Keeping it chill on New Year’s Eve puts you ahead of the game on the first day of the new year. That means you can make a big pot of posole and spend the day relaxing with your nearest and dearest. Here are 10 fabulously low-key activities that’ll bring back fond memories down the road.
Get swanky at Nocturne’s annual New Year’s Eve Gala and enjoy the jazzy strains of Royal Roost Revival. This eclectic bebop jazz quintet will have you tapping your toes as you nosh on delicious plates, sip craft cocktails, and toast the new year with champagne. Opting for reserved table seating will get you a 4-course dinner from Chef Greg Weadick.
When: Dec 31, 6pm
Where: 1330 27th St
An elegant atmosphere and an ultra-glam vibe await you at the Cooper Lounge, located on the mezzanine of festive Union Station. Sip high-end craft cocktails or choose from an extensive wine list for your imbibing needs, and order up some tasty bites like steak tartare, duck and prosciutto terrine, and cheese and salumi.
When: Dec 31, 4pm – 12:30am
Where: 1701 Wynkoop St
Intimate wood furnishings and greenery-covered brick give Beatrice and Woodsley a woodsy, homey feel, making it a delightful, unique spot for a more private New Year’s Eve celebration. Small plates are made with seasonal and local ingredients, and clever cocktails are crafted with top-shelf liquors and house-made mixers.
When: Dec 31, 5pm – 10pm
Where: 38 S Broadway
The Colorado Symphony’s annual presentation of A Night in Vienna is a smorgasbord of masterpieces from the land of polkas, marches, and waltzes. But the music is only part of the experience. Boettcher Concert Hall is a warm, intimate place with impeccable acoustics and mood lighting that washes over you like poetry. The show ends in time to catch the fireworks at the 16th Street Mall.
When: Dec 31, 6:30pm
Where: 1000 14th St
5. El Five
El Five’s elegant, modern, and slightly quirky interior is framed in floor-to-ceiling windows that offer dazzling views of the Denver skyline. Specializing in the flavors of the Mediterranean region, its tapas are a creative melding of myriad flavors and textures that reach into your soul. What better way to ring in the new year than with exquisite food and stellar company?
When: Dec 31, 5pm – 10:30pm
Where: 2930 Umatilla St, 5th Floor
Blossoms of Light is Denver’s favorite annual light festival, and a trip through the botanic gardens in all their illuminated glory is an inspiring way to start the evening’s festivities. Twinkling, colored lights and interactive displays set to music dominate the landscape, and you can purchase hot drinks to warm up when the winter chill sets in.
When: Dec 31, 5pm – 9pm
Where: 1007 York St
The White Rose Gala invites you to release your inner flapper for the night. A high-end, elegant charity event, the gala takes place among the art deco accents at Ellie Caulkins Opera House and features musical and theatrical performances and loads of other entertainment, not the least of which is the guests’ roaring 20s attire. Reserve a table for 4 or a couch lounge pit for 6, and spend an incredible evening with your closest friends.
When: Dec 31, 9pm
Where: 14th & Champa
A Prohibition-era inspired speakeasy, Williams & Graham is decked out in warm, luscious wood and lit by table lamps and hanging Edison bulbs for a cozy, relaxing atmosphere. Enjoy signature craft cocktails and delectable dishes like roasted lamb chops, pork shank mole, and mac and cheese.
When: Dec 31, 5pm – 1am
Where: 3160 Tejon St
Avanti Food & Beverage is a collective that features 7 restaurants serving everything from burgers and pizza to Italian street food and Venezuelan-style arepas. Head up to the bar on arrival, and order a delicious handmade cocktail. Peruse the restaurant menus, and choose from 2 large bars, a dining room, a lounge, and a rooftop deck to enjoy your selections.
When: Dec 31, 11am – 9pm
Where: 3200 Pecos St
Zoo Lights is fun for the whole family. Brilliant colored lights twinkle and blink everywhere you look. Interactive displays are set to music, and animal light sculptures appear out of nowhere. Activities among the lights include animal encounters, a choir stage, carousel and train rides, ice carving, and a tiger demonstration.
When: Dec 31, 5:30pm – 9pm
Where: 2300 Steele St
An easy-going, low-key night is just what the doctor ordered for New Year’s Eve. Make plans to chill with friends or that special someone, and welcome a brand-new year feeling refreshed and ready to tackle 2018.