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Champagne toasts are guaranteed at plenty of restaurants this New Year’s Eve (Pictured: Avanti F&B)
Kyle Cooper

Party Like It’s 2018 At These New Year’s Eve Bashes

After a whirlwind year, these establishments are ready to help Denverites unwind and gear up for the next one

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Champagne toasts are guaranteed at plenty of restaurants this New Year’s Eve (Pictured: Avanti F&B)
| Kyle Cooper

A whirlwind of restaurant and bar additions, chef shuffles, and new culinary trends arrived on the Denver scene in 2017. Now, eager to embrace the celebration that accompanies the dawn of a new year, local restaurants, breweries, and bars are hosting a variety of raucous parties and rowdy festivities to ring in 2018. Organized from north to south, these 14 hotels, breweries, bars, and restaurants are ready to shake off 2017 and embrace the year to come.

Those looking for a classic and elegant evening can stay at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa in Boulder for a Caribbean-inspired affair, complete with live music and a balloon drop. Vail begins the party with a candlelit mountain descent, followed by fireworks, and a sit-down dinner with live music at Larkspur Events. Carbon Cafe & Bar embraces the bold and seductive at this year’s Kinky New Year’s Ball, while Fort Greene decks its halls in gold and isn't charging a cover. Partying parents can stop by Steuben’s Arvada or any Mici location for an early toast to 2018. Still looking for a dinner reservation? Stay tuned for our guide to dining out on New Year’s Eve.

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1. St Julien Hotel & Spa

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900 Walnut St
Boulder, CO 80302
(720) 406-9696
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Resist the chill of Colorado winters with the help of St. Julien Hotel & Spa’s Caribbean-style New Year’s Eve celebration. The hotel-wide party features entertainment from Cuban-inspired musicians Chicos Malos and afro-punk WAWALI BONANE. Caribbean bites will be paired with a Veuve Clicquot ice bar before a balloon drop and the big toast. Tickets are available for $95 per person or $175 per couple; room packages start at $399. Call to reserve.

The hotel is a luxurious backdrop for an island-style New Years Eve
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2. Steuben's Arvada

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7355 Ralston Road, Corner of Ralston & Wadsworth
Arvada, CO 80002
(303) 830-0096
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Steuben’s Arvada outpost hosts a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration, complete with an early “midnight” toast at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., as well as a table-side magician. Dive into classic American cuisine from a tailored New Year’s Eve menu and ring in the year with an apple cider (or sparkling wine) toast before the babysitter arrives. Holiday drink and dinner menus start at 5 p.m. Updates on the event page.

Dessert: an all-ages hit
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3. Fort Greene

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321 E 45th Ave
Denver, CO 80216

Spend a gilded Sunday evening with Fort Greene bar, and experience “all gold everything” from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. CRL CRRLL hosts the glittery and no-cover dance party before the complimentary Champagne toast at midnight. Updates on the event page.

Fort Greene Bar
Fort Greene bar
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4. Bigsby's Folly Craft Winery & Restaurant

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3563 Wazee St
Denver, CO 80216
(720) 485-3158
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The RiNo winery honors its first holiday season in the neighborhood with a Roaring ‘20s-inspired evening — and, yes, costumes are encouraged. The New Year’s bash features music from DJ Derek Russo and a festive buffet packed with seasonal treats. Tickets for $99 include admission, three drinks, food, a complimentary midnight toast, and party favors. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are limited to 150 patrons.

Bigsby’s Folly Craft Winery and Restaurant is housed in a renovated, historic warehouse
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5. Epic Brewing Company

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3001 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 539-7410
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Why wait till the clock strikes midnight in Mountain Standard Time? Epic Brewing’s RiNo location honors the new year at the top of the hour starting at 9 p.m. Themed buffet or bar fare representing cities from East to West will punctuate each hour during the quadruple party. Dustin Hall, the man behind the Brewtography Project, will capture pictures throughout the evening. Tickets cost $60 and include a reservation from 9 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. with food and beer pairings.

