Things to do in Denver on New Year’s Eve

Goodnight, 2018. Good morning, 2019.

Fireworks over Denver. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Fireworks over Denver. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Kevin J. Beaty

New Year’s Eve is a top tier human farce. I love it.

It’s a time to gather and celebrate the passage of a specific amount of time — and what even is time? We’ll collectively drink an ocean of champagne and blow into honking paper cones and wear dumb paper glasses that stopped making sense in 2010, all to mark the completed cycle of a calendar many but not all people of the world use. We’ll maybe kiss someone at this moment, because why not, and we’ll pretend that things will be different now than they were yesterday.

Where and how we partake in this grand tradition varies depending on a lot of things but for the purposes of this list, I’ve divided it up into two categories. Up top you’ll find the “I wanna rage” category. Keep scrolling and you’ll find the “I want a calm but festive night out” category.

If you’re more of a “I want to throw a party” person or a “I want to sit on my couch and maybe even fall asleep before 10 p.m.” person, I can’t help you and you probably don’t need my help anyway. What are you even doing here?

The rest of you, let’s go.

“I wanna rage.”

Decadence feat. GRiZ, ILLENIUM, Marshmello. Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St. GA Tier 4 tickets available for $159. VIP Tier I and II available for $189-209.

STS9. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 9 p.m. $69.75-73.

DeVotchKa. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $25.50-29.

Rubedo. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $14-18.

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9:30 p.m. $28-30.

Guilty Pleasures NYE. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $15.

Dean Ween Group and Dumpstaphunk – “Deaner in Tha Dumpsta.” Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. $39.95-45.

Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles w/ What Young Men Do. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. $37.50-40.

Itchy-O New Year’s Trifecta. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 9 p.m. $40-120.

Less Than Jake. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 8 p.m. $25.

Sun Volt. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 9 p.m. $43-100.

Resolution NYE 2019. Four floors of live music, DJs, art installations and open bars. McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $149-234.

Great Hall Light Show & Silent Disco at Union Station, 1700 Wynkoop St. 9 p.m. $75.

VIP Lower Level Lounge Party at Union Station, 1700 Wynkoop St. 9 p.m. $160.

White Rose Gala. Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St. 9 p.m. $79-129.

New Year’s Mustache Masquerade. The ART Hotel, 1201 Broadway. 9 p.m. $20.

Market Experience. Denver Milk Market, 1800 Wazee St., #100. 7:30 p.m. A $50 general admission ticket includes unlimited bites, three drink tickets, tarot card, tea leaf and palm readings and “other magical surprises.”

MOO Bar VIP Experience. Denver Milk Market, 1800 Wazee St., #100. 7:30 p.m. $150 ticket includes unlimited bites, open bar including cocktails, wine and beer and bottomless champagne.

“I want a calm but festive night out.”

Introvert’s New Year’s Eve Party. Boards games, reading, coloring and more. Champagne toast, full menu and dessert. BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St. 9 p.m. $30.

A Night In Vienna with the Colorado Symphony. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 6:30 p.m. $30-104.

The Infamous Stringdusters. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $50.

Wildermiss. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $22-25.

4th Annual New Year’s Eve Gala. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 6-9 p.m. $270-810, 2-6 person tables. 10 p.m.-1 a.m. $370-1,100, 2-6 person tables.

New Year’s Eve Celebration feat. the Jack Hadley Band and Gypsy Swing Revue. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 9 p.m. $40-100.

The Ramble Hotel and Death & Co., 1280 25th St. Five open bars, an aged whiskey room, après fireside cigar club, and music from a soulful songstress from the Big Easy, a baritone crooner and a late night DJ. 10 p.m. $150.

Cooper Lounge at Union Station, 1700 Wynkoop St. Special menu and complimentary champagne toast. 9 p.m. $100. Reservations: 720-460-3738.

Dim Sum & Then Sum. Dim sum service, king crab feast, special cocktails and 1 hour of free ping pong. ACE Eat Serve, 501 E. 17th Ave. Reservations: 303-800-7705.

Avelina, 1550 17th St. $75 for special a la carte menu. $35 more for wine pairings. Free champagne toast. Reservations: 720-904-6711.

The Corner Office, 1401 Curtis St. Special menu with complimentary Chandon toast. Reservations: 303-825-6500.

Happy Fortune Dinner with chef Frank Bonanno. Denver Milk Market, 1800 Wazee St., #100. 6:30-9 p.m. $150.

“Soiree in the Parlor” with table-side theater, a special menu and champagne toasts. Urban Farmer Denver, 1659 Wazee St. 8 p.m. $150.

Peking Duck Dinner at Departure Denver, 249 Columbine St. $100 per duck. Reservations: 720-772-5020.

Marcella’s, 1801 Central St. Special menu and complimentary champagne toast with hats and noise makers. Reservations: 720)-484-5484.

New Beer’s Eve. Three-course pairing dinner and different drink packages. The Lobby, 2191 Arapahoe St. 6:30 p.m. $10-115.

Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve Party. Bigsby’s Folly, 3563 Wazee St. 8 p.m. $10-99.

For more dinner reservation suggestions, head over the Westword to check out Mark Antonation’s list. 

Some notes on transportation.

  1. Don’t drink and drive.
  2. For the 11th year, RTD will be free thanks to a partnership with Coors Light. You can catch a bus or train, as well as Access-a-Ride and SkyRide services, from 7 p.m. Dec. 31 through the end of the Jan. 1 service day.
  3. You can also use Lyft or Uber. There don’t appear to be any discounts for the evening. Brace your bank account accordingly.
  4. Don’t drink and drive!!!!!!

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