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The Five Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

Ring in the new year with cherry blossoms instead of confetti.
Ring in the new year with cherry blossoms instead of confetti. Colorado Sake Co.
As the decade hurtles rapidly toward its close, you'll want to take a look at our comprehensive list of Denver restaurants serving New Year's Eve specials, then start 2020 with great drink deals and a comfy, cozy segue into the first weekend. Plus, keep reading for a half-dozen events during the first quarter of the year.

Monday, December 30
The miracle is nearly over. Monday, December 30, is your last chance to experience one more dose of Christmas cheer at Miracle Bar, the sparkly pop-up on the second floor of Avanti Food & Beverage (3200 Pecos Street). There are tables open from 5 to 11 p.m., so visit Miracle Bar's Facebook page for reservations and a list of signature cocktails.

Tuesday, December 31
A new year, a new slate of boozified and potentially appropriated "holidays" to celebrate: New Year's Eve, St. Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo. But of all the drunken ways to end 2019, you could do way, way worse than Lost in Japan at Colorado Sake Co. The taproom at 3559 Larimer Street is hosting a party that pays homage to the Land of the Rising Sun with bottomless sake, sushi, traditional Japanese New Year activities, games and a midnight cherry blossom drop. The bash runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., and tickets, $70, are available now on Eventbrite.

Wednesday, January 1
If you're the superstitious type, you already know that what you do on New Year's Day is what you'll do for the next twelve months, so ensure an endless supply of good cheer on a budget with $5 bottomless mimosas from Gattara on Wednesday, January 1. The Uptown eatery at 1776 Grant Street opens bright and early, at 6:30 a.m., to accommodate early risers (or those who never hit the sack at all), when it will serve unlimited breakfast cocktails plus its regular brunch menu until 2 p.m. Take a look at Gattara's Instagram page for more details.

Thursday, January 2
With so many amazing Denver beers to seek out, it's easy to forget about the craft-beer classics from around the country that paved the way for Colorado's current boom. California's Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is celebrating its fortieth anniversary with new releases — and Fire on the Mountain is here to make sure you get a sip of the magic. Show up at the Highland FotM (3801 West 32nd Avenue) between 5 and 11 p.m. on Thursday, January 2, so you can try Sierra Nevada's 40th Anniversary IPA, plus Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Skiesta Lager, Hazy Little Thing IPA, and Fantastic Haze Double IPA. Visit the event's Facebook page for more details.

click to enlarge Bring your own board game to Liberati and get your first brew for free during its recovery weekend. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Bring your own board game to Liberati and get your first brew for free during its recovery weekend.
Danielle Lirette
Friday, January 3
Liberati, 2403 Champa Street, knows this weekend is going to be rough. In the past two weeks alone, you've consumed the equivalent of a whole roast turkey, one five-pound bag of mashed potatoes, Belgium's entire annual chocolate production and your body weight in hard liquor; emptied your bank account purchasing presents; and have spent more hours on your feet making torturous small talk at holiday parties than you care to tabulate. So on Friday, January 3, and Saturday, January 4, visit the Curtis Park brewery for its recovery weekend: The taproom has installed cozy electric fireplaces and is serving up steaming soups with a garnish bar, plus Boody Mary and hot chocolate bars and non-alcoholic seltzer spiked only with replenishing electrolytes. Settle in at the bar for a relaxing and rejuvenating first weekend of the year; see Liberati's Facebook page for more details.

And for events in the coming days...

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