This Dec. 31 is no typical New Year’s Eve. Do you really wanna be caught without plans on the final night of the decade?
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By some accounts, you’re in the best possible city to usher in 2020 — well, second-best, anyway. According to WalletHub, Denver is the second-best city in the U.S. for celebrating New Year’s Eve, coming in just behind New York City. The personal finance website compared the 100 biggest cities in the U.S. “across 28 key metrics,” according to a press release, considering everything from the legality of fireworks to walkability, restaurant options and average price of a party ticket.
This year’s New Year’s Eve blowouts in Denver run the gamut from posh, dressed-up affairs to come-as-you-are dance nights, a two-night EDM festival and one even involves playing with swords. Many of these parties come with a Roaring Twenties theme, so now’s a good time to dust off that fedora that stopped being cool around 2009 or so.
Union Station is going big for New Year’s Eve with three events. At the Great Hall Silent Disco and Light Show, you’ll be given headphones to dance to one of three live silent disco DJs while you dance the night away beneath an epic light show. Tickets are $65-$80 per person. If you’re mostly interested in the drinking aspect of New Year’s Eve, grab tickets (not cheap at $200 per person) to a Roaring Twenties-themed “VIP speakeasy” in the lower level of Union Station. Tickets include unlimited booze and hors d’oeuvres, an “intimate piano performance” and access to the silent disco. For $120 a ticket, ring in the new year with table service at Cooper Lounge on the mezzanine overlooking the Great Hall. You’ll get a selection of “passed canapés,” a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight and will have access to the silent disco. All three events are 21 and up. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St., Denver, unionstationdenver.com
What better way to end the decade than with some swordplay? Before the streets become crowded with revelers, head to Noble Riot, a hip, romantic little wine bar tucked away in the alley around Denver Central Market, to pick up a new skill: sabrage. At the Sabrage University wine class, you’ll learn the most festive way to open a bottle of champagne — with a friggin’ saber. You’ll get a lesson in sabrage history, the physics involved and will even get to practice on a few bottles, safety eyewear and gloves included. After learning a new party trick, you can head inside the wine bar to enjoy the spoils of your labor. If you feel like sticking around after, the wine bar is also hosting a $125-peson party that includes unlimited house wine, a buffet and, of course, more sabering. Sabrage University is $99 per person. 5-6:30 p.m. at Noble Riot, 1336 27th St., Denver, 303-993-5330, nobleriot.punchpass.com
Two words: Open bar. Considering what you’re paying to get into these parties, that’s the least they can do, right? Resolution, a massive party at the McNichols Building that is back for its 11th year, has it all: a balloon drop, ”confetti explosions,” whatever “cryogenic blasts” are, plenty of “tantalizing entertainers and dancers” and the aforementioned “premium” open bar. Organizers describe it as “truly interactive and HIGH CLASS” — you know they mean that part, because they put it in all caps. $107-$160 per person; prices increase Dec. 15. 7:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. at the McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, resolutiondenver.com
White Rose Gala
With five floors, more than 50 performers and “interactive experiences with fantastical lighting and decor,” the White Rose Gala at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House is a pretty massive New Year’s Eve party. How massive? Well, you’ll be ringing in the new year with about 2,000 people, and all of them are likely to be dressed to the nines as this celebration has a dress code. The party’s theme is both Roaring Twenties and the Great Gatsby, so expect flapper dresses, suits and fedoras — but no jeans, as dressing down is against the rules. As for the entertainment, expect ballroom dance demonstrations, cash bars (booze isn’t included in this one) and a VIP section with blackjack and craps tables. Reserve a four-person table for $99 or a “VIP lounge couch pit” for six for $299. $79-$129 per person; 21 and up. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. at Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1400 Curtis St., Denver, newyearspartydenver.com
For electronic music fans, this annual party needs no introduction. Decadence is a dance party so big, it spans two nights at the Colorado Convention Center. This year’s line-up includes big-name EDM music producers Bassnectar, Steve Aoki, Ganja White Night and more. 18 and up; tickets are $89-$259. 6:30 p.m.-3 a.m. Dec. 30 and 31 at the Colorado Convention Center 700 14th St. Denver, decadencenye.com
The Ramble Hotel
Head to The Ramble Hotel in RiNo on New Year’s Eve for a Gatsby-themed party “inspired dually by 1920 and 2020; both an ode to the glittering past alongside glimpses of the future,” according to a release. Suggested attire is cocktail or 1920s-inspired, and a $179 ticket gets you light food and open bars with Death & Co. cocktails throughout the evening. For $249 per person, you’ll get reserved table seating, martini cart and champagne service and even more food. 8:20 p.m.-2 a.m. at The Ramble Hotel, 1280 25th St., Denver, 720-996 – 6300 theramblehotel.com
Milk Market at The Dairy Block
At Denver Milk Market’s Beat the Clock party, you can pregame for your big event with cocktails that increase in price throughout the night. The party starts with $4 cocktails at 4 p.m., and prices increase by a dollar every hour. There will be specials throughout the Milk Market food hall so you can head out into the night with a full stomach. Free admission. 4 p.m.-1 a.m. at The Dairy Block, 1800 Wazee St., Denver, dairyblock.com
At Improper City’s A Distinguished 2020 party, a $74 all-inclusive package means you’ll drink from an open bar, eat bites from Kings Country Kitchen, hang in a designated VIP lounge and have a champagne toast at midnight. If you’re not ready to commit to one party just yet, the RiNo bar will take talk-ins with no cover until it hits capacity, and you can pay as you go all night. Food trucks will be on hand for late-night eats, TVs will broadcast the ball drop, DJs will play all night and photo booths will capture your New Year’s Eve finery. 21 and up. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. at Improper City, 3201 Walnut St., Denver, impropercity.com