If you want to be the star of all your social gatherings in 2020, learn how to put a sword to its best use at Noble Riot’s December 31 class on sabering, or using a sword to open a bottle of champagne. For $99, you’ll get mini-history and physics lessons and — most important — hands-on practice in decapitating the green glass bottles. Of course, no one wants to waste what’s inside the bottles, so you’ll also consume the contents. The $99 class runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m.; secure your spot at nobleriot.com
Various Denver locations
Perhaps the most unusual of New Year’s Eve events are the ones without booze — not even a midnight champagne toast. If you want to go out and celebrate without alcohol — and without the risk of hangover, DUI, bad decision-making and other attendant dangers of drinking — Bar Zero’s Sober Eve is the event for you. Start the evening with a dinner party and live music from 7 to 10 p.m. at Tradecraft Industries, 6145 Broadway, before relocating to the Phoenix, 2233 Champa Street, for a lively dance party with non-alcoholic refreshments that will run until 12:30 a.m. Tickets, $35 per person or $60 per couple, are on sale now on barzerodenver.org
Union Station New Year’s Eve
Based on its age, Union Station could have housed an illicit bar in the 1920s; the structure was built in 1881 and rebuilt in 1914. But in 2019, it’s definitely channeling the spirits of rum runners and bootleggers at its VIP speakeasy. The exclusive bar, housed in the station’s lower level, will be serving unlimited drinks and hors d’oeuvres to guests from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; tickets, $200 on eventbrite.com
, also include access to the much more modern silent disco and light show in the Great Hall.