Seasonal brews from Epic Brewing
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6. Avanti Food and Beverage

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3200 N Pecos St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 269-4778
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The Highland food hall invites Denverites to indulge in an open bar stocked with craft cocktails and beer while dancing to the beats provided by a live DJ before a free Champagne toast at midnight. Early bird tickets are on sale for $90 until December 14; tickets increase to $100 on Dec. 15 and $120 on Dec. 31. The 21+ party starts at 8 p.m.

Spend New Year’s Eve from Avanti F&B’s deck
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7. Punch Bowl Social Stapleton

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3120 N. Uinta St.
Denver, CO 80238
(720) 500-3788
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Find an ‘80s-themed Neon New Year’s Eve party at both the Stapleton and South Broadway Punch Bowl locations, complete with snacks, a live DJ, and a midnight Champagne toast. No cover charge but reservations are recommended. Find South Broadway event details here and Stapleton event details here.

Share a bowl of NYE punch at Punch Bowl Social
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8. Carbon Cafe & Bar

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1553 Platte St #130
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 428-8565
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Spice up the night at Carbon Cafe & Bar’s Kinky New Year’s Ball. The evening features innuendo-laden warm hors d’oeuvres, live performers, a DJ, an open bar all night long, along with flowing Champagne at midnight. Tickets to the 9 p.m. party start at $55 per person through December 20; from Dec. 21 to 30, tickets increase to $65 per person. On New Year's Eve, available tickets can be purchased for $75 per person.

New Year’s Eve promises to be kinky (and a little kooky) at Carbon Cafe
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9. Tavern Downtown

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1949 Market St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 299-0100
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Both the downtown and Tech Center Taverns plan to ring in the new year with a party. The downtown outpost opts for a neon New Year’s Eve celebration, complete with the largest fireworks show in LoDo. For $35, guests can flow between the Tavern and adjacent Cowboy Lounge to listen to three DJs, take snapshots of their evening in a photo booth, and take a chance at raffle prizes. Tickets include a free Champagne toast... and a Fireball shot.

Atop the Tavern downtown in LoDo
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10. Mici Handcrafted Italian

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2373 Central Park Blvd
Denver, CO 80238
(303) 355-6424
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Those looking for a family-friendly celebration should stop by any of the Mici locations to make the 6:59 p.m. countdown. The early party fulfills the first part of the evening as parents prepare to hit the town later on New Year's Eve. A complimentary sparkling cider toast will mark the Pre-K midnight at 7 p.m. Regular menu offerings, including $4 options from the Bambino menu and gelato, will be available.

Mici gelato selections
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11. Ace Eat Serve

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501 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 800-7705
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Midnight Madness starts early at Ace Eat Serve on New Year's Eve. Ping-pong perfectionists are invited to compete for a $1000 cash prize while snacking on bar specials after 9 p.m.; a family-friendly competition starts at 6 p.m. The tournament features a midnight toast and drink concoctions from Crown Royal, Bulleit, and Tanqueray. Registration costs $18 and includes a t-shirt. Updates on the event page.

Prepare your paddles for an epic end of the year ping pong competition
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12. Fiction Beer Company

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7101 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220
(720) 456-7163
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For a fourth year, the literary-minded brewery brings live music and beer releases to the new year, without the cumbersome hustle and bustle of downtown. The Dollhouse Thieves take the stage at 9 p.m. while guests toast with an exclusive Fiction brew on the covered (and heated) patio. The event is free and runs from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

American sours help break the heavy and monotonous routine of dark beers during the holidays
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13. Syntax Physic Opera

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554 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
(720) 456-7041
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For a good end-of-year boogie, head to the second annual Weird Touch New Year’s Eve Party, a “dark indie nu disco dance” at Syntax Physic Opera on South Broadway. Find creative cocktails, a funky crowd, and a midnight countdown (also maybe a balloon drop) to ring in the New Year. Fun starts at 9 p.m.; $5 at the door.

