New year’s Eve parties and special events are planned all around Colorado – how to choose what to do? For those of you who, like us, enjoy great food, here are a few that caught our eye…
Party central, from the lively street scene to the 16th Street Mall fireworks, downtown Denver is THE place to be for good eats and dancing in the streets!
Hearth & Dram
This 2017 newcomer in the Union Station neighborhood is cooking up a three-course ($65/person) or five-course ($95/person) dinner. These main course options have use licking our lips: choice of smoked hangar steak; grilled lamb rib chops. Gild the lily with luxe add-ons like caviar ($125/oz.), Hama Hama oysters ($40/dozen), roasted foie gras ($25) and more. Late seatings enjoy a champagne toast at midnight. Reservations, 4-11pm: (303) 623-0979.
Inside Hotel Teatro, in the theatre district and steps away from Larimer Square, Chef Russell Stippich has planned an $85/person five-course meal including oysters, beef carpaccio, choice of lobster or seared foie gras, terrace major or scallops, and strawberry champagne cake. For $45/ea, add wine pairings. Call (720) 889-2128 for reservations (5 – 9pm).
For $100/per person in advance ($120/per person on 12/31/17) from 8pm – last call, enjoy an open bar with top shelf and premium spirit selections, craft cocktails, wine, and draft beers. The seven food vendors will be serving up food (NOT included in ticket price). Groove to a live DJ and sip a champagne toast at midnight. Event ends at 2am. Click here for reservations.
Game of Thrones fans must head here! The fun includes hearty food specials, a champagne toast, special brews from Ommegang Brewery (“Fire and Ice,” “Winter is Coming”), and prizes. Dress up and enter the evening’s GOT costume contest for a chance to win a $100 gift card. No cover, reservations limited; (303) 800-2652.
Just downhill from the beautifully-decorated Governor’s Mansion is this charming restaurant.
Lala’s Wine Bar
Chef Marco Elder is preparing a four-course dinner in three seatings. Items include Baked Oysters, Butter Poached Lobster, and Chocolate Torte. Call 303-861-9463 (WINE) for reservations.
2017 marked the emergence of a stellar foodie scene in the Stapleton area – with the Stanley Marketplace opening, Eastbridge and a little gem in Northfield.
Salati Italian Street Food
Chef Shahin Afsharian is serving up an authentic Italian dinner special, $80, including two entrees, dessert, and a bottle of wine. Sounds like a delicious bargain under their barrel vaulted wood ceiling! Plenty of free parking in the Northfield shopping area. Reservations 303-307-1695. Read our review of the place, here.
Concourse Restaurant Moderne
Their gorgeous dining room will offer regular Sunday dinner service hours (5-9 pm); King Crab Lemon Gnocchi will be the daily special. The party starts at 9pm with a DJ and happy hour specials until 12am – champagne toast at midnight! No cover charge, plentiful free parking. Dinner reservations at 720-550-6934. Read our review of Concourse, here.
A slightly mellower, yet delicious celebratory vibe is on tap for Boulder. If your idea of a good time is and after dinner stroll with a view of the Flatirons by moonlight, then head NORTH!
Start the party early with regular Happy Hour (5-6pm) and dinner service at 5pm. The party kicks into high gear with a Late Night Happy Hour, 10pm until close: $5 bubbly specials and lots of nibbles choices (oysters, caviar, elevated finger foods, special bites and sips). Live music in the bar/café area will keep this airy, light-filled space hoppin’! Reservations: 303-953-9852.
Wild Standard opens at 5pm with a three-course prix fixe (perfect for seafood lovers!) menu for $75 per person, served in their whimsically romantic dining room. A chocolate tasting for dessert includes pot de crème, Manjari truffle, avocado dark chocolate ice cream and white chocolate lang de chat… Yowza! For reservations: 720.638.4800.
Jill’s Restaurant / St Julien Hotel & Spa
Jill’s Restaurant, where we enjoyed a sumptuous brunch (watch for our review, soon), has two dinner seatings:
At 5:30pm, it’s a $74.95 per person, three-course menu that includes 7X Beef, Lobster Claw, “Brooklyn Blackout Cake”. At 8pm, for $125 per person, the meal includes a five-course menu and the St Julien’s Caribbean-style party featuring a global array of musicians, Caribbean fare, champagne toast, Veuve Clicquot ice bar, balloon drop and party favors. If you yearn for an escape from the usual, this is a heckuva deal! Reservations at (720) 406-7399.
Head south for a unique meal.
Groups of four or more can celebrate in the Wine Bar, which has beautiful western views, and enjoy a menu of small plates. Offerings inlude Bacon Wrapped Dates, Mediterranean Meze, Roasted Butternut Squash with Sweet Potato Ravioli, Red Wine Braised Short Rib and Chocolate Espresso Bread Pudding.
Desire a quick escape from the city to ring in 2018? Head just a few miles west to this unique destination…
How about dinner, live music, and the firing of a vintage canon? The Fort is serving up a $69/person special featuring a buffalo filet, Maine lobster tail, sides and the Negrita for dessert (dark chocolate whipped with Myers’ rum topped with cherry compote). Reservations: (303) 697-4771.
Head even farther west iinto the mountains to ring in the new year, Vail has a pretty spectacular option.
( L)arkspur Events & Dining
Join the annual New Year’s Eve celebration with dinner, dancing, music, and fireworks. The run-of-show will have an early and late seating for family or adult fun along with champagne toasts included for both time slots. In conjunction with seating times, and as part of the festivities, a fireworks display will set off at the base of Vail mountain at 6:30pm and midnight with (L)arkspur’s patio as the prime viewing spot – cheers to that.