Popping the cork for New Year's is a ritual as sacred as pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, but shopping for bubbly is nowhere as easy as picking up cans of pumpkin puree. Champagne's high price tag and confusing origin issues make it less approachable, but it doesn't need to be.
Just because 8 p.m. is bedtime, Denver munchkins shouldn't have to miss out on the New Year'' revelry. Simply set their clocks to Chinese time (14 hours ahead of Mountain Standard Time). Starting at 10 a.m. on New Year's Eve, the Children's Museum hosts a ball drop, with plenty of confetti, cookies, and Bubble Wrap for making firework sounds. The merriment repeats itself every hour on the hour through 1 p.m. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Guinness, Smithwick's, and corned beef sliders abound at this Irish bar. Grab a drink on the rooftop bar. Sundays are trivia night.