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New Year's Eve: Nineteen Places to Eat and Drink...and Two Spots to Recover Tomorrow

Denver will be buzzing with New Year's Eve events tonight — and then come the resolutions. Are you going to set goals to lose weight and and hit the gym more? Maybe you should come up with something more realistic, like vow to get out and indulge more in Denver's food scene. You can start with some of the events on our weekly culinary calendar. But first, the fun:

Thursday, December 31

If you're looking to ring in the New Year with a little extra cash in your pocket, consider heading to Ace this evening. The bar will be holding a Midnight Madness Pong Tournament, which starts at 9 p.m. and culminates with the championship match at midnight, with a grand prize of $1,000. There will also be drink specials and a special bar snack menu after 9 p.m. Registration for the pong tournament is $16; e-mail [email protected] For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.  

The Tavern Downtown
and Cowboy Lounge are holding a Seven Deadly Sins: Indulgence Party, for a wicked way to ring in the new year. The party will feature four DJs, a photo booth, balloon drop, fireworks viewing and more. Your $30 cover includes entry into Tavern Downtown and Cowboy Lounge, a beer, Fireball shot, champagne toast and party favors. You can buy your tickets online at

The Farm House Restaurant at Breckenridge Brewery will be serving up a New Year's Eve dinner complete with rare beers from Breckenridge Brewery and cocktails from Leopold Bros. There will be a welcome beer reception from 8 to 8:30, followed by a five-course dinner, with each course to be paired with a beer and cocktail. Reservations are required; make yours for $55 per person or $95 per couple, at You can also check out the full menu here.  

Union Station will be party central on New Year's Eve, with a free countdown party in the Great Hall — and specials in the restaurants around the building. Find out more here.

Root Down
is celebrating the New Year with a special three-course menu with optional wine pairings for $75 per person. For reservations and more information, call Root Down at 303-993-4200. 

Rioja will be holding a Black and White New Year's Eve feast, with fresh black truffles from the Perigord in France and white truffles from Alba, Italy. The four-course tasting menu is $125 (the regular dinner menu will also be available). For details and reservations, call 303-820-2282.

Bistro Vendome chef Adam Branz is offering a four-course tasting menu honoring Julia Child using recipes from Mastering the Art of French Cooking on New Year's Eve. The prix fixe dinner is $50 per person, but the regular menu is also available. Call 303-825-3232.

Parisi and Firenze a Tavola are both celebrating the New Year with special multi-course menus. Firenze will feature four courses for $75, and Parisi will be serving a two-course meal for $45. Call 303-561-0234 to make your reservations. 

Baur's will be open for regular dinner service from 5 to 7:30 p.m., when diners can order off the restaurant's standard menu or indulge in a special, five-course tasting menu prepared just for New Year's Eve. After the regular dinner service, things get a little more interesting. At 8 p.m. Baur's will be holding a NYE masquerade ball, complete with live music from the Terri Jo Jenkins Quartet, and a complimentary champagne toast. Your $75 ticket includes the special five-course tasting menu, live music, a toast, a mask and all the dancing you can handle. For those who want to skip dinner and just enjoy the music, there is a $20 cover. For reservations, call Baur's at 303-615-4000, and check out the menu for the evening at

Don your best period attire and head to the West End Tavern in Boulder for the tavern's Roaring Twenties Party. Travel back to the Roaring Twenties with swingin’ music, champagne and bourbon specials, a prime rib dinner, and a champagne toast at midnight. For more info, call 303-444-3535. 

Viand Modern American is serving a three-course meal for $65, with optional wine pairings for an additional $80. For reservations, call the restaurant at 303-534-0404.

