New Year's Eve: Twenty places to dine and unwind

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Happy Monday! Restaurants and bars around town are hosting a variety of celebrations for the new year. Keep reading to see just some of the options; find more in our online calendar listings calendar. And if you know of still other worthy end-of-the-year events, share the info in the comments section below: Places to sit and sip for the new year:

Al Lado, 1610 Little Raven Street, is offering "The Whole Shebang": the restaurant's entire tapas menu and a magnum of sparkling, red or white wine for $240; call 303-572-3000 for details.

ChoLon, 1555 Blake Street, is offering a special four-course, family-style menu that includes additional tastes, sides and a glass of champagne. Call 303-353-5223 for reservations.

EDGE Restaurant & Bar, 1111 14th Street, is offering two prix fixe dinners. One is three-course and costs $75; the second costs $125 and includes a four-course menu, a champagne toast and entrance to Edge's Futuristic Ball.

1515 Restaurant, 1515 Market Street is toasting the new year with a special three-course menu inspired by the cuisine of famed chef Auguste Escoffier. The meal costs $60 and reservations are being taken from 5 to 6 p.m.; call the restaurant at 303-571-0011 to do so.

Izakaya Den, 1518 South Pearl Street, is offering drink specials, a special a la carte menu and a complimentary champagne toast; call 303-777-0691 for more details.

Lala' Wine Bar + Pizzeria, 410 East Seventh Avenue, is presening a special four-course menu this evening; there are seatings at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Call 303-861-9463 for reservations.

Chef Drew Hardin of Lola, 1575 Boulder Street, is hosting a six-course dinner at the restaurant tonight. The cost is $75; call 720-570-8686 for more information.

Luca D'Italia, 711 Grant Street, is featuring a seven-course tasting menu. Dinner costs $85, with optional wine pairings for an additional $55; call 303-832-6600 to learn more.

Mizuna, 225 East Seventh Avenue, is featuring a six-course prix fixe menu for the holidays; call 303-832-4778 for more details.

Olivea, 719 East 17th Avenue, is offering special four-course menu as a farewell to 2012. The dinner costs $60; call 303-861-5050 for details.

Osteria Marco, 1453 Larimer Street, is offering a three-course, prix fixe menu this evening; call 303-534-5855 to RSVP.

Sushi Den, 1487 South Pearl Street, is launching its new cocktail program and offering a special a la carte menu; there will also be a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Call the restaurant at 303-777-0826 for details.

Trillium, 2134 Larimer Street, is featuring a three-course, off-the-menu meal inspired by the winter cuisine of Scandinavia. The meal costs $70 and includes a complimentary champagne toast, amuse bouche and intermezzo.

Zengo, 1610 Little Raven Street, is offering a special four-course menu to ring in the new year; dinner costs $65 and includes a champagne toast at midnight. Call the restaurant at 720-904-0965 to grab a seat.Places to stand and sip for the new year:

Blake Street Tavern, 2301 Blake Street, is hosting a party featuring all-you-can-drink wine, well and draft; and music from three DJ's. The kitchen will be open late-night and there will be a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Admission is $50 in advance and $75 at the door; call 303-675-0505 to learn more.

The Candlelight Tavern, 383 South Pearl Street, will light up the new year with a free party featuring drink specials all night; call 303-778-9530 for more details.

The Celtic Tavern, 1801 Blake Street, is toasting the new year early with a family-friendly celebration at 5 p.m. There will be a bag-pipped salute and live music from Juice of the Barley. Call 303-308-1795 for more information.

The Edge Restaurant & Bar, 1111 14th Street, is presenting its Futuristic Ball tonight. Admission includes late-night snacks, live music from a DJ and a balloon drop at midnight; call 303-389-3343 for details.

The Hyatt, 1750 Welton Street, is hosting a end-of-the-year party that includes an open bar, a buffet dinner and performances from the Nacho Men and Denver's Best Dueling Pianos. Tickets are $139; call 303-295-1234 for more information.

The Tavern Downtown, is hosting its annual Olive Drop, where a two-foot olive descends into an over-sized martini glass at midnight. Guests can also enjoy the fireworks display from the rooftop patio. Admission is $45; call 303-299-0100 for more information.

Check our calendar for the full listing, and be sure to be safe -- Happy 2013!

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings -- and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to cafe@westword.com.

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