9 Ideas for Denver NYE Party-goers

Photo: courtesy Visit Denver

Photo: courtesy Visit Denver

Find New Year’s Music, Beer, Food, Sports, Fireworks and More

By Mary Anderson

As 2019 approaches, New Year’s is a time to reflect on the past, prepare for the future, and … party. The following list of NYE ideas will help get you started, whether you are looking to celebrate with beer, food, sports, music, fireworks or whatever strikes your fancy.

1. Visit your favorite brewery

Most of breweries throughout the city are hosting NYE parties. From Denver Beer Co’s special edition Brut IPA release, made with edible glitter, to Epic Brewing Co’s masquerade party, featuring a buffet of bar fare from across the country, there’s something for everyone. Check out your favorite breweries’ Facebook event pages to find a party near you.

Photo: courtesy Visit Denver

Photo: courtesy Visit Denver

2. Find the perfect spot to watch fireworks

Head to 16th Street Mall to view the 15th Annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks Downtown. Lined with DJs, 16th Street will light up with two shows at 9 p.m. and midnight.

3. Bar hop through LoDo

Several bars throughout Lower Downtown will offer free cover on NYE. Start at the Gin Mill on Larimer Street before heading to Hayter’s & Co for beer pong. Across the street, The 1up, LoDo’s arcade bar, features 45 classic arcade games, pinball machines, skee-ball and giant Jenga. Continue the night at Tap Fourteen or Falling Rock Tap House for your choice of more than 70 craft beers at either establishment.

4. Eat the night away

The Viewhouse Ballpark location will host its Wonderland Party, featuring dancing, a rooftop view of fireworks and a dinner buffet. Tickets are $65 and include appetizers like bacon-wrapped shrimp and sliders, salads, seafood, meat, pastas, sides and desserts. Click here for more info.

5. Glitter like gold

Stay Gold: A New Year’s Eve Party begins at 8:30 p.m. at a location that will only be announced to ticket holders. Expect an open bar, delicious bites, champagne bottle service, live music, performances and dancing. Wear your best golden attire and prepare to ring in the New Year with Eleven Creative Services.

6. Pair up

The Lobby will, again, host its New Beer’s Eve. The beer festival meets NYE event will feature a three-course beer pairing dinner followed by live music. Featured breweries include Great Divide, Horse & Dragon, Crooked Stave and more. Click here for more info.

7. Attend a concert

A Colorado favorite, The String Cheese Incident, will perform three nights on Dec. 28, 29 and 31 at the 1st Bank Center. Click here for tickets. Other concerts in the area include: STS9, Infamous Stringdusters and Wildermiss. Decadence will also host its annual electronic music festival at the Colorado Convention Center. Over the course of two days, the event will feature 20 artists, including Bassnectar, Alison Wonderland, Denver resident Griz and more. If you prefer something less raucous, check out the Colorado Symphony’s “A Night in Vienna” which includes a selection of polkas, waltzes, and marches that will get you in the mood to dance the night away.

8. Support your favorite sports team

The Colorado Avalanche will face the Los Angeles Kings on Dec. 31 at 6 p.m. Led by young star Nathan Mackinnon and captain Gabriel Landeskog, the Aves currently sit in 3rd place with a record of 19-12. The Kings are 14-20, but historically have come out on top with an all-time record of 63-55 against the Avalanche. The game will end with indoor fireworks to celebrate the holiday. Click here for tickets.

Denver sports continue New Year’s Day with the Denver Nuggets and the New York Knicks at 7 p.m. Anchored by MVP candidate Nikola Jokić, the Nuggets are set to ring in the new year at the top of the Western Conference. If the Nuggets win, the two teams will be tied for an all-time record of 44-44. Click here for tickets.

9. Take in a dose of history

History Colorado will be open until 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve (closed New Year’s Day). If you can get there  by Jan. 30, check out the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball card that will be on display.

Regardless of how you spend your NYE, get home safely with Coors Light Free Rides. From 7 p.m. on Dec. 31 until the end of the service day on Jan. 1, all RTD rail and bus routes, as well as Access-a-Ride and SkyRide services will be free of charge. “On one of the busiest nights of the year, there’s no reason to drink and drive,” said Matthew Packard, chief of the Colorado State Patrol.

For additional NYE ideas, visit the Thirst Colorado Calendar.