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Still deciding where to enjoy your final sips and bites of the year? From rooftop bars to family-friendly beer halls, the Mile High City has it all. Here’s where to celebrate this New Year’s Eve and bid a final farewell to 2021.
RiNo’s Noble Riot wine bar invites you to spend all night ringing in the new year. Kick off the night by learning the ultimate NYE party trick—sabering a bottle of bubbles with a machete in hand at Sabrage University. For dinner, reserve a Double Bucket—a bucket of fried chicken and an ice bucket with a bottle of Champagne and add on delights such as foie gras terrine, upgraded bubbles choices, and the notoriously delicious Riot Fries. Leading up to the 2022 countdown, the team will pop bottles every hour on the hour to share with all celebrants. Festivities begin at 5 p.m.; starting at $30 per person ($75 for bottle sabering); 1336 27th St.
An intimate, eight-course candlelight dinner prepared by chef-owner Linda Hampsten Fox and her team awaits at the Bindery, which will host a special single-seating meal on New Year’s Eve with Champagne, cocktails, live music, and wine pairings. Menu highlights include dry-aged bison tenderloin with bleu cheese and blackberry and squid ink pasta chitarra and octopus carbonara. Celebrating at home? Takeout meal options are also available for pre-order (think: two-pound grilled lobsters, slow-braised spiced short rib, and halibut and bay scallop ceviche). 7 p.m.; $225 (prices for takeout meals vary); reservations required; 1817 Central St.
Join Nocturne jazz club for its 6th annual New Year’s Eve celebration. Sip the night away with Champagne and sublime cocktails; enjoy delectable specialties from Nocturne’s kitchen (a four-course supper is also available); and take in the sounds of the ever-swinging Annie Booth Trio and friends with two seating times to choose from. Sip on a complimentary cocktail at an early seating, or join in a midnight Champagne toast at a later one. Early seating 6–9 p.m., starting at $59 per person; late seating 10 p.m.–1 a.m., starting at $75 per person; reservations recommended; 1330 27th St.
Head to Denver’s vibrant Dairy Block for a fun-filled New Year’s Eve at Kachina Cantina. Indulge in a special menu of 12-ounce, butter-aged ribeye with mole negro, corn relish, horseradish whipped potatoes, and grilled asparagus before the clock strikes midnight. 5–11 p.m.; $32 per person; reservations recommended; 1890 Wazee St.
From dinner and live music to cannon firings, the Fort has it all this year. The special dinner menu begins with sparkling wine and features a six-ounce grilled buffalo tenderloin and a broiled Maine lobster tail served with a Fort salad, freshly baked breads, seasonal vegetables, and mashed potatoes. For dessert, enjoy a decadent peppermint crème brûlée. Canon firings at 5:30, 7, 8, and 8:45 p.m.; $58 per person; reservations recommended (book online or call 303-697-4771); 19192 CO-8, Morrison
Stanley Beer Hall
With plenty of space to roam—both indoors and outdoors, thanks to its enclosed, heated outdoor patio—Stanley Beer Hall is a New Year’s Eve hotspot for the whole family. Pop bottles of sparkling cider and grab a noise-maker to end this year with a bang. With an early countdown around 7 p.m., your little ones can join the festivities and still make it to bed on time. 2501 Dallas St., Ste. 100, Aurora
Enjoy a special four-course menu at Denver’s French bakery and bistro, Le French. Start with a glass of Champagne; and for your first course, enjoy foie gras crème brûlée served with cranberry aigre doux, a shaved fennel-frisée salad, and brioche toast or escargot with garlic-parsley butter, white wine, and lemon. For your second course, choose from French onion soup or salad lyonnaise with roasted pork belly and a fried egg. The main course is your choice of lobster thermidor with cognac cream sauce and truffled mushroom or a pan-seared ribeye with fingerling potato dauphinoise, braised kale, and demiglace. Finally, dig into pomegranate-orange pavlova with red wine reduction and whipped cream or a maple pecan roulade with vanilla cake, whipped maple ganache, and a dark chocolate pecan shell for dessert. $85 per person; reservations recommended; 4901 S. Newport St.
Number Thirty Eight
DJ Kill Paris will play his farewell show at Number Thirty Eight on New Year’s Eve. Patrons can groove to his final set while throwing back warming cocktails like the Mull it Over with Mythology vodka, Grand Marnier, cinnamon, and grape or the Horse Kick with CopperMuse horseradish vodka, dry vermouth, dill, and hot sauce. When you work up an appetite, don’t miss the burgers and hot chicken sandwiches from Split Lip Chicken inside the bar and concert venue. $10 per person (prices vary for food and drinks); 3560 Chestnut Pl.
Jovanina’s Broken Italian
Jovanina’s Broken Italian presents a four-course prix fixe dinner accompanied by a decadent charcuterie platter. Dish selections include the oak-ember-roasted rainbow carrots, campanile pesto, cacio e pepe braised short rib chop, and more. Finish off the evening with a selection of desserts, including Nutella tiramisu, pumpkin cannoli, and salted caramel budino. $125 per person; reservations recommended; 1520 Blake St.
Enjoy a special New Year’s Eve, eight-course, family-style dinner at Chimera Ramen. Start with handmade dumpling soup, roast duck dumplings, and lump crab and corn soup. Your main course is a family-style selection of steamed flounder with ginger and scallion, Taiwanese stir-fried tomato and egg, gai lan (Chinese broccoli) with oyster sauce, and fried rice. Finish with a delicious dragon fruit dessert. $50 per person (minimum of four guests per reservation); email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation; 2014 10th St., Boulder
Let Corinne’s innovative culinary team to do the cooking this New Year’s Eve and enjoy an exquisite prix fixe dinner menu. To start, enjoy an amuse-bouche gazpacho and your choice of wagyu beef carpaccio, dolce- paprika-cured salmon, or grilled heirloom carrots. For your entrée, choose from steak Oscar, seared diver scallops, or vegan gnocchi. For dessert, select a chocolate Madagascar white chocolate mousse or passion fruit panna cotta. Finally, enjoy a friandise of chocolate truffles and a Champagne toast to ring in the new year. Dinner from 5–11 p.m.; $120 per person; reservations recommended; 1455 California St.
At 54thirty’s after-dinner affair, celebrate atop the highly sought-after rooftop bar to ring in the new year with passed her d’oeuvres, Champagne, music by DJ Destiny Shynelle, and fireworks—all amid views of the city and surrounding Rocky Mountains. 7 p.m.–1 a.m., $70 per person; reservations required; 1475 California St.
Chef Richard Sandoval presents a three-course dinner complete with a Champagne toast at Tamayo. The special menu features an Ensalada de Noche Buena salad with roasted candied beets, red apple slices, pomegranate seeds, and hibiscus vinaigrette. For your entrée, enjoy a choice of rib eye, lobster, shrimp, or roasted cauliflower. Finish your meal with a dessert of hazelnut mousse cake or raspberry bavarois tart. $70 per person; reservations recommended; 1400 Larimer St.
Wynkoop Brewing Company
Inspired by Wynkoop’s award-winning beers, executive chef Chris Collins presents a three-course menu featuring favorites like Patty’s Chili Beer shrimp cocktail, steak au poire, gnocchi de fungi, and bananas foster. Pair the special menu with a selection of craft beers for an additional $30 per person. Head upstairs for the Dueling Pianos RoadShow for a special ticketed party that includes dueling pianos, a swing jazz trio, a photo booth, and silent disco. 7 p.m.; dinner $55 per person, dueling pianos party starting at $75 per person; reservations required; 1634 18th St.