Is it time to clock out and binge on cookies yet? Whether we’re dunking them into a wholesome eggnog or a spiced holiday punch, the moment has almost arrived to sit back and enjoy the final moments of the year, with the help of some seasonal food and beverages. Across Denver and Boulder — and out into the mountains — restaurants and bars are celebrating with seasonal popups, warming decor, and chefs’ menu specials. To keep the best of them straight, here are a handful of guides spanning pre-Christmas to New Year’s Day drinking, dining, and even culinary-themed gifts.
Check out 20 Christmas Eve restaurant specials, including Feasts of the Seven Fishes and red meat dinners alike. Or dine out on Christmas Day at more than a dozen places open for the holiday, including some of Denver’s best Chinese restaurants. Take a midweek work break, and sit by one of Eater’s favorite restaurant and bar fireplaces, or check out one of the season’s food and drink events. Pick a spot for New Year’s Eve dinner, drinks, or both. And don’t forget to stock up on all the food-lovers holiday gifts. Need a break from the family? Head to one of Denver’s 10 best neighborhood bars for an escape from the madness.