Head to South Broadway for Syntax’s second annual Weird Touch NYE party
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14. Larkspur Events & Dining

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458 Vail Valley Dr
Vail, CO 81657
(970) 754-8050
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Larkspur packs family-friendly and adults-only festivities into one evening in the Rocky Mountains. The New Year’s party in Vail starts with the annual Vail Mountain torchlight descent, parade, and fireworks. At Larkspur, early dinner seating begins at 5 p.m., followed by an 8 p.m. dinner with live music by New Soul Brigade. Seats range from $95 per child to $295 for the late-night crowd.

Larkspur Events and Dining
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1. St Julien Hotel & Spa

900 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302
The hotel is a luxurious backdrop for an island-style New Years Eve
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Resist the chill of Colorado winters with the help of St. Julien Hotel & Spa’s Caribbean-style New Year’s Eve celebration. The hotel-wide party features entertainment from Cuban-inspired musicians Chicos Malos and afro-punk WAWALI BONANE. Caribbean bites will be paired with a Veuve Clicquot ice bar before a balloon drop and the big toast. Tickets are available for $95 per person or $175 per couple; room packages start at $399. Call to reserve.

900 Walnut St
Boulder, CO 80302

2. Steuben's Arvada

7355 Ralston Road, Corner of Ralston & Wadsworth, Arvada, CO 80002
Dessert: an all-ages hit
ADAM LARKEY PHOTOGRAPHY

Steuben’s Arvada outpost hosts a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration, complete with an early “midnight” toast at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., as well as a table-side magician. Dive into classic American cuisine from a tailored New Year’s Eve menu and ring in the year with an apple cider (or sparkling wine) toast before the babysitter arrives. Holiday drink and dinner menus start at 5 p.m. Updates on the event page.

7355 Ralston Road, Corner of Ralston & Wadsworth
Arvada, CO 80002

3. Fort Greene

321 E 45th Ave, Denver, CO 80216
Fort Greene Bar
Fort Greene bar
Ladd Forde

Spend a gilded Sunday evening with Fort Greene bar, and experience “all gold everything” from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. CRL CRRLL hosts the glittery and no-cover dance party before the complimentary Champagne toast at midnight. Updates on the event page.

321 E 45th Ave
Denver, CO 80216

4. Bigsby's Folly Craft Winery & Restaurant

3563 Wazee St, Denver, CO 80216
Bigsby’s Folly Craft Winery and Restaurant is housed in a renovated, historic warehouse
Facebook

The RiNo winery honors its first holiday season in the neighborhood with a Roaring ‘20s-inspired evening — and, yes, costumes are encouraged. The New Year’s bash features music from DJ Derek Russo and a festive buffet packed with seasonal treats. Tickets for $99 include admission, three drinks, food, a complimentary midnight toast, and party favors. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are limited to 150 patrons.

3563 Wazee St
Denver, CO 80216

5. Epic Brewing Company

3001 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205
Seasonal brews from Epic Brewing
Facebook

Why wait till the clock strikes midnight in Mountain Standard Time? Epic Brewing’s RiNo location honors the new year at the top of the hour starting at 9 p.m. Themed buffet or bar fare representing cities from East to West will punctuate each hour during the quadruple party. Dustin Hall, the man behind the Brewtography Project, will capture pictures throughout the evening. Tickets cost $60 and include a reservation from 9 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. with food and beer pairings.

3001 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205

6. Avanti Food and Beverage

3200 N Pecos St, Denver, CO 80211
Spend New Year’s Eve from Avanti F&B’s deck
Kyle Cooper

The Highland food hall invites Denverites to indulge in an open bar stocked with craft cocktails and beer while dancing to the beats provided by a live DJ before a free Champagne toast at midnight. Early bird tickets are on sale for $90 until December 14; tickets increase to $100 on Dec. 15 and $120 on Dec. 31. The 21+ party starts at 8 p.m.

3200 N Pecos St
Denver, CO 80211

7. Punch Bowl Social Stapleton

3120 N. Uinta St., Denver, CO 80238
Share a bowl of NYE punch at Punch Bowl Social
Punch Bowl Social

Find an ‘80s-themed Neon New Year’s Eve party at both the Stapleton and South Broadway Punch Bowl locations, complete with snacks, a live DJ, and a midnight Champagne toast. No cover charge but reservations are recommended. Find South Broadway event details here and Stapleton event details here.

