It’s time to get your New Year’s plans set. Open bars, world-class champagne, and fireworks that will light up the sky are all on offer to celebrate the beginning of 2019. Here’s where to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Denver
Not one, but two fireworks shows punctuate the evening on the 16th Street Mall. For those who just can’t stay up until midnight, the first fireworks go off at 9 pm and then, of course, there’s the big midnight show that you’ll be able to see from anywhere on the mall. Before and after DJs will be spinning records to keep the crowd dancing and warm.
Where: 16th Street Mall, Denver, CO
Take advantage of as much of the city’s amazing bar scene as you can on the all-night bar crawl. Admission will get you drink specials, party favors, a Champagne toast at midnight and entry to win a trip for two to Ireland.
Where: 1400 Market Street, Denver, CO
It’s hard to know whether the word elegant applies here or not. On the one hand, black tie is very much encouraged. On the other, they have a confetti cannon. The Black Tie Party at the Westin Hotel features five and a half hours at the longest open bar in the city, two live bands, almost uncountable DJs and casino games. They limit the party to just 1,000 people, so jump on those tickets before it sells out.
Where: Westin Hotel
10600 Westminster Avenue, Westminster, CO
An open bar all night, two floors of dancing, a balloon drop, a light show—Resolution is the paradigm of what a New Year’s party is supposed to be. For a decade it’s brought people in Denver together to ring in the new year. This year it’s at the McNichols Building in downtown for the first time. If you don’t want to miss out, make sure to get your tickets early.
Where: McNichols Building
144 Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO
$80 gets you unlimited bubbly until 1:30 at the Champagne Gala’s open bar. And you should probably have dinner before you go, but there will be hors d'oeuvres to snack on. Make sure to wear your New Year’s finest as black tie is strongly encouraged.
Where: Denver Field House
1600 Federal Boulevard, Denver, CO
One of the city’s hottest new restaurants is throwing its first New Year’s party. Tavernetta, the Italian spot from the team behind the award-winning Frasca, is bringing live music and plenty of Bollinger Champagne to the floor along with food stations set up throughout the restaurant. If you’re looking for good food, good wine, and slightly more intimate setting, this is it.
Where: 1889 16th Street Mall, Denver, CO
If you’ve got little ones you might not be up all night partying, which means you have to get it done during the day. The Children’s Museum is running ball drops every hour from 9 am to 4 pm so your little ones can get a taste of what Times Square must be like (minus the standing in the cold for eight hours sandwiched between thousands of other people). They’ll also have sparklers, face painting, and science experiments.
Where: Children’s Museum of Denver, Marisco Campus
2121 Children’s Museum Drive, Denver, CO