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    23gocover fireworks 2012.JPG 23gocover fireworks.jpg Fireworks will fill the sky as downtown Fort Collins celebrates First Night on New Year's Eve.

  • Alex Sieh

    Alex Sieh



For the past few years, I’ve tricked and guilt-tripped my pals into New Year’s celebrations.

“Come on,” I say. “This year it will be different! No disappointments, just midnight kisses and ample booze.”

And then drama and/or a refusal to drink appropriate amounts of champagne leaves us convinced this hangover represents our year’s prospects.

Well not again. (I say, like a naive punk who refuses to learn a lesson.) And for my little sis and I, the New Year’s celebrations begin Friday night.

We haven’t brought in a new year since we were in my parents’ living room, watching “Mean Girls” and drinking Sprite from fancy glasses. And now that she’s hit the big 2-1, we’re doing it up right.

Unfortunately, she’ll be leaving town Sunday, so it’s off to the bars we go, dolled up and decked out in Dollar Store swag, ready to bring in Dec. 26 at 12 a.m. (If you’re anywhere near the bars, you won’t miss us. Stroke of midnight, we’ll be yelling and cheers-ing cheap booze … yes, we know we’re obnoxious.)

For the rest of you waiting until it’s the real deal, here’s a few suggestions.

The folks at the Bohemian Biergarten (2017 13th St.) are starting Dec. 31 off with Sassfactory, and ringing in the New Year with Gansterish. Great opportunity to shake it out (ugh, T-Swizzle), and still be in close proximity of incredible beer.

(You can also head over there this Sunday, and laugh your now calorie-packed asses off to Steve McGrew. The Boulder Comedy Show is up and running from 7 to 8:45 p.m., and McGrew is taking a break from his time on Comedy Central and SiriusXM to get you laughing.)

Back to Dec. 31. Conor O’Neill’s (1922 13th St.) is hosting The Matt Flaherty Band, and if you head over by 5 p.m., you can cheers with a free champagne toast to celebrate the Irish New Year. (They’ll do another at midnight, but let’s not forget the sexy-accent folks overseas.)

Feeling fancy-ish? You can get meal specials, like lobster salad, sirloin steak and a trio of chocolate mousse on New Year’s Eve over at The West End Tavern (926 Pearl St.), which will also have a beer cocktail toast. Add in a happy hour from 10 p.m. to midnight, and you’ve got a fool-proof way to bring in 2015.

Not fancy, and instead hoping to be in a sweaty moshpit at midnight? The Walrus Saloon (1173 Walnut St.) will also be having its own party, of course. First off, DJPetey and DJ Z-Staar will be in charge of the tunes. There will be a live video countdown on all screens, a complimentary champagne toast at midnight and $15 bottles, for those committing to that bubbly stuff all night.

Tip from me to you: Earlier that week, The Walrus will be handing out VIP packages including free admission, no waiting in line, a free bottle of champagne and a free hotel room for the night. So … that’s awesome.

Let’s all be safe and soused this weekend, and keep that can-do attitude all the way to the New Year! See you in 2015.

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