3120 N. Uinta St.
Denver, CO 80238

8. Carbon Cafe & Bar

1553 Platte St #130, Denver, CO 80202
New Year’s Eve promises to be kinky (and a little kooky) at Carbon Cafe
Stephanie Grado

Spice up the night at Carbon Cafe & Bar’s Kinky New Year’s Ball. The evening features innuendo-laden warm hors d’oeuvres, live performers, a DJ, an open bar all night long, along with flowing Champagne at midnight. Tickets to the 9 p.m. party start at $55 per person through December 20; from Dec. 21 to 30, tickets increase to $65 per person. On New Year's Eve, available tickets can be purchased for $75 per person.

1553 Platte St #130
Denver, CO 80202

9. Tavern Downtown

1949 Market St, Denver, CO 80202
Atop the Tavern downtown in LoDo
Facebook

Both the downtown and Tech Center Taverns plan to ring in the new year with a party. The downtown outpost opts for a neon New Year’s Eve celebration, complete with the largest fireworks show in LoDo. For $35, guests can flow between the Tavern and adjacent Cowboy Lounge to listen to three DJs, take snapshots of their evening in a photo booth, and take a chance at raffle prizes. Tickets include a free Champagne toast... and a Fireball shot.

1949 Market St
Denver, CO 80202

10. Mici Handcrafted Italian

2373 Central Park Blvd, Denver, CO 80238
Mici gelato selections
Adam Larkey

Those looking for a family-friendly celebration should stop by any of the Mici locations to make the 6:59 p.m. countdown. The early party fulfills the first part of the evening as parents prepare to hit the town later on New Year's Eve. A complimentary sparkling cider toast will mark the Pre-K midnight at 7 p.m. Regular menu offerings, including $4 options from the Bambino menu and gelato, will be available.

2373 Central Park Blvd
Denver, CO 80238

11. Ace Eat Serve

501 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Prepare your paddles for an epic end of the year ping pong competition
Facebook

Midnight Madness starts early at Ace Eat Serve on New Year's Eve. Ping-pong perfectionists are invited to compete for a $1000 cash prize while snacking on bar specials after 9 p.m.; a family-friendly competition starts at 6 p.m. The tournament features a midnight toast and drink concoctions from Crown Royal, Bulleit, and Tanqueray. Registration costs $18 and includes a t-shirt. Updates on the event page.

501 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

12. Fiction Beer Company

7101 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80220
American sours help break the heavy and monotonous routine of dark beers during the holidays
Facebook

For a fourth year, the literary-minded brewery brings live music and beer releases to the new year, without the cumbersome hustle and bustle of downtown. The Dollhouse Thieves take the stage at 9 p.m. while guests toast with an exclusive Fiction brew on the covered (and heated) patio. The event is free and runs from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

7101 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220

13. Syntax Physic Opera

554 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
Head to South Broadway for Syntax’s second annual Weird Touch NYE party
Facebook

For a good end-of-year boogie, head to the second annual Weird Touch New Year’s Eve Party, a “dark indie nu disco dance” at Syntax Physic Opera on South Broadway. Find creative cocktails, a funky crowd, and a midnight countdown (also maybe a balloon drop) to ring in the New Year. Fun starts at 9 p.m.; $5 at the door.

554 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209

14. Larkspur Events & Dining

458 Vail Valley Dr, Vail, CO 81657
Larkspur Events and Dining
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Larkspur packs family-friendly and adults-only festivities into one evening in the Rocky Mountains. The New Year’s party in Vail starts with the annual Vail Mountain torchlight descent, parade, and fireworks. At Larkspur, early dinner seating begins at 5 p.m., followed by an 8 p.m. dinner with live music by New Soul Brigade. Seats range from $95 per child to $295 for the late-night crowd.

458 Vail Valley Dr
Vail, CO 81657

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