New Year's Eve 2011 Denver: ten best nightlife events
If ever there was an appropriate time to celebrate, it's New Year's Eve. We know you want to party like a rock star as you kiss 2011 goodbye, so here's our list of the ten best nightlife options for ringing in the new year.
10. The Tavern Downtown: New Year's Eve Olive Drop & Fireworks Display
We've lauded the Tavern Downtown several times before for its amazing rooftop patio; on New Year's Eve, that patio will be have a front-row view of the spectacular downtown fireworks at midnight (as well as the tavern's own fireworks on the rooftop!). And don't miss the two-foot illuminated olive that will drop into a fifteen-foot-tall martini glass on the rooftop, as well -- which wins over Time Square's glittering ball, if you ask us. The admission fee ($35 in advance, $40 at the door) gets you two DJs all night, party favors and a complimentary champagne toast; if you purchase tickets in advance, you also get VIP entrance to this 21-and-up party. Call 303-299-0100 or visit www.tavernhg.com/downtown.
9. Jet Hotel: Frost-Bitten Kiss
If you've been inside the Jet Hotel & Lounge, you know that this party will be a swanky way to bid farewell to 2011. And the plans for Frost-Bitten Kiss are upping the ante quite a bit; the party space will be transformed into an arctic paradise, with ice sculptures, shot and martini stations, music by DJ Ty Tek and hotel-room options -- so you don't have to worry about the late-night drive home. Tickets are $30 and up, and this is a 21-and-older event; call 303-572-3300 or visit www.thejethotel.com.
8. White Rose Gala and Champagne Hotel
Kevin Larson's White Rose Gala has long been known as one of the best New Year's Eve bashes for seeing and being seen; it's lavish and lovely, and now, the companion Champagne Hotel event combines a touch of decadence for the younger crowd. The White Rose Gala is taking place at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center and features an Asian theme, live music and performances; in the Hotel Denver Tech Center, the Champagne Hotel offers dance music, laser lights and more. General-admission tickets run $49 to $59 -- but for $99, you can have access to both events via limo-bus transportation, plus VIP expedited check-in, lounge areas and bars. And if you're truly loaded, there's a $500 cabana option, too. For information and to purchase tickets, visit www.whiterosegala.com.
7. Passport: Moscow, Monaco, Cairo
Lotus has been bringing international flavor to its New Year's Eve parties for some time, and this year there are Passport options to transport you to Moscow (Suite Two Hundred), Monaco (Chloe) and Cairo (24K Lounge) -- or all three. Along the way, there will be DJs, stilt walkers, ice sculptures, go-go dancers in custom-designed outfits, local celebrities, champagne toasts at midnight and much more; prices range from $12 all the way up to $100 (but that Franklin will get you VIP access to all three Passports and an open bar). Visit http://http://lotusnye2012-westword.eventbrite.com to check out your options and purchase tickets.
6. BMoCA: Black +/-White
Looking for a fun, laidback way to spend New Year's Eve? Try the Black+/-White party at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. There will be sets by DJs Alala.One and Stephen Ganser, dancing, drinks, a lounge, a midnight champagne toast and Tarot readings for those interested in learning what 2012 might bring. Wear black and/or white attire (of course); admission is $20 to $30. Call 303-443-2122 or visit www.bmoca.org.