Best Bets for December 28

December 28 2005, 10:00 PM
New York isn't the only place to ring in the New Year's Eve in style. Herewith, a sampling of Denver's hottest 2006 celebrations. Can't Call Yourself a Denverite Unless...You've spent New Year's Eve amid the masses on the 16th Street Mall. Grab your scarf and mittens and ring in 2006 with other revelers in the crisp winter air. Bonus: Gawk at the glittery sky not once, but twice—fireworks displays at 9 p.m. and midnight. Stand anywhere along the Mall, from Broadway to Lawrence, for a smokin' view of the show, although we recommend claiming a spot outside the Appaloosa Grill (535 16th St)—you can duck in for some warmth and a cocktail at the bar. Living History...Get festive with the folks at the historic Hotel Boulderado's annual gala as they celebrate the hotel's 97th anniversary. Indulge in a lavish four-course meal, champagne, and the music of Mark Diamond & Rumble Seat Band. Seatings at 7, 7:30, and 8 p.m. Hotel Boulderado, 2115 13th St., Boulder. Gala Dinner and Ball $218 per couple. Overnight packages starting at $317 per couple. For more information or to make reservations, call 303-442-4344, or visit www.boulderado.com. Unusual Suspects...Start 2006 with a healthy dose of thrills and chills—and a tasty three-course meal to boot. Make like Sherlock Holmes and solve the murder of a three-act play at the Mystery Dinner Theatre. Dec 31. 8 p.m. Dave & Busters, 2000 S. Colorado Blvd and 10667 Westminster Blvd., Westminster. $53.50 per couple. Twenty percent of proceeds benefit The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. For more information or to make reservations, call 303-759-1515, or visit www.blacktie-colorado.com. What's Black and White and Red All Over?...You! A twist on the black-and-white ball, this year, it's black, white, and red for a little fashion flair. Get on with your stylish self at the Luna Hotel's New Year's Eve bash with glitz, glamour, and a whole lotta dancing. Featuring special VIP packages. Luna Hotel, 612 Wazee St. $50 ($65 at door). Hotel packages available from $500-$1,500. For more information or for tickets, call 303-837-1145 or visit www.blacktie-colorado.com.