel, 2601 Zuni St. (I-25 and Speer Blvd.), 303-433-6677.

The Warwick Hotel: New Years Eve package includes overnight accommodations for two, breakfast for two on New Years Day, complimentary parking, champagne and chocolate delivery upon check-in, party favors and fun giveaways. $229 per couple. Warwick Hotel, 1776 Grant St., 303-861-2000.


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