Begin your New Year's Eve at Lala's Wine Bar with a three or four-course meal prepared by chef Marco Elder. Guests can choose from a 4:30, 6:30 or 9 p.m. seating, and there are also two tiers of pricing and options for courses. Call 303-861-9463 to make your reservation, and check out the menu at   

To ring in 2016, St Julien Hotel & Spa is hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration featuring music by the Hazel Miller Band. For $150 per person, guests can also enjoy reserved seating, light fare, a balloon drop at midnight and a champagne toast. Black, gold and silver attire is encouraged, and a full bar with an ice luge will keep you loose all night. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., and the party runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. For reservations and more information, call the hotel at 720-406-9696. 

Wonderland Brewing Company is offering a chance to celebrate the New Year and still get to bed early. The brewery is celebrating a New York-style New Year's Eve with a toast at midnight Easter time — 10 p.m. in Denver. There will be $1 off pints from 6 to 10 p.m., food from Talarico's Italian Taste, half-price ping pong, live music and more. For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.  

Avanti Food & Beverage has the perfect location for catching the fireworks display over downtown Denver. The collective eatery also has seven restaurants, with food ranging from arepas to pizzas, and a rooftop bar; for New Year's Eve all seven restaurants at Avanti will be serving their standard menus in addition to special small plate dishes. And while many bars in downtown Denver will be charging a hefty cover just to get in the doors, Avanti's NYE celebration has no charge at the door, and includes a complimentary champagne toast. For those who have more of a thirst to quench, there is a VIP unlimited drink package for $70, which includes all-you-can-drink wells, house wines and house drafts. The party runs from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.; get your unlimited drink package at

End the year with a bang at The Fort Restaurant. A professional cannoneer will shoot off a six-foot replica of an 1870s cannon each hour from 6 to 9 p.m. and The Fort will be offering a special prix-fixe, four-course menu. For reservations, call 303-697-4771. 

The Nickel is cooking up not one, but two special menus for New Year's Eve. For $65 per person, guests can enjoy a five-course menu; for $95 per person, diners can indulge in a nine-course menu that includes foie gras; octopus with eel sauce; and pork belly and pork loin. Dinner service will be available from 5 to 11 p.m. Save a table by calling 720-889-2128.  

New Year's Eve is also Basta’s six-year anniversary, and it will be celebrating by offering a special supplement menu, with decadent items like white truffles, caviar and bottarga. For reservations, call 303-997-8775. 

Put a little spice in your New Year's Eve celebration by ringing in 2016 at Adelitas, a comfortable neighborhood cantina that's become a destination for Denverites. The restaurant will be serving a steak and lobster dinner, including a salad and house margarita, for $34.95 per person. After that, guests can hang out and celebrate the ball drop with a Cimmaron Tequila and champagne toast at midnight. If you plan on attending, you must RSVP by calling the restaurant at 303-778-1294.

Friday, January 1 

To kick off the New Year, BookBar is hosting a New Year Book Blitz. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., guests will get 25 percent off on all books and merchandise. For more information, visit  

Kill that New Year's Day hangover at a chili cook-off at West End Tavern. Three West End chefs will be cooking up three kinds of chili for guests to sample and judge while also enjoying drink specials and football. Head over to for more information.  

Ignite Burgers & Lounge is helping you kick the hangover with a Walk of Shame New Year's Day Brunch, featuring bottomless mimosas and bacon bloody Marys and live music from Rob Drabkin. The brunch will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; call Ignite at 303-296-2600 for more information.

Saturday, January 2  

The Art of Cheese at Haystack Mountain Goat Creamery
is holding a home cheese-making course on whipping up soft fresh cheeses. Students in the class will learn to make chevre (soft goat cheese), fromage blanc (a milder version made with cow’s milk), cream cheese and cottage cheese. The class runs from 1 to 3 p.m., and tuition is $39. Register and learn more here.  

Sunday, January 3 

Watch the Broncos tackle the Chargers today on the massive forty-foot by ten-foot screen at Tracks, during the bar's Big Gay Football Day. There will also be food and drink specials, games, prizes and more. For more information, call Tracks at 303-863-7326. 

For more Food & Drink events, go to our online calendar. If you know of an event that should be included in that calendar, send information to [email protected]
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